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12/11/2016

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.

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¿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)!

12/08/2016

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: http://www.alcazarsevilla.org/

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

12/07/2016

My “aha” Moment

This post is by Monica M. a Georgetown University student. During the Spring 2016 semester she was participating in the CIEE Advanced Liberal Arts program.

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The emotions behind deciding to study abroad travel across the entire spectrum, from an overjoyed sense of disbelief (I’ll be living in Spain for five months!!) to an overwhelming sense of disbelief (wait- I won’t be home until June?!).

In my experiences away from home, there tends to be a single “aha” moment that I can point to where I am mindful of my surroundings and confident that this is where I should be. Within a month or so of arriving at Georgetown, my “aha” moment struck in an unconventional scene. I was already late to a meeting, struggling to maximize my stride length to pick up the pace, while wearing a white T-shirt and what I learned was a color seeping Indian scarf when suddenly the clouds burst open. Drenched within minutes, wearing the least ideal color for wet clothing, I looked around at the beautiful townhouses lining Prospect Street and could solely think of how immensely happy I was to be there.

Coming to Sevilla, my nerves were quickly soothed with all the joy I felt myself surrounded by: a loving homestay family, exciting new friends, and not to mention the sheer beauty of the city itself (added plus: strong wifi- for keeping in touch with family, not for social media, of course!).

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All the various positive aspects of the formative first week abroad seamlessly wove together in an awakening experienced from the tallest point in the city: atop the bell tower. The Cathedral is Sevilla’s iconic site, dominating the skyline and drawing thousands of tourists to admire its mixture of Islamic and Catholic architecture. 36 flights up later, an indescribable feeling surfaced in my heart as I gazed at the city from above. Looking at the picturesque white houses growing smaller and smaller in the distance as they led to rolling green hills in the background, a wave of reassurance and euphoria resonated throughout me.

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With a fully confident mind and body in unison, I felt more strongly than ever that there is where I am, and this is where I want be.

11/10/2016

LIBERAL ARTS NEWSLETTER / FALL 2016 / ISSUE II

Greetings from Sevilla!

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CULTURE WITH CAPITALS

After seven weeks, we reached the middle of the semester at a time when Sevilla is a hive of cultural activity.

This week, students have the opportunity of getting closer to the European culture through the 13th edition of the European Film Festival, SEFF. Also, students will also have the good fortune to attend a unique exhibition about the two most renown Seville Baroque painters, Velázquez and Murillo that has just been released.

Sevilla is also becoming very popular because once again, it has been selected as a location to film a new season of A Game of Thrones. Its film stars are being seen lately in the city. Last Sunday, some of its main characters supported one of our soccer teams, Sevilla Fútbol Club in a match versus FC Barcelona. Unfortunately, we lost the match…

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EXPLORING

Students are completely immersed in the new academic culture that they are experiencing in Sevilla. They just finished their midterms and while they are working hard towards the finals, they also are exploring and discovering the special corners of our city.

Apart from travelling to Granada, Cádiz and other places of interest in Andalusia, at the end of November, students will embark on the trip of their Interest Groups to places such as Madrid, Lisbon (Portugal), Barcelona or Northern Morocco. This two-night trip will be the completion of a semester full of activities with Spanish students such as cooking lessons, bike tours, sports encounters, trips to a winery and much more.

I hope that you are having a great semester and that you enjoy a very special Thanksgiving with your beloved ones.

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

All the best,

Jorge, Sergio and Olga

 

 

09/27/2016

LIBERAL ARTS PROGRAM NEWSLETTER / FALL 16 / ISSUE I

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Greetings from Sevilla!

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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

05/12/2016

LIBERAL ARTS PROGRAM NEWSLETTER / SPRING 16 / ISSUE III

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GREETINGS FROM SEVILLA!

And we just reached the end of the Spring 2016 semester for most of the Liberal Arts students.  For this reason, last Thursday, staff, professors and students went to a farewell cocktail to have the opportunity to say “hasta pronto” to one another. Only those students taking classes with Spaniards will have the chance to spend at least one month longer in Sevilla.

We hope that the spring in Sevilla has resulted in a very enriching experience for all program participants in many different ways…

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ACADEMICALLY

Academically, CIEE professors did a great effort to integrate the city into their classes through diverse out-of-class activities. For instance, the Fundamentals of Comparative Law in Globalized World class visited the Inquisition Museum in Triana where students walked through the remnants of the Santo Oficio Prison and reflected about the Spanish Inquisition and religious intolerance.  Spain and European Integration course prompted a visit to the Seville office of the Spanish Committee to UNHCR. There students gained a first-hand understanding of the role of UNHCR in the face of the avalanche of refugees seeking asylum in the EU, as well as learning about the principal mechanisms that have been put into practice and their evident deficiencies.  Another example of bringing the city life into the classroom can be seen at the visit to Sevilla Football Club’s Sport Facilities by the Anthropology of Sports in Spain course. During this activity, students watched how young and professional players train. They also learned about the management of a professional team, as well as the work of a Psychology Department for elite athletes.

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INTEREST GROUPS (IGs): LEARN AND EXPERIENCE

During the last month of the program, the IGs went on their three day trip, which was the culmination of the theme of the groups.

Some of the highlights of the trips of the IGs this semester were:  the Sports and Nature travelled to Madrid where they visited the Real Madrid Stadium and the Royal Botanical Garden. The Gastronomy IG travelled to Morocco. There, they participated in a cooking workshop and explored the Medina of Tetouan and Chef Chaouen searching for delicacies that connected Moroccan and Spanish flavours. The Cultural Expressions IG, that also travelled to Morocco, participated in metalwork, pottery and sewing workshops at the School of Art crafts in Tetouan. They also took part in a language exchange with Moroccan students of Spanish at the Instituto Cervantes. The Spain and her Neighbors and Sevilla and the Americas IGs went to Lisbon, where they compared and understood the historical and cultural relation of Spain and Portugal by visiting places such as the Monastery of the Jeronimos and Padrao dos Decubridores. Lastly, the Spain and her Regions IG visited Barcelona, where students were able to taste and see the differences and similarities of the Catalan and Andalusian culture in their gastronomy in their visit to the Boqueria market and in architecture, by contemplating Gaudi’s works.

Please visit our facebook page where we have been updating the adventures of your students in Sevilla. Wishing you a wonderful summer,

Jorge, Sergio and Olga

03/17/2016

LIBERAL ARTS PROGRAM NEWSLETTER, SPRING 2016, ISSUE II

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And we reached the middle of the semester! On Sunday, Semana Santa starts. This date marks the official kickoff for the Spring season in Sevilla. During an entire week, students will witness one of the most important traditional events in our city.

ACADEMIC UPDATE

Students just took their midterm exams and they are ready for a well-deserved holiday week.

One of the strengths of our academic program is the out-of-class component. For instance, in the course COMM3301CSC Intercultural Communication and Leadership, students visited the oldest and newest markets in Seville in order to compare them with the markets they know in the US. During the visit, students practiced “suspending judgement” and reflected about aspects of the markets as the importance of communication and social relations with vendors and the concept of time when buying. When talking about stereotypes, they received two guest speakers in class, two social workers, who represent the Gipsy Community in Seville. They told the class about their work in schools where there are Gipsy girls in risk of social exclusion. They also spoke about the history of the Gipsy community in Spain, their culture and some of the most recurrent stereotypes against them.

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ACTIVITIES

Students have extensively traveled in Andalusia with CIEE. They have already visited Granada, Córdoba and Aracena among other Andalusian cities. Apart from getting to know our culture through cultural activities and trips, this semester over 25% of the program participants are actively involved in non-for credit volunteering with local NGOs such as T-Oigo, where CIEE students help children with hearing impairment to learn English.

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INTEREST GROUPS (IGs)

Students in the Liberal Arts Interest Groups have experienced many diverse activities as, visiting Gibraltar (Spain and her Neighbors IG) where students visited the Chamber of Commerce, attended a presentation about the history of Gibraltar and went up to the top of the rock; participating in a traditional pottery workshop (Cultural Expressions IG) where students learnt about the importance of ceramics in our local culture, practiced with the potter's wheel and created their own masterpiece; participating in the “Andalusian breakfast”, (Gastronomy: Mediterranean Flavors IG) that Primary Schools do  celebrate the “Day of Andalusia”, and which consists of eating with children bread with olive oil; attending a Flamenco performance ( Spain and her Regions IG); practicing kayak in the Guadalquivir river (Sports and Nature IG), learning about the Universal Exposition of 1992 (Sevilla and the Americas IG) through a bike tour.

Please visit our facebook where we post what is going on with the Liberal Arts program in Sevilla.

02/18/2016

5,000 miles from my home I found in Seville a new home

This post is by Katie Heldt, a Spanish and Biology student from University of Oregon. During the Fall 2015 semester she participated in the the CIEE Teaching Development Program and currently she is participating in the CIEE Liberal Arts Program.

"You're going to Spain for a full year? Why?". Out of all the responses I got upon telling people I would be doing the Teaching Development Program with CIEE in Sevilla, Spain, that was the least supportive reaction, as well as the reaction I chose to focus upon. After spending almost five months over 5,000 miles from my home in Eugene, Oregon, I've realized exactly why.

I spend my days in the most compelling classes I've ever taken, volunteering by teaching English at Colegio Sagrado Corazón, and tutoring for three of the sweetest students I have ever had the honor to meet. My nights are filled with cooking delicious Spanish dishes with my roommate, Noelia, playing with our foster kitten, or going out for a few copas with friends in the lively streets of Sevilla. My whole life has been translated into Spanish.

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I'll admit it; the idea of constantly living in my second language stressed me out beyond belief before I arrived, especially attempting to communicate my many ideas about pedagogy in a fluent, comprehensive manner. The professors and staff at CIEE immediately quelled those fears with their obvious faith in me as a student and a teacher. It may sound cliché, but the CIEE Teaching Development Program was the best decision I have made to this day. The program is the only of its kind; I receive full-time support from my pedagogy classes while I'm given limitless freedom to explore my ideas for teaching. Not only is the academic side astoundingly perfect, but also CIEE has given me so many experiences I will never forget, from riding a camel in Morocco to swimming in the sea in Cádiz.

The biggest reason I know why I'm living in Sevilla for a year is the people. Never have I felt so real and so known as a person. Southern Spain is famous for its fiery, passionate people who take siestas by day and dance flamenco by night. While this image is a bit exaggerated, I've found the passion for living to be completely undeniable, a passion that has changed my way of working, playing, and living entirely for the better. A few weeks ago I stumbled upon a quote from Henry Miller that rings truer with every day I spend here: "One's destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things". While I only have a few months to live in Sevilla, I know Sevilla has found a home in my heart (sappy, but true). I will never say "Adios" to Sevilla; I will only say "Hasta pronto".

01/28/2016

CIEE SEVILLE LIBERAL ARTS PROGRAM, NEWSLETTER, SPRING 2016 ISSUE I

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GREETINGS FROM SEVILLA!

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

ORIENTATION. STEP 1

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.

ACADEMICS. STEP 2

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.

SOCIAL LIFE. STEP 3

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.

12/22/2015

LIBERAL ARTS PROGRAM NEWSLETTER. FALL 2015. ISSUE III

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GREETINGS FROM SEVILLE!

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.

INTEREST GROUPS: EXPERIENCING CULTURE

The Interest Group (IG) Cultural Expressions travelled to Northern Morocco. There 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.

The Sevilla and the Americas IG travelled to Lisbon, Portugal, where students enjoyed the local gastronomy and the most emblematic Portuguese music, the fado. Students visited the monuments that connect Spain, Portugal and the Americas. They also visited the most contemporary Lisbon and the Expo 98 grounds. They also went on an excursion to the fairy tale town of Sintra.

The Sports and Nature IG 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 Facebook to see photos of the Interest Groups and other events in which Liberal Arts students were involved!

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HASTA LUEGO

On December 10th, just after the finals, we had our Farewell dinner. Liberal Arts 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