Study Abroad in Sevilla, Spain

Quick Facts | Why Sevilla? | City Description | Host Institutions | Housing | Excursions

Course Offerings | Internships | Costs & Dates | What’s Included | Program Itinerary | FAQs


Quick Facts

Host Institutions: Semester and Academic Year programs

Language/Academic Focus:
  • Open to all Spanish levels
  • Classes are available in English and Spanish
  • Subject areas include: Spanish language, Spanish culture, Art History, Politics, Literature, Biology, Business, Communications, Economics, History, Linguistics, Anthropology, Journalism, Media, Advertising, Tourism, and more.
  • Click here for Course Offerings
  • Host Family: Students can choose to live with Spanish host families, which includes 3 meals a day and 1 load of laundry per week. Internet is included.
  • Shared Apartments: Students can choose to live in shared apartments (meals are not included). Internet is included.
  • For further details about these housing options, please click here!
Eligibility Rules: click here
Sample Day Excursions: Córdoba, Itálica, Ronda
Sample Overnight Excursions: Granada, Madrid, Barcelona

Why Sevilla?

  • Located in Southern Spain, where there’s warm weather most of the year!
  • Sevillanos are known for being some of the friendly and welcoming
  • 2 hours from the beaches of the Costa del Sol
  • Home of Flamenco – Spain’s passionate and expressive folk music and dance
  • Bullet train to Madrid in just over 2 hours
  • Spain’s best tapas bars

City Description – Medium sized city of 600,000

Sevilla is a city that stimulates all of the senses – the flutter of Flamenco guitar coming from the nighttime tablaos, the heady fragrance of orange trees, the smell of freshly made tapas being delivered to an outdoor table, and the colorful Spanish tiles that grace buildings, plazas, and street signs. The vibrancy of this city, its people’s zest for life, and its ancient multicultural history are reflected in its aesthetic everywhere you look.

Home to 600,000 people, Sevilla is the capital city of the Andalucía region in southern Spain. Originally built by the Romans, Sevilla has an incredible number of palaces, churches, museums, and towers to explore. Probably the most impressive is the Cathedral, which was built in the 1400’s and is one of the largest cathedrals in the world.

Sevillanos are very outgoing folks who celebrate life through food, music, friends, and lively conversation. Not surprisingly, Sevillanos love a good party! At gatherings, you’ll often see locals spontaneously break into Flamenco dance – a beloved part of their culture. The city’s annual festivals, such as Semana Santa and Feria de Sevilla, draw huge crowds from all over the world. Feria, in particular, is not to be missed! Every year in April/May, the city becomes one huge party – a week of food, dancing, parades, and locals dressed up in Flamenco dresses and traditional costumes.

Universidad de Sevilla

The Universidad de Sevilla has an impressive history, dating back to the 15th century. Today, the university is housed in a Baroque 18th century building, the second-largest building in Spain. This building was also the first cigarette factory in the world, called the Real Fábrica de Tabacos. During the 19th century, 75% of Europe’s cigars were manufactured there by more than 3,000 cigareras (female cigar makers). These workers inspired the French author Prosper Mérimée to create the character Carmen in a novella, which later became the basis for the world-famous Bizet opera, Carmen.

All of the professors at the Universidad de Sevilla are masters or doctors in their respective fields and there are approximately 10,000 Spanish students, plus a number of international students from all over the world.

Of special interest to history students is the Archivo General de las Índias. These archives house the world’s most important collection of historical documents of the Spanish Empire in the Americas. Among the collection are writings from the Spanish Conquistadores, the journal of Christopher Columbus, and original maps and city plans of Spanish colonial settlements in America. The archive is an invaluable resource to any student interested in the pre-Columbian and colonial history of Latin America. Students who receive special permission from a professor may use the archives for their research.

Universidad Pablo de Olavide

The Universidad Pablo de Olavide (UPO), founded in 1997, is one of Spain’s newest public universities. Named after an 18th century Peruvian intellectual, it is a dynamic institution with approximately 10,500 students and 1,000 professors. Degree areas offered include Social Anthropology, Psychology, Public Health, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Engineering, Sports Science, Business, Economics, Social Work, and more. The UPO is also home to the Andalusian Center of Developmental Biology, which brings together researches from all over Andalucía, some of whom also teach at the UPO. The UPO was recently ranked the second most productive Spanish university in science research.

The UPO is located on a beautiful 345-acre campus less than 5 miles from Sevilla’s city center. The Metro (subway) system in Sevilla makes it easy to reach the UPO – it takes most students only about 25 minutes to get to the university from their program housing. For those who are interested in biking to class, the university is also connected by a bike path to many parts of Sevilla.

The University was modeled after American university campuses, with ample space for academic buildings, computer and science laboratories, and top-notch sports facilities – a gym, high performance table tennis courts, indoor basketball and soccer courts, an outdoor running track, and outdoor playing fields.

The UPO organizes an array of social and cultural activities to help international students fully integrate into the local culture, such as guided visits to monuments and museums, Spanish film showings, sports events, Flamenco classes, and more. ASA students will also have access to the UPO volunteer office, where you can learn how to get involved in the local community. Another great way to meet locals and Spanish students is to join the UPO student soccer league or student chorus.

Centro Universitario EUSA

Centro Universitario EUSA is a Spanish private university in Sevilla that was founded in 1961. It has been affiliated with the Universidad de Sevilla since 1996, so the final transcript for this program will be issued by the Universidad de Sevilla.

EUSA is an excellent choice for Media and Communications majors, as they offer undergraduate degrees in Audiovisual Communication, Journalism, Advertising & Public Relations, and Tourism.

ASA’s study abroad program at EUSA offers over 30 different subject areas with classes available in Spanish and English, ranging from Media Studies to Business to Cultural Studies to History.

The EUSA campus is one of the most modern educational settings in Europe, fostering intercultural exchange and cooperation among students. This is an excellent opportunity to study abroad in Spain and take classes with European students, as well as American students.


Students attending the ASA Sevilla semester or academic year program have the option of completing a customized internship while attending classes (additional fee applies).  The internship may be credit-bearing (3 credits) or non credit-bearing, depending on which university in Sevilla you attend.  While a basic knowledge of Spanish is preferred, you need not be fluent in Spanish!  There are internships available for all levels of Spanish, although the more Spanish you know, the greater the variety of opportunities that will be available to you.  Internships are available in fields such as Marketing, Business, Information Technology, Human Resources, Psychology, Education, Entrepreneurship, Media and Communications.  Since our internships are customized, if you do not see your area of interest listed here, please be sure to check with us!  Our Internship Coordinator has many connections in Sevilla and is always happy to look for placements in new areas.  For full details about internships in Sevilla, please click here.


Students can choose to live with a Spanish host family or in a shared apartment. Homestay accommodation includes 3 meals a day and 1 load of laundry per week. The shared apartment option does not include meals, but each apartment has a kitchen. All ASA student housing includes Internet access and is located in safe neighborhoods, within a reasonable distance from the university. For full details about ASA housing, as well as answers to common questions, please visit our Housing Page!


1 overnight excursion and 2 day excursions are included with your program fee. Destinations may vary by term. Past terms have included trips to:

  • Granada (overnight excursion) – Dating back to the 8th century BC, Granada is one of Spain’s most fascinating and culturally rich cities. See the breathtaking Alhambra palce and its gardens, built by the Moors in the 11th century. We’ll visit the Albacín and its remnants of Granada’s medieval Moorish past, as well as the Cathdral, where King Ferdinand and Queen Isabel are buried.
  • Itálica (day excursion) – Itálica was the first city on the Iberian peninsula founded by the Romans. At Cotidiana Vitae, see a reproduction of a 2,000-year-old Roman house, and tour the Roman ruins with its 25,000 seat amphitheater.
  • Córdoba (day excursion) – During the 10th and 11th centuries under Muslim rule, Córdoba was one of the world’s largest and most advanced cities, as well as one of great religious diversity. A center of learning in math and astronomy, it housed the world’s largest library. We’ll visit the 8th century Mosque, the Jewish quarter, and explore the winding, ancient cobbled streets.

Costs & Dates

Please CLICK HERE for Costs and Dates.

What’s Included – ASA Sevilla Program

  • ROOM & BOARD / ROOM ONLY: Students can choose between the following 2 housing options.  Rooms are double or single occupancy. We cannot guarantee you a single room.
    • Option A: With a Spanish host family. 3 meals a day and 1 load of laundry per week are included.
    • Option B: Shared apartment. Meals are not included.

For further details about these housing options, please click here!

  • TUITION for the maximum number of credits indicated on the program course offerings page. Enrolling in more than the maximum number of credits (if permitted by the host institution) will result in an additional fee.
  • ACADEMIC CREDITS: Students who receive pre-approval from their home institution can transfer the credits they earn to their home institution.
  • OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT: Final transcript is issued by your host institution. Upon completion of the program, ASA will provide one free shipment of your final transcript to your U.S. institution.
  • EXCURSIONS: 2 day excursions and 1 overnight excursion, locations to be decided.
  • CULTURAL ACTIVITIES within Sevilla (museum visits, walking tours, etc.)
  • INTERNET ACCESS: Students will have free Internet access at their host institution and in their program housing.
  • AIRPORT PICK-UP: Group ground transportation is provided from Sevilla (SVQ) airport for students who arrive on the official arrival date, by the designated time.
  • SITE DIRECTOR: Students will have an on-site director to assist them with any academic or cultural difficulties they may encounter.
  • MEDICAL INSURANCE: Comprehensive international medical insurance is included.  For full details on benefits and coverage, please click here.
  • VISA ADVISING*: While students are ultimately responsible for obtaining their visa (if required for their term/host country), ASA will provide detailed, helpful information upon acceptance as to which visa students will need and how to go about applying for one.  Please click here and scroll down to “Student Visa Information” to find out if a visa is required for your program.

*For students going on an ASA program to Spain who live or attend a college/university in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, or Maine, ASA can now get your Student Visa FOR YOU through our Group Visa Service!  The additional fee for this service is $150.  Full details will be sent to eligible students after they are accepted to the ASA program.  (You must attend a college/university in MA, NH, RI, VT, or ME or reside in one of these states in order to participate in ASA’s Group Visa Service.  If you do not live or study in MA, NH, RI, VT, or ME you will need to apply for your visa on your own – ASA will send you detailed, helpful information about how to apply for your visa on your own after you are accepted.)

Not Included:

  • Optional Internship (additional fee required).  For full details, please click here.
  • Round trip airfare and travel expenses to and from the program location
  • Damage deposit ($500), paid to ASA 30 days before departure; refundable upon return. (Required only for students who choose apartment housing)
  • Books, materials, lab fees
  • Personal expenses
  • Local transportation
  • Meals and laundry, if living in a shared apartment
  • Meals on excursions
  • Student visa, if required*
  • Transportation from the airport if the student does not arrive on the official arrival date by the designated time
  • Transportation back to the airport at the end of the program
  • For academic year students or those enrolling in more than one session, room and board/housing and all other ASA services and benefits are not provided during the break between sessions.

Click here for Billing Information and Cancellation/Refund Policy

NOTE: If you need a “Costs of Attendance” budget for your financial aid office, or if you simply want an estimate of the not-included costs listed above, please click here.

Program Itinerary

Please CLICK HERE for detailed program itineraries.


If you have questions about HOW TO APPLY and make sure your credits transfer back to your home university, please CLICK HERE.

We encourage both prospective students and parents, as well as those who have already been accepted to an ASA program, to visit our INFORMATION LIBRARY. Here you will find tons of helpful info to help you know what to plan for and what to expect, such as:

  • ASA Guide to Study Abroad
  • Student Visa info
  • Medical Insurance info
  • Booking your Flight
  • Financial Aid info