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University of Seville

The University of Seville, founded in 1551, is one of the leading institutions of Spain’s higher education system. Its Schools of Philology, Geography and History, Philosophy, Biology and Engineering and its many schools and technological institutes serve the educational needs of some 70,000 students.

Located in the downtown area, the University’s main building is bordered by the Maria Luisa Park and the Guadalquivir River. This building, the completely remodeled historic Tobacco Factory, houses the Schools of Geography and History, Philology, Law, and the main administrative offices.  ICS students enrolled at the University of Seville will appreciate attending classes in the imposing 18th Century building immortalized by Bizet’s opera “Carmen” and by 19th Century travellers in search of Romantic Spain.  The building, complete with moat and watchtowers, is evidence of the importance given to protecting the King’s lucrative tobacco monopoly, which at the time manufactured of all of Europe’s cigars.

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Registering for courses at the University of Seville

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1.    All University of Seville courses are conducted entirely in Spanish. Only those students with an advanced or superior level of Spanish may take classes there. To determine students’ level of Spanish the ICS administers a Proficiency Exam during the first day of Orientation.

2.    Students who register at the University of Seville must enroll in a minimum of three to a maximum of five three-credit courses. Students must choose courses following the timetable posted for the Fall or Spring calendar.

3.    Class schedule verification starts the first day of Orientation. Individual student appointment times are posted on the bulletin board next to the ICS main office. Once pre-registration forms are retrieved from the main office, students may proceed to complete final registration for University of Seville courses with either Dr. Durá or Dr. Martínez. Students must come to registration with one passport-sized photograph for their University I.D. card.

4.    In some cases, the student’s home institution has pre-approved specific courses selected to take in Seville. If, for any reason, there is a change in the student’s final course enrollment it is the student’s responsibility to notify his or her advisor or home institution for a new pre-approval of courses.

5.     Each University of Seville professor requests from every student a photograph and a “ficha” (student card). “Fichas” are available at the ICS office upon request.

6.    An ICS staff member takes students enrolled at the University on a short tour of the University grounds. An official reception will follow this visit. The meeting time and place for the University of Seville tour and reception is posted one week in advance on the ICS bulletin board.

7.    All course changes are made through the ICS and NOT through the University of Seville. For inquiries or problems regarding courses ICS students should speak with Dr. Martínez. The last day to add/drop a course is one week after the first day of classes at the University of Seville.

8.    Each individual University of Seville professor establishes class attendance policy at his or her own discretion.

9.  University of Seville Library Policy.  With a University of Seville I.D. card students may borrow books from any of the departmental or general libraries at the Faculties of Philology and of Geography & History. Those students who do not return library books at the end of the semester do not have their grades released until all books (University of Seville and/or ICS) have been returned.

10.  Final exams.  Final exams are given at the University of Seville during the last week of class. Only under special circumstances is permission granted to take early final exams. To do so, the student must present a valid reason and make this request of his or her home institution. The home institution will forward the request to the ICS, and the ICS will then make a formal written request to the University of Seville.

11. Final Grades.
Final grades are based on the following grade conversion:

10  – 9     A

8.9 – 7     B

6.9 – 5     C

4.9 – 4     D

3.9 – 0     F

12. Transcripts.  Upon request, the University of Seville issues official transcripts for the courses taken there. Any student who wishes an official transcript from the University of Seville must contact Dr. Martínez.

Please remember: Students need to pre-register officially for courses well ahead of time. The University of Seville must have pre-registration forms three weeks before the start of the semester. For further assistance, please consult with Dr. Ignacio Martínez.

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University of Seville Regular Courses

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In addition to the courses especially designed for American colleges and universities, ICS students may enroll in up to two regular University of Seville courses (with Spanish students) at the Schools of Philology and of Geography & History. Students who wish to enroll in a regular course must be aware that regular courses at the University of Seville are offered in two different manners: on a year basis, and on a semester basis. Exams for Fall semester of regular University of Seville courses take place in late January and exams for Spring semester take place in late June. Early exams cannot be scheduled for regular university courses. Students who remain in Seville for January or June exams are charged a supplemental housing fee. The University of Seville can refuse to allow a student to enroll in regular courses if he or she does not score appropriately on the Spanish Language Proficiency Exam taken at the University at the beginning of the semester.

At the School of Philology students may take courses in the Departments of Spanish, English, French, Classical Languages, Italian, and Arabic. At the School of Gegraphy & History students may take courses in the Departments of Archeology, Cultural Anthropology, Human Geography, Ancient History, Medieval History, Modern History, Contemporary History, Latin American History, and Art History.