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 that 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, 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 will take courses designed by the program specifically for them, UNC-CINECU courses.  These courses are taught by local professors.  Also, SAS students will be able to take regular university courses in a variety of majors with other Spaniards at the University of Sevilla as well as at EUSA, a private university affiliated with the University of Sevilla.

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The Metropol Parasol de la Encarnación, known popularly as “the mushrooms” because of its unusual avant garde design, is a far cry from the historic architecture that characterizes Sevilla’s city center. The building itself houses a museum, an archaeological site, and restaurants. Its higher floors provide a panoramic view of Sevilla. Additionally, numerous small markets and vendors sit under the shadow of Las Setas.

Why study in Sevilla this spring?

Spring is a great time in Sevilla! As the weather gets warmer there is excitement and expectation in the air. Everyone is looking forward to two of the biggest events of the year, Semana Santa (Holy Week) and the Feria de Abril (April Fair). Studying in the spring gives you the opportunity to experience, firsthand, cultural events for which people travel from all over the world.
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The first of the two events is Semana Santa, which takes place during Easter Week and commemorates the last days of Jesus Christ, his crucifixion, and resurrection. In the name of this commemoration, the different religious brotherhoods of Sevilla organize elaborate processions in which they parade through the streets with statues and icons that belong to their particular churches. Incense, music, and singing accompany these processions. Additionally, the churches themselves are opened up and beautifully decorated for the week. These unique events attract an enormous national and international audience that fills the city streets and are a must see for anyone studying in Sevilla during the spring.

A mere two weeks after Semana Santa, Sevilla is taken over by the Feria de Abril. This event, which is centered in the Remedios neighbourhood, captivates the entire city and places the culture of Andalusia at the forefront. The streets fill up with men and women in traditional costumes on horses or in carriages. There are all sorts of vendors and carnival rides, and the air is filled with the strains of flamenco guitar, clapping, and singing. The Feria marks the beginning of the bullfighting season, and the Teatro de Maestranza is filled with bulls and spectators. In contrast to the sombre nature of Semana Santa, the Feria is celebratory and jubilant.

In addition to these highlights, the weather in Sevilla thaws during the spring. Restaurant patios open up just in time for audiences to gather and watch the closing weeks of the La Liga season. The region’s flowers and fruits begin to sprout and bloom and the city’s inhabitants turn off their heaters and move back out into the streets to enjoy one another’s company.

A spring semester in Sevilla can last up to 5 months, which will give you ample time to learn about the city, its language, and its people.

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

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:



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.

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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.”