Seville, Spain

Introduction

The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Study Abroad Center offers undergraduate students the opportunity to study for the fall and/or spring semesters in Seville, Spain. On site, the program is coordinated by the International College of Seville (ICS); students attend classes at both ICS and Universidad de Sevilla (UdeS).

The period of study is August through December for the Fall semester, and January through May for the Spring semester.

This program is open to all majors, but is particularly ideal for students who are pursuing degrees, minors and/or certificates in the following fields of study:

  • Anthropology
  • Art History
  • Business
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • History
  • Political Science
  • Religion
  • Spanish

Students may choose from a wide variety of courses offered at the International College of Seville and Universidad de Sevilla.

Informational meetings: 

  • Wednesday, Mar. 8, 1:30 – 2:20, Moore 225
  • Tuesday, Mar. 21, 2:00 – 2:50, Moore 254

Fall 2017 application deadline: Monday, April 3


Host Institution

Students attend classes in Spanish and English at the International College of Seville (ICS). Founded in 1982, ICS is a private, independent, cultural association whose basic aim is to serve as a center for the promotion of international education. Located in a three-story Andalusian villa just minutes away from the University, ICS provides all academic and logistical support services on-site.

Through ICS, advanced language students may enroll in classes at the Universidad de Sevilla (UdeS), working with the University’s Departments of Philology and Geography and History. Founded at the end of the 15th century and granted official status in 1551, UdeS is the largest university system in Andalusia serving 48,000 students, and is one of the major universities in Spain. As one of Spain’s leading institutions of higher learning, the University’s various schools and institutes serve the educational needs of Spain’s southern-most region.


Curriculum

The UHM Semester in Seville program provides students an opportunity to fulfill UHM major, minor, elective, focus, foundations, diversification and foreign language requirements for graduation. Students on the program must be enrolled full-time and may earn up to 15 credits.

The program runs from early September to mid-December for the fall semester, and mid-January to mid-May for the spring semester.

The UHM Study Abroad Center appoints a designated UHM Resident Director when appropriate. The Resident Director teaches two classes, oversees students’ academic progress and mentors all participants. All students are required to take one of the two UHM Resident Director’s classes. The subjects vary each semester according to the expertise of the UHM professor.

COURSE OFFERINGS

At the Universidad de Sevilla UHM students will take classes from the Facultad de Filología and the Facultad de Geografía e Historia in the areas of Spanish language, Literature, Art, Geography, and History. All courses are taught in Spanish by professors at UdeS. Click here for the University of Seville course descriptions.

At the International College of Seville, students take classes in History, Art History, Business, Political Science, and Economics. In addition, Spanish language and literature classes are taught in Spanish. Click here for the ICS full course descriptions.

Internships, available to students who qualify, offer the opportunity to work with a Spanish organization and receive UHM credits. Prospective students must have at least an intermediate level of Spanish.

Click here for a list of courses available at the International College of Seville and University of Seville with UHM equivalents. Course offerings are subject to availability and may change without prior notice.

Students may choose to study at the Universidad de Sevilla, ICS, or at both institutions. Regardless of the course of study, students must take one class from the accompanying UHM Faculty Resident Director.

FACULTY RESIDENT DIRECTOR

Spring 2017: Judith Mills Wong, (retired) UHM Shidler College of Business, Financial Economics and Institutions. She will be teaching the following courses:

Fall 2017: Paul Deering, UHM College of Education. He will be teaching the following courses:

check his link on Facebook: Study Abroad Seville

Spring 2018: Marc Moody, UHM College of Communications. He will be teaching the following courses:

Courses taken at the Universidad de Sevilla and International College of Seville will appear on UHM transcripts as UHM credits.

STUDY ABROAD ADVISOR

Vanessa Chong

Current as of Jan. 20, 2017.


Location

Seville is the capital of Andalusia, a region inundated with culture and romance. Andalusia is the backdrop of Bizet’s Carmen, the intense passion and faith of Semana Santa (Holy Week), the bacchanalia and revelry of Feria, the gyrating, hand-clapping, heel-stomping ballet and the songs of love and tragedy of the flamenco. Nowhere is Spain’s character and history manifested to the degree as in Andalusia, the meeting point of many cultures and periods.

Seville represents the passion and life of the region. By day, the diversity of Seville’s heritage becomes apparent. The Roman, Moorish (Muslim), Jewish, Phoenician, Visigoth, and Catholic traditions merge to spark the imagination of newcomers. Located 70 miles inland, Seville has access to the Atlantic Ocean through the Guadalquivir River running north to south, dividing the city into the east and west banks. Most of the city, including the old quarter of Barrio Santa Cruz, is on the east bank, while the Barrio Triana lies on the west bank.


Housing

Students live in a shared room with a Spanish host family and generally take all meals with the family throughout the program. A major value of the homestay is that it provides students with the opportunity to closely interact with and learn from host country nationals. In addition to taking students beyond the public face of the Spanish people, the contact with everyday Spanish language in a natural setting is extremely valuable to students’ academic progress and cultural understanding.


Excursions

Included in the cost of the program is a series of program-sponsored field trips designed to enrich classroom activities. These include excursions to Granada, Córdoba, Ronda, Jerez de la Frontera, Itálica and Puerto. All students are encouraged to participate in one or several of the many sports, music, special interest or social clubs at Universidad de Sevilla and International College of Seville. These activities provide an excellent way to further develop communication skills in Spanish and to participate in the daily flow of Spanish life.

 

During the Spring, Seville comes alive with circuses, folklore displays, bullfights and flamenco day and night during Semana Santa and Feria de Abril festivals.


Photos

Seville, Spain


Program Cost

$12,332 (Fall 2016)

Cost includes ICS tuition, homestay, orientation, all meals, cell phone, excursions, health insurance, wireless access, airport pickup, resident permit, textbooks, ground transportation, UHM Study Abroad and student visa fees.

Roundtrip airfare between Honolulu and Seville is not included; students have the option of taking the flight arranged by Third Eye Travel or making their own travel arrangements.

STUDENT VISA

Students participating in the Seville program must obtain a student visa prior to arriving in Spain; students intending to study abroad in Seville for an academic year (Fall and Spring semesters) must also provide a Police Criminal Record clearance.

FINANCIAL AID

FOR UHM STUDENTS ONLY: In order to receive financial aid, please ensure that either: a) you are receiving financial aid during the current semester, or b) that you complete the Financial Aid application during the current semester. www.hawaii.edu/fas

NON-UHM STUDENTS (those attending other colleges and universities during the regular school year) must apply for financial aid at their home institutions.

SCHOLARSHIP

See the Resources page for a list of possible scholarships.


Admission Requirements

The program is designed primarily for undergraduate students who are interested in studying in Seville with specific interests in history, art, political science, economics, business, marketing, language and literature. All applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0. However, students with a lower GPA may be considered. Non-native English-speaking students must have taken the TOEFL exam within the last two years and earned a composite score of 600+ or have taken the UHM ELI placement exam.

Admission to the program is selective. All applicants for the program will be judged on their academic performance, reasons for wishing to attend the program, flexibility and sensitivity to other cultures, and ability to adjust to a new cultural setting.

Immediately upon acceptance to the program, students are required to pay a $500.00 non-refundable initial payment to ensure a place in the program. The initial payment will be applied toward the cost of the program.

Please note that students accepted to the program are required to attend three mandatory pre-departure class sessions totaling 12 hours. Failure to attend will result in students being withdrawn from the program.


Application

A completed Study Abroad Center application and three academic references must be received by the Study Abroad Center by the following dates to receive consideration. Students from outside the UH System must also submit official transcripts from every college attended.

APPLICATION DEADLINES:

Fall semester: April 1*
Spring semester: October 15*

*The Study Abroad Center is closed on weekends, and Federal and State holidays.

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