July 21, 2021

It is with excitement and optimism that we will continue our plans for our in-person fall and spring programs. We will keep preparing as long as there is still a reasonable pathway for our students to go to Spain.

This reminds us that it is a privilege to run our in-person programs during this time. We HIGHLY recommend and encourage our students to receive the COVID-19 vaccination before participating in our programming.

We invite you to  review our TCC Sevilla COVID Safety Plan to fully understand how we will create a safe and strong community together, allowing us to enjoy all that Seville has to offer while protecting one another. We will waive their Covid Care Refundable Room & Board Deposit with proof of their vaccine. 


May 7, 2021

On April 20 the Department of State changed their methodology for determining COVID-19 related Travel Advisory levels (OSAC Travel Advisory Update). Their new system now incorporates the CDC’s Travel Health Notices . The Department of State provides FAQs here.

Spain, with around 80% of the world, is now at a Level 4 which caused us to pause and assess whether a Level 4 Travel Advisory is a sufficient indicator of safety (OSAC Travel Advisory Update). However, the change in methodology and subsequent advisory upgrade does not reflect a recent elevation of risk in Spain. Spain currently has health policies and systems that are stable. It also does not appear that any changes will be made to our insurance. It is with excitement and optimism that we will continue our plans for our in-person summer and fall programs. We will keep preparing as long as there is still a reasonable pathway for our students to go to Spain.

This reminds us that it is a privilege to run our in-person programs during this time. Although there is talk of the EU opening to vaccinated tourists this summer, at this moment, Spain is not open to the average tourist; we get special government exceptions to bring in U.S. students. We invite you to  review our TCC Sevilla COVID Safety Plan to fully understand how we will create a safe and strong community together, allowing us to enjoy all that Seville has to offer while protecting one another. Furthermore, we recommend that our students join in those safety measures by getting a COVID-19 vaccine. It is currently unknown if vaccine requirements will emerge from the Spanish government. As such, if your students are able to get fully vaccinated before departure, we recommend they do so. We will waive their Covid Care Refundable Room & Board Deposit with proof of their vaccine. 


February 15, 2021

With our in person experiences open to students this summer and fall, we are also continually looking for ways to mitigate risk. Please carefully review our COVID Care Document and COVID Care Room & Board Refundable Safety Deposit*. We continue to monitor Spain and make changes as necessary to ensure the best experience possible for you!

*This deposit will be waived if the student provides evidence of having received a COVID-19 vaccine.


January 27, 2021

We’re now accepting applications for our May Excursion, Summer Terms 1 & 2, and Fall Semester! We’re excited to offer in-person options to students!


January 14, 2021

We are now offering online courses and virtual internships in Spring 2021. You can learn more about those here.


November 6, 2020

In order to protect our students in case one needs to quarantine outside of their host family’s home, we’ve created a COVID Care Deposit. Refer to this document to read our newest safety procedures and policies. Info regarding the COVID Care Deposit can be found at the bottom of the Google Doc. Have questions? Feel free to reach out via https://www.semesterinspain.org/request-info/


October 21, 2020

Wondering what COVID-19 policies SIS has? Refer to this document to read our new safety procedures and policies. This document is subject to change as Spain continues to adapt to COVID. Don’t worry- Spain, like everywhere else, looks a little different under COVID but there’s never been a better chance to get to know beautiful Sevilla!


September 9, 2020

SIS has moved back our application due date to November 1, 2020 to accommodate for the reality of COVID-19 and its impact on student’s ability to study abroad.


July 29, 2020

Semester in Spain has decided to cancel our in-person Fall 2020 Semester due to COVID-19 related restrictions. However, we are very excited to announce that SIS will offer online courses this Fall! Find out more about our online courses here.


April 21, 2020

The deadline for our Fall and Summer courses has moved to April 30th! Apply now to immerse yourself in Spanish!


April 13, 2020

Summer 2020 ONLINE

SIS is currently offering summer courses ONLINE! These online courses aim to serve as courses for those that need the credit or just want to learn during the month of June:

  • 3 credits/course
  • 3 courses
  • 3 professors

Check out our Summer page to learn more!


March 24, 2020

Summer 2020

After delaying as long as we could in making a decision about the upcoming summer sessions in Spain, we regret to inform you that we are cancelling both summer terms for 2020. The coronavirus crisis has grown steadily in Spain, and, as is true in the U.S., it is very difficult to predict when it will end. It is now apparent that it may take months to return to “normal.”

We know this announcement will likely upset students’ plans for the future, as we regard the opportunity of living and learning in Seville to be a life-shaping experience. But we do hope that you will be able to join us at some time in a future summer or semester term. At this point, we expect the fall term to take place as scheduled, and you might like to know that the Semana Santa celebrations, for which Seville is famous, as well as the Feria Festival that was cancelled in May, will both be celebrated in September.

We continue to trust God’s faithfulness to all of us in times of trial like this. As our president, Kurt Dykstra, has quoted many times during the recent turmoil, “Let us be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer.“ My prayer is for God’s blessings on you and on the institutions you represent.



March 12, 2020

The whole world has been rocked by the recent outbreak of the Coronavirus disease. As recent events continue to transpire, Semester in Spain has acted in order to sustain the highest level of safety possible for our students. Below, you will find a detailed response to this situation:

  1. Classes will be suspended at the school in Seville, and all students will be directed to seek out a return flight home as soon as possible, in most cases by re-scheduling the return tickets that they obtained when they planned their study abroad experience in Spain. Staff members will give students all reasonable assistance in making arrangements to return home.
  2. Students will be asked to communicate with their home campuses about home campus policies regarding return from abroad to determine whether the home campus can or will accommodate the student in on-campus housing or whether the student should go home.
  3. Once students are home, SIS faculty members will continue to offer the classes on-line, either recorded or live depending on the nature of the course. This process will follow a regular schedule over the remaining weeks of the semester. Thus, students will be able to earn all the credits for courses in which they are currently enrolled.

We work hard to make the SIS experience a meaningful, even life-changing educational experience for students. As this health threat affects the entire world, I can assure you that the staff and faculty in Spain are especially alert to the added challenge for students who are far away from home while also feeling threatened. Our first concern is the health and safety of our (and your) students. Sometimes that means we must take decisive action in the face of overwhelming circumstances. We pray for the safety and well being of our students.

Resources:

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/situation-reports/

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2020/03/03/cdc-tells-colleges-consider-canceling-foreign-exchange-programs-because-coronavirus

https://es.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/

https://reopen.europa.eu/es/

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel.html

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Zij2-9I0NJRIiuE0FtWCaa4wt95AwUbD/view?usp=sharing