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JYS in SEVILLE (Sweet Briar College)
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JYS in SEVILLE (Sweet Briar College)

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Academics

    7

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

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  • Community

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JYS is a small program in beautiful Seville that makes everyone feel like family.

Unlike some of the huge, factory-like study abroad programs, Sweet Briar College's intimate JYS program cares deeply about each and every student (my semester had about 40 students total). From my experience this semester, it seems to me that students who pick JYS come from some of the best colleges and universities in the States; we definitely go out and have fun in Seville, but we're definitely not just here to party.

The JYS staff is like a family--Celeste, Sandra, the Maria's, and Fernando really got to know every one of us on a personal level. JYS hand-picks wonderful "Señoras" and does a great job of matching up roommates with their homestays.

The 3-week orientation period is a great introduction to life in Seville; they prepare us to be real members of the community, not just tourists. Seville itself is a perfect city for study abroad: it's big enough to have a ton to do and see, but small enough to feel like home--not to mention its amazing traditions like Semana Santa and la Feria de abril.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    N/A

  • Community

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An Excellet and Intimate Program

I highly recommend this program! Because it is a smaller program, you get lots of personal attention. This was the best experience of my life!

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Academics

    8

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Cultural Immersion

    7

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Community

    9

Great program in a great city

This is a great program. Due to its small size (approx. 40 students/semester, generally hailing from elite universities) and great staff, JYS really has a family feeling to it. Everyone (students and staff) knows everyone, and they're willing to help you with any sort of problem or special request might have. Seville is a wonderful place to study abroad, once you get past locals' thick accent. Like most study abroad programs, it comes down to what you make of it -- in terms of cultural immersion, language acquisition, academic challenge/enjoyment, social life, etc. However, JYS gives you all the tools you need to have an amazing semester or year abroad. It's a great opportunity to learn a ton (in class and in everyday life) without spending too much time trapped inside studying, because after all, going abroad is about getting out in the street and experiencing another culture!

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Academics

    6

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    6

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Health & Safety

    N/A

  • Community

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Seville is the Best

Incredible location. Well organized program, made transition practically flawless. Still in close contact with staff and host family. Currently trying to return to Seville for post-grad!

Overall Rating

8/ 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Living Situation

    7

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    N/A

  • Community

    N/A

Really awesome. I recommend it!...

Really awesome. I recommend it!

Overall Rating

6/ 10

  • Academics

    6

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    6

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Health & Safety

    N/A

  • Community

    N/A

Spain is Fun

I really liked the program, the staff and administration was great. However, the program was too small for me, which made it hard to make friends outside of the program and Spanish people.

Overall Rating

5/ 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Living Situation

    7

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    N/A

  • Community

    N/A

Great, well-organized, but a little small....

Great, well-organized, but a little small.