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3 posts from May 2017



Dear friends,

Greetings from an already rather warm Seville.    

Our Spring 2017 semester came to an end last Thursday, May 11th, after 17 weeks of intense work and shared adventures. Our students have shown great commitment in pursuing their personal and academic endeavors They have experienced life in Seville at many different levels. The meaningful media projects they've created during their semester abroad are the prove of their respect and interest for their host community. As always, I would like to share with you a few of these projects:

In a video titled “En Movimiento”, Sarah Davis (Villanova University) tell us the story of Argentinian flamenco dancer Federico Núñez, who struggles to make a name for himself in Seville’s dance scene. This is Sarah’s final project for the course Digital Video Reporting in Context –with professor Carlos Pineda–. As the rest of the students participating in this course, she has contributed to the expanding video portrait gallery of characters who live in the neighborhood of San Julian, which is the same where the students of the Communication, New Media and Journalism program live.


The 28th edition of the bilingual magazine más+menos is titled “The Inhabited City / La Ciudad Habitada” and has been created by the students of the course Magazine Reporting and Writing –with professor Óscar Ceballos– in collaboration this semester with students from the University of Seville, the Pontific Bolivarian University of Medellin, Colombia, and the University La Salle Bajío, Mexico. The twelve stories contained in this magazine are explorations into the “real” Seville, beyond stereotypes and touristified representations of the city. Take as an example the article “Muslims of Seville: A Community in Search of Its Place”, by Sophia Carson (St. Thomas University, MN), which reveals the endeavours of local Muslims to educate their children in their faith while fostering a positive image of Islam. The challenges they have met while trying to build a new mosque in Seville are the central point of the story.

Is it possible to find Bob Dylan in Seville? That was the task that Alberto Revidiego (University of Seville) set for himself in the year that the bard from Duluth won the Nobel Prize in Literature. Read the story “Seeking Dylan in Seville” to know if he succeeded, and read many more stories at or download its pdf version.


Students of the course Urban Photography Workshop: The City from Within –with professor Antonio Pérez– have been, as usual, very creative. Check the elaborate and very collaborative process of the project they created for “International Earth Day” and enjoy the brilliant result here. In their last day of class, they visited the World Press Photo exhibition.

Students of the course Social Justice, Action and Media: Stories that Matter –with professor Marina Blesa– have explored ways in which media professionals can actively work to bring social change. They have created communication campaigns for different local NGOs and have visited several organizations including the independent radio station Radiopolis. They also visited the High School Ramón Carande for a morning of intense discussion with some of the school’s students and professors about the representation of underprivileged communities in mainstream media and the internet.

Accompanied by professor Rubén Díaz, students of the course Digital and Visual Culture in Contemporary Spain visited the outstanding exhibition “Coleccionar-Clasificar”, including works of many national and international artists at the Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo.

One of the most memorable experiences of the semester was our three-day trip in March to the beautiful town of Chefchaouen, in the Rif mountains of northern Morocco, where we were hosted by the families of local students. Thanks to them, we learnt so much about Moroccan society and daily life, as well as about the great appreciation that Moroccan youth has of all things American. We have also had some outstanding guest lecturers this semester, including the international reporter Eduardo del Campo, who visited the course Magazine Reporting and Writing and shared with its students some of his most significant personal and professional experiences of the past twenty years.

You can find much more information about our semester –including many images of it– at our Facebook page CNMJ CIEE SEVILLE.

We’ll be back with more news in September, at the start of the Fall 2017 semester. In the meantime, have a great summer.

Óscar Ceballos

RD Communication, New Media and Journalism program               






The semester´s end is always a bittersweet time for students as it means saying goodbye to their Spanish families, to their friends…and to Sevilla.  Students prepared for the return home (and the very likely Reverse Culture Shock that they will experience) via a Reentry Session held at the CIEE Study Center.  During the workshop, students reflected not only on how the experience impacted them personally but also what the experience could mean for them professionally.  As such, students worked in pairs and discussed ways to share their growth and learning in a professional and ‘marketable’ manner in their resumes and during a job interview.

REENTRY 1-horz

It has been rewarding to observe the intercultural learning and growth of the students enrolled in the CIEE Intercultural Communication and Leadership course this semester. The learning objectives of the course are for students to increase their cultural self-awareness, develop a deeper understanding of the field of intercultural communication, increase their ability to recognize and bridge cultural gaps as well as develop an intercultural leadership practice. 

Students' intercultural growth and knowledge were highlighted in the final class project: a digital story. Students highlighted how the experience abroad helped them develop their intercultural competence and contributed to their intercultural learning. I invite you to view CIEE Seville IBC student Chan Hwang´s Digital Story.







This was a truly exceptional semester for Business and Society, full of challenging coursework, language training, homestays, enriching activities including local students, the Connecting Culture activity with the Moroccan students, the visits to companies such as El Cubo, The Official Chamber of Commerce, Basilippo, Caixa Bank, Metromar or Polydesign System, during our incredible trip to Morocco.



As each semester, several opportunities have been offered to get students involved in the local community, such as volunteering and teaching and 4 of our BS students took advantage of this experience.


Last Wednesday May 11th, we celebrated a special end-of-semester ceremony 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, Antonio e Irene.