At mid-semester this spring, the students are incorporating in the Spanish university life. The students, little by little, have been able to adapt to the new system, the process was a challenge, but they are doing well.
We were the first! Last March, 17th a group of ALA students visited El Palacio de las Dueñas.It was the first time that this palace was opened to visitors. The group of students enrolled in language course SPAN4101 had one out-of-class activity to this monument. The Palace of the Dukes of Alba currently belongs to the House of Alba. It was built in the late 15th century in the Renaissance style with Gothic and Moorish influences. The poet Antonio Machado (Seville, 1875-Colliure, 1939) was born here. Machado is one of the most important Spanish poets, his verses about his childhood remember this palace: the light, the sound, the fountain, and the lemon tree.
Mi infancia son recuerdos de un patio de Sevilla
Y un huerto claro donde madura el limonero.
Antonio Machado. Campos de Castilla, 1912
Esta luz de Sevilla…Es el palacio
Donde nací, con su rumor de fuente.
Antonio Machado. Poesía Completas, 1925
Last week we finished our individual student meetings, where we discussed their academic improvement, their progress towards achieving their initial goals, their living situation, etc. It was a great opportunity to share over coffee concerns and issues that may arise while they are in Seville. Along the same line we had our Pizza & Info session (which is considered our second orientation meeting) where important points for students taking courses at both of our universities were addressed. We discussed exam policies and advice for taking exams at Spanish University, virtual services at US and UPO (web, blackboard, intelligent cards, email accounts...), libraries...etc. Once again, it was a nice chance to talk with ALA students while having pizza.
The students are travelling in Spain and doing cultural activities with the Cultural Reimbursement program. This program requires students to post some comments and pictures about their experience on ALA FACEBOOK. Some of our students have already obtained their Cultural Reimbursement. They enjoyed different activities and cities: Barcelona, Ronda, football, theater, etc.
CIEE FLAMENCO SHOWROOM
The Student Services Team organized a very imaginative proposal: our CIEE community (some staff members, our host families, house mothers, friends, etc) brought their Flamenco outfits (shoes, dresses, accessories, etc) for this second hand market before our Feria de Abril.
We are sure, one more Feria, our students will be very elegant!