Open to Pitzer students only.
Program Title: Spanish Institute for Global Education (SIGE) and the University of Seville
Location: Seville, Spain
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. Preference is given to juniors and first semester seniors but qualified sophomores are eligible if space is available.
For the EUSA Centro Universitario program students must have taken 100-level Spanish literature or analysis courses prior to participation.
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
Participants are required to take the Spanish Culture Orientation course and the Spanish Language Seminar at SIGE, four courses at the University of Sevilla, and the Pitzer course MLLC110 Intercultural Learning: Portfolio Writing via Sakai.
Students take the Spanish Language Seminar semester course at SIGE.
See a Study Abroad Adviser
In the orientation at the beginning of study, students’ Spanish skills are assessed, and classes are chosen based on the students’ levels. Classes taken by exchange students are for non-native Spanish speakers, and they are set up in accord with the needs of people still learning Spanish.
Students will take SIGE’s three-week orientation course at the beginning of the semester followed by SIGE’s semester-long Spanish language and culture seminar and courses taken either at the University of Seville. 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.
Students who are advanced in Spanish have the option of taking courses at the EUSA Centro Universitario, which specializes in audiovisual communication, journalism, advertising and public relations, and tourism. Course descriptions are available here: EUSA Course Descriptions – Bachelor’s Degrees updated. Please note: Students cannot mix cursos concertados with courses offered at EUSA.
Students earn 0.5 Pitzer course credits for the orientation course, .75 for the language seminar at SIGE, 4 x 0.75 for courses at the University, and 0.5 credits for the writing course via Sakai. (See above under Required Courses.) Therefore, students may earn up to 4.75 Pitzer course credits.
Housing and Board Options
Students are housed with host families and share most meals with their families.