Global Ed in Seville

The Global Ed Program in Seville

About Global Ed:
GlobalEd’s Study Abroad: Seville Program offers you the opportunity to live and study in Seville, Spain for semester. As a full-time student, you will live in an apartment with other international students or may choose to live with a Spanish family. You will have the option to take University courses in English or Spanish at either the University of Seville or University Pablo de Olavide to satisfy home school credits. Our career preparation training will provide you with the tools and skills need to articulate your study abroad experience in a resume and use it to dominate your interviews as you launch your career.

About the Pablo de Olavide University:
UPO is a public university in Seville. UPO offers programs in the traditional majors, as well as in biotechnology, environmental sciences, humanities, labor relations, second language acquisition, social work, sports sciences, and translation. UPO was founded in 1997, making it one of the newest public universities in Spain. UPO has over 10,000 students and is growing constantly since its inception. The university is named after the Spanish-Peruvian politician Pablo de Olavide (1725–1803), who contributed notably to planning the city of Seville. Being a relatively young university, UPO was planned as an American-style campus with dedicated academic and residential space. The 345-acres are spread out southeast over to the municipalities of Dos Hermanas, Acala de Guadaira and Seville. Its facilities are modern, including campus-wide WiFi and Internet access, computer, television, video and audio centers, an open access library, sports facilities, and science laboratories. It has numerous sports facilities, lawns, gym and a huge library where you can find books from every subject. This University also boasts a student union building and offers easy transportation to the city center by bus or metro.

About the University of Seville: 
University of Sevilla is one of the largest universities in Spain. With over sixty thousands students.  The university has faculty and support services that aid students in academics and personal needs in their time abroad. Sevilla offers a selection of sports and cultural activities available for student, ranging from athletic teams to dance and theatre groups. The city of Sevilla is the fourth largest city in Spain and its oldest existing aging over two thousand years old. Centuries of Islamic culture can be seen by the buildings of Sevilla today. Students that are interest in University of Sevilla are encouraged to apply.

Location:  Sevilla, Spain



Dates to Remember:


 Application Deadline   Study Abroad Dates 

Summer Term

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* Please remember HPU Study Abroad Application Deadline is Mid-March for Fall and Mid-October for Spring. 

Admission Requirements:

  • Must have attended HPU for one semester
  • Must intend to graduate from HPU
  • Must have at least a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Must be fluent in English
  • Must have taken at least one semester of Spanish

Application Procedure:

  • Complete the Student Exchange Program data sheet.
  • Schedule and attend a formal interview with Melissa Matsubara
  • Be prepared to discuss your motives for studying abroad and your degree plan.
  • Select an exchange partner university that has courses which can be used for your intended HPU degree.
  • Fill out the exchange university’s admissions application
  • Obtain recommendation letters to be turned in with your application. (This depends on the individual university’s application requirements)
  • Passport photos (Amount and size depend upon each university)
  • Sign a Course Request Approval (CRA) to verify your foreign coursework and HPU equivalents.

Internship Profiles
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The internship profiles above are real world examples designed to give you an idea of the types of experiences GlobalEd can provide you.

Housing Accomodations:
Most students choose to live with Spanish families. 
As a GlobalEd program participant you will have the option to choose between a self catered apartment and living with a Spanish family. 
Living with a Spanish family includes three meals per day seven days a week, weekly laundry service and general cleaning. Both housing options offer Wi-Fi access and include utilities. Should you choose to live with a Spanish family (an option which I always recommend) you will have a set of house keys, and have free access to come and go as you please. There is no curfew. Meal times are somewhat standard meaning that you can have breakfast in the morning when you wake up, lunch is normally served between 1:30 PM and 3 PM and dinner is served normally between 8 and 9 PM. in both apartments and homestays (families) students cannot have guests to visit or sleepover. This is due to liability issues. During our orientation we talked to students about various aspects of what it's like to live with a Spanish family. For example, it's normal for people to speak loud, it's important to be honest about the foods that you like and don't like, we talk about cultural misunderstandings that can, do and will occur and how to handle them. luckily for you, many of the families that we would be placing the with have considerable experience receiving American students.

A Spanish family can range anywhere from a full house (mom, dad, brothers and sisters, grandmother, dog) to a widow whose children have grown up and left the house… And everything in between. Before placing you with the family we'll ask you a series of questions to understand your interests. For example, some families have extra rooms and like to have more than one American living with them. If this is something that interests you or you are receptive to living with other Americans, we will take that into account. If you prefer to be the only American living with the family, we can also take that preference into account. 

Most students will be living in two neighborhoods called Triana and Los Rememdios. For most, you will probably be living within a 15 to 20 min. walk to school as well as to the most popular social areas. We always try to take proximity into account, as well, with regard to your internship placement. however, since you will be a semester or year-long student, we normally don't play students until they arrive. That being said, if you send me your resume and give me an idea of your internship placement interests I will look for Companies that will be close to you. 

Visa Information: Exchange students must make arrangements to get there visa and passport. The  Spainish consulate can be contacted at (808) 226-0430 or online to find the consulate nearest you.   U.S. Passport information is available at 522-8283 (recording) and on line at

Available GlobalEd Scholarships 
Affiiliate Scholarship 
The prices you will find on the attachments below and on our website are our normal published prices. We treat Hawaii Pacific University, however, as an affiliate University and therefore apply an affiliate scholarship of $500 available to all GlobalEd semester program applicants from HPU. 

Housing Upgrade 
Furthermore, for this academic year Fall 2013 – Spring 2014 we can offer students from affiliate Universities applying to Seville, Spain (semester only) a FREE HOUSING UPGRADE to a Spanish family with a full meal plan. ($1500 value) The base price of our program includes living in a self catered apartment whereby students would be responsible for their own food. Students have the option to upgrade to a Spanish family which includes a full meal plan (three meals a day / 7 days a week), weekly laundry service and general cleaning. 

Program Includes:

– Airport pickup and transfer to housing 
– Welcome dinner 
– Self-catered apartments with the option to upgrade to a family with a full meal plan 
– Local activities and excursions 
– Medical coverage through HTH Worldwide 
– Full enrollment at the University of Seville (four or five courses) along with a graded transcript 
– Internship placement (optional) in a field related to your academic discipline 
– Myers-Briggs training 
– Farewell dinner 

* What is not included:
– airfare to Seville 
– transportation back to the airport, bus or train station at the end of the program.

Safety Information: Students interested in viewing the OSAC safety report for Spain can click here.

For more information, the contact email is

Melissa Matsubara
Director, International Exchange and Study Abroad
Hawaii Pacific University
1164 Bishop Street, Suite 200, Honolulu, HI, 96813
Tel: 1-808-544-0288, Fax: 1-808-544-9355
Skype: melissa.matsubara