Live Life as the Spanish Do - In Sevilla!

Wells College, in affiliation with the University of Sevilla, offers its students and visiting students from other American colleges and universities a unique opportunity to study in one of Spain's most beautiful cities.

"...if you're thinking about Sevilla, the Wells Program is an excellent choice. At every step of the way I found Wells to be supportive and they provided everything to make our transition to Spanish life easier. The fact that they give you a choice between living with a family or with other students is a big advantage. You will ultimately shape your own social and academic experience, but Wells guides you through." (A.A.,Yale University)

Sevilla, the capital of Andalusia, provides a startling contrast between the old and the new, and reflects the glory of the years when it was the center of trade between the Old and the New Worlds.

The city is dominated by one of the largest Gothic cathedrals in the world. Its most outstanding and impressive feature, la Giralda - at one time the Moorish minaret and now the Christian belltower - has become the symbol of Sevilla throughout the world. As they pass by these buildings every day, American students in Sevilla gain a sense of walking hand-in-hand with history.

Host Institution

wells sevilla program pictureThe University, located near the banks of the historic Guadalquivir, is a charming 18th century baroque building, formerly the Royal Tobacco Factory; one of its most charming patios was the setting for Bizet's opera Carmen. The University's interior, which has been completely remodeled as classrooms and lecture halls, still retains the romantic atmosphere of España antigua.

Semana Santa - Holy Week (the week before Easter) - is when the many beautifully crafted and jeweled images of Christ and the Virgin are taken from their respective churches by local guilds and paraded through the streets. Two weeks later, the atmosphere of Sevilla is transformed from the religious to the secular. The Feria, a week-long festival providing a kaleidoscope of color, dance, and music, is the largest and most popular event of the year. Visitors from the entire country, as well as many foreign tourists, come to see what may well be the epitome of Spanish fiestas.

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Language Requirements

A student planning to study in our program in Sevilla must have a working knowledge of Spanish, having completed at least one college course beyond the intermediate level with a grade of "B" or better. Because of the selectivity of the program, the student should have a cumulative average of at least 2.8.

"In comparison with the other programs I saw in Sevilla, Wells' program was far superior, in terms of value for the money and in the actual cultural immersion and experiences." (A.B., Grove City College)

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Travel and Tour Information

What distinguishes the Wells program in Sevilla from all the others is the opportunity of participants to travel throughout Spain. This trip not only helps our students to be introduced to the culture, but also creates a sense of cohesiveness for the entire group. We include below a typical itinerary of our January trip.

Orientation: Life and Culture in Spain

Day 1



From JFK Airport in NYC via IBERIA AIRLINES to Barcelona via Madrid.

Day 2


Arrival at Barcelona's Pratts Airport. Prof. Gil will meet you at the airport and we will be taken to our hotel. Lunch at a local restaurant. Afternoon visit of Guëlls Park.

Day 3


Breakfast at our hotel. Morning visit of Gaudí's Barcelona ( Palau Guëlls, Casa Batlló, La Pedrera, y Sagrada Familia. Lunch at a local restaurant. Afternoon visits of the Parque de Monjuit and the Miró Museum.

Day 4


Breakfast at our hotel. Morning excursion to Figueras, where we will visit the Dali's Museum. Lunch at a local restaurant. Return to Barcelona mid-afternoon. Visit of the Gothic Quarter & Picasso Museum.

Day 5


Breakfast at our hotel. Early morning departure from Barcelona to Zaragoza. Noon arrival in Zaragoza. Lunch at a local restaurant. Afternoon free.

Day 6


Breakfast at our hotel. Morning visits of the Temple of El Pilar, the Gothic-Mudejar church of La Seo, the Roman Forum and the Moorish Castle of La Aljafería. Lunch at a local restaurant. Late afternoon arrival in Madrid.

Day 7


After breakfast we will take a short ride through the heart of the city. We will visit the Prado Museum for a lecture on Spanish painting, followed by a visit and lecture in the Reina Sofia Museum of Modern Art,. Lunch at a local restaurant. Afternoon visit of the Royal Palace, with a walking tour of the Madrid of the Austrias.

Day 8


Following breakfast we will travel to the Monastery of El Escorial, then to Segovia to visit the Roman Aqueduct, the Cathedral, and the Romanesque Church of San Esteban. Lunch at a local restaurant. Afternoon visit of the Romanesque Church of the Vera Cruz and the Alcazar. Late afternoon return trip to Madrid.

Day 9


Breakfast at our hotel. Day excursion to Toledo. Morning visit of the Cathedral of Toledo, Church of Santo Tomé where we will view and discuss El Greco's most famous painting, The Burial of Count Orgaz, the synagogue Santa Maria La Blanca, Alcántara Bridge, and San Juan de los Reyes. Lunch at a local restaurant. Return to Madrid late afternoon.

Day 10


After breakfast we will travel south through the region of La Mancha following la Ruta del Quijote with visits to Consuegra, Puerto Lápice and Almagro. Lunch will be at a local restaurant. Late afternoon arrival at our hotel in Granada.

Day 11


Breakfast at our hotel. Bus ride through the center of the city, visit to the Cathedral, the Royal Chapel, the Moorish Market Place and the Monastery of the Cartuja. Lunch at our hotel. Afternoon visit of the Alhambra Palace and the Generalife Gardens.

Day 12


Breakfast at our hotel. Bus ride to Torremolinos. Visit to the caverns of Nerja. Lunch at the hotel. Afternoon free.

Day 13


Breakfast at our hotel. Morning excursion to the city of Málaga. Lunch at our hotel. Afternoon free.

Day 14


Breakfast at our hotel. Travel to the city of Cordoba. Visit to the Mezquita, the Alcazar and the Barrio Judío. Lunch at a local restaurant. Afternoon visit of Medina Azahara. Evening arrival in Sevilla followed by a week of on-site orientation.

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Professor Miguel L. Gil - Director of Study Program in Spain
Wells College 170 Main Street Aurora, NY 13026
Office: 315-364-3280 | Secretary: 315-364-3288 | Fax: 315-364-3257