Spanish Graduate Exchanges
Universidad de Sevilla Teaching Assistant
Department of English Literature. Practical English classes and participation in other courses offered by the Department. September 1 through July 31. Round trip air (up to $1500) paid by ROMS, tuition for enrollment at Universidad de Sevilla is covered, medical insurance while in Spain paid, plus a stipend.
*Note: For this position, the Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) will receive 11 paychecks. Because the GTA may not receive his/her first check until November, he/she must have funds to cover expenses until this time. Visiting lectures are responsible for finding their own housing.
My year in Seville teaching and working with the faculty of English and North American Literature was exactly what I needed after becoming ABD. I wrote, I read, I studied. I enjoyed the Andalusian culture and made new friends. I ate my way through Seville and back again. I returned to UNC refreshed and ready to move into the final phases of graduate school.
-Grant Gearhart, Assistant Professor of Spanish, Armstrong State University.
UNC in Sevilla Program CINECU Program Assistant
The Department of Romance Studies sends one student of Spanish as a Program Assistant for the an academic year to the UNC in Sevilla Program CINECU. The Program Assistant works approximately 25 hours per week with the administration of UNC’s study abroad program, which typically enrolls 15-30 students each semester. Duties include office work and assisting with the program’s administration, tutoring of students, student counseling and support, word processing, database management, and special projects as assigned by the onsite Resident Director or the Director of Continental Europe Programs in the Study Abroad Office. One round-trip ticket RDU-Sevilla-RDU is covered by the Study Abroad Office, as well as paid medical insurance for the duration of the program, plus a stipend of a total of approximately $20,000.00 for work for the academic year.
I was able to work with UNC’s Study Abroad program in Seville from August 2013-June 2014. This was an incredible opportunity for me in a number of ways. My job in Seville was not a heavy time requirement, as I only worked between 25 and 30 hours per week, but I was able to learn a great deal about how study abroad programs work. Roughly half of my work was dedicated to the administrative side of things: keeping track of student information and flight details, creating reports about student performance, and accompanying students to doctor visits or computer technicians. The other work I did was related to growing the program: I helped update the program’s website, I researched potential new study and certification options for students, and I helped create program t-shirts for students. My weekly schedule was consistent, which allowed me to plan numerous trips around Spain and Europe. My job also left me with enough free time that I could do school-related reading and writing without feeling like I was missing out on the sights and sounds of Seville. Of course, my Spanish language skills improved dramatically. I almost exclusively spoke Spanish at work and, even though I became friends with a number of other native English speakers, living in Seville still requires extensive use of Spanish. English is not as commonly spoken there as it is in other large cities like Madrid, so everyone you interact with on the street or in stores expects to hear Spanish from you. People in the south of Spain have a very strong accent, and they tend to speak very quickly. Being surrounded by that type of language is overwhelming at first, but once you become accustomed to hearing Sevillano Spanish other accents are much easier to understand. I would highly recommend this position to anyone considering it: it is an incredible professional development opportunity, as well as the trip of a lifetime.