Culture Corner

Veritas Christian Study Abroad in Sevilla Spain

Sevilla (700,000), the largest city in southern Spain, and the fourth largest in the country, offers endless opportunities to learn about Spanish culture and history. Located on the banks of the Guadalquivir River, this enchanting capital city of the region of Andalucía has become one of the most popular study abroad destinations for American students. A history of this fascinating city recalls events from the Middle Ages and Renaissance period, and many monuments and cathedrals still remain.

 

Sevilla is a city of life and color. From its narrow winding streets full of shade to its bustling cosmopolitan center, Sevilla has something for everyone. This city is the largest in Andalusia and is growing rapidly, as evidenced by plans to install a subway, a project which was recently finished.

Like most Spanish cities, Sevilla is divided into neighborhoods that are distinct and varied in feel. The Cathedral, the third largest in the world, is the main centerpiece of the city and draws thousands of tourists each year. As a student, you can experience all of the typical elements of Spain in Sevilla such as flamenco shows, bullfights, tapas, and sangria. No matter how you decide to spend your time here, you'll surely fall in love with this gem of the south.

 

ISA/ Veritas Study Center with Universidad Internacional Menendez Pelayo

Located on the periphery of the Casco Viejo (historic downtown) next to Parque de María Luisa, students will be able to reach campus on foot or by utilizing Sevilla's extensive public transportation network of buses, metro, and tram.
This university program is ideal for first-time travelers and students who are hoping to gain a better understanding of Spanish culture and language. The campus is shared by the ISA/Veritas Study Center, so students will have regular interaction and support from the resident staff.

Cuisine

Spain offers a wide array of dishes, each of which is influenced by the country's numerous cultural influences: Roman, Christian, Jewish, and Moorish. There are numerous foods that can be found throughout the country including: tortilla española (potato omelette), paella (a rice dish), jamón serrano (a type of cured ham), various cheeses, chorizo and morcilla (sausages), churros, flan, and magdalenas (madeleines or muffins). However, the country's cuisine also varies by its 19 regions and is indicative of the geography and culture of each. Students will have the culinary opportunity to experience typical Spanish cuisine as well as those that are indicative of the particular region in which they are studying and/or traveling.

Personal Greetings

The concept of personal space is different – hugs and kisses are common, including when meeting people for the first time. When passing locals in the street, don't be surprised if eye contact is made but no smile or greeting is exchanged.

Rhythm of Life

Spaniards typically live a much slower paced life when compared to other countries such as the U.S. Normally, breakfast is light and consists of a cup of coffee with milk, hot chocolate, and a pastry or toast. Around mid-morning, Spaniards typically take a "coffee break" to sip on a freshly squeezed glass of orange juice or a cup of coffee. Lunch is the most important, and heaviest, meal of the day and is typically eaten between 2PM and 4PM. During the hours of 2PM-5PM, many small businesses will close for workers to go home and eat lunch with their family. This break is known as the /siesta/. Dinner is eaten between 9PM-11PM and is typically much lighter and is not as important in Spain as it is in other countries such as the U.S. Commuting between housing and school will be a part of your daily routine, so be prepared to walk everywhere or use public transportation!

Veritas Christian Study Abroad in Sevilla Spain

 

Monuments & Must-Sees

 

Cathedral of Saint Mary-Giralda

Visit the largest Gothic cathedral in the world and climb the winding tower of the Giralda for great city views. The Sevilla Cathedral contains a surprising 80 chapels and is considered the third-largest church in the world. Original columns and elements from the mosque that previously was constructed on this site were maintained when constructing the cathedral, the most famous relic being the Giralda bell tower.

Alcázar

Tour the former Moorish fort where scenes from Kingdom of Heaven were filmed. The alcázar is one of the best remaining examples of mudéjar architecture in Spain. The upper level of this palace is considered the royal family's official Seville residence.

Plaza de España

Marvel the architecture and beautiful fountain that will take your breath away. This plaza was built in 1928 for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929 and is located in the María Luisa Park.

María Luisa Park

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city streets and visit this park to take in a day of leisure. This expansive park was designed by Jean-Claude Nicolas.

Veritas Christian Study Abroad in Sevilla Spain

Sevilla has a Mediterranean climate and is one of the warmest cities in Spain. The winters are mild and the summers are sunny and very warm.

Average highs and lows (degrees Fahrenheit) and rainfall (inches) in Sevilla:

Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

June

Jul

Aug

Sept

Oct

Nov

Dec

Highs

60

63

69

74

80

89

96

95

89

78

68

60

Lows

42

44

48

52

56

63

68

68

64

57

50

44

Avg. Rainfall

2.8

2.4

2.5

2.1

1.4

0.6

0.0

0.2

0.7

2.3

3.1

3.0