Academic Year SAS Program

Program Overview

The Spanish Advanced Studies (SAS) program is for students who have completed Introduction to the Study of Literature & Culture in Spain (Spanish 3450).

After taking a mandatory COWA month-long course on Contemporary Spanish Society (Sevi 410), SAS students have the option of taking the rest of their coures at COWA, or take a mix of COWA courses and 1 or 2 regular university courses with Spanish students at the Universidad de Sevilla or at EUSA, a local private university. SAS students may choose courses from any of the university degrees offered at EUSA and from seveal departments at the Universidad de Sevilla.

All COWA spring courses will finish in early May while EUSA/Univ. of Seville courses will go until mid June.  Hence, students who choose to take only COWA courses, will be able to finish the program in early May, while those who register for EUSA and/or Univ. of Seville courses will have to stay in Seville until mid-June.

SAS Course – Course Listing and Equivalencies

Students in the Spanish Advanced Studies (SAS) program must sign up to take the intensive course Sevi 410 “Contemporary Spanish Society” (OSU 4595.02: IB Concentration Course) at the beginning the semester and then choose 3 or 4 additional courses. Students may take only courses offered by COWA exclusively for SAS students, or mix those up with 1 or 2 regular university courses at the Campus Universitario EUSA or the Universidad de Sevilla along with native speakers. All COWA courses have been pre-approved for graded credit by Ohio State. For EUSA and Universidad de Sevilla courses, students must seek credit approval from Ohio State.

SEVI 410 – Contemporary Spanish Society / La sociedad española contemporánea

An introduction to issues in contemporary Spain: politics, nationalism and cultural diversity, gender issues, immigration, the arts. Topics on contemporary Spain are complemented by lectures and on-site visits to the major monuments of Seville, Cordoba, and Granada.

*This class is required for all new students in the Spanish Advanced Studies Program during the month before classes begin at the Campus Universitario EUSA.

SEVI 346 — The History of Spanish Art / La historia del arte español

SEVI 361 — History and Analysis of Spanish Film / Historia y análisis del cine español

A brief tour of the history of Spanish film from its origins through today. This course will analyze films in order to help students better understand Spanish Society and increase confidence in their ability to communicate (via reading, writing, speaking, and listening) in Spanish.

SEVI 369 — Translation: Theory and Practice / Traducción: teoría y practica

Introduction to the theory of translation with extensive practice in translating various types of writings (literature, journalistic, and professional).

SEVI 371 — Studies in Spanish Literature / Análisis de la literatura española

Study of the literature of Spain centering on representative authors and texts from various literary movements within their socio-historical contexts.

SEVI 373 — Studies in Latin American Literature

This course offers a panoramic vision of Hispanic American Literature from before the arrival of the Spainards up until the present.  Through the readings of texts and active discussions in class, students will become familiar with the most relevant literary movements and genres, as well as the sociopolitical contexts in which these literary works were produced.

SEVI 376 — Phonetics and Phonology / Fonética y fonología del español

Introduction to the description of sound systems with a focus on Spanish. (Offered in Fall semester).

SEVI 424 — Gender and Society in Spain / Género y sociedad española

A close look at Spanish society both pre and post-Franco. The course focuses on gender and gender identity through an examination of contemporary Spanish society. Topics include women’s role in the economy, family, and religion; constructions of gender identity through language, art, and media; the impact of feminism on civil rights; sexuality and sexual identity.

SEVI 425 — Spain Today / España Inmediata

An historical analysis and contextualization of daily occurrences in Spain. This course renders special attention to Spanish political, social and economic situation, and the analysis of its international relations (mainly European Union, Arab countries, Latin America countries and U.S.A.). Also, it analyzes topics such as the relations between the Catholic Church and the State, the Spanish nationalisms or immigration.

SEVI 435 — Spain and Islam / España ante el Islam

A study of the history, art, and culture of Islam and of Spain and Europe’s relationship with Islam.

SEVI 455 — The European Union / La Unión Europea

The history of the development of the European Union with special attention to its current and future political and economic structure, its agencies and institutions, the role of Spain, relations with Latin America, and the future of the Union within the international community.

SEVI 495 — Spanish Detective Fictions / Historias de detectives españolas

This course will examine 20th century Spanish Detective fictions including short stories, novels, and films. A wide range of secondary readings will provide us with theoretical frameworks through which to investigate detective fictions and their literary and cultural contexts.

SPAN 4430 – Introduction to Spanish Linguistics / Introducción a la lingüística hispánica

This course offers an introduction to the main concepts and methods of linguistic analysis, which serve as a tool to explore current approaches to linguistic enquiry from a myriad of perspectives.

SPAN 4536 – Language Change in Spanish 

This course explores universals of language change, citing examples from both the history of Spanish and changes now in progress (in both Spanish and English). Our overview of phonological, morphosyntactic, and lexical changes over the last two millennia will help us analyze today’s linguistic variation in a new light. By looking at many pieces of the historical record, students will learn where to look for new changes, and how to imagine the future evolution of the language.

Academic Info

Course Equivalencies

Please go to the Ohio State Office of International Affairs website for more information regarding credits and course equivalencies for this program.


You will not register for classes until you arrive in Seville. An academic meeting will be held to provide you with more information on the registration process.

Registration Deadlines

The SAS Course Registration Form should be submitted to the program office by:

  • Fall Semester: late October.
  • Spring Semester: late January.

*The actual dates will be confirmed by the on-site staff once you arrive in Seville.

The drop deadline for courses depends on when regular university courses at EUSA begin. You will be informed of the deadline well in advance.

Course Load

You will earn 12-15 credit hours for the semester as follows:

In the SAS program, students usually enroll in a minimum four courses in a given semester. This is normally 12 credit hours. However, a few courses are worth four credit courses which could raise your total credit hours to 13 or 14 hours. The specific number and types of courses you take will depend on your personal linguistic and academic preparation and needs:

  • All students will receive 3 credit hours for the September or January Contemporary Spanish Society course.
  • After the Contemporary Spanish Society course has ended, students can choose to take all their remaining courses from the COWA SAS course offerings or combine COWA courses with 1 or 2 regular university courses at EUSA and/or Univ of Seville with other Spanish students.

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.

Note that:

If you are given a “no presentado” in a course because you stopped attending a course in which you were registered and failed to make the change in your registration, you will be given a failing grade on your official program transcript. Credit for a failed class will not be transferred, but record of the course and grade will remain on your program transcript.

Course Information

For regular university courses you can usually obtain a course description/syllabus online on the website for a particular degree program. This description/syllabus should be kept with any written work you do for the course in case your home university asks for documentation concerning course content. See “Campus Universitario EUSA” under “Course Offerings” for information on how to navigate that website.

Class Attendance

Although different university professors will have different rules concerning class attendance, you are expected to attend classes on a regular basis, take all exams as scheduled by the professor, and turn in written work as required for the individual course. In no case will the COWA staff come to your defense if you receive a low grade in a course due to your failure to attend class or to turn in written work.

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. 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.
  • In order to receive credit for a course you must be in Seville for the entire semester and take the final exam at the end of the course. If you decide to drop out of the program before the completion of a semester, you will receive no credit for courses that you began but did not finish.
  • If you miss a final exam due to illness or other legitimate reason, you are expected to reschedule the exam with the professor and remain in Seville until you complete the requirements for the course. It will not be possible to make up work in the U.S.


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. The grades you earn in COWA as well as in EUSA and Univ of Seville courses WILL count towards your Ohio State GPA.

Calendars and Schedules

Ohio State in Seville SAS Spring 2022 – Calendar


Thursday, January 13 Students arrive in Seville
Friday, January 14 – Sunday, January 16 Move to homestay and orientation
Monday, January 17 COWA LSCS classes begin; SAS intensive course begins
Friday, February 4 SAS intensive course ends
Monday, February 7  COWA SAS, Universidad de Sevilla and EUSA courses begin
Thursday, February 17 – Saturday, February 19 Trip to Madrid and Toledo
Monday, February 28  Día de Andalucía (holiday – no classes)
Saturday, March 19 – Monday, March 21 Trip to Córdoba and Granada
Sunday, April 10 – Sunday, April 17 Semana Santa (holiday – no classes)
Friday, April 29 COWA LSCS classes end
Sunday, May 1 – Saturday, May 7 Feria de Abril (holiday – no classes)
Monday, May 9 – Friday, May 13 Final exams for COWA LSCS classes
Friday, June 3 COWA SAS classes end
Monday, June 6 – Friday, June 10 Final exams for COWA SAS classes
Saturday, June 11 SAS students depart Seville

Ohio State in Seville SAS Spring 2022 – Programa de Orientación

13 de enero Llegada a Sevilla Hotel Alcazar, Menéndez y Pelayo, 10. (Telef. 954 41 20 11)
20:00 Reunión y cena de bienvenida
14 de enero 10:00 Traslado a las casas particulares
17:00 Programa de orientación general
19:00-20:30 Reunión académica SAS
17 de enero Primer día de clases

Ohio State SAS Spring 2022

Excursiones y Visitas a Monumentos 

The following visits are mandatory for all students:

Catedral de Sevilla 2 de marzo TBD
Mercado de la Encarnación y Metropol Parasol 5 de febrero TBD
Reales Alcázares de Sevilla 9 de marzo TBD
Itálica 23 de abril TBD
Madrid y Toledo jueves, 17 de febrero – sábado, 19 de febrero TBD
Córdoba y Granada sábado, 19 de marzo – lunes, 21 de marzo TBD
Visitas Opcionales
Almazara Basilippo TBD TBD
Bodegas Góngora TBD TBD



Information and Application

  • Requirements: Must have taken through Spanish 3450 and meet GPA requirements (2.7 cumulative and 3.0 in Spanish language coursework)
  • Housing: Homestay with Spanish host family
  • Academic Credit: All COWA courses taken will transfer directly as Ohio State graded credits. Students must seek credit approval for EUSA and Universidad de Sevilla courses. Students will taken 12-15 credits in total

The application deadline is September 20, 2021 (for Spring Semester 2022)

  • A complete application must include:
    • General application (click the Apply Here button to the right to access Application page)
    • Academic Recommendation (instructions on Application page)

*Students must also complete an application with the OSU Office of International Affairs (OIA) in order to be considered for the program.

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