Spain and Morocco: Spanish Culture and Language – CLOSED

Seville, Spain

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  • Summer 1 Semester - May 3 - June 8, 2014 (dates subject to change)

Application Deadline

  • Summer 1 Semester - Priority Deadline: November 15, 2013

Priority deadline is November 15th with a final deadline of January 26th. Program accepting applications until filled and is subject to close at any time.


Faculty leader: Tania Muino Loureiro (

Study Abroad Coordinator: Katie Rabbitt Burke (

Information Session:

Wednesday, November 6th 6-7 p.m. in 121FR 

Term: Summer I


  • CLTR4944 Cultural Engagement Abroad
  • SPNS 2301/2302/3301/3302 Spanish Language Immersion and Directed Study


This program is designed to help you improve your language skills and immerse yourself in Spanish culture, also to better your understanding and appreciation of all things Spanish. During the program we will stay in Spain (Seville, Granada and Madrid) and Morroco (Marrakech and Ouazazate).

We will spend most of our time in Seville. Seville is the capital of the southern region of Andalucia and the third largest city in Spain. It is an easy city to get around and all the major historical and culture sites, as well as the student accommodation and the school are within walking distance. The program will be based here and it will give you the opportunity to feel more like a local instead of a tourist. Sevillanos (The people of Seville) are known as being friendly and good humored. The climate is warm and sunny and the pace of life very relaxed. Seville is a city that keeps alive the spirit of its traditions, an explosion of colors and sensations, a city where contrasts between the modern and the tradition are everywhere. Here you will be able to experience Flamenco dancing and music, horse shows, bullfighting, tapas and the traditional fiestas.

While in Seville, students will be taking language classes (grammar and conversation) in small groups (8-10 students per class) Monday to Friday 9:15am until 1pm. Classes will take place at Clic International House Sevilla. After classes you will get to experience the tradition of “siestas”. Spaniards like to relax and enjoy time with their families during lunchtime (1- 4pm), with a nap when possible, during the warmest part of the day and while most shops and establishments are closed. The culture classes and service learning (community service) will be taking place in the afternoon. Service learning will take 3-4 hours per week and the culture course and cultural visits another 3-4 hours per week. There will be different cultural events and activities organized like cooking lessons and Flamenco workshops.

The Spanish Culture course will deal with history, politics, social factors, cultural life and pop culture in Spain from 1936 until present. It will cover the civil war (1936-1939) and the process of transition to democracy that followed Franco's death in 1975. It will also examine the new freedom from censorship after Franco died, the new cinema and the radical changes and modernization in values, family, sex and religion that occurred after the restoration of democracy.

While in Spain we will also visit Madrid and Granada. Madrid is the capital of Spain and one of the biggest and most cosmopolitan cities in Europe. In Granada, you will experience life in a beautiful city full of history and culture. Granada was the last part of Spain to be under Moorish rule and you will still be able to see the strong impact this has had and still does. We will have the opportunity to visit the beautiful La Alhambra palace, a World Heritage site and the inspiration for Washington Irving’s Tales of La Alhambra.

Towards the end of the program we will visit Morocco where we will spend five days. We will be staying in Marrakech where you will have the opportunity to engage in community service as part of the service learning component of the culture course. From Marrakech we will travel to to Ouazazate, also known as “The door of the dessert” a town inhabited by Berbers and a noted film-making location (Lawrence of Arabia, Game of Thrones, Gladiator, Babel…)

Medieval Iberia (modern-day Spain) was under Islamic rule from 711 until The Reconquista by Isabella and Ferdinand in 1492. This had an enormous impact on all parts of Spanish life; the language, architecture, customs, science, music, food and so much more. The visit to Morocco will give us the opportunity to learn and experience how the Islamic rule of Spain and Moorish culture have influenced Spanish culture and language.

Spain 2014 Itinerary


  • CLTR4944 Cultural Engagement Abroad
  • SPNS 2301/2302/3301/3302 Spanish Language Immersion and Directed Study

Host University


Language classes will take place at Clic International House Sevilla.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Students must have completed two semesters of Spanish or equivalent.
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5 required.
  • Interview required.
  • Do not forget to state clearly in your online essay your Spanish language background.

Application Procedure


    • Online Dialogue of Civilizations application (available on OISP website and myNEU)
    • $500 non-refundable program deposit paid through NUPay.* Be sure to select the appropriate summer term.**
    • One copy of passport ID page – to be given directly to your faculty leader after acceptance.
    • 2-3 page essay answering the following questions (copy and pasted into online application):
    1. What are your personal and academic reasons for wishing to participate in this Dialogue of Civilizations program?
    2. How will the program further your academic and career goals?
    3. What is your previous travel and language experience, if any?
    4. What courses have you taken which are directly relevant to the program?

    *If you are not accepted into your Dialogue program, the $500 deposit will be credited to your student account.

    **Applications are not considered complete until deposit is received. This deposit will be applied to the full cost of the program.

    **Faculty may require additional information and/or interview (after application deadline)

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Tuition: $10,195

DOC Fee: $2,000

Tuition and DOC Fee cover 8 Northeastern credits, round-trip airfare from Boston, housing for program duration, International SOS assistance, as well as some local transport, excursions and group meals.


The accommodations in Granada, Madrid and Marrakech will be in 3 or 4 star hotels, in twin rooms with breakfast included. In Seville you will be staying with Spanish families in single or double rooms with all meals included. The homestay will be an amazing cultural immersion experience. You will experience the Spanish way of life first hand and it will be a great opportunity to learn Spanish in its natural environment.


SPAIN: Seville, Granada, Madrid and several day excursions to nearby places

MOROCCO: Marrakech and Ouazazate