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8 posts from January 2015

01/29/2015

TEACHING DEVELOPMENT NEWSLETTER, SPRING 2015, ISSUE I

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WELCOME TO SEVILLA! 

Teaching Development participants arrived in Sevilla eager to start orientation and get to know our city.

During the orientation, students both attended informative sessions and participated in more interactive activities that help them learn to navigate through the city. For example, students went on a city center tour and a barrio (neighbourhood) tour in which they learnt the most handy resources near their homes, for instance, pharmacies, libraries, gyms, shops, etc.

These two first weeks in the program, students are also enjoying optional activites that allow them to meet other program participants apart from those in their orientation group or intensive class. Some of these activities include a panoramic monumental route, a shopping tour, an introductory Flamenco workshop and an afternoon at the cinema.

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ORIENTATION GOES ON

Apart from the activities scheduled for the first two weeks of the program, students will have the opportunity to participate in other sessions next week. For example, Morgan Reiss, Director of Student Services, will lead a Bystander Intervention training for all CIEE Seville participants. The aim of this workshop is that students be aware that they play an active part in their safety and in the wellbeing of their peers.

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ACADEMICS

After the Online Placement Test (which students took prior to arriving in Sevilla) and an oral interview to determine their Spanish level, students were placed in their intensive session class. This intensive two-week course will help them brush up on their Spanish for the content classes which begins in February.

PREFERENCES FOR THE PRACTICES IN THE SCHOOL

TDP students also stated their preferences whether they want to work with primary or secondary students. We are working with the school in order to place the students so they can start their practices in less than two weeks. Next week we will all go to the school to get familiar with the facilities and meet the professors the TDP students will work with.

This is a brief summary of what has been going on since January 12th but the adventure has just begun. We will keep you posted in.

Warm regards from Sevilla,

Jorge, Sergio and Olga

01/28/2015

LANGUAGE AND SOCIETY NEWLETTER, SPRING 15, ISSUE I

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GREETINGS FROM SEVILLE

 Spring´15 semester started last week and all students arrived safely and on time to Seville. They all participated in the orientation during the first three days. This orientation offered them several informative and practical sessions (academic and non academic) such as housing, health issues, or personal safety. Our Language and Society guides (Mariana and Sara) helped students immerse in the day-to-day life in Seville. They took part in activities such as ate tapas at typical Sevillian bars, attended a flamenco show or took a tour around the city’s various neighborhoods. They also showed students the public transportation, gyms, post office...

Orientation continues during the first two weeks. Several sessions have been organized regarding “Volunteer Opportunities”, “GLBTQ Student Experience”, “Non-Catholic Student Experience”, “Diversity”, “Safety” or Intercambios meeting”.

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On Monday January 19th, students started the Intensive Session classes (advanced and intermediate).  Thanks to this class, students will feel more confident about taking their regular courses. These courses have several out-of-class activities. During some of these activities CIEE students interviewed local students from the University of Seville to learn more about them and their lifestyles or visited the Encarnación market where they had the chance to explore the shops while they collected impressions about the history of the market.

 Students have also participated in activities organized through Student Services such tours of the Plaza de España and Alcázar.

 When the regular session starts on Monday February 2nd, we will be continue to offer several activities (both academic and Student Services activities) as well as the tandem project (with Spanish students), tutorials and workshops, cultural visits, trip to Morocco, volunteer opportunities, etc.

BUSINESS AND SOCIETY NEWSLETTER, SPRING 2015, ISSUE I

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GREETINGS FROM SEVILLE!

The Business and Society students arrived safely and they seem to be very enthusiastic about the idea of enjoying this experience.

ORIENTATION

After the three days orientation session, with the informative sessions about academics, housing, safety and activities, students had the chance of visiting the Alcazar, one of the most representative monumental compounds in the city, the country and the Mediterranean culture as a whole. Students enjoyed a flamenco show. All the informative sessions were held at the Business School of the University of Seville.

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INTENSIVE SPANISH SESSION

The students are in the middle of the Spanish for Business Students class, designed to help students prepare for their experiences in their classes by increasing listening and comprehension skills and building vocabulary. The students were divided into 5 groups according their level and skills of Spanish.

CIEE BYSTANDER INTERVENTION TRAINING

A very interesting session was held at the Hotel NH Collection on January 23th by the CIEE Seville Student Services Director, Morgan Reiss.

INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

A total of 30 out of 70 students (43%) registered in the Business Internship class. Students attended a preparatory session for the internships 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.

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REGULAR SESSION

These are the Business classes we are offering this semester:

We'll keep in touch with updates soon but don't miss the opportunity to "Like" and follow our Facebook Page / Twitter for regular updates on the program activities.

Best wishes!

CIEE BS TEAM

 

01/25/2015

ADVANCED LIBERAL ARTS NEWSLETTER, SPRING 2015, ISSUE I

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All of ALA students are on-site; the semester began.

Our students, from 18 different institutions, completed the onsite orientation, which covered different aspects:

3 academics sessions about our host institutions (University of Seville, EUSA and University Pablo de Olavide), grades in Spain, university exams, etc

Housing

Health and safety

Cultural activities

Tours around the city (city center, neighborhood)

Tour around the university buildings

Cultural visits

Oral interviews

Cultural Reimbursement Program

We had the active participation and valuable assistance of 4 Spanish students from University of Seville (Advertising, Nursing, Engineerign, and Tourism). Thanks, Alba, Eli, Lucía and Pablo!!

Last week has been dedicated to group academic appointments with the students in our office, assisting them in how to navigate the different web pages, and how to find the most important information: schedules, days of exams, professors, classrooms, etc. Next week we will hold individual appointments with ALA students in order to help them make a good selection of university courses, offering the wisdom from our experience and the experience of previous students.

We will keep you posted by email, in this blog and in our Facebook page.

Un saludo desde Sevilla

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01/23/2015

COMMUNICATION, NEW MEDIA + JOURNALISM NEWSLETTER / SPRING 15 / ISSUE I

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Students and professors of the CNMJ program, at the cultural hub 'Un Gato en Bicicleta' during the opening of the Spring 15 semester.

Dear friends,

All 27 students enrolled this Spring 2015 semester in the Communication, New Media and Journalism program (CNMJ) arrived as scheduled on Janury 13th—if not earlier—sound, safe and eager to start their semester abroad. We're very pleased to be welcoming this semester students from Wheaton College (IL), Indiana University-Bloomington, Saint Mary's College of California, Villanova University, the University of Oregon, Carthage College, Clemson University, Northeastern University, the University of St. Thomas (MN), Elon University, Ursinus College, University of Illinois at Chicago, Howard University, University of Vermont and Clark University.

Following a rather exhausting first week of onsite orientation, all students are now immersed into their two-week Intensive Session courses in Spanish Grammar, Latin American and Spanish Short Novel or Cultural History of Spain. They're all tuning into their Spanish and checking onto their intercultural skills in order to face their semester abroad full of strength and confidence. Students will be witnesses to a few months filled with social, cultural and also political activities in our city and region and we want them to be alert.

In order to introduce our committed and recently renovated academic team, as well as to further discuss the program's academic components, its experiential learning opportunities and our efforts to create links of reciprocity with our host community, students and professors got together last Thursday at the culture hub Un Gato en Bicicleta. In the course of this session, we also conducted the first of a number of workshops intended to enhance our students' intercultural awareness and gain during the semester.

In the next few months we will renew our relationship with the Centro de Iniciativas Culturales de la Universidad de Sevilla (CICUS), a first-rate cultural institution located at a 2-minute walk from the CIEE study center. In addition to continuing conducting CNMJ's core and elective courses at its media lab, the New Media and Audiovisual Workshop course, taught by professor Carlos Pineda, will be part of CICUS formative offer as a for-credit workshop for 8 students from the University of Seville, chosen out of a total of 20 applicants. They will be sharing academic activities and audiovisual production projects with the 24 CNMJ students who're taking the course.

Last semester, we successfully expanded our academic and experiential learning offer with the creation of the course Social Justice, Action and Media: Stories that Matter, which taught by the journalist and social activist Marina Blesa allowed students to become part of an itinerant radio project while visiting and interacting with NGOs, political, cultural and social organizations. This semester, with an increased number of students given its popularity, the course faces new and exciting challenges.

We're sad to say goodbye to our professor Juan Carlos Blanco, who's taught the course The Metamorphosis of News and Media: from Gutenberg to Zuckerberg since the Fall of 2011, but his new duties as Executive Director of Social Communication of the Andalusian Government make any other tasks incompatible. I am glad to let you know that he'll be substituted by the journalist Rosa Llacer, who has vast experience as founder and manager of several media companies, both private and public, as well as a professor of communications at EUSA School of Communications.

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CNMJ professors Marina Blesa and Juan Carlos Blanco

CNMJ's students and professors will be visiting the town of Cádiz at the beginning of February and the Moroccan towns of Tangier, Tetouan and Chaoen in early March. As with the rest of our activities, we will keep you updated.

As I always do, I'd like to encourage you to visit our website of student projects, masmenos.es in order to check amazing contributions from our students of the Fall 2014 semester in the areas of magazine, tv (audiovisual), podcast and photo reporting. There will be many more projects coming soon, as the students from your institutions start engaging with members of their host community. We trust that their endeavor will carry them well beyond comfort and customized zones as they explore their surroundings in search of stories of human interest.

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

Let's wish all of our students and professors good luck.

Warm regards from Seville.

Óscar Ceballos, CNMJ RD

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS AND CULTURE NEWSLETTER, SPRING 2015, ISSUE I

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GREETINGS FROM SEVILLA!

CIEE IBC PROGRAM started with their orientation on 7th January. Just one day after the Spanish celebration of their Three Wise Men Day. Unfortunately, flight delays were inevitable due to the weather conditions, but students´ arrivals were accommodated to welcome late travelers. Lost luggage was one more consequence of their delays, however they were able to recuperate it quickly.

ORIENTATION

Students’ first day was somewhat light, consisting of an afternoon coffee meet and greet in small groups with their orientation guides.  Students spent the rest of the day settling into their new homes and spending time with their Spanish families.

The following day students attended orientation sessions on health and safety and housing held at the UPO campus. They were also interviewed by their potential future teachers of their intensive Spanish course. In the afternoon, they spent a couple of hours getting to know the neighborhood where they are currently leaving followed by tapas at a local place.

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The remaining days were filled with a group dinner and additional orientation sessions, covering diversity in Spain, academics, excursions and social activities. They also visited some interesting cultural historic monuments, explored the city and enjoyed a flamenco show!

Intensive Spanish Course

Students have just finished their two week intensive Spanish Course which was held in the CIEE Study Center.  Although students found it intense (with three hours of class and activities per day) students´ Spanish improvement is notable even in this short period of time.   It has been wonderful to see the students´ determination to speak Spanish, which includes the students who arrived with no Spanish language experience.

All students enjoyed out-of -class activities and some intercambio parties to meet other local students too.

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Students will revisit the UPO next Monday for an orientation of the University Pablo de Olavide, with classes beginning the next Wednesday. 

Spring will visit us soon and with it, visits to companies, day trips, overnight trip to Morocco, mid-term personal goals review interviews. Etc.

01/22/2015

LIBERAL ARTS NEWSLETTER, SPRING 2015, ISSUE I

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WELCOME TO SEVILLA!

Last week, Liberal Arts participants arrived in Sevilla eager to start orientation and get to know our city.

During the orientation, students both attended informative sessions and participated in more interactive activities that help them learn to navigate through the city. For example, students went on a city center tour and a barrio (neighbourhood) tour in which they learnt the most handy resources near their homes, for instance, pharmacies, libraries, gyms, shops, etc.

These two first weeks in the program, students are also enjoying optional activites that allow them to meet other program participants apart from those in their orientation group or intensive class. Some of these activities include a panoramic monumental route, a shopping tour, an introductory Flamenco workshop and an afternoon at the cinema.

Mensaje 2

ORIENTATION GOES ON

Apart from the activities scheduled for the first two weeks of the program, students will have the opportunity to participate in other sessions next week. For example, Morgan Reiss, Director of Student Services, will lead a Bystander Intervention training for all CIEE Seville participants. The aim of this workshop is that students be aware that they play an active part in their safety and in the wellbeing of their peers.

Mensaje 3

ACADEMICS

After the Online Placement Test (which students took prior to arriving in Sevilla) and an oral interview to determine their Spanish level, students were placed in their intensive session class. This intensive two-week course will help them brush up on their Spanish for the content classes which begins in February.

This is a brief summary of what has been going on since January 12th but the adventure has just begun. We will keep you posted in the program blog and Facebook

Warm regards from Sevilla,

Jorge, Sergio and Olga

 

01/12/2015

WINTER INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS (SEVILLE + RABAT) NEWSLETTER, WINTER 2015, ISSUE I

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Greetings from Sevilla!

We just completed the first week of our International Business (Seville + Rabat) Program. This has been a pretty intensive week full of activities, classes, company visits, etc.

ORIENTATION

All of our students arrived safe and sound on January 2nd and attended the orientation sessions on January 3rd. Students not only received important information about housing, health and safety, academics, etc. but also had the opportunity to see some of the higlights in the City of Seville like the Cathedral, Plaza de España and the Real Alcázar.

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COMPANY VISITS: XTRAICE AND BASILIPPO

We have had 2  company visits during this first week:

  • Xtraice: a local company that are the inventors and unique world manufacturers of ecological ice, installing ice rinks all over the world.
  • Basilippo: an internationally awarded olive oil producer that sells high quality and gourmet olive oil.

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Company Visit: Xtraice

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Company Visit: Basilippo

DAYTRIP TO CORDOBA

Last weekend students visited the beautiful city of Cordoba. This city has an impressive personality and students could perfectly notice the mix of the 3 cultures that have been living here during the last 2000 years, visiting the amazing Mezquita-Catedral, the old Jewish neighborhood, the Roman bridge and the Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos.

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Thank you very much for collaborating with us and please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions.

Wishing you our best wishes for 2015!

Antonio