William and Mary: Seville - William and Mary in Seville

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The W&M Semester in Seville program offers students the opportunity to live and study in Seville, Spain’s most beautiful city in the heart of Andalucia. Seville is the home of flamenco’s musical traditions, Islamic history and architecture, an... read more

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It was very worthwhile. I learned that I could handle myself in a foreign country, as well as a country where I didn't speak the language and where my flights home has been cancelled. - The College of William and Mary View Entire Review
ABSOLUTELY. LOVE LOVE LOVED IT. best experience of my life. i have so much more of an appreciation for learning, history, language. I could talk about it for hours if you asked me to..I know so many random facts, have talked to so many great people, had so many great travel adventures. - The College of William and Mary View Entire Review
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Totally worth while. My language skills did improve even if I don't feel fluent now, I am able to hold a conversation and I understand spanish speakers much better. Also, so many fun experiences in the city with friends, at home, and travelling elsewhere. - The College of William and Mary View Entire Review
I learned so much about culture! And not just Spanish culture. I went to a variety of cities and countries and I got to see similarities and differences in each. That was very valuable. It was worthwhile. I am so glad I went abroad. - The College of William and Mary View Entire Review
I learned a lot of spanish, so for me it was worthwhile. - The College of William and Mary View Entire Review
It was definitely a worthwhile experience. I became a stronger person from it and feel like I can do anything on my own now. - The College of William and Mary View Entire Review
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My experience was wonderful and worthwhile. - The College of William and Mary View Entire Review
Yes, my experience was fantastic and amazing. I would not trade it for the world. I gained a new and more relaxed outlook on life by living with Spaniards and understanding that events that were stressful to me were not necessarily the same as experiences that might be stressful to them. - The College of William and Mary View Entire Review
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Yes...it was awesome. - The College of William and Mary View Entire Review
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Definitely worthwhile! You learn so much while abroad, and most of it isn't in a classroom. I made some great friends, learned how to pack everything for a week in a small backpack, tried lots of new foods, and learned about many new cultures and people. - The College of William and Mary View Entire Review
Past Review Great!
Confidence to call myself fluent in Spanish =) - The College of William and Mary View Entire Review
Yes it was very worthwhile. I think I gained some important life experiences, some confidence, and more of a sense of adulthood. - The College of William and Mary View Entire Review
I became a more independent and confident person. I realized I could really travel on my own and gained a better appreciation for the cultures around me. - The College of William and Mary View Entire Review
Unfortunately, I largely regret my decision to study abroad in Seville. I took advantage of several cheap travel opportunities (mostly in Spain, but also to other countries), which was a great way to learn more about the country and the world in general. I also took a class with Spaniards pass/fail, which was wonderful as it w... - The College of William and Mary View Entire Review
i love the time i spent in spain! My program staff was amazing and the students i studied with are now some of my best friends. that said, this was not the experience i was hoping for or anticipating. I certainly improved my spanish, but i don't think i gained as many skills as i could have under a different structure and i am d... - The College of William and Mary View Entire Review
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My study abroad experience was extremely worthwhile. I learned how to be more independent, my Spanish improved immensely and I became more aware about my own culture and how to properly respect and adapt to foreign culture. - The College of William and Mary View Entire Review
Absolutely. I learned the importance of being open and understanding. I also learned the value of trying new things and seeing new places. - The College of William and Mary View Entire Review
It was definitely worthwhile. I grew to feel much more confident in myself and the way I handle myself in the world. I also made some fantastic friendships with the students on my program. Even though I didn't meet as many Spaniards as I would have liked, it was still a fun experience and I feel that my Spanish definitely improv... - The College of William and Mary View Entire Review
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Learning how to live in a foreign country is invaluable. The experience of living with a host family is invaluable. Make sure this is something you want to do, obviously, for your own reasons, but if you have your own reasons for studying abroad, you'll definitely be able to appreciate this program. Plus, the fact that W&M's pro... - The College of William and Mary View Entire Review

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The W&M Semester in Seville program offers students the opportunity to live and study in Seville, Spain’s most beautiful city in the heart of Andalucia. Seville is the home of flamenco’s musical traditions, Islamic history and architecture, and renowned local festivals, such as Semana Santa and the annual feria. Students will attend classes at Universidad Pablo de Olavide. UPO, established in 1997, is one of Spain’s smallest (7,000 students) and most modern universities. UPO houses an excellent library collection, computer access, sports facilities, gym, outdoor track and fields, and intramural sports.

During the 18-week program (including the one-week orientation program prior to the start of classes; students may choose year-long option), William and Mary students may earn 12-15 W&M credits in a variety of disciplines, including Spanish language and culture, the sciences, business, social sciences, and the humanities. The intensive Spanish-language immersion program is designed for Hispanic Studies majors and also those pursuing studies in other fields but with a strong interest in political, historical, and cultural issues related to Spain and the European Union. Students take the majority of their courses through the UPO´s Centro de Estudios para Extranjeros, and may choose to take one of their courses in English. Advanced Spanish students also have the option of enrolling in up to two courses from UPO's general curriculum and studying alongside local Spanish students. A placement exam will determine each student’s language level.

An innovative curricular feature is the Service-Learning Seminar and Internship. Qualified students with requisite language skills and commitment to service-learning may apply for enrollment in this competitive program available to W&M students. Through the seminar and its community-based practicum, students will explore contemporary issues related to Seville’s changing social landscape through readings and discussions with the professor; topics may include immigration, minority populations, women and society, health care, and human rights. Seminar students work as volunteers throughout the semester in a local agency. This course may be counted as a W&M Hispanic Studies core course and fulfills the Hispanic Studies Practicum requirement.

When not in class, students will enjoy spending time and sharing meals with their Spanish host families in their homestays (all meals and laundry included). They may also participate in the monthly university-sponsored cultural events, as well as other student activities on campus. Students are encouraged to explore and make themselves at home in the beautiful city of Seville in order to get the full benefit of their experience in Spain. Seville offers several theaters, musical performances, and museum exhibitions, as well as convenient access to Madrid via the high-velocity railroad system (AVE).

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