This program has been cancelled for the summer of 2024. We hope to offer it during the summer of 2025


Developing students’ oral communication skills has been an educational priority for thousands of years. Today, in our digital era, it remains a priority as a core soft skill. Being able to speak up effectively proves pivotal to grow professionally, advance personally, and engage civically. Moreover, we must be prepared to speak up both online and face-to-face. Based upon that need, this course combines theory and practice on oral communication to improve students’ public speaking effectiveness in the XXI century. Living in a globalized and diverse world requires acknowledging its key intercultural communication features.

Conducted in English


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    June 10-28, 2024:

    – June 10-14 (virtual)
    – June 17-28 (on-site)

    Application deadline: April 29, 2024

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    505€ (For UPO students and for students from partner universities)


    C1 English level*

    * You don’t need an official certificate. We will test your English skills via an interview.


    6 ECTS credits

Included in the program:

  • The Effective Public Speaking in Intercultural Contexts course
  • Two cultural activities/visits in Seville
  • Transcript from Pablo de Olavide University
  • Farewell tapas


The course will be held at Pablo de Olavide University’s downtown classrooms, located in the former Moroccan Pavilion (1929). *

*NOTE: Due to ongoing renovations, this building will not be available until the fall of 2024. Our summer program will instead take place on the main UPO campus (metro stop Universidad Pablo de Olavide)



During the in-person part of the course, housing options include housing with a host family or in any of the new residence halls located in Seville.

If you need any help with housing, please feel free to reach out to Lola at UPO’s International Center:

Course Goals and Methodology

The main goals of this course are to:

  • Offer basic knowledge to develop public speaking skills.
  • Combine theory and practice to facilitate effective public speaking.
  • Learn key stages of public speaking: preparing, delivering, and evaluating speeches.
  • Practice oral communication in online and face-to-face contexts, fostering digital abilities.
  • Identify and elaborate informative and persuasive speeches.
  • Explain and promote active listening.
  • Develop public speaking skills within an intercultural framework.

About the Professor

Dr. Carmen Hernández, who holds a Bachelor of Science in Information Sciences from the Complutense University of Madrid, has spent a significant portion of her teaching and research career in the United States. She first attended the University of Florida, where she earned a Master of Arts degree in 2000 and taught until 2002. Later, at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, she continued her teaching work until 2020. In that same year, she obtained her doctorate in Communication from the same university. Dr. Hernández has taught numerous courses in Communication, Interculturality, Culture, and Public Speaking. She has received several awards for excellence in her teaching work, both in the United States and Spain, and is the author of numerous articles and presentations.


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