CIEE High School Summer Abroad in Seville, Spain – Spanish Language & Culture

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What’s a typical day like in Seville? Because of the heat, mornings are for outings and afternoons for language classes!

Throughout your stay, practice speaking Spanish in shops, markets, and cafes. You’ll also explore the city with tours led by CIEE staff and local professors. Need some extra assistance with your Spanish language skills? We’ll have local college students ready to help.

Enjoy your favorite tapas during nights out with new friends; dance the flamenco during a cultural class or spend an afternoon touring churches, cathedrals and other architectural gems; stroll along the scenic Guadalquivir River or relax along the banks while taking in the local rowing culture. Mingle with peers and meet Spanish high school students through organized activities.

College credit option is available for this program; see our site for details.

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Reviews

85%
based on 41 reviews
  • Growth 7.9
  • Support 7.2
  • Fun 8.7
  • Housing 8.8
  • Safety 8.7
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Ruhee
10/10

Summer in Sevilla

The experience that you get from doing a summer abroad in this lovely city is entirely different than what you would get from exploring on your own. And so, it is to be expected that not everything can be planned out perfectly, especially in a group this size. Overall, focus on the new knowledge you're gaining and the memories you're making and you'll realize that this was the trip of a lifetime :))

Yes, I recommend
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Finn
9/10

CIEE

This experience was very valuable for me. I have been lucky enough to have traveled a lot in the past, but living in a different country with a host family was a completely different experience. I enjoyed every moment of it and would definitely recommend it to others. Getting to see all of the monuments while having plenty of free time to explore was great. I had a great time every day with my friends and my host family.

How can this program be improved?
More communication between leaders and students
Yes, I recommend
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Lauren
10/10

Study Abroad

My experience studying abroad in Seville will forever be unforgettable! I was extremely fortunate to have met such wonderful people during my month spent here. I have made such great friendships, and bonds with my host family. Having such a loving and supportive host family made the whole experience even better. My advice for future participants would be to enjoy every moment of the trip and always keep your head up high, because in the beginning of the trip when I was a little homesick, I was so focused on missing home I didn't appreciate the opportunity of a lifetime that I was embarking on. This program impacted my life in ways I would have never expected! CIEE study abroad taught me not only about language and culture, but it taught me more about myself as a person. I have learned to go out of my comfort zone and try new things like eating snails for the first time or riding a bike around the city. To my surprise I actually liked the savory taste of the snails and I was extremely proud of myself for trying it. Also, before this trip I hated riding bikes, I just didn't find it enjoyable, but to my surprise the bike tour was one of my favorite days this entire trip! On top of trying new things, I also learned how bad I am at directions and that I don't cope well with getting lost. Although, from having these few encounters getting lost, I learned how to navigate a city without GPS or my iPhone. In the end, I am so grateful to have had this experience and this period of personal growth!

How can this program be improved?
This program can be a little more improved by just being more organized during ITCs. The ITCs were almost always inconveniently out of the way. I think that instead of having an ITC everyday, have them once a week and in a place near where the morning activity is taking place.
Yes, I recommend
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James
8/10

Great potential but terrible leadership

On this trip I met some great people, for the most part all of the activities were fun, and finally the weekend trips were all fantastic. However there are some serious flaws in the leadership of this program. We were often stuck waiting around for 30 minutes to an hour for the leaders to figure out what is going on, what we are doing, and who is missing. In addition to this the, the meeting times change every day and were very confusing as a result. This is not the only problem with the leadership. At the end of my third week my parents received an email that said that I had been late to an activity because I overslept and in addition to this I was being overly negative in class. The email also requested that my parents disciplined me for this behaviour "in order to insure it doesn't happen again". First off, I didn't oversleep I simply misread the email that said what time to meet and as a result I was late to an activity once. Secondly, the only time I can think of that I was negative in class that week was when I criticized the ITC's. Moreover the email came from CIEE headquarters in Portland so it was impossible to know who I should talk to in order to resolve the problem. Fortunately my parents are reasonable people and nothing came of this but it was infuriating at the time.

How can this program be improved?
The contact between CIEE and the parents of the students of the program needs to be redesigned so that the parents can get an accurate account of what is happening. In addition to this the organization of the program needs to be drastically improved.
Yes, I recommend
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Jordan
9/10

Session 1 2017

My favorite part was being fully immersed in the language and culture. All of the excursions and getting to meet new people was amazing too. It is hard for me to review this program, as this is the first study abroad program I have been on and have nothing to compare it too. However, I do know that I learned a lot, saw so many amazing things, and had so much fun, which made the occasional bump in the road worth it.

How can this program be improved?
Better organization.
Yes, I recommend
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Tatiana
9/10

My Expirience in Seville

Sevilla is a wonderful city and I hope to return some time soon, Ive had a transcending experience here. The host family were great people and I was very happy with my placement. Being here has helped me grow into something larger than myself and experience so much more in life and Im so lucky to have gotten this experience

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How can this program be improved?
Probably if everyone communicated better with times and meeting points
Yes, I recommend
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Jiacheng
9/10

Solid, despite the fact that it has flaws

I will say that it is a very solid process of learning; I grew from someone who cannot form a sentence in Spanish to someone who can use five tences in less than a month. I would not iamgine myself to be able to do it in other place other thasn Spain. The host family placement is excellent! I learnt so much <Spanish from them. Majority of the cultural activities were good and fascinating as well. I did indeed had an unfogrettable experience exploring Spanish langauge and cultures.
However, there were some minor disorganizations that took place in some of the acticvities. SUch as late bus arrival, time discoodinance, etc. But as a language and culture program, I think that being good for these kinds of experiences is enough for it to earn majority of the points.

How can this program be improved?
A thoughout optimization of ITC together with soem improvements with the classes. I think that for someone who is in level 0 like me, learning the expressions that are used for surviving, such as "¿puedo ir a baños?" is more important than larning vocabs like "grabadoras" and stuff. At least, these vital expressions and daliy conversatiuons should be taught as the absolute priority. Also, learning other stuffs like telling direction on a map, lerning the locations of cities on teh map and incorporate these skills in ITC seems a little bit out-dated for me because we are all using google maps for navigation rather than using a paper map and asking other people.
Yes, I recommend
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Colin
5/10

school

have school during siesta, so that you have more free time while the stores are open. Instead of having nothing to do in the middle of the day, you could combine the classes in the morning, and during the siesta. This way the students could have the afternoon and evening free.
The city is great. The Setas are a good place for a nap. My homestay was a little far away from the other students and other fun things. It would be nice to be closer to a central location.
The food here is awesome. I ate everything. I got to try a lot of different food that I hadn´´t tried before.

How can this program be improved?
have class during siesta
Response from CIEE Global Navigator

Hello Colin - Thank you for your review. Glad you enjoyed the many delicacies Seville has to offer and enjoyed your experience overall. Part of the cultural immersion in our programs is to live at the pace of the city, and "siestas" are part of daily life in Seville! We hope you seized the opportunity to relax and spend quality time with your host family.

Yes, I recommend
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Abigail
8/10

A summer abroad

This program was a very fun experience and I had a fun time getting to know new and interesting people from not only Spain and all over the US.

How can this program be improved?
Better punctuality
Yes, I recommend
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Charlotte
8/10

Good Program

If I were to describe this program in 3 words it would be: fun, learning, new. The program plans many fun activites and experiences. For example, kayaking, cooking classes, and sightseeing. It is a good way to not only learn more about the Spanish culture, but also I learned a lot about the the city of Seville. I also learned a lot through the scheduled Spanish classes. It is nice because no matter your level, you will be placed in a small class with a native Spanish speaker as your teacher, so it is easier to learn and practice speaking. I will say that the language learning is not highlighted as much as I thought it would be. Most of the time we speak English unless we are in Spanish class. However, some of the activities are in Spanish. Lastly, this program was full of new experiences. I got to live with a new host family, meet new friends, and see a new country. Overall, I would reccomend this program. However, if you are looking to really improve your spanish intensely, this is probably not the program for you. Also, sometimes there is miscommunication which made it sort of annoying. But overall, I had a good experience where I learned a lot and had a lot of fun.

How can this program be improved?
better organization
Response from CIEE Global Navigator

Hello Charlotte and thank you for your feedback. We are glad you enjoyed your experience in Seville. We do offer several other Spanish language learning programs throughout Spain and the Spanish speaking world to cater to as many proficiency levels as possible. So if you are looking for your next challenge in Spanish language, check out our Alicante intensive program!

Yes, I recommend
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Henry
9/10

Great Program

This is a wonderful program that I would recommend to anyone looking for a study abroad program. The staff ran the program very well and activities were well planned. I will admit that at times the program had its flaws, but they were rare. It is important for anyoen who does any study abroad program to keep an open mind. This is a culture you are not used to and it may be uncomfortable, but the only way to stop that is to immerse yourself in it. When things go wrong and you want to blame staff for any minor inconvenience, remember that you are in a foreign country, on a program comprised of dozens of kids. It is hard to keep track of 60 teenagers, but CIEE does a good job of it. The homestay experience was my favorite as I learned the culture and language the fastest through that. My homestay was very nice and her hospitality was amazing. This is a great program that requires an open mind, and that I recommend for anyone.

How can this program be improved?
Maybe better planning of the ITCs so that they are closer the culture activities. Also, the curfew should be moved to 1:00 am as that is when the night starts for most Spaniards and a lot of culture happens. Otherwise it was great.
Yes, I recommend
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Margaret
7/10

an enjoyable expirience

Overall I did have a great and every enjoyable expirience. Towards the begining of the trip the activities were quite active interactive but also slightly unorganized. As the program continued it grew slightly more unorganized with meeting places and times. for someone really just starting to learn spanish it was absolutly not helpful to have every email in spanish, i know it was intended as a way to learn but that was not the case. Also quite a bit of the cultral activities were tours and took place towards the end of the trip while they personally would have been much more helpful in the begining. I was given quite a bit of time to discover the city by my self and meet new people!

How can this program be improved?
improve organization and choose more relevent things to teach with more clarification.
Response from CIEE Global Navigator

Hello Margaret - Thank you for your review. We are glad you had an enjoyable experience overall. In a city like Seville, with sometimes 3 digit temperatures, we do our best to adjust the activities based on weather conditions. We salute your efforts for following instructions in Spanish. Language is a key component of our programs!

Yes, I recommend
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Priya
7/10

Sevilla Language

The program was a good experience and a good taste of studying abroad. The program leaders and staff were very friendly in general. There was a lot more English spoken than I was hoping, so it was hard to practice conversational skills. There is a lot of responsibility given to the students so future students should be prepared to handle their money and navigate the city on their own. My host family was really nice and understanding that I didn´t speak any Spanish.

Response from CIEE Global Navigator

Thank you Priya for your review. Glad you enjoyed your time with us in Seville. We do our best to provide a fully immersive environment and many opportunities to practice your language skills with your host family, "into the community" with your class, and with young Spaniards your age at high school meetings. We hope picking up Spanish class in September will feel like a breeze!

No, I don't recommend
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Marleigh
8/10

CIEE Sevilla Spain

Overall, I had the best experiences and met the best people. I wish that I could do it all over again. I had an amazing time. My host family was amazing and caring and so was my program leader. The classes were very beneficial and my teacher was excellent. I learned so much about the culture and language in Spain and I am very impressed with the CIEE program. The excursions were so fun and very educational. Some things were not very organized but everything else was perfect. I loved it here.

How can this program be improved?
More organized
Yes, I recommend
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Haley
10/10

Loved it!

I had a great family experience! I lived with one older women and a roommate. My host grandma was an amazing cook so I ate super well. I had a great time speaking at meals and I believe I learned the most Spanish through meals. The cultural activities were well planned and always fun. They were unique activities that were interactive and interesting and had a perfect balance of tourist visits and other activities. The classroom environment was fantastic and I loved my teacher and learned tons. I was very impressed with this program!

How can this program be improved?
needs to be more organized - first week was very chaotic and communication was not always there
Yes, I recommend

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