Advanced Liberal Arts in Seville, Spain (CIEE)

  • Location: Spain - Seville
  • GPA Requirements: 2.75 GPA
  • Other Requirements: 6 semesters of college level Spanish
  • Application Deadline: February 20 for fall programs and September 20 for spring programs.
  • Program Term(s): Fall, Spring, academic year
  • Official Website: Advanced Liberal Arts in Seville, Spain (CIEE)

Program Dates:

Spring 2023: (tentative) January 11 – June 9

Fall 2023: (tentative) August 23 – December 22

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.


This program is designed for students with advanced Spanish language skills and strong academic backgrounds. Students take most classes with Spanish students at partner institutions: the Universidad de Sevilla, Universidad Pablo de Olavide, and EUSA, as well as from CIEE Seville where a variety of specialized electives are offered. Whether you’re interested in business, engineering, language, arts, the humanities, or social sciences, you can explore your interests and earn credit toward your degree in Seville. 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.


Allegheny requires an overall G.P.A. of 2.75. Students who want to take classes at University Pablo de Olavide, the G.P.A. is 2.9.  6 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. 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, cinema room, laundry, gym, 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, double room (homestay option), meal plan C (if choosing homestay option), and an off campus study fee of $300. Allegheny financial aid, except 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 consulate for visa, and personal expenses.

Visa & Immigration information

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

Application Process

Allegheny students must first be approved to study off-campus before applying to their chosen program. Application deadlines are February 20 for fall programs and September 20 for spring programs. Applications will be reviewed immediately following the appropriate semester deadline. For more information about the off campus study application process, please visit: Apply