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Connect to the World
in Seville, Spain

Soak up the passionate energy of Seville through its delicious food, world-class art, dynamic history, and rich traditions.

Enjoy an authentic Spanish lifestyle, plus inspiring courses delivered by our Academic Providers, one-on-one support, and cultural immersion opportunities.

  • Duration

    15 Weeks

  • Accommodation

    Homestay or Residence

  • College Credits

    12–16 Credits from Academic Providers

  • Campus Host

    Study Center

  • Cost

    Spring 2023: $18,000 USD
    Fall 2023: $19,500 USD
    before scholarships & institutional aid

  • Dates

    February 6 – May 20, Spring 2023
    Late August – Mid December, Fall 2023

Start College withCommunity

Live in dorm-style housing alongside other Verto participants or in a local family homestay and befriend the many local and international students in Seville. Our staff is on-site to support you and guide you towards a transformative first year abroad experience.

Take CollegeCourses

The museums, sites, and neighborhoods of Seville become your classroom as you dive into experiential learning courses offered by our Academic Providers. Study European History from inside an 14th-century palace, and practice your conversational Spanish during a language immersion event with Spanish students!

ExploreSeville and Greater Spain

You can also opt-in to exciting cultural activities and excursions with your Verto cohort—like a day trip to Córdoba, kayaking on the Guadalquivir River, a “Sevillanas” dance workshop, tasting traditional tapas, and more!

Sharpen Your Mind

In the classroom, you’ll enjoy small class sizes, energetic and caring professors, and hands-on learning delivered by our Academic Providers.
Going to class will actually become the highlight of your day.

Earn College Credit

Earn college credit through a selection of fascinating courses offered by our Academic Providers.

Spring 2023 Course Selection

 

*All courses and programming are subject to change.

Course offerings are based on faculty availability, student interest, and eligibility. Final course lists are updated prior to the start of the semester.

Courses with † in title require the successful completion of a placement test or other pre-requisite before students can enroll.

Seminar in Academic Inquiry and Writing†

This course introduces students to the conventions of academic writing and the habits of critical inquiry they will need in university courses and beyond.  Students read and annotate texts on a topic (or topics) selected by the instructor, develop original avenues of inquiry through classroom discussion, and transform their questions into well-supported academic arguments.  Assignment sequences incorporate opportunities for research, drafting, revision, editing, and reflection to help students find writing processes that can be replicated in future courses and workplace projects that require only polished work.  Because different disciplines and career paths present different scenarios for critical thinking and writing, this course also teaches students how to adapt the conventions of academic inquiry to a variety of contexts.

Seminar in Academic Inquiry and Writing w/ Lab

This course introduces students to the conventions of academic writing and the habits of critical inquiry they will need in university courses and beyond.  Students read and annotate texts on a topic (or topics) selected by the instructor, develop original avenues of inquiry through classroom discussion, and transform their questions into well-supported academic arguments.  Assignment sequences incorporate opportunities for research, drafting, revision, editing, and reflection to help students find writing processes that can be replicated in future courses and workplace projects that require only polished work.  Because different disciplines and career paths present different scenarios for critical thinking and writing, this course also teaches students how to adapt the conventions of academic inquiry to a variety of contexts.

Writing for Digital Environments†

An introduction to the essential strategies needed to write and edit effectively in digital spaces for corporate and technical communications. Emphasis is placed on visual design, tailoring writing strategies to a variety of new media channels, and establishing interactivity with an audience.

Principles of Communication

The ability to communicate is the most fundamental skill needed to thrive in our society. It is essential to expressing joy and sorrow, to voicing thoughts and ideas, imparting knowledge, advocating, persuading, participating in our democracy and connecting with the larger community around us.  This course will address verbal and nonverbal communication, identity, culture, and listening.  Students will have the chance to structure, organize, develop, and present information in multiple settings, including interviews, group discussions, elevator pitches, and social media.

Elementary Spanish I

Focuses on the fundamental principles of grammar. Extensive vocabulary and pronunciation exercises. In SP 102 aural comprehension and pronunciation are tested by oral examination.

Elementary Spanish II†

Spanish 1102 is the second semester in the two-year basic language sequence. It is communicative in approach and emphasizes the acquisition of all four language skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Since reading and writing can be practiced at home, class time will be devoted mainly to speaking and listening activities. You can therefore expect to speak and hear Spanish most of the time.

Intermediate Spanish I†

Prerequisites: SPAN 1101, SPAN 1102 or the equivalent. Stresses the reading comprehension of modern prose texts and a review of grammar necessary for this reading. Students are encouraged to read in their own areas of interest.

Intermediate Spanish II†

Prerequisite: SPAN 2201. Stresses the reading comprehension of modern prose texts and a review of grammar necessary for this reading. Students are encouraged to read in their own areas of interest. 3 credit hours.

Philosophy of Religion

An examination of some philosophical notions used in religious discourse, such as meaning, truth, faith, being, God, the holy.

History of Art II

This course introduces students to works of art from the Renaissance period to the mid-20th century. The course explores the expressive, social, cultural, political, economic, and technological aspects of societies as reflected in their art.

Introduction to Comparative Politics

This course examines comparative politics as a subfield of political science that compares pursuit of power across countries. Its main focus is on a comparative research method as a way to collect and evaluate data, compare cases, test our assumptions, draw conclusions, and make predictions/recommendations. The course aims to answer the following fundamental questions of comparative politics: Why are national governments organized differently? What basic characteristics lead us to group countries together? What are political institutions and why are some institutions more likely than others to produce political stability and accountability? How do we measure the effectiveness of institutions? How do we differentiate opinion from empirical research? Some key concepts of comparative politics will recur throughout the course: nation states, political institutions, regimes, power, sovereignty, legitimacy, citizenship, patriotism, nationalism, ethnicity, human rights, political culture, geopolitics, political violence, globalization, and others.

Diversity and Social Justice

Local and global communities are rapidly becoming more diverse. Social, technological, and economic changes bring us in close contact with individuals of backgrounds that are unique from our own. Successful engagement in this global society calls for greater reflection on our worldviews, challenging perceptions, developing empathy for others, and awareness of our biases and perceptions. Further, it also requires critical consumption and production of knowledge, stories, and data. This course will help students develop the tools to participate in diverse organizations, have productive—but courageous—conversations, determine what makes for good evidence, and apply evidence to the social world. Developing these critical and empathic skills will prepare students to thrive at the University in their other courses, student organizations, and high impact education opportunities, and to act as educated, purposeful, and civically engaged citizens within their communities.

Introduction to Business and Entrepreneurship†

This course provides a framework for students to understand the decision-making process, and related strategies, followed by an entrepreneur or business start-up. The course will introduce students to business fundamentals while they synthesize information from multiple sources to solve a business problem or opportunity. Students will: Use elements of design thinking and a form of the Lean Canvas, and work in teams to design a business plan based upon one or any combination of the following primary themes –Water – Energy – Food; and learn the language of business, while they build business communication skills.

Quantitative Reasoning†

Placement into MATH 1104 or higher, or having completed MATH 1103 or equivalent with a C or higher. Topics include: sets, logic, elementary functions, number systems, functions and graphs, enumeration and elementary probability. This course does not serve as a prerequisite for any other course in mathematics. MATH 1104 does not serve as a pre-requisite for any further mathematics course.

College Algebra†

A review of the fundamental operations and an extensive study of functions, exponents, radicals, linear and quadratic equations. Additional topics include ratio, proportion, variation, progression and the binomial theorem. This course is intended primarily for students whose program of study requires calculus or business math.

Verto Discovery

Discover yourself and the world around you through Verto Discovery, our pathway to community at Verto Education. Participants engage in thoughtful activities around our four community values: Compassion, Transformation, Responsibility and Vulnerability while earning college credit from our Academic Providers. Your time at Verto will start you on your journey to self-authorship and in discovering your purpose.

Set Yourself Up for Success

Work with your personal Onboarding Advisor and College Counselor to develop your game plan for an impactful college career. You’ll get a head start on how to manage your time, study effectively, and adapt to life on campus.

Find Your Purpose

Get clarity on your future goals as you contemplate what you’ve been learning and the type of impact you want to make on the world. Your leaders will help you reflect on your experiences through group activities and one-on-one check-ins.

Already drooling at the thought of
tapas?!

Scholarships & Institutional Aid

Travel is a vital part of every individual’s education, and Verto is committed to increasing equity, access, inclusion, and diversity in study abroad and higher education—regardless of your financial background.

About half of Verto participants receive scholarships, institutional aid, or both. For eligible participants, Verto can significantly reduce the Spain cost through Verto’s Opportunity Grant. You can also apply for institutional aid, external grants, and scholarships to further reduce your abroad experience cost.

Learn About Scholarships & Institutional Aid

Details About Verto Seville Experience

Accommodation

Vertoans may choose to live either in a residence or local homestay. Participants should speak with their admissions counselors and onboarding advisors to determine which option is a better fit for them.

In the Residences, participants will live in double or triple occupancy rooms with other Vertoans 25-35 minutes walking to the study center and 10-20 minutes by public transport or bike.

Services included in Residences:

  • Full Room (Desk, chair, lamp for studying, and wardrobe)
  • 3 meals per day (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  •  Bed & bath linens
  • Wireless internet access throughout residence
  • Room cleaning once per week 
  • Shared bathrooms
  • AC conditioning

For homestays, participants will be paired with another Vertoan to live with a local family. Participants may share a room with another Vertoan or have their own room depending on the family’s housing situation.

Each homestay is slightly different, depending on the hosts, though all hosts are carefully vetted by Verto to ensure safety and comfort.

All homestay housing includes the following:

  • Full Room (Desk, chair, lamp for studying, and wardrobe)
  • 3 meals per day (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  •  Bed & bath linens
  • Wireless internet access 
  • Room cleaning once per week 
  • laundry once per week 
  • A fan or space heater

Homestay locations will be no more than 15-35 minutes by foot to where classes are held at the study center.

Meals

Full board meal plan (three meals per day, including weekends, with a to-go sack lunch) included.

Travel

Participants are responsible for airfare to/from Seville.

Individuals have the option for independent travel within the country pending permission from the Verto team.

Seville is highly walkable though there are city buses, a tram, metro, and affordable taxis which can take Vertoans to neighborhoods outside of the city center if they choose to do so.

Examples of Possible Verto Excursions

Vertoans are given all the support they need to explore Seville on their own and will have the opportunity to opt-in to Verto’s extracurricular activities and day trips.

Verto sponsored experiences may include:

  • Day trip to Córdoba 
  • Day trip to Cádiz  
  • Overnight trip to Málaga or Granada 
  • Hiking excursions to Aracena or Sierra Norte
  • Monument visits around Seville: Cathedral, Royal Palace, Fine Arts Museum
  • Activities around Seville like kayaking, yoga, journaling, language exchanges
  • Workshops, including photography and dance

Spending a Full Year with Verto

Why choose just one location? Sharpen your comparative lens by learning in two amazing Verto abroad locations. Spend your first semester in Spain and your second semester elsewhere in the world! If your heart is set on spending two semesters in the same city, we won’t blame you! Let us know and we’ll advise you to ensure this is the best option for you. Participants are limited to earning 30 credits in one location.

Spring 2023 Key Dates

FOR SEVILLE ONLY

Arrival Date: February 6

Orientation: February 6 – 10

First Day of Classes: February 13

Add/Drop Period: February 13 – 17

Mid-term Week: March 20 – 24

Course Withdrawal Deadline: March 21

Finals Week (Last Week of Class): May 15 – 19

Final Day of Class: May 19

Departure Date: May 20

Budget

Recommend €350–500 euro/month

Since meals are included in the abroad experience fee, this budget will vary based on your personal spending habits, particularly your budget for independent travel. Talk to your family about expectations for budgeting before you arrive. You don’t want to blow your whole budget on churros! (Or do you…?!)

Included With the Cost of Your Experience

  • 3 meals per day
  • Laundry is included at homestays. Participants in the residence will have access to pay facilities in the building.
  • All accommodation while overseas
  • All scheduled events
  • Books and other course materials
  • Medical insurance
  • Airport pick up on the designated arrival date

Not Included With the Cost of Your Experience

  • Internal Airfare
  • Snacks
  • Souvenirs and gifts
  • Laundry at residences
  • Visa fees
  • Optional activities and associated equipment
  • Food, travel, and accommodation when traveling to, from, or between abroad locations
  • Airline change fees or new tickets for flights to and from abroad locations

Visa, Passport & Age Requirements

US passport holders will need a student visa to enter Spain.

Participants must be 18-years-old by June 1st for fall semesters and by October 1st for spring semesters.

All passports should be valid for at least 6-12 months beyond the end of the abroad experience. This time frame varies by Spanish Consulates. Please check the Spanish Consulate’s website for your jurisdiction for up to date information.  If this is not the case, individuals should renew their passport as soon as possible.

Non-US passport holders should check with the local consulate and will need to obtain the proper visa to participate.*

*Verto Education is not responsible for any individual’s inability to obtain the correct visa for any given abroad location, and cancellation fees will apply if an individual is denied the proper visa. Verto Education cannot overturn any decision made by any Consular or Embassy official.

Why the Verto Seville abroad experience?

The Seville abroad experience is a great fit for young adults who are excited by…

City Life with a Small Town Feel

With a population of about 700,000 people, Seville is a city easily traversed by foot. You’ll quickly fall in love with the winding medieval streets that make up the historical city center, the many outdoor cafes offering delicious tapas, and the Sevillanos love of enjoying life outdoors. In your free time, you’ll have the opportunity to discover the treasures and hidden gems of this dynamic city. It is considered a university town that is home to more than 65,000 Spanish students, and with a little mingling on your part, you’ll be practicing your Spanish in no time! Whether you’re walking across the Plaza de España or admiring the Seville Cathedral on your walk to class (which was once a mosque), Seville is a warm and welcoming city that will sweep you off your feet!

Homestays or Residences*

Vertoans in Seville can choose between living in a homestay or residence. 

If you choose to live in a homestay, you can look forward to deep cultural immersion and language learning. With your hosts, you’ll live how locals live, eat what they eat, speak the local language and more! Keep in mind that your host family may not speak English, but they have tons of experience hosting American young adults. 

If you choose to live in the residence, you can enjoy living in the same building as the rest of your Verto peers and enjoying time spent in common rooms together. From time to time there may be other international students living in the residence, but you’ll always have a Verto roommate.  The \residence also includes a dining area where participants can take the majority of their meals. 

Language Learning 

The Seville abroad experience is a great immersion opportunity for young adults who are looking for regular Spanish language practice, particularly for those who choose to participate in a homestay!

You will have multiple levels of Spanish courses available and will also have tons of chances to put your Spanish to the test when out and about in town, and even while interacting with the Verto staff! 

Dance, Art & Architecture 

Seville is known for its flamenco, an art form comprised of song, dance, and instrumental guitar and is a rich crossroads of cultural history that created its outstanding architectural designs. Seville has been ruled by the Romans, once served as a capital of Muslim Spain, and was conquered by the Spanish Christians in 1248. The influence of these ruling parties is noticeable at every turn.  There are tons of dance halls, galleries, and museums for you to discover both through your experiential education and in your free time. 

History & Culture 

Not only is Seville full of monuments and heritage buildings, but it is home to three UNESCO World Heritage sites: the Seville Cathedral and the Giralda, The Royal Alcazar, and the General Archive of the Indies. The history of Seville is long and windy, and you’ll find visual reminders of it as you explore the city.  Seville is also the capital of the region of Andalucia, where the remnants of Moorish rule remain, including castles, cathedrals, and palaces. You will have the opportunity to visit these historic sites both as part of your Verto experience and independently.

Additionally, Seville offers many free or low cost events and activities such as football games (soccer!), flamenco shows, kayaking on the river, street food tours, museums, and more.

Safety & COVID-19

The health and safety of our participants is always our top priority. We’ve developed stages of planning to address the specific concern of COVID-19.

Review Verto’s COVID-19 Safety Plan

How to Apply

Verto’s application is quick, free, and non-binding!

Fill out Verto’s 10 minute application: vertoeducation.org/apply

After your application is submitted, you will be matched with an admissions counselor who can answer any and all of your questions. Learn more about the application and decision process here: vertoeducation.org/admissions

P.S. Did you know that Vertoans can use their Verto app to apply to our 70+ partner colleges for free?! Learn more here.

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