TCU-In Seville

Program Overview

Aerial view of La Catedral de Sevilla.

La Catedral de Sevilla

TCU-In Seville is one of TCU’s flagship semester programs, where students immerse themselves into the culturally rich city of Seville. 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.

TCU-In Seville offers courses in a wide range of disciplines and is open to any student. They have a strong focus on Spanish language and culture and represent a great option for those 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.

Program Details

Students enroll in 4 – 5 classes, which counts as 12 – 15 TCU credit hours. Courses are taught in English and 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 10 – 12 courses pre-approved through the Credit Approval Process.

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.

You must abide by the academic policies and regulations of the host university, including but not limited to policies on:

  • Attendance / Absence policies
  • Add / Drop process
  • Grade Appeals
  • Final Exam schedule

TCU cannot override host university policies and regulations.

As part of the application, students must have their Seville courses pre-approved through the credit approval process.

While you are abroad, you are enrolled in 12 hours of coursework (identified as SABD) as a placeholder. Your classes will not be posted to your TCU recorded until 8 – 10 weeks after the semester ends, when the transcript from UPO  is sent. Once the Registrar receives your transcript, they will record the courses using the department codes on your Credit Approvals (i.e., MARK, HIST) and a generic course code. Your dean’s office will apply these to your major / minor / electives / core as approved.

All coursework, regardless of program type, counts for grades and will be included in your TCU GPA.

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

Group advising available to explain course options and the credit approval process.

Students are required to live in housing provided through TCU. A single bedroom may be requested for an additional cost, but is not guaranteed. Housing options may include students from other universities supervised by CEA. 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.

Students live in the Casa de Sevillas. They have the benefits of independent living in an apartment with the comforts of a homestay, including meals, cleaning, and laundry. Students reside in a furnished apartment with shared bedrooms, bathrooms, study areas, and common living space. They are provided three meals a day, Monday through Saturday, as well as a load of laundry per week. Bed linens and towels are provided. Because meals are cooked for the students, they will have limited access to the kitchen.

Any damages to housing will be posted to the student’s TCU account after they return.Bedroom with two twin beds

Fall 2024Program Start (Arrive by 5 PM)August 31
Fall 2024On-Site OrientationAugust 31 - September 8
Fall 2024Classes BeginSeptember 19
Fall 2024Final Exams December 12 - 17
Fall 2024Program EndsDecember 18
Spring 2024
Program Start (Arrive by 5 PM)January 13 (estimate)
Spring 2024
On-Site OrientationJanuary 13 - 21
Spring 2024
Classes BeginJanuary 22
Spring 2024
Holiday - No ClassMarch 24 - 31
Spring 2024
Holiday - No ClassApril 13 - 20
Spring 2024
Final ExamsMay 13 - 16
Spring 2024
Program EndsMay 17 (estimate)

Semester Costs for 2024-25

  1. Seville Program Fee: Fall 2024 – $11,000, collected as:
    Pay $500 Non-Refundable Deposit to confirm your spot in the program after admission
    Program Fee is billed to your TCU Student Account before the semester begins ($500 deposit applied as a credit)
    This includes:
    — Housing
    — Meals (3 per day)
    — Limited metro/bus passes to the university
    — TCU start-up and midterm activities
  2. TCU Tuition: $30,825
  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
    — Spanish Visa Fees: TBD
    — Books: $20 – $50 per course
    — Lab Fees: $100 (for science and tapas classes)
    — Personal Expenses: $2,000
    — Travel Expenses: Highly variable

Visit the Scholarships & Aid page to learn about study abroad scholarships, through TCU and other organizations. In particular, TCU-In Seville applicants should look at the:

  • TCU International Studies Award

Financial penalties are assessed on withdrawal date.

Deposit: Non-Refundable
Percent of Spanish Health Insurance
0-29 days prior to start of program100%
Percent of Program Fee:
Withdrawal after November 1, 2023100%
  • To withdraw from a program, you must notify TCU Global ( in writing. Study abroad scholarships and aid will be rescinded and cannot be used towards penalty amounts.
  • In the case that TCU must cancel the program, the program fee (including deposit) and tuition will be fully refunded. Study abroad scholarships and aid will be rescinded.
  • Financial penalties will be billed to your student account.
  • TCU Tuition refunds are subject to TCU policies :(See TCU Undergraduate Catalog:, Bachelor’s Degree, Definitions and Regulations.)

How to Apply

Fall applications open in late January

Spring applications open in late June/early July.

  • Minimum 2.9 GPA
  • At least two semesters at TCU by the start of the program
  • Good academic and disciplinary standing
  • 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
  • Fall Programs
    • Priority Deadline: March 22
    • Regular Deadline: March 29, if space available
  • Spring Programs
    • Priority Deadline: September 15
    • Regular Deadline: September 29, if space available

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).

Important Information

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.

Managing your health and safety is an important component in having a positive experience abroad. TCU provides you with a number of resources to assist you:

  1. Prior to departure, you will need to attend the mandatory orientation which covers specific health, safety, logistical, and cultural information.
  2. Upon arrival, you will have an orientation to reiterate health, safety, logistical, and cultural information.
  3. TCU provides you membership to On Call International, a premier Global Assistance program. You can call On Call for any kind of travel, health, safety, or emergency issues, including:
  • help replacing a lost passpor help translating and interpreting
  • help with lost luggage, along with reimbursement for items needed while luggage is lost
  • assistance finding general and specialty health care
  • assistance with emergency refills of prescription
  • health insurance for your time abroad.

For more information, please see Health & Safety

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 5 – 10 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 Know Before You Go page.

Arrival and On-Site Information

During the first week, you will attend an intensive language review 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.