Welcome to the Grand Valley State in Sevilla

Program Overview

The Grand Valley State in Sevilla program is designed to expose students to the vibrant city of Sevilla while allowing them to improve their ability to speak, write and understand the Spanish language.

Students will get to explore the rich history and culture of Sevilla and Andalucía through program trips and visits, including a two-night trip to Granada, a day trip to Córdoba, flamenco dance lessons, and more. They will also gain a deeper understanding of Spanish history through a course revolving around a “Reacting to the Past” game.

The program is administered by Connecting Worlds Abroad (COWA), part of the Estudios Universitarios y Superiores de Andalucía (EUSA). COWA is located a short distance from the historical center of Sevilla in the modern facilities of EUSA, which include a computer lab equipped with internet access, a library, study/lounge areas, and sports facilities. The wonderful on-site staff will provide individual assistance in order to ease students into their studies and life in Sevilla while they build rapport with their professors.

For students to truly live the whole Andalucian experience, they will stay with a Sevillian family. Host families are carefully selected by COWA staff and they will take care of laundry, cleaning, and other rooming concerns, as well as providing 3 meals per day.

Let the charms of Sevilla inspire you to learn the language, live the culture, discover the sights, and make unforgettable memories!

Academic Information

While in Sevilla, students will take 3 courses for a total of 7 credits.

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.

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.

HNR 380 / SPA 380: Second Spanish Republic RTTP Game (1 credit)

Fulfills General Education Global Perspectives requirement.
Fulfills (1) General Education Issues course requirement.
Reflection required.

Registration Deadlines
You will register for classes before arriving in Sevilla. 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.

All grades (notas, calificaciones) in courses will be based either on a number scale (1-10, 10 being the highest grade) or the words sobresaliente, notable, aprobado, suspenso. Students will need to receive a grade of 5 or aprobado in order to receive credit.


Get to Know Sevilla

Centuries of History are waiting for you!

Student Life

All students who attend COWA in Sevilla live with a host family. Host families take care of laundry, cleaning, and other rooming concerns. Families are carefully chosen by COWA staff. Most families house students for economic reasons but are warm and thoughtful people.

COWA staff members interview all host families and personally visit their homes in order to ensure that the locations are safe for students and that all homes are in order. COWA staff is also available 24/7 to help students deal with any problems that may arise during your stay.

During your time in Sevilla, you will also have access to COWA’s library and EUSA’s facilities, which includes a computer lab with high-speed internet access, free Wi-Fi all over campus and free printing. There is also an on-site café where you can get a quick snack or recharge your batteries with a café con leche.

While living with a host family, all your meals will be prepared, unless previous arrangements are made. This allows you to personally experience the Spanish diet and eating schedule. Of course vegetarians and vegans will be accommodated. However, be sure to communicate any dietary restrictions or requirements to COWA’s staff as early as possible to ensure that your needs are met.

Activities and Trips

During your five weeks in Sevilla, you will visit monuments and sites that highlight different facets of Andalucía and its history.

Something Extra

Guided tours through Sevilla

Sevilla has been one of Spain’s most important cities for centuries, and it has the buildings and statues to prove it! A guide will lead you through visits to the city’s most important historical sites, such as the cathedral de Santa María (the largest cathedral in the world), the Real Alcázar (a beautiful royal palace dating back to the 13th century), and the Jewish quarter (the center of the city’s Jewish population during the Middle Ages).


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.

GVSU in Sevilla Spain 2019 – Calendar


Thursday, May 16 Students arrive in Sevilla
Friday, May 17 Move to homestay and orientation
Monday, May 20 First day of classes and training
Thursday, June 20 Corpus Christi – holiday
Friday, June 21 Final Exam
Saturday, June 22 End of Program – Students leave Sevilla

GVSU in Sevilla Summer 2019 – Programa de Orientación


Thursday, May 16 Arrive in Sevilla

  • Hotel Alcázar – Calle Menéndez y Pelayo, 10
  • Telef: 954 41 20 11
20:00: Welcome Meeting and Dinner
Friday, May 17 10:00: Move to homestays
17:00: Orientation Meeting at EUSA

  • Safety, Housing, Medical Insurance
Monday, May 20 First day of classes and training

GVSU in Sevilla Spain 2019 – Visits and Excursions


Itálica Date TBA
Metropol Parasol Date TBA
Trip to Córdoba and Granada Date TBA

GVSU in Sevilla Spain 2019 – Class Schedule

  • SPA 309: Advanced Spanish Grammar — TBA
  • SPA 310: Spanish Civilization and Culture — TBA
  • HNR 390/SPA 380: Second Spanish Republic RTTP Game — TBA

Refund policy

Withdrawal from program (must be in writing)

Amount refunded

60 days or more prior to program start
45-49 days prior to program start
30-44 days prior to program start
15-29 days prior to program start
14 days or less prior to program start