The Sevilla program is a seven-week stay in Spain’s storied cultural capital and the undisputed heart of Andalucía. This vivid and vibrant city on the Guadalquivir River has a color and a heat all its own. Rivaling Valencia as Spain’s third largest city, Sevilla is both a pulsing urban center and a place of sprawling gardens and lazy patios, where modern streetcars glide past the gothic Cathedral and the Moorish architecture of the Giralda while green-minded sevillanos zip along the bike lanes that thread the entire city. Sevilla’s long and brilliant history is written in stone: the 13th century Torre del Oro that guards the river, the vast Cathedral and the fortress of the Reales Alcázares, and a stupendous collection of Roman statues and other antiquities in the Archeological Museum are among the treasures that students can see on a daily basis in this program. A veritable micro-culture unto itself, Sevilla also offers amazing food and a thriving summer nightlife that awakens as the cool of the evening sets in. Students have guided tours of Sevilla’s historic barrios and world-famous Golden Age and Moorish buildings, soccer matches and tapas outings, as well as the chance for a first-hand view of the world of tauromaquia, bull-fighting. Daily classes on Spanish culture, language, and business are taught by local academics from the universities of Sevilla and Pablo de Olavide, and students live and have three meals a day with local families. Students in Sevilla will also have the option of participating in an add-on program in Marrakesh, Morocco, where they will have an intensive, 10-day stay studying and touring the aspects of Islamic culture that have influenced Spanish culture and history as well as that of France and indeed much of Western Europe. The add-on program provides an additional 3 hours of university credits as ROML 4120.
Participants live and eat their meals with carefully screened Spanish families. Host families provide laundry services for the students.