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11 posts from December 2016




Seville IBC Semester Closure: Semester Highlights


Overnight immersion experience in Northern Morocco

The semester was filled with several high points, one of which the students´ overnight immersion experience in Northern Morocco.  Students engaged in conversations with Moroccan peers, discussing poignant issues affecting their lives: stereotypes that the Western World holds of Muslims, fear of terrorism (Moroccans and U.S. Americans), misconceptions of Islam, the recent U.S. presidential election, amongst others. As an educator I consider it a privilege to facilitate this life-changing experience for students as they learn, question, and grow. To get a better understanding of the student experience, I invite you to view the slide show/video of one of the student groups.

Reentry Session

With the stress of final exams, saying goodbyes to friends, the packing of bags, etc. reflection about how they have changed and what should they expect when they return to the U.S. often gets pushed aside. For this reason, all IBC students engaged in conversation about their return to the U.S. during the CIEE Reentry Workshop and discussed ways in which they can continue their personal and cultural growth after returning home.  In addition to reflection of their experience, students broke into small groups based on their academic majors and brainstormed ways in which they can incorporate their study abroad learning and growth during a job interview.






It's sad thinking that this wonderful semester came to an end. Our students and teachers said goodbye to one more new chapter in their lives. Most CIEE Seville Fall 2016 students packed and went back home last week. Some others preferred taking advantage of their very last minute of their stay in Europe and travelling abroad one more time. But all of them carrying good memories and learnings of an amazing experience with them.


The program came with the end of the Summer, followed by Fall, which brought many diverse cultural and academic activities, projects, workshops, meetings, trips, visits and practices that helped their participants to grow personally and culturally. Students learnt and developed their skills in class, improved their Spanish and had a great time making new friends at the other side of the Ocean.


The program closed with a farewell dinner where students, teachers, staff members and other Spanish native speakers that they met throughout their stay in Spain had the opportunity to say goodbye and to share some final pleasant flashes with. Secret Santa allowed to conclude with a little gift that they will always bring with them. Experiences like this move the world!







This was a truly exceptional semester for Business and Society, full of challenging coursework, language training, homestays, enriching activities including local students, the visits to companies such as Xtraice, Newbiotechnic, CREA, Basilippo or Polydesign System in Tangiers, Morocco.



In an increasingly globalized economy, international experience in a professional setting is becoming more and more valuable. This semester, a total of 6 students worked as interns in local companies during this semester.



Last Wednesday December 15th, 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.

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.



Students of the Liberal Arts program greet students of the Communication, New Media and Journalism program through the window of the bookstore-café Un Gato en Bicicleta, while CNMJ students celebrated the program's end-of-semester party

Dear friends,

Greetings from a very Christmassy Seville.               

Our Fall 2016 semester come to an end last Thursday, December 15th. 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 of us. Our students have shown great commitment in pursuing their personal and academic endeavors, have experienced at many different levels and have shown great respect and interest for their host community. The meaningful media projects they've created during their semester abroad is a testimony to that.

As always at the end of our semester, I’d like to share with you a few of our students’ final projects, hoping that you will enjoy them and appreciate all of the hard work that our students have put into them. Please keep in mind that we are currently redesigning our web of students’ projects,, which is the reason why I need to direct you to our Vimeo page, so that you can see our students’ videos, and share with you a link to the PDF of the printed version of our student magazine.

I’s suggest that you start with the beautiful portrait of the very varied and very conscientious community that gathers around the urban orchard Huerto del Rey Moro, “Voces del Huerto”, a  video report created by Grace Hashiguchi (University of Oregon) as her final project for the course Digital Video Reporting in Context. Grace, as the rest of the students enrolled in the course, accepted the proposal of their professor Carlos Pineda to create a series of collective portraits of the micro-communities who live and work in the neighborhood of San Julian, which is the same neighborhood where the students of the Communication, New Media and Journalism program live. Two other beautiful and fully accomplished choral portraits of San Julian are the projects created by Kyle Crutchfield (University of Tulsa) and Molly Flerlage (Macalester College). Kyle’s project, “El Pumarejo: una casa para la gente”, tells us the story of one of Seville’s most singular and strategic residential buildings. Molly’s video, “Plaza del Pelícano”, introduces us to the artists who work in the Corral of the Plaza del Pelícano, whose studios we visit as they explain their work and their communal and “analogical” philosophy. Likewise, Ellie Anderson (Elon University) helps us navigate the twisted and beautiful allies of San Julian in her video “Pasajes”, while tracing along the way a history of the industrial heritage of the neighbourhood.

Cover of the magazine más+menos #27, "Always on the Road / Siempre de Camino"

I feel particularly proud of the articles created for the 27th edition of the bilingual magazine más+menos by the students of the course Magazine Reporting and Writing, titled “Always on the road / Siempre de camino”. Click here to download a pdf of the printed version –until you can access al articles in their English and Spanish versions online. Don’t miss, amongst several others, the piece by Deanna Starr (Villanova University) “A Vacacion for Opportunity / La oportunidad de unas vacaciones”, that tells the story of Sabah, who grew up in a refugee camp in the desert, and of her adoptive family in Seville.

Amongst the many projects created this semester by the students of the course Urban Photography Workshop: the City from Within, you may enjoy seeing them in action building their own cameras obscuras out of shoe boxes, with professor Antonio Pérez and guest photographer Miguel Romero, or working with mirrors in one of Seville’s most beautiful squares, next to the church of San Salvador.

Students enrolled in the course Social Justice, Action and Media: the Stories that Matter, with professor Marina Blesa, have been busy visiting NGOs and media organizations, including the beautiful studio of the communal radio station Radiopolis.

One of the highlights of the semester was the visit of the class Digital and Visual Culture in Contemporary Spain, accompanied by professor Rubén Díaz, to the exhibition “Googlegramas” by the outstanding and often controversial Spanish photographer Joan Fontcuberta, or the visit of equally controversial yet always surprising video artists María Cañas to the same course.

We’ve done so much this past semester, including a three-day trip in October to the town of Chefchaouen, in the Rif mountains of northern Morocco, where we were hosted by the families of local students, we watched unique movies at Seville’s European Film Festival in November, and, last Thursday, December 15th, we partied at the book store-café Un Gato en Bicicleta to celebrate the conclusion of the semester and to share our projects.

Charity Barton (University of Tulsa) during the first class of the course Urban Photography Workshop

You can learn much more about our semester through our Facebook page CNMJ CIEE SEVILLE and (sooner rather than late), at our website of student projects,

We must now get ready for the Spring 2017 semester.

We want to wish all our friends a Merry Christmas and a wonderful start of 2017,

Óscar Ceballos

RD Communication, New Media and Journalism program





Times flies! Happy Winter vacation and New Year!

We hope our students learnt a lot from this experience and share it with their families and friends back home. We're happy to say that through their work, experiences and activities, most of our students have once again helped us expand our network of friends in Seville. Their interactions of this semester will prove useful both for other students in the future and for our academic team. It has really been a pleasure to work jointly with our students because of their contribution through their experience to the University of Seville.

Now we are reviewing everything that has happened this fall 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, visits, cultural integration, language workshops, tutors of contents,  etc. Our Facebook page will undoubtedly help to remember the best moments.

It's a good occasion to say "until soon".





Last night, staff, professors and students gathered in a farewell party. Students were very animated with mixed feelings of happiness for the prospect of seeing their families again after four months and at the same time, sadness for saying goodbye to their new hometown, Sevilla.

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After the trips of the Interest Groups to Morocco, Madrid, Lisbon and Barcelona, these last weeks have been very special. on one hand, many students took advantage of the local festivities to explore around Europe. On the other hand, it has been the perfect timing to enjoy Sevilla with its many decorated streets, the nativity scenes exhibitions and other activities around Christmas. An all this while studying for the finals!

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We hope that students bring back home unforgettable memories and enriching experiences with them.

Please, visit our Facebook to see what your students were involved in this semester.

We wish you the best for you Winter vacation with your beloved ones and a happy 2017!

All the best from Sevilla,

Jorge, Sergio and Olga


A Page Out of a Fairy Tale 

Once upon a time, amidst the rolling hills and vast valleys of the countryside, stood a castle perched on the highest point that the eye could see. Surrounding the castle stretched endless acres of pasture dotted with a mix of white little houses and white not-so-little sheep, filling the atmosphere with a chorus of jingling bells & “baas” as they waited to be shaved.

This fairy tale is being lived out today, in real life: in Aracena, Andalucía.


Weeks ago, I had blindly signed up for a day trip to Aracena, not knowing exactly what I was in for. I wanted to take advantage of all the excursions offered by my study abroad program -- despite the early 9AM Saturday morning rendezvous. With the combination of clear skies and warm weather complementing the city’s natural and architectural beauty, Aracena truly blew us away.

What’s special about Aracena is its beauty both above ground and below. Upon arriving, we began our climb of one hundred meters to reach the highest point of the city where the centuries old castle stood. The hilly terrain was prime natural protection against invaders, therefore the castle was more symbolic versus active during its time. From such a high point, the eye was treated to a breathtaking vista of greenery dotted with picturesque clusters of white pueblos.  


Once arriving back to city center, we began our descent down one hundred meters underneath the streets of Aracena. The rocky limestone terrain is highly susceptible to the forces of erosion, leaving a labyrinth of underground caves covering 1200 square kilometers. Our jaws remain dropped as we continued through each section of the caves, in awe of the complicated structures produced by simple a combination of water and sediment. The prohibition of photography enhanced our senses of observation, shifting our focus on taking in the artwork of stalagmites and stalactites through our natural lenses.


Taking a trip to Aracena was like walking into the pages of a fairy tale. It was a journey that left my quads and glutes whining, but more importantly left my mind and heart overwhelmed with contentment from such a magical experience.  


Where the Orange Trees Begin

This post is by Anna S., a Business Marketing, International Business and Spanish student from Indiana University-Bloomington. During the Spring semester Mary is studying with the Business and Society program in CIEE Seville, Spain.

The siesta hour has ended. It’s time to run off the countless tortillas españolas, the baguettes, the chocolate croissants, and the too many tarinas of hand crafted gelato.

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My feet hit the pavement, the cobble stone streets, the dirt paths, and the wooden boardwalks that run along the Guadalquivir River. Sevilla is at my feet. With every stride, the smell of Sevilla’s orange blossoms fill my lungs. Though Enrique Iglesias, Ricky Martin, David Bisbal, Prince Royce, and Sophia Reyes, pound through my headphones, my feet move their own rhythm.

Today, my feet have carried me to the Plaza de España. Built for the 1929 World’s Fair, it’s brilliance glows in the setting sun. The blue tiles decorating each of the bridges that stretch the cannel contrast against the dusty red bricks. The center fountain mists and leaves tourists with a refreshed smile. The vendor’s carts under the sycamore trees, filled with brilliantly colored fans, delicate parasols, and chilled bottles of water, attract laughing children who beg their parents for a trinket or two. I smile as my feet carry me out of the park and on to my next adventure.

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Sunshine pours through the palm trees lining the river and my feet crash against the wooden boards. My heart pumps fiercely as the warm air swirls me. As I dash by well-dressed Spaniards, I realize how much art is incorporated into Spanish life.  Even in the most unusual of places the Spanish decorate the river with humorous, vibrant graffiti and eccentric sculptures. Though to most passer buyers the art goes unnoticed or remains insignificant, to me, every new piece of artwork discovered is a reminder to savor the unexpected and the beauty of this strange culture. I laugh at myself and my whimsical appreciation of each newly discovered treasure.

The sun has now set as I race up the stairs leading down to the river. The night air is settling on my skin and I still have to run home. However, before I completely leave the golden lights that shimmer in the water behind, I turn to gaze upon the Puente de Triana once more. I sigh. I can’t believe I live in such beautiful place that is teeming with history, punny enough, literally around every river bend. I smirk at my little pun and race off into the heart of the city.

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“How have I been running so long?” I ask myself.  I suppose somewhere between the winding city streets, the delicious smelling cafes, the fashionable people, the colonial architecture, and dodging of the tourists I just forgot that I was actually running. My tired legs beg me to stop. With begrudging relief, I give and my legs finally stand still. In my moment of tired repose, I pause and realize: I am living in the most beautiful city in the world.

Though to you, dear reader, I might have just gone on a run, I have done oh so much more. My powerful legs, my curiosity, and my wandering mind have just experienced Sevilla in all of her glory.

The Ever-present Orange Blossoms. The Old City Streets. The Wandering People. The Twinkling Lights. The Handmade Ice Cream and The Welcoming Coffee. The History Etched Into Every Building. The Radiant Joy and The Omni-Present Peace.

This is my Sevilla and it can be yours too.

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Epaña, pue, má o meno…

This post is by Monica M., a Government and Environmental Science student from Georgetown University. During the past Spring semester Monica was studying with the Advanced Liberal Arts program in CIEE Seville, Spain.


¿Qué? What was that? Is anybody else wondering where all the s’s went??

Welcome to Andalucía, the southernmost province of Spain, where saying the letter s and even other letters is considered optional. They have a saying here that roughly translates to “Andalucians eat the ends of their words.” Well, it’s safe to say that the sevillanos have quite the appetite.

The process of translating the Spanish to English includes a few more steps now.

Step 1: Separate the individual words from what seems like one giant sound.
“Muchagracia, puemegustaelpescaomáomeno.” à “Mucha gracia, pue me gusta el pescao má o meno.”
Step 2: Fill in the missing letters.
“Muchas gracias, pues me gusta el pescado más o menos.”
Step 3: Translate complete sentence to English.
Thank you very much, well, I like fish more or less.

Sevilla, I’m up for the challenge! Vamo(s)!


Mi primer mes en Sevilla

This post is by Mary W., an English Literature, Spanish and Education student from Carthage College. During the Spring semester Mary is studying with the Liberal Arts program in CIEE Seville, Spain.

¡Hola a todos!

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Me llamo Mary y soy de Wisconsin, los Estados Unidos. Estudio inglés y español como especialidades y hago un ¨minor¨ en educación. En mi universidad, es necesario cursar un semestre en el extranjero si tienes una especialidad en un idioma. Tenía varias opciones, pero elegí Sevilla y CIEE porque me gustaba mucho el programa en general. Éste ofrece muchas oportunidades para elegir asignaturas, grupo de interés, voluntariados, viajes y alojamiento con una familia española. Una vez tomada la decisión de mudarme a Sevilla, estaba preparada para comenzar la nueva aventura que me esperaba en Europa.

A continuación, voy a enseñaros algo que escribí durante mi primer mes en la ciudad:

“¡Mi segunda semana aquí en España ha sido fantástica! Ya ha empezado el curso intensivo de español que teníamos previsto y además, he participado en muchas actividades interesantes y divertidas con mi programa de Artes Liberales. Ellos nos han enseñado la parte histórica de la ciudad e incluso hemos asistido a algunas actuaciones típicas de Andalucía. ¡Me encantan la ciudad y las costumbres que hay aquí!

El viernes pasado me matriculé para las asignaturas que cursaré durante mi estancia en Sevilla. He escogido un curso de comunicación y liderazgo intercultural; un curso de religión sobre los judíos, musulmanes, y cristianos; uno sobre Cervantes y otro de Arte Barroco. Ese dia, conocí también a la hija de mi madre de alojamiento y a sus dos hijos pequeños. Ellos estaban llenos de energía por lo que hablamos mucho durante el almuerzo. Me han caído muy bien y espero que nos visiten más a menudo y así dar vida a la casa.

El sábado anterior fue mi día preferido desde que llegué a la ciudad. Algunos profesores de la universidad de Sevilla nos dieron un tour por los Reales Alcázares, en el centro. Dentro de los Reales Alcázares está el palacio donde se quedaban los reyes de España cuando visitaban la ciudad hispalense. El palacio tiene unos jardines muy bonitos e incluso se ha utilizado para rodar escenas de películas o series de televisión como "Game of Thrones". Me han gustado mucho los jardines y las fuentes del palacio. Aquí puedes encontrar más información si te interesa este tema:

Después de la visita, mi madre de alojamiento me llevó a un desfile de vestidos de flamenca (a.k.a. a “fashion show” of flamenco dresses) en un hotel muy lujoso cerca de la Fábrica de Tabaco (Facultad de Filología e Historia). Este edificio también parece un palacio (está todo lleno de monumentos). Había bailadores de flamenco y muchos trajes coloridos. A mí me gustaron mucho los vestidos de color rosa, verde, y azul. Mi madre de alojamiento me ayudará a encontrar un traje para la Feria de Abril (a week of traditional celebration in the Spring).

El domingo también fue muy interesante. Mi madre de acogida y yo fuimos a una iglesia para asistir a misa. A ella le gusta ir a las diferentes iglesias que hay alrededor de la ciudad, así que pienso que vamos a visitar muchas durante las próximas semanas. Así puedo ver las diferencias entre ellas y todo el arte andaluz. En la primera, había una estatua de Jesucristo construido de madera por Juan de la Mesa, un artista famoso, que parece muy real. Por otro lado, en otra iglesia había una estatua de María de las Dolores que era preciosa. Estas imágenes formaran parte de la cultura de las procesiones durante la Semana Santa (Holy Week).

El lunes hicimos un tour por el rio en bicicleta y a mí me encanta esto ya que hace buen tiempo en general. Montando en bicicleta me sentía como si estuviera en una película. También, fue el primer día de la sesión del curso intensivo. Me gusta mucho mi clase y mi profesora. Hemos hecho muchas cosas, como una visita al museo de Bellas Artes de la ciudad. Me encanta este museo ya que es un edificio que parece muy pequeño, pero en realidad es muy grande. Hay muchas salas y dentro están las pinturas del famoso artista español, Murillo. Sus pinturas son muy bonitas y el techo del edificio es muy alto. No puedo poner mis fotos aquí por razones de propiedad intelectual, pero si buscas en internet, vas a ver algunas de las obras buenísimas.

Los días siguientes han sido más o menos parecidos. Hemos asistido al curso intensivo cada día, y este viernes tuvimos nuestro primer examen. En total, sacamos buenas notas la mayoría. ¡Estaba muy contenta por eso! También, unas amigas de mi universidad de Carthage han llegado aquí, una para visitarme y, la otra, para estudiar así que quedaremos durante este fin de semana. Esta ha sido mi semana, seguiré escribiendo cuando tenga tiempo libre.

*Consejos (tips):

-Los sevillanos son muy amables.

-Ten cuidado cuando estás montando en bicicleta

- “Notebooks” aquí los que he encontrado son de papel cuadriculado en vez de hojas con líneas

-El río Guadalquivir es precioso. (Christopher Columbus y Ferdinand Magellan navegaron en este rio y 

después por el mundo).

-Hace mucho calor algunos días durante el mediodía y por la noche hace mucho frío.

-La canción "ten, ven, pon, sal, di, se, ve, haz" ayuda mucho a recordar los mandatos en Español.

-Cada día es una aventura, ¡aprovéchala!

Para ahora, esto es todo. ¡Espero que les gusten las fotos! ¡Hasta pronto!

Un abrazo fuerte,

<3 Mary