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Seville, Spain (Fall & Spring)

Offered in Fall & Spring semesters: International Spanish Program and Internships
Directed by Dr. Graciela Tissera

International Spanish Program & Internships in Seville

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Program affiliated to the University of Sevilla

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The International Spanish Program & Internships in Seville is a unique program designed for students perusing a degree in Modern Languages-Spanish, Language and International Health, Language and International Trade, or a minor in Spanish. Those who wish to embark on this journey are rewarded with the chance of a lifetime to explore the Spanish culture and perfect their Spanish skills in Seville, Spain.

Fall and spring semesters in Seville allow you to experience working in a number of different business and healthcare environments: you will see what sets different types of hospitals, medical facilities, and companies apart from one another. You will learn about what goes into running these centers from people with years of experience in the field.

In order to ensure that all participants take full advantage of their internship experience, applicants must have completed a minimum of 5 semesters of Spanish (or equivalent) or get consent of the program’s director.  Seville is known for having one of the Spanish-speaking world’s more challenging accents, but after a few months of immersion you will be prepared to tackle any other accent that the Spanish-speaking world throws at you.

Course Offerings

During a semester in Seville, students will complete 4-5 courses with 45 contact hours. Courses focus on improving Spanish linguistic competence and cultural familiarity through topics such as business, cinema, culture, grammar, health, and literature.  Most courses will also include site visits and guest speakers. Additionally, LIH and LIT majors will have opportunities to experience how many different types of healthcare facilities and businesses operate. This includes both private and public hospitals, as well as private practices and local companies.


Courses are taught at EUSA (Estudios Universitarios y Superiores de Andalucía), affiliated with the University of Seville. EUSA is a private school near Nervión, a fashionable neighborhood just a short walk away from historical monuments, parks, shopping centers and a major soccer stadium. EUSA provides a modern computer lab with traditional Internet access. There is also an in-house library, a cafeteria on site, and daily interaction with Spanish students.

Internship Description

Students with advanced Spanish proficiency and/or permission of the program’s director, will be able to complete an internship of 135 hours within the healthcare world, or 140 hours in a local business/company. The internship experience, coupled with a series of site visits and seminars, will allow students to directly observe the structural and functional organization of the healthcare system in Andalusia as well as the business world.  This first-hand experience with international healthcare systems and companies is one the highlights of the program for most students.

Health Internships

As part of their course work, LIH students will do site visits to various Community of Andalusia's hospitals and healthcare centers and will complete their internships at different types of hospitals and healthcare centers such as:

Victoria Eugenia Hospital   

Fátima Hospital

CRECER Center. A private rehabilitation center affiliated to Victoria Eugenia

CERCO. Diagnostic Imaging Center

Various local NGO’s such as Save the Children, ADIMA, Cruz Roja Voluntarios, Médicos en el mundo, and  more

Business Internships

LIT students will complete their internships at a variety of local companies, depending on availability and the student’s background and interest.  Here’s a selected list of possible companies and organizations where LIT students could do their internships.

  • Alów: Alów is a low cost mobile phone service provider focused on the communication needs of foreign communities who study, work, or are retired or traveling in Spain. It is a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), which can offer the best coverage nationally and all over the world thanks to its collaboration with Orange. It also has lower infrastructure costs. Thus, with Alów one can browse the web and call abroad or locally at much lower prices.
  • American Leadership: A company dedicated to the development of leadership to improve the global competitiveness of individuals and organizations, coordinating culture and strategy to produce results. 
  • Barenboim- Said Foundation: The inspiration for the Barenboim-Said Foundation came to life in August 2003 during the fifth edition of the West-Eastern Divan Workshop. After two years of work in Andalusia, Daniel Barenboim and Edward Said accepted a proposal by the Junta de Andalucía (Andalusian Government) to launch a broad-reaching project that would be financed by the Junta and would serve to promote intercultural conciliation. One of the principles inspiring the new Foundation is that music cannot be isolated from society. Based on this premise, the main objective of the Barenboim-Said Foundation is to integrate music into the fabric of society.
  • Three Cultures Foundation: In 1998 the Kingdom of Morocco and the Junta de Andalucía (regional government) decided to found a forum which, based on the principles of peace, dialogue, and tolerance, would promote ties and understanding between the peoples and cultures of the Mediterranean. This initiative was subsequently backed by the Peres Center for Peace, the Palestinian National Authority, and other Israeli institutions committed to dialogue and peace. On 8 March 1999 the “Three Cultures Foundation” was constituted in Seville. The Foundation’s unique characteristics have made it a model advancing tolerance and progress, as few organizations of its type in the world boast such a representative and balanced representation in terms of its members. The Foundation is noteworthy for its commitment and outreach to the coastal nations of the Mediterranean.
  • Bio-Dis España: Laboratorios BIO-DIS is a company with almost 20 years of experience in the Biotechnology sector. It is dedicated to the manufacture, distribution, marketing and export of natural products, and to vitamins, minerals, food supplements, and sports nutrition.
  • Casas y Palacios Hotels: The hotels found in Seville and Córdoba known as the Casas de la Judería (Houses of the Jewish Quarter), located right in the cities’ historically Jewish districts, are different, unique, romantic, original… truly charming locations. With their fine Andalusian art and decor, staying at one of them is one of the greatest delights a traveller can enjoy. Not to mention the cuisine. At Emporion (Seville) and Los Marqueses (Córdoba) patrons can savor the mixture of the most traditional Andalusian dishes and flavors, prepared with the region’s finest local products and ingredients.
  • Code Abogados: They are one of Andalusia’s notable young law offices, and their services cover well-established areas of the law while also searching for innovative approaches to areas that are currently changing and developing.  Interns at Code usually work with one of the partners who’s mainly interested in evolving areas of the law such as telecommunication, IT, social media, and intellectual property.  Your research skills would be put to good use on assignments connected to these constantly-shifting fields.
  • International Travel Startup Company. Open the door to a new world of unique outdoor accommodations. Here you can find and connect with original and utterly breathtaking spaces with lavish services and amenities in some of the most beautiful landscapes this planet has to offer. From the US, to Africa, to Europe, to Asia, and beyond… let Glamping Hub take you on a journey. You will soon see camping in a new light and appreciate the sensory experiences that a bit of luxury in the open air can provide.
  • Isotrol: Isotrol is a provider of solutions in the field of new Information and Communications Technologies (ICT), serving the Renewable Energy, Utilities, Industry and Service sectors, as well as the Public Administration.
  • Abengoa: Abengoa (MCE: ABG.B/P SM /NASDAQ: ABGB) applies innovative technology solutions for sustainability in the energy and environment sectors, generating electricity from renewable resources, converting biomass into biofuels and producing drinking water from seawater.
  • Solutia: Solutia is a company in the new technologies sector: Systems Management and Administration, Systems Consulting and Auditing, Process Optimization, Network Telecommunications and Infrastructure, Connectivity, Security, Hardware, Software, Maintenance and Tech Support, the Distribution of Industrial Computer Equipment.
  • Sangrespañola: Sangrespañola is a small clothing retailer that generates its own lines of fashion products. Driven by the philosophy that fashion should come from and reflect the relationship we have with our surroundings, each item is designed and created in-house entirely by hand using traditional artesian techniques and materials from Andalucía. Not only does this company employ local Spanish artisans, but creates an end product that is unlike anything that can be purchased outside of Seville. The company name, a melding of the phrase “Spanish blood” reflects the local nature of its products created using techniques passed from generation to generation. Sangrespañola has been around for more than 10 years and currently operates two stores in the historic center of Seville. 
  • Real Club de Tenis Betis: This club attracts some of Spain’s best tennis players. Its members have won over 50 tennis championship titles, making it one of Andalusia’s most well regarded training centers for players looking to up their game. The club also hosts the annual “Copa Sevilla Challenger,” a tennis championship that continues to draw talented athletes every year. Not only does the club feature a prominent tennis school, but it also offers other athletic activities including pilates and yoga. Business interns interested in the world of sports can boost their skills in the world of digital marketing, sales, and bilingual website design as they seek to help the club serve current members and gain new ones.  
  • Club Náutico de Sevilla: One of Seville’s most renowned country clubs, Club Náutico offers members a wide array of athletic activities and social events. Members can go sailing, kayaking, rowing, and more on the beautiful Guadalquivir River. The club seeks to be a place where people of all ages and backgrounds can socialize and interact over a love of nautical sports. You can help make activities accessible for all by creating bilingual activities for club members. There are also exciting opportunities to get creative with the promotion of sporting events through online marketing and bilingual website design!

For additional information about Clemson’s program in Seville, please visit this website. If you have any academic or application-related questions about this program, please contact Dr. Graciela Tissera, Clemson’s Faculty Director.  If your questions have to do with any other aspect of student life in Seville (host families, trips/activities, etc…), you may contact Ms. Cheryl Walker, our Resident Coordinator.

Student Spotlight: Elizabeth Simpson

Elizabeth Simpson

Hi! My name is Elizabeth Simpson, and I am a senior Health Science major with a minor in Spanish. I'll be graduating in May, and will hopefully be going to graduate school to become an Occupational Therapist. In Spring of 2017, I studied abroad in the Faculty Directed Program to Seville, Spain.

As a Health Science major, I was able to complete courses that counted directly towards my requirements for graduation, such as a course in Hospital Administration and a course in Global Health Services Management. I was also able to complete my Spanish minor, and also take courses that I would not typically have access to here at Clemson, such as a class about Spain’s role in the European Union. Another plus about this program is that I got to live with a Spanish family that was carefully chosen as part of this program. My host family was amazing, and it was great to be able to be a part of a family. My host mom, Menchu, cooked all of our meals and did our laundry. Menchu was also able to answer any questions we had about Seville, or Spain in general. The best part is that all of this was included in the cost of the program that I paid to Clemson! 

However, my favorite part of my study abroad experience overall was that I had so many opportunities to travel! Through the program, we took trips to places such as Madrid, Córdoba, Cáceres, and Mérida. One of the professor’s from the program led these trips, and gave us insights and information that we wouldn't have learned in any other typical tour of these places. We also had excursions to places in Seville, like the Cathedral and the Royal Palace, where again, we learned more from our professor than we could have from a regular tour. Apart from the school trips, I was also able to travel with friends from my program to many different cities in Europe, including Lisbon, Portugal, Edinburgh, Scotland, and Chefchaouen, Morocco.

Though I travelled as often as possible, I always loved returning back to Seville, because it was my favorite city that I visited my whole time abroad. During the spring semester, we had two weeks off from school because of events going on in the city. The first week was for Semana Santa (Holy Week), and it was such an incredible experience. During Semana Santa, there are multiple processions each day leading up to Easter. These processions were incredible to watch. The other break followed two weeks later, and that was for the Seville Fair, which was again an incredible experience. My apartment was right next to the fair grounds, so I was able to go and enjoy the fair almost every day. Everyone dresses up, and many women wear flamenco-style dresses.

I am so happy that I chose this program to study abroad. I was given so many unique opportunities, such as class work that counted towards my major and minor, living with a host family, and also traveling with my program. I was also able to immerse myself in the culture of Seville by attending celebrations for Semana Santa and the Seville Fair; going to watch Flamenco shows; and even participating in a Flamenco dance class. Though certain aspects of studying abroad are difficult, I believe that this program was best because first of all, the directors are always available to help in any way, and second, because it is through Clemson. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions! My email is!

2017 Photos:

Elouise Cram and Victoria Pilgrim presented their research at the CLAC Conference
clac conferenceElouise Cram and Victoria Pilgrim attended the 10th Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum (CLAC) Conference in Des Moines, Iowa (Drake University, October 21-22, 2016) to present their research on international education. Elouise and Victoria discussed the International Spanish Program and Internships in Seville, Spain offered at Clemson University and directed by Dr. Graciela Tissera. The CLAC Conference explores definitions and comprehensive strategies for infusing foreign language as well as intercultural skill sets and competencies for developing a global mindset throughout the curriculum. The 2016 theme — Developing Responsible Global Citizenship Through CLAC— emerges from Drake University’s longstanding commitment to provide “an exceptional learning environment that prepares students for meaningful personal lives, professional accomplishments, and responsible global citizenship.” As a site of innovation in practice and delivery, Drake University offers an appropriate venue for a lively discussion and debate about the future of languages in the curriculum, methods for promoting meaningful language use beyond the language classroom, and CLAC’s role in developing engaged and globally-minded citizens.

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