Your Cultural Immersion Begins with Housing
Knowing the great importance that housing plays in the learning process of our students, the ICS very carefully selects each of its homes and residence so that you will not only learn as much Spanish as possible while you’re in Seville, but so that each housemother and her family will go out of their way in making you feel more than comfortable in your home away from home.
“The highlight of many days in Sevilla was the afternoon meals and several hours of conversation with my Spanish family”.
All ICS families live in either the same small neighborhood of “El Porvenir” as the ICS is located, or at a short walking distance. Like other Europeans, most Spaniards live in apartment buildings. Some may be as modern as any U.S. apartment. Others may be remodeled from an original communal villa built decades or even centuries ago. Each has its own charm and advantages.
While living with a Spanish family much of the closeness you eventually find will depend largely on how much integration you would like. Our housemothers are kind, pleasant and generous. There are few things they love more than an interested student who inquires about life in their beloved city. The more you show you are interested in her city and culture, the more effort your housemother will put in trying to make you feel at home.
The families who work with the ICS can consist of a married couple with or without children; a single woman (separated, divorced, widowed) with or without children; or an older couple whose children generally don’t live at home. Carefully consider the following questions as a guideline when choosing the type of family with whom you wish to live for your semester in Seville:
• Would you prefer a lively family with many members or a household that is more calm and quiet?
• Would you prefer that there be young children, older children, or no children at all?
• Do you have pet allergies?
Meal hours are different in Spain than those in the U.S. Breakfast is a small meal of toast or pastry and coffee, tea or hot chocolate. Lunch is served between 2 – 3 and is the largest meal of the day. Dinner is served after 8:30 or 9 and is a light meal.
Snacks are not served between meals. If you wish to purchase foods not served by your housemother, ask where you can store them.
In general, our housemothers are very flexible and will always try to adapt to your personality and schedule.
If you have a specific dietary requirement, please notify the ICS Housing Director at least one month prior to arrival so that she can attend to that request. Most Spanish families are not used to cooking meals that are vegetarian, non-gluten, kosher or basically anything different from traditional Spanish cuisine.
A $100 refundable rent deposit is included in the total amount you pay for the semester tuition. If there is no damage caused by you to your room or homestay it will be returned to you in cash during the last week of the program.