April 02, 2013
Students can spend the Fall 2013 semester exploring Spanish
language and culture in historic Seville — an ancient city shaped
by European and Islamic influences — through a new course in St.
John’s University’s expanding
Global Studies offerings.
Seville Semester: Discover Spain, students from St. John’s and
other accredited institutions can broaden their knowledge and
strengthen their language skills in the capital city of Andalusia.
The nation’s southernmost province, it was a center of Moorish
culture in Europe from the eighth through the 15th century.
Offered for the first time this fall, Discover Spain is the
newest of St. John’s semester-long Global Studies options. Students
also can spend a term at the University’s residential campus in
Rome, Italy, or its location in
Paris, France. Another program,
Discover the World: Europe, encompasses three cities in a
single session. Summer, winter, intersession and exchange options
are available throughout Asia, the Caribbean, Europe and Latin
“Whatever their major, every student will benefit from spending
a semester in Seville,” said Matthew Pucciarelli, Associate Vice
President of Global Studies at St. John’s. “So much of what we
think of as ‘Spanish’ — flamenco, bullfighting, Mediterranean
architecture — is evident there.”
St. John’s introduced Seville in Spring 2012 as one of three
sites — along with Rome and Paris — in Discover the World: Europe.
It will remain a destination for that program as well as a
semester-long course. The city, Pucciarelli noted, offers excellent
accommodations and exposure to architectural treasures such as the
Alcazar, an ancient palace, and La Giralda, a cathedral tower that
originally was a minaret.
“Our students will experience so much there,” said
Fernando Garcia Catalàn, Assistant Director of the program.
“There’s the blend of cultures, the proximity to other important
destinations in Andalusia, such as Córdoba, Granada, Málaga and
Cádiz. Yet it’s very affordable.”
“Seville represents the fusion of the diverse peoples who
settled there — Phoenicians, Romans, Visigoths and Moors,” said
Carmen Fernandez Klohe, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Languages
and Literatures at St. John’s. Klohe will teach in the program this
fall. “With such rich history all around them, our students will
begin their cultural immersion just by walking around the city,”
Seville also will serve as a base for exploring other nearby
sites. The semester includes walking tours; a guided river cruise
of the Guadalquivir; visits to a beach town in Portugal and the
legendary Aracena caves; and a five-day trip to a location that
shows off the riches of Spain and its bordering regions, such as
the Basque country.
Additional information about St. John’s University’s
Seville Semester is available online. Students also may
apply online or
download an application.