Welcome to the University of Toronto in Sevilla


For five weeks this summer, trade southern Canada for southern Spain and immerse yourself in the life of a city that was founded more than 1,000 years ago. University of Toronto’s Summer in Sevilla program offers students the opportunity to live in and explore one of Spain’s most important and vital cities. As 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 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.

You will live in the Estanislao del Campo residence with other Spanish and international students and learn about the Spanish culture from the perspective of its people. What 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 embrace a culture, eat the food, see the sights, and make unforgettable memories.

Academic Information

During your five weeks in Sevilla you will be able to take one of three courses: SPAN 100YO, an intro to Spanish course; SPAN 255Y0 Topics in Hispanic Culture; or FAH390YO, a course on Spanish art history. No previous knowledge of Spanish is required. Classes will take place Mondays through Thursdays (time TBA) and there will be some mandatory field trips outside of regular class time.

SPAN 255YO is worth one full-year credit and has two main objectives: To explore the diverse cultures and the interrelationship between Latin America and Spain over five centuries (1492 to present). Program participants will study the institutions, beliefs, and symbols that have shaped these cultures. You will also study how Seville served as the cultural axis between the New World and Europe for centuries. The streets, monuments, and museums of the city reflect the path to that past but also project into the future. Precisely for that reason, once a week students will meet outside of the classroom and the city will become their laboratory. Visits to key Sevillian sites will complement the material covered in the text. All readings and discussions for SPAN 255 are in English so no previous knowledge of Spanish is required.

SPAN100Y0 is an intensive introductory course designed both to present the fundamentals necessary for understanding, speaking, reading and writing correct Spanish and to provide a range of opportunities for students to gain practical insights into the customs and cultural contexts of the contemporary Spanish-speaking world. In class instruction combines weekly “outdoor” activities where the students need to use the language in a natural/real context with lectures where grammar is taught through a variety of activities and audiovisual and multimedia materials

FAH390YO will explore facets of Spain’s rich artistic tradition by placing a special emphasis on Seville’s very own unique and extensive art history. The class will survey artistic trends and developments across twenty centuries. Seville’s varied artistic history will allow us to examine Roman monuments, Islamic palaces, Gothic cathedrals, works by many of Spain´s greatest painters and architects, and more. Weekly site visits and field trips will allow students to use Seville’s rich cultural heritage as a sort of “laboratory” where they will be able to engage with the material covered in class in a meaningful way.

Summer 2018 Information

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

Student Life

Everyone in the program lives in the ultra modern Estanislao del Campo student residence. The residence is only a 10-minute bus ride from the EUSA campus, where all University of Toronto students will attend class. Estanislao del Campo houses students both international and Spanish students, so you will have the unforgettable experience of living in a uniquely multicultural environment. Each student will live in a single room (bachelor style) apartment that will be cleaned every day and includes a private kitchen, A/C, TV, and in-suite bathroom. In-room internet access can be purchased for a small fee.

Activities and Trips

During your five 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, it 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 2017

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).


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“Here at CINECU in Sevilla, the city really transformed from a foreign town into the most charming and interactive classroom I have ever attended. I would recommend it to anyone and everyone and I will definitely come back to Sevilla for one reason or another. NO8DO”
“The experience is excellent and I enjoyed everything about the program. I will always remember this period of time, love it!”
“Really wished this program was longer thn 4 weeks. May have cost a but, but it is worth the money.”
“• Summer abroad in Spain was an awesome experience filled with adventure, beauty, laughter, and overall something everyone can enjoy! I would recommend it to everyone!”
“Nothing compares to being able actively learn by participating in field trips and interacting with locals in the area. This was an invaluable experience and I wish all my learning could be done the same way. I would be a much better student for it.”
“The program is excellent. I have developed great relationships with the professor and fellow students. I would never have this deep understanding of Spanish culture if I had not participated in this program. I loved this summer!”
“This course provided a unique opportunity to discover Spanish history while blending current culture, traditions and language. I have a much deeper understanding and appreciation for the history, traditions, culture and people here in Spain”