|Language/Academic Focus:||Classes are available in English and Spanish. Subject areas include Spanish language, Spanish culture, art history, politics, literature, biology, business, economics, history, linguistics, anthropology, and more. (Click here for Course Offerings)|
|Housing:||Students can choose to live with Spanish host families (includes 3 meals a day and 1 load of laundry per week) or in shared student apartments (meals not 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|
- Live and study in the heart of southern Spain!
- Warm weather most of the year with an extended summer and early spring
- Sevillanos are known for being some of the friendliest people in Spain
- 2 hours from the beaches of the Costa del Sol
- Home of Flamenco – Spain’s passionate and expressive folk music and dance
- Bullet train gets you to Madrid in just over 2 hours
- Some of 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 its 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 in traditional Sevillano costume. To truly celebrate the occasion as the locals do, it is a must for ladies to rent a colorful Flamenco dress. And don’t forget your Spanish fan, a traditional and dramatic part of the outfit!
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 might be 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.
Students attending the ASA Sevilla semester or academic year program have the option of completing a customized internship while attending classes at the Universidad de Seviilla or the Universidad Pablo de Olavide. The internship may be credit-bearing (3 credits) or non credit-bearing, depending on your preference and 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. Customized 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 looking for placements in new areas. To read additional information about internships in Sevilla, please click here.
Students can choose to live with a Spanish host family or in a shared student apartment. Homestay accommodation includes 3 meals a day and one 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
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What’s Included – Sevilla
- HOUSING or ROOM & BOARD: Students can choose from 2 housing options: 1) Spanish host family (includes 3 meals a day and 1 load of laundry per week). 2) Shared student apartment (meals not included). Rooms are single occupancy. (For further details about these housing options, please click here!)
- EXCURSIONS: 2 day excursions and 1 overnight excursions
- TUITION at one of the following host universities: Universidad de Sevilla or Universidad Pablo de Olavide
- ACADEMIC CREDITS: Students who receive pre-approval from their home institution can transfer the credits they earn to their home institution. Students can earn 5-30 semester hours or 8-42 quarter units of credit, depending upon the length of the program.
- OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT: At the conclusion of the program, an official transcript from your host university will be sent to your home institution.
- CELL PHONE: ASA provides one cell phone for each student. Students are responsible for the cost of phone usage.
- INTERNET ACCESS at your host university, as well as in your program housing.
- AIRPORT PICK-UP at the designated airport for students who arrive on the official arrival date by the designated time.
- MEDICAL INSURANCE: for a Description of Coverage, please visit our Information Library.
- SITE DIRECTOR: on-site to assist students with any academic or cultural difficulties they may encounter.
- 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.
- PRE-DEPARTURE ONLINE VIDEO PROGRAM, PRE-DEPARTURE PACKET & ON-SITE ORIENTATION
- Optional Internship. For full details, please click here.
- Books & materials
- Personal expenses
- Local transportation
- Student visa, if required
- Meals, if living in a shared student apartment
- Meals on excursions
- $500 Damage Deposit, paid to ASA at least 30 days prior to departure (Refundable upon return. Applicable only to students who choose student apartment housing.)
NOTE: If you need a “Costs of Attendance” budget for your financial aid office, or simply need more details about the additional costs listed above, please email chelsea(at)academicstudies.com.
Please CLICK HERE for detailed program itineraries.
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