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6 posts from April 2018

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.

ACADEMICS

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!

 

04/12/2018

LANGUAGE AND SOCIETY, SPRING 2018, ISSUE II

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Seville is welcoming its Spring!

After the Holy Week came to its end, the city is finishing its preparations to celebrate the worldwide known Feria de Abril. On their part, our LS students retook their routine and their contact with clases.

During the past three months, CIEE LS students enjoyed great cultural and academic experiences which will help them to grow personally and professionally in the future.

IN ACADEMICS

So far, everything has gone smoothly and sweet as the students seemed to adjust well, and they are having a positive and productive semester. Students are happy with their classes´ selections and completed their midterm exams stage. They continue working to prepare for their future final challenges.

Besides, Language and Society continues to offer support with “tutorials” (through the “Centro de Recursos Lingüísticos”) for students who need extra help with the language or content courses.

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Among other out-of-class activities, students visited the Real Maestranza de Caballería de Sevilla (bullfighting Ring in Seville) and its Museum. Students learnt about history, practice and evolution of the tauromaquia in Spain. Later, as a task, they had to interview some locals in order to know their thoughts about the “Fiesta Nacional”. The results will help them to write an argumentative paper about the national topic. They went to watch the Spanish film Perfectos desconocidos by Alex de la Iglesia. In class they have been talking about cinema, and with this activity students learned more about contemporary Spanish language and culture. The group had a good time, spending time together outside of the classroom, and they had to write a composition on their experience, and an analysis of the fil

IN TANDEM

In February, students interacted in groups and discussed two different topics: college life in the US versus Spain and some of the world’s most common mysteries. The practiced their oral skills in the target language while exploring cultural differences and sharing personal experiences. 

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In March, we carried out the last session of our linguistic and cultural seminar English- Spanish. The session took place at the CIEE Seville Study Center's roof top where our students practiced their target language while enjoying some snacks. They discussed current topics such as machismo and cultural differences in non-verbal communication. They also had the opportunity to discuss social norms in their home countries. The event was bilingual, and the main objectives of this last activity was to continue practicing their target languages outside of the classroom and to reinforce the relationship with the Spanish students that started on the first session of the Workshop back in February. All students reported to have enjoyed the activity and the interaction with Sevillanos in a different, more relaxing environment.

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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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IMGP1709Morocco overnight trip. All our 7 LS students travelled to the North of Africa together with the BS program (69 students altogether). Trip ran smooth and students spent a great time together. Most valued activities like the intercambio afternoon with Moroccan students who practiced language with our students and provided a close perspective of their culture, as well as the craft workshop and the cultural visitThe group visited the small town of Chauen, and the two big cities of Tetuan and Tangier in the North of the country. Among their activities, students visited one local university where they could have a really interesting intercambio with Moroccan students in Tetuan. They discussed about cultural and academic similarities and differences between Morocco and Spain.

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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 is coming after Feria to guide our students to enjoy and close a successful experience abroad.

04/06/2018

Seville International Business and Culture, Issue II, Spring 2018

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Spring Greetings from Seville!

Spring has arrived to Seville, the orange blossoms are in full bloom and a few remnants from last week´s Semana Santa holiday can still be found here and there...

 

NEW! Onsite Internship for Academic Credit

This Spring 2018 semester marked the first semester of the Seville International Business and Culture Program offering semester-long onsite internships for academic credit. Students complete 100 hours of work, in addition to a bi-monthly classroom component.  Students can choose from a variety of fields such as marketing, finance, human resources, biotechnology, health sciences, etc.

 

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Did you know?

The Seville International Business and Culture (IBC) Program offers science courses in English for science majors. Below are just a few of the science course options that have been popular with students:

Fall semester

Anatomy and Physiology, 30 lab hours, 4 credits syllabus

Applied Microbiology, 30 lab hours, 4 credits syllabus

Organic Chemistry I, 40 lab hours, 5 credits syllabus

Biochemistry: Metabolism and its Regulation, 18 lab hours, 3 credits syllabus

General Chemistry, 18 lab hours, 3 credits syllabus

 

Spring semester

Endocrinology and Metabolism, 14 lab hours, 3 credits syllabus

Genetics, 18 lab hours, 3 credits syllabus

Organic Chemistry II, 40 lab hours, 5 credits syllabus

Sampling Methods in Ecology, 14 lab hours, 3 credits syllabus

Pharmacology and Toxicology, 7 lab hours, 3 credits syllabus

 

Fall and spring semester

Ecological Systems, 5 hours of field work, 3 credits syllabus

The Mediterranean Diet: From Fiction to Facts, 5 hours of lab, 3 credits syllabus

 
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Company visit to Basilippo Olive Oil

In March students visited Basilippo Olive Oil, a small family company located in the outskirts of Sevilla and dedicated to the production of gourmet olive oil.  Students toured the grounds of the company, learning about the production process, from the caretaking of the olives to the extraction of the olive oil.  Students also discussed with the manager the company´s markets, their market strategy, and growth.  The visit ended with a tasting of one of their fruit infused olive oil varieties.

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04/04/2018

CIEE SEVILLE BUSINESS AND SOCIETY PROGRAM, ISSUE II

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GREETING FORM SEVILLE!

Here we are again to share with you some of the highlights of the academic term thus far. The Business and Society program is full of enriching activities such as academic exchange seminars focusing on current issues in business (Global Discussions), company visits, internships with companies and several activities with local students.

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GLOBAL DISCUSSIONS

Eight “Global Discussions” have been organized thus far, with a participation of 96 local students. This kind of activities have been developed by the CIEE Business and Society staff to help students to meet more Spaniards under a more academic atmosphere.

  • “Youth and culture”
  • "Corporate Social Responsability: ethic or aesthetic?”
  • "Neuromarketing"
  • “Entrepreneurship and financing innovative projects in Spain and US”
  • “United States and Europe: two youths, two realities”
  • “The bitcoin”
  • "Business culture and International business"
  • “Are entrepreneurs born or made?”

COMPANY VISITS

As usual, our business professors have been organizing different company visits focused on business in Spain and the European Union. So far, the following company visits have taken place in the CIEE Business and Society program this term:

Caixabank, a financial group, leader within the Spanish market, comprising a banking and insurance business, as well as undertaking investments in international banks and in leading service sector companies.

Marie Curie Techno Incubator, the first start-up accelerator created in Andalusia, offers support and advice to tenants, with total accessibility, proximity and availability for solving and answering companies’ requests

Inés Rosales, leading company in the food industry at both the national and international level. Ines Rosales' products have a big presence in the most important retailers in Spain (El Corte Inglés, Carrefour, and Auchan) and worldwide (WholeFoods market in the US, Kinokuniya in Japan or Globus in Switzerland).

El Cubo, a crowdworking facility where the Spanish telecommunications company, Telefonica-Movistar created a corporate responsibility organization called Andalucía - Open Future. This organization works on accelerating local start-ups by providing them resources from technology to advisers to a location, etc.

Basilippo, an important oil producer, which makes extra virgin olive oil from the Arbequina olive, one of the four most important varieties in Spain.

Extenda, the Trade Promotion Agency of Andalusia, a company owned by Andalusia's Regional Government, in conjunction with the Andalusian Chambers of Commerce, dedicated to the international promotion of Andalusian products and the expansion of Andalusian business in foreign markets.

INTERNSHIP

At this point of the semester, all the students registered in the Internship Program are working in their companies and enjoying their experience.

OVERNIGHT TO MOROCCO

The highlight of each semester is unequivocally the weekend excursion to Morocco. During this fieldtrip, students had the opportunity to experience the cultural, religious, social, and economic differences of the developing North African country.

Before travelling, CIEE organized a mandatory session to prepare students for this trip to Africa. During the session students received information about business, economics, culture and safety in Morocco as well as information about the Business School, the company and the cities they to visit.

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CONNECTING CULTURES

Students received the visit of a Moroccan students. In this activity, students could learn about the Moroccan culture as well as meet new friends.

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A visit to our Facebook page will offer you a glimpse into our activities in and out of town.