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Dance the Flamenco in the Sun!

The Illinois Consortium for International Studies and Programs proudly offers a semester in Seville. This program is offered in cooperation with the International College of Seville (ICS), the University of Seville, the College Consortium for International Studies (CCIS), and Broward Community College (BCC).

At the heart of the beautiful and rugged region of Andalucia can be found the lovely city of Seville. It has a rich and varied history and thoroughly Spanish personality. Consequently, Seville has long stood as the symbol of the entire nation of Spain. It is a modern and progressive city. Nevertheless, many of the things which mark the rich Spanish history can be found throughout the Andalucia region: bullfighters, flamenco dancers, white villages and harsh sierras.


Program Description:
The International College of Seville (ICS) is a private, independent, cultural association. Their basic aim is to serve as a center for the promotion of international education. The school is located in the charming neighborhood of El Provenir next to the Maria Luisa Park. The three-story building in the Andalusian villa offers:

  • Classrooms
  • Reference library
  • TV room
  • Internet facilities
  • Study areas
  • Administrative offices

The program consists of a wide academic component centering on the intensive study of Spanish language and culture. This is coupled with the opportunity for complete cultural immersion in the life of the Spanish community.

These opportunities include:

  • Field trips
  • Cultural visits
  • In-home stays

No previous study of Spanish is required. However, students with a sufficient language proficiency may also choose to enroll in upper division courses at the University of Seville.

Program Credits:
Program participants attend classes at the International College of Seville. The students may earn 12-15 college credits per semester.

Required Courses:

  • Spanish languages courses based on placement test (6-8)
  • Spanish culture course: "Three Cultures: Jews, Muslims, & Christians in Spain" (3)
  • Service learning course (1)


In addition, participants can select other courses taught in English depending on availability in the fall or spring. Please consult your ICISP representative when choosing courses to transfer back to ICISP institutions.

University of Seville:

Students with proficiency in Spanish (minimum 2 years college-level Spanish or equivalent) may enroll in special classes taught at the University of Seville (U of S) in Spanish. Students who attend the U of S must register for a minimum of three classes. Please consult your ICISP representative when choosing courses to transfer back to ICISP institutions.

Program Requirements:
This program is open to serious individuals who have a strong interest in immersing themselves in Spanish culture and history. 

All students are required to register for credit and participate in all classroom and program activities. All students will be required to have:

  • 2.75 or higher GPA, based on 12 or more credits of college study
  • Two faculty recommendations
  • English Composition I completed with a grade of C or better
  • Physician's approval to travel

No previous study of Spanish is required.

Pre-Trip Orientation:
The required pre-trip orientation will be held at Heartland Community College in Bloomington-Normal prior to departure. Students should contact their ICISP representative for further information on exact dates.

Program Fee:
The fee will cover:

  • Instructional costs
  • Airport reception for designated flights
  • Housing with laundry and full meal plan
  • Health insurance
    • private clinics, medical specialists, house calls, 24-hr. support service
  • Free cell phone for duration of semester
  • Cultural visits & field trip excursions
  • Free Wi-Fi access
  • Tutorial assistance
  • On-site library & study areas
  • "Intercambio" program with Spanish students

The fee does not cover:

  • Airfare
  • Passport/Visa
  • Personal expenses

Note: Please check with your home institution regarding any additional tuition costs.

Flight Details:
The airplane ticket will be approximately $1200* for roundtrip from the East Coast of United States.
*Varies by departure city and day of travel.

Both a passport and a visa are required for the semester program in Spain. Visa applicants must first obtain a passport prior to applying for their visa.

The visa application must be processed through the Spanish Consulate in whose jurisdiction (state) the applicant lives. Some Spanish Consulates now require up to four weeks to process visa applications.

Please plan early and accordingly.

Lodging and Meals:
The students have two options:

  • In-home stay
    • Live with a Spanish family
    • One or two students per home
    • Three meals per day
    • Laundry
  • Residencies
    • Privately owned student residences
    • Double share
    • Three meals per day
    • Laundry

Application Deadline:
Applications are available through your institution's ICISP Representative. You must apply through your home institution, applications submitted directly from students will not be accepted.

Fall Study Program - May 15

Spring Study Program - October 15

Visiting Faculty:
The ICISP Semester in Spain Visiting Faculty Program has been designed to provide faculty from ICISP member institutions the opportunity to experience firsthand:

  • Living
  • Teaching
  • Researching and
  • Interacting with colleagues in an international setting.

The visiting faculty will also be required to oversee and provide leadership for the ICISP program and student service needs of Illinois students in Seville. The application deadline for the faculty program is: November 1st. Please contact your local ICISP Representative for further details and for an application.

Additional Information:
For additional information on this program, please contact the ICISP Representative at your institution.


Illinois Consortium for International Studies and Programs, Heartland Community College, 1500 W. Raab Rd., Normal, IL 61761
Phone: (309) 268-8664
Fax: (309) 268-7986
For questions regarding this website, contact the ICISP office
Last Updated: August 2014

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