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Overseas and Off-Campus Programs

Spain: Seville

Semester: Spring 
Offered: Spring 2019
Estimated Dates: Early January to mid-April
Program Focus: Country Study with Language Component
Prerequisites: SPAN 201 with a 3.0 GPA or better in language study. Minimum of 2.75 GPA is highly recommended. Advising and departmental consent needed before attending the program for Hispanic Studies majors.                                               
Housing: Host Families
Spring 2019 Program Leader: Liz Stanhope
Associate Professor of Mathematics
ext. 7727
Spring 2020 Program Leader:

Juan Carlos Toledando Redondo
Professor of Hispanic Studies, Spanish Section Head
ext. 7425

Program Design

In cooperation with Spanish Studies Abroad (SSA), Lewis & Clark offers this program in Seville, located in the south of Spain. Study focuses on the major historical and cultural events that have shaped modern Spain. The academic program emphasizes the region of southern Spain and its cultural roots in North Africa.  

Seville is a beautiful and ancient city with a temperate climate and a rich cultural life. The setting of operas Don Giovanni, The Marriage of Figaro, and Carmen;  birthplace of painters Velázquez and Murillo; Moorish palaces and Renaissance gardens;  paintings, statues, and world-famous ceramic tiles. At the same time, Seville is very cosmopolitan. The bustling commercial center is filled with traditional business and trade activities, and an efficient public transportation system links the various neighborhoods and attractions. The sevillanos are a gracious and social people – welcoming to visitors and eager to introduce them to the life and culture of their city.

Students will take classes at the SSA Center for Cross-Cultural Study. The Center in Seville is housed in two turn-of-the-century mansions in the heart of Seville’s commercial and social center. We offer a variety of cultural, language, and content courses right within our own walls. At the center, students have access to Wi-Fi, computer labs and printers, a library, a writing center, study rooms and lounges. Also, more than 200 Sevillanos take English classes at the center, thus facilitating contact between the American and Spanish students on site.

Onsite Staff: The Resident Director of SSA Seville is Elisa Guidera. According to Elisa, “The most exciting part of my job is helping students to learn about themselves and others as they work their way through the joys and challenges of living in a new country. It is fascinating to watch student grow so intensely in a matter of months. Their language improves drastically, their socio-cultural awareness broadens, they become increasingly flexible and tolerant toward others who are different, as they learn to value their own differences…”

About the Program Leader

Liz Stanhope - “My research interests lie in the subfield of differential geometry called spectral geometry. I ask, “If you can hear how an object vibrates, can you say anything about the shape of the object?” I study the (Laplace) spectral geometry of Riemannian orbifolds, and the topological properties of orbifolds which satisfy Ricci or sectional curvature bounds. I am also interested in spectral graph theory.”


Requirements Fulfilled: This program fulfills the two-course International Studies Requirement and the Creative Arts requirement.

Credits: 4 courses per semester/16 credits

Curriculum: During their semester in Seville, students will take four courses at the Center for Cross-Cultural Study: three content courses and a Spanish language course.

IS 277: Contemporary Issues of Spain

This course focuses on the structures of Spanish society and the currents of change which continue to influence contemporary Spain. The class will explore the values of the Spanish family, youth, and women; migratory movements, the process of urbanization, and conflict between national and regional interests; political parties and labor unions in society which emphasis on Andalusian society.

IS 278: Art History of Spain

In this course, students learn about the major artistic expressions of the Spanish people in painting, sculpture, and architecture, from the cave paintings of antiquity to the artists of the modern period, with special attention to the styles related to Sevilla.

IS 279: Crossroads: Spain and Immigration

This course studies Spain’s encounters with new populations from the earliest period of national consciousness to the present. The course starts with consideration of the contemporary reality that recent waves of immigration have brought, looking beyond to the political, economic and social realities that underlie our observations. The many layers of past civilizations show their presence in the evidence they have left throughout Spain, especially Seville. We consider the effects of the centuries of contacts which formed Andalusian and Spanish identity, through the movements of peoples from the south and east across the Mediterranean. Finally, we turn our attention to Spain’s unique experience and relationship with the Arab world, in history and in the reality of Seville today. Presentations, guest lectures, and visits to relevant sites and monuments, all combine to enrich and illustrate the focus of study, as we seek out the multiple perspectives necessary to understand this complex topic.

SPAN XXX: (4 credits)

Each student’s language course will be determined by a language placement exam at the start of the program.

Excursions: In addition to the coursework, the academic program includes a significant travel component. The group will travel to various cities and sites of interest, including Madrid, Granada, Córdoba, Salamanca, and Toledo. Each excursion will include visits to the key monuments of the city, such as the Mezquita in Córdoba, and the Alcázar in Segovia. By visiting many unique cities in several different regions, students have the chance to experience the multi-faceted culture present in Spain.

Student Life

Housing: Students live with host families in Sevilla. Their Spanish homes are a focal point of their social experience – where they will sleep, eat, study, and relax. A homestay gives students a unique insight into Spanish culture by allowing them to become part of a Spanish family. The homestay includes full room and board as well as weekly laundry and cleaning. Special dietary or housing accommodations may be made, but may require an additional fee. To ensure that your home will provide a warm and tranquil atmosphere, conducive to learning, Spanish Studies Abroad staff review norms and policies with hosts and regularly inspect the homes.

Cultural Activities: Spanish Studies Abroad actively promotes regular interaction with local students by organizing social events and cultural activities such as outings to the theater, festivals and carnivals, art exhibits, concerts of classical and contemporary music, video presentations, parties with native speakers, and cultural sites of interest.

Cultural visits in Seville may include:

  • Museo de Bellas Artes, a fine arts museum converted from a 15th-century convent

  • Archivo de Indias, home to centuries of historical documents that chronicle Spain’s role in the Americas

  • Itálica, a vestige of the Roman Empire in Southern Spain

  • Seville’s principal monuments, such as the catedral and the Alcázar, a 10th-century Moorish Palace

  • Art exhibits, concerts and evenings at the theater

Conversation Partners: Native Spanish speakers wanting to learn English provide the opportunity for students to be paired with a local speaking partner, also known as an intercambio – a conversational exchange that encourages language practice and friendships between North American students and local native speakers. Students are paired based on mutual interests. Speaking partners and Spanish Studies students first meet at a fiesta at the beginning of the program, where the speaking partnership begins. Each partnership presents the opportunity for Spanish Studies students to gain a new perspective on the local way of life, and for local residents to gain insight into North American culture. 


Fee Breakdown:

Overseas Program Fee (includes tuition, room & board, excursions, and supplemental health insurance): Semester - $31,112

Stipend: Students will receive a stipend to cover the cost of meals and transportation costs not covered by the program fee.

Estimated Airfare (Round Trip PDX to MAD): $800 - $1,500

Estimated Travel Document Fees: $160 - $190

Estimated Health Insurance Fee: $1,275.50*

*All students participating in overseas programs are automatically enrolled in iNext, a supplemental travel insurance program. The fee for iNext is covered in the program cost. However, students are also required to have comprehensive health insurance during their time abroad. All students participating in overseas programs, both abroad and domestic, are automatically enrolled in the College’s student health insurance program. Similar to a regular semester on-campus, students participating in overseas programs may waive enrollment in the student health insurance program if they have other comprehensive health insurance (e.g., through a parent, guardian or employer) that 1) provides coverage for them in the geographic region in which they will be studying and 2) includes mental health benefits. Click here for more information regarding Health Insurance Information & Overseas Programs.

Program Preparation

Application Process: This program has a dual application process. Student must first submit a Lewis & Clark Application one year before the start of the program. Once admitted by Lewis & Clark, the students will receive instructions for submitting their secondary application to SSA and will receive a separate notification letter of admission.  Please keep a digital copy of your essays and other application materials as you will need to submit these similar materials to SSA. Please note that this secondary application process can be as late as the semester preceding your scheduled participation.

The semester before the program, students who have been accepted will meet regularly for orientation. This orientation is meant to prepare the students for life in Seville by exploring literature and culture, and provides an opportunity for students to learn more about the logistical details of the program.

For more information about the application process, click here.

Travel: Students usually fly into the Madrid Barajas airport (MAD), where they meet the group and begin their orientation at a hotel in the city.  

Visa: Students will be required to apply for a visa in order to participate in this program. More information will be provided upon admission to the program.

Country-Specific Health Information: Click here to view specific health information for people traveling to Spain.

State Department Country Information: Click here to visit the State Department’s Spain page.

Spain, Seville


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