Welcome to The University of Richmond in Sevilla


The capital city of Spain’s Andalusia province, Sevilla is the heart of some of the country’s most vibrant traditions. It is one of the birthplaces of flamenco and remains an enormous producer of flamenco song and dance. The world’s third largest cathedral sits in the city center next to a royal palace. Diego Velázquez, the most famous of all baroque painters, was born and trained here. At the height of the Spanish empire, Sevilla was the national port for out-going and in-coming traffic from the Americas. The University of Richmond’s Spiders in Sevilla program offers students the opportunity to live in and explore one of Spain’s most important and vital cities.

These Spiders trained in Sevilla

These Spiders trained in Sevilla

For six weeks this summer, swap the farms of southern Virginia for the olive groves of southern Spain and immerse yourself in the life of a city that was founded by the Roman Empire. With a population just over 1 million, Sevilla provides the big city feeling, but without the overwhelming press of other metropolises. You will live with a host family and learn about the Spanish language and culture from their experiences. The topics you study in class will come to life as you explore your surroundings. Be moved by monuments and scenery that have inspired centuries of poets and painters as well as by the contemporary architecture that marks Sevilla’s entry into the 21st century. Let the charms of Sevilla inspire you to learn a language, eat new food, see the sights, and make unforgettable memories.
New as of 2017!!!- Healthcare Internships in Sevilla Program. See below for details

Summer in Sevilla

In the Summer in Sevilla program, you will take 1 or 2 courses earning 1 or 2 units towards your Spanish major/minor. Past course offerings include LAIS 302: Spanish through Literature, LAIS 303: Spanish in the Media, LAIS 311: Peoples and Cultures of Spain, LAIS 321: Literary Spain, and LAIS 463: Modern Spanish Narrative. These classes will seamlessly transfer to UR and help familiarize you with the life and history of the culture in which you will be living. Some classes have pre-requisites, but remember that pre-requisites and upper-level courses can be taken concurrently while studying abroad. Classes will be conducted exclusively in Spanish by native speakers and composed exclusively of UR students.

Summer in Sevilla Information

Academics and Athletics in Spain

Take your training beyond the borders of the United States and into one of Spain’s most important cities. Prepare yourself in the gym, physically and mentally, for competition and see firsthand what form that struggle takes in different Spanish arenas.

This program will allow you to complete your COM 2 requirement (LAIS 221) in Sevilla (Spain) during May Term, while participating in cultural and athletic activities. All program participants will have the opportunity to train in a private gym under the supervision of the program’s on-site athletic coordinator. Program participants will also have the opportunity to attend various Spanish amateur and/or professional sporting events in Sevilla area.

Balance your workouts with classroom lessons and use what you have learned in the streets, stores, and stadiums of Sevilla. You already speak the international language of sports: now, learn to express yourself with the national tongue of Spain.

Academics & Athletics Info

Healthcare Internships in Sevilla

As the world’s economies and governments become more connected through modern technology and industry, it has become more important than ever for University of Richmond students to be acquainted with cultures outside their own. In this climate the study of many careers, especially those in the healthcare field, increasingly require and reward professionals with an international perspective and multilingual skills. Spiders should not enter into healthcare and related fields without any prior experience. Allow CINECU to help you balance your classroom learning with on-site job experience as an intern in Sevilla.

Healthcare Internships Info

Sevilla is home to two soccer clubs: Sevilla FC and Real Betis. They are both competitive members of La Liga, Spain’s best soccer division, and team allegiances divide the city. The stadium of Sevilla FC is in Nervion, while Real Betis is housed in La Palmera: make it a point to visit one, or both, and cheer as loud as you can.

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Why study in Sevilla this summer?

Imagine spending your summer in the heart of southern Spain and living with a Spanish family. Absorb the language of shopping and soccer games. Learn in the classroom and apply your knowledge in the terraces of cafés and tapas bars.
The weather in Sevilla
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Learn about Spain’s life and language from native Spaniards. Subjects like grammar, history, politics, literature, and art come to life as you are surrounded by a rich and vibrant culture whose roots reach back to the Roman Empire. Live in the city that connected Spain to the New World and gave birth to flamenco. Balance coursework with both unique and everyday activities that demonstrate how language learning is far more than just a mental exercise: it is the very essence of life.

Plaza de España was originally built for the Exposición Iberoamericana in 1929. The plaza’s unique “C” shaped building now houses numerous government organizations. The building’s inner curve displays a number of mosaics, representing different parts of Spain, and sits against a moat. Immediately adjacent to the plaza is the Maria Luisa Park, which is a green oasis in the middle of Sevilla’s urban landscape.

Student Life

Everyone lives in pairs with a Spanish host family. Your room and board, including meals and laundry, are taken care of by your hosts. Your family will only speak Spanish, which provides you with a comfortable and low-stress environment in which you can polish your Spanish conversation skills. Living with a Spanish family also allows you to learn about Spain and Sevilla from their personal experiences and perspectives. Be sure to discuss restaurants and local events so that you can get the most out of your time here!

Activities and Trips

In addition to visiting different historic sites around the city, there will be several mandatory class trips during your time in Sevilla that will take you outside the city:


italica1Just 20 minutes outside of Sevilla, the Roman city of Itálica gave the Roman world two emperors: Trajan and Hadrian. These days, is an area of well-preserved Roman ruins, which include the remains of dwellings and a large amphitheater. Students will walk inside the amphitheater on the same ground where gladiator competitions took place while spectators looked on from above.


playa2There are several beautiful beaches along Spain’s southern coast that are a short drive away from Sevilla, and if the weather permits, we will spend an afternoon enjoying one of them.


cordoba-mezquitaStudents will take a day trip to the city of Córdoba, where they will visit the city’s Jewish quarter, which includes a synagogue from the 14th century, and the Mezquita-Catedral, a unique building whose beautiful architecture and complex history illustrate the multicultural history of Andalusia.


Alhambra-053We will take an overnight trip to visit this beautiful mountain city. Students will visit the city’s cathedral and Capilla Real, where King Ferdinand and Queen Isabel are buried. There will also be a tour of La Alhambra, Spain’s most famous Moorish castle, and one of the most visited monuments in Spain.

Refund policy

Withdrawal from program (must be in writing)Amount refunded
90 days or more prior to program start100%
60-90 days prior to program start50%
30-59 days prior to program start25%
29 days or less prior to program start0%

Something Extra in 2014

Alcalá de Guadaira and the White Tows of Andalusia

Students participating in the “Summer in Seville” program will visit a 12th century Moorish fortress in Alcalá de Guadaira, one of the most important towns in Sevilla´s province, and take a long weekend field trip to the famous White Towns of Andalusia.


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“It’s been a great five weeks, thanks for everything, and for helping make this opportunity possible. This experience is definitely something that I will remember for the rest of my life!”
Mylon Blueford, Summer 2013
“I thoroughly enjoyed this class and having you as our teacher. I will miss my time here in Sevilla. It opened up my eyes to an entirely new culture, helping me immediately to exit my comfort zone. I hope to see you soon but if I don’t, I wish you the best of luck on all of your future endeavors.”
Matt McKenna, Summer 2013
“Thank you so much for a great may term in Spain! It was such an awesome and amazing opportunity and the class was actually fun and enjoyable! I hope you have a great rest of the summer! Thanks again!”
Anne Marie, Summer 2013
“Thanks you so much for everything! This trip has been an amazing experience and an absolute blast. I am so excited to get back and tell everyone more about it! I have a feeling there will be a lot of lax girls on this trip next year. Have a great rest of your summer and enjoy your year in Spain! Hopefully, we’ll see you around!”
Emily A., Summer 2013