Discover Spain: Seville

Improve your knowledge of España and castellano while living "the good life" over a semester in Seville! *Offered Fall Semesters only

With its strategic position just miles from North Africa, Southern Spain has long been at the crossroads of Moorish (Islamic) and European cultures. 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. St. John’s new “Discover Spain: Seville Fall Semester” program offers you an extraordinary opportunity to experience a country where languages, architectural styles, peoples, and customs mingle!

Co-sponsored by the Department of Languages and Literatures, the Discover Spain program offers a unique combination of courses that will set apart your educational career. 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. Discover Spain classes allow students to explore Spanish language and culture beyond the pages of a textbook as they put their studies to the test through new friendships, interactions, and new cultural experiences throughout the semester. In addition to language and core classes, we also offer specialized courses such as Civilizations of Spain and Masterpieces of Andalusían Literature, taught by Dr. Nicolás Toscano Liria.

Seville represents the perfect combination of traditional and trendy, and is sure to provide you with an entirely new perspective on what it means to be Spanish. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the city’s location to explore the diverse landscape of Andalucía, from its breathtaking beaches to its snow-capped mountains, and from its bustling cities to its quaint villages.

And let’s not forget the city itself! While in Seville, visit the Alcazar Palace, Christopher Columbus’s final resting place, Parque de María Luisa, or the Plaza de España. Navigating the streets of this architecturally diverse city will expose you to a wonderful mix of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque building design, with an unmistakable Moorish influence. Only in Seville will you sample the best tapas, view world-renowned architecture, and experience the cutting edge fashion, all in a single day!

As part of the Seville Semester program fee, you will enjoy several excursions targeted at gaining an enhanced perspective on the cultural and geographic diversity of Spain.

Highlights

  • A weekend trip to the sandy beaches of Portugal
  • Walking tour of Seville, including an introduction to different local foods
  • Guided river cruise on the Guadalquivir
  • Biking tour of Seville
  • Visit the Plaza de Espana (site of the World’s Fair)
  • Explore the Aracena Caves
  • Visit the La Calera bull ranch

Also included in the program fee, students will spend 5 days touring one of Spain’s northernmost regions, the Basque county, for what most likely will be their best Fall break yet!

Internship opportunities are also available for students who have successfully completed intermediate Spanish or above. An interview and a special application process is required.

Great! So What Does It Cost?

Many students are eligible for increased aid when they study abroad, so a semester abroad may be more affordable than you think!

Program Fee, Fall 2014: $7,990* (tuition and airfare not included)
*Many students are eligible for increased aid when they study abroad, so it may be much more affordable than you think!

Visa and Immigration Paperwork Fee, Fall 2014: $225
*All non-EU citizens are required to obtain a visa for the program. The Office of Global Studies can assist in obtaining your Visa. 

*Great News! In an effort to make study abroad accessible to as many students as possible, St. John’s is now offering additional financial aid toward semester programs abroad. To find out how much your personalized Study Abroad Grant would be, and get a better understanding of the financial comparison between studying abroad and studying on a New York campus, see the Global Studies Financial Aid letter that was sent to the homes of all freshmen, sophomores and juniors.

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