Pablo de Olavide University - Semester or Year Abroad


GlobaLinks Learning Abroad offers programs at Pablo de Olavide University through our partner International Studies Abroad.

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Established in 1997, Pablo de Olavide University (UPO) is one of the youngest public universities in Spain; however, it has successfully fulfilled the first stage of development and now with both effort and vision looks towards a second phase of consolidation and expansion.


Pablo de Olavide University is endowed with and known for providing the most modern equipment available to research and reporting teams: extensive use of information technology and electronics, teaching in other languages, modern services required for the university community, extensive variety of sport facilities, contacts in business and professional field and more.


The Centro Universitario Internacional (the International Center) was founded officially in 2002, even though UPO started its Hispanic Studies Program during the fall of 2001. The International Center currently offers a variety of programs for international students from all over the world. Courses are taught in English and in Spanish in areas such as business, political science, history, art, biology, chemistry, etc. and Spanish language classes are offered at six different levels.


The Pablo de Olavide University is recognized and accredited by the Spanish Ministry of Education as a degree-granting institution of higher learning.

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Sevilla is the capital of the region of Andalusia and the fourth largest city in Spain with a total population of 750,000. Rich in history, traditions, and popular culture, Sevilla is very well known for the beauty of its architecture, where Christian and Muslim buildings spread across the city center; parks and gardens. Sevilla’s friendly atmosphere makes it the perfect place to discover the essence of the most authentic Spanish stereotypes, flamenco and bullfighting. Some of Sevilla´s most famous sites include the city´s cathedral, 3rd largest in the world and site of the tomb of Christopher Columbus, the Plaza de España, seen in movies such as Star Wars, Lawrence of Arabia and the Dictator, and the Maestranza bullring, for many people the most beautiful in the world. Sevilla´s most popular festivities are Holy Week (Semana Santa) and the April Fair (La Feria), both of which take place in the spring. The city also has many modern, urban alternative neighborhoods where vanguard mixes with traditional.

Home to an international airport and connected with Madrid and Barcelona by the high speed train, Sevilla is an ideal place from which to travel to other Spanish cities and the rest of Europe. It is also very close to the most Southern part of Spain, and has easy access to both Portugal and North Africa.


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Academic Highlights

Program Overview

  • Minimum GPA: 2.90
  • Language of instruction: Spanish and English
  • Language requirements: High Intermediate for content courses in Spanish; none for English courses.
  • Place of instruction: Pablo de Olavide University
  • Participants: American students


Subject Areas:

  • Sciences & International Business
  • Language & Hispanic Studies


Students choose 4 or 5 courses for a total of 180-225 hours during the semester, and 8-9 for a total of 360-450 for the Academic Year. Each course consists of 45 hours of lectures unless otherwise noted. In addition to Spanish language and culture courses, there are English-taught courses on Business, Sciences (labs included), Political Science, Psychology, History, and Literature.

Students with a very high level of Spanish proficiency may enroll in a maximum of two regular university courses with Spaniards per semester.

Please view the course catalog to see a complete list of courses available.


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Students may choose from the following housing options: homestay, residence halls, or shared apartments. We always try to provide students with their first housing choice, but we cannot guarantee it. This is why we recommend students to apply in advance so they have a better chance to obtain their preferred option.


Staying with a host family is a great way to enrich student’s experience and to reinforce the knowledge gained during the program. We select our families carefully and have known them for years. All of them have extensive experience accommodating foreign students. Upon arrival students receive a key of the house so they may come and go as they please. Students will be able to receive telephone calls, but most likely will not be able to have guests over. Full board (three meals daily) and one laundry load per week is provided.


This is an off-campus student’s residence. Spaniards and international students are residents of this option mostly in double rooms, depending on availability some singles may be offered as well. Kitchen and bathroom may be private or shared. There are also common areas. Usually, the residence offers laundry facilities and meals may or may not be included.

Shared Apartment

These apartments are shared by international students. They have single and double bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen with cooking utensils, washing machine, refrigerator, and shared bathrooms. Students must respect building community rules and maintain the apartment in decent conditions. The price of accommodation includes the cost of utilities (electricity, gas, water) within reasonable expending and, in most cases, a weekly cleaning of the communal areas. Meals are not included.


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University Services

Pablo de Olavide University provides an orientation to students including relevant information on academics, teaching methodologies and other specifics. Students receive a university ID allowing them to access to different university services, such as computer labs, libraries, sport facilities and other. UPO also provides some cultural activities in Sevilla visiting important historical landmarks and other interesting local places. The University has cafeteria and restaurant services.


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Bridging Cultures Program

The GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Bridging Cultures Program is our signature orientation program for all semester and year abroad students. The cost for this multi-day program is included in your program fees and and covers some meals, local transportation, and excursions.

Typically 4-6 days in length, each orientation program includes:

Exciting excursions and activities

A chance to meet other students

Orientation sessions to help you adapt to your new country

Orientation sites vary based on the location of your program. Each site is selected based on the proximity to your host university as well as for the unique activities available within the area. Read more about the Bridging Cultures Program>

University Orientation

In addition to the GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Bridging Cultures Program, all students will participate in a university specific orientation. Pablo de Olavide University provides an orientation to students including relevant information on academics, teaching methodologies, and other specifics as well as a walking tour of the campus.


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Overseas Staff and Support

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad and Active Learning Abroad have forged a unique partnership to provide high quality study abroad opportunities in Spain. Active Learning Abroad (ALA) is GlobaLinks’ partner and overseas office for all students studying for a summer or semester at a university in Spain. The ALA offices and staff in Barcelona, Sevilla, Salamanca, and Madrid work closely with GlobaLinks Learning Abroad staff in the U.S. to provide all students with services and support throughout the experience. This ensures that each student is ensured an individualized experience both during the pre-departure stage and while in country. The ALA team in Spain delivers the Bridging Cultures Program onsite and Discovery Activities throughout the semester or summer and are also available 24/7 for emergency support.


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Scholarships Available

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad strives to offer the most reasonable abroad fees to Europe. To further enhance the affordability of the semester/year study abroad program, we encourage you to apply for scholarships through all available scholarship sources. Learn more about our scholarship opportunities.

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Get Involved Abroad

Extracurricular Activities

There are a variety of ways to get involved while you're abroad. Our in-country staff can connect you with resources and opportunities in Sevilla.


At the University of Pablo Olavide

Language exchange opportunities are available and are highly recommended in order to practice the language with native speakers while you are abroad. All students are also encouraged to participate in the multiple volunteering opportunities offered by the university, where permitted under host-country immigration regulations. Service learning is an integral piece of a well-rounded education, and we support students’ efforts to integrate into the local culture through volunteer activities. Cultural visits around the city are offered by the Staff of the International Center as well.

Community Involvement

We encourage our students to experience the local customs and immerse in the local culture by participating in our organized cultural and social activities. We offer a guided tour of the city, visits of the cathedral and La Giralda, the Royal Palace, Santa Cruz quarter, Plaza de España, María Luisa Park, Golden Tower, the bullring (La Maestranza) and organize flamenco shows, nights at the theater, and tapas tour in some of the most popular tapas bars of the city. 


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Special Programs and Excursions

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad and Active Learning Abroad will provide excursions to all students participating in a semester/academic year program. This will allow students to get familiar with some of the most interesting cities and areas in Spain from cultural, artistic, and historic perspectives. Semester abroad students usually have two overnight trips and two day excursions. Below are some examples of previous excursions. Please note not all excursions will be offered each term and locations are subject to change.



During the 10th century, under Muslim rule, Cordoba became one of the most important cities in the world. Philosophers, scientists, poets, doctors and more from all backgrounds, cultures and religions travelled to Cordoba to be part of this center of advanced learning. Seneca, Maimonides, and Averroes, to name a few, spent time in Cordoba during this time. Cordoba stills reflects the importance of some of its magnificent buildings, such as La Mezquita, (The Mosque) and the narrow streets of its Jewish quarter. Located by the Guadalquivir River Córdoba is the perfect place to admire Christian, Muslim and Jewish reminiscences.



One of Spain’s most beautiful cities and home of the Alhambra, Spain’s most visited monument, was the last Muslim city in Spain to be retaken from the Arabs by the Catholic Monarchs in 1492. At the foothills of the snow-capped Sierra Nevadas and 30 minutes away from the tropical coast of the province, Granada offers endless opportunities for visitors to immerse themselves in the old Muslim and Jewish quarters of the city and visit the traditional gypsy caves of El Sacromonte where the purest flamenco is performed.


Jerez de la Frontera

Located in the Southwest of Spain, midway between the sea and the mountains in the province of Cádiz, Jerez appeals to visitors and tourists for its sherry wine, Andalusian horses, and flamenco. Students will see its vineyards and pay a visit to a sherry bodega (cellar), to taste this famous wine and learn how it is made. Jerez is also home of the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art, an internationally recognized riding school. And last, but not least, many believe it to be the actual birthplace of Flamenco music, although the people of Sevilla claim it as theirs.



It is the “oldest” city in the Iberian Peninsula and probably in all South Western Europe. It is also known as Little Havana because it resembles the Cuban capital. The historical center has different old quarters that contrast with the new areas of the city. The historical quarter has narrow streets ending in typical plazas and the new areas consist in modern European type buildings and avenues. While you’re there, don’t forget to spend an evening viewing the sun set on one of Cadiz’s famous beaches.


Gibraltar (U.K.)

Gibraltar is a British overseas territory taken from Spain in 1704 and officially ceded in 1713. Commonly known as “the rock” it is a very shocking place since many of its inhabitants speak British English with an Andalusian accent. It is located in southern Spain overlooking the strait of Gibraltar and 10 miles from Northern Africa (Morocco). It is also an important military base that traditionally has caused some diplomatic problems between British and Spanish governments.


Málaga and Ronda

Discover the city where Picasso was born; visit its old quarter, its cathedral, its castle; and swim in one of the most popular summer resorts in Europe. Málaga offers many Mediterranean beaches to relax and make good friends. Ronda is a small town in the Sierra with spectacular views which also offers the true essence of a typical pueblo andaluz. Ronda’s landscape, in the middle of the sierra, is just unforgettable.


Lagos (The Algarve, Portugal)

Explore farther. With Portugal just 3 hours away, it is a ”must” to explore and discover. We take you outside of Spain for the weekend where you will be visiting the popular European beach vacation cities of Lagos, Albufeira, and Sagres, where we stop at Cabo San Vicente, believed to be the End of the World before the age of discovery. This excursion gives you a rich mixture of Portuguese culture, relaxation on beautiful beaches, and great opportunity to make friends.


Ground transportation, entrance fees, and guided tours are included in program fees for all excursions. Hotel accommodation and some meals are also included in all overnight excursions.

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Course Catalog

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Pablo de Olavide University
All fees listed are for first term onlyYear Abroad Advice
Program Fees$11,715 (*Includes the Affiliate University Discount)
Housing with MealsApproximately $3,400 - $4,000
Housing without MealsApproximately $2,800 - $3,200
What's includedSee below

Fee Includes

Your Personalized Semester/Year Program Includes

  • Tuition and instruction
  • Host university activity and insurance fees
  • 24/7 support for students and parents at home and abroad
  • Pre-departure materials and travel gear
  • Comprehensive assistance
  • Personal program manager
  • Scholarship and financial aid assistance
  • Facilitation of course selection / credit transfer

Activity and Excursion Package

Housing amenities are generally:

  • Single or shared rooms
  • Technology package available
  • Linen package available

An additional refundable housing deposit may be required for your housing selection. If the housing is self-catered (no meals), you will have access to a kitchen where you can prepare your own meals. If you would prefer housing with meals, it is available for an extra fee either as a homestay or in a residental hall. Contact us for more information.

*All fees are subject to change.




Should you receive an offer, your offer letter will provide you with the most up to date university start dates. GlobaLinks Learning Abroad will attempt to provide you with the most up-to-date information as we receive it. Be sure to confirm dates before finalizing any travel plans. 

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have the required GPA and have completed at least the equivalent of one year of full-time study at the university/college level (sophomore or higher). Students with a lower GPA than the requirement may be considered on a case by case basis. Please contact our office for more information.

Required GPA: 2.90