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08/23/2017

LANGUAGE AND CULTURE PROGRAM / SUMMER 2017 NEWSLETTER

Greetings from Sevilla!

We have just ended the third session of the Summer Language and Culture (LC) program in Sevilla. We have had three sucessful sessions in which students had the opportunity to learn first hand about the Spanish culture while improving their Spanish skills.

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ACADEMICS

Regarding Academics, this Summer, the LC program included classes on Spanish language (beginning, intermediate and advanced levels) as well as courses on Communication and Spanish culture, taught both in Spanish and English.

All the Summer LC courses included a strong out-of-class component. For instance, among other activities, the Culture and Cuisine in Spain class visited various convents in order to learn and taste traditional cakes and sweets; the Advanced Spanish class visited the bullring and afterwards, students did a survey on bullfighting in Spain by interviewing several locals; the Art and Architecture class visited Italica, a Roman village very close to Sevilla, which was the first Roman city built outside the Italian Paeninsula.

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CULTURAL ACTIVITIES AND TRIPS

LC students also participated on a diverse array of cultural activities and trips. Students enjoyed weekly activities that ranged from cultural visits to the Royal Alcázar Palace and the Cathedral to more interactive activities such as kayaking in the Guadalquivir river, a tapas cooking workshop and a wine tasting.

Concerning trips, the LC program provided students with one daytrip and one overnight trip in every Summer session. Thus, students travelled to Córdoba, Granada, Jérez, Cádiz, Arcos and Málaga.

We hope that students bring back home unforgettable memories and enriching experiences with them.

We wish you the best for the rest of the Summer and a wonderful start for the Fall semester.

Helena, Sergio and Olga

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.  

08/15/2016

Newsletter III Summer Language & Culture Seville

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On Friday, July 22nd, students of the course Spanish History and Civilisation toured the area around the church of San Salvador and Plaza Alfalfa to learn about Seville's medieval past. The professor is Carlos Sanchez and the students, left to right, Taylor Withers (University of Oregon), Kyla Mitchell (University of Illinois at Chicago), Mercedes Mingus (university of Oregon), Valerie Shreffler (Pennsylvania State University), Kyle Rust (University of Minnesota) and Scott Irons (Pennsylvania State University). 

Greetings from Seville,

Session III of CIEE Seville's Summer Language & Culture program ended last Friday, August 12th, after four very intense weeks of academic work, intercultural learning, leisure and travel for the 38 students who spent with us this last part of our academic summer.

Their activities have been channeled through the courses Spanish History and Civilisation, taught in English by professor Carlos Sánchez, Contemporary Spanish Literature, taught in Spanish by professor Ana María Sánchez Catena and Culture and Cuisine in Spain, also taught in Spanish by professor Angel de Quinta.

Students enrolled in the course Contemporary Spanish Literature have been able to practice their Spanish language skills to the limit while reading works by Goytisolo, Marías, Muñoz Molina o Valente. They take with them critical reflections about art and life to last them many years... and in Spanish! 

The course Spanish History and Civilisation allowed students to visit, amongst many other places of historical significance, Seville's Antiquarium, under Plaza de la Encarnación, containing remains of Roman, Visigothic and Islamic Seville, the 14th century palace 'Casa de Pilatos', the Archaeological Museum, the Royal Alcazar palace and gardens, and Seville's Cathedral, the largest gothic temple in the world. A lot to take in in just three and half week of classes though surely the students will travel back to those places (in their minds) for months to come.

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Alexandra Díaz-Alemán (Columbia University), Nataly DeBell (University of Oregon), Jennifer Schmitz (University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire), Anna Tamulonis (Purdue University), Kaila Mitchel (University of Illinois at Chicago), Kyle Rust (University of Minnesota) and Shelby Therieault (University of Connecticut) enjoy their day-trip in Arcos de la Frontera.

While in Seville, and in addition to the many culture and leisure activities, offered on a daily basis by the Student Services' department –and really well attended by our students– participants of the Summer Language and Culture program Session III enjoyed a day-trip to the cities of Arcos de la Frontera and Puerto de Santa María, in the Sierra and Bay of Cádiz respectively, and an overnight trip to the maritime city of Málaga, facing the Mediterranean Sea. They completed their time in the provice of Malaga by enjoying the beach in the beautiful town of Nerja.

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Arcos de la Frontera, located in the mountainous area of the province of Cádiz, site of LC session III day-trip.

Students also participated in a three day Intercultural Comparative Experience trip to the city of Paris (August 5-7), which, to the enjoyment of all participants, took place according to plan.

What a summer this has been! We hope to see many more students from all of your institutions coming to Seville in the coming Fall, Spring and Summer terms. Thank you all for your support thus far.

Best regards from the academic team of the Summer L&C program, Olga Merino, Helena Andrés and Óscar Ceballos.

07/19/2016

Newsletter II Summer Language & Culture Seville

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On Monday, July 11th, students of the Summer Language & Culture program featured in a Diario de Sevilla article by journalist Francisco Correal titled "Paisanos de Obama en la Sevilla inédita". Unfortunately due to the events that took place in Dallas, President Obama cancelled last minute his private visit to Seville, scheduled for July 9th and 10th

Greetings from Seville,

Session II of CIEE Seville's Summer Language & Culture program ended last Friday, July 15th after four very intense weeks of academic work, intercultural learning, leisure and travel for the 61 students that joined us.

We can assure you that the students enrolled in the courses Intermediate and Advanced Spanish Language have worked hard in order to improve their language skills, collaborating with their professors, Marga Jiménez and José Luis Martínez, both in and out of the class. Amongst the many activities and field trips in which they have participated, we should highlight the choral interview to the students of the course Advanced Spanish Language by Diario de Sevilla journalist Francisco Correal, titled "Paisanos de Obama en la Sevilla inédita". Correal, who accompanied the students during a visit to the flea market of 'El Jueves', asked all of them about the imminent visit of President Obama to Seville, which was unfortunately at the very last minute due to recent events in Dallas. If you read Spanish, don't miss the opportunity to  read this very interesting article containing good quotes both by Correal and by the students.

The course Flamenco in Andalusia: Culture, Language, Music, and Dance, offered in Spanish during this session and taught again by professor Jaime Trancoso, gave students the opportunity to learn through theoretical and practical sessions as well as through visits to Flamenco performances and studios such as the dance school of Matilde Coral or the Peña Flamenca Torres Macarena. There was always a good beat coming out of Trancoso's classroom, as stated by those who walked by its door.

Students enrolled in the course Three Cultures in Spain: Jews, Christians, and Muslims, taught in Spanish by professor Carlos Sánchez, have visited, amongst many other places of historical significance, Seville's Antiquarium, under Plaza de la Encarnación, the 14th century palace 'Casa de Pilatos', the Archaeological Museum, the Royal Alcazar palace and gardens or the Cathedral. 

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Andrew Milowsky (Pennsylvania State University), Mathew Strickland (PSU), Pablo Pacheco (University of Seville - orientation guide), Nivedha Sukumar (The University of Texas at Dallas), Natalie Milas (PSU), Amanda Odasz (Northwestern University), Brian Hemphill(PSU) and Alexandra Wright (PSU) enjoy tapas during the onsite orientation

Last, but not least, students of the course Art and Architecture in Seville, taught in English by professor Dan Serradilla, did succeed in helping students unveil many of the secrets hidden under Seville's buildings, plazas and streets. 

Together with a large variety of culture and leisure activities, offered on a daily basis by our Student Services' department, all students enjoyed a day trip to the cities of Jerez and Puerto de Santa María, the land of Sherry wine and Andalusian horses, and an overnight trip to the maritime city of Cádiz, facing the Atlantic Ocean on what's considered the oldest urban foundation in Western Europe. During this overnight trip, they also enjoyed a visit to the Roman ruins of Baelo Claudia, located in the beautiful beach of Bolonia.

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The Roman ruins of Baelo Claudia (Bolonia beach) in the province of Cádiz, site of session II overnight trip.

Students also participated in a three day Intercultural Comparative Experience trip to the city of Amsterdam, which took place according to plan for the enjoyment of all program participants.

We're glad that many of our Session II students are staying with us for Session III. Classes will start again in a couple of days with the incorporation of 17 new students, whom we hope will also make the most of their time abroad.

Best regards from the academic team of the Summer L&C program, Olga Merino, Helena Andrés and Óscar Ceballos.

06/23/2016

Newsletter I Summer Language & Culture Seville

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Danya Sherman (George Washington University) rearranges the seating, as Summer L&C students celebrate the start of Session I of their program at the Center for Cultural Initiatives of the University of Seville (CICUS).

Greetings from Seville,

Session I of CIEE Seville's Summer Language & Culture program ended last Friday, June 17th after four very intense weeks of academic work, intercultural learning, leisure and travel for the 61 students the joined us.

We're certain that all students enrolled in the courses Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced Spanish Language have made significant progress regarding their language skills, as stated by the professors of these courses, Rocío Martínez, Marga Jiménez and Luis Recio, all of which have been very highly evaluated by their students.

Students enrolled in the course Culture and Cuisine in Spain, taught in Spanish by professor Ángel de Quinta, have not only participated in a number of tastings but have also visited places of historical significance, such as Seville's Antiquarium, under Plaza de la Encarnación, in order to understand culinary and nourishing habits of the past that tell us so much about the daily life of Sevillians from other times as well as about their changing historical contexts.

The course Flamenco in Andalusia: Culture, Language, Music, and Dance, our one academic offering in English taught by professor Jaime Trancoso, kept students busy both in class, with theretical and practical sessions as well as with visits to Flamenco performances and studios such as the dance school of Matilde Coral or the Peña Flamenca Torres Macarena, for a sample of soleá, seguiriya and alegrías dancing.

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Marian Mikho (University of Michigan-Ann Arbor), Meghan Paradise (Pennsylvania State University) and Brittany Smith (The University of Texas at Austin) of the Flamenco in Andalusia: Culture, Language, Music, and Dance enjoy churros on their way to visit some prominent flamenco studios.

Last, but certainly not least, students of the course The Camino de Santiago: Historical Roots and Contemporary Significance, a course also taught by professor Salvador Parra in Spanish, did succeed in visiting as scheduled the tomb of the apostle in Santiago de Compostela's cathedral, after almost a whole week of walking the northern cornice of Spain and learning along one of the world's oldest human routes. Before flying to the north of the country, they sampled the Way by walking a portion of the Ruta de la Plata, which starts at Seville's Cathedral and guides the pilgrims through signs on the floor. Juan Ramos, president of Via de la Plata Camino, guided the class during the tour and explained the historical, cultural and religious significance of the pilgrimage. 

Together with a large variety of culture and leisure activities, offered on a daily basis by our Student Services' department, all students enjoyed a day trip to the city of Córdoba, famous for its Mezquita-Catedral, and an overnight trip to Granada to visit the palace of the Alhambra, the neighborhoods of Albaicín and Realejo and the tombs of Isabel and Ferdinand inside its cathedral.

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Students cross the Roman bridge in Córdoba with the Mezquita-Catedral behind them.

Students also participated in a three day Intercultural Comparative Experience trip to the cities of Lisbon or Barcelona, which further expanded their knowledge of life on the Iberian peninsula.

We're glad that many of our Session I students are staying with us for Session II. Classes started today again with the incorporation of 37 new students, whom we hope will also make the most of their time abroad.

Best regards from the academic team of the Summer L&C program, Olga Merino, Helena Andrés and Óscar Ceballos.

08/21/2015

SUMMER LANGUAGE AND CULTURE, COMMUNICATIONS AND MULTISITE PROGRAMS NEWSLETTER

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GREETINGS FROM SEVILLE!

The Seville Summer programs ended last Friday. We have enjoyed a summer full of interesting courses and exciting activities and trips.

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ACADEMICS

All summer classes received fantastic feedback from students. The interactive class atmosphere was a perfect combination of language and culture. Students especially loved the out-of-class experience provided by their courses. Some examples of out-of-class activities include a visit to the Aquarium, to local markets, flamenco dancing lessons, a trip to the Roman city of Itálica and the delicious tastings of the Culture and Cuisine course: olive oil, chocolate, Iberian pork and Spanish wine.

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CULTURAL ACTIVITIES AND TRIPS

The Seville Summer programs have a vibrant character and are full of cultural activities and trips. Apart from visiting the “must” places in Seville such as the Reales Alcazares, Cathedral, Giralda, Barrio de Santa Cruz, etc, students also participated in a wide variety of events. For instance, a group of students participated in a graffiti tour where they could also do their own “street masterpiece” and other students learned how to cook typical Spanish dishes in cooking lessons.

Students also engaged in activities with Spaniards such as an outdoor cinema, biking tours and spending the afternoon at a swimming pool on a warm day!

The CIEE Study Center trips helped students to know in depth the Spanish culture. All trips combined a cultural component and free time in which students had time to explore by themselves.  Students travelled for the day to Córdoba, Aracena, Puerto de Santa María and spent overnight weekends in Cádiz, Granada and Málaga.

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INTERCULTURAL EXPERIENCE (ICE)

All students participated in intercultural meetings during the three summer sessions in order to learn how to adapt better to a new culture. What students learned in class was put into practice both in their daily life in Seville and during the ICE weekend trips. ICE destinations for the Seville summer students were Amsterdam, Lisbon, Barcelona and Paris. After every ICE trip, students took part in a reflective session using “curious and obvious” photos that they took during their trips. It was very interesting and fun!

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Please, visit our summer facebook page for more details and photos of students’ life in Seville. We hope you had (or are having J) a wonderful summer vacation.

Warm regards from Sevilla,

Maria, Luisa, Dani and Olga 

07/13/2015

LANGUAGE AND CULTURE NEWSLETTER, SUMMER 2015, ISSUE I

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Greetings from Sevilla!

The first summer session has come to an end. Everything went very smoothly, and the students were really able to get to know the city during the orientation with their local student guides and CIEE staff. The weather during the session was warm, and pleasant.

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Students were able to get to know some interesting places around the city of Seville through many activities organized by student services, such as visiting the Alcazar palace and gardens, a few of the city’s convents, and the Casa de Pilatos, home to some of Andalusia´s nobility. Students also participated in some fun cooking classes, where they learned to prepare some typical Spanish dishes.

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Outside of Seville, they got to spend a day in Córdoba, visiting its Jewish quarter and world-renown mosque and enjoying their time on its narrow streets full of traditional tapas bars. Other students visited the white mountain town of Aracena. In Aracena, they hiked up to the castle and explored some caves. 

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On the overnight trip, students visited Cádiz, Jerez, and Bolonia. Students spent the day touring the ancient port city of Cádiz – its cathedral, markets, historic center- and then had some free time to try the fresh seafood and relax on the beach. At night, they enjoyed a tour of the city of Jerez, seeing a procession and the preparation of the city for its Corpus Christi celebration. The following day, we travelled to the coast to visit Bolonia beach, where the Baelo Claudia Roman ruins are located. Students toured the complex and then had free time at the beach.

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For their intercultural trip, students visited Lisbon and Barcelona. Each group really enjoyed getting to know another city and came back with a new perspective. Many wanted to go back to those cities and spend even more time getting to know them.

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Throughout the session, CIEE students interacted with local students and had the chance to practice their language skills during weekly activities organized by the ‘Language Support’ team. They did some fun activities such as picnics on the river, visiting the cinema, swimming pool, etc...

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08/27/2014

Language and Culture, Newsletter, Summer 2014, Issue III

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The third and final summer session came to an end. This session went completely smooth and calm. End-of-July and August in Seville this year has been absolutely wonderful, with below-averaged temperatures in the city.

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In session three the students were able to get to know some of the most interesting places in Andalusia. They went to visit the wonderful “white town” of Arcos de la Frontera (The town gained its name by being the frontier of Spain's 13th century battle with the Moors) and after that they enjoyed some free time at the beach.

For the overnight trip, the students got to know Malaga. There they visited the Picasso Museum, the palatial fortification named The Alcazaba and walked through its charming streets. On the second day they visited Nerja and its beautiful cave. The students went to the beach in this trip as Malaga and Nerja have their own one.

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During the third session, CIEE also organized a photo scavenger hunt, two cooking classes and a pool activity for the students, all of these were in additional to the regular cultural activities within the city that happened during each week.

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All students participated in the ICE trip and they went to Paris, Barcelona, or London.

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As in previous sessions, students participated actively in the Actividades de Apoyo Lingüístico (AAL). These are fun activities led by local students and they do different activities like going to an outdoor concert, taste-testing sushi, and many others. In these activities locals are invited to assist so that our participants can meet people from Seville.
The Residence Hall where students lived in this session organized an activity each week for the students. Local students also participated in these activities. Students had a good time and they thoroughly enjoyed the barbecue and the paella activities.

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We’ve already started to plan next summer to give the future students the good time they deserve!

¡Saludos consejeros!

07/29/2014

LANGUAGE AND CULTURE, NEWSLETTER, SUMMER 2014, ISSUE II

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Hi there!

The Session two in Seville went great! We had the best of luck having a lot of wonderful students with us in this second session.

Orientation went really well and students were placed in the class they were interested in.

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We finally offered ten classes in this session and we create an additional section for the Advanced Spanish class due to the high number of students who wanted to improved their Spanish, and we love that!

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All the students had the opportunity of getting to know beautiful places in Spain in the daytrip and overnight trips organized by CIEE-Seville. Cordoba was the first trip of the session and the Alcazar and the Mosque-Cathedral were visited. The second trip was Granada, where the students could spend a night in that wonderful city and get to know the Alhambra, one of the most charming monuments in the world.

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Finally, students participated actively in the Actividades de Apoyo Lingüístico (AAL). These are fun activities led by local students and they do different activities, like going to a picnic, to an outdoor cinema, to ride a pedal boat. In these activities locals are invited to assist so that our participants can meet people from Seville.

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I wish you a great summer!
Jorge Rodríguez

06/24/2014

LANGUAGE AND CULTURE, NEWSLETTER, SUMMER 2014, ISSUE I

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Hello all!

I wanted to touch base with you to let you know about the students who are participating in our Summer Session one in Seville. The orientation went smoothly and during the same all the students received important information about academics, housing, health and safety and many more. All the students had the opportunity to get to know Spaniards.

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During the rest of the session some of the students have gone to visit some of the most beautiful places in Andalusia: Aracena with their incredible caves, Cordoba, home of the amazing mosque and Cadiz, the occident’s most antique city (As a part of this trip the group visited the Roman ruins of Baelo Claudia). Also, the students took advantage of the “Language Support Activities”. These are leisure activities run by Spanish students where the CIEE participants could have a fun time while meeting locals and practice their Spanish.

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Students also visited Barcelona, Paris and London as part of the new and exciting ICE trip that CIEE is running this year as a way of adding a cultural experience to our students in Europe. There will be an ICE trip at every summer session

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