Exchange South Carolina for Southern Spain and immerse yourself in the life of a city that was founded more than a thousand years ago, connected Spain to the New World and gave birth to flamenco. With a population of almost seven hundred thousand inhabitants, Sevilla is one of Spain’s largest cities; however, it avoids the overwhelming hustle and bustle of other capital cities, remaining surprisingly laid-back. It is a very safe city, and people often stroll through the streets or along the Guadalquivir River long into the night. There is a reason that so many poems and flamenco songs are dedicated to this city and its many distinct neighborhoods: Sevilla is a beautiful place whose history sits next to a vibrant present-day culture.
In Sevilla, you will deepen your knowledge of Spanish culture through daily interactions with the local community. What you study in class will come to life as you explore your surroundings. Be moved by monuments and scenery that have inspired centuries of poets and painters as well as the contemporary architecture that marks Sevilla’s entry into the 21st century. Let the charms of Sevilla inspire you to enhance your language skills, enjoy the delicious tapas and admire the breath-taking sights. Balance your coursework with inspiring cultural activities that demonstrate how learning is far more than just a mental exercise: it is the very essence of life.
If you are a Spanish, LIH or LIT major and want to spend an entire semester abroad, Clemson’s International Spanish Program (Spring or Fall) will give you the opportunity to complete 15-18 credits while immersing yourself in the life and culture of a quintessential Spanish city.
We also offer you the chance to extend your learning beyond the classroom’s walls. For LIH or LIT students, this program will allow you to complete an internship and learn about the Spanish healthcare or business world from people with years of experience in the field. Spanish majors as well as students who do not need to complete an internship to meet their major requirements have the option to participate in our volunteer program, a unique opportunity to connect with Sevilla on a deeper level by serving and impacting the local community.
Centuries of History are waiting for you!
In addition to visiting different historic sites around the city, there will be several mandatory class trips during your time in Sevilla that will take you outside the city:
Students will take a long weekend to explore the cities of Madrid and Segovia. In Madrid, they will visit the Museo Nacional del Prado and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, museums that hold world renowned artistic masterpieces from Spain and other parts of Europe. Students will also participate in walking tours in which they will see the city’s most famous neighborhoods, markets, plazas and cathedrals. During their day trip to Segovia, they will go to the Royal Glass Factory of La Granja, in which they will observe the fascinating and intricate techniques of glass production. Students will also take a tour through Segovia’s historical center where they will learn about the impressive Roman aqueduct that has served as the city’s most important landmark for over 2,000 years.
Just 20 minutes outside of Sevilla, the Roman city of Itálica gave the Roman world two emperors: Trajan and Hadrian. These days, it is an area of well-preserved Roman ruins, which include the remains of dwellings and a large amphitheater. Students will walk inside the amphitheater on the same ground where gladiator competitions took place while spectators looked on from above.
There are several beautiful beaches along Spain’s southern coast that are a short drive away from Sevilla, and if the weather permits, we will spend an afternoon enjoying one of them.
Students will take a day trip to the city of Córdoba, where they will visit the city’s Jewish quarter, which includes a synagogue from the 14th century, and the Mezquita-Catedral, a unique building whose beautiful architecture and complex history illustrate the multicultural history of Andalusia.
We will take an overnight trip to visit this beautiful mountain city. Students will visit the city’s cathedral and Capilla Real, where King Ferdinand and Queen Isabel are buried. There will also be a tour of La Alhambra, Spain’s most famous Moorish castle, and one of the most visited monuments in Spain.