Grand Valley State

Academic Information

Program Overview

Seville is the capital city of Andalucía, one of the most visited, colorful and historically significant regions of Spain. Seville is perhaps best known for being one of the most important Moorish kingdoms of the Middle Ages and the center of trade with the New World during the colonial era. In addition, many of the typically “Spanish” cultural phenomena that attract tourists (flamenco, bullfighting, tapas and olive orchards) are identified with this Southern city. With over one million inhabitants, the capital city has a lot to offer, without feeling congested or overwhelming like many large cities.

Grand Valley State University – Summer in Seville

All courses offered in Seville will transfer with the regular A-F grade scale. 

SPA 309: Advanced Spanish Grammar (3 credits)

This course will explore the diverse cultures and the interrelationship between Latin America and Spain over five centuries (from 1492 to present). The course will also study how Seville served as the cultural axis between the New World and Europe for centuries. The course is taught in English and is open to students from other disciplines.

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SPA 310: Spanish Civilization and Culture (3 credits)

An intensive introductory course designed to present the fundamentals necessary for understanding, speaking, reading and writing Spanish and to provide a range of opportunities for students to gain practical insights into the customs and cultural contexts of the contemporary Spanish-speaking world.

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Registration Deadlines
You will register for classes before arriving in Seville. You will be allowed to make changes to your schedule during the first two days of classes.

Notes on Registration
As is true for registration at your home college or university, it is the responsibility of each student to make sure that (s)he has officially registered all course changes with the program.

Class Attendance
Classes will be held Monday-Friday. You are expected to attend every class, take all exams as scheduled by the professor, and turn in written work as required for the individual course.

You should also be aware that:

  • Traveling is an educational experience, but you are expected to schedule your traveling around your academic needs, not vice versa. You should plan to travel before the program begins or after the program has ended, not during the official program dates. If you are out of town and in the process miss an exam or fail to turn in written work, you will receive an “F” for that portion of your grade.


Las siguientes visitas son obligatorias para todos los alumnos:


Wednesday, May 17 Flamenco Show. Meeting point (Casa de la Memoria) 7.00 pm
Friday, May 19- Sunday, May 21 Trip to Córdoba and Granada. Meet in front of COWA 8.15 am
Wednesday, May 24 Cultural Visit to Seville´s Cathedral. Meeting point Plaza Virgen de los Reyes 4.15 pm
Wednesday, May 31 Site visit to Basilippo Olive Oil Factory. Meet in front of COWA 4.00 pm
Saturday, June 3 Day trip to Roman ruins and beach. Meet in front of COWA 8.00 am
Wednesday, June 7 Meet at the Plaza del Triunfo for a cultural visit to Seville´s “Reales Alcázares” 4.45 pm
Thursday, June 8 Corpus Christi/ No classes
Wednesday, June 14 Visit Jabugo (Corn-fed Iberian Factory Tour). Meet in front of COWA 2.30 pm

GVS University en Seville Orientation Schedule Summer 2023


Tuesday, May 9 Arrive in Seville: Pick up at the airport with private bus at 12:45pm & head to Hotel Alcázar
20.00h: Welcome Meeting and Dinner
Wednesday, May 10 10.00h: Move to homestays (meet Spanish Families)
17.00h: Orientation Meeting at COWA
Thursday, May 11 First day of classes at COWA
Monday/Tuesday, June 19/20 Final exam
Tuesday, June 20 Goodbye dinner at Tritón (here´s the Google Map link for the restaurant because there are several!)
Wednesday, June 21 End of the program



CLASS SCHEDULE (From Monday to Friday)


Class 1 (SPA 310 Spanish Civilization and Culture 9.00 am- 10.30 am
Class 2 (SPA 309 Advanced Spanish Grammar) 10.45 am- 12.15 pm