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Maryland-in-Sevilla (Spain)

Seville, Spain
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Program Type: 
Minimum GPA: 
Non-UMD Students Eligible to Apply: 
EA Advisor: 
Natalie Brady
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Spend a semester in Spain's flavorful and vibrant south! Sevilla provides students with opportunity to improve their Spanish language skills, while simultaneously interacting with and gaining an appreciation of the intricacies of Spanish culture.

Located in Spain's southern province of Andalucía, Sevilla stands as the historic, artistic, financial and cultural capital of the south. This thriving and unique city reflects medieval, baroque, renaissance, and Moorish influences, making it endlessly fascinating to explore. Under the guidance of a UMD faculty member from the Department of Spanish and Portugues, students will be fully integrated in Spanish language intensive academic program with Spanish Studies Abroad. Advanced speakers have the option to also take courses alongside Spanish students at one of the local universities or participate in an internship for credit.

The partnership facilitates a true cross-cultural exchange by inviting students to expand their world-view through intense immersion in the city. The Center is housed in two turn-of-the-century mansions in the heart of Seville's commercial and social center. The UMD Faculty Resident Director and staff at the Center will provide the academic and logistic support necessary for a successful program.

Check out what program alumni have to say:

"As a consequence of studying abroad I now feel more confident in my Spanish skills and feel like I really know a lot about how to the Spanish culture works...Studying in Sevilla and having the opportunity to tutor Spanish kids in English has also made me more sure that I really want to teach--whether that be Spanish to English speakers or English to Spanish speakers." - Cathleen, Spring 2012

"I really noticed how effective it [SPAN335] was when my family and friends came to visit me. I was able to give tours and factual information about the city. It was also an act of translation, because I learned the information in Spanish and got to check how well I retained it." - Kelsey, Spring 2012

You must be in good academic and judicial standing and you must not have any registration blocks to participate in this program. The minimum GPA for this program is listed above.

Sophomores, juniors, and seniors are eligible to apply to this program. You must also have a serious interest in Spanish language and culture, having completed SPAN301 by the start of the program. It is furthermore recommended that you complete SPAN303 by the start of the program. An interview with program staff may be required as part of the admissions process. 

If you are interested in this program but do not meet the eligibility requirements, make an appointment with your EA advisor to discuss program options.

Visit the Academics & Study Abroad page which outlines key considerations for your academic planning as you navigate different phases of study abroad:

Browse UMD course evaluations in the Study Abroad Course Database:

You will enroll in 12-18 credits over the term. The Maryland-in-Sevilla program is designed to promote cultural and linguistic immersion. In partnership with the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Education Abroad offers this program for students who are serious about making gains in their Spanish language proficiency and deepening their understanding of Spanish and Sevillano culture. All coursework is conducted in Spanish and challenges students to build on existing language skills by pledging to speak only Spanish during the semester abroad. The coursework is complemented by structured activities and opportunities to meet Spanish students and interact with people in Sevilla through internships, service-learning, and intercambio language exchanges. 

Students will participate in one of the following program tracks: 

  1. Spanish Studies - Students will take coursework exclusively at the Center for Cross-Cultural Study
  2. Integrated Studies - Students will supplement coursework at the Center for Cross-Cultural Study by taking 1-2 courses at either Universidad de Sevilla or Universidad Pablo de Olavide. *Note: the Integrated Studies program will have different program dates from the Spanish Studies students and there is an additional cost for pursuing this option. Please refer to the Costs tab for more details.

Please refer to the Maryland-in-Sevilla Academic Overview for more details on the program's academic structure.

Most Maryland-in-Sevilla students live in a homestay with a Spanish family to maximize their immersion experience in Spain. Students with special dietary or accommodation needs can apply to live in university residences with Spanish and other international students. In both housing options, students are provided with full room and board.

Note: Students participating in the residencia option may have an additional fee. Please contact your EA Advisor for more information.

Spring Budget

Cost listed are for spring 2022.

Application Fee $50
Billable Costs
Billable costs are charged to your student account. They are due based on the Office of Student Financial Services and Cashiering's payment schedule. Be sure to check your statements when they are available.
Education Abroad Fee $1,200
This fee is charged to your account when the application status is changed from "Accepted" to "Committed." This fee includes Education Abroad services including registration, billing, advising, risk management, and pre-departure orientation.
International Health Insurance $230
Tuition $6,141
This fee is charged to your UMD account upon course registration. This fee includes: Tuition, academic and advising support, course related activities and excursions, on-campus and in-country orientations, cell phone, and teaching services.
Integrated Studies program track add-on (optional) $900
Housing Fee $2,925
This fee represents the housing provided during the program. You will be in a homestay with full board.
Out-of-pocket Costs
Meals (estimate) $400
Passport $145
Expedited Passport Processing $60
Education Abroad strongly advises expedited processing for new or renewal passport applications due to current delays with processing times.
Visa  $160
Roundtrip Airfare from DC to Host Country (estimate) $1,400
In-Country Transportation Expense (estimate) $150
Course Materials (estimate) $200
Personal/Incidental expenses (estimate) $2,100
Covid Rapid Antigen Test in Host Country (estimate) $50


Students participating in semi-integrated program track will pay an additional $1,000 for housing due to extended stay in Sevilla.

You can use the cost of attendance comparison worksheet to view how study abroad programs compare to each other and the amount you pay on campus at UMD. As always, your EA advisor is available help you complete this worksheet and find affordable programs that fit your study abroad goals.

Please refer to the following resources for more information on funding study abroad:

PLEASE NOTE: All University of Maryland study abroad programs are financially self-supporting and, therefore, subject to cancelation due to low enrollment.

Natalie Brady advises prospective and admitted students in the Maryland-in-Sevilla program. In addition, she coordinates program admissions, course registration, pre-departure orientation and other logistical aspects of the program. Natalie is the primary point of contact for students before they go to Sevilla and upon return to College Park.

As a language immersion program, Maryland-in-Sevilla supports and challenges students to make significant gains in their oral and written Spanish language proficiency. Participants will sign a language pledge to promote speaking Spanish at all times.

Students are also encouraged to get involved with the array of engagement activities available in Sevilla. These include:

  • Volunteering
  • Participating in a language exchange with a Spanish student
  • Interning at a local organization (advanced speakers)
  • Joining local excursions and cultural activities
Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Spring 2023 10/01/2022 10/11/2022 01/25/2023 04/22/2023