Students accepted into the Seville program will complete coursework while living in home stays and conversing with a native Spanish speaker. Therefore, classroom experience complements, reinforces, and enhances the intercultural experience. Students choose a study concentration: 1) Intensive Spanish Language, 2) Liberal Arts, 3) International Business, or 4) a combination of Liberal Arts and International Business. Every student is assigned an intercambio partner, a native Spanish speaker with whom the student meets at least once a week to practice conversational Spanish and to learn about the culture.
Location: Seville (population: 700,000)
University: Spanish-American Institute of International Education (SAIIE)
Minimum Application Requirements: 2.75 GPA and Sophomore status; SPA 2140 for Spanish majors or minors
Visa information: See the Visa Information: Spain page for detailed information.
The Seville Program, located at the Spanish-American Institute of International Education, combines coursework, field trips, intercambio partnerships, and home-stays into a coherent, total package. Students study Spanish language on the appropriate level and take the remainder of their courses in Spanish or in English, depending on their level of fluency. In addition to required language study, all students are to enroll in the Artistic Monuments of Seville course (taught in English or Spanish) which provides an intentional introduction to and immersion into the city of Seville. Students may concentrate on Liberal Arts or International Business, or they may take courses from both areas. Classes are held Monday-Thursday, with Friday-Sunday available for field trips and independent activities. No prior knowledge of Spanish is required, however students who wish to receive credit toward their Spanish major or minor must have completed SPA 2140 prior to enrolling at SAIIE.
The Intensive Language Track is designed for students on the beginning and intermediate levels who want to focus solely on language acquisition. During the term, these students cover four levels of Spanish (16 credits) in sequence. However, they can participate in the optional field trips if they wish. Students enrolling in the Intensive Language Track are not required to take the Artistic Monuments of Seville course.
Whether in the Liberal Arts/International Business Track or in the Intensive Language Track, every student is assigned an intercambio partner, a native Spanish speaker with whom the student meets at least once a week to practice conversational Spanish and to learn about the culture.
To view the course selection, visit the Spanish-American Institute course catalog.
For more information about life at the university, go the the Spanish-American Institute website.
For High Point University to recognize the credits you complete abroad, you must earn a grade equivalent to a C in the U.S. HPU will not accept credit for courses with grades of C– or below. Grades for all courses earned abroad are recorded on the foreign transcript. Credits are received by HPU as transfer credits, which means the credit is received but the grade is not. Your HPU grade point average will not be impacted positively or negatively by your study abroad courses.
All students participating in the SAIIE program live in a home stay with a local Spanish family. Students are placed in carefully screened Spanish homes, usually in pairs. Students are provided with breakfast and mid-day meals Monday through Friday and evening meals Sunday through Thursday. Additionally, in most accommodations, the señora also will wash and iron two loads of laundry per student each week.
Living in a Spanish home is one of the most important aspects of a participant’s intercultural experience because it helps to improve one’s language skills and increases one’s cultural awareness, two key goals of the SAIIE program. Oftentimes, returning students say their time spent with their home stay family is one of the most memorable parts of their study abroad experience.
HPU student Gretchen McMullen talks about her home stay experience:
At High Point University, the primary expenses, excluding travel, for an HPU semester study abroad program are included in, or comparable to, regular HPU fees. Just as for a semester on HPU’s campus, the fees for study abroad must be broken down into tuition, fees, room, and board, with expenses paid either to HPU or other organizations. See below for an explanation of how we bill for semester programs abroad.
|Category||Fee (Per Semester)||To Be Paid To:||Deadline|
|Total Paid to HPU||$23,732.75||Includes application fee, HPU tuition, fees, room & board.|
|Application Fee*||$500.00||High Point University||Application Deadline|
|Tuition & Fees||$17,559.00||High Point University||Please refer to your HPU bill for payment deadlines|
|Room†||$3,500.00||High Point University||Please refer to your HPU bill for payment deadlines|
|Board‡||$2,673.75||High Point University||Please refer to your HPU bill for payment deadlines|
IMPORTANT: High Point University affiliates with the University of Wisconsin at Platteville (UWP) to provide this educational program to HPU students. Students looking for information online may find discrepancies in program fees between what HPU charges and what UWP charges. Due to the terms agreed upon in our affiliation agreement, HPU students cannot apply directly to UWP for this program, nor can they opt to pay program fees directly to UWP.
To best understand billing for semester study abroad at High Point University, it’s important to distinguish between the 4 main areas of HPU billing, tuition (the academic/classroom expenses), fees, room, and board:
Application Fee*: In addition to the Tuition, Fees, Room & Board expenses, all study abroad applications are billed an application fee. This fee is non-refundable and is not applied towards the tuition & fees billing for the semester.
Reason for Going: Studying abroad in Seville, Spain was a life changing experience to say the least. Having chosen to study abroad in Spain based on my desire to improve my proficiency in the language, my semester abroad not only allowed me to achieve the latter but so much more. Before studying abroad, I had some of the normal worries and concerns that any other student may have, mainly relating to my ability to adjust to the culture and feel comfortable in my new surroundings.
Seville, Spain: Outside of class, I spent my free time exploring the city, running along the river, bike riding, shopping, and eating delicious food (especially gelato!). Breakfast, lunch, and dinner were provided by the senora of my host family Monday through Friday, who cooked us both traditional Spanish meals like paella, “ropa vieja” (a mixture of beans and cheese), tortilla (a sort of egg), and stews as well as American foods like hamburgers, french fries, and salads. However, we were able to eat out on the weekends, allowing me to try out some more typical Spanish options at various restaurants in the city center. Also on the weekends, I relished the opportunity to travel to surrounding cities in Spain as well as neighboring countries. During the semester, I traveled to France, Italy, Africa, Portugal, England, Gibraltar, and the Balearic Islands. Visiting so many different places was an eye opening and enriching experience, instilling in me a love for travel that I will take with me for the rest of my life.
Spanish-American Institute: After an initial period of “culture shock,” I fell in love with the lifestyle in Spain, defined by a slower, day-to-day pace, a focus on spending time with friends and family, and generally just enjoying life to the fullest. My days were spent going to class at the Spanish American Institute Monday through Thursday from 7:00-3:00. I took four classes, three of which were taught in Spanish and one in English, covering topics such as grammar, conversation, literature, art, culture, and traditions. By far, my favorite class was Seville Monuments, affording me the chance to go out in the city to study different historical buildings and art exhibits.
Program Impact: Ultimately, by studying abroad, I adopted a global perspective and an understanding of cultures distinct from my own. It solidified my passion for the Spanish language and desire to incorporate it in some capacity in my career in the future. It enhanced my level of independence and capacity to handle situations on my own. It sparked my growth as a person and fostered awareness of my goals and aspirations in life. My best advice for future students would be to recognize the impact study abroad can have on you and to embrace it with open arms. Although at first it may be difficult or overwhelming, the important part is to keep trying out new things. In the end, doing so will bring adventure, excitement, fun, joy, and lots of laughs, and after all that is what study abroad is all about!