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Spanish Studies Abroad

Please note: Application through Hollins is open to Hollins University students only.

Through Hollins' affiliation with Spanish Studies Abroad, students may spend one or two terms in Seville or Alicante, Spain.



With its legacy of Spanish and Moorish art and architecture, Seville is one of Spain's most interesting and beautiful cities. The classrooms and administrative offices of Spanish Studies Abroad are in the heart of the city, in two adjacent classical Sevillian mansions with wrought iron balconies, carved wooden doors, and walls lined with hand-painted, antique ceramic tiles.

The broad curriculum is grounded in the cultural richness of Seville, Andalucia, and Spain. At the start of the program, all students enroll in a four-week, intensive Spanish language course. For the remainder of the term, they can choose from among a wide range of courses in Spanish language, literature, civilization, cinema, sociology, anthropology, politics, history, business, and art history.

Students whose Spanish skills are sufficiently advanced may substitute one course at the University of Seville for a course at Spanish Studies Abroad during the spring semester. Internships are also available for students with advanced Spanish skills.

Students can choose between living with a Spanish host family or in a student residence/boarding house. In either arrangement, all meals are provided.



For students who wish more integration into a Spanish university, Spanish Studies Abroad also offers a program at the Universidad de Alicante. Located in Valencia on Spain's Costa Blanca, Alicante is a vibrant and growing city. Its modern university is host to over 33,000 students.

Like the program in Seville, the program in Alicante begins with a four-week, intensive Spanish language course. Depending on their Spanish skills, students then enroll either in courses in Spanish language, civilization, literature, art history and cinema designed especially for the university's international students, or with Spanish students in regular university courses in subjects such as art history, business, classical studies, economics, geography, history, literature, and sociology. All courses in both tracks are taught in Spanish.

All students in Alicante live and have their meals with Spanish host families.

Rachel Uliano '12 and Amanda Marcus '12 studied in Alicante. Check out their blogs and read about their experiences studying abroad.


Both programs

In both Seville and Alicante, Spanish Studies Abroad organizes guided excursions, social events, and an intercambio (conversation exchange) program. Both programs also offer opportunities to participate in community service.

The programs of Spanish Studies Abroad are open to qualified juniors who have completed at least two years or the equivalent of college Spanish and who have a GPA of at least 3.0 overall and in Spanish courses at Hollins.

The Hollins alumnae magazine held its first Study Abroad Photo Contest spring 2011. The six winning photos were featured in the Summer 2011 issue of the alumnae magazine. Photos from Spain »