The W&M sponsored semester program is based at Universidad de Pablo Olavide (UPO)
in Sevilla, 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 an 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 optional service-learning seminar and internship. Qualified students with requisite language skills and commitment to service can participate in the internship and receive credit during the spring semester. 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.
Students will live with Spanish families in homestay 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.
Applications due: March 16, 2020
Arrival: September 2, 2020
Program Ends: December 19, 2020
Applications due: October 1, 2020
Arrival: January 20, 2021 (usually mid-to-late January)
Program Ends: May 15, 2021 (late May)
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 Centro MundoLengua and UPO. Completed coursework of approved courses is reflected as W&M credit. Grades will appear on transcript and will be included in GPA calculations.
Courses that have already been pre-approved for W&M credit are on the W&M Sevilla Course Equivalents list. A list of courses available at UPO are in the UPO Academic Information Brochure 2019-20; syllabi can be found on the UPO Hispanic Studies Program website. If students wish to take a course at UPO that is not on the pre-approved list, they will need to get the course approved through the normal pre- and post-approval process. Approval is not automatic or guaranteed.
Program fee: $11,000
Deposit: $1,000. Due on May 1, 2020
Balance: Due to W&M on June 3, 2020
Program fee: $11,375
Deposit: $1,000. Due on November 16, 2020
Balance: Due to W&M on December 2, 2020
The program fee includes tuition, room and board, orientation, excursions, and CISI study abroad insurance. Fees are paid to W&M and subject to change. An application fee of $75 is required with the application.
Please note: You may not use the tuition payment plan for the Sevilla program. The deposit and balance must be paid by the deadline. However, financial aid and VA 529 can be used.
Reves Semester Scholarships are available for this program.
The W&M faculty advisor for the Sevilla sponsored semester program for 2019-2020 is Professor Carla Buck.
The Reves Center advisor for the Sevilla program is Sally Roberts.
For more information on course offerings in Seville and their W&M equivalents, as well as internship options, please visit our website.