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Arabic Program Summer 2019

University of Seville

For those students who wish to study Arabic in Spain for a shorter term than the usual semester-abroad, the University of Seville offers an intensive Arabic language program every Summer.

The University of Seville Intensive Program is four weeks in duration.

May 29 – June 29

The program provides an excellent introduction for students planning to work in fields requiring a thorough knowledge of Arabic language and culture. Classes are held weekdays at the University of Seville. Visits to important sites in Seville and field trips to Córdoba and Morocco are included and organized by the International College of Seville (ICS).

May 29

Student Arrival

May 30


June 3

First Day of Classes

June 14

Mid-Term Exams

June 28

Final exams

June 29

Program Ends

ICS Class Schedule

09:00 to 11:00 Beginning Arabic I
Intermediate Arabic I
Advance Arabic I
11:30 to 13:30 Beginning Arabic II
Intermediate Arabic II
Advance Arabic II

Language courses meet four hours daily, Monday through Friday. Each course will consist of 45 contact hours (3 credits). Students may obtain a total of 90 contact hours (6 credits) at the end of the summer. During the Summer program University of Seville students are taken on three distinct trips, complete with air-conditioned motorcoach and English-speaking guide. The organized group trips, led by ICS staff members, are to Córdoba and Morocco. Like the cultural visits to points of interest within the city, the organized summer trips are included in student tuition fees. An Orientation session is conducted at the beginning of the Summer program. The Orientation introduces the student to the program while also providing practical information about daily living in Seville.

Summer Field Trips

Each SUMMER, University of Seville students have the opportunity to participate in two distinct and fascinating excursionsto Cordoba and Morocco. Visits are given in English.


June 21 – 23

Adventures in Morocco: A trip to remember!


During our three-day trip to Morocco we will visit the cities of Tangier, Chefchauen, and Tetuan.
We leave from Seville in private bus to the port city of Algeciras. From there we cross the Straight of Gibraltar to the city of Ceuta in the fast ferry. Our first visit will be to the city of Tangier, a Moroccan port city on the Strait of Gibraltar, which has been a strategic gateway between Africa and Europe since Phoenician times. Its whitewashed hillside medina is home to the Dar el Makhzen, a palace of the sultans turned museum of Moroccan artifacts. The medina also has dozens of outdoor cafes, such as those along the Terrasse des Paresseux balcony overlooking the Mediterranean. Students will enjoy a walking tour of the city and a camel ride on the beach of Cape Spartel. Dinner will be at our four star hotel.

On the second day we will visit the blue city of Chefchauen where we will have a guided tour of the old town, stop at a typical handmade carpet co-op, and have a picturesque hike up a mountain to the Old Mosque. We will have lunch together at the beautiful Parador and then have free time for shopping. Afterwards, we will travel to the city of Tetuan where we will enjoy a most memorable Fantasy Dinner Show with Moroccan musicians and dancers.

On the third day of our trip we will have a guided tour of the old town of Tétouan. The Berber name means literally “the eyes” and figuratively “the water springs”. Tétouan is one of the two major ports of Morocco on the Mediterranean Sea where we will visit the shops in the Medina and the natural Berber pharmacy.

We will travel back to Ceuta where we will have a picnic lunch, take the fast ferry to Algeciras and return to Seville.


June 8

Córdoba is a town of considerable charm, known widely for its beautifully flowered courtyards, its narrow cobblestoned streets, its secluded niches and tiny workshops where silversmiths create fine jewelery and, of course, for its impressive history which once exemplified harmony among cultures. For centuries, Christians, Jews, and Muslims lived in peaceful coexistence. But Córdoba is most known throughout the world for its magnificent decorative architecture, as seen in the great Mosque.



Situated at an hour and a half north of Seville, today Córdoba is a minor provincial capital. It was once the largest city of Roman Spain, and for three centuries formed the heart of the western Islamic empire, the great medieval caliphate of the Moors. The heyday of the Córdoba caliphate came in the 10th Century. While parts of Europe languished in the Dark Ages, Córdoba became a center of advanced learning in sciences, medicine, philosophy and poetry. Together with Baghdad and Constantinople, it was considered one of the three greatest cities in the world. In this city, where Seneca studied, there developed a stream of illustrious thinkers among them Averroes, the Arabian scholar, and Maimónides, the Jewish philosopher. In Córdoba, ICS students are taken on tour of the famous Mezquita, or Mosque, begun in the year 785 and extended through the 10th Century. It is the third largest in the world and is considered unparalleled for the beauty of its architecture and the vastness of its dimensions, as well as the sumptuousness of its decoration.

It is also one of the greatest historical landmarks of Spain. After the Mosque, students walk through the heart of the old city, the former Jewish quarters, with its labyrinth of winding streets, passing whitewashed houses and flowered patios to the Ancient Jewish Synagogue, one of the three ancient synagogues still in existence in Spain. This small Mudéjar-style synagogue, built in 1315, was one of 26 that once stood in the city. Fortunately, one can still appreciate segments of Hebraic inscriptions on the walls. The upper gallery where women were seated, and the niche where the Torah was kept are still intact. To complete the guided visit to medieval Córdoba, ICS students are taken to see the Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos, or Christian palace-fortress. The Alcázar, constructed in 1328 on the site of a former caliphal fortress which was itself built on Roman foundations, was used for a number of years as the residence of the Catholic monarchs during their campaign to conquer Granada from the Moors. It later became the seat of the Inquisition. After touring the Alcázar and its splendid gardens, with its fountains, pools and wealth of flowers and shrubbery students are given the rest of the day free to explore this uniquely sublime city.