University of Seville

University Information, Campus and History
(Seville, Spain)

The University of Seville is a public university located in Seville, Spain. Dating back to the late 15th century, it is one of Spain's largest educational institutions, as well as one of the oldest. Its long history has placed it at the forefront of Spanish culture and made it a central part of Seville's way of life.

The city's university was founded by the Archdeacon Maese Rodrigo Fernandez de Santaella under the name Colegio de Santa Maria de Jesus (School of the Blessed Mary of Jesus). In 1505 a papal bull of Pope Julius II granted it authority to teach theology, philosophy, law, medicine and arts. It was at first unable to keep up with the standards of the already established Universities of Salamanca and Alcala until it was confirmed as a practising university via a papal bull in 1955.

Today, the University of Seville is home to over 75,000 students. It is one of the leading research institutions in Spain, widely acclaimed for its vital contributions to science and technology research and its commitment to the highest quality of public service. It has also hosted the main database for the Spanish version of, a free online encyclopedia, since March 2002.


The University of Seville has four libraries: the Dante Alighieri Library, the Library of Manuals, the Art Library and the general library. The Alighieri Library contains the Libraries of Philology, History, and Geography. The libraries have a total of 9,000 holdings, all accessible through a catalogue guide located at the study lounge. These include general reference books such as grammar books and encyclopedias in Spanish and English, as well as complete issues of well-known periodicals such as The Economist, Newsweek and Business Week.

Next to the library is a Television News Room and Lounge where international students can keep updated with events in their home countries. The lounge keeps track of world events via an uninterrupted CNN International feed, aired throughout the day. The University also has a free Wi-Fi Internet connection.

Although there are no dormitories on the university campus itself, student accommodation can be arranged by the International College of Seville (ISC). Visiting families should note that the annual Easter celebrations of Semana Santa and Feria de Abril greatly affect the demand for accommodation, particularly around Barrio de Santa Cruz. Seville villas are always popular, being clustered in areas such as El Arenal.

Famous Students

The University of Seville has produced several prominent graduates in the fields of art and sciences. These include Mila Ramos-Santacruz, Ph.D., a computational linguistics expert and principal of technology provider SRA International; Felipe Gonzalez Marquez, Prime Minister of Spain from 1982 to 1996; and Lucia Alvarez, an internationally acclaimed artist whose works have been exhibited in Spain, Chile, Portugal, Italy, England and Hong Kong.

Contact University of Seville:
Address: International Office, c/San Fernando, 4, 41004 Sevilla (Seville), Espana (Spain)
Tel: +34 95455 1000
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