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9 posts from March 2015






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 company visits, academic exchange seminars focusing on current issues in business (Global Discussions), company visits, internships with companies and several activities with local students.


Six “Global Discussions” have been organized thus far, with a participation of 76 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. 

  •  “University, work expectation and culture”
  • “Ethics and Social Responsibility”
  • “Success: What is it and how is this achieved? “
  • “Measures to overcome the economic crisis. Economic stimulus vs. austerity”
  • “Generation Millennials”
  • “Lifestyle in USA vs. lifestyle in Spain”



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:

  • Anís Los Hermanos. 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.
  • 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.
  • La Gitana. Bodegas Hidalgo La Gitana is one of the oldest Sherry producers in the world. 



An amazing daytrip to the City of Córdoba took place on June 7th. During the trip students could visit the beautiful Mosque-Cathedral, the Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos and the old Synagogue.



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. 

Connecting Three Cultures


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.



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


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Warm regards,

BS Team




Greetings from Sevilla!

We are now in the half of the spring semester and students are enjoying their time in Seville.

Life in Seville for our students have now settled down and they are more integrated in the normal life of the city. Their Spanish language skills have improved and they have no problem now to have a conversation with locals. Students are making the most of their time in Seville.

The TDP students have had the opportunity to travel to some of the most beautiful cities in the south of Spain, such as Granada, Córdoba, Cádiz and some other precious places, such the wonderful caves, the Royal Alcazar fortress, the gothic cathedral of Seville and many more in the multiple visits that CIEE organizes on week days and weekends.

Academically speaking, Anna, Gurkirat, Jennifer, Carli and Jenn have begun with the teaching practices at their school. They are now using the techniques they have learned during the five-week collaborative period where they could observe how the regular teachers taught. The professor from the Professional Teaching Development class has been doing regular meetings with all of the TDP students (tutoring classes) to help them to decide the best methodology to use at class.

Last weekend we had the opportunity to travel to the neighbor Morocco. This has been a three-day trip where we could know the cities of Tangier, Tetouan and Chaouen.


During this trip we visited two different schools: the first visit was to an English academy, where most of the professors were American citizens. We sat in on different teaching levels classes and. The second visit was to a private primary/secondary school only for Moroccans. We sat in on a third grade English class and we were amazed of the great English pronunciation of the Moroccan students!


We had a really good experience visiting these two different schools and TDP students and it was great checking how English is teaching to Moroccans. We have learnt a lot of the methodology of teaching  English to locals.


The trip to Morocco was a success. Students could get to know a different and interesting culture and they have learnt a lot.


The semester keep going and we will get back to you in a few weeks! ¡Hasta luego!


TDP team: Olga, Sergio and Jorge




Greetings from Seville

After the midterms exams, the professors sent me their mid-term reports. This report includes grades, participation, absences… The reports were very positive and all of the studentspassed their exams.

Language and Society continues to offer support with “tutorials” (through the “Centro de Recursos Lingüísticos”) for students who need extra help with the language courses. At the same time, students can review their work for their content courses. If necessary, they also have extra help with their professors twice a week. Four Language and Society students were recommended to have personal tutor. Furthermore, CRL offered the workshops “False friends”, “Prepositions” and “Past”. The workshops were taught by Spanish students from University who are taking the “Curso de Formación para Profesores de Español como L2”. They were supervised by our language professors. Four students attended the first activity and two students took part in the other ones.


All courses are completed with several out the classroom activities. Some visit/excursions/activities that professors have included in class were:

  • Intensive Spanish: Interview to Spanish students, visit to the market of Encarnación and  walk to the center of Seville (Plaza Nueva, Plaza San Francisco, Catedral, Reales Alcázares, Patio de los Naranjos y Barrio Santa Cruz).
  • “Advance Language Skills and Conversation” also organized this semester the “Tándem Project”. Again, Language and Society students shared four activities with Spanish students from Instituto de Idiomas. During the first activity, they discussed some of the stereotypes in Spain and the USA. They also analyzed some news on TV about current events in both countries dealing with the young generation, and their own interests. In the second activity, students talked about leisure in both cultures, and had to find out about each other's preferences. One of the most popular leisure activities was music, and the students had to find out about each other's preferences. The third one dealt with TV in both cultures. The group did a comparison of Spanish TV vs. US TV. Last Saturday, students both Language and Society and Spanish students, had the last activity. Like past semesters, this activity was an out of the classroom activity. Again, they visited Aracena and it was an opportunity to practice a foreign language outside of the classroom. First, they visited the city; castle, City Hall, churches, etc. Later they went up to the mountains of Aroche National Park, and had lunch at one of its magnificent view points. 
  • “Grammar and Composition”; the group went to movie to watch “La isla minima”.
  •  “Gastronomy of Spain” class visited the “Archeological Museum”, the Castle of San Jorge, Triana Market, and the “Convents of Seville”. They also had some practical lesson such as: olive oil tasting, sweets made by the nuns of these convents, and products from the Iberian pig.
  • The “Culture and Civilization class” visited the Archivo de Indias, Torre del Oro and Murallas almohades and “Casa de Pilatos”.


Students participated in the Language and Society daytrip to Córdoba and the overnight to Morrocco. During this three-day guided visit to Morocco they visited cities such as Tánger, Tetouan and Chefchaouen where they experienced the cultural, religious, and social differences of this North African country. The trip was a success and the entire group participated in this activity. The evaluations were excellent and the trip has been for them an unforgettable experience.  


Other activities and visits on which students are taking part are those which are organized through “Student Services”; Intercambios meeting, visit to Plaza de España, Cathedral, Itálica, Barrio Santa Cruz, Triana, El Arenal, Museo de Artes y Costumbres, Museo Arqueológico, Conventos, Sevilla y la Ópera, Sevilla y el Flamenco, Sevilla y Cervantes, Grafitis, Metropol and Antiquarium, etc. 





At the midpoint of the semester, literally immersed in the spring season, with a warmer sun illuminating the streets of Sevilla.

So far, the Spring 2015 semester has been very interesting in so many aspects …


Students just took their midterms, so finally, there is a more relaxed environment at the CIEE Study Center.

All the CIEE classes are holding out-of-class activities in order to provide students with a hands-on learning experience. For instance, the Essence of Seville and the Sevillanos class participated in an Arabic-Flamenco dance class which was complemented with a session on Arabic poetry. The class Islamic Culture and Art in Muslim Spain, together with Spanish students of Universidad de Sevilla, went on two excursions, one to Carmona and another to Córdoba. There, they were able to analyze the historical periods that influenced the Andalusian architecture of these amazing cities.

In addition, our program offers for-credit community service options through the Social Justice and Human Rights course. This semester, students are involved in projects such as breakfast program/soup kitchen at a homeless shelter; cultural and language assistants in local primary/secondary schools in marginalized neighborhoods; equestrian therapy for children with disabilities; an NGO which distributes food for impoverished families; socio-cultural activities for long-term patients at the children’s hospital, etc.



Apart from our traditional and very successful trips to Granada, Cádiz and Córdoba, Liberal Arts students also had the opportunity to participate in other cultural activities such as hiking excursions, cooking classes and visits to the local museums and monuments, as the Fine Arts Museum, the Cathedral, the Alcazar, the Giralda…

Moreover, the Interest Groups organized special events to connect students to the Spanish culture. For example, a ceramics workshop; a visit to the monuments and buildings linked to the relationship between Sevilla and the Americas (such as the Archivo de Indias, Torre del Oro, Casa de la Moneda and the  Reales Atarazanas); a walking tour titled the History of Tapas that ended at El Rinconcillo, the oldest tapas bar in Sevilla founded in 1670, etc.

There is so much to see and learn before the end of the semester: Semana Santa, Feria, the trips of the Interest Groups and much more! We will keep you posted about the life of your students in Spain.

Warm regards from Sevilla,

Jorge, Sergio and Olga




Annie Quigley (Indiana University-Bloomington), enjoys a ferry crossing Algeciras-Tangier (Strait of Gibraltar). March, 6th.

Dear friends,

As our Spring 2015 semester advances, all of the students of the Communication, New Media and Journalism program are fully involved in their academic projects and their social life in Seville. A visit to our Facebook page will give you an interesting glimpse into our dealings in and out of town. Little by little, we're reaching the busiest part of the semester and there will be plenty to see and read in the next few weeks. Students are getting increasingly accustomed to working out of class, reaching into our community for stories, images, sounds and, of course, new tastes. This is the time when all of the hard work done so far will start materialising into projects that will expand their and our experience of the world around us.

Though of course we have Seville's world famous Semana Santa and the Feria to go before the end of the semester, which is still eight weeks away from now!

This semester, eight students from the University of Seville are are participating for-credit into our core course New Media and Audiovisual Workshop course, conducted by professor Carlos Pineda at the Centro de Iniciativas Culturales de la Universidad de Sevilla (CICUS), where almost all of CNMJ courses are now hosted. CICUS is the contemporary culture hub of the University of Seville and is welcoming more of our program's and study center's activities, to which the opening of its new café is greatly contributing. CICUS is a fantastic venue for our students' interaction with both the local and international community of students in Seville. Thus, you will be hearing a lot about it in the future.

So far, motivation is high on all fronts. Seville is just starting to feel the first warm days of the coming spring, calling everyone to spend even more time in the streets. We hope that this will not divert our students' focus from their work, or that the cyclic invitation of the city to enjoy it more fully will be incorporated into their media projects and academic tasks.

Some of our usual collaborators and some new ones have already visited the different courses of the CNMJ program this semester:

+  The journalist Sandra Camps, director of the Radio Nacional de España program ‘En Primera Persona’, talked to the students of the course Spanish Skills in Context: Podcast Reporting about journalism with a social focus.

+  Students of the Urban Photography Workshop have not ceased to experiment in the streets of Seville. You can see them at work, in a more or less orthodox fashion, at our Facebook page: "polaroiding" themselves, going a little wild in the patio of CICUS or just popping up air balloons.

+  Video-artist María Cañas, creator amongst other wonders of the video piece Holly Thriller, who enjoyed a retrospective cycle at the Seville European Film Festival edition of 2014, visited the Digital and Visual Culture in Contemporary Spain course for a talk titled “Militant cinephagy and less dough means more creativity”.

+  Four members of the Western Sahara League of Students at the University of Seville (Mohamed, Dah, Maha and Ayach) were invited to the course Magazine Reporting and Writing in order to be interviewed about their life growing up in the refugee camps of Tindouf, as students in Seville, as well as to share their views about their views on the Moroccan-Saharawi conflict and the role of the International Community, particularly that of Spain, France and the US.

+  Our regular collaborator Eduardo del Campo, staff reporter from the newspaper El Mundo, novelist and poet, visited the Magazine Reporting and Writing course. Students were mesmerized asking him questions about his experiences as a news correspondent during the Libyan revolution in 2011.

+  Students of the course The Metamorphosis of News and Media from Gutenberg to Zuckerberg, were greeted at the newsroom of our oldest regional newspaper, El Correo de Andalucía, by its director, Óscar Gómez, who explained the efforts of staff to adapt contents and news format to their now mainly digital audience.

+  You can also check excellent videos showing the work of the New Media and Audiovisual Workshop at our Facebook page, including the master class on mobile apps for video editing by producer Carlos Jiménez. Don't miss this other video of Roxana Delgado (University of Illinois at Chicago) and Maddie Szempruch (University of St. Thomas, MN) at work.

In addition to these academic activities, the weekend of March 5-8 all CNMJ students, except our two Academic Year Program students, Anna Spack and Skye Bellenis, went on our academic trip to Morocco accompanied by the professor of the Urban Photography Workshop, Antonio Pérez, and by CNMJ's RD. After spending one night in Algeciras at the Hotel Reina Cristina, in which the international dignitaries of the Algeciras Conference of 1906 stayed while deciding on the configuration of the Spanish and French Protectorates in Morocco, we embarked on a windy ferry crossing of the Strait of Gibraltar (see Annie Quigley's picture above) to arrived in Tangier. In this formerly international status city we visited the old medina, which includes the oldest diplomatic site of the U.S. Government and only National Heritage Site outside of US soil, the Tangier American Legation. We then spent two days in the town of Chefchaouen, in the Riff mountains, where CNMJ students were hosted by the families of local students and... yes... rode on dromedaries (not camels). During our last day in Morocco we visited the historic medina of Tetouan before crossing the Strait of Gibraltar again. It was a memorable experience for all.

If you haven't done it recently, I'd very much recommend you to visit our website of students projects,, which is updated each semester. You can also follow us in our Facebook page.

More news coming soon.


Óscar Ceballos

Musica y foto


On February 18th, the class Survey of Spanish Music of the 20th Century, attended the premier of "Babilonia", the new record by one of the most important rock bands in Spain, since the 90s: Revolver. Students had the opportunity to enjoy music alive, and the presentation was very interesting because there was also a unique exchange of opinion between Carlos Goñi and the audience, which was something unique. Even though we had been talking in class about it, they did not realize how important the event was until we got to FNAC, and felt the atmosphere, with all the fans. They were surprised by how approachable Goñi was. As a follow up, every student had to write a reflection on their experience.    


Cambios en mi vida

This post is by an anonimous student who is a Finance Major at The University of Texas at Austin. During the Spring 2015 semester this student is participating in the CIEE Language and Society program..

Nací en McAllen, Texas hace veinte años. Mi familia consiste de mis padres, mi hermana mayor y mi hermano menor. Mi hermana es dos años mayor que yo, y yo soy tres años mayor que mi hermano. Crecí hablando inglés y español debido a la fluidez de mi padre en español y la proximidad de mi ciudad de la frontera de México. Mi padre sabe español porque sus padres, o sea, mis abuelos, son de México. Por eso, aprendí muchas palabras de vocabulario cuando era pequeño. Siempre hablé español con mis abuelos y ellos me ayudaron a mejorar mi español. Después, unos cambios en mi vida afectaron a mi español.

El primer cambio fue cuando empecé ir a la escuela. Yo había estado aprendiendo español con mi familia, pero siempre preferí el inglés. Nunca traté de practicar mi español y por eso, cuando empecé a leer y escribir en inglés en mis clases, dejé de hablar y practicar español. Además, mis amigos no hablan español, y poco a poco me olvidé de cómo hablar español. No me di cuenta del efecto que este cambio tuvo en mi vida desde hace quince años.

Cuando empecé en la universidad, no sabía si iba a estudiar español. Hablé por muchas horas con mi padre sobre este asunto, y decidí volver a estudiar español de nuevo. Me di cuenta de la importancia de hablar dos idiomas, especialmente viviendo y trabajando en Texas, y me inscribí en clases de español. Hace tres años que seguí estudiando español y ya he mejorado mucho. Estoy más cómodo hablando con hablantes nativos de español, incluyendo a mi familia. Aunque mi español es mejor que hace tres años, todavía hay margen para mejorar. Por esta razón decidí estudiar en el extranjero en España. Nunca había estado en el extranjero, pero varios de mis amigos tuvieron experiencias positivas.

Estoy feliz de estar viviendo en España por cuatro meses porque he empezado a hablar español cada día. Sigo aprendiendo muchas reglas de gramática y conversación, y ya he aprendido mucho. Tengo curiosidad a ver cómo hablo al final del semestre. Sé que no será perfecto y todavía voy a cometer errores, pero tengo ganas de volver a mi casa y hablar con mis abuelos. Espero que mis abuelos vean que aprendí bastante bien el español.



This post is by Nate Rinehouse, a Biology Major student at Brandeis University. During the Spring 2015 semester he is participating in the CIEE Language and Society program.

En mi vida, hay dos eventos que son muy importantes para mí. No son exactamente eventos cortos o específicos, sino procesos que son más grandes. El primero es la historia de la razón porque soy vegano, y el segundo es una historia de mi tiempo en España.

Durante mi primer año en universidad, tomé una clase que cambió mi forma de pensamiento para siempre. En la clase de ética biomédica, la cual es una clase de filosofía en Brandeis University, hablamos sobre muchas ideas polémicas, incluyendo el aborto, la eutanasia, la clonación, la subrogación y la experimentación con animales. El profesor nos animó para pensar críticamente sobre estos temas, y este tipo de pensamiento me afectó significativamente en mi vida fuera del aula. Apliqué este pensamiento a muchas de mis acciones, y hablé frecuentemente con mis amigos y mi familia sobre muchos temas en ética biomédica. No mucho después de que el semestre terminó, concluí que ya no podía justificar mi decisión para comer a otros animales. Dejé de comer a otros animales, y me convertí en un vegetariano. Después de más pensamiento y educarme sobre el tratamiento de otros animales en granjas industriales, decidí convertirme en un vegano. Hoy en día, evito todas las formas del uso de otros animales cuando sea posible. Llevo siendo un vegano hace aproximadamente siete meses.

He decidido venir a España porque lo vi como una oportunidad excelente para aprender español y, además, quería estar en Europa. En España, obviamente sigo siendo vegano, pero a veces encontrar la comida ha sido un poco desafiante. Durante mi tiempo en Sevilla, disfruto de conocer a personas nuevas, viajando, explorando, aprendiendo el español y yendo al gimnasio. En Sevilla, he visto el Alcázar, la Plaza de España, la Catedral de Sevilla, las ruinas romanas de Itálica y mucho de la ciudad. En Granada el fin de semana pasado, mis amigos y yo visitamos la Catedral de Granada y Alhambra. Sin embargo, ¡nunca terminaré de explorar España y Europa! Acabo de empezar mis clases hace tres semanas, y las disfruto mucho. He mejorado mi español durante mi tiempo corto aquí, y espero tener más competencia cuando vuelva a los Estados Unidos en mayo.




The Interest Group Spain beyond Spain visited the Three Cultures Foundation (Fundación Tres Culturas del Mediterráneo), an initiative of Andalusia’s regional government and the Kingdom of Morocco. Principles such as peace, dialogue and tolerance have been fundamental pillars of this institution. The Three Cultures Foundation engages in a number of cultural initiatives, including “Cinema on Wednesday” program devoted to Andalusian cinema. The group watched the movie Al ritmo de la calle (To the beat of the street), which tells the story of several foreign musicians who work throughout Andalusia.

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