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CIEE Seville Summer Global Internship

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:



Seville, Spain




Cumulative 2.5 GPA

There is no previous language requirement for this program.

Application Due:


Program Cost:

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CIEE Internships

La Giralda in Sevilla

Global internship students in Sevillework in a non-paying position within a wide range of opportunities across a diverse set of innovative industries. Extra-curricular cultural activities in and around Seville complement their coursework and immerse students in the history and culture of the city. This eight-week program includes a full-time internship and an integrated online academic course. Past students have interned at companies such as Biomedal, Wellness Telecom, Onyx and Simetrycal, as well as smaller firms and companies.

This program is administered by the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) on behalf of an academic consortium of which the University of Iowa is a member. UI participants on the program join a group of students from other U.S. colleges and universities. University of Iowa students earn resident credit for this program.

Academic Program

Students participate in an academic course taught in an online learning environment alongside the eight-week, full-time internship. Participation in the integrated academic course and internship are mandatory for all participants.


Internship: 6 U.S. semester credits, 225-300 internship placement hours

The internship selection process accounts for a student's Spanish language skills, job qualifications, background and professional attitude. Placements will be confirmed in advance of a student's departure from the United States. Final intern selections are determined by Spanish firms and companies; as a result, placement at a particular organization is not guaranteed. Attendance is mandatory.

For updated course offerings, descriptions, and syllabi, visit CIEE's program webpage.

Excursions, Cultural Activities, and Language Immersion

Excursions & Cultural Activities

Students can visit nearby museums, theaters, and cultural sites throughout the session, such as the Parque de María Luisa, the Alcazar, the Giralda, Plaza de España, Hospital de los Venerables, and many more. One-day excursions may be offered to locations such as Cádiz, Carmona, or Málaga. Additionally, a wide variety of program activities are offered every week, including instruction on how to prepare local delicacies, such as tapas.

Optional Language Immersion

Students can focus on daily language acquisition by choosing to live with a host family. Other language immersion opportunities include internships, participating in a language exchange program with local Spanish students and volunteering within the community. This conversation exchange partner is known as an intercambio. Intercambios give participants the chance to practice what they are learning in language courses, as well as help them become more integrated into Spanish student life and Sevillian life and culture.

Program Dates

Summer: Mid-May to mid-July

For exact program dates, visit CIEE's program webpage.

Steps to Studying Abroad

  1. Before initiating an application with IES, students must complete a Discover Study Abroad session at the University of Iowa. 
  2. After completing the Discover Abroad session, students must call the Study Abroad office at 319-335-0353 to be assigned to the appropriate study abroad advisor.
  3. Once assigned, students must meet with their study abroad advisor to receive  program application instructions.


Study Abroad
1111 University Capitol Centre
Iowa City, IA 52242

Phone: 319-335-0353


Situated on Europe’s Iberian Peninsula, Spain is a strikingly beautiful and diverse country. The country has the second largest number of UNESCO World Heritage sites, and the largest number of World Heritage cities. Spain’s distinct regions means there is has something for everyone, from lush forests to towering mountains and stunning beaches to vibrant cities. Widely known for excellent food and art, friendly locals, relaxed lifestyle, Flamenco culture, bullfights, fantastic beaches, and lots of sunshine, Spain has been one of the cultural centers of Europe for thousands of years and remains one of the most popular destinations in the world for study and travel.


The capital of Andalucia, Sevilla (or Seville in English) was one of the last footholds of the Moorish empire that ruled the Iberian Peninsula. Ferdinand and Isabella governed Spain from the royal apartments in the Alcazar Palace. Though the city preserves its past, modern Sevilla is the commercial hub of Andalucia. Seville offers an amazing variety of cultural activities, monuments, and local gastronomy that is sure to delight any visitor.

CIEE Seville

CIEE Seville, where language and content courses take place, is in a beautifully renovated palace, originally built in 1725. Close to the Royal Alcázar palace, it is a 10-minute walk from the Universidad de Sevilla. At CIEE, students will find classrooms, a computer room, student services, the Language Resource Center and resident staff.

US Department of State Country Information

The US Department of State provides safety and security information for every country of the world to help you assess for yourself the risks of travel. Each country information page contains a Travel Advisory, Alerts, and other important details specific to that country that could affect you.

Pay close attention to the entry and exit requirements, local laws and customs, health conditions, and other details to help decide whether traveling to any given country is right for you. Non-US citizen travelers may also wish to seek guidance from the embassy of their country of citizenship. The UI International Travel Policy for Students addresses restrictions on student travel to high-risk locations and engagement in high-risk activities abroad.

Living Logistics

CIEE students participating in this program have two housing options: a Spanish homestay or an off-campus residence hall with other international and Spanish students.


Most students choose to live in Spanish-speaking homes where three meals are provided daily. Each homestay accommodates one student per household; however, requests to be placed with another student can sometimes be accommodated given the study abroad office has approved. Each student has a private bedroom and weekly cleaning, laundry and Internet services are provided. Homestays are the optimal housing arrangement because of their contribution to the program’s goals of language and cultural immersion. The average commute to classes is 20-30 minutes. Students usually walk or ride rented bikes, but may also be able to take public transportation when available.

Residence Halls

Students in residence halls will have individuals bedrooms with access to a kitchen and bathroom. Internet, weekly cleaning and linen service are provided. Halls have common spaces where students can opt to pay for laundry, gym access pool services and more. Meals are not included, although students may choose to opt into a meal plan. The average commute is 20-40 minutes, with students typically riding a rented bike or taking a city bus.


This program is open to UI students who fulfill the following requirements:

  • Minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA: Students must have at minimum a 2.5 cumulative GPA to participate in this program.
  • Good academic and disciplinary standing: Students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing at the University of Iowa. Academic and disciplinary history will also be considered when determining whether a student is prepared to represent the University of Iowa as part of this program. Students who, even after being accepted into a program, are put on either academic and/or disciplinary probation for any period of time overlapping with the study abroad program dates are ineligible to study abroad. In these cases, students must forfeit their acceptance, will not be allowed to study abroad, and are wholly responsible for any and all financial expenses incurred.

How to Apply

Interested students should make an appointment with the designated UI Study Abroad advisor to discuss the program and the application process. Appointments can be scheduled by calling 319-335-0353. During the appointment, the advisor will provide full application instructions. Note: Application materials will not be reviewed unless a student has already met with the advisor to discuss the program.

The application process consists of the following steps:

• Complete the UI Online Application for Study Abroad. Applicants will be charged a $50 non-refundable application fee. As part of the UI Online Application for Study Abroad, applicants will need to upload a copy of their passport picture page, a list of courses to take while abroad, and a statement of purpose.

• Complete the CIEE Online Application.

Application Deadline

Applications are due on Feb 15 for Summer.

Post Acceptance

Acceptance into the applicant's chosen study abroad program is made by CIEE directly via an email to the applicant. This acceptance notification will refer the applicant to additional documents posted to the myCIEE account.

Cost Sheets

PDFCost Sheet for CIEE Seville Summer Global Internship, Summer 2024

These documents outline the total estimated costs associated with participating in this program and can be used for financial aid purposes. It includes fees charged on students’ U-Bill (Course Fee, Study Abroad Fee, and Iowa Regents CISI Insurance) as well as out-of-pocket expenses. Actual out-of-pocket expenses will vary from individual to individual. Quoted estimates are conservatively high, yet realistic.

The cost sheet includes the Study Abroad Administrative Fee and Mandatory Iowa Regents CISI Travel Insurance.Please see the respective websites for further details. If the fee is inclusive of UI tuition, it is calculated by Current Tuition. Please contact your study abroad advisor with questions regarding this cost sheet - call 319-335-0353 to schedule an appointment.

Financial Aid and Scholarships


Most financial aid (scholarships, grants, and loans) is applicable to study abroad programs. Please check the Study Abroad website for information on financial aid and how it may be applied to studying abroad. You are also encouraged to speak with someone at the Office of Student Financial Aid to explore financial aid options.

Scholarship opportunities exist for study abroad participants. Please explore Study Abroad’s websites for UI Study Abroad Scholarship Opportunities and Non-UI External Awards.


Confirmation of Participation

Confirmation materials will be posted after the program application deadline.

Health & Safety Planning

All students preparing to study abroad should review the following:

Iowa Regents CISI Health Insurance Information

Students are also encouraged to complete the Health Preparation Guide for International Travelform with their medical practitioner. This document is intended to help you plan for your medical needs abroad. Please DO NOT turn this form in to UI Study Abroad.

Financial Aid

For more information about receiving financial aid while studying abroad, please review the following:

UI Financial Aid Information


Consult with CIEE regarding whether you have a visa requirement.

Flight/Travel Arrangements

Students may either book the group flight itinerary through CIEE or book flights independently. Participants are responsible for being at the orientation site on time.


In order to prepare for your time abroad, you are required by the University of Iowa to complete 1 on-line and 1 in-person pre-departure orientation. These may be in addition to orientations provided by your on-site provider.

Online Education Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation

You are required to complete the International Programs online “Education Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation” course distributed through ICON prior to departure. This orientation is mandatory for all students going abroad under the auspices of the University of Iowa. It covers many practical matters about living overseas, such as health and safety, communication, money, goals and much more. You will be enrolled in this course by International Programs and an email will be sent to you once enrolled. If you have any questions you can email

Program-Specific Orientation

This orientation will be facilitated by your study abroad advisor and will cover content specific to your program and host country. It could be conducted in a group setting or one-on-one. Your study abroad advisor will send you more information about this mandatory in-person session.