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Universities in Sevilla

Universidad de Sevilla

Some students relax in the gardens of the Faculty of Filología of the University of Sevilla.
Some students relax in the gardens of the Faculty of Filología of the University of Sevilla.

Recognized as one of the top-ranking universities in Spain today, the Universidad de Sevilla prides itself for its high standard of quality educators. The university sums up its educational directive in four words, 'Equality, Liberty, Justice, and Pluralism,' which is exemplified by its teaching methods, as well as its continued progress made in science, technology, and culture, showing why it has become such a popular destination for both domestic and international students.

The Universidad de Sevilla campus was converted from the Royal Tobacco Factory in the 1950s, which was one of Europe's first manufacturing hubs of tobacco that was brought from the Spanish colonies in the Americas. The structure still remains as one of the greatest industrial buildings in Spain, and is one of the oldest of its kind in Europe. Students will have easy access to the campus via public transportation or walking, as it is centrally located right outside the Casco Viejo (historic downtown area of the city), near Plaza de España and the Guadalquivir River.

This university program is especially designed for students who possess a high level of Spanish and wish to deepen their comprehension of the language. It is ideal for students hoping to take courses in history, cinema/theater, art, politics, religion, economics, linguistics, language, literature, business and marketing.

ISA Study Center with Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo-Sevilla

The flagship center for ISA academic programming in Spain, the ISA Study Center with Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo (UIMP) is ranked as one of the top 100 Spanish universities and is the principle organization in Spain for teaching the Spanish language and culture to international students.

Founded in 1932 by Spain's Ministry of Education, classes were initially held in King Alfonso XIII's summer palace in Santander. Today, the university has spread its reach across the country, establishing satellite campuses in seven cities in Spain, including Sevilla. Its academic programs are deliberated for foreign students, placing high emphasis on Spanish language, literature, and culture. The university continues to grow and is recognized for its expansive development in social sciences and humanities, technology, music, theater, poetry and cinema.

Located on the periphery of the Casco Viejo (historic downtown) next to Parque de María Luisa, students will be able to reach campus on foot or by utilizing Sevilla's extensive public transportation network of buses, metro, and tram.

This university program is ideal for first-time travelers and students who are hoping to gain a better understanding of Spanish culture and language. The campus is shared by the ISA Study Center, so students will have regular interaction and support from the on-site staff.

STUDENT POPULATION: 5,000 (main university)

Universidad Pablo de Olavide

Pablo de Olavide University
Pablo de Olavide University
One of Spain's newest and most progressive centers for higher education, the Universidad Pablo de Olavide touts its academic rigor and teaching methods, making it one of the top 20 public universities in Spain. Founded in 1997, the university facilities are state-of-the-art and are similar to amenities found on a typical North American university campus, complete with: campus-wide Wifi access, sports facilities, science laboratories, green spaces, a gym, an elaborate library, and computer, television, video and audio centers.

Exceptionally recognized for its student mobility, the university's International Center created in 2001 has established exchange agreements with 270 universities and organizations, and hosts students from 42 different countries. Courses are widely available in Spanish and English, and students have the opportunity to take classes in Spanish language acquisition, politics, history, art, anthropology, cinema, literature, communication, psychology, economics, business, finance, marketing, and varying disciplines of science.

This university program is great for outgoing and independent students wishing to immerse themselves in the local culture, as they will have regular interaction with Spanish and other international students. Students with an advanced understanding of Spanish are permitted to take up to two courses with local students with the approval from the host university.

The university is located five miles outside of the city center, so a short commute by metro that goes directly from the city center to campus will be expected of all students, including many domestic students.


Volunteer Opportunities with ELAP in Sevilla

ELAP students will attend the ISA Study Center with Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo (UIMP) if they are participating in an ISA program in conjunction with their ELAP program.

Students particpating in an ISA Academic Program plus ELAP during the semester will work 5-10 hours per week at a local host organization while attending classes at the host university. The ELAP placement will begin 1-2 weeks after the first week of classes and end the week prior to final exams.

These placements have no affiliation with host university and are non-credit bearing, however all participants will develop an ELAP Portfolio throughout the program which includes reflective essays, group discussions, logs of hours, a supervisor evaluation and a certificate of completion.ELAP students participating in an ELAP program in Sevilla will not attend a foreign university, but will focus on their full-time internship program.

Custom Programs in Sevilla

Academics vary by program and may be comprised of one or more of the following:
  • A U.S. university-taught course
  • Guest lectures by local experts
  • Visits to local companies or organizations
  • Enrolling in a course at the host university in Sevilla
  • Service-learning and/or internships