Exchange South Carolina for Southern Spain and immerse yourself in the life of a city that was founded more than a thousand years ago, connected Spain to the New World and gave birth to flamenco. With a population of almost seven hundred thousand inhabitants, Sevilla is one of Spain’s largest cities; however, it avoids the overwhelming hustle and bustle of other capital cities, remaining surprisingly laid-back. It is a very safe city, and people often stroll through the streets or along the Guadalquivir River long into the night. There is a reason that so many poems and flamenco songs are dedicated to this city and its many distinct neighborhoods: Sevilla is a beautiful place whose history sits next to a vibrant present-day culture.
In Sevilla, you will deepen your knowledge of Spanish culture through daily interactions with the local community. 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 the contemporary architecture that marks Sevilla’s entry into the 21st century. Let the charms of Sevilla inspire you to enhance your language skills, enjoy the delicious tapas and admire the breath-taking sights. Balance your coursework with inspiring cultural activities that demonstrate how learning is far more than just a mental exercise: it is the very essence of life.
If you are a Spanish, LIH or LIT major and want to spend an entire semester abroad, Clemson’s International Spanish Program (Spring or Fall) will give you the opportunity to complete 15-18 credits while immersing yourself in the life and culture of a quintessential Spanish city.
We also offer you the chance to extend your learning beyond the classroom’s walls. For LIH or LIT students, this program will allow you to complete an internship and learn about the Spanish healthcare or business world from people with years of experience in the field. Spanish majors as well as students who do not need to complete an internship to meet their major requirements have the option to participate in our volunteer program, a unique opportunity to connect with Sevilla on a deeper level by serving and impacting the local community.
Centuries of History are waiting for you!
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:
Students will take a long weekend to explore the cities of Madrid and Segovia. In Madrid, they will visit the Museo Nacional del Prado and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, museums that hold world renowned artistic masterpieces from Spain and other parts of Europe. Students will also participate in walking tours in which they will see the city’s most famous neighborhoods, markets, plazas and cathedrals. During their day trip to Segovia, they will go to the Royal Glass Factory of La Granja, in which they will observe the fascinating and intricate techniques of glass production. Students will also take a tour through Segovia’s historical center where they will learn about the impressive Roman aqueduct that has served as the city’s most important landmark for over 2,000 years.
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.
I have never had a class where I was close with my teacher. However, all of the teachers on this program were so outgoing and friendly that everybody got to know them on more a personal level.
Being able to take classes both at the university and at EUSA. I was able to get a feel for what school was like in another country with the university classes and at the same time I was able to take the EUSA classes which were a little less challenging and more like the classes at UNC.
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.
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 feel it was an amazing experience, one of the best decisions of my life. Academically, I feel so much more comfortable using Spanish. I could definitely incorporate Spanish into my career. Personally, I feel more independent, confident and assertive. I really grew as a person. I learned how to be flexible and patient when dealing with people who are not like me. I learned decision making and problem solving skills. This program also opened my eyes to how people from other cultures see the world.
The best characteristic of my academic study abroad was living with a Spanish family. This forced me to constantly interact and think in Spanish, and I think was the number one contributing factor to my improving my Spanish and knowledge of Spanish culture.
I got to experience a world that was totally different from what I’m used to in the United States. Being able to travel around Europe was awesome because now I know that there is so much more of the world I need to see