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  • Locations: Seville, Spain
  • Program Terms: Fall Semester, Spring Semester
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Merrimack applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2019 09/28/2018 10/26/2018 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Areas of Study: Accounting, Art History, Biochemistry, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Communication, Economics, Finance, History, Literature, Marketing, Political Science, Psychology, Religion/Theology, Sports Science Housing Options: Homestay
Language of Instruction: English, Spanish Minimum GPA: 2.9
Class Standing: 2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior
Program Description:
Semester Program


SevilleThe Seville, Spain, International Business + Culture program resides in the capital of Spain’s Andalusia region, a city which has mastered the delicate balance of preserving its magnificent past and offering the conveniences of a modern commercial hub. Microsoft, IBM, and Costco are just a few of the familiar names with presence in Seville, making it an ideal base for those students looking to learn about international business – in English or Spanish – while absorbing Spain´s unique culture. 

This program is geared for students with beginning- to intermediate-level Spanish language skills who wish to improve these skills as they choose from a wide variety of courses taught in English. Students can fulfill school requirements with classes for international students at Universidad Pablo de Olavide (UPO) in international relations, psychology, business, history, literature, science, and more.

PLEASE NOTE: this program is not approved for Spanish Majors/Minors.

Additional Opportunities:
INTERNSHIP:The internship selection process takes into account student´s language ability, job skills, background, and professional attitude. Because Spanish firms make final selections, internships in a particular company are not guaranteed.
VOLUNTEER: Opportunities are available at local schools and organizations.

For the blog of this SP 2018 semester (and our Merrimack student there), go to the Seville newsletter.

Courses and Credits

Students take classes at the Seville CIEE Study Center as well as Universidad Pablo de Olavide. UPO is the second largest state university in Seville, 30-minutes from the center of the city. It offers undergraduate and graduate programs in traditional majors, as well other areas, from biotechnology to translation. 

Please note: Merrimack's Foreign Language Department does not recognize this program for Spanish majors or minors.

LANGUAGE PLACEMENT: Prior to departure for Seville, all students take a scheduled CIEE online placement exam. Results determine appropriate placement in language courses. Placement in many upper-level courses depends on a high score.

Students take up to 5 classes (15 credits possible) per semester:
Initial 2-weeks: Intensive Session – 1 language course at CIEE.
  • 1 Spanish language or content course in Spanish
  • 3-4 courses at Universidad Pablo de Olavide or CIEE courses: Intercultural Communication and Leadership or INSH 3802 CSCS: Internship Seminar
  • Students can audit additional classes
For course listings and syllabi, go to the Seville, International Business + Culture Program and scroll to Curriculum (under ACADEMICS) at the bottom.

If you would like to get a course approved, print off the form NEW GEO Course approval form.pdf. Take the completed form and syllabus to the appropriate department chair. Make sure that you return that course approval form and syllabus to the GEO.

TRANSFERRING OF CREDITS: All credits taken abroad come back as transfer credits. Grades will be reflected on the transcript, but not figured into the student's cumulative GPA. Students must earn a 'C' or above for credits to transfer to Merrimack. Please note carefully that most of the courses taken abroad are only 3-credits rather than 4 as at Merrimack.


Seville HousingHOMESTAYS: Students live in a Spanish-speaking homestay which is limited to one student per household. Each student will have his/her own bedroom and Internet, weekly cleaning and laundry service are provided. Homes are within walking distance of the metro which is approximately a 30-minute ride to the UPO campus. CIEE provides a transportation stipend.
MEALS: Three meals per day are provided by your host family.


Merrimack students attending a CIEE semester program pay Merrimack's Global Semester costs which cover covers tuition, program costs included, housing, and international insurance for the semester. 2018-2019 Fees include:
  • Global Semester costs: $24,830
  • Additional program fee: $550
  • CIEE Spring 2018 scholarship for Merrimack students: $1500
  • Total Fall Fees: $23,330
  • Total Spring Fees: $24,830
CIEE has scholarships and grants for which Merrimack students should apply. See their Scholarships & Grants page.

BILLING: Payments for the semester abroad are made to the Bursar's Office per usual. Students should discuss payment plans with the Bursar's Office. For additional billing questions, please contact the Bursar's Office: Room 12, Austin Hall,,  978.837.5310.

FINANCIAL AID: Merrimack institutional aid is recalculated for the semester off-campus**. When students return to campus, Merrimack aid returns to the on-campus rate. We encourage you to consult the Financial Aid Office early on to see what this recalculation might mean for you. Office of Financial Aid 15B Austin Hall,, 978.837.5186.

**N.B. NCAA scholarships and Federal Aid are not affected by this recalculation.

  • CIEE Application Fee: $50
  • International Airfare:  $1,100
  • Local Transportation: $300
  • Books & Supplies: $250
  • Visa fees: $160
  • Personal: $2,80


Students interested in studying in a GEO program must first apply for permission to study abroad through Merrimack's Office of Global Education (GEO). To qualify Merrimack students must be:
  • Second-semester sophomores and above
  • In good academic standing with a minimum 2.9 cumulative GPA.
  • In good disciplinary standing 
To apply students must submit the following by March 9, 2018.
  • Online application
  • Faculty reference (form included in online application)
  • Student affairs reference (form included in online application)
  • An Interview with GEO staff to be conducted soon after the application has been submitted, or during the week of March 12th.
After students have been approved by the GEO for semester's study abroad, they may proceed with CIEE's online application.

CIEE's Application deadline for Fall 2018: April 15, 2018.