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7 posts from September 2015



One more semester we had our Language Immersion Weekend, just before their total immersion in the University Spanish life. We spent a weekend at the Turism complex located in the Natural Park Sierra Norte de Sevilla, Sierra Huéznar. 21 American students, 10 Spanish students and 2 staff members.

CLASE DE COCINA (1)Cooking class




CollageLanguage activities: one to one, group activities, wine tasting, cooking competition, etc



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Language and Society Fall´15 students´ adventure started last September 2nd. Flights were on time and most of our students were onsite during the morning of Wednesday. Our CIEE local team received them and they could be accommodated at their homes before they drank a welcome coffee to start breaking the ice.

During the orientation stage, students settled into their new homes, spent time with their Spanish families and attended informative sessions and cultural activities. Their orientation sessions covered health and safety, housing, academics, diversity in Spain, excursions and social activities. L&S Program students guided by some local students in Seville enjoyed the tours that helped them to know their neighborhood and the downtown. Students visited some interesting cultural historic monuments, explored the city and shared information about: public transport, gyms, post offices, etc. together with some fun cultural activities which include the so typical Sevillian tapas and flamenco. Here you can see part of the inauguration of the course where most of CIEE FALL 2015 Study Abroad Program students participated. 

After the orientation, the two weeks intensive Spanish course is taking place in the CIEE Study Center. Students attend class and participate in activities out of the classroom included in the course: exploring the streets, interacting with locals and visiting local areas including stores and markets. Although students find it intense (with three hours of class and activities per day) students´ Spanish improvement is notable even in this short period of time. It´s wonderful to see how the students move forward. We are sure that this will allow them to be able to face the regular semester courses with more confidence.

CIEE students has also the opportunity to attend organized optional orientations meetings regarding  “volunteer”, “ GLBTQ Student Experience”, “Seminar Living and Learning in Seville“, “ Non-Catholic Student Experience”, or “ Intercambios meeting”. These meetings also provide them with great reasons to talk and discuss about their interests in Spanish and learn how they are developed in a country abroad. 

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Next week the students will begin their Regular Session attending classes at CIEE Study Center and the University of Seville which will be shown by locals in a previous tour to explore their classrooms, libraries, cafeteria, etc. Their classes will be supported by tutorials or workshops and reinforced by a “tandem project” carried out together with Spanish students.  A daytrip to Córdoba and overnight to Morocco will offer them the opportunity to go closer to new cultures and live what we hope will be once upon a live experience for them.

Fall will come soon and CIEE continues working to help their students reaching their goals and their dreams.




Another academic year has just started with students and staff full of energy and excitement. Everything began two weeks ago, at the onsite orientation …


The first week of September marked the beginning of the fall 2015 semester for the Liberal Arts program. During orientation, apart from attending mandatory sessions about housing, health, safety and academics, students also had the opportunity to enjoy Sevilla from different perspectives in special optional activities.

For instance, students were able to explore the city through a bike tour by the Guadalquivir River, to watch a Spanish movie at an outdoor cinema and to learn the basics of Sevillanas, the typical Flamenco dance from Sevilla, in a practical workshop.


After orientation, the time for classes arrived. Students are right now at the middle of the intensive session brushing up on their Spanish while they get accustomed to the new schedules, meals and a new daily life.



100% of program participants signed for an Interest Group (IG). This semester we are offering three different Interest Groups: Sports and Nature, Cultural Expressions and Sevilla and the Americas. This week, the three IGs will present their activities to students in a session that will be both informative and fun and that will count on the participation of Spanish university students.

We hope that students will enjoy while they learn and get the most of their study abroad semester that has just began.

We wish you a wonderful fall semester. Please, follow the life of your students in Sevilla visiting our program facebook

Warm regards from Sevilla!





Greetings from Seville!

The Business and Society 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 Intervention Training (BIT) session by the CIEE Seville Student Services Director, Morgan Reiss.


Intensive Spanish Session

The session began on Monday and the students enjoyed the Spanish for Business Students class, which is designed to help students prepare for their experiences in their classes by increasing listening and comprehension skills and building vocabulary.


Preparatory Session and Internship Forum

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 19 companies attended our CIEE Internship Forum on September 8th. 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. 


Other Activities

Students had the chance of visiting the Alcazar, a royal palace in Seville, originally developed by Moorish Muslim kings. It is the oldest royal palace still in use in Europe and was registered in 1987 by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.


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. 

If you haven't done it yet, don't miss the opportunity to "like" and start following our Facebook page or Twitter profile for regular updates on the program's activities.

Warm regards,

BS Team



Group 6

¡Bienvenidos a Sevilla!

The CIEE International Business and Culture Students have had a busy (but productive) first two weeks.

Onsite Orientation

Students participated in several key orientation sessions such as academics, what to expect in their homestay (all IBC students live with Spanish families), and how to stay safe and healthy during their study abroad experience in Seville.  In between sessions, students participated in city orientation activities with Spanish student guides, which focused on how to “survive” in Seville (how public transportation and pharmacies work, where the CIEE Study Center is located, how to order food…in Spanish!, etc.). Students also participated in an interactive “Bystander Training”, and the importance of watching out for each other during their semester abroad.


Sí, hablo español

Students jumped right into the Spanish language upon conclusion of orientation, participating in a 2 week, 4 hours/day intensive Spanish language course.  Students have been making amazing progress in their Spanish language fluency.  While all students must take at least one language course during the regular session, all have been encouraged to take at least two Spanish language courses during the regular semester session and thusly continue with an intensive Spanish language experience.


Back to school

Energy and nerves are high as students begin their semester-long classes this week at the University Pablo de Olavide.  Students were welcomed to the university by the International Center Staff, with the university´s president formally greeting all University Pablo de Olavide’s international students today in a welcome session.



Apertura_CICUS_fall15Opening of the Fall 15 semester at CICUS. From left to right: Karen McConarty (Villanova), Lauren Saxe (Indiana), Leah Wetterling (Santa Clara), Sadie Cole (Colorado College) and Alyssa Morales (Santa Clara)

Dear friends,

Greetings from Seville!

I hope you had a very nice summer holiday. Here in Seville, where it’s still quite warm, we’re busy with the start of the Fall 2015 semester; full of energy and looking forward to starting our many projects with our students and our community.    

All students of the Communication, New Media and Journalism program (CNMJ) arrived sound, safe on August 31st. We're very pleased to be welcoming this semester students from Santa Clara University, Indiana University-Bloomington, Villanova University, the University of Oregon, Elon University and Colorado College.

Following a fully informative first week of onsite orientation, CNMJ students are now immersed into their two-week Intensive Session courses in Spanish Grammar or Cultural History of Spain. As they tune into their Spanish and become familiar with their new social and cultural environment, they’re gaining strength to face a semester abroad full of hard work, exciting challenges and meaningful encounters.

In order to introduce our committed academic team, as well as to further discuss the program's academic components, its experiential learning opportunities and our efforts to create links of reciprocity with our host community, students and professors gathered last Thursday at the Centro de Iniciativas Culturales de la Universidad de Sevilla (CICUS), the first-rate cultural institution, which is a mere 2-minute walk from the CIEE study center and home to the core and elective courses of the CNMJ program.

As in previous semesters, the core course New Media and Audiovisual Workshop, taught by professor Carlos Pineda, will be part of CICUS formative offer as a for-credit workshop for 6 students from the University of Seville, chosen out of a total of 36 applicants! This semester for the first time, the core course Magazine Reporting and Writing, in which we create the magazine más+menos, will also be open to local students. This means that all of CNMJ students will be sharing academic activities and media production projects with peers from the University of Seville.

As in previous semesters, CNMJ's students and professors will be visiting the town of Cádiz, at the end of September, and the Moroccan town of Chefchaouen in late October, where they’ll be hosted by the families of local students. Check CNMJ’s Facebook page to see the beautiful video that Kaileen Glynn (Carthage College), Jordyn Rohrman (University of Oregon) and Maddie Szempruch (University of St. Thomas) created about the mother of their Moroccan host, “La Madre de Anass”, as an exercise for their New Media and Audiovisual Workshop course.

While you’re at it, you may also check posts that include the interviews conducted by students of the Magazine Reporting and Writing course to young Saharauis living in Seville; Carla Sraders’ (Indiana University) extremely original photography project (parts one and two) putting together the works of Seville’s Fine Arts Museum with graffiti on the buildings that surround the museum; a presentation of “remixed” publicity projects done by students of the course Digital and Visual Culture in Contemporary Spain; Maddie Szempruch’s remarkable chronicle of a Nigerian Christian community for más+menos 24 magazine, “Moved by Spirit”; Jenna Rohde’s (Elon University) moving interview to the young Syrian refugee living in Seville Adnan Amom, “Caught in the Crossfire”; or Madeline Terrell’s (Univeristy of Indiana) compelling portrait of the bookstore and culture hub “La Extravagante”, titled “Somos Libros”

Cnmj_metamorphosis_correo_andalucia_spring15_5Spring 15: students of the course "The Metamorphosis of News and Media: from Gutemberg to Zuckerberg" visited the newspaper El Correo de Andalucía and featured in one of its pages.                    

As always, I invite you to visit our website of student projects, for more interesting contributions from our students of the Spring 2015 semester in the areas of magazine, tv (audiovisual), podcast and photo reporting. Many more projects coming soon as our students of the Fall semester start engaging with members of their host community. We trust that their endeavor will carry them well beyond comfort and customized zones as they explore their surroundings in search of stories of human interest.

If you haven't done it yet, don't miss the opportunity to "like" and start following our Facebook page for regular updates on the program's activities and students’ projects.

Let's wish all of them, their professors and all of our staff in Seville good luck at the beginning of this new semester, which I’m sure will be filled with great experiences.

Warm regards from Seville.

Óscar Ceballos, CNMJ RD





CIEE ALA Program started this semester!

Students from 14 different institutions arrived last September, 1st. We're very pleased to be welcoming students from these institutions: Beloit College, Gordon College, Gustavus Adolphus College, Hope College, Johns Hopkins University, Hope College, Johns Hopkins University, Macalester College, Reed College, Saint Mary's College of California, Scripps College, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, University of Oregon, University of Wisconsin-Madison and Warren Wilson College.


ALA students completed their orientation (academic issues, housing, health and safety, cultural activities, etc). They got to know the city (universities, monuments, restaurants, post offices, flamenco, etc) and we visited our two Universities here in Seville. We held different session in both place. We had the active participation and valuable assistance of three Spanish students from University of Seville and University Pablo de Olavide. Thanks, Ana, Masé and Jesús!


This week ALA students started their intensive session and Student Services held the Bystander Intervention Training session. This week and the next one we are going to be dedicated to individual and group academic appointments with our students in order to help them make the best selection of university courses, offering the opinions from the experience of previous students and our experience.


If you are interested in knowing more about the program, we suggest that you should visit our Facebook.

All the best from Seville

ALA staff