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6 posts from September 2016




Greetings from Sevilla!


Your students arrived safely on September 5th and since then, they have been experiencing the local culture.

During their first week, students participated in the program orientation, which consisted of a combination of informative sessions, tours and optional activities including a bike tour, outdoor cinema and a Flamenco workshop.

Following the orientation week, students started their intensive session, which ended last Friday. It has been two weeks of brushing up their Spanish and getting ready for the rest of the semester. Having only three hours a day of class, allowed students to have free time and explore the city through different cultural visits such as the Cathedral, the Alcazar and Plaza de España.

In the coming weekends, all Liberal Arts participants will travel to Granada, among other trips, where students enjoy the charm of the Alhambra, and then to Cádiz, a mix of history and beach in the oldest Western Europe city.

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At the end of this next week, after add/drop, students will have their definitive class schedule, which will help them to make plans to engage in different activities in the community.

I hope that you had a great semester start.

Please visit our Facebook to see what is going on this semester in Sevilla!

All the best,

Jorge, Sergio and Olga



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CIEE LS students landed in Seville just a couple of weeks ago! Their adventure started last September 7, when most of them came in a large group together to attend their orientation which helped them to learn about culture and to better adapt to their new environment, family, schedules, meals, friends, etc.



During their orientation, students settled into their new homes, spent time with their Spanish families and attended informative sessions and cultural activities. In their first day they participated into an afternoon coffee and a “meet and greet” in small groups with their orientation local guides. Then, they enjoyed the tours guided by some local students and visited some interesting cultural historic monuments exploring the city. They also were a couple of hours getting to know the neighborhood where they would be living while received information about: public transport, gyms, post offices, etc. and checked out the tapas.


CIEE students were interviewed by their Intensive Spanish Language Course teachers and had also the opportunity to attend organized optional orientations meetings regarding “Volunteering”, “GLBTQ Student Experience”, “Religions Student Experience”, or “Intercambios Meeting”. These meetings also provided them with great reasons to talk and discuss about their interests in Spanish learning how they are developed in a country abroad.  INTENSIVE SPANISH COURSE

Last September 12, students began their two week intensive immersion Spanish Course held in the Seville CIEE Study Center, and just finished today.  Although students find it intense (with three hours of class and activities per day), students´ Spanish improved significantly in this short period of time. It´s really gratifying to see how the students grow and to be aware of how this will allow them to be able to face the regular semester courses and cultural challenges with more confidence.

Some of their out-of-class activities included a visit to the Sevillian Museo de Bellas Artes where they became familiar with Spanish art and painting, or "Survival Spanish" to learn how to order and interact with natives in Sevillian restaurants and bars.



Next week the students will start their Regular Session attending classes at CIEE Study Center and the University of Seville where they will explore their classrooms, libraries, restrooms, cafeteria, etc. Regarding their classes, they will be reinforced by tutorials, workshops like the “tandem project” and out-of-class activities, and visits carried out together with Spanish students to facilitate their interaction.

Fall will visit us soon and with it, visits to local towns like Aracena, a daytrip to Cádiz and an overnight to Morocco, that 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. A review of study abroad goals, individual interviews, etc. all with the aim of facilitating a personally enriching study abroad experience and create effective global citizens.

CIEE continues working to help our students reaching their goals and their dreams.







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.


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 2 groups according their level and skills of Spanish.

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A very interesting session was held at the Hotel NH Collection on September 13th by the CIEE Seville Student Services Director, Morgan Reiss.


A total of 5 out of 21 students (24%) 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. The Internship Fair took place on September 20th.



These are the Business classes we are offering this semester:

If you have any questions or feedback on the program, please do not hesitate to contact us!

Warm Regards from Seville!

Virginia, Brittany and Antonio.



Kicking off a new semester!

The University of Seville just started its courses this week. Our students are visiting classes and selecting the best options: the most interesting syllabi, the most attractive subjects and, of course, the most understandable professor in Spanish, or the best schedule to make the most of their study abroad experience.


Just a few weeks ago students from different universities (Fordham, George Washington, Lehigh, Macalester College, Oberlin, Reed, Saint’s Marys, Santa Clara University, Colorado Boulder, Illinois at Chicago and Wisconsin-Madison) began their experiences here in Seville: one week for orientation, two weeks for an intensive course about Spanish or Social History, group meetings to get to know the Spanish academic system, individual meetings with the resident director to complete their course selection and schedule, etc. During these weeks they got to know the city (monuments, restaurants, post offices, music concert, etc) and we visited our two universities here in Seville: University of Pablo de Olavide and University of Seville. We held different orientation sessions in both campuses. We had the active participation and valuable assistance of three Spanish students from University of Seville.



Next weekend is our Immersion Weekend. We are going to go to Sierra Norte, Sevilla, with our students and a large group of Spanish students from both universities. This will not be a touristic excursion but rather one of engaging in conversation with Spanish peers in various settings. This is the best way for our students to become more confident with their Spanish skills and it’s a good way to learn about the Spanish university life. We will have more information and photos in our next post.

The experience just started. Good luck to our students!



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¡Hola Sevilla!

Onsite Orientation

The Seville International Business and Culture Students have had a very busy (but productive) first few weeks! Students fought through the jet-lag and participated in a “Coffee Meet and Greet” on arrival day followed by key sessions on homestay expectations, student health and safety, academics, cultural and social activities, as well as a session on cultural adjustment and diversity—students had the opportunity to share with each their expectations, excitement, anxieties, etc. regarding the upcoming semester through an interactive VisualsSpeak activity. We concluded the onsite orientation with a Group Welcome Dinner and engaging ice-breaker activity.

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 { From left to right: 1. Student guide Ana and her group enjoying late-night tapas in the Nervión neighborhood.   2. Student guide Amaro taking a break with his group in front of Seville´s Cathedral during the “Seville Survival Tour”.  3. Student guide Sofia with her orientation group enjoying a typical morning and afternoon treat: chocolate con churros.  4. Student guide Marina with her orientation group in Puerta de Jerez }

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 { Students participated in a fun get-to-know-you activity in which they had to seek out students wearing the same color sticker }

Experiential Learning

Students jumped right into the Spanish Intensive Grammar course following the onsite orientation. This semester we offered classes for all Spanish levels, from absolute beginners to advanced Spanish speakers. One of the methodologies of the CIEE Seville Intensive Session is to get students active in their Spanish learning via out-of-class activities. For example, the beginning Spanish students headed to a local tapas restaurant where they learned vocabulary related to food items, how to order, how to ask for the check, etc. The intermediate Spanish students had the task of interviewing their Spanish peers about the Spanish higher education system and the advanced Spanish students participated in a city scavenger hunt.


{ Intermediate Spanish I students in front of a statue of Miguel de Cervantes, the author of Don Quijote de la Mancha }


But it hasn´t been all work and no play! Several cultural activities have been held in the afternoons and weekends, including a historical tour of the city via bike, an introduction to Spanish gastronomy, and a daytrip to Jeréz de la Frontera and the famous Gonzalez Byass Winery, just to name a few.

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{ From left to right: 1. Students making a stop in front of the University of Seville.  2. The “shell room” (Gonzales Byass Sherry Winery). 3. CIEE professor Alejandro explaining the history of the Jerez cathedral.  4.  Spanish cooking class.  5. Students in front of the Plaza de España.  6. The symbol of Gonzales Byass Winery: Tio Pepe. 7.  Grapevine walkway (Gonzalez Byass Winery) }

University Pablo de Olavide (Seville, Spain)

Students are in their second week of classes, with the add-drop period ending this Friday. Several students hope to enroll in classes alongside their Spanish peers.

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Maddie Cameron (University of Oregon), Grace Hashiguchi (University of Oregon), Molly Flerlage (Macalester College) and Ellie Anderson (Elon University) look at the camera during the letter press workshop conducted at the studio of Les Chevalets the last day of their onsite orientation.

Greetings from Seville,

All students participating this Fall 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. We're very pleased to welcome students from Elon University, the University of Tulsa, the University of Oregon, Vassar College, the University of Illinois at Chicago, Macalester College, Washington State University and Villanova University.

Following a rather intense week of onsite orientation, all students are now immersed into their two-week Intensive Session courses in Spanish Grammar or Cultural History of Spain, which will help them tune into their Spanish language and intercultural skills in order to start their semester abroad with greater sense of purpose.

During the next few months, students will be exposed to social, cultural and also political events and activities taking place in their adoptive community, Seville, as well as in Spain. It is our hope that their curiosity, fueled by the academic work and projects they will develop assisted by their professors of the CNMJ program, will help them be all the more alert and active.

As part of our onsite orientation, students met the strong and motivated academic team of the CNMJ program, who discussed with them the program's academic components, experiential learning opportunities, and strategies to create links of reciprocity between host community, students and professors.

In order to chill out after a busy onsite orientation, all students participated last Friday in a letter press workshop at the studio of Les Chevalets, House of Letter Press, where they created a poster with an inspirational quote to guide through their semester abroad. As with the rest of our activities, you can see photos at our Facebook page.


Marina Blesa, professor of the course Social Justice, Action and Media: Stories that Matter, conducts an exercise during the workshop on culture and community held during the onsite orientation at CICUS.

This Fall 16 semester, 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 and the Magazine Reporting and Writing courses, taught respectively by professors Carlos Pineda and Óscar Ceballos, 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 this coming Saturday and the Moroccan town of Chefchaouen at the beginning of November, 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 Spring 16 semester. Amongst these, you can read Kasey Lynch (Villanova University) magazine article about the amazing project of artist Federico Guzmán at the Reina Sofía Museum in Madrid, ‘Art Equals Life in a Haima’; Sierra Cymes (Colorado State University) video ‘Johnny Scarlata’, presenting a most fascinating character she met in her neighborhood; or the really engaging self-portrait in video created by Axel Lopez (Bentley University) ‘Miedo’. There will soon be many more projects from our Fall 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.

Óscar Ceballos, CNMJ RD