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Seville, Spain (Fall & Spring)



Offered in Fall & Spring semesters: International Spanish Program and Internships

International Spanish Program & Internships in Seville

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Program affiliated to the University of Sevilla


College of Architecture, Arts & Humanities Office of Global Engagement

The International Spanish Program & Internships in Seville is a unique program designed for students pursuing a degree in Modern Languages-Spanish, Language and International Health, Language and International Business, 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, L&IH and L&IB 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.


Attendance Policy

Students should attend all classes and included program excursions. Instructors will take roll at every class. Excused absences are those for which students present:

1)in the case of medical absences, a medical excuse (to be given to the instructor the day they return to class), signed by a physician, and indicating that a medical condition has prevented them from attending class;

2) or other appropriate documentation verifying any of the excusable reasons for absences listed below. Instructors are expected to excuse absences for reasons including: 1. A medical complication (pregnancy/childbirth-related, physical injury, illness, etc.) too severe or contagious for the student to attend class and/or program-related excursions, when certified by an attending physician. Physicians and staff may not provide written excuses; however, students should retain paperwork of medical visits affirming date and time. Whenever possible, students should visit a physician as outpatients without missing class. An absence for a non-acute medical service does not constitute an excused absence. Instructors may, at their discretion, require documentation of medical absences.2. Death, serious illness, or emergency in a student’s immediate family (instructors may require documentation).3. Religious observances and practices which prevent the student from being present during a class period (advanced consultation/approval by the instructor is necessary). 4. Participation in court-imposed legal proceedings.

Excessive unexcused absences: If a student misses, unexcused, more than two weeks of classes (e.g., 6 classes for classes that meet three days a week), will be considered excessive and the instructor may remove the student from the class. Three late arrivals, without documentation of an excuse as indicated above, will constitute one unexcused absence.

Make Up Policy

Make-ups are allowed ONLY in the case of excused absences (see above under Attendance Policy for what constitutes an excused absence). If students know in advance that they must miss graded work, they must arrange with the instructor to complete it before the scheduled date or they must arrange to make it up as soon as possible after returning to class, provided they have the proper documentation as indicated. In the case of an unanticipated excused absence, students must make up the work as soon as possible after returning to class (but no later than four days after returning). Any work that is missed because of unexcused absences or any other reason (e.g., lack of preparation, failure to read instructions, etc.) cannot be made up and will receive a grade of 0%. 

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, L&IH 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.

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Business Internships

L&IB 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 L&IB students could do their internships.


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 College of Architecture, Arts & Humanities Office of Global Engagement ( 

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 traveled 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!

2018 Photos:

2018 Study Abroad - Seville

2017 Photos:

2017 Study Abroad - Seville

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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