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 45 reviews
  • Growth 8
  • Support 7.4
  • Fun 8.8
  • Housing 8.9
  • Safety 8.8
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Gloria
9/10

A new & beneficial experience

Overall, studying abroad has been a very fun and educational experience. The cultural activities were fun and I loved the beautiful places we were able to tour (Cathedral, Alcázar, etc). However, I wish we had more time to explore those places ourselves instead of always listening to the tour guides. The weekend trips to Cádiz & Granada were definitely the best part of the program. I made many new friends, learned new skills, and learned a lot more Spanish. This program has helped with my personal growth, and I would love to visit Seville again in the future.

How can this program be improved?
More organization and better communication, mainly in the ITCs
Yes, I recommend
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Anders
9/10

Fun month with new friends

My time in Seville has been really fun and has improved my Spanish. I've met many new people and become good friends with people from across the US. The weekend trips to Cádiz and Grenada were the highlights of the trip for me. My host family was very hospitable and I feel my Spanish improved the most through my conversations with them. Both my program leader and teacher were very friendly and helpful. At one point during the trip I became sick, and my host family and staff were attentive and made sure I was OK.

How can this program be improved?
Could have been more organized.
Yes, I recommend
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Lucy
9/10

Program review

In almost all aspects, the program/trip was wonderful! I loved many of the culture activities, like the graffiti tour and the kayaking. Some of the tours were alittle too long but the places we toured were fantastic. the day trips were exciting and I loved the locations. I will always remember this trip and the friends I made, both Spanish and American. The friends and breakfast was really fun and I made a lot of friends.

How can this program be improved?
My only problem with the program was communication. At some points it seemed as though even the program leaders weren't sure what was going on or how to help because they hadn't been given the right information.
Yes, I recommend
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Carolina
8/10

Awesome, but too many tours

Going out of the country alone for this long was a brand new experience for me. I loved staying with my host family and know I have definitely made a life long connection with them. The people I met were great and it was awesome to be able to go to a new place with people I had never met or talked to and just click with them. Aside from the people the program in itself is an amazing opportunity. Never have I taken a Spanish class like I did here. It wasn't all about grammar or vocabulary. Instead we learned how to actually communicate in Spanish with other Spanish speakers.

How can this program be improved?
No matter how much I loved the trip there's room for improvement. Organization wise it was a little crazy sometimes. For example the ITC. This was the most thrown together thing. I know it was supposed to correlate with what we did in class but most of the ITC's were pointless. I think that if we only did like 2-3 ITC's a week everyone would benefit from it more. Aside from the ITC we took so many tours that not many if not everyone lost interest in in the first 10 minutes. The first few days it was understandable because it was tours of the city, but after that we got a tour of every single place we went to. It got boring to hear about why every living room in the place was important for 20 minutes. And if it wasn't slow it was way too fast. There was no time to look around or take pictures. A tour of the main places or points would be better. Maybe 2-3 a week, but not one everyday.
Response from CIEE Global Navigator

Hello Carolina and thank you for your review. It is true that it is very important for us that what you cover in class connects with what you will do with the group outside of the classroom, so that you can immediately apply new learnings, and "connect dots" between the Spanish language and its culture. We do appreciate your feedback on the "Into The Community" exercises, and will take into account moving forward.

Yes, I recommend
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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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