Jill Burya, 2017

Alcazar in Seville

CIEE Spain: Advanced Liberal Arts in Seville

Language of Instruction: Spanish
Term: Academic Year, Spring

Get to know the region of Andulucia while studying at the Universidad de Sevilla

The next application deadline is Mar 1, 2022
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Consider the CIEE Spain: Advanced Liberal Arts in Seville program if you have a strong focus on language learning and interests in studying at one of the leading institutions in Spain, Universidad de Sevilla. You have the opportunity to live with a homestay to spend time with locals and to further your cultural and language immersion. In order to participate, you need to complete a minimum of one 3000-level Spanish course, or the equivalent, prior to departure.


While students in the CIEE Spain: Advanced Liberal Arts in Seville program have the option to study at the Universidad de Seville, should your academics align, you may also have the option to take courses at Universidad Pablo de Olavide (UPO), which is an institution just outside of Seville.

Prior to the start of the program, you take a language intensive course taught at the CIEE Study Center to prepare you for the full immersion coursework. During the semester, you then take at least 3-5 direct enrollment courses at Universidad de Sevilla or UPO, dependent on your academic interests. If needed, you may take 1-2 courses at the CIEE Study Center during the semester should you take only three direct enrollment courses.

You are able to take courses from a number of different departments at the Universidad de Sevilla; however, the most common types of coursework include: Art History, History, Hispanic Literature, Latin American Studies, Geography and Sociology. The Universidad Pablo de Olavide has coursework focused more on business and pre-professional coursework so please connect with your study abroad adviser before selecting coursework from this university.

Please note that while CIEE Advanced Liberal Arts requires six semesters of Spanish, Columbia University students are eligible to apply with five or more semesters of Spanish. However, it is encouraged to have as much experience with the Spanish language prior to departure as possible.

Program Features

You have the opportunity to live in a homestay or a residence hall throughout the semester. Please note that a majority of students live in a homestay during the experience, since in many cases it will enable you to connect with others in the community.

To focus on language immersion, all participants of the program agree to speak Spanish throughout the duration of the study abroad experience.


Review eligibility to ensure that you meet all Columbia requirements to study abroad.

Review the external program webpage to understand any additional program prerequisites. Note the program language requirements.

Application Instructions

To apply, you must complete the two steps below. Deadlines vary and some applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Therefore, you should complete the steps below simultaneously:

  • To apply for Columbia clearance (approval) to study abroad, click on "Start Your Application" on this webpage. Clearance applications are approved on a rolling basis until the application deadline listed on this webpage.
  • To apply for program admission, complete an external application directly on the program webpage. Note that this deadline may be in advance of the Columbia clearance deadline.

Fact Sheet

Humanities, Social Sciences
Columbia College, Columbia Engineering, Columbia General Studies, Columbia Undergraduates, Junior, Senior, Sophomore, Study Abroad
Language of Instruction:
Language Requirement:
5 semester of language, or equivalent (Advanced)
Academic Year, Spring

Dates & Deadlines

Academic Year
Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, March 1, 2022
Admissions Decision Date: 
Tuesday, March 1, 2022
Application Deadline: 
Saturday, October 1, 2022
Admissions Decision Date: 
Saturday, October 1, 2022