The CINECU for Ohio State in Seville: Hispanic Studies in Multiple Disciplines program is designed to expose students to the vibrant city of Sevilla while allowing them to improve their ability to speak, write and understand the Spanish language. Sevilla, the capital of Andalucía and the birthplace of Velázquez, Murillo, and Bécquer (to name a few), offers unique opportunities to explore Spanish culture, history and architecture.
Sevilla is located only an hour from the beach and two and a half hours from Madrid by AVE (Spain’s High Speed train). The city also has a great airport with low fare airlines to most major cities in Europe, which facilitates international travel.
This program has been created and designed in close collaboration with Ohio State’s Spanish and Portuguese Department, and all CINECU courses have been pre-approved for Ohio State credit. The program is targeted towards –but not limited to– Spanish majors and minors who want to take their career to the next level and experience it all abroad without falling behind on their coursework. To participate in the CINECU for Ohio State in Seville program, students need to have completed at least through Spanish 3403 and meet the GPA requirements (2.7 cumulative and 3.0 in Spanish language coursework).
The program is administered at the Centro Internacional de Estudios Culturales (CINECU), part of the Estudios Universitarios y Superiores de Andalucía (EUSA). CINECU is located a short distance from the historical center of Sevilla in the modern facilities of EUSA, which include a computer lab equipped with internet access, a library, study/lounge areas, and sports facilities. The wonderful on-site staff will provide individual assistance in order to ease students into their studies and life in Sevilla while they build rapport with their professors. Additionally, students will benefit from having Irene Ramos Arbolí onsite, former Ohio State professor and graduate student familiar with Ohio State curriculum.
For Buckeyes to truly live the whole Andalucian experience, students will spend their semester(s) with a Sevillian family. Host families are carefully selected by CINECU staff and they will take care of laundry, cleaning, and other rooming concerns, as well as providing 3 meals per day.
Let the charms of Sevilla inspire you to learn the language, live the culture, discover the sights, and make unforgettable memories!
Centuries of history are waiting for you!
In addition to visiting different historic sites around the city, there will be several mandatory 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. If the weather allows it, we will make a day trip 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 Andalucía.
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.
Students will have the option to go on these cultural visits:
Las Bodegas Góngora
Bodegas Góngora is a winery in Aljarafe de Sevilla that was established in 1682. During the visit, a family owner describes the history and techniques of creating unique Spanish wines while giving students a tour of the antique cellar and the bodega’s monumental grape press that has been used to produce their wines since the 16th century. The tour concludes with a guided tasting; in which students have the opportunity to sample a variety of the bodega’s specialties.
Basilippo Olive Oil Factory
Family-owned Basilippo Olive Oil Factory is located in El Viso del Alcor y Carmona of Sevilla. Students will have a guided tour of the hacienda, learn about the elaborate process of olive oil fabrication, discover the distinctive characteristics of top-notch olive oil and sample their delicious products.
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