Fall Dates: early September – mid-December
Spring Dates: mid-January – mid-May
This semester-long program offers students the opportunity to study Spanish language, history, and culture at the International College of Seville (ICS) while earning Madison College credit. Although the local language in Seville is Spanish, all classes are taught in English. No previous study of Spanish is required, however students are encouraged to have studied at least one semester of Spanish before departure.
Spain’s fourth largest city, Seville has been influenced by a rich cultural heritage and benefits from the Mediterranean climate. Bullfights, flamenco dancers, and tapas are all part of the culture of this beautiful and rugged region.
All students are required to take a Spanish language course (8 credits), and “Culture and Society of Spain” (3 credits). An optional service-learning course is also available. Additionally, participants may select pre-approved business and culture courses that are taught in English. Please take a moment to review a listing of possible courses from the International College of Seville or please contact the Center for International Education for any updates or clarification.
Students with advanced proficiency in Spanish may be able to enroll in classes taught at the University of Seville, which are taught in Spanish. Students who attend the university are required to take a minimum of three classes. Please contact the Center for International Education for more details.
All students accepted into a semester-long Study Abroad program are required to take the Madison College one credit online course titled "Perspectives on Study Abroad". This course is designed as an introduction to and support of residence and study in another country. Students will learn cultural theories, learning styles, cross-cultural communication skills, and strategies for development of cross-cultural competencies. Students will participate in activities designed to increase their cultural awareness, cross-cultural sensitivity, and own adaptability to another culture. The course will facilitate the intense learning process that occurs when individuals are placed in a new cultural context and will challenge students to explore their own cultural assumptions.
Accommodations and Meals
Two housing options are available while in Seville: students may choose to live with a Spanish family or in a shared supervised residence. Although students are free to choose the option they prefer, they are highly encouraged to live with a Spanish family for the added cultural experience. The supervised residence is not like an American dorm; rather, it is an apartment shared by three to five students and is run by a woman, a couple, or a family who may or may not live there as well. In both options, laundry is done for students.
Regardless of the housing option students choose, three meals per day are provided. Students who have special dietary restrictions should state that in their application. It is important to understand that meals are quite different in Spain than in the U.S. Lunch is the largest meal of the day and is served between 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Dinner is generally served after 8:30 p.m. and is smaller than a typical American dinner.
As part of the program cost, students will experience a number of excursions and cultural activities. Some excursions may be available at an additional cost. Possible excursions may include:
- Jerez de la Frontera and Valdelagrana beach
- Overnight trip to Granada
A passport is required for U.S. citizens traveling to Spain. If you need to apply for a passport, it is advised to allow at least 6 weeks for standard processing. Additionally, student visas are required for stays of more than 90 days (which typically is only Spring semester). You must have a passport and be accepted to the Seville program before you can apply for your visa. The visa process may take 6 to 8 weeks, so please plan accordingly. For more information, please visit the Chicago Spanish Consulate website.
All students are required to attend two pre-departure orientations. These orientations provide information on health and safety, packing and trip planning, flight logistics, and other essential information.
The program fee for Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 is $9,815, which includes:
- Tuition and instructional fees
- Airport reception for designated flights
- Housing with laundry and full meal plan
- Health insurance
- Free cell phone for duration of semester
- Cultural visits and field trips
- Wi-Fi access
- Tutorial assistance
- “Intercambio” program with Spanish students
Additional costs each semester include:
- Passport (if you do not already have one)
- Spanish visa (Spring semester program)
- Spending money
- Madison College Perspectives on Study Abroad Course Tuition (Approximately $120)
Seville, Spain Schedule and Fees
All materials, including the initial deposit of $500 (made payable to Madison College), must be received by 4:00 p.m. in the Center for International Education. (NOTE: Unless an applicant is rejected, the $500 deposit is non-refundable.)
For More Information
If you would like to know more about studying abroad through Madison College, please email us or call 608-246-6201 to schedule an appointment.
This program is administered by the Illinois Consortium for International Studies and Programs (ICISP) and is open to member colleges in Wisconsin and Illinois. For more information visit the ICISP website.
International College of Seville