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3 posts from September 2017

09/27/2017

CIEE SEVILLE ADVANCED LIBERAL ARTS PROGRAM, ISSUE I

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GREETINGS FROM SEVILLE!

The fall semester 2017 of the CIEE Advanced Liberal Art 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. During the weekend, they had the opportunity to explore the city and visited the Alcazar of Seville.

Students also had academic appointments to generate their class schedules for the semester and some students took a campus tour to get to become familiar with where they are going to take classes: University of Pablo de Olavide and University of Seville. 

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INTENSIVE SESSION

After the orientation, the semester began with the two intensive Spanish courses:

 

LANGUAGE IMMERSION WEEKEND

During this past weekend, students enjoyed the immersion weekend, “Fin de Semana de Inmersión”.  During two days, our students and fifteen Spanish students enjoyed their stay in a rural complex where they engaged in a lot of activities to improve their use of Spanish and to gain confidence using it.

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This was not a touristic excursion but rather one of engaging in conversation with Spanish peers in various settings. We think this is the best way for our students to become more confident with their Spanish skills and it’s a good way to learn about the Spanish university life.

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They enjoyed a lot of activities such as wine tasting and cooking classes…

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…and outdoors activities such as kayak, giant bubble making and archery!

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We’re looking forward to a succesful semester.

09/25/2017

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.

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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 2 groups according their level and skills of Spanish.

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CIEE Bystander Intervention Training.

A very interesting session was held at the Hotel NH Collection on September 12th by the CIEE Seville Student Services Director, Morgan Reiss.

INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

A total of 7 out of 21 students (33%) registered in the Business Internship class. On September 11th, 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.

On September 31th, the Internship Fair took place. A total of 13 companies and 6 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:

09/20/2017

International Business and Culture Program, Fall 2017, Issue I

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¡Bienvenidos a Sevilla!

The Seville International Business and Culture students have had a productive first few weeks!   Upon arrival, students participated in key orientation sessions in which they discussed homestay expectations, health and safety abroad, academics, cultural and social activities, host culture diversity (as well as what it means for them to be “diverse” within the Spanish context), etc. When not in sessions, students enjoyed time with their orientation groups, exploring and learning more about their neighborhood alongside their Spanish student orientation guides.  Collage 1

Survival Spanish 

Students jumped right into the two-week, 3-credit, Spanish Intensive Grammar course following the onsite orientation--this semester we offered classes for absolute beginners to advanced Spanish speakers. Although the principle focus of the course is Spanish grammar, professors make a concerted effort to take in-class learning out of the classroom. For example, the beginning Spanish language students spent a morning exploring restaurant menus and learning how to order.  The intermediate Spanish students took part in an exercise entitled “obvious-curious” in which they explored the Mercado de la Encarnación, taking photos of objects (or behaviors) that were obvious to them, things they might see or experience in the U.S. or curious to them, things not seen often in the U.S., student later presented their “findings” to classmates (in Spanish) via oral presentations...the Elementary II students took to the streets to interview their Spanish peers about university life. Finally, the advanced Spanish students were sent on a scavenger hunt, with the task of finding historical clues around the city.

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Getting to know Seville and Universidad Pablo de Olavide

Several cultural activities were held in the afternoons and weekends during the first couple of weeks, including a tour of the city with CIEE professors, a cooking class to introduce students to Spanish gastronomy, and a daytrip to Cádiz, just to name a few. Upon completion of the Intensive Spanish course, students headed to the University Pablo de Olavide for an orientation and tour prior to the start of their semester-long classes. 

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