Spring SAS Program

Program Overview

The Spanish Advanced Studies (SAS) program is for students who have completed either Advanced Spanish in Context (SPAN 261), Spanish Composition & Grammar Review (SPAN 300) or Introduction to Literary and Cultural Analysis (SPAN 301). SAS students have to take at least one course at the Campus Universitario EUSA or from many departments at the Universidad de Sevilla. SAS students will also take pre-approved COWA courses designed by the program specifically for them. These courses are taught by local professors.

SAS – Course Listing and Equivalencies

Students in the Spanish Advanced Studies (SAS) program must take the intensive course, SEVI 410 – Intensive Spanish Language and Culture, at the beginning of the semester and then choose 3 or 4 additional courses. Students will take courses offered for COWA students and 1 or 2 regular university courses at the Campus Universitario EUSA or the Universidad de Sevilla with Spanish students. All COWA courses will be pre-approved for credit by UNC. Students must seek credit approval from UNC for EUSA and Universidad de Sevilla courses.

SEVI 410 – Intensive Spanish Language and Culture / Lengua y cultura española 

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.

SEVI 325 — Spain Today / España inmediata

Historical analysis and contextualization of daily occurrences in Spain. This course renders special attention to the Spanish political, social and economic situation, and the analysis of its international relations (mainly European Union, Arab countries, Latin American countries, and the U.S.A.). It also analyzes topics such as the relations between the Catholic Church and the State, Spanish nationalism, and immigration.

SEVI 335 — Spain and Islam / España ante el Islam

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

SEVI 355 — 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 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 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 Spaniards 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 495 — Spanish Detective Fictions / Historias de detectives españolas

This course will examine 20th-century Spanish Detective fiction including short stories, novels, and films. A wide range of secondary readings will provide us with theoretical frameworks through which to investigate detective fiction and its 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 inquiry from a myriad of perspectives.

SPAN 4536 — Language Change in Spanish

This course explores the 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.

Students in the Spanish Advanced Studies (SAS) program may choose courses from the regular offerings of the grados universitarios at the Campus Universitario EUSA. Note that the “curso” (i.e., Curso 1°) refers to the year of the class in the Spanish curriculum (1° = ‘first year’, 2° = ‘second year’, 3° = ‘third year’, etc). The higher the course, the more background information you will be expected to know.

Instructions on finding course schedules and syllabi:

You should look for course information on the website of Campus Universitario EUSA. In order to select courses, you will need to obtain the list of courses offered for the particular degree in which you are interested.


  1. When looking at classes, only the classes taught in the semester in which you are studying are available to you. These classes are listed as Semestre 1 or Semestre 2. You should look for Semestre 2 when searching for second semester (Spring) classes.
  2. The syllabi are not given for the “Asignaturas optativas” which are degree elective classes. All degree elective classes may not be taught every semester. The university will publish the full list of classes at the beginning of the academic year.

Websites for the university degree programs at the Campus Universitario EUSA:

Course List and Descriptions:

Students in the Spanish Advanced Studies (SAS) program may choose courses from the regular offerings of many of the facultades of the Universidad de Sevilla. Note that the “curso” (i.e., Curso 1°) refers to the year of the course in the Spanish curriculum (1° = ‘first year’, 2° = ‘second year’, 3° = ‘third year’, etc). The higher the course, the more background information you will be expected to know.

When you look at the class schedules (horarios) for each facultad, you should look at the schedules for the GRADO. The classes in the MASTERS level are not open to you. In order to select courses, you will need to obtain the list of courses offered for the particular facultad in which you are interested. There is no central registration system or course listing, so you will have to check each facultad separately.

Instructions on finding course schedules and syllabi:

You should look for course information on the website of Universidad de Sevilla

By clicking on Centros y departamentos, then Centros Propios you will arrive at a list of all the escuelas and facultades of the Universidad de Sevilla. Click on the escuela or facultad then on Direccion de Internet to go to the homepage for the facultad. Not all will have the course listing and syllabi online. A syllabus is called a programa, so a list of the course syllabi may be called “Programas de las asignaturas”. Schedules and syllabi may normally be found under headings such as Docencia or Ordenación Docente.


  • There are year long and semester-long classes. When looking at schedules, only the classes taught in the semester in which you are studying are available to you. Depending on the facultad they will denote whether a class is first semester, second semester, or year-long in different ways. You should look for 1ºC, primer cuatrimestre, 1C, or C1 when searching for first semester (Fall) classes. Spring semester students will look for 2ºC, segundo cuatrimestre, 2C or C2.
  • When choosing classes remember that the different facultades are spread throughout the city and are not located on one central campus like at UNC. You will need to take this into account if you are interested in a class in Filologia from 10-11 am, and another class in Empresariales from 11-12. These are not in the same building and you will not be able to take the classes back to back.
  • **Due to high demand, 1st year Grado courses are not available in any facultad. You will only be able to enroll in 2nd-year classes and above.

Websites for some facultades at the Universidad de Sevilla:

Facultad de Filología: Literature, Language, Linguistics

*Spanish language and Literature classes are under Filología Hispánica. Most students choose classes from Filología Hispánica for Spanish major and minor credit. However, you are also allowed to take classes in the other departments.

**NOTE: The semester and year-long classes are both included in these schedules. If you find a class that interests you, you will need to double check the syllabus to make sure it isn’t a year-long course.

Grado Filología Hispánica: Classes. Scroll down and click on Plan de Estudios to get the list of classes and links to the syllabi.

Otros grados: http://www.us.es/centros/propios/centro_6. Scroll down to Grados impartidos and click on the course of study in which you are interested. Then click on Plan de Estudios to get the list of classes and links to the syllabi.

Facultad de Psicología

Academic Info

Course Equivalencies

Please go to the UNC Study Abroad 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 further information on the registration process.

Registration Deadlines

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

  • Fall Semester: late September.
  • 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 begin at EUSA and the Universidad de Sevilla. You will be informed of the deadline well in advance.

Course Load

You will earn a minimum of 12 credit hours for the semester as follows:

In the SAS program, students usually enroll in a minimum of four courses in a given semester. 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 Intensive Spanish Language and Culture course.
  • After the Intensive Spanish Language and Culture course has ended, students will combine COWA courses with 1 or 2 regular university courses at EUSA and the University 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. The grade for a failed class will also appear on your UNC transcript and impact your UNC GPA.

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” or “Universidad de Sevilla” under “Course Offerings” for information on how to locate course information.

Class Attendance

Although different university professors will have different rules concerning class attendance, you are expected to attend classes regularly, 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 miss an exam or fail to turn in written work, you will receive an “F” for that portion of your grade.
  •  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 classes as well as in EUSA and University of Seville courses will not count towards your UNC GPA unless you receive a failing grade. Failing grades will be calculated into your UNC GPA as an F.

Calendars and Schedules

UNC SAS – Spring 2024 Calendar

Jueves, 11 de enero Llegada de los estudiantes a Sevilla
Viernes, 12 de enero Traslado de los estudiantes a las familias españolas y orientación en COWA
Lunes, 15 de enero Comienzo de las clases de COWA
Jueves, 15 de febrero – Sábado, 17 de febrero Viaje a Madrid
Lunes, 22 de enero Comienzo de las clases de EUSA y la Universidad de Sevilla*
Miércoles, 28 de febrero Día de Andalucía (festivo – no hay clases)
Viernes, 15 de marzo – Domingo, 17 de marzo Viaje a Córdoba y Granada
Domingo, 24 de marzo – Domingo, 31 de marzo Semana Santa (festivo – no hay clases)
Domingo, 14 de abril – Domingo, 21 de abril Feria de Sevilla (festivo – no hay clases)
Miércoles, 1 de mayo Día del Trabajo (festivo – no hay clases)
Viernes, 3 de mayo / Semana del 6 de mayo Finalizan todas las clases de COWA  /  Semana de exámenes finales de COWA de primavera
Viernes, 17 de mayo / Lunes, 20 de mayo Finalizan las clases de EUSA y Univ. Sevilla*/ Comienzan los exámenes finales de primavera de EUSA y Univ. Sevilla
Jueves, 30 de mayo Corpus Christi (festivo – no hay clases)
Sábado, 01 de junio Final del programa de SAS de primavera

UNC SAS Spring 2024 – Orientation

Jueves, 11 de enero Llegada a Sevilla: Ir al Hotel Alcazar, Menéndez y Pelayo, 10. (Telef. 954 41 20 11)
19:00 Reunión y cena de bienvenida
Viernes, 12 de enero 10:00 Traslado a las familias
17:00 Programa de orientación general en COWA
19:00-20:30 Reunión académica SAS
Lunes, 15 de enero Primer día de clases de COWA

UNC SAS Spring 2024 – Excursiones y Visitas 
The following visits are mandatory for all students:

Antiquarium y Metropol Parasol sábado, 27 de enero a las 10:15
Reales Alcázares de Sevilla martes, 30 de enero a las 11:15
Viaje a Madrid jueves-sábado
15 – 17 de febrero
salida a las 9:30
Catedral de Sevilla jueves, 29 de febrero a las 11:15
Parroquia del Divino Salvador martes, 5 de marzo a las 11:15
Viaje a Córdoba y Granada viernes-domingo
15 – 17 de marzo
Salida a 8:00
Visitas Opcionales
Visita a fábrica de aceite Basilippo miércoles, 3 de abril Salida a las 15:15
Archivo de Indias jueves, 25 de abril a las 11:15

Information and Post-Acceptance Forms

  • Duration: early January – mid-June
  • Requirements: must have completed Spanish 261, 300 or 301 and meet GPA requirement (2.9 cumulative GPA)
  • Housing: Homestay with Spanish host family
  • Academic Credit: SAS students will take a mix of COWA pre-approved SAS courses and courses at the University of Seville or EUSA.  All SAS participants have to take at least one course at the University of Seville or EUSA and seek UNC credit approval for those courses.  Students will take a minimum of 12 credit hours and all courses taken in Seville will count as transfer-credit, which means that they will not count towards the students´ GPA at UNC.

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