You’re getting ready to complete Intermediate Spanish II, but you don’t feel like you could hold a conversation in Spanish. If you want an opportunity to really practice what you’ve learned in the classroom, consider studying in Sevilla.

The Language, Society and Cultural Studies (LSCS) program is intended for students who have completed four semesters of college Spanish (SPAN 204) or the equivalent. In LSCS students will take five classes in subject areas include art, language, literature, history, and politics. Classes are taken with other LSCS students at CINECU.

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Do you want the opportunity to put into practice all the Spanish you have learned so far, challenge yourself in classes with native Spanish students, and move closer to Spanish fluency? The SAS program in Sevilla is the program for you.

Students who have completed Advanced Grammar and Composition (SPAN 300) participate in the Spanish Advanced Studies (SAS) program. SAS students take regular university courses with Spanish students at the University of Sevilla as well as at the Campus Universitario EUSA (Estudios Universitarios y Superiores de Andalucia), a private university affiliated with the University of Sevilla.

SAS students will also have the option of taking courses designed specifically for them, UNC-CINECU courses. These courses are taught by local professors.

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Museo de Bellas Artes. Originally a convent, this museum is tucked away near the Plaza de Armas bus station and shopping mall. Its collection of Sevilla’s art throughout the centuries will deepen your understanding of the city’s history. The museum’s largest room, formerly the convent’s church, is a particular highlight: its display of enormous canvases and frescos is breathtaking.

Why study in Sevilla this fall?

August and September are two of Sevilla’s hottest months, but those temperatures open up a world of opportunities. You won’t find a better time to head to the beaches of Huelva or Cádiz than during this time of year. Acquainting yourself with Spain’s seafood menu in a beachside restaurant is a delicious and scenic treat.
The weather in Sevilla
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Once the sun sets, those hot days turn into beautiful nights spent outside in a restaurant’s patio or one of Sevilla’s countless plazas. The season for La Liga, the premier soccer league of Spain and one of the most highly regarded in all of Europe, begins right around the time you arrive. During the afternoon and evening restaurants, patios, and tapas bars fill up as people watch games. You will also have the option of attending home games for Sevilla’s two professional soccer teams, Real Betis Balompié and Sevilla Fútbol Club. Whether you like soccer or not these games are always exciting cultural events.

As the semester progresses, and fall moves into winter, you will be less than 3 hours away from the snow-capped mountains of the Sierra Nevada. So, even though Sevilla is flat and itself rarely sees snow, skiing or snowboarding is a weekend option for its students.

Beginning soon after students arrive in the city, Sevilla hosts a number of notable events that attract national and international attention. During the Bienal de Flamenco, which happens in September and October, flamenco spills out of the bars and theaters and into the city streets. Events of all sorts highlight different aspects of this quintessential Spanish style of song, dance, and music.

Then, from the end of September until the early days of November, the Prado de San Sebastian is taken over by the Festival de las Naciones. This six week fair brings music, food, drink, and wares from all over the world to Sevilla. While the festival has a long daily schedule, be sure to check the extensive concert schedule so that you don’t miss any interesting singers or bands.

Just as the Festival de las Naciones ends, Sevilla’s Festival de Cine Europeo begins. For 8 days, Sevilla hosts some of the continent’s most famous figures in cinema and its theaters are filled with all sorts of new, recent, and classic films. Anyone that loves movies cannot afford to miss this event.

Then, as your time in Sevilla is coming to a close, you will witness the spectacle of the Christmas season. Both the city’s government and a large number of churches and convents ensure that December is filled with events like processions, visual art exhibitions, nativity scenes, winter sports, and musical performances. Additionally, all sorts of artists and vendors flock to Sevilla in order to cater to the large crowds.

Events like these will help you make once-in-a-lifetime memories during your semester abroad in Sevilla!

This river, the Guadalquivir, which stretches almost 350 miles through Andalusia, was what made Sevilla a famous port city during Spain’s years as a colonial power. These days, it provides an arena for sightseeing cruises, rowing, and kayaking. Additionally, along the river banks you will find an array of parks (whether you want to sit or skateboard), cafés, and paved paths that are great for some cardio. Watching a sunset sprawl across the Guadalquivir is not a sight you will soon forget.

Student Life

All students in the UNC in Sevilla program live with a host family. Host families take care of laundry, cleaning, and other rooming concerns. Families are carefully chosen by CINECU staff. Most families house students for economic reasons but are warm and thoughtful people.

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.

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“I loved the city of Sevilla–it was big enough that there was always something going on yet small enough that it wasn’t overwhelming. Also it was a great environment to learn Spanish in because the people are very friendly and want to talk to you.”
“I enjoyed my teachers at EUSA. And I believe that taking the majority of my classes at the University helped my ability to understand, read and write Spanish.”
“The history of Spain was very interesting and relevant. I was there during the November elections and we really got to learn a lot about the parties and locals’ sentiments towards the candidates.”
“The best characteristic is that everything is taught in Spanish; my Spanish improved drastically because I had no choice but to speak it throughout the day.”