For five weeks this summer, trade Southern Canada for Southern Spain and immerse yourself in the life of a city that was founded more than 1,000 years ago.
University of Toronto’s Summer in Sevilla program offers students the exciting opportunity to live in and explore one of Spain’s most culturally vibrant cities. As the capital city of Spain’s Andalucía province, Sevilla is the heart of some of the country’s most lively 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, while in Sevilla you can 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.
During your time here, you will live in the Estanislao del Campo residence with other Spanish and international students and learn about the Spanish culture from the perspective of its people. 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 by the contemporary architecture that marks Sevilla’s entry into the 21st century.
Let the charms of Sevilla inspire you to enhance your language skills, immerse yourself into the Spanish culture, visit the breath-taking sites and make unforgettable memories.
During your five weeks in Sevilla you will be able to take one of three courses: SPAN 100YO, an intro to Spanish course; SPAN 255Y0 Topics in Hispanic Culture; or FAH390YO, a course on Spanish art history. No previous knowledge of Spanish is required. Classes will take place Mondays through Thursdays (time TBA) and there will be some mandatory field trips outside of regular class time.
SPAN 255YO is worth one full-year credit and has two main objectives: To explore the diverse cultures and the interrelationship between Latin America and Spain over five centuries (1492 to present). Program participants will study the institutions, beliefs, and symbols that have shaped these cultures. You will also study how Seville served as the cultural axis between the New World and Europe for centuries. The streets, monuments, and museums of the city reflect the path to that past but also project into the future. Precisely for that reason, once a week students will meet outside of the classroom and the city will become their laboratory. Visits to key Sevillian sites will complement the material covered in the text. All readings and discussions for SPAN 255 are in English so no previous knowledge of Spanish is required.
SPAN100Y0 is an intensive introductory course designed both to present the fundamentals necessary for understanding, speaking, reading and writing correct Spanish and to provide a range of opportunities for students to gain practical insights into the customs and cultural contexts of the contemporary Spanish-speaking world. In class instruction combines weekly “outdoor” activities where the students need to use the language in a natural/real context with lectures where grammar is taught through a variety of activities and audiovisual and multimedia materials
FAH390YO will explore facets of Spain’s rich artistic tradition by placing a special emphasis on Seville’s very own unique and extensive art history. The class will survey artistic trends and developments across twenty centuries. Seville’s varied artistic history will allow us to examine Roman monuments, Islamic palaces, Gothic cathedrals, works by many of Spain´s greatest painters and architects, and more. Weekly site visits and field trips will allow students to use Seville’s rich cultural heritage as a sort of “laboratory” where they will be able to engage with the material covered in class in a meaningful way.
Centuries of History are waiting for you!
During your five weeks in Sevilla, you will visit monuments and sites that highlight different facets of Andalucía and its history.
Sevilla has been one of Spain’s most important cities for centuries, and it has the buildings and statues to prove it! A guide will lead you through visits to the city’s most important historical sites, such as the cathedral de Santa María (the largest cathedral in the world), the Real Alcázar (a beautiful royal palace dating back to the 13th century), and the Jewish quarter (the center of the city’s Jewish population during the Middle Ages).
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