Where is the program located?
Semester in Spain is located at our TCC Sevilla facilities in Seville, Spain. Situated in the southernmost part of Spain, Seville is the capital of Andalucía and home of the world’s third largest cathedral. It is full of rich history and traditions that have given the modern-day city a lot to offer: amazing architecture, historical landmarks, colorful festivals, and a vibrant nightlife that features authentic flamenco dancers, Sevillanas musicians, and delicious restaurants.
What is the climate like?
Located in southern Spain, Seville has a relatively moderate climate with average temperatures at 77°F during the day and 55°F at night. Winter months can be rainy with temperatures dropping to the low 40’s (which is nothing compared to Chicago’s -20°F!). Spring and fall are usually beautiful moving toward significantly warmer temperatures during the summer. It is not uncommon to crest 100°F several times during the months of June, July, and August. This makes kayaking along the Guadalquivir River even more of a treat!
What is the food like?
As you might imagine, Sevillian cuisine is Mediterranean style with a Spanish flair. Olive oil, bread, and ham are staples in almost every house along with fruits, fish, and legumes. Since our students eat meals with their host families, they get to experience a variety of local dishes which might include Spanish tortilla (similar to an American omelet) or salmorejo (a cold and thick tomato soup).
Meal times differ significantly from those in the U.S., which takes a bit of adjustment. Typical meal times begin at:
Breakfast – 7:30 am
Lunch – 2:00 pm
Merienda (snack) – 5:00 pm
Dinner – 10:00 pm
Should I bring my cell phone?
We require all of our students to have a functioning cell phone with them while on our program, which is why we have partnered with www.alow.es to provide a variety of phone plans at low-price options.
- If you have an unlocked smart phone, you may bring it with you and simply select an alow plan using the free alow sim cards.
- If you would rather just use your smart phone when wifi is available, you may select an alow plan and we will provide you with a “dumbphone” to use in Spain.
- If you would rather not worry about losing your smartphone, leave it at home. We’ll provide you with a free “dumbphone” and a list of service plan options you can sign up for.
Should I bring my computer?
This is typically a personal decision that you’ll have to decide for yourself. Although we provide a computer lab at our facilities, many students prefer bringing their own laptop on the program. This allows them to skype, facetime, and email even when they don’t have access to our computer lab.
How can I best communicate with my family?
With free wifi in each homestay, most students find it best to skype, facetime, or imessage using their various electronic devices. Students without these devices may prefer to talk over the phone using a calling card or the minutes on their phone plan.
Can my family come and visit me in Spain?
Most definitely! We encourage family and friends to visit you while you’re studying in Seville. Although you will still be expected to attend classes, there is plenty of time in the afternoon and evenings for you to spend time together. Many visitors choose to come during time off. If you plan to visit in the spring during Holy Week (Semana Santa) or “The Fair” (Feria), we recommend booking your lodging well in advance. Hotels and flats fill up quickly during these special events. More about visiting
How do I mail a package to a student?
We recommend mailing packages via UPS or FedEx. If you choose to use USPS, there is a strong possibility of your package being held at customs and the student having to pay extra to receive it.
Address packages to:
Attn: [Name of student]
Calle Lagar, 6
How will I get to and from Semester in Spain?
There are two options for getting to and from Semester in Spain. You may book your own flights arriving and departing from Seville according to the dates of your semester or you may elect to fly with our group travel arrangements.
Information about our group flight arrangements will be sent to all Fall and Spring applicants (there is no group flight option for Summer students). Although our group flights depart from Chicago-O’Hare airport, domestic connections are also available through Witte Travel. Payment for the group flight is separate from our program fees and will be made directly to Witte Travel.
Students who use the group arrangements will be met by our staff and delivered to their host’s home. Those who arrive on different flights/times will need to get a taxi and go directly to their host’s home.
Will I need a passport and visa?
All students on Semester in Spain will need a passport.
Non-US citizens and anyone participating in the full semester program will need a visa. If you are only participating in the summer terms or are an EU citizen, you do not need a visa.
See Passports & Visas for more information.
Can I travel during the semester?
Yes! We always encourage our students to explore whether that be locally in the city of Sevilla or globally to another country. Each semester has at least one full week-long break and several extra-long weekends which provide plenty of travel opportunities. Many students fly low-cost airlines such as Ryan Air making a round-trip weekend flight from Madrid to Paris only 100 euros!
What will I be studying?
Semester in Spain is a Spanish Immersion program, which means all of your classes will be in Spanish. Advanced students may study Spanish art, history, culture, literature, and grammar. They may also take the Acción Solidaria (Service Learning) course. Beginner and Intermediate students have less of an option to select courses. They follow a set track throughout the semester, increasing their knowledge of the Spanish language and culture.
See the Academic Levels for more information and course listings
Where will I be taking classes?
All Semester in Spain students take their classes in the TCC-Sevilla facilities in central Seville. The facilities consist of several classrooms, a computer lab, library, student lounge, and rooftop lounge. Located near the Iglesia del Salvador, TCC-Sevilla is within walking distance of several cafes, restaurants, and shops.
Who are the other students?
The majority of our students come from Christian partnership institutions across the United States, with a few from other colleges and universities.
Who will be teaching my classes?
Our faculty are highly qualified native Spaniards with a breadth of academic preparation in the language, literature, history, and culture of Spain. Three of the faculty members have been with the program for over 25 years. Their love for their work couldn’t be more obvious and as any SIS alum would tell you, their enthusiasm is contagious.
about our faculty.
What is a typical class like?
Classes in Spain are slightly different than those in the US. Students will be in class Monday through Friday during the morning and early afternoon. This allows you to have regular exposure to the academic material in retainable proportions. Each class is usually formed around exams and papers with a few classroom excursions and activities incorporated throughout the semester. We try our best to engage the city and culture as a part of the academic experience.
Can I do an internship during my semester?
Yes – NEW for 2017! Intermediate and Advanced students who attend the Spring term may stay for an additional 4 weeks to complete an Internship with a Spanish business, educational site, or social services agency. The SIS Internship is also available during Summer Term #2 for Advanced students who join us for both the first and second term.
How do I get a copy of my transcript?
All students who participate in the Semester In Spain program will receive an official transcript at the completion of the term. The transcript will be issued by Trinity Christian College and mailed to the address that you indicate on the Transcript Request Form. Transcripts will be sent approximately three weeks after the end of your term.
Additional transcripts are available by request online or in writing. The fee is $5 per additional transcript.
You can order official copies of your transcript online. It’s easy to use, secure, and all major credit cards are accepted. You’ll be guided through the easy, step-by-step process and receive email updates on your order, which you can also track online.
To request a transcript from Trinity Christian College, fill out the Transcript Request Form and mail it along with the fee to the following address:
Trinity Christian College
6601 West College Drive
Palos Heights, IL 60463
Contact the Registrar’s Office at Trinity Christian College if you have any questions. 708-239-3966.
What will I be doing throughout the semester?
When you participate in our study abroad program, you’ll discover cathedrals and other historical landmarks that are centuries old. You’ll eat tapas and take mid-afternoon siestas. You’ll be amazed by citywide futbol mania and weeklong Semana Santa celebrations. You’ll build meaningful relationships with your Spanish family members and your native professors. You’ll watch flamenco dancers and listen to Sevillanas musicians. You’ll take tours of art museums and bullrings. You’ll travel to other Spanish cities and, if you choose, other countries.
Learn more about Life in Seville and Academic Activities
What is a typical day like in Sevilla?
A typical day consists of breakfast during the morning with your host family, and a brief walk or bike ride to the school. Classes begin at 9 am and end around 1:30 pm. Lunch will be provided by your host family anytime between 2-3:30. From 2-5 is the Spanish siesta. During this time you can take a nap, read, finish up homework, wander around the city, or grab café with a friend. Post siesta, you will have free time until dinner, which is usually served between 9-11 pm. We strongly encourage you to get involved in the community during this time. Find a Spanish church and attend their youth group. Join a local gym or the club de piraguismo (kayaking). Some of our students have even used this opportunity to teach English or dance lessons to the locals. Whatever your interest may be, we will do our best to connect you. Simply talk with our Student Ministries Coordinator or Director in Spain.
What do students do in their free time?
There are tons of activities for students to participate in during their free time. We highly recommend you get involved in your area of interest whether that be soccer, dancing, kayaking, singing, or serving in the community. Seville also offers a wide variety of local events. Students can go see an opera at the maestranza, watch a soccer match between Sevilla and Madrid, or visit a local tapas bar. Get out there and explore.
Will there be opportunities to serve?
Yes, we offer a class dedicated to service learning which you may take for credit or just to get involved in giving back to the community. Our service opportunities include working with the elderly on improving their memory, serving at a local recycling agency, working with a homeless organization, and assisting in an after-school youth program.
Will I be able to attend church?
Yes, and we strongly encourage it! There are a variety of local churches just a metro or bus ride away. We recommend getting involved right away with a church. Our Student Ministries Coordinator can help you get connected. There are even several youth groups that meet on Saturday nights that allow you to build solid friendships with Spaniard Christians of similar ages.
How will I get around?
Seville is a relatively small city, and yet large enough that there is always something new to explore. Most of our students simply walk everywhere with a few taking advantage of the Sevici public bike system. For just 33 euros, you can have access to bikes across the city for 30 minutes at a time. This is an excellent way to quickly get around the city. Seville also has an excellent public transportation system with a metro, city buses, county buses, and trains. We encourage all of our students to try the various forms of public transportation during their semester. It is an excellent way to improve your Spanish, broaden your horizons and have an adventure!