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5 posts from February 2017

02/23/2017

LIBERAL ARTS NEWSLETTER / SPRING 2017 / ISSUE I

GREETINGS FROM SEVILLA!

Time flies! It has been already a month since Liberal Arts participants arrived in Sevilla …

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INTRODUCTION TO THE SPANISH CULTURE

During their first week in Sevilla, students started to get used to the Spanish time, meals and language.

Throughout orientation, in addition to attending to informative sessions on health and security, academics, etc., students participated in several extra-curricular activities such as tapas dinners, a bike tour and a Flamenco workshop. This way, students experienced first-hand some Spanish cultural elements.

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ACADEMICS

All spring participants ended their intensive session satisfactorily. This two-week course helped students to brush up their Spanish and get linguistically ready for the content classes for the rest of the semester.

Now, that students are settled in their regular session classes and have their definitive class schedule, they are starting to participate in other activities in the community such as volunteering and practicing sports.

TRIPS

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At this point of the semester, apart from other cultural activities and trips organized by the Student Services Department, Liberal Arts participants spent an overnight in Granada, where they visited the Alhambra, the Albayzin neighborhood and the Royal Chapel, where Queen Isabel and King Ferdinand are buried.

Many students have also spent a day in Jerez de la Frontera, Cádiz, where apart from learning about the city history and art, students visited a vineyard, Bodegas González Byass, where they got a grasp of the entire process of the wine production: from the grapes to the bottle.

We hope that you are having a great semester so far.

Please visit our Facebook to see what is going on this semester in Sevilla!

All the best,

Jorge, Sergio and Olga

02/10/2017

ADVANCED LIBERAL ARTS PROGRAM, ISSUE I

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Greetings from Sevilla.

A lot of activities in January for the ALA Students.

In their first month in Sevilla, the ALA students had numerous activities to know a bit better the city (tapas, neighborhood tours, health and safety sessions) and visited the two universities: University of Pablo de Olavide and University of Seville.

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During these first weeks they also had academic appointments to elaborate the class schedules for the semester and some students took a campus tour to know better the specific places where they are going to take classes.

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Finally, last weekend we enjoyed the “Fin de Semana de Inmersión”. During two days, our students and fifteen Spanish students enjoyed their stay in a rural complex where they carried out a lot of activities to improve their use of Spanish and deal confidence in it. Despite bad climatology, they could realize different activities outdoors like kayak and padel.

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02/09/2017

CIEE SEVILLE BUSINESS AND SOCIETY PROGRAM, 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.

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 24th by the CIEE Seville Student Services Director, Morgan Reiss.

INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

A total of 19 out of 59 students (32%) registered in the Business Internship class. On January 30th, 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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On January 31st, the Internship Fair took place. A total of 24 companies and 19 CIEE students attended the event organized at Novotel Hotel.

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REGULAR SESSION

These are the Business classes we are offering this semester:

02/03/2017

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS AND CULTURE, NEWSLETTER, SPRING 2017, ISSUE I

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¡Bienvenidos a Sevilla!

Orientation in Seville

The Spring17 students arrived to Seville a day after Spain´s National Three Wiseman holiday, jetlagged but excited to begin their semester study abroad. Students began the semester with an onsite orientation of the city, discussions on how to keep themselves safe and healthy during their semester, a presentation on homestay norms and the importance of communication between host and student, information on CIEE social and cultural activities, academics, (possible) cultural hurdles, etc. After a long day of sessions, students had some downtime with their orientation guide and orientation group to explore their neighborhood and enjoy a tapas dinner at local restaurant.

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Taking it to the Streets

Students jumped right into their 2-week Spanish Intensive Grammar course following the onsite orientation, enrolling in one of 5 courses, from Intensive Beginning Spanish to Advanced Spanish. One of the goals of the CIEE Spanish Intensive Session is not only to get students completely immersed in the host language from the start but also get them out into their community, interacting with their surroundings, with individuals and applying their classroom knowledge to the local cultural context…below are just some of the activities that students engaged in:

  • Taking photos of objects or behavior they found to be “curious” in their new cultural context, with a subsequent essay of their impressions of the object/behavior and why they found it curious.
  • Interviewing local university students about their employment opportunities, the Spanish university system, student interests, etc.
  • Visit to a local food market and writings about impressions, what they learned, etc.
  • Visit to the Seville Fine Arts Museum and essay regarding the artwork that was most impressive, what they learned, etc.
  • Interviewing host family´s neighbors with the objective f learning more about the neighborhood in which they live with a subsequent essay about knowledge gained and the similarities and differences between their Spanish neighborhood and U.S. neighborhood.

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IBC Activities

Several cultural and social activities have been held in the afternoons and weekends since students´ arrival, including a historical tour of the city, a daytrip to Córdoba, a cooking class in which students made two of the most prominent dishes in Seville: tortilla de patatas and salmorejo, visits to Seville´s Gothic Cathedral and Royal Palace, and Spanish student-CIEE student language exchange events.

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University Pablo de Olavide

Students are in their first full week of classes at the UPO; several students have made the decision to enroll in courses alongside their Spanish peers.

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02/02/2017

LANGUAGE AND SOCIETY PROGRAM NEWSLETTER, SPRING 2017, ISSUE I

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GREETINGS FROM SEVILLE!

The spring semester 2017 of the CIEE Language and Society program took off two weeks ago with a really useful orientation to guide our students in their abroad experience. After arrivals, students were assisted by local CIEE staff members to get accommodated with their new host families at their new homes, as well as to get familiarized with their neighborhood, the CIEE study Center and the main utilities of the city. Topics like health and safety or academic affairs were dealt in different sessions during those days. Then, the weekend came, and with it the opportunity to explore the city and its culture a bit deeper in an autonomous way. The orientation concluded with a visit to the Alcazar of Seville.   

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After the orientation, the academic course opened last week with the intensive Spanish course attendance during two weeks. Students enjoy some experimental learnings in their out-of-class activities like going to the cinema to watch Contratiempo, at the same time that they work in new linguistic tasks. This Friday, February 3rd, a final exam will close the intensive course of Spanish and will give room to their regular classes which will be confirmed after a first selection in their final registrations and after the add-drop period.

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Finally, CIEE invited their students to reflect about their expectations and challenges for their semester abroad: how they can prevent or overcome potential or possible obstacles, how they can reach their aims and the support they might need. We are sure that they will achieve most of their dreams and we are here to lead them and walk together in their adventure.