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

86%
based on 46 reviews
  • Growth 8
  • Support 7.5
  • Fun 8.8
  • Housing 8.9
  • Safety 8.8
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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 this program
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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 this program
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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 this program
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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 this program
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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 this program
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Jialynn
9/10

When in Spain

This program provided me with so many opportunities that I could not be more thankful for. It has been absolutely amazing getting to live in Spain and experience the culture and life here firsthand. Staying with a host family has provided me with so many excellent adventures and good talks that I will always remember. Despite the occasional chaos and constant waiting around for people, overall, this program gave me so many memories that I will never forget.

How can this program be improved?
Having more organization and structure, and getting information out more clearly in order to have everyone together in a more efficient way.
Yes, I recommend this program
Günce
9/10

My review

Overall, CIEE Seville high school summer abroad has been very educational and fun. The program needs improvements in their" Into The Community" activities along with communication between program leaders and students. The local activities we've in Seville, Cadiz, and Granada have all been very fun and educational. Classroom environment could use improvements but from what I have heard all of the instructors are very well trained to teach each subject.

How can this program be improved?
Like I mentioned before the ITC's need improvement along with the communication between students, program leaders, and staff.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Lilly
7/10

Sevilla for Me

I grew as a person but this program was rather disorganized. Better scheduling is necesary for all the breaks are during slow times in sevilla like siesta. I would want morning classes and more personal support. Also I had trouble with money that I had to deal with alone. I would have been a lot happier with more personal assistance. i really enjoyed working with spanish students however, so I would like to do that very early on and more often, with more kids my age. That was additionally be benefitial.

How can this program be improved?
Scheduling, scheduling, to the max. This was a good trip, but lots of flaws prevented it from being great. Also more assistance with money management or reccommendations in that area would help.
Response from CIEE Global Navigator

Hello Lilly and thank you for your review. We are so glad you enjoyed your time with Spanish high school students and grew on this trip. Gaining independence is definitely a big benefit of studying abroad! Regarding the schedule, our Seville program is unique in order to adapt to both the local culture ("siesta" time and late dinner time), and hot afternoons with temperature reaching 3 digits routinely in June and July. Again we appreciate your feedback and wish you a great school year.

No, I don't recommend this program
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Alexander
8/10

Half and Half

It was a fun program and they had a lot of good activites.Some of the activies were fun like the kayaking and the cooking class. I really liked the catherdral and the trips to different cities like Granada and Cadiz. Granada was my absoulte favorite. However, i felt like it was a little bit unorganized. The Into The Community actitvites were always confusing because they never went according to plan. The teacher would say something but, something would change.

How can this program be improved?
Be more organized and give students less lectures and more time to just observe.
Response from CIEE Global Navigator

Thank you Alexander for your feedback, which we will take into account for future programming. "Into the community" are great exercises to offer you to practice your lesson outside of the classroom, but we recognize this can sometimes be a challenge as it is an environment that is less controlled than the classroom and where we have to adapt to circumstances. Wishing you an awesome end of the summer and school year!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Devin
8/10

Seville Session 1

Overall, my experience here was amazing. I met amazing people, tried new things, and saw many new places. The language immersion part was very difficult to adjust to with our host families and the adjustment process as a whole was difficult to overcome, but the staff and people are very supportive. Although many ITCs were pontless, the people/students made everything enjoyable. There were moments of unorganization and communication issues, but verall everything was very memorable.

How can this program be improved?
Organization, pairing with host families
Response from CIEE Global Navigator

Thank you Devin for your feedback and kudos to you for diving into this fully immersive experience! It can certainly be a challenge, but the rewards and memories will last a lifetime. Have a wonderful rest of your summer!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Avrey
9/10

Session 1

These last 26 days have been a truly interesting experience. There are amazing aspects to this trip and absolutely awful aspects to it. To start with the amazing components, the students I have met on this trip and the activites we have done were great. My host mom has been amazing, and I have learned to problem solve and deal with stress. My program leader Cynthia also made the trip very fun. I hope to maintain contact with her after the trip. On the other hand, the classes and ITCs are pointless and majority of the program leaders make no difference in the program whatsoever. I was told that I would be rooming with another student, but I ended up living alone. This does not matter as much now, but when I first came here, a buddy would have REALLY helped me out. I felt stressed and scared all of the time before I became familiar with my surroundings. The experience credit scam is also not apreciated.

How can this program be improved?
Read above.
No, I don't recommend this program
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Janie
8/10

Seville Session One

I loved the program and the city, but one thing that I would enjoy is the tour of the city be in the beginning of the program (aka the bike tour), so that we know where the good spots to go are. I loved all the excursions to Granada and Cadiz and all the overall activities. This program has helped me grow in the spanish language, and I think that the host family situatio is one of the best aspects of the trip.

How can this program be improved?
Better communication especially with meeting points and the phone system was horrible. Also for this program we didnt have much free time to shop because all the stores were closed during siesta. Also i would have like to leave for trips to Cadiz and Granada earlier so that we had more time in the city.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Payton
9/10

Summer Abroad

This experience has overall been great, however there has been a few kinks that could be fixed. I feel that everything was a little unorganized just because a lot of new elements were thrown in, like having school at night and the ITCs. These small little problems can be fixed and I feel that the program will be better once thoses things just get organized a little bit better. All the program leaders were amazing but Cynthia Sanchez was amazing! She has really supported us and helped out our group so much! She felt like a mom away from home and really put all of us at ease when problems occured.

How can this program be improved?
Just more orginization and communication between the program leaders
Yes, I recommend this program
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Tiana
9/10

Really fun program, could use better communication

I had the opportunity to be accepted into this program and I wouldn't have wanted to do anything else this summer. The program leaders are really nice and supportive. The only thing I have to critique is the communication between students and teachers. Also clarification on ITC activities with teachers and program leaders because they both had different objectives for the students. Thank you for the amazing opportunity and I might even apply again for Gap Year.

How can this program be improved?
Better communication and clarification on ITC activites and homework.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Emma
8/10

Session 1 Language and Culture

Most of the activities are very unorganized and make the program a little stressful. Itcs are irrelevant and do not make any difference to the program. The levels are placed inaccurately and the lessons we learned were irrelevant. I already knew all of the infromation that we learned and this program did not help kme with my spansh in any way except for beig more exposed to locals. My group leader, cynthia did make the ITCS somewhat more enjoyable but in all it was very irrelevant to the stay here. When it would get really hot it was very uncomfrotable to sleep at night wihout AC. Also, there should be a better job with pairing up roomates and host families etc.

How can this program be improved?
More Organization, the friends and breakfast have more local students our age.
Response from CIEE Global Navigator

Thank you Emma for your feedback. Adjusting to a new local culture - like sleeping without AC! - has its challenges, but we hope you learned from your experience overall. We do language tests at the beginning of each program to place each participant in the most appropriate language level. It is common for a few participants to start in one level, and switch to a different if they feel too/less challenged. We hope picking up Spanish class in September will feel a lot easier though. Have a nice rest of your summer!

No, I don't recommend this program

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