Study Abroad in Seville, Spain

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Seville, Spain

Seville is the centerpiece of your experience, a beautiful and ancient city with a temperate climate and a rich cultural life. The setting of operas Don Giovanni, The Marriage of Figaro, and Carmen;  birthplace of painters Velázquez and Murillo; Moorish palaces and Renaissance gardens;  paintings, statues, and world-famous ceramic tiles. At the same time, Seville is very cosmopolitan. The bustling commercial center is filled with traditional business and trade activities, and an efficient public transportation system links the various neighborhoods and attractions. The sevillanos are a gracious and social people – welcoming to visitors and eager to introduce them to the life and culture of their city.

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Cultural Information

Population: 710,000

Region: Andalucía

Currency: Euro

Famous for: Moorish palaces, Catedral de Sevilla, Flamenco, Bull fighting

Andalucía’s capital is a beautiful and ancient city on the banks of the Guadalquivir River. Its temperate climate and rich cultural life embodies the spirit of traditional southern Spanish culture, from flamenco to bullfighting, to winding ancient cobblestone streets.

Spanish Daily Routine:

Breakfast/Desayuno is not a major meal, consisting of small amount of food and is generally eaten early in the morning.

Lunch/Almuerzo is the biggest and most important meal of the day and is generally eaten between 2:00 and 4:00PM.

Dinner/Cena is a small meal, although more substantial than breakfast and is generally served between 9:00 and 10:00 PM.

Siesta is a time to rest. It starts around 1:30 PM when all the shops begin to close, and lasts until 5:00 PM. Almost all shops are closed during siesta while Spaniards may sleep or watch TV, leaving you no choice but to also relax.

Traditional Spanish Dishes:

Paella is a rice dish commonly mixed with a variation of seafood, meat, vegetables, and beans.

Tortilla is a dense omelet full of fried potatoes (sometimes onions or another vegetable as well).

Jamón Serrano is a salted, cured ham that is sliced thin and is typically served either on its own or in a bocadillo (sandwich).


Spanish culture is not particularly vegetarian/vegan friendly due to the importance of ham and other pork products in their diet. While the salads may not be filling, Spain offers delicious breads, cheeses, and vegetables dishes.

How to Dress in Spain:

Most Spanish people dress up more than the average American. Young men wear jeans and t-shirts or soccer jerseys, but you’ll also see men wearing nice pants and shoes. Women generally wear very feminine clothing.

To fit in with your surroundings, avoid wearing grubby jeans, sweatshirts, and sneakers. Nice, fitted clothing is what most people wear.

Life Outside the Classroom:

Spanish people tend to be very friendly and open. However, you will need to make an effort to introduce yourself. Some of the best ways to do so are by signing up for a local speaking partner, attending Spanish Studies cultural activities, or by going to the places Spanish students hang out.

Spanish Studies Abroad wants you to have fun while studying abroad; however, you are expected to meet all of your academic responsibilities. Spanish nightlife is probably unlike the social scene you have experienced in the U.S. The Spanish often plan to go out at midnight or later, which is just the start of the evening. Many friends you meet will stay out until six or seven in the morning, then go straight to breakfast, and rest during siesta.


Spanish Studies programs feature all-inclusive study visits with accommodations, meals, entrance fees and expert professors and guides. Site visit destinations vary according to program.

Local study visits may include:

  • Museo de Bellas Artes, a fine arts museum converted from a 15th-century convent
  • Archivo de Indias, home to centuries of historical documents that chronicle Spain's role in the Americas
  • Itálica, a vestige of the Roman Empire in Southern Spain
  • Seville's principal monuments, such as the catedral and the Alcázar, a 10th-century Moorish Palace
  • Art exhibits, concerts and evenings at the theater

Day and Overnight Excursions may include:

  • Roman, Muslim, and Jewish monuments in Córdoba, Mérida Cáceres
  • The monastary of La Rábida, where Columbus planned his first voyage to the Americas
  • The great Hispano-Muslim monuments of Granada at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains

Additionally, Spanish Studies organizes Optional Leisure Activities (OLA) and cultural events such as bullfights at the Real Maestranza, performances at the Teatro de la Maestranza, and weekend trips. You can see the Center's Activities Calendars by semester of both included and optional activities.

Sample Summer Activities Calendar
Sample Fall Activities Calendar
Sample Spring Activities Calendar


Spanish Studies Abroad offers cultural trips to Spanish cities and other European destinations to students to complement their studies in Spain. Near the start of your program, you will receive cost and destination information from the Seville Office regarding trips available during your program. You can sign up for these trips online before departure or once you arrive in Spain.

Previous trips have been organized to the Algarve Coast in Portugal, Morocco, Barcelona, Paris, Rome, among other destinations. For more information, visit

Housing Information


Your Spanish home or student residence will be the focal point of your social experience– where you will sleep, eat, study, and relax. A homestay gives you a unique insight into Spanish culture by allowing you to become part of a Spanish family.

Your homestay includes full room and board as well as laundry and the cleaning of your room. Special dietary or housing accommodations may be made, but may require an additional fee. To ensure that your home will provide a warm and tranquil atmosphere, one conducive to learning, Spanish Studies Abroad staff discusses norms and policies with hosts and regularly inspects the homes.

The Center for Cross-Cultural Study

Our Center in Seville is housed in two turn-of-the-century mansions in the heart of Seville's commercial and social center. We offer a variety of cultural, language, and content courses right within our own walls.

Modern Facilities in a Historic Building

  • Multi-media classrooms
  • Student computer labs with over 30 work stations and printers
  • Wi-Fi internet access throughout the building
  • Central heating and air conditioning
  • In-door and out-door patios, library, writing center, study rooms and lounges

A Unique Cultural Experience

  • More than 200 sevillanos take English classes at the Center, thus facilitating contact between the American and Spanish students on site
  • On-site cultural activities (movies, dances, music, etc.)
  • Regular guided study visits to local sites of interest
  • Monthly fiestas at the Center for American and Spanish students
  • Speaking Partners

On-Site Faculty and Staff

  • On-site Resident Director and Staff
  • Housing Coordinator
  • Activities Coordinator
  • Tenured professors
  • Faculty office hours and tutoring
  • Staff escorts for medical visits

Universidad Pablo de Olavide

The Universidad Pablo de Olavide (UPO) is a public university committed to high quality education.  UPO is located in a single campus and equipped with the latest technologies.  The campus is just outside of the city of Seville, easily accessible via subway and bus.  Teaching, research, and social and sport activities are all within its 140 hectares of land. 

Universidad de Sevilla

The Universidad de Sevilla (USEV) is an institution of higher education committed to study, teaching and research, as well as the generation, development and expansion of knowledge to serve citizens and society.  Closely linked to the history of Seville and Andalusia, the USEV combines the values of tradition with those of an innovative institution of quality and excellence.  It is a university as cutting edge and cosmopolitan as the city of Seville itself.