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J-Term Seminar: Spanish Culture & Society

Due to the ongoing travel restrictions and health risks of the COVID-19 pandemic, IAU has canceled J-Term traveling programs for January 2021. IAU plans to instead host Maymester traveling seminars in May 2021. More information about these programs will be posted as it becomes available at www.iau.edu/maymester

IAU will not be enrolling students for the Spanish Culture & Society Alive J-Term Seminar for J-Term 2022. We plan to continue the program for J-Term 2023. Please check back here for updates. All questions and comments may be directed to the IAU US Office of Admissions.

Seville, Spain



The Spanish Culture and Society January Term Seminar in Seville, Granada, and Córdoba is hosted by the International College of Seville (ICS) and is designed for students wishing to deepen their understanding and appreciation of Spain. Over two weeks, students will live with local Spanish hosts in Seville, participate in field studies throughout southern Spain, enroll in courses focused on Spanish culture and society, and participate in cultural activities such as flamenco shows, cooking classes, city walking tours, boat cruises, tapas tastings, and even a special New Years Eve dinner. Faculty members, as well as local guides and specialists, will deepen students' understanding of the people, customs, and culture of Spain in a hands-on, experiential learning environment. 

Students can choose one of the following three-credit courses:

  • Art History 338: Spanish Culture and Society
  • Cross-Cultural Studies 338: Spanish Culture and Society
  • History 338: Spanish Culture and Society


Sample cultural visits include:

  • Cathedral of Seville
  • Islamic & Jewish Quarters
  • San Jorge Castle
  • Triana Market
  • Alcázar of Seville
  • Plaza de España y de América
  • Córdoba
  • Granada

The 2023 syllabus and itinerary will be posted here when available. View a sample itinerary here. View the 2020 syllabus here. Please note, details are subject to change.

Program Fees

January 2023: Please check back for updated program fee.

Program fees include tuition for 3 credits, lodging with breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided daily, medical insurance, entrance fees for scheduled cultural activities, and transportation for day trips.

Students who enroll in a January Term Seminar and the spring semester in Aix-en-Provence or Barcelona consecutively are eligible to receive a $2,000 grant credited to their spring semester invoice. In order to be eligible to receive the grant, students must participate in the Early Start Program during the week between the end of the January Term Seminar and the start of the spring semester. The Early Start Program allows students to move in with their hosts a week before the semester begins, receive French or Spanish language instruction, and participate in local cultural activities! Visit IAU's Scholarship website for additional details.