Summer Abroad in Sevilla, Spain
Looking to enhance your law school studies in one of the world’s most beautiful countries? Then be a part of FIU Law’s Summer Abroad Program in Sevilla, Spain. Classes are held at the Universidad de Sevilla – one of the most important cultural centers in Spain, dating back to the 15th century. Known for its tapas, history, Flamenco music, museums, cathedral, and late nights, Sevilla offers students the chance to improve on their Spanish skills, learn about a different legal system and cultures, to study law, and to earn FIU Law credit outside the United States. When classes are out, students are free to travel throughout Europe and site see at their leisure.
The application for Seville StudyAbroad will be available January 2015.
About the Program
FIU Law offers an intensive experience in both U.S. and Spanish law. The program is designed to go beyond simply an extended visit abroad. The courses, faculty, student body and site visits are selected to provide a real understanding of Spanish legal culture.
Emphasizing Sevilla’s historical connections to the world around, the courses emphasize the comparative dimensions of the subjects taught. Courses cover both the U.S. and Spanish perspectives. All courses are co-taught by FIU Law faculty and faculty from the Universidad de Sevilla. In comparative courses, each offering contains roughly equal parts U.S. and Spanish law. Students are evaluated on their understanding of both the U.S. and Spanish materials. FIU Law and Universidad de Sevilla are partner schools in this program. Classes are taught in English. Knowledge of Spanish is useful but not necessary.
The program is open to all students from A.B.A. accredited law schools who have completed at least one year. Additionally, several Spanish law students from the Universidad de Sevilla are expected to participate. Welcoming Spanish students in the program enriches the classroom dynamic and the level of comparative discussions. It also adds to the cultural and social experience of students coming from the United States. Having host country peers makes the adjustment and learning process smoother.
Space in the program is limited to approximately 50 students. Exploring a new culture and a new legal system, in tandem with U.S. legal materials, requires more attention from faculty and more constant involvement by the student in classroom discussions. As a result, acceptance to the program is capped and is based on a first-come basis, assuming prior satisfaction of all admissions requirements.
The Seville Summer Program at Universidad de Sevilla is sponsored by
Florida International University College of Law. FIU Law is accredited by the American Bar Association.
At a Glance
- Students are awarded a maximum of six (6) credit hours for study in an approved summer study abroad program. English is the language of instruction in these programs.
- Open to students who have completed their foundation curriculum and are in good academic standing (a 2.0 GPA or higher).
- The Sunday before classes begin, students are required to attend an orientation in Seville. During this orientation, students will be given a tour of the law school building, Barrio Santa Cruz, and surrounding areas. A dinner reception will be held at a restaurant in the beautiful neighborhood of Santa Cruz in Sevilla.
- Program runs late May 2015 – early July 2015. (Exact dates TBA)
- Classes are held four days per week from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. for five weeks. Most Fridays are free.
- Final exams are held during the sixth week.
- Site Visits: One round trip train ticket to Madrid, and one round trip ticket to Cadiz is included in the fees. Students will visit the following sites: the Spanish Senate – Senado, Constitutional Court in Madrid – Tribunal Constitucional, Criminal Court in Seville, El Oratorio in Cadiz and El Museo de Las Cortes in Cadiz.
Courses and Credits
Evaluation of student performance in all Seville Summer Program courses shall conform with the regular FIU Law grading scale. Please see Academic Policies and Regulations Part VI. There is no grade normalization requirement for courses in the Seville Summer Program.
- Comparative Family Law
This course will be co-taught by Professor Hayes of FIU Law, and Professors Blanca Rodríguez Ruiz, Myriam Herrera Moreno and Beatriz Campuzano from Universidad de Sevilla Facultad de Derecho.
- Comparative Property Law
This course will be co-taught by Professor Rodriguez-Dod of FIU Law, and Professors Manuel Alonso and Juan Pablo Murga from Universidad de Sevilla Facultad de Derecho.
Students will attend classes four days per week from 10 a.m. -2 p.m. for five weeks. Final exams are held during the sixth week. The program will start late May 2015 and the last final will be held early July 2015. The exact dates are to be determined. The Sunday before classes begin, students are required to attend an orientation in Seville. During this orientation students will be given a tour of the law school building, Barrio Santa Cruz, and surrounding areas. Following this event, a dinner reception will be held at a restaurant in the beautiful neighborhood of Santa Cruz in Sevilla.
One round trip train ticket to Madrid, and one round trip ticket to Cadiz is included in the fees. Students will visit the following sites: The Spanish Senate – Senado, Constitutional Court in Madrid – Tribunal Constitucional, Criminal Court in Seville, El Oratorio in Cadiz and El Museo de Las Cortes in Cadiz.
Eloisa Rodriguez-Dod, FIU Law Professor of Law
Christyno Hayes, FIU Law Assistant Professor of Legal Skills and Values and FIU Honors College Fellow
Beatriz Campuzano Díaz, University of Seville Professor of Law
Pilar Cubiles Sánchez-Pobre, University of Seville Professor of Law
Myriam Herrera Moreno, University of Seville Professor of Law
Miryam Rodríguez-Izquierdo Serrano, University of Seville, Professor of Law
Blanca Rodríguez-Ruiz, University of Seville Professor of Law
Juan Pablo Murga Fernández, University of Seville Professor of Law
Cecilia Gómez-Salvago Sánchez, University of Seville Professor of Law
Tuition and Financial Aid
Tuition: $4,000 (2014) for the five week program (same rate for in-state and out-of-state). This includes a total of 6 credit hours consisting of two 3-credit courses, insurance and FIU fees. Students are required to take six credits. An additional non-refundable $400 registration fee is charged to cover miscellaneous costs including site visits in Sevilla, two dinners, health insurance (mandatory), group cultural outings, a laminated Streetwise map of Seville, a trolley card, and round-trip train tickets to Madrid and Cadiz. Financial aid is available for FIU Law students through the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid, RDB 1058. Contact Michelle Pestaina, Assistant Director of Financial Aid, at 305-348-8006. Students from other law schools should inquire about the availability of assistance at their own schools’ financial aid offices. We will work with your institution regarding financial aid. Students from other law schools should inquire about the availability of assistance at their own schools’ financial aid offices. We will work with your institution regarding financial aid.
|Registration Fee (Covers health insurance abroad)||$400 (To reserve your spot)|
|6 credits tuition (Financial Aid)||$4,000|
|Airfare (Out of pocket)||$1,000 – $1,500|
|Housing and Meals||
$2,002 (Dorms including meals) OR
$8,400 – $9,402
A Look back at Sevilla 2014
•24 students traveled more than 8,000 miles to participate in the program
•Students from FIU Law, Nova, University of Florida, and University of Denver Sturm College of Law attended
•Two courses, Comparative Property Law and Comparative Family Law, were taught by both FIU Law and Universidad de Sevilla faculty
FIU Law reserves the right to cancel this program at any time or make changes, modifications or substitutions to the program. If the program is canceled after the $400.00 registration fee has been paid, the fee will be returned to each student and every effort will be made to make arrangements for each student enrolled to attend a similar program, if the student so desires. Tuition and registration fees advanced by the student shall be refunded within twenty (20) days after the date of cancellation.
If changes are made in the course offerings or other significant aspects of the program, these changes will be communicated promptly to any applicant who has paid a deposit or registered for the program, and an opportunity will be provided for that person to obtain a full refund of all monies paid if student chooses to cancel.
If a State Department travel warning is issued prior to commencement of this program, students will be given the opportunity to withdraw with a full refund of all fees paid. Every effort will be made to make arrangements for each student enrolled to attend a similar program, if the student so desires. For information on Spain, please see the State Department Travel Information.
If a State Department travel warning is issued while the program is running and FIU Law cancels the program, students will be refunded the registration fee and tuition within twenty (20) days after the date of cancellation.
FIU Law is not responsible for expenses related to room and board, personal expenses or airfare.
Student Information Handbook
It is recommended that students find private housing. The Office of International and Graduate Studies is happy to assist students in finding housing options. Students may also request housing through the program. You can download this sheet of different options for accommodations.
Access for Persons with Disabilities
Students with documented disabilities who may require specific accommodations while studying abroad should consult with the Program Director at the time of application.