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06/27/2018

ADVANCED LIBERAL ARTS, NEWSLETTER, SPRING 2018, ISSUE III

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Dear friends!

The semester came to its end for the Advanced Liberal Arts program. From their predeparture, through their orientation onsite, including the Spanish language immersion activity, until the start of the regular course all our students overcame their challenging selection and confronted a challenging coursework full of tutorials, language workshops and activities that promoted their cultural integration, among them the local visits or the overnight to Lisbon.

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IN ACTIVITIES

Different workshops, activities and visits took place in this last stage of the program: “cooking tapas”, Cathedral, Giralda, Alcázar, Plaza de España and Parque de Maria Luisa visits, “wine tasting”, concerts and music alive, kayak along the river, picnic with Spaniards or city tours included some of them.

The semester was closed with a farewell cruise along the river of Seville, the Guadalquivir river. ALA students enjoyed of wonderful views while they had the opportunity to say goodbye to their CIEE friends who belonged to different programs and to some CIEE staff.

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IN ACADEMICS

Most of our ALA program students took their final exams and did their final presentations and papers to close their academic chapter. Students coursed classes of all kind of areas: from philology, to communication, going through Geography, History, philosophy, sciences, education, bussines, turism or rights. 

Many of our ALA program students applied and got a tutor of content and just a few required some support for their Spanish. 

IN VOLUNTEERING

As each semester, several opportunities have been offered to get students involved in the local community, such as volunteering and teaching and 5 of our ALA students took advantage of this experience.

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We’d like to thank you for your continued support of the CIEE Advanced Liberal Arts program in Seville.

We wish you all a great summer time!

We’ll be back with more news in late September, at the start of the Fall 2018 semester.

Warm regards from Seville!

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,

02/24/2018

Advanced Liberal Arts, Spring 2018, Issue I

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¡Bienvenidos!

Orientation

CIEE SEVILLE ALA students´ semester started with their arrival last Wednesday, January 17. Our 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, CIEE Seville and the main utilities of the city.

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Our students completed their two-week Spanish intensive course where they refreshed, practiced and progressed in language, getting prepared to select their final regular classes after individual academic meetings with the resident staff.

Regular classes started Monday, February 5th at CIEE, the previous week at UPO and one day after at University of Seville.Most of our students are attending their regular courses at the University of Seville, a few are taking classes at UPO and just one at EUSA, what means that our students were enrolled at the three main institutions that CIEE is joined to. 

Finally, three of our students also decided to work on independent researches projects that involve them deeply working together with their professors specialist in different areas of their specific interests.

Cultural activities and trips

 ALA students participated in the CIEE immersion course at “La Sierra del Huéznar” where they could interact with Spanish students through multiple sportive and cultural activities enjoying of the great and natural environment surrounding them.

 

 

12/20/2017

ADVANCED LIBERAL ARTS, NEWSLETTER, FALL 2017, ISSUE III

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This was a truly exceptional semester for the Advanced Liberal Arts program, full of challenging coursework, the orientation, the Spanish language immersion weekend, the nerve-wracking selection process and the first days at the University of Seville, the first exams, the excursions offered through the Cultural Reimbursement Program, the activities and visits, the cultural integration, language workshops, tutors of contents, etc.

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We’d like to thank you for your continued support of the CIEE Advanced Liberal Arts program in Seville.

You can find much more information about our semester –including many images of it– at our Facebook page. We’ll be back with more news in late January, at the start of the Spring 2018 semester. In the meantime, have a merry Christmas and happy holidays.

If you have any questions or feedback on the program, please do not hesitate to contact the CIEE Staff. 

Warm regards from Seville!

11/10/2017

ADVANCED LIBERAL ARTS NEWSLETTER, FALL 2017, ISSUE II

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ALA students have all became a part of the daily life at the University of Seville.

Staff meet with all the ALA students to know about their experience in Seville as a great opportunity to detect first-hand questions that might require our help and intervention. Fortunately everything seemed to be going quite well. We talked about courses, tutors, language partners, evaluations of university professors, housing, social relationships with Spanish student, housing, etc. Fortunately everything seemed to be going quite well.

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This week, students enjoyed our Info & Pizza, a second orientation to make them remind the most important things we talk about the very beginning of the term, such as exams policy at Spanish University, libraries, how to use the blackboard, other virtual tools at the university, etc.

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… visit to medieval castles, markets, cooking tapas, hikings, basket games, wine tasting or flamenco workshops.

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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.

03/29/2017

ADVANCED LIBERAL ARTS PROGRAM, ISSUE II

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Did you know that the University of Seville used to be a tobacco factory? This is the first question most people in Seville ask visitors and one of the first things students learn about the university.

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The Advanced Liberal Program students are enjoying the first days of spring in Seville after their CIEE midterm exams -- they did very well! After the first month, students had already adapted to the Spanish educational system and their classes.

The students at the University of Seville are fortunate enough to study in one of the most impressive and historic buildings in the city: the Royal Tobacco Factory where the well-known opera "Carmen" takes place.

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Photo: Historia de la Real Fábrica de Tabacos de Sevilla, by José Manuel Rodríguez Gordillo

During these weeks, we have individual sessions with each student to review how their semester is going in terms of housing, academics, cultural immersion, language, and general experience. Some of the students are currently participating in tutorial sessions. We've added new students to the tutors list, and they are already helping students with their courses.

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Georgetown students (Glenna Roberts and Neville Palmer) visiting Madrid

In addition, some students are already taking advantage of the cultural reimbursement program, taking trips throughout Spain: San Sebastian, Madrid, Ronda, and Barcelona. As part of our program activities, we will also take a trip to Granada. This will be a nice opportunity for us to spend time together!

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Shannon Peters (Barnard College), Margaret Crownower (Georgetown students) and a friend of them in Madrid

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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12/21/2016

ADVANCED LIBERAL ARTS NEWSLETTER / FALL 2016 / ISSUE III

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Times flies! Happy Winter vacation and New Year!

We hope our students learnt a lot from this experience and share it with their families and friends back home. We're happy to say that through their work, experiences and activities, most of our students have once again helped us expand our network of friends in Seville. Their interactions of this semester will prove useful both for other students in the future and for our academic team. It has really been a pleasure to work jointly with our students because of their contribution through their experience to the University of Seville.

Now we are reviewing everything that has happened this fall semester:  orientation, Spanish language immersion weekend, the nerve-wracking selection process and the first days at the University of Seville, the first exams, excursions offered through the Cultural Reimbursement Program, visits, cultural integration, language workshops, tutors of contents,  etc. Our Facebook page will undoubtedly help to remember the best moments.

It's a good occasion to say "until soon".

 

 

12/15/2016

A Page Out of a Fairy Tale 

Once upon a time, amidst the rolling hills and vast valleys of the countryside, stood a castle perched on the highest point that the eye could see. Surrounding the castle stretched endless acres of pasture dotted with a mix of white little houses and white not-so-little sheep, filling the atmosphere with a chorus of jingling bells & “baas” as they waited to be shaved.

This fairy tale is being lived out today, in real life: in Aracena, Andalucía.

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Weeks ago, I had blindly signed up for a day trip to Aracena, not knowing exactly what I was in for. I wanted to take advantage of all the excursions offered by my study abroad program -- despite the early 9AM Saturday morning rendezvous. With the combination of clear skies and warm weather complementing the city’s natural and architectural beauty, Aracena truly blew us away.

What’s special about Aracena is its beauty both above ground and below. Upon arriving, we began our climb of one hundred meters to reach the highest point of the city where the centuries old castle stood. The hilly terrain was prime natural protection against invaders, therefore the castle was more symbolic versus active during its time. From such a high point, the eye was treated to a breathtaking vista of greenery dotted with picturesque clusters of white pueblos.  

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Once arriving back to city center, we began our descent down one hundred meters underneath the streets of Aracena. The rocky limestone terrain is highly susceptible to the forces of erosion, leaving a labyrinth of underground caves covering 1200 square kilometers. Our jaws remain dropped as we continued through each section of the caves, in awe of the complicated structures produced by simple a combination of water and sediment. The prohibition of photography enhanced our senses of observation, shifting our focus on taking in the artwork of stalagmites and stalactites through our natural lenses.

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Taking a trip to Aracena was like walking into the pages of a fairy tale. It was a journey that left my quads and glutes whining, but more importantly left my mind and heart overwhelmed with contentment from such a magical experience.