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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 Seville, 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, Seville 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.

COMPARATIVE LAW IN CONTEXT

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.

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. 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. Space in the program is limited to approximately 50 students.

At a Glance

  • Students are awarded six (6) credit hours for study in an approved summer study abroad program. English is the language of instruction in these programs.
  • Open to FIU Law students who have completed their foundation curriculum and are in good academic standing (a 2.0 GPA or higher). Students should have completed their first-year or equivalent, if part-time. If you are a 1L and have less than 2.0 in January 2017 you cannot attend any study abroad.
  • Visiting Law students must have a GPA of 2.4 or above to be eligible for the program.
  • On Sunday, June 4, 2017, 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 Seville.
  • Program will run from June 5 – July 12, 2017 (6 weeks)
  • 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 is included in the fees. Students will visit the following among others: The Andalusian Parliament, the Spanish Senate and the Constitutional Court in Madrid.

Courses and Credits

Evaluation of student performance in all Seville Summer Program courses shall conform to 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.

Faculty

  • Comparative Law: Constitutions and the Judicial Process

Manuel A. Gomez, FIU Professor of Law, Associate Dean for International and Graduates Studies

Beatriz Campuzano Díaz, University of Seville Professor of Law

  • Comparative Succession Law

Eloisa Rodriguez-Dod, FIU Professor of Law

Juan Pablo Murga Fernández, University of Seville Professor of Law

Tuition, Registration and Financial Aid

Tuition 2017

The tuition is $4,500 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, and FIU fees. Students are required to take six credits.

How to Register

 COL Study Abroad Registration at FIU Global Affairs

  1. Register with FIU Study Abroad at FIU Global Affairs (link above). Follow instructions, complete and upload the documents requested. Please pay the mandatory fee of $175.00 for Health Insurance to cover you during your trip abroad; this responsibility will be posted on your student account in my.fiu.edu.
  2. Please pay a non-refundable $225 registration fee charged to cover site visits in Seville, two dinners, group cultural outings, a laminated Streetwise map of Seville, a trolley card and one round-trip train ticket to Madrid. This will be paid via the COL Registration Deposit Payment or with a check or money order to FIU which you can take to the International & Graduate Studies office RDB 2073.
  3. Non-FIU COL students have to follow the same steps and additionally have to complete the FIU Visiting Student Application and mail it in original form with the required documents to the International & Graduate Office at the FIU College of Law. Please email ldlima@fiu.edu for information.

Instructions on how to apply to the Seville Study Abroad Program here.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available for FIU Law students through the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid, RDB 1044. 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.

EXPENSES 2017 COST 2017
Six (6) credits tuition (Financial Aid) $4,500
Registration FIU Study Abroad Fee (Covers health insurance abroad) $175
Registration Study Abroad COL fee $225 (visits,  train tickets, excursions, dinners)
Estimated Airfare (Out of pocket) $1,000 – $1,500
Estimated Housing and Meals $2,002 (Dorms including meals) OR
Approx. $1,000 (Private Housing) + $500 (Food)
Estimated Personal Expenses $1,500
TOTAL $8,900 – $9,902

A Look back at Seville 2016

  • 28 law students, from FIU Law and two (2) Law students from Western State University, California.
  • Courses taught: Comparative Property Law (3 credits) and Comparative Criminal Law (3 credits).

Cancellation Policy

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 $225.00 and $175.00 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.

Accommodations

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.

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.

The Seville Summer 2017 Program at Universidad de Sevilla is sponsored by FIU Law.
FIU Law is accredited by the American Bar Association.