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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:

12/23/2016

BUSINESS AND SOCIETY, NEWSLETTER, FALL 2016, ISSUE III

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GREETINGS FROM SEVILLE!

A SEMESTER FULL OF ACTIVITIES

This was a truly exceptional semester for Business and Society, full of challenging coursework, language training, homestays, enriching activities including local students, the visits to companies such as Xtraice, Newbiotechnic, CREA, Basilippo or Polydesign System in Tangiers, Morocco.

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INTERNSHIPS

In an increasingly globalized economy, international experience in a professional setting is becoming more and more valuable. This semester, a total of 6 students worked as interns in local companies during this semester.

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FAREWELL

Last Wednesday December 15th, we celebrated our end-of-semester cocktail for our Business and Society students. 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 semester.

I’d like to thank you for your continued support of the CIEE Business and Society Program. If you have any questions or feedback on the program, please do not hesitate to contact the CIEE Staff.

Warm Regards from Seville!
Virginia, Brittany and Antonio.

11/14/2016

BUSINESS AND SOCIETY PROGRAM NEWSLETTER / FALL 2016 / ISSUE II

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GREETINGS FROM 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.

GLOBAL DISCUSSIONS

Eight “Global Discussions” have been organized thus far, with a participation of more than 50 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. 

  • “The entrepreneurial spirit and financing for innovative projects in Spain and in the US”
  • “United States and Europe: two youths, two realities
  • “The bitcoin”
  • “Coca-Cola’s one-brand marketing strategy”
  • “Spanish and American Stereotypes”

  Global Discussions

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: 

  • Xtraice, the exclusive developer and manufacturer of the unique Xtraice synthetic ice rinks.
  • Newbiotechnic, a biotechnological company whose R&D&I focus is on a generation of products for a small niche in the agricultural, food, and industrial sectors
  • CREA, a crowdworking facility where the city hall works on accelerating local start-ups by providing them resources from technology to advisers to a location, etc.
  • Basilippo, important oil producer, which makes extra virgin olive oil from the Arbequina olive, one of the four most important varieties in Spain.
  • Polydesign System (Tangier, Morocco): a company that specializes in Automotive & Apparel Trimmings.

  Company Visits

Daytrip to Cordoba

An amazing daytrip to the City of Córdoba took place on October 15th. During the trip students could visit the beautiful Mosque-Cathedral, the Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos and the old Synagogue.

Córdoba

overnight to morRoco

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 will be visiting this weekend.

Students visited the company Polydesign System in Tangiers, a company that specializes in Automotive & Apparel Trimmings and the Ecole Nationale de Commerce et de Gestion in Tangier, where students enjoyed having tea and traditional cookies with a group of Moroccan students.

Morocco

INTERNSHIPS

At this point of the semester, all the students registered in the Internship Program are working in their companies and have attended the Critical Reflection of the Internship experience session.

Internships

I’d like to thank you for your continued support of the CIEE Business and Society Program.  If you have any questions or feedback on the program, please do not hesitate to contact the CIEE Staff. 

Warm Regards from Seville!

Virginia, Brittany and Antonio

09/22/2016

BUSINESS AND SOCIETY, NEWSLETTER, FALL 2016, 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 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 13th by the CIEE Seville Student Services Director, Morgan Reiss.

INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

A total of 5 out of 21 students (24%) registered in the Business Internship class. 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. The Internship Fair took place on September 20th.

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REGULAR SESSION 

These are the Business classes we are offering this semester:

If you have any questions or feedback on the program, please do not hesitate to contact us!

Warm Regards from Seville!

Virginia, Brittany and Antonio.

06/22/2016

Interculturalidad en los mercados

This post is by Megan Yoder, a Business student from Indiana University. During the Summer 2016 semester she is doing an internship at EPES-061 through the CIEE Summer Internship Program.

Escribí este trabajo para mi clase, pero me fascina el sujeto y por eso quiero compartir con vosotros:

El Mercado de la Encarnación se encuentra debajo de Las Setas de La Encarnación y es un lugar muy popular con los Sevillanos.  Desde el siglo XIX ha habido un mercado en esta plaza, pero este edificio fue construido con la construcción del Metropol Parasol en 2005.  Los clientes examinan con detenimiento los puestos de frutas, vegetales, pescados y carnes para comprar alimento de alta calidad.  En los puestos de frutas y vegetales, se puede encontrar los mismos tipos de comida que en los Estados Unidos.  Sin embargo, los puestos de pescados y carnes, encontré muchas cosas curiosas.

Antes de esta visita, nunca he visto caracoles en un mercado.  Me sorprendió que los caracoles esteben vivos y la gente los compró por el kilogramo.  En este puesto, un saco cuesta 2,80 €/kg.  Algunos caracoles estaban tratando de escapar, pero siempre había una persona que los volvía en la caja.  Creo que ellos sabían que iban a morir.  No entendí la razón por la que los caracoles estabán vivos, pero una mujer, una cliente del puesto, me dijo que es para mantener el sabor.  Cuando se regresa a su casa con un saco de caracoles, se pone en una cacerola de agua hirviendo para matarlos y entonces se los pone en la nevera.  Hay muchos españoles que les gustan los caracoles y se puede encontrarlos en tantos menús.

Otra cosa curiosa en los mercados son los peces.  A diferencia de Indiana, para sevillanos, una parte grande de la dieta consiste en pescado.  También, Sevilla está cerca del mar mientras Indiana está en la mitad del país.  Por supuesto hay muchos lugares en los Estados Unidos que comen pescado, pero típicamente cuando compramos pescado en el supermercado hay simplemente las carnes de los pescados.  En este mercado, todo el cuerpo, incluyendo la cara, estuvo en exhibición.  No nos gustan las caras de animales muertos en los Estados Unidos.  Somos sensitivos sobre el conocimiento que este pescado vivía antes de comerlo  Pero en Sevilla es importante que los clientes vean todo el cuerpo del pescado para saber la calidad y la frescura del producto.  En esta foto a la derecha, hay meros en exhibición.  Los rostros me hicieron aprensiva, pero en realidad, he comido mero muchas veces en mi vida.

También, yo comía tanto pollo en Indiana, de hecho la mayoría de mi dieta carne es pollo.  Pero, me di cuenta que yo comía sólo las pechugas, las piernas, y las alas de pollo.  Los sevillanos comen todo el pollo como las yemitas (yemas) de gallina y las mollejas de pollo.  Una yema de gallina no es igual de una yema de huevo, sino es la parte en el ovario antes del proceso de fertilización.  Las yemas de gallina es un ingrediente popular en los cocidos y los caldos.  Una molleja de pollo es un órgano que permite un ave triturar finamente la comida.  A muchos españoles les gustan las mollejas de pollo en salsa con patatas.  Pero yo no puedo imaginar consumiendo esta comida.  Pienso que esta comida es extraña para mí porque no comía los órganos de los animales, sólo los músculos y la grasa.  Es interesante que no comamos todo el animal en Indiana, pero tenemos un dicho sobre la importancia de no desperdiciar comida. 

Cordero es otro ganado que los Estados Unidos y España tienen en común.  En Indiana típicamente se puede encontrar cordero en los restaurantes griegos o los restaurantes carísimos, pero también, la comida es sóla de las partes musculares.  Es cierto que no se puede encontrar la cabeza de cordero en un restaurante ni una casa.  La idea es absurda para mí.  Pero en España, la gente come las cabezas de cordero asadas con patatas o vegetales como comemos las pechugas de pollo.  Otra vez, a nosotros estadounidenses no nos gusta comer los rostros.  Para mí, es ya que en los ojos reconozco que este animal vivía y tenía un alma.  Me gusta la carne, pero, el hecho que una cosa viva tiene que morir para sostener mi vida es deprimente.  Las diferencias entre mis sentimientos y los sentimientos de españoles son curiosimas.

Además de la comida, la exhibición de religión en los puestos es curiosa.  En España es muy común a ver los cuadros de la Virgen María o Jesús en las calles, los mercados, los restaurantes, y otros lugares públicos.  En los Estados Unidos, es el opuesto.  Los sitios públicos son muy seculares para respetar las diferencias en la fe o la falta de fe entre la gente.  En comparación, la mayoría de los españoles es católica y es una parte imprescindible de la cultura para demostrar su fe en todos los aspectos de la vida. Ahora en los Estados Unidos, hay muchas polémicas sobre la representación y la práctica de fe en institutos públicos y creo que es porque hay muchas religiones en el país.

A través de mi visita del mercado, las conversaciones con clientes y mi familia, y la inspección de mi propia cultura, he aprendido mucho sobre las diferencias entre la cultura hispánica y la cultura de Indiana.  No estoy acostumbrada de comida como los caracoles, las yemitas de pollos, las mollejas de pollo, ni las cabezas de cordero.  No sé la razón por la que no comemos estos productos en Indiana a pesar de que la mayoría de nuestros antepasados eran de Europea.  También, no entiendo ya que estadounidenses dan ascos por los rostros, mientras muchas culturas no tienen el mismo sentamiento.  En cuanto a la exhibición de la fe en España, es un marvilloso aspecto cultural por la historia sobre el vencedor del país.  Por fin, es cierto que se puede encontrar muchas cosas curiosas en los mercados.

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05/13/2016

BUSINESS AND SOCIETY, NEWSLETTER, SPRING 2016, ISSUE III

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GREETINGS FROM SEVILLE!


A SEMESTER FULL OF ACTIVITIES

This was a truly exceptional semester for Business and Society, full of challenging coursework, language training, homestays, enriching activities including local students, the visits to companies such as Iturri Group, El Cubo, The Official Chamber of Commerce, Inés Rosales, Basilippo or Polydesign System, an incredible trip to Morocco or the Connecting Culture activity.

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VOLUNTEERING

As each semester, several opportunities have been offered to get students involved in the local community, such as volunteering and teaching.

3. VOLUNTARIADO

INTERNSHIPS

In an increasingly globalized economy, international experience in a professional setting is becoming more and more valuable. This semester, a total of 26 students worked as interns in local companies during this semester.

ENGAGEMENT IN THE LOCAL CULTURE

James Brooks and Brenton Reilly, Patrick O’Malley and Christina Zerfas have been chosen by their peers as the most engaged students in the local culture.
They have been recognized for their experience. According their peers, Brent volunteered teaching in a local school, gave private English lessons and played soccer with neighborhood Spaniards. James and Patrick continuously made a great effort to meet and to socialize with Spaniards and Christina played on a local soccer team, committing to speak Spanish all the time.  They were dedicated to their language commitment throughout the semester and their Spanish has improved a lot!

4. Engagement in the local community

CULTURAL REIMBURSEMENT

Our yearlong students enjoyed the Cultural Reimbursement program travelling around Spanish cities such as Madrid, Bilbao, Granada and doing cultural activities in Spain such football, theater, bullfighting, etc.

FAREWELL

Last Wednesday May 5th, we celebrated our end-of-semester cocktail for our Business and Society students. 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 semester.

5. Farewell Party

I’d like to thank you for your continued support of the CIEE Business and Society Program.

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

Warm Regards from Seville!

Virginia, Brittany and Antonio.

05/10/2016

Ellie y su familia española

Ellie y sus padres españoles

This post is by Ellie Boyer, a Business and Marketing student from Indiana University. During the Spring 2016 semester she participated in the CIEE Business and Society Program.

Yesterday I woke up in my bed in Michigan confused. I started crying when it hit me that I wasn’t in Sevilla anymore. Four months ago I was sitting on my bed in an unfamiliar room in Sevilla crying quietly with the door closed. I was scared, overwhelmed, and thinking “what have I gotten myself into?” Also, “I hope my host family can’t hear me crying.”

I didn’t document a lot of my journey this past semester on social media because to be quite honest, it was difficult. I felt like nobody wanted to see how emotionally, physically, and mentally drained I was. I felt like a liar posting pictures of a glamorous European adventure that I didn’t feel like I was experiencing. My first month there was far from the romanticized study abroad experience I had been told about by my friends. I was frightened, lonely, and at times very melancholy. Every day brought new challenges and MANY failures on my part.

However, all of those obstacles made my time there special. Overcoming the adversity of making a home in Sevilla was one of the most rewarding things I have ever done. All of my failures along the way have transformed me into a different person. When I began my adventure in January, little did I know that the strangers I was living with would become the highlight of my study abroad experience.

The thing I will miss most from Spain is my host family. My new family softened my cynical heart (believe it or not) and took me in as one of it’s own. I lived with 7 wonderful human beings this semester: Luis and Rocío and their 5 children, Luis, Rocío, Jose, Javi, and Carmen. And my only regret from this past semester, aside from indulging in a little too much rebujito during Feria, was that I didn’t get to say goodbye to my new siblings.

Among the plethora of things that I will miss about my family, here are a few highlights:

I’m going to miss watching them watch futbol games. The only thing more entertaining than watching a Spanish futbol game is watching a family of Spaniards watch the same game.

I’m going to miss José running to the door every time I leave and forget to say goodbye.

I'm going to miss Carmen coming into my room every time she hears American music playing.

I’m even going to miss the mischievous look in my host mom’s eyes as she serves me extra food when she thinks I’m not looking.

I didn’t think it was possible for me to feel at home there, but when I finally did, I was whisked away back to the States.

To my host family, thank you for being my second family. For teaching me new things everyday and for always being patient with me. For being unapologetically you, no matter how loud that may be. For giving me some incredible memories and making me feel like a child again, in all of the best ways. For screaming and fighting and showing me that unconditional love always forgives and harbors no resentment.

Sevilla taught me how to conquer my fears and embrace my imperfections. I know that I will never be the same person again because it took a piece of my heart that I cannot reclaim.

Thank you to my parents and the rest of my family (in the States) for supporting me to pursue this adventure, and now, it's on to the next one! Atlanta, here I come!

03/18/2016

BUSINESS AND SOCIETY PROGRAM NEWSLETTER, SPRING 2016, ISSUE II

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GREETINGS FROM 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.

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. 

  • “Leadership and Groupthink”
  • “The Entrepreneurship spirit and project financing in Spain and the United States”
  • “United States and Europe: two youths, two realities”
  • “Spanish and American Stereotypes”
  • “Coca-Cola’s one-brand marketing strategy”
  • “Corporate Social Responsibility: a question of ethics or aesthetics?”
  • “Culture shock: the good and bad of our countries”
  • “Artificial intelligence”

Global Discussions

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:

Iturri Group, the European leader focused on helping its customers in the field of security and the protection of people, processes, assets and environment, providing them with tailored, innovative and sustainable solutions.

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, the oldest distillery in Andalusia (1880) which has created a unique gin, created by chance, as they were looking to commercialize this fruit in pots, and that has conquered the most expert clients, the British, made out of strawberries from the fields of Huelva. 

Cámara de Comercio. The Official Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Shipping of Seville is a non–profit public law corporation.

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, Auchan) and worldwide (WholeFoods market in the US, Kinokuniya in Japan or Globus in Switzerland).

Company Visits

Daytrip to Cordoba

An amazing daytrip to the City of Córdoba took place on February 20th. During the trip students could visit the beautiful Mosque-Cathedral, the Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos and the old Synagogue.

Córdoba

Connecting cultures

Students had the encounter with the Moroccan students that they’re visiting right now in Morocco. In this activity students could learn about the Moroccan culture as well as meet new friends. 

 

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 will be visiting this weekend.

Students visited the company Polydesign System in Tangiers, a company that specializes in Automotive & Apparel Trimmings and the Ecole Nationale de Commerce et de Gestion in Tangier, where students enjoyed having tea and traditional cookies with a group of Moroccan students.

Marruecos

INTERNSHIPS

At this point of the semester, all the students registered in the Internship Program are working in their companies and have attended the Critical Reflection of the Internship experience session.

Internships

01/27/2016

CIEE SEVILLE BUSINESS AND SOCIETY PROGRAM, NEWSLETTER, SPRING 2016, ISSUE I

Orientación

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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.

Clases

CIEE Bystander Intervention Training

A very interesting session was held at the Hotel NH Collection on January 25th by the CIEE Seville Student Services Director, Morgan Reiss.

Internship Program

A total of 28 out of 62 students (45%) registered in the Business Internship class. 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.

Foro

Regular Session

These are the Business classes we are offering this semester:

I’d like to thank you for your continued support of the CIEE Business and Society Program.  If you have any questions or feedback on the program, please do not hesitate to contact the CIEE Staff. 

Warm Regards from Seville!

Virginia, Brittany and Antonio

12/22/2015

BUSINESS AND SOCIETY, NEWSLETTER, FALL 2015, ISSUE III

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GREETINGS FROM SEVILLE!

The Fall 2015 semester in the Business and Society Program has come to a close! Last Wednesday December 10th, we celebrated our end-of-semester cocktail for our Business and Society students.

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A SEMESTER FULL OF ACTIVITIES

This was a truly exceptional semester for Business and Society, full of enriching activities such as:

  • Internships in the field of companies Marketing, Consulting, Human Resources, Biotechnology and Tech Consulting.
  • Company visits such as: Basilippo, El Cubo, Inés Rosales and Polydesign System (Morocco)
  • Activities with local students (Global Discussions). Five “Global Discussions” have been organized thus far, with a participation of more than 75 local students
  • An incredible trip 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 visited that weekend.  

Marruecos

Moroccan friends

  • Volunteering: Business students participated in different volunteer programs collaborating as Cultural English Assistants at local schools.
  • Cultural Activities such as cooking, classes, tours, visits to the main monuments, excursions, etc.

Cooking class

FAREWELL

Last Wednesday December 10th we celebrated our end-of-semester cocktail for our Business and Society Students.

Farewell party

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 semester.

I’d like to thank you for your continued support of the CIEE Business and Society Program.  If you have any questions or feedback on the program, please do not hesitate to contact the CIEE Staff. 

Warm Regards from Seville!

Virginia, Brittany and Antonio