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CIEE Advanced Liberal Arts Program in Seville, Spain
Seville, Spain (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall Semester,
Spring Semester
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Restrictions: Princeton applicants only
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Program Type: Study Abroad (semester) Language of Instruction: Spanish
Language Prerequisite: YES Time Away: Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester
Housing options: Dormitory, Homestay Program Adviser: Jordan Zilla
Program Description:
Program Description:

SevilleCIEE Advanced Liberal Arts in Seville, Spain 

Please be reminded that you need to meet different deadlines when applying to this program: 

  • CIEE application deadline: October 1, 2020
  • Princeton application deadline: October 16, 2020
CIEE Advanced Liberal Arts is an excellent fit for those students who are already at an intermediate to advanced level of Spanish language and who are interested in taking a mix of university and program-taught courses. Students have the opportunity to study and live in the beautiful city of Seville, the commercial hub of the Andaluz region with a vibrant history dating back to the 8th century BC.  

The University

In addition to one or two CIEE-taught courses, students will enroll in courses at either the University of Seville or the University of Pablo de Olavide (UPO). 

The University of Seville is one of Spain's leading institutions and hosts upwards of 75,000 students.The main building, previously a tobacco factory located in the heart of Seville and close to some of the most iconic sites of the city, now houses the Faculty of Literature and Philology and the Faculty of Geography and History. 

The University of Pablo de Olavide hosts about 11,000 students and is located about 30 minutes from the center of Seville. UPO offers courses in the areas of Social Sciences, Humanities, and more, and all seven Faculties are located at its one-campus location. 

The Setting

Seville is the largest city in Andalusia, the southern region of Spain, and Romans, Goths, Muslims, and Christians have all established their capital here. It eventually became the gateway to the Americas in the 16th century, and the city still maintains its rich culture and history by preserving many past traditions. With a population of around 700,000 people, Seville offers a wide variety of cultural activity and events throughout the year, such as the spring flamenco festival, known as Feria de Sevilla, the European Film Festival, and many more. 



Students are required to enroll in a minimum of 15 credits for the semester in order to transfer back a full course-load to Princeton. This typically equates to five courses (either two CIEE courses and three direct enroll, or one CIEE course and four direct enroll) and does not  include the mandatory, two-week language course. 

Courses taught at CIEE will follow the CIEE academic calendar and are usually have smaller class sizes and more work throughout the semester. In general, the academic environment of the local universities is very different, and the expectation is that students are pro-active, independent, and receive far less guidance from their professors and the university than in the North American university system. Students are required to take all of their courses in Spanish. 


For Princeton approval, participants must have at least a 3.0/ B average for the fall and spring semesters prior to the semester of study abroad. Students almost must have taken at least up to the 107 level of Spanish (207 level preferred). 

Grading & Credits:

For information regarding credits, grading, and other academic policies, read the Academic Policies on the Study Abroad website.

Academic Calendar

Fall Semester: early September to late December
Spring Semester: mid-January to early June 

Please refer to the CIEE website for updated academic calendars.


CIEE has two housing options for students on this program:

Homestays offer students the opportunity to live with a Spanish-speaking family and experience the daily life of local sevillanos. Each student would have their own bedroom, and three meals a day would be provided by the host. Weekly cleaning, laundry, and internet are also provided.

Residence halls offer students the opportunity to live alongside Spanish and other international students with individual bedrooms and bathrooms, kitchen, internet, and weekly cleaning/linen service. Most halls have common spaces, and students can opt to pay for access to the kitchens and cafeterias (meals are not provided). 

Money Matters

Students who receive financial aid at Princeton continue to receive Princeton financial aid for the approved costs of study abroad programs during the academic year. Students who do not receive financial aid will pay all program fees directly to the provider. For detailed information about financial aid, program fees, and billing for study abroad, please visit the Money Matters section of the Study Abroad website.

For estimated program costs, please click on the Budget Sheet at the top of this brochure.

Passport and Visa

Students are responsible for ensuring that their passports are valid for their entire stay in Spain. For further information on renewing or obtaining a U.S. passport, please consult the U.S. State Department passport website.

Students studying in Spain for more than 90 days are required to obtain a student visa. CIEE provides a free service for students eligible to obtain their visas from either the Chicago, Boston, New York, Houston, San Francisco, or Los Angeles Spanish consulates, where they go to the consulate on the students' behalf. CIEE provides students with the instructions for gathering the materials, and then the students them to CIEE with their passport. CIEE takes materials to the consulate on their behalf, and then once the visas are done, they pick them up from the consulates and mail them back to the students. We strongly encourage students to utilize this service.
For students who are unable to participate in the group appointments, or need to obtain their visa from one of the other Spanish consulates where they do not have a group appointment agreement (D.C., Miami, or Puerto Rico), they provide an extensive document with instructions for how to apply for a Spanish student visa.

Application Process

Students interested in applying to the CIEE Advanced Liberal Arts Program should complete the following steps:

  1. Click "apply now" here on the GPS brochure to begin an application. Complete all of the study abroad application items listed in GPS by the GPS deadline and submit to the Office of International Programs. 
  2. Complete the CIEE online application according to CIEE's deadline.


Start planning your study abroad experience!

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Spring Semester 2021 10/16/2020 10/20/2020 01/13/2021 06/05/2021
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