Program Overview



For six weeks this summer, swap the farms of Southern Virginia for the lush olive groves of Southern Spain and immerse yourself in the life of a city that was founded by the Roman Empire. With a population just over 1 million, Sevilla provides the big city feeling, but without the overwhelming press of other metropolises. You will live with a host family and learn about the Spanish language and culture from their experiences. The topics 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.

The capital city of Spain’s Andalucía 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 province is surrounded with impressive historical architecture, such as the world’s third largest cathedral, which sits in the center of the city next to a royal palace.  Your stay here will also deepen your knowledge of the country’s unique history, given that Sevilla was the national port for out-going and in-coming traffic from the Americas at the height of the Spanish empire. In addition, you will have the opportunity to admire the famous artistic productions of painters like Diego Velázquez, the most renowned Baroque painter of the 17th century, who was  born and trained here.

Let the charms of Sevilla inspire you to enhance your language skills, immerse yourself into the Spanish culture, visit the intriguing sights and make unforgettable memories.

University of Richmond’s Spiders in Sevilla Program

Select Your Program and Get an Amazing Experience in Sevilla!

Summer in Sevilla

In the Summer in Sevilla program, you will take 1 or 2 courses earning 1 or 2 units towards your Spanish major/minor. Past course offerings include LAIS 302: Spanish through Literature, LAIS 303: Spanish in the Media, LAIS 311: Peoples and Cultures of Spain, LAIS 321: Literary Spain, and LAIS 463: Modern Spanish Narrative. These classes will seamlessly transfer to UR and help familiarize you with the life and history of the culture in which you will be living. Some classes have pre-requisites, but remember that pre-requisites and upper-level courses can be taken concurrently while studying abroad. Classes will be conducted exclusively in Spanish by native speakers and composed exclusively of UR students.

Academics and Athletics in Spain

Take your training beyond the borders of the United States and into one of Spain’s most important cities. Prepare yourself in the gym, physically and mentally, for competition and see firsthand what form that struggle takes in different Spanish arenas.

This program will allow you to complete your COM 2 requirement (LAIS 221) in Sevilla (Spain) during May Term, while participating in cultural and athletic activities. All program participants will have the opportunity to train in a private gym under the supervision of the program’s on-site athletic coordinator. Program participants will also have the opportunity to attend various Spanish amateur and/or professional sporting events in Sevilla area.

Balance your workouts with classroom lessons and use what you have learned in the streets, stores, and stadiums of Sevilla. You already speak the international language of sports: now, learn to express yourself with the national tongue of Spain.

Healthcare Internships in Sevilla

As the world’s economies and governments become more connected through modern technology and industry, it has become more important than ever for University of Richmond students to be acquainted with cultures outside their own. In this climate the study of many careers, especially those in the healthcare field, increasingly require and reward professionals with an international perspective and multilingual skills. Spiders should not enter into healthcare and related fields without any prior experience. Allow CINECU to help you balance your classroom learning with on-site job experience as an intern in Sevilla.

Refund policy

Withdrawal from program (must be in writing)

Amount refunded

90 days or more prior to program start
60-90 days prior to program start
30-59 days prior to program start
29 days or less prior to program start

Get to Know Sevilla

Centuries of History are waiting for you!

Student Life

Everyone lives in pairs with a Spanish host family. Your room and board, including meals and laundry, are taken care of by your hosts. Your family will only speak Spanish, which provides you with a comfortable and low-stress environment in which you can polish your Spanish conversation skills. Living with a Spanish family also allows you to learn about Spain and Sevilla from their personal experiences and perspectives. Be sure to discuss restaurants and local events so that you can get the most out of your time here!

CINECU staff members interview all host families and personally visit their homes in order to ensure that the locations are safe for students and that all homes are in order.
If you choose to live in Estanislao del Campo residence hall, you will be able to access your building 24 hours a day, and facility staff members are always available.

CINECU staff is also available 24/7 to help students deal with any problems that may arise during your stay.

During your time in Sevilla, you will have access to CINECU´s library and EUSA´s facilities, which includes a computer lab with high-speed internet access, free Wifi all over campus and free printing. There is also an on-site café where you can get a quick snack or recharge your batteries with a café con leche.

All your meals will be prepared by your host family, unless previous arrangements are made. This allows you to personally experience the Spanish diet and eating schedule (hint: if you’re used to eating dinner at 6 o’clock sharp, be prepared for quite a shock!), in addition to dipping into Sevilla’s incredible selection of restaurants. Of course, any vegetarians and vegans will be accommodated. However, be sure to communicate any dietary restrictions or requirements to the program director as early as possible to ensure that your needs are met!

Activities and Trips

During your six weeks in Seville, you can choose to participate in the following site visits and trips that highlight different facets of Andalusia and its history.

Something Extra

Alcalá de Guadaira and the White Tows of Andalusia
Students participating in the “Summer in Seville” program will visit a 12th century Moorish fortress in Alcalá de Guadaira, one of the most important towns in Sevilla´s province, and take a long weekend field trip to the famous White Towns of Andalusia.


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.

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