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Celebrating Over 35 Years of Learning in Seville!  In partnership with the College Consortium for International Studies (CCIS), Broward College is proud to offer study abroad programs in Seville, Spain at the International College of Seville!

Semester​ Programs
About Seville

​Seville is the capital city of Andalusia and one of the most beautiful cities in the world.  Located on the Guadalquivir River, it is a city of palaces, churches, towers and historic neighborhoods.  The origins of this city date back to Roman times.  Its history includes Visigoth, Arabic, Christian, Jewish, and modern cultures and influences.  Seville boasts the world's largest Cathedral just off of the Plaza de Triunfo.  It is the home of flamenco dancing and the April Feria (April Fair)—a street festival known for its lively and colorful charm.  Seville is located 300 miles south and west of Madrid in Andalusia, the southernmost province of Spain that shares the Iberian peninsula with Portugal. A high speed train from Madrid reaches Seville in just two and a half hours. 

About the Program

Since 1979, Broward College has offered students from universities and colleges around the United States the opportunity to enroll at the International College of Seville (ICS) or the University of Seville to spend a semester or summer living and studying in the city of Seville, Spain—one of the most beautiful cities in the country.  Through this program, students will join with others studying at American college and universities who are interested in exploring Spain while earning academic credit toward their degree. Through studying and living in Seville, students will discover the history, art, language and culture of Spain.

The International College of Seville (ICS) is a private, independent, cultural association whose basic aim is to serve as a center for the promotion of international education. ICS was previously known as Institute of International Studies, an institution founded in 1982 and offering, in cooperation with different U.S universities and colleges and the Faculties of Philology and Geography & History at the University of Seville, a multi-faceted program for students wishing to study in Spain.  The classrooms, a reference library, TV room, Internet facilities, study areas and administrative offices occupy a three-story Andalusian villa located in the charming neighborhood of El Porvenir and next to the beautiful María Luisa park.

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.

Eligibility

​This program is open to students of all programs of study.  In order to participate, students must be at least 18 years of age with a 2.5 cumulative GPA or higher.

Coursework Offered

For the semester program, students will enroll in 12 - 18 semester hours and courses are offered at two locations in Seville.  Students who are at a beginning or intermediate level in Spanish (no previous language experience required) will enroll in courses at the International College of Seville (ICS). In addition to language courses at all levels which are taught in Spanish, other subjects are taught in English in subject such as Art History, International Relations, Spanish Culture and Society, and International Business.  ICS has classrooms, a library, Wi-Fi access, student services and a student lounge facility.

Students who are proficient in Spanish language may take upper-level courses taught in Spanish at the University of Seville.  These courses are designed for visiting overseas students and are offered on a semester basis. Students electing to study at the University of Seville may take a minimum of three and maximum of five courses there, and can choose from course offerings in Spanish Language and Literature, Spanish Culture, History, Geography, Anthropology, Art History, International Relations, and Political Science. The University of Seville is a full-service, major international university in Spain.  Students will attend classes in a baroque 18th century building that was the first cigar factory in the world, the Real Fabrica de Tobaccos.

For current course information, visit the International College of Seville website and click on "Academic Program."  Select the term and institution where you wish to study abroad to access the list of courses and syllabi.

Housing

Semester students have the option of living in homestays or in supervised residencias.  The homestay option is very much encouraged and highlighted as the optimal way of becoming immersed in the culture. In a homestay, generally two students are placed with a host family, along with other Spanish family members living in the apartment. A supervised residencia is very similar to the host family in that a student is living in the apartment of a Spanish family, but there are more students placed in a residencia (3-4) and there will always be at least a house mother living in the supervised residencia.  Both accommodation types include 3 daily meals, 7 days-a-week and laundry.

 

Host families and supervised residencias are in different neighborhoods situated throughout the city, and the living accommodations of students are similar to those of Spanish students. The ICS collaborates only with those host families and residences that are located within a reasonable radius of the school. Some are found in the same small neighborhood of “El Porvenir," and, while others are not as close, they are a walking or short bus/bike ride’s distance.  Fortunately, for these students, transportation is never a problem. The municipal bus service in Seville is reliable and fairly inexpensive.  Equally, the municipal bicycle service is inexpensive.

Cost

Fall 2017:  $10,750 CCIS members / $ 11,150 non-members
Spring 2018**:  $11,250 CCIS members / $11,65 non-members

*Note: All  CCIS-Broward College Study Abroad Programs have a non-refundable program deposit of $300 due three weeks after official acceptance. The deposit is applied towards the total cost of the program.

**Spring program cost is higher because the program is longer

Costs Included:  Tuition & Fees, housing with laundry and full meal plan, airport reception for designated flights, health insurance (private clinics, medical specialists, house calls, 24-hr. support service), free basic cell phone (upon request), cultural visits, fieldtrip excursions, on-campus Wi-Fi, on-site library, study areas, extracurricular activities, "intercambio" program with Spanish students, $100 refundable housing deposit (will be returned to the students at the end of the semester, if no charges against it).


Costs Not Included:  Airfare (approx. $1,100 to $1,500 depending on departure times, airlines and city of origin), passport, visa ($160 at the Spanish Consulate in Miami, could vary depending on the consulate in your jurisdiction), personal costs, books, and supplies.

*All costs, fees, and dates are subject to change without notification.*

Scholarships

Broward College degree-seeking students who participate in the semester program will automatically receive a $500-$1,000 discount.  BC applicants may also be eligible for additional funding through the institution's William E. Greene (WEG) Scholarship for semester study abroad. Additional scholarships are also available to BC students through external organizations.

 
Applicants who are not degree-seeking students at Broward College should speak with the international programs office at their home institution regarding scholarships which may be available to them. Students who are attending Florida State Colleges and Universities outside of Broward College are eligible for a $250 discount for semester and summer programs.​

Dates & Deadlines

FALL 2017 PROGRAM
Program Dates: September 20 - December 15, 2017
Application Deadline: July 28, 2017

SPRING 2018 PROGRAM
Program Dates:  January 31 - May 11, 2018

Application Deadline:  October 13, 2017

*Early application is encouraged as the processing time for a visa (Required only for the spring semester for U.S. citizens, though non-U.S. citizens may require one for both fall and spring term as well) is approximately 4-6 weeks.*

Application Materials

Application materials are available on the CCIS Spain Semester webpage.  ​Broward students should make an appointment prior to applying to meet with the Specilist of Study Abroad & Global Engagement.  Appointments can be made by calling #954-201-7709 or emailing abroad@broward.edu.

Contact Information

For more information on the program or questions, please contact:

Violeta Rivera, Specilist of Study Abroad & Global Engagement

Office of International Education
Broward College-Weston Center
4205 Bonaventure Boulevard
Building 110/ Room 208
Weston, Florida 33332
(954) 201-7709
abroad@broward.edu

Student Testimonials
Photo of student RyeNeysa Gregory. 

"Studying abroad in Seville, Spain was one of the best decision I've ever made. It opened my eyes to a world outside of my own. Over a period of 5 weeks, I learned the Spanish language and embraced the culture. I lived with an authentic Spanish family who took me in as one of their own. During the week days we attended the International College of Seville, where the teachers and administration were welcoming and knowledgeable. As a class we took trip to many historical locations and tourist attractions such as The City of Italica, the cathedral, a live bull fight, the Palace of Alcazar, a flamenco show, the beach, and many more. We also lived in the heart of the city, so every day we could walk downtown and be submerged in the Spanish lifestyle. Never in my life have I ever been surrounded by so much beauty in history in one small city. Another highlight of my stay was taking a weekend road and ferry trip to Morocco, Africa, where we shopped in the city, visited tourist attractions, and rode camels along the Mediterranean Sea. I am so grateful for this wonderful experience; and I would encourage anybody who is brave enough to study abroad with CCIS."  - RyeNeysa Gregory, Norfolk State University

 

 
 

Photo of Ayla.
"There are only so many words that I can say or think of when I reflect back on my study abroad journey in Seville, Spain. Seville is a city unlike any other, it has given me the time of my life, a group of friends I will cherish forever, and memories that will never fade. I never lacked home while I was in Seville because what I found was home. Home is where your heart is and my heart will forever be with Seville. I was able to meet people from all around the world who challenged me to step out of my comfort zone, attend flamenco shows, bullfights, and embrace myself in the world that lies before me. I recall everyday waking up to my amazing host family with my abuela saying "hija vamos a comer!" It is little things like this that I will treasure forever and cannot wait to return to Seville once again. As the motto goes "No me ha dejado, Sevilla." - Ayla Yildiz, Monmouth University.


 
 

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"I wanted to study abroad because I wanted to push myself outside of my comfort zone. Yet during my time in Seville, I felt even more at home than I had in the states. Immersing myself in another culture allowed me to discover a deeper sense of inner peace. Everyone I met was incredibly welcoming and sincere, and all the faculty I worked with were truly passionate about enriching my experience. The study abroad program was a platform for one amazing opportunity after another. I saw many awe inspiring sights that I could not have hoped to reach otherwise. Now that I have had a taste of another lifestyle, I know that this was only the beginning for me." - Jillian Melero, Broward College

 

Photo of Emily. 
"As a first semester freshman people thought I was crazy to study abroad! Especially going to a country where I did not speak their language at all. I was scared I would not get the "freshman" experience. Looking back I am SO pleased that I decided to go to Seville, Spain. I learned things that you cannot learn in a classroom and met some of the most inspirational people who have so many similar likes as me. Words cannot describe my experience and I cannot be more satisfied with this study abroad opportunity. I fell in love with Seville and the International College of Seville! It has only enhanced my desire to travel! I can only think of positives things to say about this experience." - Emily Klees, College of Lake County

 

 

Photo of Nicole.

"My time in Spain was absolutely amazing! The experience from beginning to end was overwhelming, exciting and confusing all at the same time. I was privileged to have met lifelong friends and lived with a family who was overly polite and accommodating. If I could go back tomorrow I would without a doubt!"  - Nicole Calamunci, St. Bonaventure University

 



 
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"Studying abroad will give you hope in the world. You will enter into a whole new realm of thinking. I have so many more goals I want to reach after my semester abroad. You will see the beauty of things that you would walk by any other day. I will never forget the scent of the jasmine blossom I would walk by everyday to school. You will meet the greatest life long friends while studying abroad. Regret nothing and open up your heart to everything. Peace and love." - Amanda Atkinson-Salians, Elgin Community College


Photo of Lamisha.         

"I absolutely loved Seville, Spain and I miss it so much. My experience was great and memorable. I will never forget my host family, professors, college and my wonderful friends. The experience is extremely overcoming to share and you should experience it for yourself. I have learned so much about myself and my love for the Spanish culture. I plan to travel to world and land in Seville, Spain again." - Lamisha Smith, Lincoln University of Pennsylvania

 
 
 

Photo of Melissa.

"My semester in Seville was an absolutely amazing experience. The cultural knowledge I acquired I could have never gotten from a book, and I saw places I thought only existed in movies. My host family was amazing, and living only 5 minutes away from the beautiful Parque de Marialuisa was like living in a fairytale. Who else could say they take walks by beautiful castles and royal palaces after paella and a siesta? Seville stole my heart completely and I hope to move back for at least a few months after I graduate, although it will be too hard to say goodbye." - Melissa Hernandez, Moravian University

 

 
Photo of Claire. 

"When I think back on my hopes and dreams about traveling to Spain, reality always won; This past semester in Spain was a dream come true. From tapas, flamenco music and dancing, to learning Spanish and opening my mind to a new lifestyle, Spain has brought me to a whole new level of understanding. I loved every aspect of my daily routine, my teachers in the morning, a little siesta to counteract the nightlife, and my favorite part, the people. I could go on about the people of Spain for 10 pages; they are just not that simple to explain! They are: proud, generous, beautiful (inside and out), outgoing, happy, and sensual. I feel lucky everyday that I was let in with open arms to such a beautiful culture and loved for being myself. Overall, if I had the chance to do it all again, I would say yes every time. I know my time there was short but I loved every waking minute of Sevilla’s charming atmosphere. I only hope that I absorbed enough of Sevilla to share with all the beautiful people in my life." - Claire Headrick, Broward College.

 


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"My time in Spain was more incredible than I could have ever expected. Being thrown into a new country, culture, and living situation helped me to discover who I am, my identity. Not only as an individual but as an American too. The staff of ICS was so helpful and informative. We had a lot of fun busing around Andalucia and plenty of adventure wherever we stopped. I could tell they wanted me to get the most out of my time abroad and for me to excel with the language. I know for certain when I arrive back in Wisconsin it will be with a suitcase full of souvenirs, a head full of knowledge and memories, hands full of new skills and abilities, a camera full of pictures of the amazing, awe-inspiring places I've seen, and a heart full of love for all the wonderful people I had the pleasure to meet on the other side of the sea." - Seth Riley, Madison Area Technical College


 

 
Photo of Grace Chikwem 

"My semester abroad in Spain can really only be described as life changing.  I had experiences that I never would have gained had I stayed in the States.  The Plaza de Espana in Seville is like nothing I have ever seen before in my life and probably will ever see.  I met British man before I went to Seville who had been there before and he said that Seville was in one word “ambiance” and I have to say that now that I have been there too I must agree with him.  But even though the city is simply spectacular, the best part about studying abroad in Seville is the people that you meet and the friends that you make.  I absolutely encourage everyone considering study abroad to go to Seville.  The experience is incomparable." - Grace Chikwem, Lincoln University of Pennsylvania

 

Photo of Kathryn. 

"I am so glad I had the opportunity to study abroad because it is the only way to truly understand another culture. My semester in Sevilla was definitely the biggest growing experience of my life so far. I met amazing people, learned to communicate in another language, and got the chance to travel around Europe. Through studying abroad, you eventually learn to step out of the bubble of America, to accept change and to experience new things. Sevilla is such a beautiful city; I wouldn't trade my time in Spain for anything and I would go back in a heartbeat. I think it is important for everyone who has the opportunity to study in another country, that they take it and make the most of the time they have abroad." - Kathryn Hamel, Truman State University


 
 

Photo of Susan.                                          

 

"Sevilla is just unbelievable, words can't express anything, you have to go yourself to know. My Spanish improved so much!  Even more with hanging out with the local Spaniards. I got close to some of my classmates here at ICS and traveled around Spain with them and all I can say it was some of the best times of my life, especially that I'm on my own in a different country, it tested my independence and I grew a lot from this experience. I got so attached to Sevilla, the people and its rich culture, so hard to say goodbye to, but definitely coming next year for Feria. I say if studying abroad in Spain ever crossed your mind, don't think about it once more, go for it!" - Susan White, McHenry County Community College

                                      

 

Photo of Elena. 

"Choosing to study abroad in Sevilla was hands-down one of the best decisions I could have made for myself.  I left behind my comfort zone in the states to come to a foreign country that I knew little to nothing about, and I’m now leaving feeling like I’ve found my second home.  The friendships I’ve made here are ones that I know will stay with me for years to come, and the knowledge I’ve gained about myself and others is completely and totally invaluable.  For me, Sevilla was the perfect city to study abroad in; the people, the language, the music – just the general atmosphere and culture of the city in general – all combined to make for an absolutely unforgettable semester.  I wholly recommend this opportunity to anyone who can take advantage of it – you won’t regret it!" - Elena Rivera, Mount Wachusett Community College​


Summer Program​s

About Seville

​Seville is the capital city of Andalusia and one of the most beautiful cities in the world.  Located on the Guadalquivir River, it is a city of palaces, churches, towers and historic neighborhoods.  The origins of this city date back to Roman times.  Its history includes Visigoth, Arabic, Christian, Jewish, and modern cultures and influences.  Seville boasts the world's largest Cathedral just off of the Plaza de Triunfo.  It is the home of flamenco dancing and the April Feria (April Fair)—a street festival known for its lively and colorful charm.  Seville is located 300 miles south and west of Madrid in Andalusia, the southernmost province of Spain that shares the Iberian peninsula with Portugal. A high speed train from Madrid reaches Seville in just two and a half hours.

About the Program

Since 1979, Broward College has offered students from college and universities around the United States the opportunity to enroll at the International College of Seville (ICS) or the University of Seville to spend a semester or summer living and studying in the city of Seville, Spain—one of the most beautiful cities in the country.  Through this program, students will join with others studying at American colleges and universities who are interested in exploring Spain while earning academic credit toward their degree.

There are two program options available during the summer: The Spanish Language Program and the Arabic Studies Program.  During the Spanish Language Program, students take two Spanish language courses Likewise, the Arabic Studies Program offers students the opportunity to study Arabic language at the University of Seville.  All programs include visits to important sites in Seville and surrounding cities.  The Arabic Studies Program culminates in a 7-day trip to Morocco, Africa organized by the International College of Seville (ICS).

The International College of Seville (ICS) is a private, independent, cultural association whose basic aim is to serve as a center for the promotion of international education. ICS was previously known as Institute of International Studies, an institution founded in 1982 and offering, in cooperation with different U.S universities and colleges and the Faculties of Philology and Geography & History at the University of Seville, a multi-faceted program for students wishing to study in Spain.  The classrooms, a reference library, TV room, Internet facilities, study areas and administrative offices occupy a three-story Andalusian villa located in the charming neighborhood of El Porvenir and next to the beautiful María Luisa park.

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.

Coursework Offered

Students have two program options from which to choose.  The Intensive Spanish Language Program is four weeks in duration and 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.  Students will enjoy city visits to the Palace and Cathedral, a daytrip to historic Cordoba, and an overnight trip to Morocco, Africa.

Students enroll in 6 credits of Spanish language at the International College of Seville at the Elementary, Intermediate, or Advanced Level.

The University of Seville Arabic Language Program is five weeks in duration. The program provides an excellent introduction for students planning to work in fields requiring a thorough knowledge of Arabic language and culture. Classes are held weekdays at the University of Seville. Visits to important sites in Seville and field trips to Córdoba, and a seven-day trip to Morocco are included and organized by the International College of Seville (ICS).  Students enroll in 6 credits by selecting two of the following courses: Arabic I, Arabic, II, or Arabic III.

Housing

​Summer students reside in homestays as the optimal way of becoming immersed in the culture. In a homestay, generally two students are placed with a host family, along with other Spanish family members living in the apartment. Homestays provide 3 daily meals, 7 days-a-week and laundry.

Host families live in different neighborhoods situated throughout the city, and the living accommodations of students are similar to those of Spanish students. The ICS collaborates only with those homes that are located within a reasonable radius of the school. Some homes are found in the same small neighborhood of “El Porvenir”. And while others are not as close, they are at a walking or short bus/bike ride’s distance.  Fortunately, for these students, transportation is never a problem. The municipal bus service in Seville is reliable and fairly inexpensive. Equally, the municipal bicycle service is inexpensive.

Cost

Intensive Spanish Program: $4,590 CCIS members / $4,990 non-members
Arabic Language Program: $4,590 CCIS members / $4,990 non-members

*Note: All  CCIS-Broward College Study Abroad Programs have a non-refundable program deposit of $300 due three weeks after official acceptance. The deposit is applied towards the total cost of the program.

COST INCLUDES: The Spanish Language Program includes ICS tuition, housing with laundry and full meal plan, onsite health insurance (private clinics, medical specialists, house calls, 24-hr. support service), CISI health and travel insurance, welcome weekend, cooking classes, four guided cultural visits, field trip excursions, free Wi-Fi access for laptops, on-site library, study areas, and extracurricular activities.

The Arabic Language Program includes: University of Seville tuition, housing with laundry and full meal plan, onsite health insurance (private clinics, medical specialists, house calls, 24-hr. support service), CISI health & travel insurance, welcome weekend, cooking classes, cultural visits, field trip excursions, free Wi-Fi access for laptops, on-site library and study areas.

 

COST DOES NOT INCLUDE: Airfare, books, personal expenses, usage charges on cell phone or sim card, passport, visa (if needed)

All costs, fees, and dates are subject to change without notification. Please contact the abroad@broward.edu to verify all costs, fees, and dates for this program.

Scholarships

​Broward College degree-seeking students who participate in this program will automatically receive a $400 discount for participating in the summer program.  Additional scholarships are also available to BC students through external organizations.


Applicants who are not degree-seeking students at Broward College should speak with the international programs office at their home institution regarding scholarships which may be available to them. Students who are attending Florida State Colleges and Universities outside of Broward College are eligible for a $250 discount for semester and summer programs.​

Dates & Deadlines

Intensive Spanish Program 2018: 
Program Dates: May 30 - June 30, 2018
Application Deadline:  April 27, 2018

Arabic Language Program:
Program Dates: May 30 - June 30, 2018
Application Deadline: April 27, 2018

Application Materials

​Application materials are available on the CCIS Summer Program webpage.  ​Broward students should make an appointment prior to applying to meet with the Specilist of Study Abroad & Global Engagement.  Appointments can be made by calling #954-201-7709or emailing abroad@broward.edu

Contact Information

For more information on the program or questions, please contact:

 Violeta Rivera, Specilist of Study Abroad & Global Engagement
Office of International Education
Broward College-Weston Center
4205 Bonaventure Boulevard
Building 110/ Room 208
Weston, Florida 33332
(954) 201-7709

abroad@broward.edu

Student Testimonials
Photo DyNishia Miller 

"My summer in Seville was one of the best experiences of my life. I was able to immerse myself in a completely different culture. I experienced so many amazing things from bullfights, Flamenco shows, seeing places that are hundreds if not thousands of years old, and eating a lot of helado! My favorite parts about the entire experience were going to the classes. My professors were amazing and I truly learned so much. My housemother, Carmen, was so kind and an unbelievable cook! My time in Spain not only taught me about Spanish people, culture, and history, it taught me a lot about myself and the world around me. I hope that this was the first of many chances I have to travel the world! My advice to other students who are thinking about studying abroad would be to just do it! In college studying abroad is one of the easiest and most inexpensive ways to travel the world. If you don't want to or are unable to spend a whole semester abroad, do as I did and spend part of your summer abroad. It will be one of the best decisions of your life!" - DyNishia Miller, University of Indianapolis


 

"All my life I have moved from one place to another, but Sevilla is one of the few places I would pack my bags and go back to in a heartbeat. I learned a lot about myself in the short time I spent abroad and every day I miss my time in Spain. I stepped out of my comfort zone, and I learned a new language and a new culture. Everyone is so welcoming, the students, the staff at ICS, and especially my house mother. Everyone should take the opportunity to study abroad and expand your horizons. I hope that one day I can go back and do it all over again." - Cassidy Langill, Montana State University 


 

Photo of Kayla.
"Seville in one word to me is 'Home'. It is warm, inviting, comfortable and friendly. A place you can grow, meet friends for a lifetime and experience things you never thought possible. I do not regret a day that I spent in Spain and now all I keep wishing for is only one more day!" - Kayla Carpenter, Westfield State University


"Spain for me was one of the best experiences I’ve had abroad. Not only did I have the chance to explore the beautiful city of Seville but it was also very educational. First and foremost studying abroad is the ideal way to learn another language, you are surrounded by the language on a daily basis (esp. if you have a host family). Then, studying abroad allows you to travel to other countries where you might not have otherwise been able to visit. During my stay I visited Lagos, Portugal and Morocco, Africa which were both totally different experiences but nonetheless amazing! Also, I was able to learn so much about the culture of Spain; I became a fan of soccer (futebol) and got to see my first bullfight (not a fan) but very cultural. I absolutely love the food and how healthy and fresh everything was. My host family was very caring, helpful and patient when it came to helping me with my Spanish. Finally, studying abroad can open your eyes to the many wonders of the world. I promise you it will be one of the most unforgettable experiences of your life. I encourage everyone to travel; get a passport, take a summer off and explore the world. There are lessons you can’t get out of a book that are waiting for you at the other end of that flight."  - Nicole Pires, Broward College

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