Universidad Pablo de Olavide
Universidad Pablo de Olavide Programs
The Hispanic Studies Program offers semester-long courses taught both in Spanish and in English in areas such as art, business, economics, history, political science, and...
Universidad Pablo de Olavide Reviews
Could Be Better
Submitted by upostudent4104 - Universidad Pablo de Olavide | May 13, 2018
I think studying abroad in Sevilla is a great idea, if you are a city person. I had a very hard time in this area, but I am not used to the city and through this experience I learned I should not live in a city long-term. Despite my negative feelings about cities in general, I feel Sevilla has a lot to offer and a wonderful culture to immerse yourself in.
Apart from Sevilla, I do not think Universidad Pablo de Olavide is a good university to study abroad at. The process of choosing classes is confusing and stressful, and you are not guaranteed to get every class you need, which can be very difficult as studying abroad can already put you behind in credits.
The facilities hear are lacking as well. The bathrooms were rarely clean, had toilet paper, soap, or paper towels (when hand dryers weren't an option in the bathroom, the paper towel dispensary seemed to always be empty). The library seemed to always have at least one bird in it.
I think the language courses taught to the international students is one of the redeeming qualities of studying at UPO. I had the best Spanish Language teacher I have ever had and learned so much from her, I highly recommend taking a language course here! However, other courses seemed to lack structure and instruction. I had no idea what my grades were in any of my classes during the whole semester, and with finals creeping up, that is a very stressful feeling.
There was an Intercambio Program, where you could meet a Spanish student and speak with them in order to learn the language, but I never had the opportunity to meet my intercambio so I cannot attest to this program.
All in all, I would not suggest studying at UPO.
Canadian in Spain
Submitted by Stephanie Hanson - university of Calgary | May 10, 2018
Had a great time and met some lifelong friends. Spain was a great location both offering SO MUCH within the country to see and a central place to explore the neighboring countries as well. University was different, the classes sized were really small so the student / professor relationship was much stronger than anything I have ever had. All of my professors cared both about your progress and your experience, asking questions about your weekends and personal life and sharing stories of their own. I lived in a homestay and that was amazing, although I think it takes a certain personality to enjoy it, I no many others who did not have the same positive experience as me. It is invasive in every aspect of your life, but it is also an opportunity to practise speaking and try authentic Spanish food.
overall great experience and would do it all over again in a heart beat. Additionally the Centro Internacional de Estudiantes was fully supportive and organized lots of free or really cheap activities and field trips!
Submitted by Maggie - University of New England | April 28, 2014
Some of my most memorable experiences happened just exploring the city and were spent with Spanish students I had met at UPO.
I chose my program because it is affiliated with my university in the states more specifically than others. It was one of the only places to take the classes I needed (ex science based classes) as well as study in another country that speaks another language.
Living with a host mother was beneficial in learning the in and outs of the city, how everything works and the cultural norms of the people. I lived with one woman as well as another student from the United States in an apartment close to the center of the city.
Submitted by Maggie - University of New England | April 16, 2014
The program at UPO are dedicated to do whatever they can to make your experience memorable. The staff at the CUI are helpful in whatever you could possibly need in your transition to living in a different country as well as your schoolwork. The living conditions were great, I lived with a host mom who only spoke Spanish and one other student. Although I didn't speak much Spanish when I arrived, it was helpful to be completely immersed in the language and have to try to communicate in the language. There were also trips led by the Pablo de Olavide staff for international students that usually included small cities outside of Sevilla. The CUI staff also offers an intercambio program that matches english speaking students with spanish speaking students in order to promote the exchange of language learning. This was very helpful in meeting native spanish speakers and I actually met a lot of my friends through this program. Overall the international center at Pablo de Olavide was extremely helpful in making my study abroad experience the best it could be.
My Life's Best Experience
Submitted by Robert - College of Charleston | April 01, 2014
Becoming friends with some of the girls in the office at UPO. They were natives of Sevilla and were kind enough to take us under their wing and became our friends and showed us the life and culture of young Sevilla.
To be completely honest, it was quite a random choice. I hadn't known much about UPO but really liked the curriculum specified on my Study Abroad program's page. Although my program (independently of UPO) did not entirely fulfill its duties, I am so thankful they were aligned with UPO or I never would have been able to attend.
My accommodations were provided through a third-party Study Abroad program.