Experiential Learning Abroad Sevilla provides superior quality study and intern abroad program options in Sevilla that incorporate a strong intercultural element for our students. All aspects of the programs incorporate experiential learning and cultural immersion in order to open the eyes of the next generation of leaders to a global world.
ELA provides the opportunities for students to grow personally, academically, and globally utilizing the city of Sevilla and its components as the classroom.
We are a full-service boutique study abroad provider dedicated to high academic standards and personalized attention for all of our students.
ELA strives to embed elements of social responsibility into our study and intern abroad programs. We encourage intensive intercultural immersion and the acquisition of critical language skills, while cultivating an appreciation for cultural differences and increased global awareness.
We are deeply rooted in Sevilla and are invested whenever possible and encourage students to participate in sustainable service learning and volunteer opportunities and assist them in finding these opportunities.
We will open the doors for you to learn and experience Sevilla from within.
Our goal is not to move thousands of students worldwide. We celebrate individuality, and we strive to provide a personalized program and to help each of our students have a fulfilling experience abroad.
We are passionate about our work, and we believe strongly in that what we do allows us to help others to live an educational, cultural, and personal adventure both inside and outside the classroom that will yield better committed global citizens.
Our programs provide:
•Local language coursework so that you can take content classes in Spanish to improve proficiency
•Diverse students so that your cross-cultural experience includes both your host country and fellow students.
•Regionally relevant content in order to take advantage of our area experts and enhanced access to local materials, resources, and perspectives.
•Curricula-driven so that you can apply what you’re learning to your overall degree yet incorporate a cross-cultural, global team approach (a strong selling point to potential employers).
Founder and Director of Programs
I consider myself bilingual and bicultural. I have lived half of my life in Sevilla, Spain, where I was born and where I studied, graduating from the University of Sevilla with a law degree in 1986. The other half of my life I have lived in the US. I completed my Masters in Applied linguistics from the University of Massachusetts, and I have worked as a Spanish Immersion and ESL education specialist for more than 25 years for school systems in Massachusetts, the District of Columbia, and Virginia.
My life continues to be shared between two countries.
I truly believe the opportunity to live and learn abroad is life changing and will transform your intellectual knowledge into emotional awareness.
Our team is bilingual, bicultural and deeply connected to Sevilla for generations.
We will open the doors for you to learn and experience Sevilla, Spain from within.
Miriam Diaz Carvajal
I was born in Sevilla and have lived here most of my life. My experience learning abroad started very young as an English student in study abroad programs in England and Ireland. I graduated from The Official School of Tourism in Madrid with a degree in Tourism and Management. Before coming to ELA I have led groups to Tunisia, Morocco, Greece, Vienna, New York, San Francisco, Miami, Río de Janeiro, Argentina, Madeira, Bali, Singapore, Canada. At ELA I will manage your student life and academic issues as an integral part of your study abroad experience.
Finance and Administration Director
My enthusiasm for learning and living abroad took me to the University of Saint Louis where I graduated with a degree in business management and international relations. I have had a successful career building brands for local Spanish investment groups. I am looking forward to blending my analytical and creative skills with my passion for experiential education and travel to help develop our operations and brand.
Media Strategy and Communication Director
My learning experience abroad started in Boston where I studied creative writing, and business administration. As a professional videographer my work for companies such as Loreal, Aveda, Peugeot has taken me to many fascinating places including Italy, Berlin, Tokyo, Morocco, Tanzania, Thailand I oversee communications and creative initiatives at ELA, and help students share and capture their talents and experiences abroad in a digital portfolio.
Mercedes Prego de Oliver
I see myself deeply rooted in Sevilla but with my heart open to the many places where I have lived and traveled. My international experiences include living in places as diverse as rural Mozambique and the French Alps. Logistics and housing has always been my field of expertise. My goal is to match each one of our students with life long friends and families throughout our wonderful city.
Counselor- Student advisor
For me travel is synonymous with learning. What better way to acquire
knowledge than by forging it through your own experiences, leaving your nest, and being freer to assimilate all that comes to you. The person I am today has been shaped by all of my experiences abroad: Erasmus in Copenhagen, internships in Ecuador and Washington, volunteer projects in Malawi, Morocco, and the Canary Islands. Today, I am a better youth Counselor and Psychologist thanks to the many new routes taken and experiences I had when I traveled.