Seville, Spain


Spain’s fourth largest city, Seville is situated on the banks of the Guadalquivir River and enjoys a temperate climate and rich cultural life. Under Roman rule, Seville became a great port in 205 B.C. Later, Columbus was received here when he returned from his voyage to the new World, and it was from Seville that Magellan set sail around the globe. The Seville Cathedral, built in the 1400s, is possibly the most impressive Gothic cathedral in the Christian world. Seville is also known for its Moorish palaces, Renaissance gardens, paintings, statues, and world-famous ceramic tiles. In addition, the city’s Museum of Fine Arts has one of the finest collections in Spain. An extensive public transportation system links the various neighborhoods and attractions.

The Program

Spanish Studies Abroad is housed in two connected Sevillian mansions in the heart of the city’s commercial and social center. The average number of American students studying Spanish each semester is about 120, and the program in English language study hosts about 200 Spanish students during the academic year. The Center promotes interaction of Spanish and American students by organizing social events and activities, such as outings to the theater, festivals, carnivals, art exhibits, concerts, video presentations, and parties. Students may also participate in intercambios (conversation exchanges) with one or more of the Center’s Spanish students, thus encouraging people to develop friendships with Spanish students.


Students applying for the fall or full year must have completed four semesters of Spanish (second semester Intermediate or the equivalent). A grade average of B (3.0) or above in Spanish is required for participation in this program.

The Intermediate Spanish track is no longer available in Seville as of Spring 2010.

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:

Student Life

Spanish Studies Abroad provides a library, a sala de profesores, in which to consult with professors during office hours, a computer room, study rooms, email access, student lounges, and patios for relaxing between classes. Spanish Studies Abroad also provides a health insurance policy.

While studying with Spanish Studies Abroad, students have to option to stay in a private home with a Spanish family or in a Residencia. The Center insures that your accommodations will provide a warm and tranquil atmosphere that is conducive to learning. If staying with a host family, meals are eaten at home with the family.


Students are charged Allegheny tuition, fees (including $300 off-campus fee), room and board for the Spanish Studies Abroad Program in Seville, Spain. Allegheny financial aid, except work/study, is applied to program costs. Additional costs include ISIC card fee, insurance, international airfare, personal expenses (including passport, any expenses associated with obtaining your student visa , and local transportation in country). The cost of the pre-semester intensive sessions is not included in the Allegheny fee. The $50.00 application fee has been waived as of Spring 2010. Allegheny will pay the program deposit on your behalf. Should you withdraw from the program after the deposit has been paid you will be responsible for this fee.