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Seville, Spain (Semester)

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In partnership with the International College of Seville (ICS) and the Illinois Consortium for International Education and Programs, ECC students can spend a  semester abroad in Seville, Spain. At the heart of the beautiful and rugged region of Andalucia, the city of Seville has a rich and diverse history.

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Program Overview

The International College of Seville (ICS) is a private, independent center of education that promotes international education and cultural understanding. The school is located in the neighborhood of El Provenir near the Maria Luisa Park. The college contains a reference library, TV room, internet facilities, quiet study areas and spacious classrooms. The program offers students the chance for comprehensive cultural immersion in the life of the Spanish community, complete with a local home stay with a Spanish family, cultural excursions and field trips.

This is a faculty-led program. Students will study intensive Spanish language and culture, along with electives in the fields of humanities and social sciences. Students interested in studying abroad in Seville are encouraged to apply early to allow extra time for visa processing. This program requires a pre-departure orientation which is held at Heartland Community College in Bloomington, IL.

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Program Dates

  • Fall semester: September - December
  • Spring semester: January - May

Program Deadlines

  • Fall semester: May 1
  • Spring semester: October 1

Admission Requirements

This program is open to serious students who have a strong interest in immersing themselves in Spanish culture and history. Students need no previous study of Spanish to apply to the program. However, students with advanced Spanish language abilities may be able to enroll in courses at the University of Seville. Each student is required to register for credit and participate in all classroom and program activities.

All students must meet the following minimum admission requirements:

  • 2.75 or higher GPA, based on 12 or more credits of college study
  • Two faculty recommendations
  • English Composition completed with a grade of B or better
  • Physician's approval to travel

Applicants must have no outstanding financial obligations to ECC and no disciplinary record on file with the Office of the Dean of Student Services and Development. Applicants can contact the Center for International Education and Programs to determine eligibility; admission into the program may require an interview. Admission is made on a space available basis.

Academic Program

Students will attend classes at the International College of Seville and may earn 13-18 college credits per semester. All students earn ECC credit; classes taken at International College of Seville are reflected as ECC classes on an ECC transcript.
Required Courses:

  • Spanish languages courses based on placement test (8 semester hours)
  • Spanish culture course: "Three Cultures: Jews, Muslims, & Christians in Spain" (3 semester hours)
  • Service learning course (1 semester hour)

In addition, participants will take one or two elective courses from an approved course listing. A complete listing of available courses is available from the Center for International Education and Programs (building B, room B105) or by emailing Courses taught in English vary depending on availability in the fall or spring. Students with proficiency in Spanish (minimum 2 years college-level Spanish or equivalent) may enroll in special classes taught at the University of Seville. Students who attend the University of Seville must register for a minimum of three classes.

Prior to submitting your application to the ECC Center for International Education and Programs, please make an appointment with Sean Jensen in the Academic Advising Department to select preliminary courses and review your educational plan. An appointment can be made by calling the Advising Department at 847-214-7390 or in building B room B120.

Lodging and Meals

The cornerstone of the Spanish study abroad experience is living with local Spanish families and experiencing traditional Spanish life. Host families provide three meals per day and access to laundry facilities. There are generally one or two students per host family.

Students who do not wish to live with a host family may live in a privately owned student residence. The residencies are double share with three meals per day and access to laundry facilities.


A current passport and visa are required for students in the semester program. Visa applicants must first obtain a passport prior to applying for their visa. The visa application must be processed through the Spanish Consulate in whose jurisdiction (state) the applicant lives. Some Spanish Consulates now require up to four weeks to process visa applications.


Pre-departure orientation is typically held on a Saturday in Normal, IL at Heartland Community College. Attendance is required.

Program Fees

The program fee is $10,080 a semester, subject to change.

Fees cover:

  • Instructional costs
  • Airport reception for designated flights
  • Housing with laundry and full meal plan
  • Health insurance - private clinics, medical specialists, house calls, 24-hr. support service
  • Free cell phone for duration of semester
  • Cultural visits & field trip excursions
  • Free Wi-Fi access
  • Tutorial assistance
  • On-site library & study areas
  • "Intercambio" program with Spanish students
  • ICISP fees
  • $100 refundable housing deposit

The fee does not cover:

  • Airfare
  • Passport/Visa
  • Personal expenses

Financial Aid and Scholarships

A limited number of scholarships are available for this program. Awards range in size up to $1,000. Applicants interested in applying for a scholarship should complete a scholarship application and submit all required documentation. Selection is competitive.

Financial aid (grants, loans, other scholarships, etc.) are available to students who qualify. Students wishing to use financial aid for study abroad should contact the Assistant Director of Financial Aid and Scholarships to discuss requirements. An appointment can be made by calling the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships at 847-214-7360 or in building B, room B156.

Applying to the Program

To apply for the Seville, Spain program, please complete the following forms:

  • ICISP Study Abroad Application
  • Financial Aid Certification Form
  • ICISP Scholarship Application (optional) 

The most current application can be picked up from the Center for International Education and Programs in building B, room B105 or by emailing An appointment with the Director of International Education and Programs is required prior to a student's application being complete. Appointments can be made by calling 847-214-7231. The appointment will give students the opportunity to learn more about the program, ask questions, and have the study abroad application reviewed.


For more information, please contact the Center for International Education and Programs at or stop by building B, room B105.

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