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.

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.

Centro Norteamericano de Estudios Interculturales

Our Center 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.

What does the Center Offer?

Modern Facilities in a Historic Building

  • Student computer labs with over 50 modern work stations
  • Land-based and wireless broadband internet access
  • Central heating and air conditioning
  • Patios, a library, writing center, and study rooms

A Unique Cultural Experience

  • More than 200 sevillanos in English classes at the Center, thus facilitating contact between the American and Spanish students on site
  • On-site cultural activities (movies, dances, music, etc.)
  • Guided weekly study visits to local sites of interest; for the Winter and Summer Terms, activities are offered daily
  • 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 available for medical visits

Universidad Pablo de Olavide and Universidad de Sevilla

Studying in Seville with Spanish Studies Abroad affords students the opportunity to study alongside local Spanish students at either of two well-known universities in Seville - Universidad de Sevilla and Universidad Pablo de Olavide. Students generally opt to enroll in integrated courses at local universities for two reasons:

  • Integrated courses are a great way to experience the Spanish-student lifestyle and meet local Spanish students.
  • Universidad de Sevilla and Universidad Pablo de Olavide offer a wide range of courses in their many departments, or "facultades." If you have the Spanish ability and want to take coursework that is not offered by the Center, enrolling in courses at a university is a great way to expand the academic-range of your study abroad experience.

However, taking courses at the local universities does raise some challenges. These courses generally follow a European-lecture model, which is often very different from the interactive classrooms U.S. and Canadian students are used to. This means that there is not a lot of discussion in the classroom and the bulk of your grade is determined by performance on a few tests or papers.

To help you meet these challenges, all Spanish Studies Abroad students begin with an Intensive Language Period, taught at our Center by native Spanish professors. This period is invaluable to helping you gain the skills necessary to perform in this independent-learning environment. Plus, our Center in Seville has the resources to help you find tutors and academic help as you need it.

Spanish Studies Abroad Programs that Offer Integrated Courses:

If you have completed one semester of advanced college Spanish, or the equivalent, and want to enroll in courses at Universidad de Sevilla or Universidad Pablo de Olavide, you should enroll in one of the following programs:

  • Integrated Studies Program: You can take your core courses at the Center and enroll in 1-3 courses or take the majority of your courses at a local university alongside Spanish students. This program option is ideal if you want a Spanish student experience and want to enroll in courses that are designed specifically for students studying abroad in Spain. With the support of Spanish Studies Abroad you will benefit from language preparation and the guidance and support offered by the Center.