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SUMMER INTERNSHIP 2018, NEWSLETTER

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THE END

It is hard to say goodbye at the end of each program. Our Summer Internship program came to an end after these 8 weeks .We hope that our students keep fond memories of their time with us and feel confident that they are taking away something very important from their many experiences in addition to their increased knowledge and new business experience. Students were extremely satisfied with their internship experiences that began with the Internship Forum. We are confident that it helped them to gain very valuable practical work experience and cultural insight.

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ACADEMICS

With regards to the academics, Advanced Spanish Grammar, Composition and Conversation, is a course designed for students to achieve independent and advanced control of the use of Spanish in all skills. This class helps students to get confidence before beginning the internships in the local companies.

 

COMPANY VISIT

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ACTIVITIES

Discovering Andalusia is an important part of the Summer Internship Program as well. During their first weekend in Seville, participants had the chance to join us on a trip to Cordoba, a city that was once one of the largest and most important in all of Western Europe. Under Muslim rule, during the 10th century, Cordoba was a cultural, economic and architectural marvel.  During our visit, students toured its 14-century synagogue, as well as Cordoba’s Mezquita, a beautiful and fascinating 8th-century mosque, which now has a somewhat peculiar baroque cathedral built inside of it.

Students visited Granada and its Islamic historical legacy that makes this city a hot spot among cultural and tourist cities in Spain. Students were given a tour of the Alhambra, the Royal Chapel, Generalife and enjoyed free time to explore the city.

Another important trip was the daytrip to Cadiz, the oldest city in Europe that offers a highly interesting mixture of history, culture, architecture and landscape.  We believe the students have enjoyed every single aspect of their experience in the program and in the city, including the great amount of activities such visits to the cathedral and Giralda, to Plaza de España and Parque de Maria Luisa, kayak, cooking class, etc.

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INTERNSHIPS

Before the Internship Forum students attended a preparatory session where the Internship Coordinator provided them with in-depth information about the companies participating in the program and some tips about dress code, greeting, speaking, etc. and all the information about the participant companies.

A total of 13 companies attended our CIEE Internship Forum on June 5th. As a real process, students interviewed with several companies showing their best to get an internship in their favorite companies.

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The diversity and quality of the CIEE´s internship offerings is defined by its wide range of businesses: this summer students interned in sectors such as marketing, finances, tourism, technology/software, engineering or cultural exchanges.

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We definitely hope our students learned a lot from this experience and will share it with their families and friends back home. It has definitely been a wonderful program.

We’d like to thank you for your continued support of the CIEE Summer Internship Program. If you have any questions or feedback on the program, please do not hesitate to contact the CIEE Staff. 

If you haven't done it yet, don't miss the opportunity to "like" and start following our Facebook page or Twitter profile for regular updates on the program's activities.

Warm regards,

06/27/2018

ADVANCED LIBERAL ARTS, NEWSLETTER, SPRING 2018, ISSUE III

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Dear friends!

The semester came to its end for the Advanced Liberal Arts program. From their predeparture, through their orientation onsite, including the Spanish language immersion activity, until the start of the regular course all our students overcame their challenging selection and confronted a challenging coursework full of tutorials, language workshops and activities that promoted their cultural integration, among them the local visits or the overnight to Lisbon.

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IN ACTIVITIES

Different workshops, activities and visits took place in this last stage of the program: “cooking tapas”, Cathedral, Giralda, Alcázar, Plaza de España and Parque de Maria Luisa visits, “wine tasting”, concerts and music alive, kayak along the river, picnic with Spaniards or city tours included some of them.

The semester was closed with a farewell cruise along the river of Seville, the Guadalquivir river. ALA students enjoyed of wonderful views while they had the opportunity to say goodbye to their CIEE friends who belonged to different programs and to some CIEE staff.

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IN ACADEMICS

Most of our ALA program students took their final exams and did their final presentations and papers to close their academic chapter. Students coursed classes of all kind of areas: from philology, to communication, going through Geography, History, philosophy, sciences, education, bussines, turism or rights. 

Many of our ALA program students applied and got a tutor of content and just a few required some support for their Spanish. 

IN VOLUNTEERING

As each semester, several opportunities have been offered to get students involved in the local community, such as volunteering and teaching and 5 of our ALA students took advantage of this experience.

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We’d like to thank you for your continued support of the CIEE Advanced Liberal Arts program in Seville.

We wish you all a great summer time!

We’ll be back with more news in late September, at the start of the Fall 2018 semester.

Warm regards from Seville!

06/05/2018

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS AND CULTURE, NEWSLETTER, SPRING 2018, ISSUE III

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Seville IBC Program Closure

The Spring18 semester ended a few weeks ago on May 25th…below are a few of the highlights as we headed into semester´s end

Cultural Immersion to Morocco

During the overnight to Northern Morocco students were not just visitors to the country but rather participated in the daily lives of locals via informal interactions with peers, by living with a Moroccan family and by partaking in aspects of the local culture. As result of the immersion experience, students left with heightened awareness of their U.S. American privilege and status, as well as more accurate information of Islam, the political and educational structures in Morocco, day-to-day living, etc.

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Spanish Culture Up Close

Several students participated in volunteer teaching this semester, either with CIEE or in collaboration with the University Pablo de Olavide; students volunteered 1-2 hours per week at a local elementary or high school.

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Semester Farewell

Students got away from final exam studies for an IBC farewell merienda---students shared stories from their semester and reflected on how they will incorporate their semester growth upon their return home.
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05/18/2018

COMMUNICATION, NEW MEDIA + JOURNALISM SPANISH NEWSLETTER III / SPRING 18

Our Spring 2018 semester ended a week ago after 17 weeks of shared experiences and intense academic work. We’re proud to say that all our students have shown a keen interest in pursuing their personal and academic endeavors, have experienced life in Seville at many different levels, and have shown great commitment in the production of meaningful media projects with a focus on their host community.A prime example of this is the video interview that Dominika Struk (University of Illinois at Chicago) conducted, recorded and edited of the very fine Don José (above), a Venezuelan turned Cuban, now a resident of Seville’s neighborhood of San Julian who, at 78, recounts his life for Dominika’s camera with a defeating sense of humor and a great display of passion for life… And what has he not done?! A boxer, a carpenter, a motorcycle racer, a mechanic… Now, a grandfather. This is Dominika’s final project for the course Digital Video Reporting in Contextwith professor Carlos Pineda. As the rest of her peers in the course, Dominika has contributed to increase our students’ ever-growing media gallery of characters from the city, which include videos, magazine articles, podcasts and photo projects. See more, hear more and read more at our website of students’, masmenos.es.

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The 30th edition of the bilingual magazine más+menos is titled “Identity and Place / Identidad y Lugar” and has been created by the students of the course Magazine Reporting and Writing–with professor Óscar Ceballos– in collaboration this semester with students from the University of Seville. The twelve stories in this magazine describe one of our most important endeavours as human beings: finding a place we can call our own. In the article about basketball player Ryan Kelly, ‘Confessions of a Serial Traveler’, Benjamin Portnoy (Indiana University-Bloomington) tells the story of a former Duke and Los Angeles Lakers star, now starting a new life with his wife and daughter in Seville, playing for Betis Endesa. Emily Milakovic (George Washington University) interviews Clara Duarte about finding her identity in an open family environment though still influenced by a predominantly catholic and traditional society, “I Thought I Was Alone”. In the beautifully written article ‘Held Together with Thread’, Veronica Moyer surprises us with the story of Merche Pérez, who has a created a warm environment in the heart of the community while finding her own place in it. You can read the rest of the stories at masmenos.esor download its pdf versionto get the feel of the printed edition.

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As always, being creative has been an important part in the process of connecting with the host community, not only focussing on its history and culture but, more intently, on its present tribulations and its hopes for the future. Above, you can see a moment of the workshop conducted by professors Rubén Díaz and Antonio Pérez for the course ‘Digital and Visual Culture in Contemporary Spain’ and framed within the unit 'Ways of seeing Spain: Photography and Truth'. You can see the amazing outcome in this post of our Facebook page, where you will find much more information about the semesterof our students, not only from the Communication, New Media and Journalism Spanish program, but from all of them.

We’ll be back with more news in September, at the start of the Fall 2018 semester. In the meantime, have a great summer!      

LIBERAL ARTS NEWSLETTER SPRING 18/ISSUE III

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GREETINGS FROM SEVILLA! 

Last week, the Liberal Arts program reached its end. Only the six students who are taking direct enrollment courses at Universidad de Sevilla will remain a month longer in our city witnessing the splendour of spring in Sevilla.

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The life of our students these past weeks consisted of a combination of holidays (the Semana Santa and Feria de Abril breaks), the final classes, essays and exams. One of the most outstanding  projects is the teaching practicum of the Professional Teaching Development course. Julia Field, a student from Elon University, tells us her experience in this Digital Narrative Project that she made for the Intercultural Communication course.

Apart from classes, students also had time to get closer to the Spanish culture through fun activities such as kayaking the Guadalquivir river, cooking in a homestay, an olive oil and a craft beer tasting.

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At the end of April, the six Interest Groups (IGs) had their weekend trip. The IGs Tourism vs. Tourism, Urban Ecology and Flamenco travelled to Cádiz. There, students in the Tourism vs. Tourism IG participated in a photographic project through which they learned how the city transformed itself in the last century by comparing what they were actually seeing with photographs taken at the very same spots at downtown Cádiz in the beginning of the 20th century. Students in the Urban Ecology IG, together with an expert of the local Government, visited a Recylcling Center created by the Cadiz Town Hall. There, students learned more about pollution and recycling. Latly, students of the Flamenco IG visited the Studio Centro Flamenco de la Merced where they participated in a Flamenco dancing workshop.Cadiz
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The Interest Groups Contemporary Art, Gastronomy Culture and Urban Music travelled to Málaga. There, students in the Contemporary Art IG visited the Contemporary Art Museum. Students in the Gastronomy Culture IG participated in a paella masterclass conducted by Víctor Mendicuti, a competitor of the third season of the Spanish Masterchef cooking show. Finally, the Urban Music IG students visited the recording studio Music Master where they had the opportunity to do their own recording.Gastro
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And that’s all for the Spring 2018 semester. We hope that students left Sevilla with great memories and new perspectives.

Please, follow the experiences of your students in Sevilla in our Facebook page

 There will be much more to come…

All the best from Sevilla,

Sergio and Olga 

05/16/2018

LANGUAGE AND SOCIETY, SPRING 2018, ISSUE III

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FAREWELL FROM SEVILLE!

One more year our Spring Semester came to its end. Language and Society classes at CIEE and the University of Seville finished last May 10th. All our students finished their exams and papers, allowing most of them to leave Seville at the beginning of May, and some others throughout the month, since these last decided to travel once more before leaving Europe. The end of the course was celebrated with a farewell ship cruise along the Guadalquivir River where our CIEE students enjoyed a wonderful landscape accompanied by some friends and other local staff members. This last part of the semester continued to contribute to our students´ development flanked by some other cultural and enriching activities, and distinguished by personal and cultural growth, as well as filled with academic successes. IMG_4485 IMG_4485 IMG_4485 In the next months, we will continue to work with the preregistration of our future students for next Fall Semester 2018. We are very grateful to LS students for their presence in our program. It has been a real pleasure to work with them due to their varied contributions. Our best wishes for all their future projects, CIEE LS Program

COMMUNICATION, NEW MEDIA + JOURNALISM ENGLISH NEWSLETTER III / SPRING 2018

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The end of the Spring Semester came last May 10th, celebrated with a farewell ship cruise along the Guadalquivir River where our CIEE students enjoyed a wonderful landscape accompanied by some friends and other local staff members.

In this last part of the semester it´s worthy to highlight that the students of the Digital Video Reporting in Context course carried out a performative documentary practice at Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo (CAAC), where there was an exhibition by the Belgian performance artist Jan Fabre and the Iraqi artist Ala Younis.

The Contemporary Art Museum was chosen for three reasons. Firstly, as a proposal for students to contrast their preconceived ideas about the type of art that can be found in Seville and thus provide a sample of the heterogeneity that the city presents in this sense. Second, because the chosen space is, in its conception, an example of contemporary art by eclectically combining the specific aesthetics of an ancient monastery (whose Arabic origins go back to the 12th century) with that of modern works of art. Finally, this museum was chosen, and specifically, this exhibition, because none of the students knew the artists who exhibited their works in it, which provided an ideal context for the practice of performative documentary: faced with ambiguous contents, rich in meanings and possibly disconcerting, the reflection of the students on the exposed works could become a stimulating challenge for them. CNMJE 13
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During the Summer we continue working with the applications of our future students for next Fall Semester 2018.

We are very grateful to CNMJE students for their participation in our program. It has been a real pleasure to work and learn with them.

Our best wishes for all their future challenges,

CIEE CNMJE Program



05/14/2018

BUSINESS AND SOCIETY, NEWSLETTER, SPRING 2018, ISSUE III

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GREETINGS FROM SEVILLE

A SEMESTER FULL OF ACTIVITIES

This was a truly exceptional semester for Business and Society, full of challenging coursework, language training, homestays, enriching activities including local students, the Connecting Culture activity with the Moroccan students, the visits to companies such as Extenda, Basilippo, Inés Rosales, Caixa Bank or the start-up accelerator Marie Curie.

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As each semester, several opportunities have been offered to get students involved in the local community, such as volunteering and teaching and 9 of our BS students took advantage of this experience.

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COURSE CLOSING CEREMONY

Last Wednesday May 10th, we celebrated a special end-of-semester ceremony for our Business and Society students. We definitely hope our students learned a lot from this experience and will share it with their families and friends back home. It has definitely been a wonderful semester.

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I’d like to thank you for your continued support of the CIEE Business and Society Program

If you have any questions or feedback on the program, please do not hesitate to contact the CIEE Staff. 

Warm Regards from Seville!

Virginia and staff

04/27/2018

ADVANCED LIBERAL ARTS, SPRING 2018, ISSUE II

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WELCOME TO SPRING FROM SEVILLE!

After the celebration of our most popular Fiestas: Holy Week and Feria de Abril, Seville is finally welcoming its Spring! Our ALA students retook their routine and their contact with classes, and during the past three months they enjoyed great cultural and academic experiences which are helping them to grow personally and professionally.

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So far, students seemed to adjust well, and they are having a positive and productive semester. Students are happy with their classes´ selections and continue working to prepare for their future final challenges. Besides, Advanced Liberal Arts program continues to offer support with “tutorials” (through the “Centro de Recursos Lingüísticos”) for students who need extra help with their content courses.

 

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Mid-semester Individual interviews helped them to review their goals for this experience in Spain too, so CIEE could support them individually to guess how they can reach their desired targets. After some time for adaptation, program seems to overcome their expectations. In their personal midterm interviews they admit that they are happy, comfortable and integrated in the program.  

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24 out of our 32 ALA students travelled to Portugal guided by one of our staff members and two of our cultural guides during March 16-18 weekend.

ALA students enjoyed different walking tours and some free time around different neighborhoods of Lisbon like Chiado, Baixa Downtown. Belem or Alfama, visited Sintra and its Palacio Da Pena, Da Ribera Market, Lisbon Cathedral and Saint George Castle.

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Moreover, Ciee ALA students had the opportunity to join other Ciee students and some Spaniards to enjoy different local activities such as visits to historical monuments like the Cathedral or the Alcázar, Plaza de España and el Parque de Maria Luisa, Medieval Castles or Italica Ruins, and neighborhoods like Triana, Arenal or the Jewish part of Santa Cruz, historic buildings like the Pilatos House, nearby cities like Aracena, Jerez de la Frontera and its bodegas, Córdoba, Ronda, Carmona and hiking in the Sierra Norte de Sevilla or Sierra de Huelva. They could also visit some museums like Bellas Artes and participate in some thematic workshops like: graffiti, mud and wine, cooking tapas, religions, LGTB, wine, olive oil or craft beer tasting, sevillanas and flamenco, sports like kayak or gymkhana, and finally tours like: convents, Sevilla Low Cost, Opera, bikes tour and Cinema in Sevilla.

More news is coming before our program departure!

Best,

04/13/2018

LIBERAL ARTS NEWSLETTER / SPRING 18 / ISSUE II

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On Saturday, the Feria starts, this date marks the official kickoff for the Spring season in Sevilla. During the entire week, students will witness one of the most important traditional events in our city.

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Students took their midterms exams in March and they are about to enjoy our second spring break before their final exams.

One of the strengths of our academic program is the out-of-class component. For instance, in the course COMM3301CSC Intercultural Communication and Leadership, students put in practice some of the concepts studied in class reflecting about one of the most controversial “fiestas” in Spain, bullfighting. Students did previous readings exposing arguments in favor and against bullfighting and completed their study with a visit to the bullring, where they learned the origins and the functioning of this activity. Also, several classes, including Women Writers and Gender, Gender, Identities and the Quest for Equality in Spain, focused some of their out-of-class activities on the celebration of the International Women Day on March 8.

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CULTURAL ACTIVITIES

Students have extensively traveled in Andalusia with CIEE. They have already visited Granada, Córdoba and Aracena among other Andalusian cities, thus getting to know our culture through cultural activities and trips.

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INTEREST GROUPS (IGs)

Starting Spring 2018, we are trying to give IGs a greater focus on the local community. Thus, we are offering six IGs leaded by six of our professors who are specialists in the topics of their groups, which are the following: Ecology and Sustainability, Tourism and Counter-Tourism, Culture and Gastronomy, Urban Music, Flamenco and Contemporary Art. The Interest Groups, which according to students are one of the main elements that connect them to the Spanish culture, have organized very interesting activities. For instance, the Ecology and Sustainability IG organized a visit to Santa Cleta, a cooperative store focused on bikes. They learned about sustainable transport and did a bike tour.  3Students on the Contemporary Art IG participated in a stencil workshop at the Montana Colors store. Students had a good time designing the stencils and practising with sprays.  

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Students in the Tourism and Counter-Tourism IG visited the wine shop “Flor de Sal”, where a sommelier gave an introduction about wine mass production and its consequences, such as the closing of small wine producers and winemakers. Afterwards, students tasted some wines from small craft productions from several Spanish towns.

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Please, follow the experiences of your students in Sevilla in our Facebook page and in our blog There will be much to come…

All the best from Sevilla,

Sergio and Olga

COMMUNICATION, NEW MEDIA + JOURNALISM ENGLISH NEWSLETTER II / SPRING 2018

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Seville retakes its activity after its Holy Week and finishes its preparations to celebrate its most popular Feria de Abril.

During the past months, CIEE CNMJE students enjoyed great cultural and academic experiences which are helping them to grow personally, culturally and professionally in the future.

ACADEMICS

Our students continue their course hosted by EUSA. Visits to local channels like Canal Sur Tv. and other out-of-class activities have taken place along the current semester.

Students were encouraged to make a last effort to take the most of their experience abroad and perform successfully considering the arrival of the end of the course.

Mid-semester Individual interviews helped them to review their goals for this experience in Spain too, so CIEE could support them individually to guess how they can reach their desired targets. After some time for adaptation, program seems to overcome their expectations. In their personal midterm interviews they admit that they are happy, comfortable and integrated in the program.

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TRIPS AND ACTIVITIES

Morocco overnight trip. 6 out of our 8 CNMJE students travelled to the North of Africa together with the IBC program (around 30 students altogether).

Our students travelled to Tanger where they visited the women's center, DARNA, and had an informal conversation with Moroccan students about cultural diversity, education and women's rights in Morocco. They also drove to Asilah along the Atlantic coast and walked through its Medina (old town). In Rabat, they were hosted by locals during two nights and enjoyed walking through its Medina in small groups, visiting: Mausoleum of King Mohammed V, a NGO in Salé, across the river from Rabat, the Roman ruins—Chellah, and exploring Rabat’s Kasbah (old fort), street life and the Medina market in small groups with Moroccan students or young professionals who are volunteering their free time to share their culture with them.

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Students also found interesting the conversation that they had with a Peace Corps Volunteer about living and working in Morocco, as well as the experience of using the Moroccan public baths (Hammam) by themselves. But they could also contrast urban life with local life in the countryside through a short walk in the Rif Mountains, where they met a family home in a mountain village. They had lunch in the house of the family and a conversation about education, simplicity of life and economic challenges of rural areas in Morocco.

In Chefchaouen they enjoyed of a short walk through its medina with some background information about its Moorish and Jewish inhabitants and its historic link to Al Andalus. But they also learned exploring the Medina in their free time both how beautiful Chefchaouen is and how damaging tourism can be.

To close the trip and say goodbye, a special celebration dinner in the Medina of Chefchaouen took place. And afterwards, some Social time on the roof terrace of their hostal: to share images and thoughts from their journey.

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Moreover, Ciee LS students had the opportunity to join other Ciee students and some Spaniards to enjoy different local activities such as visits to historical monuments like the Cathedral or the Alcázar, Plaza de España and el Parque de Maria Luisa, Medieval Castles or Italica Ruins, and neighborhoods like Triana, Arenal or the Jewish part of Santa Cruz, historic buildings like the Pilatos House, nearby cities like Aracena, Jerez de la Frontera and its bodegas, Córdoba, Ronda, Carmona and hiking in the Sierra Norte de Sevilla or Sierra de Huelva. They could also visit some museums like Bellas Artes and participate in some thematic workshops like: graffiti, mud and wine, cooking tapas, religions, LGTB, wine, olive oil or craft beer tasting, sevillanas and flamenco, sports like kayak or gymkhana, and finally tours like: convents, Sevilla Low Cost, Opera, bikes tour and Cinema in Sevilla.

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More news are coming soon!