ISA Study Abroad in Sevilla, Spain

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Sevilla, the capital of Andalusia, is the fourth-largest city in Spain and offers students opportunities to explore Spain's culture, language and history. Blending tradition and modernity, Sevilla is as relaxed as it is energetic, with boundless sunshine, non-stop flamenco dancing, and countless tapas bars. Located on the banks of the Guadalquivir River, student mobility around the city is unmatched with easy access to metro, bus, tram, and bicycle. Recognized for the largest Semana Santa celebration in the country and spectacular turnouts for the Feria de Abril, students will be able to stand alongside local Sevillanos to partake in these unsurpassable Spanish festivities.

Depending on the program, ISA students can enroll in courses at the Universidad de Sevilla, the ISA Study Center with Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo, or the Universidad Pablo de Olavide, all of which offer varying, yet unequivocal, opportunities for every student.

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92%
based on 20 reviews
  • Academics 7.2
  • Support 9.2
  • Fun 9
  • Housing 9.3
  • Safety 9.1
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Courtney
10/10

NO8DO

My time in Sevilla literally changed my life. From the courses, to the culture, to the ISA staff, to my host family, and the excursions...I'm a better person for participating on this program. Studying abroad ignited my passion for travel and this year I will hit my 26th country!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Disappointed
1/10

Unfortunate experience

I believe that the trip was very terribly advertised and did not provide what was promised. Numerous times, I asked if it would be a cultural experience, where we would meet students in school from foreign countries, as well as learn to speak Spanish. Yes, for those that know Spanish and have family in Spain, then they just paid for a trip to encourage their learning. However, students who have very basic knowledge of Spanish are NOT taken care of. I asked many times to be placed into a Spanish family that understood at least some English. When I arrived, my family spoke no English at all past "Hello" and learning Spanish became quite impossible. Emphasis was given to the Spanish speaking children and it discouraged other students from learning since they were beginners. I am completely discouraged from this and all other ISA programs. ISA programs are expensive and are not worth it. I am currently studying at a European University through a European program and not only is the price practically 3 times cheaper, it is much more accommodating.

Response from ISA (International Studies Abroad)

We are sorry to hear that you were disappointed by your ISA experience. Unfortunately, we do not offer English speaking homestays in Sevilla, and we follow up with each student that makes this request. If a student does not feel comfortable living in a homestay for this reason, we offer apartment housing as an alternative option.

To foster greater cross-cultural interactions, ISA Sevilla staff and the universities offer "intercambio" language exchanges to help students practice their Spanish and interact with local students. We also offer Spanish language classes at the beginning level as well as free tutoring with our bilingual on-site staff.

We strive to provide a great value for our students by creating all-inclusive programs that include housing, tuition, excursions, cultural activities, international medical insurance, as well as a full-time on-site staff available to students 24/7. ISA prides itself on the individual attention we provide to our students, so we will definitely use your feedback to help improve our programs for future participants. We are happy to hear you are continuing your education abroad, and wish you the best!

No, I don't recommend this program
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Jrachelleb
9/10

La Vida en Sevilla es una Maravilla

Without a doubt, I would head back to Sevilla with ISA in a heartbeat. The culture is something completely different than what I am used to, and I have to say that I miss it a lot! ISA's staff was so supportive and helpful, from giving directions to chatting about the language and fun Spanish phrases, they helped me through every step of the process. Whenever I would go in to the office, I would be asked how my classes were and how my host family was. They genuinely cared.
The school is absolutely gorgeous- it is the old Royal Tobacco Factory. During the warmer months, it got sort of stuffy in the classrooms because they don't have great air conditioning systems, but it was not unbearable.
The people in Spain, and in Sevilla especially, can come off as stand-off-ish. You really just have to put yourself out there and get to know la gente! You can't be shy if you want to make Spanish friends! Along the same lines, get an intercambio! The language exchange is so helpful and the intercambios are really helpful with finding the cool places to go and showing you around.
Overall, I had a wonderful experience with ISA and recommend them to everyone I know who is looking to study abroad!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Emiley
10/10

Amazing Cultural Experience in Traditional Spain

The ISA Sevilla staff were the most wonderful people. They made it their mission to get to know everyone and make sure all of us were comfortable and happy. All of the students there were like-minded: we were in Spain to get a cultural experience, and that was really refreshing. Being in Southern Spain, the pace was very slow and relaxing, a nice break from the crazy schedules we keep here. I love Sevilla and call it my second home, and I think ISA really did an excellent job heightening my experiences while I was there.

Yes, I recommend this program
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blair
10/10

Best Experience of my Life

I had absurdly high expectations coming in to this program and in all sincerity..THEY WERE SURPASSED! Studying abroad is the GREATEST thing you can do... ISA makes you feel comfortable (MJ and Mauri are the BEST), are affordable and offer awesome excursions in Spain, Portugal and even Morocco! Sevilla is such a comfortable, beautiful city. It's all walkable, somewhat large in size but small enough where you feel a part of the city! The weather is always great, everyone is always outside and kind as can be. If you want a traditional Spanish experience I say nothing but ISA Sevilla will do!!

Yes, I recommend this program

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As a leader in international education for thirty years, ISA is dedicated to providing university and college level students the opportunity to discover, learn, and enjoy a way of life other than their own. ISA offers a diverse portfolio of education...