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Seville

Students 70,000 (2014)
Exchange students unknown
IEM students 1,500 approx. (2014)
Fall Semester September > January
Spring Semester February > June

Application 

deadlines

July (Fall sem.)

October (Spring sem.)

Tuition Fee

(yearly)

depends on # ECTS

(1 ECTS = 12.49 €)

Usually: 700-1,000 €

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Engineering College

ETSI (Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros) is part of the University of Seville (US). Established 50 years ago, ETSI is one of the oldest Technical Universities of Spain, and it ranks among the first ones of the country.

 

Study Information

The University of Seville has been awarded as of International Excellence, which makes it a great place for foreigners to study in. For international contacts and arrangement visits to the university, visit International Relations; it is a very useful website if you want to study at the University of Seville, or if you want to do here your postgraduate studies, e.g. a Master’s Degree.

The University of Seville has also an excellent web portal where you can find all kind of information about studying there. Both Undergraduate and Postgraduate studies are carefully described at this other portal (full list).

Engineering studies take place in ETSI, the Engineering School, which is a part of the University of Seville. In this website you can find all the information related with the Engineering degrees and the Master’s Degrees offered, qualifications acquired, information about the subjects’ and the professors, the academic calendar…

If your aim is to investigate, ETSI is an excellent place to develop your thesis. Each department offers investigation areas, some of them with extremely successful results. Here is the full list of departments in ETSI; click in each department to find out their investigation areas.

 

Application

In this useful guide from the University of Seville you can find all the information respecting the different study choices, the application requirements, the application process, the administrative fees…

If you have started studying a degree in another university (e.g. your town’s university at your home country) and have not finished it, you can apply to follow studying your degree at the University of Seville. In the same way, if you’ve finished your studies at a foreign university, but these studies don’t match the studies offered in Spain, you can apply to study here the equivalent studies. For this reason, it is recommended that you check that your university has compatible study programs with the University of Seville, and that you satisfy the conditions for applying to that program.

Read all the information for foreigners about applying to study at the University of Seville here (in Spanish).

At the university there is a Care Unit for the Foreign Community at the University, for all the foreign students. People there will help you in respect to the administrative formalities you have to do when travelling to Spain, and for your legal situation for studying/doing research in Spain (and at the University of Seville). They also offer a Language & Cultural Exchange program among the university members.

Also, in the Foreign Affairs office at ETSI, you’ll be helped throughout the application process and the recognition of your studies you’ve done in your home country with those done here. At the end of the guide, in the Contacts section, you’ll find the phone numbers and the email addresses to contact the Foreign Affairs office at ETSI.

Documents required for the application

-       NIE, for foreigners.

-       A printed page which shows that the Automatrícula (‘self-application’) has been done, signed by the student and by the holder of the bank account stated in the document. You can do the Automatrícula in this website.

-       Accreditation that you’ve obtained: the BI level in English, for the Industrial Engineering degree applicants / the B2 level in English, for the Industrial Organization Engineering degree applicants.

However, ask the secretary at the ETSI or at the University of Seville for more information about the documents required for the application (see the phone numbers in Contacts).

Application deadlines

Respecting to the application deadlines, you can see them in this page (in Spanish).

Tuition Fees

A Degree consists of 240 ECTS, and a Master, 60-120 ECTS. While studying the Degree, you have to pay for each subject, which will ‘weigh’ a certain number of ECTS, and depending on how many times you’ve signed up for the subject it will be more or less expensive:

-       The first time you sign up for a subject, each credit costs 12.49€

-       If you fail and want to sign up again next year, each credit costs 24.97€

-       For the 3rd try: 54.10€/credit

-       And for the 4th try and following: 74.91€/credit

The subjects in an academic year add up to 60 ECTS, which equals to 749.40€. At this price you’ll have to add the administration costs for foreigners (academic certifications, transference of your transcript), which equals to 25.90€, and some other minor administrative costs; the final price will be around 800-850€. The payment of the credits has to be done through debit, and it’ll be charged to the bank account stated in the Automatrícula (in that case, be aware that the payment can’t be split up in small payments!). Information about payments is in the aforementioned guide for applications.

Check with the secretary at the ETSI or at the University of Seville for more information about the tuition fees (see the phone numbers in Contacts).

Talking about signing up for subjects, it’s important to explain how the examination works. The first time you sign up for a subject, you have two official calls (convocatorias) to pass the subject, to be chosen among the three official calls that take place during the year: 1st at the end of the semester in which the subject has taken place; 2nd in the first weeks of September; 3rd in the first weeks of December. But don’t worry, often professors call an extra official exam before the 1st official call, so that passing the exam means that you pass the subject, but if you fail the exam, you don’t fail the subject, because you still have the 2 official calls left. A few paragraphs below, at The Academic Calendar, the exam terms are also explained.

 

Courses

At the Engineering school (ETSI), 8 Undergraduate degrees, and 12 Master’s Degrees are taught.

Undergraduate Studies

There are 8 Undergraduate degrees at ETSI; you can search for them on the website of the Engineering school. All of them have been adapted to the Bologna Process, and last for 4 years, which equals to 240 ECTS. There are two IEM degrees in the University’s plan: Industrial Engineering degree (Grado en Ingeniería Industrial), and Industrial Organization Engineering degree (Grado en Ingeniería de Organización Industrial). You’ll be able to explore both in the next paragraphs:

-       The Industrial Engineering degree: By clicking in the link you will find the study plan of the Industrial Engineering degree, and the specializations you can do in the last two years of the degree. The degree is structured in a way that in the first two years of the degree everybody has the same compulsory subjects, but in the 3rd and 4th year, you have to choose one of the different specializations (Intensificaciones), which will define you as one type of Industrial engineer or another. As an extra-curricular activity, you can do internships in Engineering-related companies, which will give you 9 ECTS credits (check this website for more related info). Ask at the University if you need to apply for a work permit if you are from a non-EU country.

After graduating, you can study one of these Master’s Studies; each one lasts 3 semesters, which adds up to 90 ECTS credits. And after the Master, you will obtain professional attributions to be an Engineer, which means that you can enter the labour market. Or you can do a PhD (Doctorado).

-       The Industrial Organization degree: This degree is part of the Andalucía Tech Excellence Campus; it means that the first 3 years are studied at the University of Seville, and the fourth year at the University of Málaga (Málaga is a rather big town located in the coast, 210km far from Seville, and one of the most popular summer destinations of all Europe). After graduating in Industrial Organization Engineering, you can study one of these Master’s Studies.

The Lectures

The majority of the courses are lectured in Spanish, but in some subjects you have the option of receiving lectures in English. During the lectures we use to help each other, so don’t be shy, and ask your closest mates anything you did not understand - but please, make sure you will help them whenever you can!

At the library (open Mon.-Fri. 08:00-21:00, Sat. 09:00-21:00, during the academic year) you will find a lot of sources in Spanish and some in English. The textbooks for the lectures can be bought in a stationery shop at the ground floor, but normally you don’t need to buy more than 1 or 2 books per course, as most of the material needed for studying is sold as photocopies.

Apart from notes, at the stationery shop you can also buy collections of solved and explained exercises, and copies of exams from previous years. We do recommend you to use them while studying a subject and for preparing the exams, because understanding the exercises is often essential to learn some subjects, and the exams may be similar to the past years’ ones.

The Academic Calendar

Each academic year is divided in two semesters. The 1st semester goes from late September ‘till January (after Christmas there are 5 days of lessons), and the 2nd semester takes place from February until June. Every semester lasts 4 months: lectures take up the first 3 months of the semester, and the last month is the exam term. During the exam term lessons are not given, so that you have time for studying; you only take the exams of the subjects studied in that semester.

Along the academic year there are several exam terms:

-       Our first exam term takes place at the end of the 1st semester, and you can only take the exams of the subjects studied in that semester. It starts in mid-January and ends in early February.

-       The second exam term takes place at the end of the 2nd semester, and you can only take the exams of the subjects studied in that semester. It starts in late May and, depending on the course, it ends on late June, or in early July.

-       During the first weeks of September, you can retry the exams of any subject you failed to pass during the year. Be careful, as this is your second and last opportunity to pass! (Only if you did the 1st official exam call at the end of the semester).

-       In December, just before Christmas, we have another exam term, but you can only make exams of subjects you had coursed the year before, and you failed to pass either at the end-of-semester call or at the September call.

 

Quality of Education

By law, ETSI, as part of the University of Seville, ensures its students that the studies they offer are of quality, whether Undergraduate or Postgraduate. Furthermore, ETSI is recognised as a University School of Excellence by the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM). More information about the quality of the studies offered by ETSI can be found here.

 

 

Study Practicalities

University Dormitories

Read AccomodationàUniversity Dorms for all the information about the different university dorms that are in Seville. Here you will read (in Spanish) the application procedures, and also the prices, for the year 2014/2015. Also check the website of the University of Seville for announcements about application deadlines for a dorm.

Learning Spanish

You should be aware that the English level in Spain, as in Seville, is not very high for the majority of the people. Consequently, if you want to get along with locals, you should know some Spanish before arriving to Seville. But if you come here without knowing a single word of Spanish, don't worry! Just come and start learning! People here are really hospitable, so if you ask anybody in the street they will do their best to help you (even with the 'international language' if it is necessary).

In case you know a bit or some Spanish once you arrive here, keep calm… We have a light dialect in the south of Spain. At first it can be quite difficult to understand, but let’s search the positive point! Once you learn it you will understand nearly any Spanish person, no matter where they come from.

To learn Spanish in Seville, you have several options. The University of Seville has a Language School where you can learn Spanish. (You have all the information for signing up here). Another popular alternative is CLIC International House, where they have intensive courses of Spanish and other interesting courses that might suit your needs (website, available in English). Language exchanges with locals are also another good option to meet locals and to talk with them in Spanish, while you help them learn your language; in Seville there is one organized by university students every Thursday. Ask the LG Seville members for more information about language exchanges in Seville.

US Campuses and Facilities

The US has several campuses around the city (check the Campuses map): it owns 30 centres around the city, 120 departments, libraries in each faculty, and 80,000 m2 of sports facilities (certified as Superior Athletics Facilities). Reina Mercedes Campus is the biggest one, but do not lose the opportunity to go to Rectorado (numbers 3, 8 and 11), because it was a cigarette factory in XVII century, and the place in where Georges Bizet set on his famous opera 'Carmen'!

ETSI (number 19 in the map) is located in Isla de la Cartuja, a financial and business area where the 1992 Worldwide Exposition (EXPO 92) took place; indeed, our school is one of the buildings that was built for the event. Apart from the main building, ETSI counts with a laboratories area and various places to rest. Among the facilities that ETSI has, there is a large assembly hall, a 3-storey library with 12 group study rooms, several study desks located throughout the building, cafeteria, banks, a stationery shop, and a cultural area where you can join activities like music, dancing, martial arts… for free! (For more information about the cultural activities, read ‘Student Organizations’ @ 4. Student Facilities).

The Student ID Card and Study Facilities

The student ID card is used in library loans (books and computers) and for discounts in places like museums and cinemas. With the Student ID card, you are able to borrow books and laptops* from any US library for a limited amount of time. It's also good for getting access to the 24-hour studying rooms of our university and the different bike parkings in the campuses. To get the student ID card of the University of Seville, click here (website available in English).

Here's a link to give you an idea when these 24-hour studying rooms can be used, and where are they. (Please note that ETSI doesn’t have 24-hour study rooms). In special periods of time like Christmas or Easter, they have also special timetables that are usually published via Internet in the university website but these timetables are also put on the doors of these rooms.

* Note: US lends laptops for 6 hours, but it doesn’t give laptops to students when they join its courses anymore, so if you are going to use a laptop while you study here the whole time, you’ll have to bring your own one!

Username and IT Services

You will obtain a username and a password when you sign up for courses at the university. It is called UVUS and it’s used for the university’s Wi-Fi network (Eduroam; available in all campuses) and for the Enseñanza Virtual platform (see below) and other services of ETSI; e.g.: for your own university email address, which you also obtain when you sign up for courses.

Enseñanza Virtual: It is a web portal used by the professors of the courses to upload notes, exercises and exams, and for making important announcements (like the place, date and hour of an exam). You can login there with the UVUS.

 

 

 

Practical Information

How To Get There?

Direct flight to Seville

The easiest way to travel to Seville from the main airports in Europe is to take a direct flight to Sevilla-San Pablo International Airport (IATA: SVQ), located 10km north-east of Seville. There are several airlines where you can buy tickets such as RyanairIberia, or Vueling. These kind of flights may be quite expensive, but it depends on the season and the place where you’re taking the flight. (Tip: There are interesting sales if you buy the ticket early: generally, the earlier you buy the ticket, the lower the price will be). To see what to do after arriving on Seville by plane, go to Arrival in Sevilla-San Pablo Int’l Airport (a few paragraphs below).

Flight to Madrid and bus/train to Seville

Another way to arrive to Seville is to fly to Madrid and then take a bus or a train to Seville. Flying to Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Int’l Airport (IATA: MAD) from the main airports in Europe is very cheap, travelling with low-cost airlines. Ryanair and Vueling airlines have cheap tickets, but they are not the only ones; be sure to check other low-cost airlines as well.

Once you’ve landed in Madrid, you can either take a bus or a high-speed train (AVE) to Seville.

If you choose the bus option, (from the place where you are in the airport) you have to take the free Aeropuerto bus -outside the Arrivals hall- to go to T4, and there you have to take the C-1 commuter train (Cercanías) to Méndez Álvaro bus station (6 stops). The price for the bus from Madrid to Seville is ~20€ (one way) and ~40€ (round trip). This kind of trip is perfect if you are patient and have no problem to stay 6 hours in a bus trip. I have taken this bus and I have to confess the trip is not so long. (More information about bus tickets can be found on Socibus). To see what to do after arriving on Seville, see below Arrival in Sevilla-Plaza de Armas bus station.

There is also a high-speed train (AVE), which only takes 2:30 hours to go from Madrid to Seville (information). To take it you have to go to Puerta de Atocha train station, and to arrive there you have to follow the same steps as if you were going to Méndez Álvaro bus station -see above paragraph-, but you just have to get off C-1 one stop before. (Note: C-1 ticket is free if you scan your AVE ticket on the C-1 ticket machine). The AVE ticket costs 75€ (one way) but there are discounts for university students and also, if you buy them via internet and with plenty of time, you can get good discounts in each ticket. For more information, see: Youth European Card discounts (20% off on every ticket, showing the card at the purchase), Students Plus 10 Card (10 journeys to be used in 10 days). To see what to do after arriving on Seville by AVE, see below Arrival in Sevilla-Santa Justa train station.

Flight to Barcelona and train/flight to Seville

Flying to Barcelona-El Prat Int’l Airport (IATA: BCN) first is a good choice. This airport has good connections with several airports, visit RyanairVueling or any other low-cost airline that travels there.

From there you can:

Take a high-speed train (AVE) to Seville: there are AVE tickets for 50/60€ from Barcelona-Sants to Sevilla-Santa Justa train station, but there are discounts for university students and also, if you buy them via internet and with plenty of time, you can get good discounts in each ticket. For more information, see: Youth European Card discounts (20% off on every ticket, showing the card at the purchase), Students Plus 10 Card (10 journeys to be used in 10 days). To take the AVE, you have to go to the airport’s T2 (there’s a free circular bus that connects T1 and T2, and it is taken outside the terminals). There you have to take the C2 train, get off after 3 stops (Barcelona Sants), and you’ve arrived at Sants station, where you take the AVE to Seville. To see what to do after arriving on Seville by AVE, see below Arrival in Sevilla-Santa Justa train station.

Take another flight to Seville: see Direct Flight to Seville (above) to find flights from Barcelona to Seville, and to have all the information about the arrival at Seville airport.

 

Arrival in Seville

Arrival in Sevilla-San Pablo Int’l Airport

After you arrive on Seville airport, you have two options. A very convenient and cheap option is to take the bus transfer service, Especial Aeropuerto (EA), which leaves from the Arrivals hall every 30 minutes from 4AM to 1AM (timetable), and it only costs 4€. On the other hand, taking a taxi (outside the Arrivals hall) to your destination is faster and more direct but is a more expensive option, but it is essential to know in advance that taxis have a fixed fare to Seville city centre (you can check the fares here); it is done this way to avoid taxi drivers from trying to overcharge tourists, so don’t pay any more than this if you’re travelling to the city centre. (Note: Tips are not necessary, although some small tip (e.g. 1-2€) for a nice service is appreciated).

Arrival in Sevilla-Santa Justa train station

You’ll arrive in Santa Justa train station if you’re coming to Seville by train, be it a regular train or AVE (high-speed train). From Santa Justa station you can take:

-       Bus: the bus stop is 50m in front of the station; the buses stop there frequently (10 min. approximately). From there you can take the buses: C1 (outer circular route), C2 (C1 in reverse), 32. (Link to see the routes covered by these buses)

-       Taxi: they are right outside the front exits of the station.

-       Overground train: Called ‘cercanías’, they cover these routes, and they leave from the station. To obtain the ticket, you have to go to the ticket machines on the wall (easily visible from any point of the main hall). However, this option is not the best one, as with the cercanías you won’t be able to move through Seville very well; for this purpose, we recommend the bus over the cercanías.

Arrival in Sevilla-Plaza de Armas bus station

When coming by bus from Madrid to Seville, you arrive in Plaza de Armas bus station. It is located near the river and the Triana district, and it’s quite close to the city centre. From there you can:

-       Take an urban bus: to go to any place within Seville. All the buses stop there frequently (10 min. approximately). There are many bus stops outside the station:

o    Torneo bus stop – Sidewalk where the station is: C4 (inner circular route), 3, 40, 41.

o    Torneo bus stop – Opposite sidewalk: 3, C3 (C4 in reverse)

(Link to the routes covered by these buses)

-       Take a metropolitan bus: if you’re going to any village outside Seville, take these buses inside the own bus station. Here are the metropolitan bus lines, their stops, and their timetables.

-       Take a taxi: they are located outside the station, where the urban bus stop is. However, the taxi is not a cheap option, so that’s why we recommend taking a bus or go walking if it suits your needs more than a taxi.

 

Going to the University

The Engineering school is located in Isla de la Cartuja, in the north-west part of Seville. You can get there by different forms:

-       Bus: take the C1 or the C2 (both follow the same circular route, each one in a different direction) and get down at ‘Escuela de Ingenieros’ stop.

-       Bike: The ground in Seville is very even, the warm is generally nice, and there are several bike lanes that go there, so going to the campus by bike is a good idea. Furthermore, there is a bike park at the campus where you can leave your bike. Seville has a bike share system (SEVICI); you can check the subscription rates here.

-       Car: in the case you are going to have a car while you’re here, it’s good for you to know that there is a car park in the campus and a decent number of parking slots around.

 

Accommodation

The two main accommodation ways for students are: living in a shared flat, or living in a university dorm.

Private arrangement: Shared flat

We do recommend you to choose sharing a flat. It is better than a university dorm basically because of the freedom you get. There are numerous renting flats in Seville from 250€ per month for each student. To find shared flats in Seville at affordable prices, you can visit these websites: roomsevilla.com, erasmusu.

Although our Engineering School is isolated from the other schools, there are cheap flats in two neighbourhoods quite close to the Engineering campus: Macarena, and Triana.

On the one hand, Macarena neighbourhood is 15 minutes by walking from the Engineering School and it has a bus stop each 300 meters. This neighbourhood is a multicultural area and there are a lot of students from many campuses living there. It is also close to the city centre (15 minutes far by walking), which makes living in a shared flat here a very good choice.

On the other hand, Triana neighbourhood is 30 minutes by walking from the Engineering School. This one is beside the channel, and it has a picturesque landscape. There are a lot of Erasmus students living in this neighbourhood, so it has an international ambiance. We do recommend you to choose Triana neighbourhood if you are thinking about a place well connected with the university (20 min. far from the campus by bus), near the city centre (15-20 min. far by walking), and with an intensive nightlife, since it also has plenty of cool bars (see below –in Nightlife- for more details).

To go to the Engineering campus from Triana, take the C1 to go to the Engineering school, and the C2 to return to Triana from there. To go to the campus from Macarena take the C2, and to return to Macarena, take the C1.

University dorms

If you do not want to share a flat with other people, there are student dormitories available. The official list of university dorms is here; you can also check this website (in Spanish) for the different types of university dorms, their location, and the prices of their rooms.

Some of the university dorms will offer transportation to the campus (by coach); ask them if they have this service. Personally, I have tried it and I have to say that it’s quite convenient and comfortable.

 

Important Things

All that you need to know about obtaining a visa -whether you are from an EU or non-EU country-, obtaining a residence permit, and the health insurance in Spain, is described in this website.

 

Legal Information

In this other page the complete list of items that can be imported to Spain, and exported from Spain is described, along with some basic health and security information for travellers.

In Seville it’s forbidden to drink in any public space, and you may get fined for doing it!

Smoking is banned on any public transport, in all workplaces, in schools, theatres, hospitals, and all enclosed public spaces in general (including bars, cafés, restaurants, shops…). But you can smoke outdoors, except near schools and hospitals. Those who don’t follow the smoking rules may be fined!

 

Currency

In Spain, as in many other EU countries, the currency used is the euro (€). If you are from a country which doesn’t use the euro as a currency, you can exchange your local currency to euros at banks, or at large hotels (always take into consideration the commission that your bank may charge you!). Currency exchange offices are not recommended, because they have higher rates. You can check the exchange rates in this online currency converter.

To read some money-related travel tips, and more info, check this webpage.

 

Living

Living Costs

Seville isn’t considered an expensive city in Spain. To get a general idea of how the living costs are in Seville, take a look at this website and at this other one (both frequently updated).

Transportation

-       By bus: It is a cheap and convenient way to go around. A single ticket costs 1.40€, but if you use a specific card for buses, its price decreases until 0.60€. The regular lines work from 06:00 until 23:30 (although it depends on the line), and during the night there are several special lines. In the bus company’s website, TUSSAM, you can find a simple program that helps you to see their timetables, prices and lines.

-       By bike: The ground of Seville is very even, and the usual good weather (sunny and warm during most of the year) helps making this alternative the healthiest and cheapest one. To move through Seville by bike you can use the city’s bike-sharing system, SEVICI. We have lots of renting bikes along the city; in their website you can find the map with all the bike stations around the city. And their rates are very cheap: you just pay ~13€ per year when using a bike less than 30 minutes with the SEVICI card. And, in case you forget about the time, the prices are really cheap: ~0.50€ for the next hour after the first 30min. elapsed, and ~1€ for each following hour. Here is a YouTube link in which you can see how to get a bike out of a SEVICI station.

-       By taxi: Here you can see the approximated price of the different taxi fares. In the aforementioned link we’re showing the prices of one taxi company, but they are very similar from one company to another. We hope it is useful for you (although it is in Spanish too).

-       By subway: Seville has one subway line. To see its stops, rates, and timetables, click here.

Bank Account

-       Credit cards and traveller’s cheques: Most day-to-day purchases in Spain are made with cash and, as such, you will find that many small businesses do not accept credit cards. However, for larger purchases such as airline tickets, hotels, clothing, and gifts, using a credit card can be a convenient alternative. Credit card companies generally offer excellent exchange transactions involve a fee of around 2-3% of the cost of your purchase. The exact amount of this fee depends on the bank which issued your credit card. Check with your credit card company for more specific information on exchange rates and transaction fees for international purchases. The use of traveller’s cheques is not at all common in Spain, and most businesses refuse to accept them as a form of payment.

 

-       Opening a bank account: If you have come to Spain with a large amount of cash, we suggest that you open a local non-resident bank account, as this will minimize the risk of theft. Otherwise, opening a bank account is not normally necessary. Usual banking hours in Spain are: Monday-Friday, 9:00-14:00; Saturday, 9:00-13:00. Banks are usually closed on Saturdays from June to September.

 

You will find ATMs all around Seville, and it is a convenient way to withdraw money from your bank account. If you already have a bank account in your home country and don’t want to open another one here, after coming to Spain, we suggest that you ask your bank about the conversion fees you will be charged while abroad (the money that you will withdraw in the ATMs will be in Euros).

 

-       How to wire money in an emergency: If your parents need to send you money in an emergency, the best option is to do an international wire transfer via MoneyGram or Western Union. General information including FAQs on performing international wire transfers can be found in their websites (click on the names of the companies).

Mobile Phone Services

The big mobile phone companies in Spain are: Vodafone, Orange, and Movistar.

But there are also small ones with cheaper prices, like Simyo, or Yoigo. Bear in mind that people with a big company’s cell number pay more for calling small companies’ numbers than big ones’, so make sure you won´t be all the time calling everybody if you decide to join a small company!

Shopping

-       Timetables: establishments are usually open from 9:30 to 14:00 and again from 17:00 to 21:00, Monday to Saturday. Shopping malls and department stores are usually open all day, from 10:00 to 22:00, Monday to Saturday; and they also open on some public holidays. Read more about commercial timetables and public holidays in Spain.

 

-       What to buy? - Clothing: Spain is the country of INDITEX, a company which has well-known brands: Zara, Pull&Bear, Stradivarius, Massimo Dutti, and so on. Desigual, and Adolfo Dominguez are other famous Spanish-based brands, but they’re slightly more expensive than the INDITEX ones. Spain is also famous for its shoe brands: Camper, Hispanitas. We don’t want to advertise them, but we believe that here you have a good chance of getting cheaper items of these brands.

 

-       Where to go shopping? In the city centre the main streets to go shopping are Sierpes, Rioja, and Tetuán. You can find as well department stores in that area, like El Corte Inglés (2 of them), and Fnac. If you feel brands are not your style, take a round through Amor de Dios street and the area around Alameda de Hércules, where hippy, gothic, or exclusive clothes can be bought; also, in Feria street you will find HUMANA, a thrift shop where you can get items for even 1€. Apart from the city centre, you can go to Nervión Plaza shopping mall (next to Sevilla FC stadium), where you’ll find more brand shops.

 

If your idea of shopping is more related with souvenirs, take a look in the Santa Cruz district or, even better, in Sierpes street near San Francisco square (we’ve found there cheaper places than in Santa Cruz). Through the year, some street markets are set up in the city centre: in Christmas you will discover a whole market for nativity scene figures both in San Francisco square and near the cathedral, and in April in Plaza Nueva there are plenty of stands sending old and new books.

 

 

 

 

 

Student Activities

Student Organisations

There are several interesting Engineering organizations in the campus:

-       EUROAVIA: It is a new organization made by and for students of Aerospace Engineering. Even though it is not considered for IEM engineers, we have a good relationship with them not only for helping each other when in need, but also for e.g. sharing the same kind of problems when organizing events.

-       LEEM: It can be translated to English as "Experimental Laboratory in Space and Microgravity". It is also an Aerospace engineers association. They are mainly focused on designing rockets and on joining ESA competitions.

-       ESIBot: it’s the Robotics Engineering association we have. They organize educational courses and also they take part in national competitions.

Apart from all the associations mentioned, we also have plenty of free workshops you can join. Some of them are: dancing (salsa, sevillanas, belly dancing…), music, martial arts, photography, cinema, capoeira, oriental culture… Just visit the culture area (Aula de cultura) and have a look. Surely you'll find something that suits you!

 

Nightlife

‘Party hard’ could be a cool slogan to describe the nightlife of Seville. We would also add this sentence: 'Survive if you are able to everything Seville offers you'.

Seville is known as a great place to go out and meet different kinds of people; furthermore, locals are very warm and hospitable. Streets at night aren’t dangerous at all, although it doesn’t mean that you can have a walk showing your wallet. Take a little care of yourself, try to have as much fun as possible, and you will enjoy Seville’s nightlife.

When going out at night, you can go to the centre of Seville, which is full of bars where you can enjoy a nice beer with several friends. At night, these areas are the most popular among university students:

-       Alfalfa: It’s an area full of bars near the recently revamped Plaza de la Encarnación. Don't forget to visit bars like 'La Rebotica', a cocktail bar full of international young people, 'Catedral club', with techno and R&B disco music, or their other surrounding bars.

-       Alameda: 5 minutes far by walking from the Plaza de la Encarnación, Alameda de Hércules is a long plaza full of bars and discos, like 'Café Central', a meeting point; 'Eureka', a perfect bar to have a drink while talking with your friends; 'Utopia', a small place but where to dance; and 'Fan Club', one of the best discos in the city, small but with a high variety of sounds.

-       Arenal: close to La Maestranza, Seville’s bullfighting arena, and near the centre, this area is also full of bars. In 'Postura', don’t forget to ask for a posturita (sweet wine with rum), in 'Esencia' there is an Erasmus party on Wednesdays, and in 'Noha' there’s live music.

-       Triana: it has lots of bars and pubs beside the channel. This place is very nice at summer nights due to river breezes. Betis street is the perfect place to spend the night, because there is a pub no longer than 15 meters!

Also depending on the activity that you want to do, you have several options:

-       Flamenco show: Seville is the birthplace of Flamenco, a unique musical style that is known for its high artistic quality, and combines dancing and singing, so if you come to Seville, don’t miss the chance to see a Flamenco show! We recommend La Carbonería (calle Levíes, 18), as it has the best reputation and it is the most authentic of all the flamenco shows available in Seville; furthermore, the entrance is free!

-       Clubbing: Clubs’ entrance in Seville is usually free for foreigners. Sorry guys, but girls’ entrance is free and they also have a free drink with it. You must know you have to go to clubs well dressed and you need to wear proper shoes to get inside; this is because bouncers are very restrictive. It is useful to know that if they don’t want you to go in, they will ask you a lot of money for the disco ticket. Don't be afraid of this because if you talk to them in a polite way, you will surely go in with all your friends for free.

Click on this website to have a look at the clubs in Seville: Seville clubs list.

If you want to know more places where you can go out while in Seville, read this two amazing pages: Nightlife in Seville – List 1; Nightlife in Seville – List 2

 

Sports

Seville is perfect if you want to practice sports. It has warm temperatures and sunny weather during most of the year. Furthermore, the ground is very even, so it is very comfortable to go jogging or roller-skating beside the channel, or in one of the parks that Seville has, like the emblematic Parque de Maria Luisa, where some people go workout. Also, riding a bicycle through the city is a good choice to go sightseeing or simply to avoid buses; see above LivingàTransportation for more information about cycling in Seville.

Another positive point of our city talking about sports is the main channel that crosses the city, the Canal de Alfonso XIII, where lots of people go rowing and canoeing. During winter it is quite crowded, because plenty of foreigner rowing and canoeing teams go there to practice because of the cold weather in their countries.

Football is the most important sport in Spain and also in Seville. The Spanish Football League is one of the most famous leagues in Europe. In Seville, we have two teams: Sevilla FC and Real Betis. Rivalry between these two teams divides almost the entire population of Seville. Don't worry about this, it’s just wholesome rivalry. The best thing after football matches between both teams is the day after, when the usual thing is teasing supporters of the team that has been defeated.

Basketball is another sport that is growing in Spain at a fast pace. Here in Seville we have one team, Cajasol (CDB Sevilla).

Seville has got also an Olympic stadium. In this location there have been hold many important events such as World Championship Athletics in 1999, the final of the UEFA Cup in 2003, the final of the Davis Cup in 2004, and concerts by Madonna, Bruce Springsteen, U2, AC/DC, and other famous national groups.

 

 

 

Contacts

Useful Telephones

Spain’s international prefix is +0034. When calling a Spanish telephone number, you have to dial it before the phone number. E.g.: if you call the Immigration to Spain Information phone from your local country, you would have to dial +0034 900 150 000. But if you’re calling from Spain, you don’t have to dial the prefix; you just call 900 150 000.

Emergency numbers

-       All emergencies: 112 (no area code needed)

-       Ambulance: 061 or 112

-       Spanish Red Cross: 902 222 292

-       Fire Brigade: 080

-       Municipal Police: 092

-       National Police: 091

-       Guardia Civil: 062

Travel information telephones

-       Immigration information: 900 150 000

-       Town Hall of Seville: 902 459 954

Study information telephones & email addresses

-       University of Seville – Vicerectorate for Students’ Affairs: 954 485 752

-       Admissions secretary: 954 481 255

-       Orientations secretary: 954 486 777

-       ETSI (Higher Technical Engineering School) – Secretary: 954 48 6115/6119/6747/6748; website (in Spanish)

-       Foreign Affairs Office at ETSI: they are there help you with the application process, and during all the academic year, to solve any doubt you may have. Contact:

o    Emma Rowe – 954 486 193 – relext2@etsi.us.es

o    María Álvarez – 954 486 115 – mcalvarez@us.es

 

Contact with the members of ESTIEM LG Seville

If you have any doubt when travelling to Seville, like: the visas and residence permits, travel tips, the application process of the university, the Engineering studies in Seville, the culture and the nightlife of Seville, or any other thing, write to any of the members of ESTIEM Local Group Seville. It will be a pleasure to answer all your doubts :)

Some email addresses

-       Local Responsible: Sara Gesé - LR_seville@estiem.org

 

 

Feedback

If there are any mistakes, broken links, or missing information in this article, please send a mail to the Student Guide responsible in Seville, David González Benito (David.Gonzalez1@estiem.org), so that it can be fixed as early as possible. You can also write to studentguide@estiem.org. We appreciate your help.