The COWA for Ohio State in Seville: Hispanic Studies in Multiple Disciplines 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. Sevilla, the capital of Andalucía and the birthplace of Velázquez, Murillo, and Bécquer (to name a few), offers unique opportunities to explore Spanish culture, history and architecture.
Sevilla is located only an hour from the beach and two and a half hours from Madrid by AVE (Spain’s High Speed train). The city also has a great airport with low fare airlines to most major cities in Europe, which facilitates international travel.
This program has been created and designed in close collaboration with Ohio State’s Spanish and Portuguese Department, and all COWA courses have been pre-approved for Ohio State credit. The program is targeted towards –but not limited to– Spanish majors and minors who want to take their career to the next level and experience it all abroad without falling behind on their coursework. To participate in the COWA for Ohio State in Seville program, students need to have completed at least through Spanish 3403 and meet the GPA requirements (2.7 cumulative and 3.0 in Spanish language coursework).
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, and study/lounge areas. 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. Additionally, students will benefit from having Irene Ramos Arbolí onsite, former Ohio State professor and graduate student familiar with Ohio State curriculum.
For Buckeyes to truly live the whole Andalucian experience, students will spend their semester(s) 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!
Centuries of history are waiting for you!
In addition to visiting different historic sites around the city, there will be several mandatory 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. If the weather allows it, we will make a day trip 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 Andalucía.
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.
Students will have the option to go on these cultural visits:
Las Bodegas Góngora
Bodegas Góngora is a winery in Aljarafe de Sevilla that was established in 1682. During the visit, a family owner describes the history and techniques of creating unique Spanish wines while giving students a tour of the antique cellar and the bodega’s monumental grape press that has been used to produce their wines since the 16th century. The tour concludes with a guided tasting; in which students have the opportunity to sample a variety of the bodega’s specialties.
Basilippo Olive Oil Factory
Family-owned Basilippo Olive Oil Factory is located in El Viso del Alcor y Carmona of Sevilla. Students will have a guided tour of the hacienda, learn about the elaborate process of olive oil fabrication, discover the distinctive characteristics of top-notch olive oil and sample their delicious products.