You’ve completed Intermediate Spanish Composition, but you don’t feel like you could hold a conversation in Spanish. If you want an opportunity to really practice what you’ve learned in the classroom, consider studying in Sevilla.
The Language, Society and Cultural Studies (LSCS) program is intended for students who have completed at least through Spanish 3403. In LSCS, students will take four to five classes in subject areas include art, language, literature, history, and politics. Classes are taken with other LSCS students at COWA.
Do you want the opportunity to put into practice all the Spanish you have learned so far, challenge yourself in classes with native Spanish students, and move closer to Spanish fluency? The SAS program in Sevilla is the program for you.
Students who have completed Introduction to the Study of Literature & Culture in Spain (Spanish 3450) can participate in the Spanish Advanced Studies (SAS) program. SAS students may choose to take 1 or 2 regular university courses with Spanish students at the University of Sevilla as well as at the Campus Universitario EUSA (Estudios Universitarios y Superiores de Andalucia), a private university affiliated with the University of Sevilla.
SAS students will also have the option of taking COWA courses designed specifically for them. These courses are taught by local professors.
August and September are two of Sevilla’s hottest months, but those temperatures open up a world of opportunities. You won’t find a better time to head to the beaches of Huelva or Cádiz than during this time of year. Acquainting yourself with Spain’s seafood menu in a beachside restaurant is a delicious and scenic treat.
Once the sun sets, those hot days turn into beautiful nights spent outside in a restaurant’s patio or one of Sevilla’s countless plazas. The season for La Liga, the premier soccer league of Spain and one of the most highly regarded in all of Europe, begins right around the time you arrive. During the afternoon and evening restaurants, patios, and tapas bars fill up as people watch games. You will also have the option of attending home games for Sevilla’s two professional soccer teams, Real Betis Balompié and Sevilla Fútbol Club. Whether you like soccer or not these games are always exciting cultural events.
As the semester progresses, and fall moves into winter, you will be less than 3 hours away from the snow-capped mountains of the Sierra Nevada. So, even though Sevilla is flat and itself rarely sees snow, skiing or snowboarding is a weekend option for its students.
Beginning soon after students arrive in the city, Sevilla hosts a number of notable events that attract national and international attention. During the Bienal de Flamenco, which happens in September and October, flamenco spills out of the bars and theaters and into the city streets. Events of all sorts highlight different aspects of this quintessential Spanish style of song, dance, and music.
Then, from the end of September until the early days of November, the Prado de San Sebastian is taken over by the Festival de las Naciones. This six week fair brings music, food, drink, and wares from all over the world to Sevilla. While the festival has a long daily schedule, be sure to check the extensive concert schedule so that you don’t miss any interesting singers or bands.
Just as the Festival de las Naciones ends, Sevilla’s Festival de Cine Europeo begins. For 8 days, Sevilla hosts some of the continent’s most famous figures in cinema and its theaters are filled with all sorts of new, recent, and classic films. Anyone that loves movies cannot afford to miss this event.
Then, as your time in Sevilla is coming to a close, you will witness the spectacle of the Christmas season. Both the city’s government and a large number of churches and convents ensure that December is filled with events like processions, visual art exhibitions, nativity scenes, winter sports, and musical performances. Additionally, all sorts of artists and vendors flock to Sevilla in order to cater to the large crowds.
Events like these will help you make once-in-a-lifetime memories during your semester abroad in Sevilla!
Centuries of History are waiting for you!
During your time in Seville, you will participate in the following site visits and trips that highlight different facets of Andalusia and its history.
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.