ICS Intensive Spanish Language Summer Program
For those students who wish to study in Spain for a shorter term than the usual semester-abroad, the ICS offers an intensive Spanish language program every Summer. The ICS Intensive Program is four weeks in duration. Like the regular semester program, the intensive academic Summer program provides students with an opportunity to experience and understand Spanish society and its institutions through direct exposure to Spain’s history, art and contemporary society. The program provides an excellent introduction for students planning to work in fields requiring a thorough knowledge of Spanish language and culture.
The ICS Intensive Summer program offers Spanish language at three levels (Elementary, Intermediate and Advanced). All courses meet two hours daily, Monday through Friday.
A one-day Orientation session is conducted at the ICS at the beginning of the Summer program. The Orientation introduces the student to the country, the culture, and the academic program while also providing practical information about daily living in Seville. Students are administered a language proficiency exam in order to determine their level of Spanish.
ICS Summer Class Schedule
|09:00 to 11:00||Beginning Spanish I
Intermediate Spanish I
Advanced Spanish I
|11:30 to 13:30||Beginning Spanish II
Intermediate Spanish II
Advanced Spanish II
Juan Durá, Ph.D. President
Ignacio Martínez, Ph.D. Academic Director
Lisa Dolan M. A. Student Affairs
Gina de los Santos, B.A. Housing
Christine Ervin, Student Affairs
Javier Durá, Librarian
ICISP Students Summer Class Schedule
|09:00 to 11:00||Beginning Spanish
|11:30 to 13:30||Culture and Society of Spain|
Judy Cotter, M.A. Standford University
Laura Fernández, M.A. University of Calgary
Susana Jákfalvi, Ph.D. Syracuse University
Mª José Montero, M.A. University of La Coruña
John Boyle, M.A. Napier University
Luis Recio, M.A. Nebrija University
Summer 2018 Spanish Program
First Day of classes
|Morocco||June 22 – 24|
City Cultural Visits
|Islamic & Jewish Quarters||June 21*|
|San Jorge Castle / Triana Market||June 26*|
*Classes held on site.
Summer Field Trips
Each SUMMER, University of Seville students have the opportunity to participate in two distinct and fascinating excursions to Cordoba and Morocco. Visits are given in English.
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, but 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.
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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. 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.
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.
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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.
For the Summer program all students live with families* located in the near vicinity of the ICS. For the month’s duration, students receive three meals a day, seven days a week.
The ICS is responsible for making rent payment to the housemothers. However, those students who stay on past the end of the program are responsible for making payment of the extra day/s directly to the housemother. Students in this situation must inform both the housemother and the ICS at least one week in advance.
*Please consult section on Housing for a full description of living with a Spanish family.