Get a head start on AP® Spanish Literature
June 19th, 2022 - July 2nd, 2022
Pre-AP® and AP® Spanish Literature students
Pre-AP® Spanish Literature and Culture Program in Sevilla, Spain
Imagine yourself spending your next summer living, learning, and having fun in a city that not only looks like a place straight out of a Spanish storybook, but actually is such a place: Sevilla! As you walk down the city’s cobblestone streets, you’re seeing one enchanting sight after another, many of which provided the imagery for the settings of famous works of Spanish literature, such as Don Juan and Carmen. You’re surrounded by world-class attractions, picturesque palaces, ornate churches, fairy tale-like gardens, elegant fountains, antique street lamps, outdoor restaurants, local shops, bustling plazas, and charming old buildings clad with wrought-iron balconies.
Now imagine you’re immersing yourself in the rich culture that gave birth to Spanish literature while making new friends and enjoying your time in Spain through guided tours, Spanish cooking lessons, tapas nights, kayak adventures, and excursions to other cities! Not only that, but you’re also living in a safe and friendly environment, replete with all the comforts of home, while getting ready to succeed on the AP® Spanish Literature course, boosting your college application, and leveling up your Spanish literacy through natural language immersion and engaging, interactive classes.
Well, you don’t have to just imagine it. Our Pre-AP® Spanish Literature program in Sevilla offers high school students all of the above and more!
Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture behind Spanish literature by living in Sevilla: the 2,200-year-old city that’s the setting of Don Juan and Carmen.
Enjoy your time in Spain with a variety of organized group activities: kayaking, bike riding, tapas nights, concerts, sports games and more!
Explore historic sites of Spanish literary significance and learn about Spanish culture via tours, activities and excursions.
Deepen your cultural immersion experience by living with a friendly, carefully-selected Spanish host family—delicious, home-cooked Spanish meals included!
Prepare to excel on the AP® Spanish Literature course through fun, interactive classes that cover some of the course’s key concepts and texts in advance.
Feel safe and secure with 24/7 adult support and supervision from our experienced staff and host families.
In Sevilla, you’ll be living in the culturally vibrant, architecturally beautiful, and historically deep-rooted capital city of Andalusia, the southern region of Spain. As the birthplace of Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer and Antonio Machado, as well as the setting of Don Juan and Carmen, it’s the perfect place 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, Sevilla is one of Spain’s top destinations. As you walk down its narrow, cobblestone streets, you’ll find yourself 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’ll 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’ll 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’ll 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 can enjoy breathtaking views of the city below.
The Royal Alcazar
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’ll see one of the world’s finest examples of Mudéjar-style architecture, which combines Moorish and Renaissance-era influences. In the gardens, you’ll 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’ll 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 students 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 can visit the top of the structure, where you’ll 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!
Having Fun: Social Activities
- Spend time with old and new friends alike at dances, concerts, and dinners for the program’s high school students.
- Unwind with movie nights, tapas nights, and afternoon free time for hanging out with friends, exploring the city, or taking a siesta!
- Enjoy the outdoors together on a kayak trip down a scenic river, a bike ride through a beautiful park, and sports games with other high school students.
Exploring Spain: Cultural Activities
- Gain 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.
- Immerse yourself in Spanish culture through a variety of organized group activities, such as salsa, flamenco, and Spanish cooking classes.
Preparing for Success: Pre-AP® Spanish Literature Classes
- Learn practical skills, techniques, vocabulary, and concepts for succeeding on the AP® Spanish Literature course through 4 intensive classes each day lasting 45 minutes a time (3 hours of class each day), Monday through Friday.
- Get a head start on the AP® Spanish Literature course by covering key components of the required reading list in advance.
- Have fun and learn at the same time with the benefit of our small class sizes (12 to 15 students) and our experienced, friendly teachers, who are deeply familiar with the AP® Spanish Literature curriculum.
Expanding Your Horizons: Weekend Excursions
- Explore other parts of southern Spain and neighboring Portugal on organized weekend trips to the historic, seaside city of Tarifa, Spain, and the charming, riverside town of Tavira, Portugal.
- Soak up the local culture, go on walking tours, and relax on the beach at both destinations!
Living in a Real Home: Hassle-Free Housing
- Feel a safe and secure sense of home-away-from-home with one of our friendly, carefully-selected Spanish host families.
- Enjoy the comforts of a middle-class home with modern conveniences—laundry assistance provided!
- Boost your Spanish through real-life conversations with actual Spaniards!
Eating Like a Spaniard: Complimentary Meals
- Savor home-cooked Spanish meals—daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner included!
- Try out Spanish staples such as paella, tortilla, croquettes, and gazpacho.
- Rest assured: special dietary requirements can be accommodated.
Dates and Fees
Pre-AP® Spanish Literature and Culture Program in Sevilla, Spain
Arrival: June 19th, 2022
Depart: July 2nd, 2022
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 course.
Official certificate that confirms your participation in this program.
Accommodation and full board with a homestay family.
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.
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