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CIEE Seville Communications, New Media & Journalism Program

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:

Fall, Spring, Academic Year

Location:

Seville, Spain

Credit:

Resident

Eligibility:

2.75 GPA, at least 5 semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent

Application Due:

2/21 for fall, 9/21 for spring

Program Cost:

Click the Application tab.

This program is designed for students considering a career in any communication environment. Students take courses through CIEE and with Spanish students at the Universidad de Sevilla. Students may also register for CIEE classes offered through the Liberal Arts program. Participants on this program will have the opportunity to collaborate on audio-visual, digital and printed communications projects with both American and Spanish students. Students gain valuable hands-on experience in a multifaceted academic and professional environment. CIEE guarantees the social and cultural immersion of participants in the host society via specialized projects and extra-curricular activities.

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

Semester and Academic Year program: Students choose from three types of courses: those taught at the CIEE Study Center for program participants, Cursos para Extranjeros taught at the University of Seville for foreign students, and regular University of Seville courses. All courses are taught in Spanish by Spanish faculty and cover a wide range of subjects with several communications courses. Students begin their semester with an intensive Spanish language course, then take four other courses for a total of 15 semester hours. All students work on the mas+menos magazine that is published every semester.

UI students earn resident credit which may be applied toward the following General Education Areas: Foreign Language, Historical Perspectives, International & Global Issues, Literary, Visual & Performing Arts and/or Values, Society & Diversity. Credit earned on this program may satisfy requirements for the International Business Certificate and a Communications major.

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

Excursions, Cultural Activities, and Language Immersion

Excursions & Cultural Activities

Students visit nearby museums, theaters, and cultural sites throughout the semester. One-day excursions are offered to locations such as Córdoba, Aracena, Écija, or other relevant sites in the region. CIEE offers an optional planned overnight trip to Morocco, where you will be hosted by local families. Additionally, a wide variety of activities are offered every week, including hiking, sports, cinema, bowling, cooking, dance classes, and guided tours.

Language Immersion

Students can focus on daily language acquisition by living with a host family. Other language immersion opportunities include conversation exchange programs with Spanish students and active discussions with peers and professors about corporate communications, audiovisual cultural industries, digital communication and interculturality, or the role of media in fostering social change.

Students have the option of enrolling in for-credit internship in the areas of audiovisual communication and journalism.

Program Dates

Fall: Mid-September to mid-December

Spring: Late January to late May

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

For More Information

Emily Gruis, Study Abroad Advisor
The University of Iowa
Office for Study Abroad
1111 University Capitol Centre
Iowa City, IA 52242

Phone: 319-335-0353
Fax:319-335-0343
Email: emily-gruis@uiowa.edu

Spain

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.

Sevilla

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 Isabel ruled Spain from the royal apartments in the Alcazar Palace. Though the city preserves its past, modern Sevilla is the commercial hub of Andalucia. For a city of fewer than 800,000, Seville offers an amazing variety of cultural activities, monuments and local gastronomy that is sure to delight any visitor.

Universidad de Sevilla

Since its establishment in the 16th century, the Universidad de Sevilla has been one of Spain's leading higher education institutions. The schools of philology, geography and history, philosophy, law, communications, labor sciences, mathematics, psychology, business, economics, natural sciences, and engineering serve the educational needs of some 60,000 students.

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 Arrangements

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.

Homestays

Students live in Spanish-speaking homes where three meals are provided daily. Each home accommodates one student. Homestays are the optimal housing arrangement because of their contribution to the program’s goals of language and cultural immersion. Students usually walk or ride rented bikes, but may also be able to take public transportation when available; average commute to classes is 20-30 minutes.

Residence Halls

Students seeking an independent environment should consider living in an off-campus residence hall. Students have individual bedrooms with bathroom, kitchen, Internet, and weekly cleaning and linen service. Students should expect a 20-40-minute commute, riding a rented bike or city bus.Please note: this option must be approved by the UI Spain Study Abroad advisor.

Academic year students may choose to move into private apartments with Spaniards (not other Americans or English-speakers) during the spring semester. CIEE will provide a monthly stipend as well as an informational session about this option, but students are entirely responsible for all aspects of this independent living situation.

Given the size of the city, all students should expect to use public transportation (metro, tram, bus, or public bike rental) to commute from their place of residence to their classes.

Eligibility

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

  • Minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA: Student must have at minimum a 2.75 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.
  • Five semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent: Students must have completed at least five semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent.

Costs

The most recent cost sheet for the program is included below. The cost sheet outlines the total estimated costs associated with participating in this program and can be used for financial aid and planning purposes. It includes fees charged on students’ U-Bill (CIEE program fee, Study Abroad Administrative Fee, and mandatory Iowa Regents CISI Travel 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. Please see the respective websites for further details. Contact your Study Abroad advisor with questions regarding the cost sheet.

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.

 

Withdrawal Policy

After applying for a Study Abroad Program, notice of withdrawal must be made in writing to University of Iowa Study Abroad. The date on which the letter or e-mail message is received is the date by which your costs will be calculated. If for any reason you withdraw after the confirmation deadline and before or during the course of the program, the amount/percentage shown in the following chart represents what you will be required to pay to the University of Iowa.

Date of Withdrawal Student Financial Responsibility
After Application Administrative fee: $0
Course Fee: $300
After Cancellation Deposit Deadline (varies by program) Administrative fee: $400
Course fee: As determined by the program contract with CIEE
After Program Start Date Administrative fee: 100%
Course fee: As determined by the program contract with CIEE

Consult with Study Abroad Advisor Emily Gruis for any clarification about fees and billing. Note that when withdrawing from a program, any money already paid directly to a program provider and/or a host university will potentially be forfeited. Additional penalties for cancellation of airline tickets may also apply. Check with the airline for further details.

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 and a list of courses to take while abroad, as well as a statement of purpose

• Complete the CIEE Online Application.

Post Acceptance

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

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

Visa

US passport holders should follow the batch process instructions provided by CIEE. Otherwise participants must apply for their student visa independently. The Consulate for all UI students is the Chicago Consulate; it is based the location of one's home university, not the state of origin.

Flight/Travel Arrangements

Students may either book the group flight through CIEE or book a flight independently. Participants are responsible for being at the orientation site on time, as CIEE may fine individuals who are late.

Orientation

In order to prepare for your time abroad, you are required by the University of Iowa to complete two orientations. These may be in addition to orientations provided by your on-site provider. See below for more information.

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 safety-abroad@uiowa.edu.