Seville, Spain


The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Study Abroad Center offers undergraduate students the opportunity to study for the summer in Seville, Spain. On-site, the program is coordinated by the International College of Seville (ICS).

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2024 application deadline: Friday, Feb. 16

Schedule an appointment with a Study Abroad Adviser on STAR Balance.

Informational meetings: 

  • Monday, Jan. 22  2:00-3:00  Kuy 313 and via Zoom

Dates: May 29 to June 28, 2024

ICS Summer in Seville | ICS Flamenco in Seville

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.

Founded at the end of the 15th century and granted official status in 1551, Universidad de Sevilla (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.


The UHM Summer in Seville program provides students an opportunity to fulfill UHM major, minor, elective and foreign language requirements for graduation.

Students on the program must be enrolled full-time and earn six credits of Spanish language (beginning, intermediate or advanced) at the International College of Seville

The program provides an excellent introduction for students planning to work in fields requiring a thorough knowledge of Spanish language and culture. Classes are held weekdays at the International College of Seville.

Each week, the cultural courses are given on-site at a place of historic relevance. With these extensive visits students are able to see and experience, first-hand, the subject matter studied.  For the Spanish program, on-site classes are given at the following locations: The Royal Palace of Alcázar, The Cathedral, the Islamic & Jewish Quarters and Triana Market.

The UHM Study Abroad Center appoints a designated UHM Resident Director when appropriate. The Resident Director oversees students’ academic progress,  mentors and/or tutors all participants. All students must participate in experiential learning activities led by the Resident Director in addition to taking classes at the host institution.


  • Spanish 101-102 Elementary Spanish Abroad (3 cr. each) HSL
  • Spanish 258-259 Intermediate Spanish Abroad (3 cr. each) HSL Pre: 102, 160 or equivalent.
  • Spanish 358-359 Third-Level Spanish Abroad (3 credits each) Pre: 202, 259, 260 or equivalent. Fulfills Spanish certificate or upper division elective credit requirements.
  • Spanish 458-459 Fourth-Level Spanish Abroad (3 credits each) Pre: 359, 360 or equivalent. Fulfills Spanish certificate or upper division elective credit requirements.

Courses taken in Seville will appear on UHM transcripts as UHM courses.

Look here for an overview of the Summer 2019 program.


The UHM Study Abroad Center appoints a designated UHM Resident Director when appropriate. The Resident Director oversees students’ academic progress, mentors and/or tutors all participants. All students must participate in experiential learning activities led by the Resident Director, in addition to taking classes at the host institution.

Summer 2024: Elizabeth McFarlane, Office of Public Health Studies. 

Current as of May 30, 2024.


Seville (Sevilla) 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.


Students live with a Spanish host family and generally take all meals with the family throughout the program, with two students sharing a room. 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.


During the Summer program University of Seville students are taken on three distinct trips, complete with air-conditioned bus and English-speaking guide. The organized group trips, led by ICS staff members, are to the city of Córdoba, and a three-day visit to Morocco. Like the cultural visits to points of interest within the city, the organized summer trips are included in the fees.


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Program Cost (from 2024)


Cost includes program fees, housing, full meal plan, laundry, orientation, health insurance-private clinics, medical specialists, house calls, 24-hr. support service, welcome weekend, cooking classes, four guided cultural visits, field trip excursions, free Wi-Fi access for laptops, on-site library, study areas, and extracurricular activities. 

Field trips are to Córdoba and Morocco (two nights, transportation from Seville, three days and two nights accommodation, guided visits, cultural shows, and all meals included). 

Extracurricular activities include Welcome Weekend: breakfast buffet at Orientation; Flamenco show at Museo del Baile Flamenco and Tapas dinner; walk downtown with Churros and chocolate breakfast; belly dancing and exotic teas, two Spanish cooking classes, two introduction to Flamenco classes, excursion in metro (to the Metromar mall in the town of Mairena del Aljarafe), end-of-term party, and UHM Study Abroad 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.


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

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


See the Money Matters & Resources page for a list of possible scholarships.

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Admission Requirements

Students are eligible to study abroad as early as the second semester of their Freshman year or later.

The program is designed primarily for undergraduate students who are interested in studying in Spanish language and culture in Seville. 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.


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

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