Experience language immersion and direct exposure to culture in Seville while also visiting other cities like Madrid, Granada, Cadiz, and Jerez. Seville is an amazing city whose fabulous food, extraordinary Mudejar, Gothic and Renaissance architecture, and exotic flamenco rhythms never fail to charm and seduce. History is everywhere, with the biggest gothic cathedral in the world, ancient Moorish walls, Roman ruins and Baroque churches at every turn.

This small city offers a down-to-earth lifestyle and a relaxed experience. It is easy to get around the city and all of the major historical and cultural sites are within walking distance. Accommodations for your four-week stay in Seville are in a homestay which will give you the opportunity to experience the Spanish way of life first hand. A homestay offers the advantage of being completely immersed both in the intensive use of the language at home as well as the way of life, the customs, and the traditional hospitality of a Spanish family.

While in Seville, students will be taking language classes during the morning and followed by the traditional “siestas”, where people tend to relax and enjoy time with their families. The culture classes and service-learning (community service) will be taking place mainly in the afternoon. Students will choose one from different volunteer positions to complete their Service Learning component of the Spanish culture course in Seville. These are a great way for students to practice their Spanish and to learn more about the culture.

There will be many different and optional cultural events and activities organized, such as cooking lessons, Flamenco workshops, visits to the theatre, concerts and other events and excursions. During your stay in Seville, you will get lost wandering the tiny streets of Barrio Santa Cruz, enjoy its intimate flamenco venues, crowded tapas bars, and orange-tree scented squares.

Application Procedure

  • Application Open: November 1, 2019
  • Application Deadline: December 3, 2019
  • Application Extension Deadline: January 15, 2020
Submit to GEO
  • GEO Application: All applicants must complete the GEO application. This is the first step for applying to any program.
  • $500 non-refundable deposit: Deposits must be paid through NUPay. Be sure to select the appropriate summer term.
  • Photocopy of Passport: This is to be given to your faculty leader after acceptance.
  • Faculty Interview: Faculty will schedule interviews with applicants of interest to determine acceptance. The interviews can occur anytime before the final deadline.
  • Essay Questions: Answer each question in 2-3 paragraphs (completed online via GEO application).
    • What are your personal and academic reasons for wishing to participate in this Dialogue of Civilizations program?
    • How will the program further your academic and career goals?
    • What is your previous travel and language experience, if any?
    • What courses have you taken which are directly relevant to the program?
    • How comfortable are you spending time alone in a new country?

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

Update My Travel Plans on myNortheastern
Once you have been accepted into the program and your the flight and accommodation details have been shared with you, you are required to create an entry in My Travel Plans for the trip. Please be sure to enter the following pieces of information:
  • Personal and Emergency Contact Info
  • HealthTravel Info: Dates, flight and accommodation details, etc.
  • Passport Details: Passport number, Expiration date, Passport Country of issue, etc.

Please refer to this step-by-step user’s guide for directions on how to navigate the My Travel Plans system.

Should you fail to complete this step as directed, you may be prevented from traveling, may not receive credit for courses, and/or may be excluded from participating in other Northeastern global programs.

Eligibility Requirements

Studying abroad requires a valid passport. You may also need a visa and/or other travel documents. It is your responsibility to ensure that all your documents are valid and appropriate to the nature of your program.

Minimum Requirements
  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.5
  • Minimum Semesters: Minimum of 2 completed Northeastern semesters at the time of program start date. NUin students are eligible to apply. Transfer and Global Pathways students contact GEO program coordinator for eligibility.
Restrictions
  • Restricted to: Students who have some background in Spanish, equivalent to 2 semesters of Spanish language (SPNS 1102).
Other Requirements
  • Possible Student Challenges: Most students walk to class and in general in Spain people walk a lot. Comfortable shoes are essential but it will not be specially challenging

Courses

Spanish is the fastest growing language in the United States.  Students will return to Boston with the ability to carry a conversation in Spanish, and, if they keep practicing, the potential to become fluent in Spanish.  The ability to speak a second language is important in nearly every job and every aspect of life. Aside from the language, students can also expect to come home with a greater understanding of how Spanish society functions, how Spain’s history affects Spain and the rest of the world, and, perhaps most importantly, the ability to differentiate between stereotypes and generalizations and be more accepting of cultures other than their own.

Students are required to take:
  • CLTR4944 - Spanish Culture : This course deals with history, politics, social factors, cultural life and pop culture in Spain from the year 711 till present. We will talk about the civil war (1936-1939) and the process of transition to democracy that followed Franco’s death in 1975. We 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 ocurred after the restoration of democracy. During the course you will be asked to watch documentaries, films and TV programs, to read newspapers and articles to get closer to Spain and its people.
Choose one of the following:
  • SPNS2900 - Specialized Instruction in Spanish : Designed for individuals whose language skills are at the intermediate level and who seek specially focused language instruction. Such instruction might be the use of the language in specific settings, or it might be focused on specific conversational nuances of the language. Students must have at least an elementary level of competence in the language. May be repeated without limit.
  • SPNS3900 - Specialized Instruction in Spanish : Designed for individuals whose language skills are at an advanced level and who seek specially focused language instruction. Such instruction might be the use of the language in specific settings, or it might be focused on specific conversational nuances of the language. Requires at least an advanced level of competence in the language. May be repeated without limit.

Cost

Northeastern Tuition: Summer term tuition as published by Northeastern
Dialogue of Civilizations Fee: $1,000
  • Northeastern Tuition and DOC Fee Includes: 8 Northeastern credits, round-trip airfare from Boston, accommodations for program duration, international security and emergency support, and program related expenses (local transportation, field trips, excursions and  some group meals)

Additional Expense - Meals and Incidentals: $1,100-1,650
  • Students should anticipate spending this estimated amount during the program for meals and incidentals.

    If necessary, students may incur additional fees for visa costs and travel to consulates or embassies to obtain the visa. If you have questions about costs you may incur while participating in this program, please ask your GEO advisor.

GEO offers scholarships and grants for students studying abroad on Dialogue of Civilizations programs. Please visit our Scholarships page for more info!

Resources

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Destination

This program will start in Granada where we will spend the first two days visiting the famous La Alhambra palace and other historical sites. We will then travel to Seville where the program will be based for the following four weeks. Being based in one place will allow students to feel more like locals than tourists.

Seville is the capital of the southern region of Andalucía and the third largest city in Spain. It is easy to get around the city and all of the major historical and culture sites and the student’s accommodations and school are within walking distance of each other. “Sevillanos” (the people of Seville) are friendly and good-humored. The climate is warm and sunny and the pace of life is very relaxed. Seville is a city that keeps alive the spirit of its traditions and boasts a variety of modern and traditional architecture with an explosion of colors and sensations. Here, you can experience Flamenco dancing and music, bullfighting, tapas and the traditional fiestas.

After four weeks in Seville, we will be travel to Madrid where we will spend the remaining of the program. Madrid is one of the world’s most vibrant capital cities. There are fabulous sights to see in every corner of Madrid. The broad range of architectural history provides a sumptuous backdrop to city life. Here you can admire medieval mansions, royal palaces, Spanish contemporary skyscrapers, and sober red brickwork Baroque complexes.

Please check the Facebook page for this program if you want more detailed info on this program.

The U.S. State Department lists travel advisories, local laws, alerts from the embassy, and other important information about Spain here. Please review this information before applying.

Accommodations

  • Homestay: In Seville, you will stay with families with full room and board (3 delicious, traditional Spanish meals/day included).  You can choose to either live in a single or a double with another student from NU. The homestay families have been approved by the language school where you will be taking classes, and are very welcoming and caring.  You will come to think of your accommodation as your home away from home. Specific information about your family will be sent to you by email one week before our arrival in Seville.  
  • Hotel: Hotel: double hotel rooms in Granada (breakfast included) and shared hotel rooms in Madrid, right in the city center (breakfast also included).

Host University or Organization

CLIC, Centro de Lenguas e Intercambio Cultural (Seville). The quality of the courses, the school equipment, premises and teaching team has been given the privilege of forming part of the IH World Organization as well as a member of EAQUALS; the European Association of Quality Language Services. CLIC is also an accredited school of the Instituto Cervantes and DELE Examination Centers.

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