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CIEE Seville Communications, New Media & Journalism Program

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:

Fall, Spring, Academic Year


Seville, Spain




2.5 GPA, 4 semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent, good academic and disciplinary standing

Application Due:

Fall & Academic Year:
Mar. 15

Spring: Sept. 20

Program Cost:

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Designed for students with at least 4 semesters of college-level Spanish (or equivalent), this semester or academic-year program helps students further increase their knowledge of communications and video or magazine reporting while completing relevant coursework in Spanish. In addition to Spanish language courses at CIEE, participants take coursework in communication, journalism, and media at CIEE and choose from elective courses at the CIEE Study Center and direct enrollment courses at the Universidad de Sevilla, the Universidad Pablo de Olavide (UPO) and the EUSA (Estudios Universitarios Superiores de Andalucia) University Centre.

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 enroll in five courses (15-18 sh) per semester:

  • One two-week intensive Spanish language course at CIEE
  • One or two CIEE core program workshops: Magazine Reporting and Writing and/or Digital Video Reporting in Context (in Spanish)
  • One or two CIEE elective program courses: Digital and Visual Culture in Contemporary Spain and/or Social Justice, Action and Media: Stories that Matter (in Spanish)
  • Additional electives chosen from CIEE Liberal Arts courses, CIEE business courses, Cursos Concertados at the Universidad de Sevilla with other American students, and direct-enrollment courses at the Universidad de Sevilla, UPO, or EUSA (all in Spanish)

After the conclusion of the intensive Spanish language course, CIEE classes and Cursos Concertados are held Monday through Thursday and meet twice a week for the remainder of the semester. Direct enrollment courses also meet on Fridays. Attendance is mandatory. The schedule for direct enrollment courses is determined by the host institutions.

Host institution classes provide less support than most US college classes. The host institution course syllabi are less detailed and there are fewer assessments. CIEE courses follow a more American teaching style, with attendance, regular assignments and exams, and participation all factored into grading.

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

Excursions, Cultural Activities, and Language Immersion

Excursions & Cultural Activities

The academic program is supplemented with excursions to points of interest in Seville that highlight topics covered in class. Visit cities like Córdoba and Cádiz, tour medieval castles, and hike in the Sierra Norte.

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, working on projects such as the más+menos magazine, and volunteering within the community.

Program Dates

Fall: Early September to mid-December

Spring: Mid-January to early 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


Situated on Europe’s Iberian Peninsula, Spain is a strikingly beautiful and diverse country. The country has the third largest number of UNESCO World Heritage sites. Spain’s distinct regions means there is has something for everyone, from lush forests to towering mountains and stunning beaches to vibrant cities, many of which are easily accessible through the country's extensive network of high-speed trains. Widely known for excellent food and art, friendly locals, relaxed lifestyle, Flamenco culture, 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 Andalucía, 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.

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 75,000 students.

Universidad Pablo de Olavide

With nearly 11,000 students, the Universidad Pablo de Olavide (UPO) is the second state-run university in Seville, located on a 345-acre campus about 20 minutes via bus from the center of the city. Its facilities are equipped with the latest in technology including campus-wide internet access, computer, television, video and audio centers, an open access library, sports facilities, and science laboratories.

EUSA (Estudios Universitarios Superiores de Andalucía) University Centre

The EUSA (Estudios Universitarios Superiores de Andalucía) University Centre is a private university founded in 1961 and affiliated with Universidad de Sevilla since 1996. EUSA is one of the educational components that constitute the Campus Formativo of the Chamber of Commerce of Seville, a conglomeration which has catered to the learning needs of over 55,000 national and international 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 between two or three housing options dependent on the length of their program: a Spanish homestay, an off-campus residence hall, or a private apartment. 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.


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 often walk or ride bikes to class, although public transportation may be an option.

Residence Halls

Students seeking an independent environment should consider living in an off-campus residence hall with other international and Spanish students. Students have individual bedrooms with a bathroom, kitchen, internet, and weekly cleaning and linen service. Students rides bikes or take a public bus to class with an average commute time of 20-40 minutes.

Apartments for Academic-Year Students

Academic-year students may choose to move into private apartments with Spaniards during the spring semester. CIEE will provide a monthly stipend, but students are entirely responsible for all aspects of this independent living situation.


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

  • Minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA: Student must have at minimum a 2.5 cumulative GPA to participate in this program.
  • Four semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent: Students must have completed at least four semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent.
  • 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.


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.

Cost Sheets

PDFCost Sheet for CIEE Seville Communications, New Media and Journalism Program, Spring 2018

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.


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

• Please note that for Fall 2021 study abroad programs, students will not be charged the $50 application fee until travel takes place. If a student chooses to withdraw prior to departure due to COVID-19 concerns, the application fee will not be charged.

• Complete the CIEE Online Application.

Application Deadlines

Spring semester program: Sept. 20
Fall semester and academic year programs: Mar. 15

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.

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


US passport holders must obtain a student visa from Spain in order to participate in this program. US passport holders should follow the batch processing visa application instructions provided by CIEE. If students do not participate in batch visa processing, they must apply for their student visa independently and present their application by appointment at the appropriate Spanish Consulate. 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. Students are ultimately responsible for obtaining the necessary visa to enter Spain.

Non-US passport holders should consult with CIEE regarding their visa requirements.

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.


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.

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.