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11 posts from May 2015






It seems that it was yesterday when Jen, Carli, Anna, Gurkirat and Jennifer, the five TDP students arrived in Seville on a beautiful Monday and now the semester has come to an end. The spring semester has flown but the experiences of the students will remain in their minds for their whole life, hopefully.

Anna y Gurkirat visita S. Francisco de Paula 3


The five TDP students have successfully finished their observational and practical time in the school in Seville they have been going to for the entire semester. There, they had the opportunity of doing great friendship with the school staff, and they learned a lot from them, like how the education system works in Spain, the methodology of how to teach in different levels of learning, the fact of how to control a class of young students, etc. TDP students also emphasize how they have learnt the Spanish culture from both the students from the school and the teachers there, which makes a very interesting way to get to know our culture more in-depth.



The core class of this program has been a truly reinforce for the students in their interest of becoming teachers in a non-distant future. The classes of Professor Luis have been a way to get different strategies that our TDP students will use when they become teachers by their own. The core class uses a great methodology and it fosters the teaching of different ways to get a same place: to educate people. The professor records the students while they are teaching in the class and after that he shows these videos at class. This is a very good tool that help the TDP students to see the ins and outs of how they are doing at class, what they are doing and what they need to improve. The five TDP students also reflected on how much they enjoyed the field trip to local schools in Seville, where they could experience first-hand how a bilingual public and private schools work in Seville and the importance that the government in Spain gives to the foreign-languages learning. Another aspect of the core class that was well-received by the TDP students was the visit of a lecturer, which explained about her experience in the field of the education in the last years. Our students found the visit very interesting and they could take some good advices for the future. But no-doubt the part that the TDP students have enjoyed the most was the practicum in the school, where they became professors during four hours a week. For most of our students, it was the very first time they were in front of a class of students trying to make students both to learn and educate. This has been a truly remarkable experience for our five students and now they are more prepared to have their own class in the US.

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The students from the TDP program besides the core class (EDUC) have been enrolled in diverse courses that CIEE have in its offering. Many of these courses count with activities out of class where students can take what they are learning and doing in-class and apply to the field. For instance, Carli, Gurkirat, Jen and Jennifer had the opportunity of going to visit the Philology department of the University of Seville with their class of Methodology of Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language and there they had a session which was centered on the relations and comparisons between the distinct cultures of the participants. The objective was to create intercultural knowledge between future professors; Jennifer went visit the US-Spanish Naval Station placed one-hour far away from Seville as part of the experience to know more about the Spanish culture and what it means in terms of international relationships. Anna and Gurkirat had the opportunity of getting to know some specifics of the Spanish language in their class of Comparative and Contrastive Grammar and they could interact with Spaniards and ask them about many of the expressions we use here in southern Spain.

Anna y Gurkirat visita S. Francisco de Paula 2

The spring semester is already finished but we are working in the next ones in order to give our future participants the experience they deserve.

Clase Carli

We want to wish all of you a great summertime and hope you can have a good rest and gain energy for the exciting new academic year we all have ahead of us.

Clase Jenny

All the best,

TDP team: Olga, Sergio and Jorge 


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This is Kaileen Glynn's (Carthage College) final project for the course New Media and Audiovisual Workshop, with professor Carlos Pineda. The city changes, some times sadly. Here's the story of Bazar Victoria, a hardware store located in the center of Seville, which has been successively run by four generations of the same family. A new rent increase will force Bazar Victoria to either close or find a more affordable location. Good luck to them and congratulations to Kaileen for a great documentary!


Before coming to Sevilla for my Study Abroad Experience...


This post is by Maria P. Alioto, a Strategic Communications and Global Cultures Major student from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. During the Spring 2015 semester she is participating in the the CIEE Liberal Arts program.

Before coming to Sevilla, I looked at my calendar and could not imagine spending four months out of the country.  Now, I cannot believe my study abroad experience is already hitting the halfway point.

I live in Triana – one of the most popular, up and coming neighborhoods in Sevilla and where many of the students in homestays are placed.   I live in a high-rise apartment with a Spanish woman named Rocío.  She is wonderful – a fantastic cook and treats me as if I were her own daughter.  The organization of the orientation groups allowed me to meet the students who live near me and we always spend time together exploring the city, relaxing by the river or going out to Calle Betis.

I am enrolled in four classes – two through CIEE and two through the Universidad de Sevilla (cursos para extranjeros).  I like the balance between the two styles and having the opportunity to experience classes in a Spanish university setting.  I also appreciate that there are no classes on Fridays so we have the opportunity to travel on the weekends.  This semester, I have been / will be going to: Brussels, Belgium; Granada, Spain; Carmona, Spain; Gibraltar; Tangier, Chefchaouen and Tétouan, Morocco; Cádiz, Spain; Barcelona, Spain; Berlin, Germany; London, England; Paris, France; Madrid, Spain; Lagos, Portugal; and Mallorca, Spain.  Even with all of this traveling, I have managed to make and keep in touch with Spanish friends, which I think is one of the best and most important parts of studying abroad.

While each trip is an exciting adventure, my friends and I are always eager to return to Sevilla.  Sevillanos (people of Sevilla) constantly say (in their unique and sometimes very thick accents) that Sevilla is the best – and I have to agree.  Sevilla is a safe city, the people are warm and welcoming, the food and drinks are magnificent and it is the ideal place to practice Spanish.  Sevilla has truly captured my heart and I will be forever grateful for my experience abroad.




End of semester party Spring 2015 CNMJ. Left to right: Lindsey Silva (Univ. of Indiana), Jordyn Rohrman (Univ. of Oregon), Annie Quigley (Univ. of Indiana), Brenna Díaz (Villanova Univ.), Kaileen Glynn (Carthage College) and Óscar Ceballos (RD)


Dear friends,

As we gather our thoughts at the completion of the Spring 2015 semester, the professors and resident director of the CIEE Communication, New Media and Journalism program in Seville are happy to say that the past four months have been a truly productive period for all. Our students have shown great commitment in pursuing their personal and academic endeavors, have experienced at many levels and have demonstrated great respect for their host community. The many strong media projects they've created during their semester abroad prove this.

Check for instance the audiovisual documentary created by Kaileen Glynn from Carthage College, "Con las carnes abiertas / Dreading it", about an old hardware store, successively run by four different generations of the same family and which is about to close in the next few months due to rent increase in the center of Seville; University of St. Thomas student Maddie Szempruch's feature for the 24th edition of the magazine más+menos, "Moved by Spirit / Movidos por el Espíritu", describing the life of the evangelic community of African migrants guided by Pastor Keji in the neighborhood of Cerro del Águila, southeast of Seville; The extraordinarily original photographic project created by Carla Sraders, from the University of Indiana-Bloomington, intervening with her camera on some of the most famous paintings at the Fine Arts Museum; or the podcast recorded by University of Vermont's student Vanessa Kahn explaining the intricacies of her life through her six favorite songs, "Vida en Canción / Life through Songs".

Soon you should receive copies of the student magazine más+menos, titled this time Scattering Roots / Dipersando Raíces, in which the students of the course Magazine Reporting and Writing have reflected about the inevitable logic of movement, which makes us all migrants in one way or another. We find the protagonists of their articles in a two-hundred year old market, in a recording study which serves as a time machine, in a warehouse-turned-temple, in a garden that has seen history grow for a thousand years, in the streets of a city which is the stage for a ritual both collective and private, in a baseball pitch full of dreams, in a video rental store in which friendship lives, in a hospital bed or in the borders that necessity or fear made them cross.

Visit our website of students' projects for more 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 Spring semester of 2015 has been full of academic, cultural and social activities. We visited Europe's oldest city, Cádiz, in February; in early March, 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, where we were hosted by the very hospitable families of 12 young Moroccan students with whom we shared invaluable time; as part of our agreement with the Centro de Iniciativas Culturales de la Universidad de Sevilla, we've again included students from the University of Seville into our core course New Media and Audiovisual Workshop and will keep on repeating this exchange experience in future semesters, extending it to other CIEE CNMJ courses.

We're please that CNMJ's newest course, Social Justice, Action and Media: Stories that Matter, has been greeted with much enthusiasm by a large number of students, as this course allows participants to get firsthand experience on the importance that media activism has for the transformation of society.

Students have remixed contemporary iconography; have created superheroes; have visited this semester the newsroom of the newspaper El Correo de Andalucía, the recording studios of Radio Nacional de España in Andalusia, the Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, as well as several schools, NGOs and community centers. Once again, 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 café of CICUS, which was attended by students, professors and some of our friends in Seville.

At our program's Facebook page, CNMJ CIEE SEVILLE, you can receive updates about our students work and the program's activities on a regular basis.

Thank you very much for collaborating with us this past semester.

Best regards from Seville,

Óscar Ceballos



Greetings from Seville

The Spring 2015 semester in the IBC Program has come to a close! Students completed their final exams last week and the majority flew home this past Saturday.

Academic Successes and Gained Cultural Knowledge

This semester was filled with academic successes, gained cultural knowledge and skills and life-changing experiences. At the end of the semester I ask students to reflect upon and check the gained skills as a result of their study abroad experience in the Seville IBC program. In additional to improved Spanish fluency, below are just a few of the outcomes that students say they have achieved as a result of their semester in Seville (from “75 possible Long-Term Outcomes from an International Experience” *Source: What’s Up With Culture):

  • I am more knowledgeable about another culture and lifestyle.
  • I have a greater capacity to accept differences in others and to tolerate other people´s actions and ideas that may be vastly different from my own.
  • I am more flexible and able to adjust to change in others.
  • I am more able to accept as valid others values and lifestyles.
  • I understand more clearly how US-Americans and the United States are viewed overseas.
  • I can evaluate advantages and disadvantages of my own culture and society more objectively (i.e., from the perspective of an outsider).

Liquid Gold

Students visited the family owned extra virgin olive oil company, Basilippo, where they learned about the extraction process of extra virgin olive oil (“liquid gold”), what distinguishes extra virgin olive oil from other olive oils, the presentation and integration of Basilippo Olive Oil to foreign markets, especially that of the United States, and the health benefits and culinary uses of Basilippo extra virgin olive oil.

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Students also visited the Inés Rosales factory, another company dedicated to the use of extra virgin olive oil in its products. Supply Chain Management students had the opportunity to speak first-hand with the director of exportation about the production, packaging, exportation and logistics of Inés Rosales products.

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Goodbye Sevilla!

Students said goodbye to Seville and friends via the traditional manner, at the end of semester program reception, but also via a different perspective…from the Guadalquivir River!





Greetings from Seville

Spring semester finished last May 7 and this is the last message where I would like to inform you about some of the Academic and Non-Academic highlights of the program.


CRL offered three more workshops, “Subjunctive”, “Accents” and one more about “Prepositions”. These workshops were recommended by language professors to help students reinforce some topic which were covered in the Language classes.

Language Skills and Conversation students presented their final project. They worked in groups on a short video project about a cultural Spanish story. They rolled in different places in Seville and the results were amazing! Unique, excellent acting skills, while having fun using the language.

Also, the content course organized some activities such as:

“Gastronomy of Spain” class; The class participated in some practical tasting lessons:

  • Spices Tasting. Every student made a research on two different Asian, European or American spices. They experienced the diverse smells of each one. Students had to speak of recipes that include these spices. This activity was linked with the class “The gastronomy of Al - Andalus: recipes Muslim and Jewish; Spices and condiments in the kitchen of Al – Andalus”. 
  • Semana Santa products; torrijas and pestiños. This activity was included in the second part of the class “The Christian kitchen after the reconquest.
  • Chocolates. This activity was included in the class “Products and new world cuisine”.
  • Wine Tasting. This activity 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” topic. They also visited the Museum of Fine Arts. This activity was linked with the class “The Baroque epoch; the height and crisis of Seville’s Baroque period”. Another visit was the “Sevilla de 1929”; regionalist architecture, dictatorship of Primo de Rivera, urban development in twentieth century. This activity was linked with the class “The Contemporary world; the transition from the 19th to the 20th century” and “The political events of the 20th century; from dictatorships to democracy”.

Non Academics

Again, Students Service continued to offer several weekly activities in which Language and Society students participated. These activities were Castillos Medievales, Hiking, cooking classes, XXI century´s Seville: grafitis tour, Semana Santa tour, Semana Santa market, visit to Aracena, visit to Hospital de la Caridad, visit to San Fernanado Cemetery, Zurbarán and Picasso exposition, etc.

During the last week, students took both CIEE and Cursos para Extranjeros final exams. They also completed 100% of courses/professors and program evaluations as in past semesters.

Again, 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 fell that it has been an incredible experience for all of them.

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Greetings from Sevilla!

May marks the arrival of the warm weather and the end of the Spring term for the Liberal Arts program, so two weeks ago, students, professors and staff enjoyed a farewell party just after the finals. It was a perfect closure, a great place by the river and in the best company!

Following are some of the events in which Liberal Arts students participated in the last third of the program.


The range of the out-of-class activities of CIEE courses were as diverse and interesting as the following:  the students in the Globalization and Economic Development class visited the palace San Telmo, current headquarters of the Ministry of Presidency of the regional Government of Andalucía, where they learned about some of the recent history of Seville and the current political structure of Andalusia.

The Islamic Culture and Art in Muslim Spain class went on a trip to Cordoba with a group of Spanish students from the University of Seville. They visited first the Medina Azahara and the Mezquita de Córdoba, paying special attention to the architectural constructive stages and the related decorative elements regarding the 8-11th centuries.


The Translation. Practice and Theory class visited the University Pablo de Olavide (UPO) to observe an Interpreting class with Spanish students who are currently studying a Degree in Translation and Interpreting. During this class, there was a teacher, a Spanish-speaking student and one of the CIEE students interacting in a role-play simulation.  In this situation, the Spanish student acted as the interpreter in between a Spanish-speaking doctor (the teacher) and an American tourist (CIEE student) who attended a hospital during her vacation in Spain. The American tourist had a series of health issues and the Spanish student interpreted the symptoms and the solutions given by the doctor.  While this occurred, the other Spanish students worked in a sound-proofed cubicle equipped with headphones and microphone, listening and interpreting as well. Our CIEE students found this an enriching experience as part of our CIEE course, since it made possible to complete their education in the field of Interpreting as well as the tasks and content in Specialized Translation covered in class. Students were enthusiastic about taking part in these role-plays, they helped Spanish students with some vocabulary, cultural references and English expressions and they also learned how an interpreter works as well as how to communicate in a medical environment in Spanish. 


A great way to involvement in the Spanish life and community is meeting Spaniards and doing interesting and fun activities with them. This was accomplished, for instance, with the activities planned with intercambios. For example, a group of CIEE students and Spaniards attended the Jazz Music Festival in CAAC (Contemporary Museum in Seville) and a show by the Andalusian Company of Ballet Flamenco at Teatro Central.


The Interest Groups of the Liberal Arts program is also another means of community engagement that works very well through the weekly activities and their weekend trip.

One of the Interest Groups weekly activities is related with volunteer in the community. Among the volunteer activities organized, the Spanish Culture through Gastronomy IG collaborated with the NGO Cooperación Internacional. Students attended an informative session at their office after which, the group was split into three smaller groups to help out in different places in the city. A couple of groups went to soup kitchens to help organize the daily meals; the third group prepared food boxes and went to a marginalized neighborhood to distribute the food to needy families. Lastly, they had a chance to talk to the families to learn more about their situations.


Spain beyond Spain and Landscapes of the Mediterranean received the visit of the volunteers of the organization ALEF.  ALEF helps elementary school kids at risk for poverty or social exclusion with their homework, including English. Volunteers spoke about the experience of other CIEE students. Liberal Arts students worked on the collection of supplies and food. In addition, some of them helped the kids with after class English and one student organized two weekly dance sessions for the kids: one on Zumba and one on hip hop.

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The weekend trips of the Interest Groups were a good way for students of experiencing different aspects of culture in different context. The activities realized during the journey helped to reflect on in cultural differences and similarities. Four-of-eight Interest Groups travelled nationally went to Salamanca, Valencia and Madrid.

The remaining four of the eight Interest Groups travelled to neighboring countries. On one hand, Cultural Expressions and Spain beyond Spain travelled to Morocco, where amongst other activities, they visited the Instituto Cervantes and the Museum of Modern Art in Tetouan, where students had the chance to meet the director, as well as participated in an exchange with students from Instituto del Pilar, the Spanish school in Tetouan.


On the other hand, The Wines from Spain and Sevilla and the Americas travelled to Lisbon, Portugal where, amongst other activities, they visited Herdade do Esporao, a famous winery in in the Alentejo area and the highlights of Lisbon, including the monuments related to the first sailors who travelled to America.


We hope that you enjoy this brief summary of the last part of our program. We will keep you posted in the program blog and Facebook.

Enjoy a wonderful Summer!!

Warm regards from Sevilla,

Jorge, Sergio and Olga

Language Skills and Conversation

En la clase “Language Skills and Conversation”, los estudiantes expusieron sus proyectos finales. Se trataba de una video-novela donde, trabajando en grupos de cuatro o cinco, tenían que crear y representar un cuento, película o inventar su propia  historia. Era indispensable el uso del vocabulario y gramática aprendidas en clase y fue valorada y evaluada de acuerdo a la originalidad, interpretación, creatividad…

¡¡El resultado fue fabuloso!!











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

Company visits:

  • Basilippo: Basilippo makes extra virgin olive oil from the arbequina olive, one of the four most important varieties in Spain 
  • Anis 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. They have a production of 25.000 bottles a year, but next year they intend to increase their production to five times the amount
  • La Gitana: Bodegas Hidalgo La Gitana is one of the oldest Sherry Wine producers in the world
  • Cámara de Comercio de Sevilla: The Official Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Shipping of Seville is a non–profit public law corporation. It works to give services to all companies in the Region of Seville
  • 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.


Connecting Cultures

Like previous years, a group of thirty Moroccan students visited Seville and the CIEE Study Center. A great activity was organized to further expose students to Moroccan culture and Ibero-Moroccan relations before travelling to the amazing country, Morocco. This activity has been very highly rated for students. They really enjoyed it.

Connecting Cultures

An incredible trip to Morocco

During this fieldtrip (see video here), 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 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 29 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.



Last Wednesday May 7th 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.

Farewell party

We’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. 

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Warm regards,

Virgina, Irene and Antonio


Liberal Arts Interest Group: The wines from Spain - Spring 2015


The Interest Group "The wines from Spain" finished its activities a couple weeks ago.

This has been an amazing semester in which we have enjoyed the culture, history and tradition of the wines produced in Spain. 

Throughout our activities we have learned about the most famous red wines in Spain: Rioja and Ribera del Duero, we have read some paragraphs from famous books that were talking about Spanish wines, we have seen the evolution of the wine in the history of Spain starting 3000 years ago and we learned about the most famous Spanish wines: The Sherry Wines, not only tasting them and learning about their special way of production but also visiting Bodegas Hidalgo - La Gitana in the beautiful coastal town of Sanlúcar de Barrameda.


We ended up the semester with a trip outside Spain: Portugal! We visited the Alentejo area where we went to Herdade do Esporao to learn about their fantastic wines and we also visited the capitol, Lisbon and the amazing Palacio da Pena, where we tried Verdeho wine, another awesome wine produced in our neighbor country.

Here's a video about all of our activities during the semester! Cheers!