Liberal Arts in Seville, Spain (CIEE)

  • Location: Spain - Seville
  • GPA Requirements: 2.75 GPA
  • Other Requirements: 4 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: Liberal Arts in Seville, Spain (CIEE)

Program Dates:

Fall 2023: August 30th – December 15th

Spring 2024: January 17th – May 10th

Fall 2024: September 4th – December 13th

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.


The Liberal Arts program is designed to help advanced level Spanish students improve their spoken and written Spanish skills while they pursue coursework in a variety of subjects. In addition to a range of courses offered by CIEE, students can enroll directly in courses at any of the schools at Universidad de Sevilla or Universidad Pablo de Olavide. From art history to service-learning, there’s plenty to inspire you. Prior to departure for Seville, all students take a scheduled 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 take five to six courses, for a total of 15-18 semester credits, including:

  • One two-week intensive Spanish language course
    • HISP 3502 CSCS Cultural History of Spain
    • SPAN 3501 CSCS Advanced Spanish Grammar, depending on results from language placement exam. 
    • Independent Research Project (optional)
    • Business Internship (optional)
  • Four to five semester elective courses
    • CIEE Business, Economics, Management, and Marketing (maximum one course)
    • CIEE Communication, Journalism, and Media
    • CIEE History, Anthropology, Religion
    • CIEE Language and Cultural Studies
    • CIEE Literature, Linguistics, and Writing
    • CIEE Social Sciences
    • CIEE Visual Arts
  • Cursos Concertados semester courses at 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 University of Seville are scheduled Monday through Thursday and meet twice a week. Direct enrollment courses can also meet on Fridays. Instruction is usually lecture-style. CIEE classes are open to CIEE students only. Cursos Concertados are open to students from U.S. institutions. While CIEE classes and Cursos Concertados share the same calendar, direct Matriculation university classes with Spanish and international students last until the end of the regular semester.

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, 100-120 research hours
Cursos Concertados at University of Seville: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours, unless otherwise noted
University of Seville: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours, unless otherwise noted
University Pablo de Olavide: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours, unless otherwise noted
EUSA School of Communications: 3 U.S. 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. 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 $800. 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 ($1900), 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 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. The Allegheny approval application deadline is February 20 for fall programs and September 20 for spring programs. 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.