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Seville Academic Institution

University of Seville
The University of Seville is recognized by the Spanish Ministry of Education as a degree granting institution of higher learning.
Available Programs
Advanced Spanish Language & Culture
Spanish Language & Culture
University of Seville

University of Seville

Founded under the name of Colegio Santa María de Jesús in 1505, today the University of Seville's physical size and large student population make it one of the largest universities in Spain. The university is made up of numerous departments and has various campuses throughout the city. CEA students will share the hallways and university facilities with Spanish students of the Facultad de Filología and the Facultad de Geografía e Historia (Schools of Philology, Geography and History). These departments are located in a large 18th century baroque building that originally housed the Royal Tobacco Factory and served as the backdrop for the opera Carmen. It is not surprising that, with such a long and prestigious history, the University of Seville is so well regarded.

Current enrollment at the University of Seville is approximately 74,000, including an international student population of about 1,500 annually. You will take courses through Cursos Concertados con Universidades Extranjeras, which has been an established program since 1972. These courses, offered in a wide variety of disciplines, are designed and taught by university professors. You will benefit from the fact that all courses are taught in Spanish. By sharing the university building with Spaniards, you have the opportunity to immerse yourself in Spanish university life and student culture. University services available to CEA students include a university ID, library, and a student café.

Classroom Information

  • International faculty from the University of Seville 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 the University of Seville, class size ranges between 12 and 40 students for both language courses and electives. You will be in class with other US students.


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.

Spanish Verbal Grade US Verbal Equivalent Spanish Number Grade US Letter Equivalent
Matricula de honor
With Honors
9 - 10
Very Good
7 - 8
5 - 6
0 - 4
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