Universidad Pablo de Olavide in Seville, Spain
Universidad Pablo de Olavide (UPO), founded in 1997, is one of Spain's youngest and smallest public universities. The university's Hispanic Studies program, offering courses in Spanish and English from a wide range of subject, caters to students of all majors, as well as those with a strong interest in Spain and Latin America.
The UPO offers Spanish language courses at six levels adn organized a number of social and cultural activities throughout the semester, including "Spanish Tables," soccer/basketball matches and optional daylong excursions. Students also have the option to be matched with a Spanish "intercambio," to meet local students and practice their Spanish. For those interested in teaching English to Spanish children, each semester a number of students volunteer at local schools and receive a certificate from the school upon completion. A Spanish placement exam determines the Spanish language level for each entering student.
Junior or senior standing. GPA 3.0 preferred and two years of college Spanish preferred.
Students earn 12-15 credit hours depending on course load and length of stay. All grades earned abroad affect students North Central College GPA when transferred back. Students cannot take courses pass/fail.
All UPO courses and their descriptions and links to syllabi are listed on the UPO website under the "Hispanic Studies Program" and "Courses". To visit the UPO website and for the course listing and information, please click here.
Note: Students must have courses pre-approved by North Central College prior to taking them abroad. If students change their course schedules while abroad, they must get this change approved. Some departments only permit students to take a certain number of courses that count toward their major abroad; by getting all courses pre-approved, this ensures that these courses will count towards their degrees.
Housing and Meals
Students live with host families. Host families provide students with their own furnished room and often their own bathroom, but a shared bathroom situation is not uncommon. Some families will host more than one international student. During the housing application process (after students have been accepted by UPO), students can choose if they would rather live with a family closer to downtown Seville, or closer to the UPO campus. Students who have studied at UPO in the past recommend future students to live closer to downtown Seville, as students are downtown most of the weekend.
Meals: Host families provide students with all meals except, of course, when they are traveling. There is a large central cafeteria on-campus that serves a variety of foods for every taste and budget, as well as several smaller cafes around campus as well. There is regular, convenient bus service from UPO campus/host families to downtown Seville where there are numerous restaurants and grocery stores.
Students pay North Central College tuition and room and board to the host institution. Students are personally responsible for paying airfare, health insurance, departure tax, books, extra personal travel and spending money, as these items are not included in room and board fees. North Central College financial aid does apply.