Students participating in the Summester program will follow one of two tracks: Language, Society and Cultural Studies (LSCS) or Spanish Advanced Studies (SAS). Students who have taken through Spanish 3403 will be placed in the LSCS program. Students who have taken through Spanish 3450 can choose to follow either track. Please see below for the distinctions between LSCS and SAS, and pay close attention to the course offerings listed as they will differ from our standard semester programs.
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 Seville.
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 including 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 and challenge yourself in classes that move you closer to Spanish fluency? The SAS program in Seville 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 will take COWA courses designed specifically for them. These courses are taught by local professors.
Summer is one of the best times to visit Seville. The streets are filled with Sevillanos taking in the sunshine and eating and drinking at outdoor terrazas. The warm weather and long days allow both locals and visitors alike to enjoy a variety of outdoor activities, such as concerts in the gardens of the Real Alcazar, movie screenings in the Patio de la Diputación, and nighttime guided visits to some of Seville’s most well-known monuments and palaces.
As the temperatures rise, many choose to beat the heat by heading to the beautiful beaches of Huelva or Cadiz, some only an hour away, while others choose to head west to the picturesque coast of Portugal.
Spending the summer in Seville is an amazing way to get to know the culture and the people of the city, all while enjoying that famous mediterranean sunshine!
Centuries of history are waiting for you!
In our parent handbook, you will find practical information about where students will be living, health and safety concerns, how to keep in touch with your student and more helpful information about your student’s time abroad.
We also have a counseling service which offers orientation and assistance for any potential issues in the daily lives of COWA students.
If you are having trouble packing, take a look at the following tips.
Spanish host family: Your room and board, including meals and laundry, are taken care of by your host families. Your family will only speak Spanish, helping you practice your Spanish language skills. Living with a Spanish family allows you to learn about Spain and Sevilla from the locals personal.
Residence: Some of our students (if the programs says so) stay in a residence hall in the beautiful neighbourhood of El Porvenir, 15 minutes walking distance from the centre. Here you will live with students from your program and other Spanish and international students who study in Sevilla!
COWA staff members take great care to offer you a homestay that will be the best fit and make you feel at home. They personally interview and visit all homes in order to ensure their suitability and that their locations are safe and close to campus.
COWA staff is also available 24/7 to help students deal with any problems that may arise during their stay.
COWA’s new headquarters have an ideal location for students and visiting faculty as it is right in front of the emblematic Maria Luisa Park, only minutes away from the city center on foot, and walking distance to the University of Seville and EUSA main campuses, where some students may take classes with locals, and it is very well connected with public transportation. COWA’s headquarters include 4 fully equipped intelligent classrooms. The space also includes offices for incoming visiting faculty and/or student interns and fellows, as well a 1000 square foot indoor study area / auditorium to host activities for students such as live music, dance workshops, language exchanges, or simply hanging out.
Since you will be 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. Personal dietary restrictions can be accommodated. Be sure to communicate any dietary requirements to COWA’s staff as early as possible to ensure that your needs are met.
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:
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.