Open to Pitzer students only.
Program Title: Spanish Institute for Global Education (SIGE) and the University of Seville
Location: Seville, Spain
University of Seville;
One year of college level Spanish or its equivalent is required. Students must be in good standing at Pitzer College and have a 2.0 or higher GPA on a 4.0 scale. Preference is given to juniors and first semester seniors but qualified sophomores are eligible if space is available.
At least one European area studies course is strongly recommended before departure. Other general preparation options include: Comparative Politics, Intercultural Communications, Introduction to International/ Intercultural Studies, Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology
Students must first apply through Pitzer’s Office of Study Abroad and International Programs. If accepted by Pitzer, students will then be asked to complete the SIGE and Seville applications.
Fall semester: September to December (with early exams for regular university courses)
Spring semester: January to May (with early exams for regular university courses)
For students who wish to take a regular University course who want to take their exam early (to more closely match US academic or personal schedules) must speak with the professor personally and receive their permission before signing up for the course. Beginning spring semester 2021 the independent study project will also be required.
Participants are required to take the Spanish Culture Orientation course and the Spanish Language Seminar at SIGE and four courses at the University of Sevilla. Students will take SIGE’s 48-hour orientation course during the first two weeks of the semester followed by SIGE’s semester-long Spanish language and culture seminar and courses taken at the University of Seville.
Students take the Spanish Language Seminar semester course at SIGE.
The optional 0.5 Pitzer course credit independent study program will be required beginning spring semester 2021.
The University of Seville offers a program (cursos concertados) for foreign university students through its Department of Philology and Department of Geography and History. The courses range in levels from beginning to advanced. For offerings, please go here: Academic Guide and Calendario Docente.
Classes taken by exchange students in Spanish are for non-native Spanish speakers. They are set up in accord with the needs of people still learning Spanish. The courses for foreign university students range in levels from beginning to advanced. A placement exam at the beginning of the program determines the language level of each student.
Students with highly advanced Spanish language skills (the equivalent of 4 college level Spanish courses and at least one 100-level Spanish literature or analysis course) can only take one regular University course of those offered from the second course in the University Degree within the Philology or History/Geography department with Spanish students. A placement exam at the beginning of the program determines the language level of each student.
For year-long university courses with Spanish students, some professors will let students take the fall component and issue grades at the end of the semester. Other professors only issue the fall grades after the end of the academic year.
Beginning spring semester 2020, students earn 0.5 Pitzer course credits for the orientation course, 0.8 for the language seminar at SIGE, 4 x 0.8 for courses at the University. (See above under Required Courses.) Also for spring 2020 and fall 2020, we recommend students complete the optional 0.5 credit independent study project. (The independent study project will be required beginning spring semester 2021.) Therefore, students may earn up to 4.5 or 5.0 Pitzer course credits.
Housing and Board Options
Students are housed with host families and share most meals with their families.
All students enroll in the Tandem (cultural buddy) program to facilitate cultural immersion.