Communications, New Media + Journalism (SPANISH track) in Seville, Spain (CIEE)

Program Dates
Term Start Date End Date
Spring 2024 January 17th, 2024 May 10th 2024
Fall 2024 September 4th, 2024 December 13th, 2024
Spring 2025 January 15th, 2025 May 14th, 2025

These dates are tentative. Confirm program dates before booking travel.

Where: Seville, Spain

Seville has its origins in the trade routes controlled by the Phoenicians in the 8th century BC. Romans, Goths, Muslims, and Christians established their capital here before it became the most important city in Southern Europe and gateway to the Americas in the 16th century. The commercial hub of its region, the city preserves many traces of its past and traditions. With 700,000 residents, Seville offers a large variety of cultural activities that range from the Flamenco Bienal and the European Film Festival to alternative theatre venues, bars with live music, beautiful streets and open spaces, and, of course, one of the most respected bullrings in the world.


Combining theory and hands-on practice, this program is designed for students considering a career in communications. Students take courses with Spanish students at the Universidad de Sevilla and may also select classes in the CIEE Liberal Arts program. Along the way, students learn about Spanish culture with a range of projects and activities. Great emphasis is placed on helping students explore their host community with a greater sense of purpose and reciprocity in their exchanges. Prior to departure for Seville, all students take a CIEE online placement exam. Results determine appropriate placement in language courses. Placement in many upper-level courses depends on a high score. Students agree to speak only Spanish to encourage language and cultural acquisition.

Students enroll in five to six courses for a total of 15-18 credits.

  • One two-week Intensive Spanish Language course
    • HISP 3502 CSCS Cultural History of Spain, or SPAN 3501 CSCS Advanced Spanish Grammar, depending on results from the placement exam
  • One or more CIEE CNMJS semester core courses
    • COMM 3001 SCMJ/JOUR 3001 SCMJ/SPAN 3001 SCMJ Magazine Reporting and Writing and/or
      COMM 3008 SCMJ/JOUR 3006 SCMJ/SPAN 3004 SCMJ Digital Video Reporting in Context (see Communication, Journalism, and Media course list below)
  • One or more CIEE CNMJS semester elective courses
    • COMM 3004 SCMJ/HISP 3001 SCMJ/NMDS 3001 SCMJ Digital and Visual Culture in Contemporary Spain and/or
      COMM 3007 SCMJ/JOUR 3005 SCMJ/SOCI 3001 SCMJ Social Justice, Action and Media: Stories that Matter (see Communication, Journalism, and Media course list below)
    • Independent Research Project (optional)
    • Business Internship (optional)
  • Additional semester elective courses from:
    • CIEE Business, Economics, Management, and Marketing (maximum one course)
    • CIEE Health Professions and Related Programs
    • CIEE History, Philosophy, Religion
    • CIEE Languages and Cultural Studies
    • CIEE Literature, Linguistics, and Writing
    • CIEE Psychology
    • CIEE Social Sciences
    • CIEE Visual and Performing Arts
  • Cursos Concertados semester courses at the University of Seville Host Institution semester courses (maximum of two courses):
    • University of Seville (US)
    • University of Pablo Olavide (UPO)
    • EUSA School of Communications (EUSA)

Academic Structure

CIEE classes and Cursos Concertados at the Universidad de Sevilla are scheduled Monday through Thursday and meet twice a week. Direct enrollment courses are scheduled Monday through Friday. CIEE classes are only open to CIEE students. The program’s core courses usually include students from the Universidad de Sevilla. Cursos Concertados are open to other international students. Direct enrollment university classes with Spanish and international students last until the end of the regular semester. Students should plan on staying at least a week longer in the fall and a month longer in the spring. Core and elective courses are taught by media professionals with experience in collaborative and experiential learning projects. Other courses are taught by faculty from the Universidad de Sevilla or the Universidad Pablo de Olavide. The program’s core courses: ‘Digital Video Reporting in Context and Magazine Reporting in Context’ are workshops that give students the possibility of exploring their new social and cultural environment as documentarists.

Course Credit

CIEE courses: 3 semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours
CIEE Internship 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 15 contact hours, 100 placement hours
CIEE Directed Independent Research: 3 semester/4.5 quarter credits; 15 contact hours, 100 research hours
Cursos Concertados at University of Seville: 3 semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours, unless otherwise noted
University of Seville: 3 semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours, unless otherwise noted
University Pablo de Olavide: 3 semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours, unless otherwise noted
EUSA School of Communications: 3 semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours, unless otherwise noted


For a full list of course offerings, visit CIEE’s website here.


Allegheny requires an overall G.P.A. of 2.75. 4 Semesters of college-level Spanish (or equivalent)

Housing & Student Life

Homestays: Most students choose to live with a Spanish family. Each student will have his/her own bedroom, and weekly cleaning, laundry and Wi-Fi are provided. Students usually walk or ride rented bikes but may also take public transportation. The average commute to classes is 20-30 minutes maximum. Three meals per day are provided by the host family.

Residence halls: Students live with other Spanish and international students. Participants are placed in small studio apartments. Each studio apartment has two individual rooms and a shared bathroom and kitchen. Residence Halls have study rooms, meeting common spaces, TV rooms, a cinema room, laundry, a gym, a swimming pool, and many more services. Meals are not provided and students will have access to the studio apartment kitchens.

Fees & Costs

Students pay Allegheny tuition, a double room (homestay option), a Gator Blue meal plan (if choosing the homestay option), and an off-campus study fee of $800. Allegheny financial aid, except for work/study, is applied to program costs. Tuition includes housing, international travel insurance (CIEE iNext), orientation, field trips, and transcript administration fees. Allegheny students do not have to pay the program deposit requested by CIEE. Estimated additional costs include meals (if in apartment housing), CIEE application fee, books and supplies (approx. $150), international airfare & local transportation ($1300), visa fees ($160), and possible travel to the consulate for visa, and personal expenses.

Visa & Immigration information

All students are required to have a visa to study in Spain. Please consult with CIEE regarding visa processing.

Application Process

Allegheny students must apply for approval to study off-campus from the Global Education office AND apply directly to their chosen program. For this program, students should work on the Allegheny approval application at the same time as the host program application. Please note that the Allegheny approval application deadline for this program is January 31 for fall intake and August 13 for spring intake. Study away approval applications will be reviewed immediately following the appropriate semester deadline. The separate application deadline to apply directly to this program will vary and could be before or after Allegheny’s approval application due date. Check directly on their website (linked at the top of this page) for deadline information. For more information about the study away application process, please visit the application steps page.