The W&M sponsored semester program is based at Universidad Pablo de Olavide (UPO) in Seville, Spain, and is administered through W&M’s partnership with Centro Mundolengua. UPO, established in 1997, is one of Spain’s smallest and most modern universities. This is a very affordable program, especially for out-of state students
In this Spanish immersion program students take classes through the UPO’s Hispanic Studies Program, which offers courses specifically for international students. Courses are taught in Spanish, although students have the option to take one course in English. Advanced students also have the opportunity to enroll in university courses alongside Spanish students.
An innovative curricular feature is the service-learning seminar and internship. Qualified students with requisite language skills and commitment to service should apply to this program. Students will explore contemporary issues related to Seville’s changing social landscape, including immigration, minority populations, women and society, health care, and/or human rights. Seminar students work as volunteers throughout the semester in a local agency. This course may be counted as a W&M Hispanic Studies core course and fulfills the Hispanic Studies Practicum requirement.
Students will live with Spanish families in home stay arrangements which allow for a more complete immersion in Spanish language and local culture, as well as to better build cross-cultural dialogues. Students eat meals with local families, join them for activities and more fully experience life as Sevillanos.
Sevilla is the largest town in southern Spain on the banks of the Guadalquivir. It is known for its fascinating history, important monuments and cobblestone lanes. It was originally founded as a Roman city and now home to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
The W&M faculty advisor for the Seville, Spain sponsored semester program is Professor Francie Cate-Arries.
The Reves Center advisor for the Seville, Spain sponsored semester program is Debi DeBacco.
Universidad Pablo de Olavide’s
Hispanic Studies Program
Fall 2017: September 6 - December 21, 2017
Spring 2018: January 24 - May 26, 2018
Fall 2018: September 5 - December 22, 2018
Fall Semester: March 15
Spring Semester: October 2
Academic Year: March 15
W&M students in good standing
4 semesters of college-level Spanish
(HISP 202 or equivalency)
This program is designed for Hispanic Studies majors and those with a strong interest in political, historical, and cultural issues related to Spain and the European Union. Students will earn at least 12 credits and enroll in courses at the UPO Center for Hispanic Studies.
Completed coursework is reflected as W&M credit. Grades will appear on transcript and will be included in GPA calculations.
Spring 2018: $10,800
Fees are paid to W&M and subject to change. An application fee of $75 applies. Fees include tuition, room/board, laundry, cultural tours and study abroad insurance.
Deposit due ($1,000) November 15 (spring semester) May 1 (fall semester)
Balance due December 15 (spring semester) June 1 (fall semester)
Please note: You may not use the tuition payment plan for the Sevilla program. The entire balance must be paid by the deadline. However, financial aid and VA pre-paid 529 can be used.
Reves Semester Scholarships are available for this program. Please visit:
For more information on course offerings in Seville and their W&M equivalents, as well as internship options, please visit: