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3 posts from June 2015





Once again we are finishing our spring semester. In our program this ending is ongoing.  We haven’t got an official end of semester date since our students are finishing their exams little by little and returning home or continuing to explore Spain and Europe, many accompanied by their families. There are also some students who remain in Seville, finishing their exams at the end of the University of Seville’s semester calendar, and also enjoying the beginning of Seville’s not yet typically hot summer.


We had the opportunity to have dinner with our group at the end of May; it was a good occasion to review the semester and say “until soon”.  That was also a special night for many of our students, staff and professors of the program since the Seville F.C., one of the city’s professional soccer teams, won their fourth European championship that same night. It was great to share that occasion with our students with the Guadalquivir River in the background.

CARLOSCarlos Sánchez, one of our professors                         

Now we are reviewing everything that has happened this spring semester:  orientation, Spanish language immersion weekend, the nerve-wracking selection process and the first days at the University of Seville, the first exams, excursions offered through the Cultural Reimbursement Program, popular spring festivities (Semana Santa and the April Fair), visits, cultural integration, etc. Our Facebook page will undoubtedly help to remember the best moments.


Cultural Reinbursement Program; our students in Barcelona     

Now we are just waiting for the university qualifications, which we expect to arrive in our office at the end of July. Undoubtedly they will be great, as in past semesters.

With sincerest greetings from Seville. 

¡Hasta pronto!


This program has changed my life


This post is by Rhianna Stepien, a Journalism Major student from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. During the Spring 2015 semester she was participating in the CIEE Liberal Arts program.

Tuve mucho miedo para estudiar en Europa. No supe si tuve el valor para hacerlo. Aunque, estudié en Sevilla por cuatro meses y era el semestre más importante en mi vida entera. Sevilla es mi ciudad favorita en todo el mundo y ahora tengo mi familia segunda alli. Vivé con una familia en el centro de Sevilla que consistió de un padre, una madre y dos hijos que tienen edades similares a mi. Esta familia era mi sistema de apoyo en europa y no puedo imaginar mi experiencia sin ellos. Después de cada viaje de mi semestre, regresé a Sevilla y era mi hogar. Durante feria, mi fiesta favorito en Sevilla, mi madre sevillana fue a la tienda conmigo para comprar todas las cosas necesarias para finalizar mi conjunto. Ella arregló mi pelo cada día de feria y cuándo llevé mi traje de flamenco! Este programa ha cambiado mi vida y estoy feliz que estudié en Sevilla y que ahora tengo dos familias especiales para siempre.


I was very afraid to study in Europe. I didn’t know if I had the courage to do it. Despite this, I studied in Sevilla for four months and it was the most important semester of my entire life. Sevilla is my favorite city in the whole world and now I have my second family there. I lived with a family in the center of Sevilla that consisted of a dad, a mom and two sons who are close to me in age. This family was my support system in Europe and I can’t imagine my experience without them. After every trip in my semester, I returned to Sevilla and it was my home. During feria, my favorite festival in Sevilla, my sevillana mom went to the store with me to buy all of the necessary thing to finalize my ensemble. She fixed my hair every day of feria and when I wore my flamenco dress! This program has changed my life and I’m happy that I studied in Sevilla and now I have two special families forever.





The Summer Internships students arrived safely and they seem to be very enthusiastic about the idea of enjoying this experience.


After the three days orientation session, with the informative sessions about academics, housing, safety, activities and the Bystander Internvention Training (BIT) session by the CIEE Seville Student Services Director, Morgan Reiss, students had the chance of visiting the Alcazar, one of the most representative monumental compounds in the city, the country and the Mediterranean culture as a whole and to attend a flamenco show.



The students are in the middle of the Spanish for Business Students class, designed to help students prepare for their experiences in their classes by increasing listening and comprehension skills and building vocabulary. 


Before the Internship Forum students attended a preparatory session where the Internship Coordinator provided them with in-depth information about the companies participating in the program and some tips about dress code, greeting, speaking, etc and all the information about the participant companies.


A total of 18 companies attended our CIEE Internship Forum on June 2th. As a real process, students had interviews with several companies showing their best to get an internship in their favorite companies. At this time, all the students have been already placed in local companies.



Students have visited two beautiful cities in Andalusia: Cordoba, home of the amazing mosque and Cadiz, the occident’s most antique city.


Students enjoyed also a very fun activity such as “kayak”:


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Warm regards,

Virgina, Irene and Antonio