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Seville, Spain

Program Description

This program provides a comparative analysis of Seville's social issues. 
SOCI 110 Social Issues in a Global Context fulfills the General Education cluster 4.
Students who have already taken SOCI 110 can enroll in this program as SOCI 391: Study Abroad to fulfill Sociology Minor requirements or UNST 390: University Studies as an elective. 
Students will engage in classroom-based learning, experiential learning, and field experiences. The activities/lectures will be conducted in English. 
Seville, located in the Andalusian region of Spain, provides an ideal location for exploring sociological issues from a global level perspective. Seville has experienced a transformation from an agrarian economy to the development of high-tech, service, and tourism industries. However, Seville maintains its unique identity in the Iberian Peninsula.
In this program, students will visit local farming communities, museums, sites of archaeological and historic significance along with touring high-tech art conservation/restoration labs.
Study Trips to La Pileta Cave (containing Paleolithic art), the Roman site of Itálica (with its majestic amphitheater and beautifully preserved mosaics), the Great Mosque/Cathedral of Córdoba, and the World Heritage site of La Alhambra in Granada will provide the necessary perspective for understanding Seville/Andalusia’s past and present. For example, students visiting Córdoba’s Great Mosque/Cathedral, will see how three different ethnic, cultural, and faith traditions interacted in times of peace and during times of conflict.
In order to establish connections with the local community, participants will interact with University of Seville students, participate in flamenco workshops, and visit local markets etc.
In sum, participants will gain an in depth understanding of the various macro sociological processes that shape Seville and its inhabitants. 

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Location Description

This program will be centered in Seville with study trips to Córdoba and Granada.
Seville provides an ideal setting to examine social, political, and economic processes from a sociological perspective at the macro level. The city’s location at the cross roads of numerous ancient and modern societies such as the Carthaginians, Romans, Visigoths, Moors, Vikings, and Spaniards remains a locus for the rise, maintenance, and blending of multiple ethnic identities. During the colonial era, Seville became the wealthiest and most cosmopolitan city of Spain. While the city suffered decline during the 17th and 18th centuries, Seville experienced an economic revival during the 19th and 20th centuries. While Seville is fully integrated into the European Union, it remains proud of its Andalusian cultural identity.

The city’s long and complex history is reflected in its current diverse ethnic composition and rich cultural traditions that include flamenco dancing, spirited festivals, and a unique cuisine. In this program, at La Pileta Cave, students will walk through ancient corridors covered with Paleolithic art. In Córdoba, students will experience the Great Mosque/Cathedral and at Granada’s World Heritage site of La Alhambra, participants will soak in the splendor of its Moorish architecture. In sum, this program highlights the diverse ethnic, cultural, social, and faith traditions that shape the region’s past and present.


Yamilette Chacon | | Sociology and Anthropology


Accommodations will be provided for 18 nights in a double room at a homestay in Seville, including laundry once per week. Housing accommodations are centrally located and public transportation is easily accessible.
Wi-Fi will be available at every homestay.

All meals are included at homestay in Seville, as well as Welcome Reception at CC-CS in Seville, and group lunch in Granada.

Two (2) nights lodging in double room at a 4 star hotel in Granada in half board will be also provided.

Additional Items to Consider

Passports & Visas

U.S. Citizens:
To travel to Spain, you need a valid passport.
If you have a passport, verify that: (1) it will be valid through your Spain travel dates and (2) that it will be valid for at least six months after your travel to Spain concludes.
If you do not have a valid passport, apply for one immediately! 
If you your passport will expire through your Spain travel dates or if it will expire within six months after your travel to Spain concludes, apply for one immediately!
It can take up to 4-6 weeks to receive your passport. Expedited service requires about 2-3 weeks. The U.S. State Department’s website provides details on passports and current processing times: or you may also inquire via telephone at (877) 487-2778.

Please note that if you travel to Spain for less than three months you do not require a visa.

Non-U.S. Citizens:
Non U.S. citizens should contact the appropriate government agency in their home country for relevant passport and visa information. The best place to start is the Spanish consulate in your home city.

Important Dates
Program starts on Friday, May 22, 2020.
Students will return to the USA on Thursday, June 11, 2020. 
​All written assignments are due by Friday, June 19, 2020.

Participants should be able to engage in moderate walking.

While the Center for Cross-Cultural Study’s facilities are adapted to people with a physical/mobility disability, however, homestays accommodations are not adapted to people with a physical/mobility disability.

In case a student of the program had reduced mobility, the Center for Cross-Cultural Study could provide door-to-door transportation, but this would probably incur an extra cost.

Applicant Criteria

Applicants must have a GPA minimum of 2.0

Open to all JMU students.

Non-JMU students are welcome!

Application Process

This list serves as an application preview. To apply, students will need to complete the following:

  • Study Abroad Online Application ($25 fee)
  • Short Essay 
  • Interview with Program Director may be required

Further details and instructions about these application requirements will be available upon log-in. 

Application Deadline


All dates are tentative and subject to change


SOCI 110/SOCI 391/UNST 390: Social Issues in a Global Context: A Comparative Analysis of Seville's Social Issues (3 credits)

Courses listed here are to be used as a general guideline for program curriculum. *All courses are considered pending until approved by the Academic Department, Program, and/or College.


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