International Spanish Program & Internships in Seville

University Of Toronto

Connect the world of U of T with Southern Spain!

For five weeks this summer, trade southern Canada for southern Spain and immerse yourself in the life of a city founded during the Roman Empire era.

University of Toronto’s Summer in Seville program offers students the exciting opportunity to live in and explore one of Spain’s most culturally vibrant cities, while allowing them to improve their ability to speak, write, read, and understand the Spanish language.

Immerse yourself in storied Seville, the regional capital city of Andalusia founded more than 1,000 years ago. Seville is the beating heart of southern Spain and boasts a proud heritage of bullfighting, tapas, and flamenco. Christopher Columbus’s quest for the New World began alongside the banks and quiet waters of Seville’s Guadalquivir River, which flows through the city.

In Seville, you will experience the best of both worlds as the city’s rich history is woven seamlessly into a vibrant, modern culture. With a friendly population of just under one million people, Seville offers all the activities of a city, but with the feeling of a smaller town. Seville is safe and easy to navigate via public transportation, on foot, or even with the bike-share program. It is not uncommon to see families and friends walking the streets long into the night — aided, no doubt, by the unique Spanish meal schedule!

Treasure the delight of new experiences amidst the old stone streets. Allow your studies to come to life in front of you as you take your education outside the classroom, and experience local culture and costumes firsthand while you live with a Spanish family. Learn the language, try new foods, visit the monuments, make friends, and expand your worldview… ¡ven a Sevilla!

Slide 44-30 days prior COWA’s Refund-Withdrawal Policy Withdrawal from program
(must be in writing)
45 days
or more prior
29-14 days prior 7 days or less prior

Life in Seville

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.

Activities and Trips

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:

Roman city of Itálica


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.