Science in Sevilla Program

Program Overview

The UNC Science in Sevilla Summer offers a great opportunity for students to take a science course in a foreign setting while perfecting their Spanish language skills and at the same time earning credits for their academic future. A UNC professor will serve as Professor-in-Residence and teach one science course. The students will have the opportunity of choosing between one or two BIOL courses that will focus on primary scientific literature in Stem Cell and/or Evolutionary Biology.

UNC Science in Sevilla Summer – Course Offerings and Equivalencies

Students in the UNC Science in Sevilla – Summer program will take a science and a Spanish language course.


Academic Info

Course Overview

BIOL 490 (3 UNC grade credits) Advanced Topics in Biology, Evolutionary Biology 

-Taught by a UNC Professor Daniel Matute, Department of Biology.

  • This will be a seminar-style course that will focus on foundational concepts in Evolutionary Biology.
BIOL Sevi 101 (1 transfer credit) Introduction to Spanish Language and Culture

-Taught by a local Spanish instructor from COWA.

  • Will focus on learning basic conversational skills that students will need for day-to-day interactions. This course will also provide a cultural context to facilitate immersion in Seville and its community.  It will be a mixture of lecture-type sessions and cultural visits in order to have a better knowledge of the city and its culture.
BIOL 440 (3 UNC graded credits) Stem Cell Biology

-Taught by a UNC Professor Dr. Kacy Gordon, Department of Biology.

  • This course will be focusing on building a solid foundation in genetics, cell, and development biology, learning new key concepts as well as learning and understanding stem cells’ promise and limitations in therapeutic settings.
  • There will be two midterm exams and one final exam.

Course Load

All participants will take a science class taught in English by a UNC professor (4 credits). Students will take a Spanish course taught by local Spanish instructors. Placement in the language class will depend on the student’s language level.

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.

NOTE: 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 miss an exam or fail to turn in
written work, you will receive an “F” for that portion of your grade.


The science course will receive graded UNC credit. Please refer to the Credit Information on the UNC Study Abroad website for more information.

All grades (notas, calificaciones) in courses other than the science course 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 to receive credit at UNC. The grades you earn will not count towards your GPA unless you receive a failing grade. Failing grades will be calculated into your UNC GPA as an F. Please refer to the credit information on the UNC Study Abroad website.

Calendars and Schedules

UNC Science in Sevilla – Summer 2023 Orientation



Thursday, June 22 Arrive in Seville

Take a taxi to the Hotel Alcázar, Calle Menéndez y Pelayo, 1o

8 pm: Welcome Meeting and Dinner
Friday, June 23 10.00 am: Meet Spanish Families/Move to the Residence Hall
5:00 pm: Orientation Meeting at COWA
Monday, June 26 First day of classes
Week July 24 Last week of class and final exam
Friday, July 28 9.00 pm: Goodbye Dinner
Saturday, July 29 End of the program

UNC Science in Sevilla – Summer 2023 Visits

The following visits are mandatory for all students:

Friday, June 30- Sunday, July 2 Trip to Córdoba and Granada/ Meeting point in COWA 8.15 am
Friday, July 7 Visit to the Cathedral. Meeting point in Plaza Virgen de los Reyes 10.45 am
Friday, July 14 Visit the “Real Alcázar“/ Meeting point Plaza del Triunfo 9.45 am
Friday, July 21 Olive Oil Factory/ Meeting point in COWA 8.30 am
Saturday, July 22 Trip to Roman ruins and the beach/ Meeting point in COWA 8.15 am
Tuesday, July 25 Flamenco Show/ Meeting point Casa de la Memoria 8.30 pm


(Mondays to Thursdays)


 UNC SCIENCE (Biol 490) 9.00 am-11.00 am Aula 3
 UNC SCIENCE  (Bio 440) 12.00 pm-2 pm Study Lounge
 SEVI 270 (Span 204: Span Lang for Communication) 5 pm-7 pm Aula 4
 SEVI 101 (Intro to Span Lang & Culture) 5-6 Pm Aula 1

Information and Application

  • Duration: late June – late July (aprox. 5 weeks)
  • Requirements: must have completed Spanish 203 and meet GPA requirement (2.9 cumulative GPA).
  • Housing: Homestay with Spanish host family
  • Academic Credit: students will receive UNC graded  credit for classes that are taught by the UNC professor. Classes taught by an on-site professor will be pre-approved for UNC credit.

The application deadline is TBD

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

*Students must also complete an application with the UNC Study Abroad Office in order to be considered for the program.

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