Prior to their departure and on-site orientation, students will receive a lengthy and detailed pre-departure orientation handbook which serves as a primer for their study abroad experience in Spain. This handbook is designed to be used in conjunction with the Online Orientation in the Student Portal. Although the on-site orientation will cover the nitty-gritty of life in Spain, the handbook allows students to read up on pertinent information before their arrival in Sevilla. The handbook covers academics, culture, gender relations, useful phrases, food, housing, the university, ISA facilities, money matters, visas, and numerous other details that students also learn about during their on-site orientation. Of course, students are always welcome to contact the Sevilla Site Specialist
with any questions.
All students will fly into Madrid where they will be met by the resident staff and the other ISA students for several excursions and an on-site orientation. The ISA staff will provide you with a brief introduction to Spain's history and culture, while also letting you know what to expect regarding living with a host family, taking classes at a Spanish university, and adjusting to life in Spain. After the initial excursions, you will depart for Sevilla and move into your housing. You will then be given time to orient yourself within the city, while registering for courses at one of the universities, prior to beginning classes.