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Spanish Semester at the Texas Tech University Center in Sevilla




About the Program

The Texas Tech University Center in Sevilla is located in southern Spain in the region known as Andalucia. Sevilla has over 700,000 inhabitants and is located on the banks of the Guadalquivir River which can be navigated all the way to the Atlantic Ocean. Tartessians and Romans first settled the area prior to 200 B.C. and remnants of those empires as well as Moorish occupation are prevalent in structures around town. Several notable artists - Velazquez, Murillo, Valdes Leal and Martinez Montañés - left their mark on Seville as well. Seville is a modern, dynamic city that boasts typical Andalusian charm.

The Texas Tech University Center in Sevilla is located along the perimeter of the downtown area and has wireless as well as high speed ADSL capability. An extensive travel library is available for students to plan the weekend excursions around Europe. A research library has collections of history, art, architecture, and Spanish language. An informal paperback exchange library is located on site as well for students' leisure reading needs.

Spain – Your Home Away From Home

Spain is located in southern Europe and is home to a myriad of cultures and traditions as diverse as the climates and foods. The country is bordered on three sides by water and offers picturesque beaches, towns perched clinging to rocky hillsides and a forum for world class water sports. Soccer is the king passion and Spain regularly boasts world championship teams. Artists have found inspiration for painting, sculpting and writing masterpieces for centuries. The landscape lends itself to photography and pure enjoyment of the outdoors. National parks are sprinkled through the country and leisure activities abound.

Students arrange their own transportation to and from Sevilla with the help of the Seville Coordinator. As students arrive in Sevilla, Spain, their program begins with a two-day in-country orientation which includes walking tours of the city and presentations by the Texas Tech Sevilla Center Director and staff regarding housing, communication, safety, public transportation, and cultural considerations. At the end of the in-country orientation, host families meet students to take them to settle in to their new environment. Group excursions are woven into the curriculum throughout the semester. These excursions range from day outings to Córdoba, La Rábida, Itálica and Jerez to multiple day trips to Granada, Toledo and Madrid. Free weekends scattered throughout the semester allow students to take advantage of further travel as they wish.

Students live with a host family and normally one other Texas Tech student. Host families are typical middle class families who provide cultural insight as well as linguistic help. Host families provide three meals each day seven days per week, do students' laundry, provide linens, and clean the bedroom weekly. Most students find the host family experience to be one of the highlights of the study abroad program.

Courses Offered

1st Half of Semester

  • Spanish 1607 Intensive First Year Spanish (6 hours/equivalent to 2 semesters)
  • CMLL 2301 (For students that have completed Beginning Spanish prior to arrival in Seville)

2nd Half of Semester

  • Spanish 2607 Intensive Second Year Spanish (6 hours/equivalent to 2 semesters)

Semester Long Classes

  • History 3351 History of Spain
  • History 3304/4397 History of the Southern Frontier
  • Spanish 3306 Spanish Life and Culture
  • Spanish 3307 Intro to Spanish Literature
  • Spanish 4343 Advanced Language Skills
  • Spanish 4335 Spanish Internship

Additional courses (to be determined) will be taught by faculty who are at the Center in Seville for that particular semester.

Internships

Upper-level Spanish language students have the opportunity to do an internship as one of the academic courses. Students should contact the Seville Coordinator to learn more about this opportunity.

Additional Extracurricular Activities

Sevillanas Dance

Semester students have the option to learn the typical dance that is seen at local fairs, weddings, and family parties. The instructor for the class is a local professional dancer and the cost to participate is nominal for students at The Center. The Sevillanas Dance classes meet 2-3 times weekly during the semester. The dance classes are not for credit.

Students taking dance class

Students participating in a Sevillanas Dance class.

Intercambio/Tutor

Students have Spanish tutors with whom they meet for several weeks during the semester. The tutors are university students who provide hands-on opportunities for language development as well as cultural adaptation to Spanish life.

Program Dates

  • Fall 2017: August 31-December 14, 2017
  • Spring 2018: January 11-May 6, 2018
    • Spring 2018 program calendar. Please note the calendar is subject to change. You will receive a finalized program calendar once you've committed to the program.

Estimated Program Fees

Program Open to

  • All Texas Tech students. There are no prerequisites.

For more information:

Contact: Donna Wright


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