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2 posts from July 2016

07/28/2016

SUMMER INTERNSHIP 2016, NEWSLETTER, ISSUE II

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THE END

It is hard to say goodbye at the end of each program. 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.

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.

Students interned in sectors such as environment and teaching consulting, marketing, telecommunications, health, logistics, sales and cultural exchange.

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To give the students an inside look to a Spanish business and to help them to learn some of the differences between the work environment of the US and Spain we organized a company visit to Xtraice.

Company Visit - Xtraice

A special feature of the Summer Internship Program is our trip to Morocco. During this trip, students visited local businesses and organizations which helped them to compare, and contrast Spanish and Moroccan work settings. During the trip, students visited the “Tetouan State Vocational School” where students learned how to work with the typical wood, leather, silver and gold crafts from the area. Students enjoyed their free time to go shopping with in the local markets in Assilah, Tangier and Chef Chaouen.

But Morocco has not been the only trip that we take. 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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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,

Virginia, Brittany and Antonio

07/19/2016

Newsletter II Summer Language & Culture Seville

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On Monday, July 11th, students of the Summer Language & Culture program featured in a Diario de Sevilla article by journalist Francisco Correal titled "Paisanos de Obama en la Sevilla inédita". Unfortunately due to the events that took place in Dallas, President Obama cancelled last minute his private visit to Seville, scheduled for July 9th and 10th

Greetings from Seville,

Session II of CIEE Seville's Summer Language & Culture program ended last Friday, July 15th after four very intense weeks of academic work, intercultural learning, leisure and travel for the 61 students that joined us.

We can assure you that the students enrolled in the courses Intermediate and Advanced Spanish Language have worked hard in order to improve their language skills, collaborating with their professors, Marga Jiménez and José Luis Martínez, both in and out of the class. Amongst the many activities and field trips in which they have participated, we should highlight the choral interview to the students of the course Advanced Spanish Language by Diario de Sevilla journalist Francisco Correal, titled "Paisanos de Obama en la Sevilla inédita". Correal, who accompanied the students during a visit to the flea market of 'El Jueves', asked all of them about the imminent visit of President Obama to Seville, which was unfortunately at the very last minute due to recent events in Dallas. If you read Spanish, don't miss the opportunity to  read this very interesting article containing good quotes both by Correal and by the students.

The course Flamenco in Andalusia: Culture, Language, Music, and Dance, offered in Spanish during this session and taught again by professor Jaime Trancoso, gave students the opportunity to learn through theoretical and practical sessions as well as through visits to Flamenco performances and studios such as the dance school of Matilde Coral or the Peña Flamenca Torres Macarena. There was always a good beat coming out of Trancoso's classroom, as stated by those who walked by its door.

Students enrolled in the course Three Cultures in Spain: Jews, Christians, and Muslims, taught in Spanish by professor Carlos Sánchez, have visited, amongst many other places of historical significance, Seville's Antiquarium, under Plaza de la Encarnación, the 14th century palace 'Casa de Pilatos', the Archaeological Museum, the Royal Alcazar palace and gardens or the Cathedral. 

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Andrew Milowsky (Pennsylvania State University), Mathew Strickland (PSU), Pablo Pacheco (University of Seville - orientation guide), Nivedha Sukumar (The University of Texas at Dallas), Natalie Milas (PSU), Amanda Odasz (Northwestern University), Brian Hemphill(PSU) and Alexandra Wright (PSU) enjoy tapas during the onsite orientation

Last, but not least, students of the course Art and Architecture in Seville, taught in English by professor Dan Serradilla, did succeed in helping students unveil many of the secrets hidden under Seville's buildings, plazas and streets. 

Together with a large variety of culture and leisure activities, offered on a daily basis by our Student Services' department, all students enjoyed a day trip to the cities of Jerez and Puerto de Santa María, the land of Sherry wine and Andalusian horses, and an overnight trip to the maritime city of Cádiz, facing the Atlantic Ocean on what's considered the oldest urban foundation in Western Europe. During this overnight trip, they also enjoyed a visit to the Roman ruins of Baelo Claudia, located in the beautiful beach of Bolonia.

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The Roman ruins of Baelo Claudia (Bolonia beach) in the province of Cádiz, site of session II overnight trip.

Students also participated in a three day Intercultural Comparative Experience trip to the city of Amsterdam, which took place according to plan for the enjoyment of all program participants.

We're glad that many of our Session II students are staying with us for Session III. Classes will start again in a couple of days with the incorporation of 17 new students, whom we hope will also make the most of their time abroad.

Best regards from the academic team of the Summer L&C program, Olga Merino, Helena Andrés and Óscar Ceballos.