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Seville Academic Institution


Pablo de Olavide University
Accreditation
Pablo de Olavide University is a fully accredited, state-run institution that is recognized by the Spanish Ministry of Education as a degree granting institution of higher learning.
Available Programs
Liberal Arts & Sciences
International Business
Pablo de Olavide University

Pablo de Olavide University

Pablo de Olavide University was founded in 1997 and has a modern 345-acre campus located five miles from Seville's city center, making it easily accessible by bus or train. While the university is located outside the city center and does require an average commute of 45 minutes using public transportation, it's campus setting offers numerous amenities and student services not often available in more centralized, urban campuses, including modern athletic, laboratory and technical facilities. While studying at Pablo, you may enroll in Spanish language courses in addition to electives in both English and Spanish. This diversity is appreciated by visiting students.

The university currently enrolls approximately 7,000 students and has an international student population of 500. Your courses will be offered through the International Center at Pablo de Olavide. The courses have been developed and are taught by professors from the university. The campus, the faculty and the academic program at Pablo de Olavide University provide you with a wonderful immersion experience and the unique opportunity to be a part of daily Spanish university life and student culture. University services available to CEA students include a university ID, computer labs, pen stack centralized library with wireless internet connections, cafeteria, and sports facilities.

Classroom Information

  • International faculty from Pablo de Olavide University will teach your language courses and electives.
  • Periodic exams, homework assignments and final exams will be administered.
  • Attendance in all classes is mandatory and monitored by each professor.
  • Teaching styles in Spain can be very different from those found in the US or Canada. Be prepared to adapt to the different classroom structures and coursework expectations for your school.
  • At Pablo de Olavide University, class size ranges between 10 and 18 students for language courses and between 10 and 30 students for electives. You will be in class primarily with other North American students, though there will be some other international participants.

Grading

The Spanish grading system is based on a scale of 10, as opposed to 100 in the US system. It would be inaccurate to merely multiply a Spanish grade by 10 to find its US equivalent. Also, please keep in mind that grading varies from subject to subject. For example, in mathematics a student may receive a 10 for completing all the problems correctly, whereas in the humanities, a 7 on an essay is a very acceptable grade. Grading in Spain can be severe and grades of 9 and 10 are quite rare. In addition to listing a numeric grade for each course, transcripts from Spanish universities list a verbal grade.

Pablo de Olavide University has released the following chart to assist US Universities in interpreting the Spanish grading scale.  Per Pablo de Olavide University, interpretation of the Spanish grading scale is as follows:

Spanish Number Grade US Letter Equivalent Spanish Verbal Grade US Verbal Equivalent

10

A+

Matricula de Honor

With Honors

9.5 - 9.9

A

Sobresaliente

Excellent

9 - 9.4

A-

Sobresaliente

Excellent

8.5 - 8.9

B+

Notable

Very Good

8 - 8.4

B

Notable

Very Good

7.5 - 7.9

B

Notable

Very Good

7 - 7.4

B-

Notable

Very Good

6.5 - 6.9

C+

Aprobado

Adequate/Pass

6 - 6.4

C

Aprobado

Adequate/Pass

5.5 - 5.9

C

Aprobado

Adequate/Pass

5 - 5.4

C-

Aprobado

Adequate/Pass

0 - 4.9

F

Suspenso

Fail

 

N/A

N.P.: No Presentado

Incomplete, no credits