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10 posts from December 2014


Advanced Liberal Arts, Fall 2014, Issue III



Time flies! Happy New Year!

One more time we have had an excellent group of students: mature, independent and integrated into the Spanish university environment. 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, University Pablo de Olavide, and EUSA.

Captura de pantalla 2014-12-30 20.41.25Cultural Reimbursement Program, Barcelona. Bailey Grinnell (Gordon College) and Cayla Hantzsch (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Captura de pantalla 2014-12-30 20.52.00Cultural Reimbursement Program, Madrid. Christine Motch (Tufts Univesity)

Andrés ValenciaCultural Reimbursement Program, Valencia. Benjamin Weber (Hope College) and Andrés Kenney (Santa Clara University)

GretaCultural Reimbursement Program, Barcelona. Greta Greising (Kenyon College)

Hotel Alfonso XIIICultural Reimbursement Program, Coffe at Alfonso XIII Hotel (Seville). Ilana Greinstein (Barnad College) and Anthony Jasper (Yale University)

NikiCultural Reimbursement Program, Bullfighting, Espartinas (Sevilla). Sahar Edalatpur (University of Wisconsin-Madison), Aileen Leitner (Johns Hopkins University), a Spanish friend and Nicole Gonçalves (University of Virginia-Main Campus).

JacobCultural Reimbursement Program, Ronda (Málaga). Jacob Phillips (Macalester College)

NaomiCultural Reimbursement Program, Córdoba. Lauren Cooper (Reed College), Ilana Greinstein (Barnad College) and Naomi Becker (Macalester College)

This semester we held our farewell party in the Barrio de Santa Cruz, Vinería de San Telmo, which was attended by students, professors, Spanish students (orientation guides and tutors) and staff. It was a nice opportunity to say “hasta pronto”. We took a lot of pictures (“I am Generation Study Abroad”) during this event.

Estudiando antes del examen A group of students "working" for one of their final exam at CIEE (SPAN4101)

Our best wishes for 2015

ALA staff




Dear Colleague from the US

We are happy to share with you all one more page of our blog with the last updates. The Fall semester finally came to its end and with it the period of exams, farewell cocktails and Christmas time.

This last part of our IBCP students´ experience was enlivened by Spanish and English tables, one visit to Carmona and a couple of them to the Museum of Fine Arts. All these activities promoted by their host university in Seville, the UPO.  


The semester was splendid and all our students had the opportunity to celebrate it and say goodbye to friends, staff and teachers in a couple of farewell receptions, December 11th and December 17th, once their final exams finished.

Nowadays, all our students are safe back home spending Christmas time with theirs. We hope all of them enjoyed a lot this once in a lifetime experience abroad, and that it helped them too to grow culturally, academically and personally.


Please, do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or want us to share further details with you.

Thanks for your attention and support.

Best regards




Dear advisors,

The semester came to an end and it has been a really good and productive one. The last weeks happened very quickly but the participants made the most of their time with the courses and their lives in Seville.

Foto1Maia helping her students

Jenny teaching her students

Elizabeth offering help to a student

Our three students-Jenny, Elizabeth and Maia completed successfully their practices in the school they have been teaching throughout the fall semester. The teachers that have been monitoring them can only tell good things about the work developed in the classroom with the students of primary and secondary.

Also, the three TDP students have successfully achieve the academic objectives of the course in Seville, and they are now more prepared for facing the future in an teaching environment .

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Maia and her students

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Jenny and her students

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Elizabeth and her students

We wish all of you a happy holidays, the best for you and your family and a happy new year.

We are looking forward to receiving the new students for the spring 2015 semester and give them again the best of the experiences possible.

Thank you so much.

 The TDP – Team: Olga, Jorge and Sergio






Sri Stewart (Fordham University) and Suparna Jasuja (Santa Clara University) participating in a program of Radio Abierta Sevilla, as part of the course activites of Social Justice, Action and Media: Stories that Matter. 

Dear friends,

As we've just finished the Fall 2014 semester, the professors and resident director of the Communication, New Media and Journalism program feel quite proud of all of the students who’ve shared their endeavors and experiences with us during the past few months in Seville.

Without exceptions, they've all completed and presented their final media projects in time. The 23nd edition of the magazine más+menos, titled The Invisibles / Los Invisibles and of which you will receive copies at your office soon, came out of the printer days before the end of the semester. The students of the course Magazine Reporting and Writing have reflected in their articles about the importance of human endurance and of creating second opportunities for oneself. As always, they've explored our local community to find the stories that conform the magazine while making connections that will increase our knowledge and understanding of it.

You can visit our website of students' projects in order to watch and listen to the projects created by the students of the courses Spanish Skills in Context: Podcast Reporting, New Media and Audiovisual Workshop and Urban Photography Workshop, who've likewise featured individuals and atmospheres from our community in their documentaries, radio programs and photographic projects.

The Fall semester of 2014 has been full of academic, cultural and social activities. Here're some of them: we visited Europe's oldest city, Cádiz, in September; in early October, we spent three days in the Moroccan town of Chefchaouen, crossing the Strait of Gibraltar in order to spend some time in Tangier and Tetouan before reaching the beautiful capital of the Rif mountains. We were hosted by the very hospitable families of 12 young Moroccan students with whom we worked on a brief though beautiful photographic project exploring their own memories and recollections; in mid November, many of our students attended the European Film Festival of Seville, occasionally accompanied by some of their professors as part of their course activities; we had the first group of 6 students from the University of Seville participating and sharing experiences with CNMJ students in the course Spanish Skills in Context: Podcast Reporting as part of our agreement with the Centro de Iniciativas Culturales de la Universidad de Sevilla (in the coming Spring semester it will be the turn of the New Media and Audiovisual Workshop course); in the Magazine Reporting and Writing course we interviewed 4 young refugees from the Western Sahara whose dream is to put an end to the exile of the refugee camps in which their families live; we launched—with a very positive response from its first participants— the course Social Justice, Action and Media: Stories that Matter, which taught by the journalist Marina Blesa has permitted participants amongst other things to work on an "itinerant" radio project, about which you will receive further information soon.

Students also visited the newsroom of the newspaper El Correo de Andalucía, the recording studios of Radio Nacional de España and La Ser Radio, the Cobertura Photo space, the Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, as well as schools, NGOs and cultural centers. Our courses have hosted artists, social activists, journalists and relevant members of the community.

In order to celebrate the end the semester, we held a public event and party at the space of the Tramallol Cooperative, which was attended by students, professors and quite a few of our new and old local friends. I'd very much encourage you to become followers of our Facebook page, CNMJ CIEE SEVILLE, in order to receive updates about our students on a more regular basis.

Thank you very much for collaborating with us once again.

We send you our best wishes for the New Year from a rainy Seville,

Óscar Ceballos





Last week, we enjoyed a nice and warm farewell party in which students, professors and staff had the opportunity to say “hasta luego”to one another.

By now, almost all Liberal Arts students have already left Sevilla and are back at home. Only those who are taking direct enrollment clases with Spaniards are still experiencing Spain.

We hope that every student takes with them a bunch of happy and enriching memories of Sevilla.

The best of wishes fot you and yours in this Winter vacacion and your future endeavours in 2015!


 Olga, Sergio and Jorge


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Last Wednesday December 11th, we celebrated our end-of-semester cocktail for our Business and Society students. 

Farewell dinner


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

Company visits

  • Bodegas La Gitana, one of the oldest Sherry producers in the world.
  • EPES 061, the Public Company for Health Emergencies of Andalusia
  • Worldwide Payment Systems, a company based in Seville that processes and manages payments and information between thousands of hotels and travel agencies worldwide using the most advanced managing instruments.
  • Polydesign System (Morocco), a company that specializes in Automotive & Apparel Trimmings

Company visits

Activities with local students (Global Discussions) focused on current issues in business that includes the participation of local students from the University of Seville’s School of Economics. Each seminar ends with some type of group discussion, debate, or networking activity, giving the students the opportunity to voice their opinion and point of view.

Global Discussions

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 will be visiting this weekend. 


Students also 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 


A total of 6 students have been interning in local companies during this semester, standing out our interns at the Project Andalucia Open Future - El Cubo by the worldwide telecommunications company Telefonica-Movistar and the La Liga professional soccer team Sevilla FC.


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





In this last message I would like to inform you about some of the Academic and Non-Academic highlights of the program. 


 -       CRL offered two more workshops, “Past” and the “The Subjunctive”. Again, theses workshops were taught by tutors who are taking the “Curso de Formación para Profesores de Español como L2” and they also were supervised by a language professor. Some students take advantage of these activities which are highly recommended by language professors.    

 -       “Grammar and Composition” class had a 90 minutes "sevillanas" class. Feria has been one of the conversation topics, so this was a great opportunity to "live" culture outside the class. They learned the basic knowledge about this dance.

-       Language Skills and Conversation class organized two more “Proyecto Tándem” activities with Spanish students from “Instituto de Idiomas”.  The third activity dealt with TV in both cultures. The group did a comparison of Spanish TV vs. US TV. The last Tandem activity was an out of the classroom activity. They visited Aracena and the National Park around the area, and this trip gave them the opportunity to practice the foreign language outside of the classroom in a more informal setting. The activity had two parts: First, in Aracena, they walked up the 12th century castle, and had some time to enjoy the downtown (City Hall, and different churches). During the second part, they went up to the mountains of Aroche National Park, and had lunch at one of its magnificent view points. Students enjoyed their free time here, and explored nature.

In the same class, the group has been working on two projects, outside of the classroom:

  • Each student did a presentation on their "intercambio" and the best times they had shared with them. It was mandatory to meet at least 3 times through the semester, but most of them have met regularly. They all agreed that it was a great experience, and shared great pictures.
  • Students worked in groups on a short video project, where they had to finish the story from a short movie we had previously seen in class (Diez minutos). They shot in different places (CIEE Study Center, University, the streets), and the results were amazing: they showed originality, and excellent acting skills, while having fun using the language.

 Also, the content course organized some activities such as:

 -       In the “Gastronomy of Spain” class, students watched the film “Como agua para Chocolate”. This activity linked with the class “Products and new world cuisine”. The group also had a practical lesson, “Wine Tasting” which was linked with the lesson “Mediterranean cuisine: bread and wine”.

 -        “Culture and Civilization” class visited the “Hospital de la Caridad” as a part of the “Golden Age”: The Baroque epoch” class.


Non Academics

Also Students Service continued to offer several weekly activities in which Language and Society students participated. These activities were tips to Aracena, Ronda and Sierra Norte of Seville, cooking classes, XXI century´s Seville: grafitis tour, “wine tasting with your intercambio”. Students Services also recommended some interesting and recommended activities which were offered in the city such as cinema, theater or dancing performance, market of Belenes in Christmas.

During the last week, students took both CIEE and Cursos para Extranjeros final exams. Also, students completed 100% of courses/professors and program evaluations. I feel their feedback will be positive and they help us to improve some aspects offered in the program.

Last Thursday, Language and Society had a farewell get together in the bar “Sur” where we had the opportunity to share the last day of the program. 

I hope that it has been an unforgettable experience for all of them.

Please do not hesitate to get in contact with me if you need anything or have any doubts.


Viaje a Marruecos!


This post is by Jennifer Horn, a Computer and Information Sciences at University of Oregon. During the Fall 2014 semester she is participating in the the CIEE Teaching Development Program.

El programa de TDP ha realizado su viaje académico a Marruecos con una duración de tres días. Salimos de Sevilla a las 7:15 de la mañana llegando a Tetuán sobre la 13:00 del medio día hora local. Al llegar fuimos directamente a tomar nuestro almuerzo a un restaurante en la medina. Al salir de nuestro almuerzo, fuimos directamente a la visita de la escuela taller de Tetuán. Allí pudimos ver las diferentes técnicas para la elaboración de todo tipo de utensilios.

Tras la visita a la escuela taller fuimos al centro norteamericano, donde pudimos asistir a una clase de inglés a estudiantes de diferentes edades, todos con un nivel de principiante. Al terminar partimos rumbo a la medina para hacer un pequeño tour donde tendríamos una parada para tomar té con pastas…. Al finalizar el tour partimos dirección al hotel para cenar y descansar...

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En la mañana del segundo día retomamos fuerzas con el desayuno marroquí que nos ofrecieron en el hotel, tras desayunar nos fuimos al instituto español Nuestra Señora del Pilar, donde tendríamos una clase de inglés a estudiantes de 2º de E.S.O (14- 15 Años) De allí marchamos a montar a camello y tomar nuestro almuerzo. Al terminar de almorzar nos desplazamos a la Universidad de Comercio de Tánger para tener una sesión de intercambio con los estudiantes de esta universidad. Terminada la sesión de intercambio nos fuimos con algunos de los estudiantes marroquíes a la medina de Tánger para tener tiempo libre. Al terminar el tiempo libre nos fuimos de vuelta al hotel para cenar y descansar…..

En la tercer día nos levantamos a las 6:30 para desayunar y montarnos en el bus destino a Chef Chauen, allí tendriamos un pequeño tour y almorzaríamos en un restaurante con mucho encanto…. Al terminar nuestro almuerzo comenzamos nuestro camino de vuelta a casa.


The Image of the United States in Spain:100 Years of Myths and Stereotypes


On November 21st, students and Prof. Julio Ponce to visit the Spanish/American Military Base in Rota. Since students had been learning about the relationship between Spain-USA, the visit to the Spanish/American Military Base gave them a better understanding of the historical relevance of this place since the 50s and its importance nowadays. After visiting the Base, we went to the town of Rota for lunch, and in the afternoon, we met at the City Council (the beautiful castle in town) to receive a talk on the relationship between the Base and Rota. There was a great interaction between our students and the Spanish students that joined our group, and all were eager to ask questions, and learn about this interesting topic.