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TCU-In Seville

TCU-In Seville, one of TCU’s flagship semester programs, is a Spanish immersion program, where students live in homestays with local families. TCU-In Seville students take classes through the International Center at Universidad Pablo de Olavide (UPO), a Spanish university. Courses are taught by Spanish professors in English and Spanish, and students take classes with other study abroad students. Two semesters of college-level Spanish, or the equivalent, are required to apply to this program. Students admitted to the Seville program are awarded a $1,000 Spanish Language Immersion Scholarship.

TCU-In Seville offers courses in a wide range of disciples and is open to any student interested in furthering their Spanish language skills. Many Spanish majors and minors at TCU choose to study abroad in Seville.

Seville is the capital of Andalusia, a southern region of Spain renowned for its beauty, history, spectacular festivals, and cultural legacies: tapas, bullfighting, and flamenco all originate from Andalusia.

La Catedral de Sevilla

Students enroll in 4 – 5 classes; at least one course much be taught in Spanish. Many UPO courses are taught in Spanish, at a level appropriate for non-native speakers, and students take a placement exam at the beginning of the term to determine their language level. Prior to starting classes at UPO, TCU in Seville students also spend a week refreshing their Spanish skills at the Giralda Center in central Seville.

Credit returns as TCU credit and applies towards the TCU GPA. As part of the application, students must have their courses pre-approved on the TCU Credit Approval Form for Study Abroad (see How to Apply). Typically, Spanish credit is limited to 15 hours for majors and 9 hours for minors, as designated by the Spanish Department at TCU.

Universidad Pablo de Olavide (UPO)

Universidad Pablo de Olavide is a public university with approximately 10,000 students. It boasts modern facilities and a sprawling campus, featuring bike trails, soccer fields, dining halls, a renovated library and a bustling student union. The UPO campus is connected by a new metro system that requires an easy 15 – 20 minute commute from central Seville. Students are encouraged to join the many clubs and organizations offered at UPO to connect with local Spanish students. The UPO International Center also facilitates a number of social and cultural activities, including language partners called intercambios.

For more information about how credits work, see our Study Abroad Basics page.

TCU-In Seville students are required to live in homestays with local host families in Triana and Los Remedios, neighborhoods in central Seville. UPO is located about 15 – 20 minutes away by metro, but students have enjoyed living near the lively downtown area. Typically, two TCU students are housed together with one host family. These students share a room and are provided three meals a day, laundry, internet and limited local transportation passes as part of their homestay. Students have the opportunity to request one TCU roommate, and both students must make a reciprocal  request. Occasionally other university students may reside in the same location.

The homestay offers an opportunity to develop language skills and learn about the culture. Host families speak little or no English, and English is not allowed in the home, so spoken language skills improve greatly outside the classroom. Placements are based on a housing questionnaire, which is part of the application. Families vary greatly and can range from a family with grown children, a family with no children, a divorced or widowed woman, and everything in between. Once students are matched with a host family, they are given the host family’s name and contact information, so that they can correspond with their host families before leaving the United States.

Semester Costs for 2020-2021

  1. Seville Program Fee: Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 – $8600, collected as:
    $500 Non-Refundable First Payment, to confirm your spot in the program after admission
    $8100 Remaining Balance/ Final Payment, billed to your TCU Student Account before the semester begins.
    This includes:
    — Homestay
    — Meals (3 per day)
    — Laundry
    — Limited metro/bus passes to the university
    — TCU start-up and midterm activities
  2. TCU Tuition: $25,785
  3. Estimated Additional Expenses: For other outside expenses not included in the program fee. Individual budgets are highly variable. This may include:
    — Airfare: $ 1,400
    — Books: $20 – $50 per course
    — Lab Fees: $100 (for science and tapas classes)
    — Personal Expenses: $2,000
    — Travel Expenses: Highly variable

NOTE: 
All TCU-In Seville students will be awarded $1,000 Spanish Language Immersion Scholarship if they are admitted and commit to attending the Seville program.

Billing & Withdrawals

Tuition and Program Fees (primarily housing costs) are posted to TCU Student Accounts, just like any other semester at TCU. After admission to the program, students will be asked to pay a non-refundable enrollment fee of $500 by orientation, and then TCU will invoice students for the Program Fee and tuition prior to the beginning of the semester. Withdrawals are subject to official TCU policies outlined in the TCU Student Handbook. Financial penalties are assessed on a sliding scale set by UPO in Seville and TCU. More information is available in the TCU in Seville Handbook.

Visit the Scholarships & Aid page to learn about study abroad scholarships, through TCU and other organizations. Every student admitted to the TCU-In Seville program will be awarded a $1,000 Spanish Language Immersion Scholarship. In addition, TCU-In Seville applicants should look at the:

  • TCU Center for International Studies Scholarship

I know many of you have questions about studying abroad in the Spring 2021 semester.  There continues to be much uncertainty surrounding international travel and the structure of our programs with our international partner universities.  We are very pleased with your interest but ask for your patience as the situation is dynamic.  We continue to monitor a variety of sources and health and safety indicators. We anticipate that we will have more information to share after the Fall Semester has begun.  Please continue to watch our website and be assured that if we are able to offer spring study abroad, we will provide adequate time for the application process.

Semester Event Date
Spring 2020 Program Start January 17 (Arrive by 5 PM)
Spring 2020 On-Site Orientation January 17 - 26
Spring 2020 Classes Begin January 27
Spring 2020 Holiday - No Class February 28
Spring 2020 Holiday - No Class April 6 - 10
Spring 2020 Holiday - No Class April 27 - May 1
Spring 2020 Final Exams May 18 - 21
Spring 2020 Program Ends May 23
Fall 2020 Program Start August 28 (Arrive by 5 PM)
Fall 2020 On-Site Orientation Aug 29 - Sept 6
Fall 2020 Classes Begin September 7
Fall 2020 Final Exams December 14 - 17
Fall 2020 Program Ends December 18

I know many of you have questions about studying abroad in the Spring 2021 semester.  There continues to be much uncertainty surrounding international travel and the structure of our programs with our international partner universities.  We are very pleased with your interest but ask for your patience as the situation is dynamic.  We continue to monitor a variety of sources and health and safety indicators. We anticipate that we will have more information to share after the Fall Semester has begun.  Please continue to watch our website and be assured that if we are able to offer spring study abroad, we will provide adequate time for the application process.

Applications will open TBA

Eligibility Requirements

  • Minimum 2.9 GPA
  • At least two semesters at TCU by the start of the program
  • Good academic and disciplinary standing
  • At least two semesters of college-level Spanish (or the equivalent)
  • A valid passport (valid for at least 6 months after the program ends) by the application deadline to allow enough time to obtain a Spanish visa

Application Deadlines

  • Fall Programs: March 16
  • Spring Programs
    • Priority Deadline: TBA
    • Regular Deadline: TBA

Application Steps

If applications exceed enrollment maximums, a lottery system will determine admission.

  1. Complete the Global TCU Study Abroad Forms (already started an application? Login here to finish it).
  2. Complete the Credit Approval Form with all signatures and prioritize your course selections (numbered 1 – 5) on the form. (Watch the video tutorial on YouTube.)Enrollments
  3. Submit the TCU-In Seville Application to Reed 214, along with:
    — An Official TCU Transcript in hard copy or sent electronically to studyabroad@tcu.edu
    — A Clear Copy of your Passport’s Photo/Signature Pages
    — Two official 2×2 passport-sized photos (obtained at Walgreens, CVS, etc.)
    — Completed Credit Approval Form

Study Abroad programs often include field components that require the ability to perform tasks beyond what is expected in a typical classroom. Many programs require extensive walking and/or the ability to stand for extended periods of time; the ability to independently use public transportations; and/or sleeping in shared quarters. Program and housing facilities may lack central heat and air-conditioning, elevators, and other conveniences. Unless prior accommodations have been made through TCU Student Disabilities Services, students must be able to transport and manage own luggage through airports and public transportation centers.

Spanish Visas

Spain requires a visa for all TCU-In Seville semester-long or year-long students. The Spanish Consulate prefers that TCU act on behalf of students applying for visas. You will be given visa paperwork to submit to TCU along with a valid passport that does not expire for at least 6 months after your return from Seville.

Do not plan to travel outside the U.S. during the two months prior to your semester abroad because you must surrender your passport when you apply for a visa. Visa processing for Spain can take 4-5 weeks.

You will not need your round-trip flight itinerary before you apply for a visa, but you MUST have a round-trip ticket prior to departure for your program abroad.

Before Departure

You must attend the mandatory TCU-In Seville orientation. You should also review the TCU-In Seville Handbook and information about Preparing to Depart and Health, Safety & Emergencies..

Arrival and On-Site Information

Upon arrival in Seville, take a taxi to the group hotel, where you will spend your first night. Friday through Sunday, the TCU-In Seville onsite coordinator will organize meals, walking tours and orientation activities. Your host families will pick you up from the hotel on Saturday evening.

During the first week, you will attend an intensive language review at the Giralda Center to refresh your language skills and prepare for university coursework. During the second week, you will tour the UPO campus, take a language placement test, attend academic orientation, receive your course schedules, and begin classes..

Because you are not enrolled in TCU classes, the TCU system will show 12 hours of coursework as a placeholder while you are abroad. Your classes will not transfer back to TCU until 8 – 10 weeks after the semester ends. At that time, the correct credit hours will be posted to your TCU record.

For more information about making the most of your experience abroad, see our While Abroad page