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Discover Spain: Seville
Improve your knowledge of España and castellano while living in Seville for a semester! *offered fall semesters only
Make Seville your base for the fall semester and experience one of Spain’s most historic and culturally diverse cities. In the course of a day, you may spend the morning refining your Spanish language skills in a high level course before putting your proficiency to the test while interning at a Spanish non-governmental organization. Learn more below!
With its strategic position just miles from North Africa, Southern Spain has long been at the crossroads of Moorish (Islamic) and European cultures, and, in fact, Seville was the unofficial capital of the world in the 16th Century due to its trade relationship with the Americas. The emerging, vibrant mix—nowhere more evident than in its capital city of Seville—provides us with some of the most uniquely “Spanish” customs, such as flamenco and bullfighting, as well as a historic city center that perfectly captures the region’s unique cultural atmosphere. Indeed, you’ll find few places that more fully embrace the Spanish custom of “tapas,” small, usually inexpensive (and delicious) plates available through the city.
The Discover Spain program also provides a unique combination of courses that will set your educational career apart from the rest. Most courses are taught in English (unless otherwise indicated) and are offered in the same "modular" five-week format as our Discover the World program. Each semester includes three modules with a wide selection of courses that give you the chance to explore Spanish language and culture beyond the pages of a textbook. You'll put your studies to the test through new friendships, interactions, and unique cultural experiences throughout the semester.
Popular Core Courses…with an Experiential, European Twist!
Academics are the center of all SJU study abroad options, and our course offerings in Seville are aimed at placing a firm emphasis on your cultural immersion. With a host of core classes to choose from, you’ll have the opportunity to experience Seville via the traditional SJU academic philosophy. For instance, if you take Monuments of World Architecture, you’ll gain an understanding of structural design through the ages, all while using Seville’s mix of ancient and modern architecture as a foundation for your studies. You’ll also have eight Spanish language classes to choose from—six within the Discover the World modular format and two as semester-long courses. Whether you’re a new student to the language or looking to increase your proficiency to a level of fluency, the range of courses on offer ensure there is ample room for growth.
Please note: Course listings can be found within the “Course Information and Academic Calendar” section further down the page.
The Vincentian Difference
Providing a helping hand to those in need is inspiring and humbling work. Through our Academic Service-Learning offerings, you’ll serve at schools, soup kitchens and other locations throughout Seville. You’ll not only gain unique insight into a portion of the Spain that is rarely spotlighted, but you’ll also fulfill course-based experiential education requirements. Now that’s truly a Vincentian education.
Vibrant Excursions through Seville
Walking through the historic streets of Seville—which was the unofficial capital of the world in the 16th Century—to sites like the Alcazar Palace and the Plaza de España is a history lesson in and of itself. But it’s something totally different when you have an expert as your tour guide. And that’s exactly what you’ll find in our St. John’s faculty and staff who will navigate you through the diverse city, from its archaic mix of Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque building design to more contemporary landmarks such as “Las Setas.” Each excursion will act as a unique learning experience that allows you to both study and interact with your surroundings.
Study abroad is about understanding culture—not just that of your host city, but also coming to see your own “culture(s)” more clearly through comparison with your home. By making Seville your base for an entire semester, you’ll be able to pick up on the cultural intricacies of the city that are near impossible to understand through textbook alone. You can read about flamenco dancing in the build up to your semester abroad, but you won’t truly experience it until you see it for yourself—or maybe even take part in it—and begin to understand why it's so central to culture in the Andalusian region! And as you immerse yourself in other diverse aspects of Seville culture, you’ll begin to catch onto various social cues and become a member of the city's community rather than just another tourist. Who knows, maybe you’ll even start taking a daily siesta!
Just as there’s more to the U.S. than New York City, there’s so much more to Spain than Seville. You’ll have the opportunity to find out firsthand with the help of our semester Excursions Program, which will give you an up-close-and-personal look at the cultural, historic, artistic, geographic, and culinary diversity found outside of Seville. With visits to places such as Granada and Madrid, you’ll gain real insight into the assortment of communities throughout Spain.
For more information on which Global Studies courses may apply to your college and major, we recommend meeting with your Dean or Academic Advisor.
- View the Academic Calendar for Discover Spain: Seville here
- Learn more about our academic philosophy here
Please note: Some Discover Spain courses are taught in a modular format similar to the Discover the World program. Each semester includes 3 modules that with courses that run for five weeks each; other Seville courses will last for the entire semester. As a reminder, students must register for a minimum of 12 credits and a maximum of 18 credits and must be enrolled in at least 3 in-person classes, attending at least one in-person class throughout the semester.
Click on the course number to view the general course syllabus. Individual course syllabi may be updated by St. John's faculty abroad.
General and Core Courses
ART 1095C: Monuments of World Architecture
This course investigates sacred and secular architecture from around the globe, dating from the beginning of civilization to the present. 3 credits.
PHI 2200C: Ethics
Prerequisite: PHI 1000C.
Human happiness and the essential means of achieving it; universal and objective morality vs. relativism and subjectivism; principles used in formulating a rational moral judgment; the functions of law and the conscience; prudence and the moral virtues as the heart of the moral life. 3 credits.
THE 2850: Introduction to Islam
Prerequisite: THE 1000C
A survey of the religion of Islam on the basis of the Qu’ran and Sunnah and its role in the contemporary world. 3 credits.
Spanish Literature & Culture Courses
SPA 3550: Civilization of Spain (In Spanish)
Prerequisite: Permission of the chair or language coordinator.
The history, geography, art, science, music, literature, folklore, politics, habits and customs that have contributed to the shaping of Spanish civilization and culture. 3 credits
SPA 4980A: International Internship in Spain
Prerequisite: Successful completion of intermediate Spanish or above. An interview and a special application process is required. For more information, please visit our internships page. 3 or 6 credits
*The thematic focus of the SPA 4990 seminar changes each year depending on the faculty member's interest, so we've listed options for the next two years below:
SPA 4990A: Seminar: The Spanish Mystery Novel (Fall 2016)
(Taught in English and Spanish) A study of the defining elements of the mystery novel and how contemporary Spanish writers have pushed the limits of the genre. 3 credits
SPA 4990A: Seminar: Masterpieces of Andalusian Literature (Fall 2017)
(Taught in English or Spanish) Prerequisite: Permission of the Spanish Language Coordinator, Prof. Klohe. 3 credits
Spanish Language Courses
SPA 1010C: Spanish Level I
This course develops basic communication skills in Spanish. Through a progressive use of the four skills, listening, speaking, reading and writing, students develop oral and written proficiency at a limited level within the context of Spanish culture. 3 credits
SPA 1020C: Spanish Level II
Prerequisite: SPA 1010 or permission from the chair.
This course continues to develop basic communication skills in Spanish. Through a progressive use of the four skills, listening, speaking, reading and writing, students develop oral and written proficiency at a limited level within the context of Spanish culture. 3 credits
SPA 2030C: Spanish Level III
Prerequisite: SPA 1020 or permission from the chair.
This course reviews the basic skills learned in Spanish I and II and continues building oral and written proficiency with more intensive reading and conversation within the context of Spanish culture. 3 credits.
SPA 2040C: Intermediate Spanish Conversation
Prerequisite: SPA 2030 or permission from the chair.
This course reviews the basic skills learned in Spanish I, II and III and continues building oral proficiency with more intensive conversation within the context of Hispanic culture. 3 credits
SPA 3870: Advanced Spanish Grammar
Prerequisite: Permission of the chair or language coordinator.
A study of difficult points of Spanish grammar and syntax with translation of selected passages into idiomatic Spanish. This course will be conducted in Spanish. 3 credits
In addition to your 3 required classroom courses, students are also eligible to enroll in online courses while they are abroad. Please check with your dean or academic advisor for more information.
Starting in Fall 2016, the Discover Spain: Psychology program will offer Psychology majors the opportunity to study abroad in Seville as they take major-specific courses rather than the usual core classes that are offered by a majority of semester-long programs.
You have the option of applying for an unpaid internship for class credit during your time in Seville, which counts as one of your 3 required in-person classes. An internship abroad will greatly help improve your language proficiency and provide you with the rare opportunity of being immersed in a foreign, professional setting, all while increasing your intercultural competency. Best of all, it will serve as a distinctive notch on your résumé—one that signals to employers your ability to work in an increasingly globalized world.
For detailed information regarding Seville internships, please visit our internships page.
You will be housed in the Albergue Inturjoven residence, which is a government-managed facility that dedicates a portion of its space to university students and other academic groups.
The Inturjoven also boasts similar amenities as the residence halls on our New York campuses and is staffed by a friendly, bi-lingual staff whose bios you can find on our Seville Campus page.
The Semester Excursion Program gives you the chance to travel outside the borders of your host city and explore the cultural diversity of Spain as a whole. And by doing so, you’ll increase your intercultural competency, as you’ll be able to critically analyze the cultural intricacies of Seville compared to the cities you visit. For detailed information on each excursion, click here.
Ruins of Ithaca
Granada & Alhambra Palace (September 17-18)
5 Day Trip:
Madrid & Surrounding Areas (October 22-27)
Fall 2016 Program Fee: $8,290 (tuition and airfare not included)
Note: the Program Fee covers accommodation, our meal program abroad, excursions, and student health insurance.
Great News! In an effort to make study abroad more accessible to you, St. John’s offers additional financial aid toward semester programs abroad (based on financial aid). Grants can reach in excess to $6,000, which puts a significant dent in the $8,290 Program Fee. To find out if you’re eligible for a Study Abroad Grant—and how much it will be—look for a letter from the Office of Student Financial Services, sent home each semester, which compares the cost of study abroad with the cost of staying on the New York campus.
Also, we highly suggest you check out our scholarship listings and conduct personal scholarship research of your own. You may be surprised by the scholarship opportunities you’ll come across via a simple Google search.
For tips from prior students on how to spend money wisely while abroad, read through the “Preparing to Go” section of our Student Guide.
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