Living and Learning in Sevilla: Independent Stay and Language Study

Discover the centuries-old city of Sevilla, gaining a comprehensive understanding of its customs, history, unique architecture and world-class museums as you learn Spanish by immersion.
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Program No. 21885RJ
45 days
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At a Glance

Located in the sunny south of Spain, Sevilla is a 2,200-year-old city that was made wealthy by the New World — hulking Spanish galleons would sail here to have their treasures from the Americas counted and taxed. Have your own enriching experience of Seville — Sevilla in Spanish — on this immersive six-week adventure. Stay in an apartment, learn to “hablar español” in daily language classes and get to know the city and its proud Andalusian culture intimately. Throughout your stay, you’ll be supported by a Road Scholar Group Leader who’s on call to help.
Activity Level
Let's Go!
Get around the city on foot and via public transit daily; you’re likely to walk at least a mile or two per day. On field trips, walking up to two miles with some uneven terrain and stairs. Activity level is based on included program elements.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Live like a Sevillano, moving into an apartment and savoring the Andalusian capital’s history, flamenco music and sunny climate.
  • Improve your Spanish during classes at a renowned language school whether you’re a beginner or speak “un poquito español."
  • Join your Group Leader and fellow participants for weekly field trips as well as weekend excursions to Granada and Madrid.

General Notes

Our “Living and Learning” programs give you the experience of living in a foreign country independently. Included: an apartment; a local, full-time Group Leader to support you; a few meals; four language classes per week; a weekly expert-led field trip; a weekly cafe social; weekend excursions to Granada and Madrid, including hotel; a city handbook and public transit pass. Due to the special nature of this program, we regret that we are unable to match solo participants with roommates. Airport transfers are not included.
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Covadonga Hortal
Covadonga Hortal is passionate about education travel and has always wanted to specialize in the field. Covadonga graduated from University with a degree in tourism and moved to the UK after graduation in order to improve her language skills. Back in Spain, Ms. Hortal led her first travel program in 1999 and continues to enjoy leading groups. She is a certified English teacher, speaks fluent Spanish, some French, and is currently learning Chinese. In Covadonga's free time, she enjoys learning about other cultures.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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