SEVILLE: CIEE – multiple universities

Seville, Spain

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Dates

  • Fall Semester - September - December. Exact dates vary by track.
  • Spring Semester - Mid January - Mid May. Exact dates vary by track.
  • Summer 1 Semester - Late May-Late July

Application Deadline

  • Fall Semester - March 1
  • Spring Semester - October 1
  • Summer 1 Semester - March 1

Description

Study Abroad Coordinator: Katie Rabbitt Burke (k.burke@neu.edu)

Capital of Andalusia, Seville was one of the last footholds of the Moorish empire that ruled the Iberian Peninsula. It is home to the ingenious Barber of Seville and the tempestuous Carmen. The great Renaissance painters Velázquez and Murillo were born here, and Ferdinand and Isabel ruled Spain from the royal apartments in the Alcazar Palace. Though the city preserves its past, modern Seville is the commercial hub of Andalusia. For a city of fewer than 800,000, Seville offers amazing cultural activities, from flamenco to classical, pop, and jazz concerts.

Students have multiple options in Seville. Students may enroll for a semester or summer program.

Students can choose from the following semester tracks: Advanced Liberal Arts; Communication, New Media, and Journalism; International Business and Culture; Language and Society; and Liberal Arts. Some tracks offer classes in English and Spanish while other tracks have Spanish-only instruction.

Students can choose  the following summer track: Summer Language and Culture The Language and Culture summer study abroad program focuses on two interwoven areas—Spanish language and Spanish culture and history. Special emphasis is placed on Andalusia and Seville within a European context. Students must enroll in both the Summer I and Summer II tracks to receive the equivalent of 8 NEU credits.

Contact a Study Abroad Ambassador from this program for more information!
- Evan Didisheim, CIEE Seville Fall 2012; didisheim.e@husky.neu.edu

 

Courses

Courses vary by track.  Students will take four or five classes depending on their program track. 

  • If your track requires five courses,  students will be charged Northeastern undergraduate tuition for 16 credits.  Should a student decide to transfer back a fifth course, he or she will then be charged an overload fee as defined on the Northeastern University Registrar’s website.  Please note: See Cost section for additional Study Abroad fees.  
  • Advanced Liberal Arts

    In addition to a variety of specialized CIEE electives, you’ll have access to a wide range of courses at the Universidad de Sevilla. Whether you’re interested in business or engineering, language arts, the humanities or social sciences, you’ll find a curriculum that allows you to explore your interests and earn credit towards your degree in Seville. Students in the Advanced Liberal Arts study abroad program take one course during the Intensive Session. During the remainder of the semester, students take four additional courses—three from the Universidad de Sevilla and/or Universidad Pablo de Olavide (UPO) regular course offerings, and a fourth from the Universidad de Sevilla, UPO, or CIEE and chosen from the liberal arts, teaching development, or business and society programs. Please refer to those sections of the catalog for course information. Students may also enroll in an independent study project under the supervision of a home-campus faculty member. All courses are taught in Spanish and are considered junior- or senior-level.

    Prior to departure for Seville, all students are required to take a CIEE online placement exam during the scheduled exam period: mid-November to mid-December for the spring semester and mid-May to mid-June for the fall semester. The purpose of this exam is to determine the student’s level of Spanish for appropriate placement in language courses. Students should take this exam seriously, as placement in many upper-level courses depends upon a high online placement exam score.

    Communication, New Media, and Journalism

    Study abroad students take five four-credit courses per semester. Depending upon language placement during orientation, students take either Cultural History of Spain or the Advanced Spanish Grammar course during the Intensive Session at the start of the semester. During the regular university session, students must take one of two possible core courses and one of three possible elective courses specifically designed for the Communication, New Media and Journalism program. The remaining classes may be selected from the communication elections, CIEE Liberal Arts program courses, or Universidad de Sevilla/Pablo de Olavide regular university classes with Spanish students. All classes are taught in Spanish.

    International Business and Culture

    Founded in 2005, the CIEE International Business and Culture study abroad program is geared to students with beginning to intermediate level language skills who wish to improve their Spanish language skills while taking a wide variety of courses for diverse majors in English. Study abroad students take one language course during the Intensive Session, which takes place the first few weeks of the semester. Upon completion of the Intensive Session, students take one Spanish language class at their level, and three additional courses from the UPO courses for international students or the optional CIEE course, Intercultural Communication. Students may take up to five classes during the regular session.

    Students at the beginning/elementary Spanish level will choose either the intensive six credit beginning Spanish course (to maximize language acquisition during the semester) or the three credit elementary Spanish course. Students that opt for the four credit elementary language course are strongly encouraged to also take the one credit language laboratory which meets one hour/week, providing students at the elementary level with additional Spanish speaking and pronunciation practice.

    Depending on course availability, students may also choose to take regular university classes taught in English with Spanish students. Students who test into the Advanced Level on the UPO placement exam are required to take at least one content course in Spanish. Students who test into the Advanced Level II are required to take all classes in Spanish.

    Language and Society

    Study abroad students take one intensive four-credit Spanish course for the first few weeks of the program (Intensive Session) and four more classes during the semester (Regular Session), including two CIEE language classes and two content classes. Students take either two CIEE classes or one CIEE class and one Cursos para Extranjeros class. Students may take the CIEE Seminar on Living and Learning in Seville in addition to the four courses during the semester.

    The Intensive Session prepares students for content courses and solidifies their language skills. Based on the results of the language placement exam, students are placed in either SPAN 2501 SELS/Intensive Intermediate Spanish or SPAN 3501 SELS/Intensive Advanced Spanish.

    For the remainder of the program (Regular Session), students are placed in two additional CIEE Spanish language courses: Advanced Grammar and Composition I or II and Advanced Language Skills and Conversation I or II.

    In addition to the language courses, students take two content courses—either two CIEE content courses or one CIEE course and one Cursos para Extranjeros course). Classes are taught in Spanish.

    Liberal Arts

    Students take one intensive course for the first few weeks of the program (Intensive Session) based upon the result of an online language placement exam. Upon completion of the Intensive Session, students begin their program of study, which includes a combination of four courses from CIEE Study Center (CSCS) courses, Cursos para Extranjeros at the Universidad de Sevilla, and regular university classes at the Universidad de Sevilla and UPO. Students may take the CIEE Seminar on Living and Learning in Seville in addition to the four courses during the semester.

    Study abroad students with lower-than-average language levels will be required to continue with a specially designed language class after the intensive session, Academic Writing and Critical Thinking (SPAN 4001 CSCS).

    Liberal Arts participants may also take one CIEE course offered through the New Media, and Journalism program. Please refer to those sections of the catalog for course information. Regular university course offerings at the Universidad de Sevilla and UPO are in the Advanced Liberal Arts section of the catalog. Courses are taught in Spanish.

    Summer Language and Culture

    Summer students will received 8 NU credits per semester. Study abroad students choose one language or content course per session. Prior to departure for Seville, all students are required to take a CIEE online placement exam during the scheduled exam period in mid-April. The purpose of this exam is to determine the student’s level of Spanish, ensuring that he or she is placed in the appropriate language courses. Students should take this exam seriously, as placement in many upper level courses depends upon a high online placement exam score. Students must enroll in both the Summer I and Summer II sessions to receive the equivalent of 8 NEU credits.

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    Host University

    Universidad Pablo de Olavide (UPO) With nearly 11,000 students, the Universidad Pablo de Olavide (UPO) is the second state run university in Seville. It is located on a 345-acre campus, about a 30-minute metro ride from the center of the city. UPO offers both undergraduate and graduate programs in the traditional majors, as well as in biotechnology, environmental sciences, humanities, labor relations, second language acquisition, social work, sports sciences, and translation. Its facilities are equipped with the latest in technology, including campus-wide Internet access, computer, television, video and audio centers, an open access library, sports facilities, and science laboratories.

    Universidad de Sevilla Since its establishment in the 16th century, the Universidad de Sevilla has been one of Spain’s leading institutions of higher learning. The schools of business, communications, economics, engineering, geography and history, law, labor sciences, mathematics, natural sciences, philology, philosophy, psychology, and its many departments and institutes, serve the educational needs of Spain’s most populous region. In total, the Universidad de Sevilla is the educational center for some 75,000 students.

    Eligibility Requirements

    GPA requirement and minimum language level vary by track.  Please refer to the program below for track-specific eligibility criteria.

    Advanced Liberal Arts Track

    • Overall GPA 3.0
    • 3.0 GPA in Spanish language
    • 6 semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent
    • A minimum of 32 NU credits must be completed

    Communications, New Media and Journalism Track

    • Overall GPA 2.75
    • 5 semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent
    • A minimum of 32 NU credits must be completed

    International Business and Culture Track  

    • Overall GPA 2.9
    • 0–4 semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent
    • A minimum of 32 NU credits must be completed

    Language and Society Track

    • Overall GPA 2.75
    • 3-4 semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent
    • A minimum of 32 NU credits must be completed

    Liberal Arts Track

    • Overall GPA 2.75
    • 5 semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent
    • A minimum of 32 NU credits must be completed

    Summer  Language and Culture Track

    • Overall GPA 2.75
    • For CIEE content courses in Spanish, 4 semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent and a 60 on the online placement exam
    • A minimum of 32 NU credits must be completed

    Application Procedure

      • Online OISP Application
      • Completed online CIEE application

        • Upload a photocopy of your passport ID page to the CIEE online application
        • Upload your NEU transcript to the CIEE online application
        • The Home School Nomination forms will be completed online (Completed by your OISP coordinator).
        • One evaluation. If a program has a language prerequisite, the evaluation must be a language evaluation. The CIEE online application will prompt students and will send an email to their evaluator
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      Cost

      Fall 2014 or Spring 2015: $21,367

      Includes: Northeastern University (NU) tuition for 16 NU credits ($21,267), and 24/7 worldwide emergency assistance ($100). Please note that this program requires students to take five courses. Should students choose to transfer back the fifth course, the student will be liable for an additional 4 credit overload fee ($5,317). Students are responsible for all other expenses, including housing and other non-academic costs for which they will be billed directly by the program provider or host institution. Students are also responsible for arranging and purchasing their own flights.

      Spain, Seville: CIEE Study Abroad Program Budget (Semester)

       

      Accommodations

      Accommodation options vary by track. Housing, all meals, and laundry privileges are included for students living in in Spanish- speaking private homes.  Living in a homestay is the best way to improve language skills and feel a part of the local culture. Students choosing the residencia option have all meals except Sunday lunch and have limited meal service during Christmas break, Easter Week, and Feria. Laundry services are also the responsibility of the student in the residencia. All attempts are made to house students individually and in their own room; however, during the spring semester individual rooms are not guaranteed, and many CIEE students share their room and/or homestay with another CIEE student. Academic year students may choose to move into private apartments with Spaniards (not other Americans or Englishspeakers) during the spring semester. Given the size of the city, all students should expect to use public transportation to commute from their place of residence to their classes.

       

      Destination

      Capital of Andalusia, Seville was one of the last footholds of the Moorish empire that ruled the Iberian Peninsula. It is home to the ingenious barber of Seville and the tempestuous Carmen. The great Renaissance painters Velázquez and Murillo were born here, and Ferdinand and Isabel ruled Spain from the royal apartments in the Alcazar Palace. Though the city preserves its past, modern Seville is the commercial hub of Andalusia. For a city of fewer than 800,000, Seville offers amazing cultural activities, from flamenco to classical, pop, and jazz concerts.