The Texas Tech Center in Seville, Spain offers students an opportunity to have a Study Abroad experience while taking catalog courses taught by Texas Tech professors. Students live with a Spanish family and are immersed in the culture. In addition to assisting students with language, the host family provides insight into a typical middle class Spanish household. Host families provide linens, towels and three meals each day seven days a week. Prior language ability is NOT a prerequisite. The group usually has about 35-50 participants each semester.
Arrival in Seville requires a student to arrange their own transportation. Participants must arrive at the orientation hotel by the first activity of in-country orientation.
An integral part of the program is the "intercambio/tutor" with a Spanish university student. TTU students and their intercambio partners meet 1-2 times each week to work on language skills in a variety of settings.
Excursions are a mandatory part of the program and are included as part of the program cost. They range from one to six days in length and include Córdoba, Itálica, Granada, Toledo, Madrid and Lisbon, Portugal. The Seville Center staff members coordinate the excursions and accompany students. Family or friends who come to visit TTU students are welcome to participate in the group excursions at cost.
Participants receive a schedule showing classes, excursions, holidays and free time. Planning for additional travel is facilitated by this master schedule and additional information regarding travel is available at The TTU Seville Center office.
Spanish classes are offered at beginning, intermediate as well as upper levels. Students may take twelve-fifteen hours of Spanish during the semester. An internship is available to upper level Spanish students. The internship allows students to build vocabulary while they have a hands-on experience in a business or organization in Seville.
Additional classes in history as well as other general education subjects are offered each semester. Students must take a total of 15 hours of class work during the semester in Seville.
Spending money for the semester is accessed easily with an ATM card. Visa and MasterCard are widely used through Europe.
Most students buy a pre-paid cell phone to use while in Seville. Students pay an initial deposit (by credit card) and are billed for outgoing calls each month.
Orientation sessions are mandatory at TTU the semester prior to departure. The Seville Coordinator directs these sessions and helps students with passport and student visa processes as well as required emergency/liability paperwork.