Hispanic Studies, Business & Spanish Language
Universidad Pablo de Olavide
Founded in 1997 and located five miles outside of the city center, ISA students will commute to the Universidad Pablo de Olavide, where the facilities are state-of-the-art and similar to those found on a typical North American university campus, complete with: campus-wide Wifi access, sports facilities, green spaces, a gym, an elaborate library, and more. Students enrolled at the UPO will be expected to take the metro to and from class each day. Please note that you will have a longer commute than students attending the other universities in Sevilla.
As courses are widely available in Spanish and English, ISA students have the opportunity to take classes in Spanish language acquisition, politics, history, art, anthropology, cinema, literature, communication, psychology, business, and varying disciplines of science. ISA students will take courses with other international students but will have the opportunity to meet locals throughout campus and on the commute to/from campus.
Academic Year 4 2020
Late Sep, 2020 - Late May, 2021
Jul 01, 2020
Forms and Payment Deadline
Jul 15, 2020
180 - 225 Contact Hours
2.90 Minimum GPA*
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Founded in 1997 and located five miles outside of the city center, ISA students will commute to the Universidad Pablo de Olavide (UPO). The facilities are state-of-the-art and similar to those found on a typical North American university campus, complete with: campus-wide Wifi access, sports facilities, green spaces, a gym, an elaborate library, and more. Students enrolled at the UPO will be expected to take the metro to and from class each day. Please note that you will have a longer commute than students attending the other universities in Sevilla.
As courses are widely available in Spanish and English, ISA students have the opportunity to take classes in Spanish language acquisition, politics, history, art, anthropology, cinema, literature, communication, psychology, business, and varying disciplines of science. ISA students will take courses with other international students but will have the opportunity to meet locals throughout campus and while commuting.
Students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.90.
MINIMUM ADMISSIONS PREREQUISITES
There is no language prerequisite for this program.
Comprehensive Advising and Support
Comprehensive Health, Safety, and Security Support
Spanish Visa Support
Tuition at the Host University
Meals and Laundry Service
Bridging Cultures Program
Full-Time Resident Staff
On-Site ISA Offices
ISA Discovery Model
Official Transcript from the Host University
Professional Development Toolbox
180 - 225
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
12 - 15
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
18 - 22
- The course list below indicates the proposed courses for the upcoming semester. The host university has not yet confirmed the current course list at this time. This site will be updated once ISA receives the updated list of courses, along with a note notifying students of the change.
- Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations.
- Students are required to select at least 7-8 alternate courses in the event of their top choices conflicting on the timetable, course cancellations or registration issues.
- It is recommended that students who have not yet completed one semester/quarter of college-level Spanish or the equivalent elect to take a language course through the program.
- Enrollment in Spanish courses is determined by the results of a language placement exam administered by the host university. Please note that your performance on the placement exam may not reflect the number of semesters of language instruction you've already completed at your home university. We strongly suggest that students who are trying to place into any level of language beyond true beginning prepare for the language placement exam by reviewing previous coursework.
- Courses and course hours of instructions are subject to change.
- Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam. (All Language courses or courses taught in Spanish)
- Requests for sample syllabi can be made to the ISA Seville Program Manager.
- Some courses may require additional fees.
- Academic Year Programs Only: Many courses listed below are only available during either the fall or the spring semester. Please consult the fall and spring sessions of this program to view courses available during a specific term.
- Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.
ISA Course Level Recommendation
- ISA offers course level recommendations for the courses listed below. Please note that the course level recommendations are based on the host university course level recommendations and course codes and are only recommendations. Courses offered at Pablo de Olavide's International Center are coded according to the area of study and the course content. The letters in each course code proceeding each numerical triple digit number indicate the area of study. The letter "E" following a course code indicates that the course is taught in English. Beginning level Spanish language courses are coded at the 100 level, and Intermediate level Spanish language courses are coded at the 200 level. Lower division content courses are coded 100- 299. Upper division content courses are coded 300 - 399. These ISA recommendations are intended to facilitate the determination of course equivalencies by advisers and credential evaluators at participants' U.S. home institutions.
- The transcript from the Universidad Pablo de Olavide will reflect contact hours and ECTS credits for each course listed below. Please be in touch with your U.S. University regarding credit transfer for this program.
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- Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations
Support & Funding
María Jesús Rubio Amador
Senior CP & Cultural Activities Coordinator , Spain
Carmen Maria Parra
Director of Logistics, Spain
Director of Spanish Operations/ ISA Resident Director, Spain
Francisco León Gutiérrez
IT Systems Administrator, Spain
Manolo Fernández Moreno
Senior Housing Coordinator, Spain
Housing Coordinator/ Veritas Manager, Spain
Pedro José Pérez Polo
Director of Central Europe Operations, Spain
Spain Custom Programs Manager/ Academic Coordinator, Spain
Tamara Roldán Gutiérrez
Senior Academic Coordinator, Spain
Funding Your ISA Program
As an ISA participant, you have the opportunity to apply for scholarships and grants that can be applied directly to assist with your study abroad programs. ISA offers over $1,000,000 in scholarships and grants each year. To see what opportunities are available, please visit the Scholarships and Grants page.View all Funding Options
Studying abroad in Spain will allow you the opportunity to indulge into aspects of the Spanish lifestyle that are inaccessible to the average visitor of Spain. Depending on your housing option, you will either be within walking distance to your university or conveniently located near public transit routes. Travel times to the various university buildings (with the exception of the UPO) generally range between 15 and 40 minutes depending on housing and class locations. With an open and adaptable mind, the experience of living in another culture can be highly rewarding.
We strive to match your housing choices with our available accommodations, however, housing preference requests cannot be guaranteed.
Host families are a great choice if you are seeking full linguistic and cultural immersion during your time abroad. Each host family has been carefully selected by ISA’s resident staff in order to best accommodate your needs and to ensure a comfortable situation. Homestays will provide three meals a day and laundry service once a week. You will typically share a room with another ISA student of the same legal gender. Single rooms may be available for an additional fee.
The student residence is a great choice if you would like to be independent while living with other international and local students. With availability limited on a first-come, first-served basis, you will room with another ISA student of the same legal gender. Single rooms may also be available for an additional fee. Meals and laundry service are not included, however there is a kitchen available for use as well as laundry facilities.
In this ISA housing option, you will pay a $500 refundable security deposit. ISA may retain some, or all, of this deposit in the event of damage to property, or if utility usage exceeds the allotted monthly amount.
Apartments are a great housing option if you are seeking complete independence during your time abroad. Apartments are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, and availability is limited. Rent and utilities are included in the program price, and each apartment is fully furnished. Apartments, that are spread throughout the city, typically house 2-5 ISA students, with shared room occupancy. Meals and laundry service are not included.
You will pay a $500 refundable security deposit if living in this ISA housing option. ISA may retain some, or all, of this deposit in the event of damage to property, or if utility usage exceeds the allotted monthly amount.
You may elect to secure housing independently. If you select this option, you will receive a discount equal to the housing portion of the program price.
THERE’S MORE TO DISCOVER WITH ISA
Madrid, Spain’s capital, will be your first taste of Spanish culture during the Bridging Cultures Program on-site orientation. You'll visit the famous Prado museum and have a guided tour through Madrid's city center to expand your knowledge of Spanish history, culture and politics.
Your visit to Toledo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, will begin with a panoramic bus tour of Toledo's unique hilltop then will continue on to the monastery of San Juan de los Reyes, Santa María la Blanca synagogue, Santo Tomé Church, and the Cathedral of Santa Maria.
Granada is a picturesque and mountainous university town. It has always been a multicultural city and was the last Moorish stronghold during the Catholic reconquest of Spain. You will explore Granada’s multicultural past through visits to historic neighborhoods like the Albaicín and Realejo. During an unforgettable evening flamenco show, you will have the chance to soak up Spanish music and culture. You will also visit important cultural sites including the Alhambra fortress, Spain’s most popular tourist attraction.
On this excursion you will tour the famous Mezquita, a 10th-century mosque that curiously houses a 16th-century cathedral. You will explore the historic Jewish quarter and visit one of three original synagogues remaining in Spain. Córdoba was once home to Romans, Muslims, Christians and Jews, each leaving imprints that you will be able to identify by the time you leave.
Gibraltar is a British Overseas Territory located on the Iberian Peninsula with a main landmark called the Rock of Gibraltar. During this day trip, you will explore St. Michaels Cave, a Moorish Castle, Europa Point Lighthouse, while having the possibility of seeing semi-wild monkeys in close quarters.
During this weekend excursion exploring Portugal's capital, you will climb to the top of the medieval Castelo de São Jorge where you will find splendid views of this coastal city. You will also visit the 16th-century Tower of Belém that protects the ornate Jerónimos Monastery and overlooks the harbor from which the great Portuguese explorers set sail.
Morocco * Optional
This multi-day, optional excursion takes you across Morocco, one of the most colorful and diverse countries in the world. It encompasses direct cultural encounters with locals, guided tours through the medina, and opportunities to learn the ins and outs of haggling with Moroccan vendors. You will have unforgettable experiences in the Sahara desert riding camels and waking up to see the spectacular views of the sunrise.
Cultural Activities in Seville
The ISA on-site team encourages you to explore the city and culture of Seville. The team facilitates this by offering a robust calendar of events that showcases what makes Seville special.
These activities vary each term, and previous offerings have included cooking classes, museum visits and tours of notable Seville sites (Las Setas, Real Alcázar de Seville, Seville's famous Gothic cathedral, etc.).