We almost reached the middle of the semester at the same time that the Autumn season started in Sevilla. At this point of the semester, students are completely settled.
Students have been very busy lately with their classes and midterm exams, which they took last week of October.
Among the diverse range of out-of-class activities in which students are participating, there have been some novelties. For instance, some of the students in the Anthropolgy of Sport in Spain course, volunteered for the 1st Sevilla International Master Regata. Together with a group of thirty Spanish university students, CIEE participants helped welcoming athletes, assisting at the pier and collaborating at the prize ceremony.
Also, Academic Writing and Critical Thinking students had the privilege to attend the Festival de Cine Europeo in Seville. They witnessed how Kiti Mánver, a very well known Spanish actress, received an award for her acting career. Later on, students watched the premiere of the film: "Las heridas del viento" where Kiti Mánver stars. All of this happened in the Teatro Lope de Vega one of the most famous theaters in Sevilla.
CULTURAL ACTIVITIES: INTEREST GROUPS
Since mid-September, students have been taking part in the activities and events organized by the Interest Groups. For example, students in the Iberian Gastronomy participated in a wine tasting in order to learn about the differences between Iberian wines while students in the Cultural Expressions IG participated in a Ceramics and Pottery workshop at the studio of a local artist, where they made their own clay piece and used the pottery wheel.
We hope that you are having a great fall semester.
The Business and Society students arrived safely and they seem to be very enthusiastic about the idea of enjoying this experience.
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.
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.
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.
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.
These are the Business classes we are offering this semester:
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.
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.
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.
It is hard to say goodbye at the end of each program. Our Summer Internship program came to an end after these 8 weeks .We hope that our students keep fond memories of their time with us and feel confident that they are taking away something very important from their many experiences in addition to their increased knowledge and new business experience. Students were extremely satisfied with their internship experiences that began with the Internship Forum. We are confident that it helped them to gain very valuable practical work experience and cultural insight.
With regards to the academics, Advanced Spanish Grammar, Composition and Conversation, is a course designed for students to achieve independent and advanced control of the use of Spanish in all skills.
Students interned in sectors such as environment and teaching consulting, marketing, telecommunications, health, logistics, sales and cultural exchange.
To give the students an inside look to a Spanish business and to help them to learn some of the differences between the work environment of the US, Spain and Morocco we organized a company visit to Andalucia Open Future - El Cubo in Seville.
A special feature of the Summer Internship Program is our trip to Morocco. During this trip, students also visited local businesses and organizations which helped them to compare, and contrast Spanish and Moroccan work settings. During the trip, students visited the “Tetouan State Vocational School” where students learned how to work with the typical wood, leather, silver and gold crafts from the area. Students enjoyed their free time to go shopping with in the local markets in Tangier and Chef Chaouen.
But Morocco has not been the only trip that we take. Discovering Andalusia is an important part of the Summer Internship Program as well. During their first weekend in Seville, participants had the chance to join us on a trip to Cordoba, a city that was once one of the largest and most important in all of Western Europe. Under Muslim rule, during the 10th century, Cordoba was a cultural, economic and architectural marvel. During our visit, students toured its 14-century synagogue, as well as Cordoba’s Mezquita, a beautiful and fascinating 8th-century mosque, which now has a somewhat peculiar baroque cathedral built inside of it.
Students visited Granada and its Islamic historical legacy that makes this city a hot spot among cultural and tourist cities in Spain. Students were given a tour of the Alhambra, the Royal Chapel, Generalife and enjoyed free time to explore the city.
Another important trip was the daytrip to Cadiz, the oldest city in Europe that offers a highly interesting mixture of history, culture, architecture and landscape. We believe the students have enjoyed every single aspect of their experience in the program and in the city, including the great amount of activities such visits to the cathedral and Giralda, to Plaza de España and Parque de Maria Luisa, kayak, cooking class, etc.
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 program.
We’d like to thank you for your continued support of the CIEE Summer Internship Program. If you have any questions or feedback on the program, please do not hesitate to contact the CIEE Staff.
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The Summer Internships students arrived safely and they seem to be very enthusiastic about the idea of enjoying this experience.
After the three days orientation session, with the informative sessions about academics, housing, safety, activities and the Bystander Intervention Training (BIT) session by the CIEE Seville Student Services Director, Morgan Reiss, 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 and to attend a flamenco show.
The students are in the middle of the Advanced Spanish Grammar, Composition and Conversation class, designed to help students prepare for their experiences by increasing listening and comprehension skills and building vocabulary.
PREAPARATORY SESSION AND INTERNSHIP FORUM
Before the Internship Forum students attended a preparatory session 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 and all the information about the participant companies. A total of 18 companies attended our CIEE Internship Forum on May 31st. As a real process, students had interviews with several companies showing their best to get an internship in their favorite companies. At this time, all the students have been already placed in local companies.
Students have visited two beautiful cities in Andalusia: Cordoba, home of the amazing mosque and Granada, one of the most beautiful cities in Spain.
The semester´s end is always a bittersweet time for students as it means saying goodbye to their Spanish families, to their friends…and to Sevilla. Students prepared for the return home (and the very likely Reverse Culture Shock that they will experience) via a Reentry Session held at the CIEE Study Center. During the workshop, students reflected not only on how the experience impacted them personally but also what the experience could mean for them professionally. As such, students worked in pairs and discussed ways to share their growth and learning in a professional and ‘marketable’ manner in their resumes and during a job interview.
It has been rewarding to observe the intercultural learning and growth of the students enrolled in the CIEE Intercultural Communication and Leadership course this semester. The learning objectives of the course are for students to increase their cultural self-awareness, develop a deeper understanding of the field of intercultural communication, increase their ability to recognize and bridge cultural gaps as well as develop an intercultural leadership practice.
Students' intercultural growth and knowledge were highlighted in the final class project: a digital story. Students highlighted how the experience abroad helped them develop their intercultural competence and contributed to their intercultural learning. I invite you to view CIEE Seville IBC student Chan Hwang´s Digital Story.
This was a truly exceptional semester for Business and Society, full of challenging coursework, language training, homestays, enriching activities including local students, the Connecting Culture activity with the Moroccan students, the visits to companies such as El Cubo, The Official Chamber of Commerce, Basilippo, Caixa Bank, Metromar or Polydesign System, during our incredible trip to Morocco.
As each semester, several opportunities have been offered to get students involved in the local community, such as volunteering and teaching and 4 of our BS students took advantage of this experience.
COURSE CLOSING CEREMONY
Last Wednesday May 11th, we celebrated a special end-of-semester ceremony 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, Antonio e Irene.
What I heard over and over from students in the mid-semester check-in meeting was that after a long weekend of travel (for many) they were glad to come home [to Sevilla] and resume their daily routine...spending time at the river hanging out with friends, playing pick-up basketball at courts near their homestay, going for runs in Maria Luisa Park, or just spending time with their host families chatting about their lives.
El Cubo y Basilippo
Students participated in two visits to companies/organizations in Seville:Basilippo Olive Oil, a family-run olive oil production company, and El Cubo, a crowd-working space in Seville whose mission is to become a collaborative center for the promotion of knowledge and innovation where teams can grow their project or help their startup mature. During the visit to Basilippo students learned about the productions process of extra virgin olive oil, from cultivation to extraction. And in El Cubo, students had a discussion with the director of the center about the objectives of the mentorship program, and interacted with several startup teams, providing feedback along the way. A couple of IBC students will be collaborating with the startups to help advance their projects.
Cultural Immersion to Morocco
The CIEE Seville IBC Overnight to Morocco continues to be one of the highlights of the semester. Students had two pre-departures orientations, one to learn about the historical, societal, and cultural elements of this developing North African country, and the second to discuss the academic and cultural objectives of the excursion. The student learning that occurs during the trip reminds me why international education, and especially intercultural education, is so vital for our students... not only do they see a country and culture very different from their own but most importantly they EXPERIENCE it first-hand. Students become aware of their U.S. American privilege and status, they dialogue with their Moroccan peers about their perceptions of the U.S., U.S. Americans, U.S. politics and are open and honest with each other about why certain perceptions exist. At the same time, they also discover that even though they come from very different cultures a common or connecting thread can always be found.
Next Sunday, with the start of Semana Santa, the first of our two weeks of Spring break, the Spring season in officially inaugurated in Sevilla.
Academically, students deserve a break after the great effort they invested in the midterms and before the stress of finals arrive at the end of April.
So, now, they are enjoying their classes and especially, the out-of-class component. For instance, the The Art History class, Andalusia, the land of Artistic Geniuses, visited La Iglesia Colegial del Divino Salvador, the second largest church in the city, where students could admire firsthand the works of the Baroque sculptors Juan Martínez Montañés and his disciple Juan de Mesa, whom they previously had studied in class. Students analyzed two of their works: Cristo del Amor and El Nazareno de Pasión. Students also learnt about the relationship between the sculptures and one of most famous celebrations in Seville, Semana Santa.
Also, in the Intercultural Communication and Leadership course among other activities, students visited the oldest and newest markets in Seville to compare them with other forms of markets in the US more familiar with students. During the visit, each student had to find a product which they did not know and ask the vendor about it. After the visit, students reflected on several cultural differences: traditions in ways of buying, the importance of communication with vendors, the concept of time while purchasing a product, why fresh meat and fish are shown in their entire form, how products are presented, etc. Students also tried the typical chicharrones.
ACQUIRING A NEW SKILL IN SEVILLA: TEACHING!
Apart from the 13% of program participants that are regularly volunteering as Cultural Assistants at local schools, starting fall 2016, Liberal Arts students may choose to register in the CIEE course Professional Teaching Development, a class that includes a practicum teaching English as a Foreign Language. Students in this course, also learn about the Spanish educative system. This topic is illustrated through visits to two local schools that represent the opposites in the spectrum of education options in Spain. On one hand, they visited the San José SSCC school, in Los Remedios, an upper-middle class neighborhood and on the other hand, they visited the IES Torreblanca, located in a neighborhood where many families at risk for social inclusion live. So, students observe two different realities and their educational challenges and approaches. In both schools, students did a tour of the building, attended classes, where they could also interact with students, and met professors who explained the characteristics of their work.
Apart from academics, students had also the opportunity to participate in social and cultural activities with their Interest Groups such as kayak, paddle, a bike tour by the river, a cooking lesson with products originally American, a trip to Gibraltar, a wine tasting and much more!
We hope that you enjoy a great Spring break.
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Time flies and our CIEE LS students start closing stages in Spain. The semester is running smoothly and full of experiences that they will share with friends and relatives in the future. It is really satisfactory to support students and see how they grow and learn by leaps and bounds. Their academic, language and cultural learnings are contributing to their development as citizens in a nowadays global society.
According to the personal midterm interviews that they shared with their director in Seville, they admit that the beginnings were hard, but adaptation came and their expectations were finally even overcome after their first week at the university, where they opened their regular course.
In academics, students are moving forward improving their Spanish and learning about cultural and historic items. Out-of-class activities strengthen their knowledge: they interviewed some Spanish students, went to an exhibition at Casa de la Provincia and visited the bullfighting ring among many other tasks. However, the most successful achievement was their interaction with locals, what they reached and maintain thanks to the tandem project: a five sessions plan of intercambio where students are encouraged to talk about current topics. Spaniards and Americans are still in touch supporting each other with language and cultural immersion.
Program trips included Southern cities like Córdoba and Cádiz, and an overnight adventure in Morocco. Daytrips to local towns like Carmona, Ronda or Aracena were part of the offer that they received too. Travelling through CIEE widens their perspective and push them to continue exploring the world.
We cannot wait for next stages and welcome the Semana Santa and the Feria, main and really popular and GREAT local festivities well known of Seville.