Imagine spending your summer in the heart of southern Spain absorbing the language of shopping and soccer games. Learn in the classroom and apply your knowledge in the terraces of cafés and tapas bars. With a population just over 1 million, Seville avoids the stifling press of other large capitals while still keeping that big city feeling.
You will live with a host family and learn about the Spanish language and culture from their experiences. Subjects like grammar, history, politics, literature, and art will come to life as you are surrounded by a rich and vibrant city that connected Spain to the New World, gave birth to flamenco, and whose roots reach back to the Roman Empire.
The Catedral de Santa María de la Sede de Sevilla, or “catedral de Sevilla,” is the largest cathedral in the world. Its towering gothic dimensions contain 8 centuries worth of religious art and objects whose variety and beauty is almost overwhelming. Also, a visit to the top of the famous Giralda bell tower provides an unforgettable panoramic view of Sevilla
For six weeks this summer, leave Florida’s humidity for the drier climate of southern Spain and earn 6 credits towards your Spanish major or minor. 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. The topics you study in class will come to life as you explore your surroundings. Be moved by monuments and scenery have inspired centuries of poets and painters as well as by the contemporary architecture that marks Seville’s entry into the 21st century. Let the charms of Seville inspire you to learn a language, eat the food, see the sights, and make unforgettable memories.
You will be able to choose from the following courses, depending on your Spanish level and departmental approval:
Students will choose one of the following courses depending on individual background in language. If you have not completed Spanish 260/21 (Introduction to Spanish and Spanish American Literature) or 255/23 (Conversation I) you are required to choose SEVI 265 Spanish for the Professions:
SEVI 265 SPANISH FOR THE PROFESSIONS / El español para las profesiones.
A course emphasizing the vocabulary and structures of the language of mass communications, business, health professions, and political institutions. This course may be used as a fifth semester course for both Spanish department minors (Hispanic Studies and Spanish for the Professions).
SEVI 300 ADVANCED GRAMMAR AND COMPOSITION / Curso avanzado de gramática y redacción.
A review of major topics in Spanish grammar, with special attention to the correct usage of these structures in writing. Emphasis on the development of idiomatic written expression. Includes frequent compositions.
An historical analysis and contextualization of daily occurrences in Spain. This course renders special attention to Spanish political, social and economic situation, and the analysis of its international relations (mainly European Union, Arab countries, Latin America countries and U.S.A.). Also it analyzes topics such as the relations between the Catholic Church and the State, the Spanish nationalisms or immigration.
SEVI 350 – CONVERSATION, GRAMMAR AND WRITING / Conversación, gramática y redacción
A review of selected topics in Spanish grammar, with special attention to the correct usage of these structures in conversation. Emphasis on the development of idiomatic expression. Includes cultural readings and practice in writing.
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.
All the Spartans in Sevilla will live 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 will help you polish your Spanish language abilities. Living with a Spanish family also allows you to learn about Spain and Seville from the personal experiences and perspectives of your hosts. Be sure to discuss restaurants and local events so that you can get the most out of your time here!
CINECU staff members interview all host families and personally visit their homes in order to ensure that the locations are safe for students and that all homes are in order. The CINECU staff is available 24/7 to help students deal with any problems that may arise during your stay.
During your time in Seville, you will have access to the CINECU computer lab, which includes high-speed internet access and free printing. You will also have access to the CINECU library. There is also an on-site café where you can get a quick snack or recharge your batteries with a café con leche. The program facilities are located near several parks, basketball courts, and gyms that can be utilized at your discretion.
All your meals will be prepared by your host family, unless previous arrangements are made. This allows you to personally experience the Spanish diet and eating schedule (hint: if you’re used to eating lunch right at noon and dinner at 6 o’clock sharp, be prepared for quite a shock!) as well as sample from Seville’s incredible selection of restaurants. Of course vegetarians and vegans will be accommodated. However, be sure to communicate any dietary restrictions or requirements to the program director as early as possible to ensure that your needs are met!
Activities and Trips
During your six weeks in Sevilla, you will visit monuments and sites that highlight different facets of Andalusia and its history.
Just 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.
There 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.
Students 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.
We 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.
Something Extra in 2014
Guided tours through Sevilla
Sevilla has been one of Spain’s most important cities for centuries, and it has the buildings and statues to prove it! A guide will lead you through visits to the city’s most important historical sites, such as the cathedral de Santa María (the largest cathedral in the world), the Real Alcázar (a beautiful royal palace dating back to the 13th century), and the Jewish quarter (the center of the city’s Jewish population during the Middle Ages).