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5 posts from January 2016






It is a pleasure to write this summary of the first weeks of the Liberal Arts – Spring 2016 semester program so far!


Orientation marked the departure point for the study abroad experience of the Liberal Arts program participants. As it is usual, students attended sessions on safety, housing, academics and other practical topics for their life in Sevilla. In addition to the sessions, students also participated in different tours to get to know their neighborhood and the city center, enjoyed tapas dinners and learnt about Sevilla with fun through a Flamenco workshop and a bike tour.


After orientation, students started their intensive session, a two-week course that help students brush up their Spanish while they get used to live in Sevilla, different schedules, meals and listening to Spanish everywhere. Students also registered for all their classes for their regular session that will begin next week. During the first two days of classes, student will visit them and decide if they want to stay or make any changes to their schedule in the drop/add period.


Meanwhile, the six Interest Groups are meeting this week for the first time. In their first session, students learn about the activities and the final trip that have been planned for them as and also participate in a goals session that will help them to focus on their objectives for the semester. The six Interest Groups for this semester are Cultural Expressions and Spanish Culture through Gastronomy that will travel to Northern Morocco; Spain and her Neighbors and Sevilla and the Americas that will travel to Lisbon, Portugal; Sports and Nature that will travel to Madrid and Spain and her Regions that will travel to Barcelona.

I am sure that we will have much more to tell you about your students as weeks pass by in Sevilla.

We wish you a successful and enriching Spring semester.





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 and activities, 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. Students enjoyed a flamenco show. All the informative sessions were held at the Business School of the University of Seville.

Intensive Spanish Session

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. The students were divided into 5 groups according their level and skills of Spanish.


CIEE Bystander Intervention Training

A very interesting session was held at the Hotel NH Collection on January 25th by the CIEE Seville Student Services Director, Morgan Reiss.

Internship Program

A total of 28 out of 62 students (45%) registered in the Business Internship class. Students attended a preparatory session for the internships 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.


Regular Session

These are the Business classes we are offering this 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


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Onsite Orientation

Although exhausted and jet-lagged, students arrived with energy, excitement, and ganas to begin their spring semester journey in Seville.  Student participated in several key orientation meetings like how to stay safe and healthy during their semester, what to expect from their UPO classes, ways to get involved in the host culture via activities, etc.  We kicked off the semester with a Welcome Tapas Reception at El Mercado Lonja del Barranco in Seville, alongside the Guadalquivir River.



Students took a break from their Spanish Intensive Course and headed to the beautiful city of Córdoba. The city of Córdoba was founded by the Romans and became a port city of great importance, shipping Spanish olive oil, wine and wheat back to Ancient Rome via the Guadalquivir River. The famous Roman bridge "El Puente Romano" still stands today!  But Córdoba´s most glorious monument is the Great Mosque or “Mezquita”, built shortly after the Moorish invasion, and later converted to a Catholic Cathedral after the Christian Reconquest.


Students will begin their semester-long courses this week.  Several students have expressed interest in taking classes alongside their Spanish peers; students can take classes in English or Spanish in the following Schools:

  • School of Business Sciences
  • School of Experimental Sciences
  • School of Social Sciences
  • School of Sport Sciences
  • School of Law
  • School of Humanities




Background_combined_newsletter_spring16Spring 2016 CNMJ students handcrafted a diary, while learning the technique of Japanese binding, at a workshop conducted by designer Esperanza Covarsi at the studio of Les Chevalets / House of Press.

Dear friends,

All 22 students enrolled this Spring 2016 semester in the Communication, New Media and Journalism CIEE program in Seville (CNMJ) arrived as scheduled, sound, safe and eager to start their semester abroad. This time, we're very pleased to welcome students from Indiana University-Bloomington, Saint Mary's College of California, Villanova University, Colorado State University, the University of Iowa, the University of La Verne, Bentley University, Fordham University, Scripps College, the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Denison University, Birmingham-Southern College, Tulane University of Louisiana and George Washington University.

Following a quite intense first week of onsite orientation, all students are now immersed into their two-week Intensive Session courses in Spanish Grammar, Latin American and Spanish Short Novel or Cultural History of Spain, course which will help them tune into their Spanish language and intercultural skills in order to face their semester abroad with as much confidence as receptivity.

During the next few months, students will be witnesses to many social, cultural and also political events and activities taking place both in our adoptive community and country. It is our hope that their curiosity, fueled by the academic work and projects they will develop with the support of their professors, will help them be all the more alert and active.

In the course of an event held last Wednesday at the culture hub Un Gato en Bicicleta, we introduced our strong and motivated academic team, discussed the program's academic components, its experiential learning opportunities, and our strategies to create links of reciprocity between our host community, our students and their professors.

In order to relax from the intensity of last week’s orientation, students participated last Thursday and Friday in a Japanese binding workshop at the studio of Les Chevalets, House of Letter Press, where they created their own handcrafted diary, which we hope will be filled with their ideas, anecdotes and occurrences by the end of the semester.

During Spring 16, we will continue hosting our courses at the Centro de Iniciativas Culturales de la Universidad de Sevilla (CICUS), a first-rate cultural institution located at a 2-minute walk from the CIEE study center. In addition to continuing conducting CNMJ's core and elective courses at its media lab, the Digital Video Reporting in Context course (in previous semesters New Media and Audiovisual Workshop), taught by professor Carlos Pineda, will again be part of CICUS’ formative offer, which will bring a number of students from the University of Seville into our academic activities, as peers of CNMJ students.

Amongst many other activities, our students and professors will be visiting the town of Cádiz at the end of January and the Moroccan town of Chefchaouen at the beginning of March, where they’ll be hosted by the families of local students.

As I usually do, I invite you to visit our website of student projects,, including all students’ final projects from the past Fall 15 semester, including Marcela Hawkins’ (Elon University) magazine article about the challenges of women who play soccer in Spain, ‘A Love with no Price’; Bryce Ferendo’s (Indiana University) video ‘Three Glasses of Tea’, explaining the circumstances of the young Sahrawi refugee Sidati; or the exhibition of photographic projects presented by students of the Urban Photography Workshop course in CICUS. There will soon be many more projects from our Spring 16 students, whom we trust will go beyond comfort and customized zones as they explore their host community in search of stories.

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





And we reached the end … The last month of the program was especially intense for our students. They had their last classes, their essays due and finals. But they also enjoyed Sevilla in Autumn and their Interest Groups trips.


Katie was enrolled in the Interest Group (IG) Cultural Expressions, which travelled to Northern Morocco. There, our students visited Tangiers, Tetuan and Chef Chaouen. What students enjoyed most of this trip was an encounter with Moroccan students of the Spanish Instituto Cervantes (the most important Spanish institution for teaching Spanish and promoting Spanish culture abroad). Chloe, one of the CIEE students in this IG, did a great video in which you can see a summary of the activities in which students participated in this trip.

Kevin was enrolled in the Sports and Nature IG, which travelled to Madrid, where students learned about the life of the Spanish Olympic Athletes in a visit to the High Performance Training Center. The star activity of this trip was a visit to the Real Madrid soccer team Stadium.

Please, visit our CIEE Seville Facebook page to see photos of the Interest Groups and other events in which Teaching Development students were involved!


Kevin and Katie enjoyed their time in the school a lot. Kevin taught in secondary school and Katie did it in primary school. They only have good words while referring to the time spent within class and their relationships with students, school staff, etc. The professors of the school were amazed with the human quality and professionalism of Kevin and Katie, and the staff school agree as saying our students have been two of the best practicum students they have ever had.

Also Carlos, the professor of the core class of our TDP program, is very happy with the performance of Kevin and Katie. The class has been very dynamic as they had many discussing time in order to improve and learn different methodologies for the actual practicum and to apply in the future. Carlos says that he has enjoyed himself working along with Katie and Kevin and the experience has been mutually beneficial.



On December 10th, just after the finals, we had our Farewell dinner. Teaching Development students, professors and staff had the occasion of a last meeting before the departure of students. We hope that they had an enriching semester and that they will return someday to Sevilla.

Now, it is time to reflect on fall and get ready for an exciting spring semester, and enjoy a small rest!

We wish you and yours a happy vacation and peace and joy in the New Year.

All the best from Sevilla,

Jorge, Sergio and Olga