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Pre-AP® Spanish Lit and Culture Program in Sevilla, Spain
Imagine taking your students on an enriching, adventure-filled journey to Sevilla—the 2,200-year-old city that is not only the setting of Don Juan and Carmen, but also the birthplace of Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer and Antonio Machado! Imagine you’re joining them as they walk down the city’s cobblestone streets, where they will see a seemingly never-ending procession of charming old buildings, picturesque palaces, elegant fountains, enchanting gardens, and bustling plazas—including the one where Don Juan himself was (fictionally) born!
Now imagine them preparing to succeed on the AP® Spanish Literature and Culture course, boosting their college applications, and enhancing their understanding of Spanish literature through natural language immersion and engaging, interactive classes, which are tailored to the AP® Spanish Literature and Culture curriculum. Meanwhile, you’re joining them as they immerse themselves in Spanish culture —all while living in a safe and friendly environment, replete with all the comforts of home.
Don’t just imagine it. Our Pre-AP® Spanish Literature and Culture program in Sevilla offers high school students and teachers all of the above and more!
Join your students on a journey to one of the birthplaces of Spanish literature: Sevilla—the 2,200-year-old capital of southern Spain.
Empower your students to succeed on the AP® Spanish Literature and Culture course through engaging, interactive preparatory classes.
Enable your students to explore the historical and cultural context of Spanish literature via enriching tours, activities and excursions.
Provide your students with plenty of fun-filled group-bonding activities during your stay.
Enjoy hassle-free, culturally immersive housing in a homestay with a Spanish host family! Other accommodation options are available.
Receive financial benefits for travelling together with your students to participate in Centro MundoLengua’s programs! Get in touch for more details.
In Sevilla, you and your students will be living and learning in the gorgeous, vibrant, and sun-drenched capital of Andalusia, the southern region of Spain. Among many other distinctions, the city was the birthplace of Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer and Antonio Machado, and it’s the setting of many famous works of Spanish literature, such as Don Juan and Carmen. As such, it’s the perfect place for you and your students to gain firsthand knowledge of the culture from which Spanish literature was born! With 2,200 years of history, three UNESCO World Heritage Sites, ten palaces, and numerous other attractions, the city is one of Spain’s top destinations. As you and your students walk down its narrow, cobblestone streets, you’ll find yourselves surrounded by a sea of charming old buildings, outdoor restaurants, local shops, elegant fountains, antique street lamps, fragrant orange trees, flower-filled balconies, lively plazas, bustling markets, and tranquil gardens.
Barrio de Santa Cruz
Situated just a three-minute walk from Centro MundoLengua’s classrooms, this historic neighborhood is full of narrow, winding, cobblestone streets that weave through an enchanting maze of tightly-packed, pre-18th-century buildings and fragrant, orange tree-dotted plazas, three of which have special significance to Spanish literature. Two of them are said to be the birthplaces of the legendary Don Juan and his fiancée, Doña Inés de Ulloa, while another one features a famous statue of Don Juan. In the plazas, you and your students will also find charming little shops selling handicrafts, ceramics, tea, and other local goods. Also known as the Old Jewish Quarter, the neighborhood used to be the part of the city where Sevilla’s Jewish inhabitants lived. Today, it’s the perfect place to walk around, soak up the ambiance, and feel like you’ve stepped back in time!
Palacio de las Dueñas
Built in the late 15th century, this gorgeous palace was the birthplace of the famous Spanish poet Antonio Machado. Featuring a flower-filled façade covered in beautiful bougainvillea and a fairy tale-like garden that Machado describes in one of his poems, the palace’s Renaissance-era architecture displays a striking mixture of Gothic and Moorish influences. Here, you and your students will feel like you’ve almost literally stepped inside a poem!
The Sevilla Cathedral
Dating back to the 12th century, this magnificent building is the largest Gothic cathedral in the world, the burial site of Christopher Columbus, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Situated right in the heart of Sevilla’s historic city center, it’s just a five-minute walk from Centro MundoLengua’s classrooms. Inside, you and your students will find a massive nave (or central hall) that’s lined with 80 side chapels, featuring a variety of artwork, tombs, carvings, and altarpieces.
Soaring more than 340 feet above Sevilla’s historic district, this dramatic bell tower is one of the city’s most iconic landmarks. It was originally built as a minaret near the end of the 12th century, as part of the immense mosque on which the Sevilla Cathedral was built. From the top of the tower, you and your students can enjoy breathtaking views of the city below.
The Royal Alcázar
Dating back to the 14th century, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is both a majestic palace and an enchanting complex of royal gardens. In the palace, you and your students will see one of the world’s finest examples of Mudéjar-style architecture, which combines Moorish and Renaissance-era influences. In the gardens, you and your students will stroll through a peaceful array of courtyards, fountains, pools, and paths lined with orange trees, flowers, and hedges—along with the occasional peacock!
The Plaza de España
Providing a picturesque filming location for one of the Star Wars movies, this massive, semi-circular, palace-like building is surrounded by a wide-open plaza, a spectacular fountain, and a scenic canal that is spanned by arched bridges and traversed by rowboats. Right next to the Plaza, you and your students will also find Parque de María Luisa—a 100-acre park that features beautiful gardens, elegant fountains, horse-drawn carriages, and peaceful ponds that are home to a variety of birds. Here, we and our AP® Spanish Literature and Culture groups often go on bike rides and scavenger hunts!
Built atop an underground archeological site that preserves the ruins of an ancient Roman settlement, this modern landmark is the largest wooden structure in the entire world. Because of its uncanny resemblance to a bunch of giant mushrooms, the structure is also known as Las Setas de Sevilla (the Mushrooms of Sevilla). After seeing the underground ruins, you and your students can visit the top of the structure, where you will enjoy breathtaking, panoramic views of the surrounding city.
The above list only scratches the surface of Sevilla’s many attractions. Other highlights include the following:
- Plaza de Toros: one of Spain’s most famous bullfighting rings
- Archivo de Indias: a UNESCO World Heritage Site that houses some of Spain’s most important historical archives
- Torre del Oro: a 13th-century, riverside watchtower that provides Sevilla with another iconic landmark.
- Museums: the Sevilla Museum of Fine Arts, the Flamenco Museum, the Archeological Museum of Sevilla, the Museum of Popular Arts and Traditions—the list of museums in Sevilla goes on and on!
Preparing for Success: Pre-AP® Spanish Literature and Culture Classes
- Learning practical skills, techniques, and vocabulary for succeeding on the AP® Spanish Literature and Culture course through 4 intensive classes per day lasting 45 minutes each (3 hours in total), Monday through Friday.
- Getting a head start on the AP® Spanish Literature and Culture course by covering key components of the required reading list in advance.
- Having fun and learning at the same time with the guidance of our experienced, friendly teachers, who are deeply familiar with the AP® Spanish Literature and Culture curriculum.
Exploring Spain: Cultural Activities
- Gaining firsthand knowledge of the heritage behind Spanish literature through guided tours of historic attractions, such as the neighborhood in which the legendary Don Juan lived and the palace in which Antonio Machado was born.
- Immersing themselves in Spanish culture through salsa, flamenco, and Spanish cooking classes.
Having Fun: Social Activities
- Spending quality time with classmates at dances, concerts, and dinners for the program’s students.
- Unwinding with movie nights, tapas nights, and afternoon free time for hanging out with friends, exploring the city, or taking a siesta!
- Enjoying the outdoors together on a kayak trip down a scenic river, a bike ride through a beautiful park, and sports games with other students in the Pre-AP® Spanish Lit
Broadening Their Horizons: Weekend Excursions
- Exploring other parts of southern Spain and neighboring Portugal on organized weekend trips to destinations such as the historic, seaside city of Cádiz, Spain, and the charming, riverside town of Tavira, Portugal.
- Soaking up the local culture, going on walking tours, and relaxing on the beach at both destinations!
- Enjoy hassle-free travel: transportation, meals, and tours are included!
Living Comfortably: Hassle-Free Housing
- Feeling a safe and secure sense of home-away-from-home with our friendly, carefully-selected Spanish host families.
- Enjoying the comforts of a middle-class home with modern conveniences—laundry assistance provided!
- Boosting their Spanish through real-life conversations with actual Spaniards!
- Note: hotel, hostel, and student residence housing options are available as well!
Eating Like a Spaniard: Authentic Spanish Meals
- Savoring home-cooked Spanish meals—daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included with the homestay housing option and can be added to the other options as well!
- Trying out Spanish staples such as paella, tortilla, croquettes, and gazpacho.
- Resting assured: special dietary requirements can be accommodated.
Dates and Fees
Pre-AP® Spanish Lit and Culture Program in Sevilla, Spain
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Spanish classes Monday to Friday for the duration of the program (3 hours per day / 4 classes of 45 minutes).
All class materials used during the program.
Official certificate that confirms your participation in this program.
Accommodation and full board with a homestay family (other accommodation options available).
Program of social, cultural and recreational activities.
Initial orientation walk in Sevilla.
Airport reception with a representative from Centro MundoLengua and transfer to and from Sevilla airport.
Free participation in the program, including accommodation, board and activity programs, for teachers and adult chaperones. Other benefits may apply.
Optional airfare add-on.
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