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4 posts from May 2014



NewsletterbannerThe CIEE and the Universitat de Barcelona classes are ending this week, and the students participating in the CIEE Advanced Liberal Arts program are quite busy preparing their papers and studying for their final exams. Next week, some students will be going back home. Some of them have been hired for very interesting internship positions in the States where their time in Barcelona (their proficiency in Spanish and their acquisition of intercultural competence during this term have been a key factor in some cases). Others will be spending more time here exploring different corners of Spain and Europe during the coming weeks before restarting their classes at their home universities.

At CIEE we try, as it is part of our mission, “to help people gain understanding, acquire knowledge, and develop skills for living in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world.” In my opinion, the 29 students this spring term are the perfect example of this: during these intense months in Spain, while attending direct enrolment courses at the Universitat de Barcelona and CIEE culture courses, and participating in an endless list of cultural and academic activities, they have not only improved their knowledge of the Spanish language (certified by the Instituto Cervantes’ Diploma de español como lengua extranjera, the DELE), but they have also learned that there are other ways to learn, and to understand and conceive the world.
We are really proud of them because we know that it is not easy to change one's country, language and academic culture. We are proud, and happy, because they have succeeded. And their success is CIEE's success and purpose. 





We leave you with a small example of a video that some of the Advanced Liberal Arts students made for one of their CIEE classes:


Staff Retreat 2014


Each May, the staff at the CIEE Barcelona Study Center reserves a day for a staff retreat, a chance to have meetings and talk about our programs but also to do something fun as a team. This year we visited the Monastery of Sant Benet de Bages, a former Benedictine monastery about one hour from Barcelona. The Romanesque monastery was thoroughly restored at the beginning of the twentieth century by the Catalan architect Josep Puig i Cadafalch.

The area and several of the surrounding buildings are now used for a variety of activities. From organic farming, meeting spaces and the Alicia Foundation which uses scientific methods to research new ways to enjoy food.

The staff spent the morning in meetings, and then toured the monastery, had lunch and then a lecture on how each of our senses impacts the way we experience food.






Architecture & Design Spring 2014 Video

Check out this video on our AD Spring 2014 program!

ad spring 2014 from Nann Nann on Vimeo.


Global Architecture and Design Newsletter, Spring 2014, Issue III

6a010536fa9ded970b01a3fce6e774970b-800wiBarcelona Global Architecture and Design Final Review


Last week students in the Global AD program in Barcelona presented this semester’s work: proposals for the future transformation of the Besòs river of Barcelona.

The review stage included 1 to 1, 1 to 100, 1 to 500, 1 to 1000 and 1 to 2000 scale documents, models and materials.  Presentations included videos, animations and digital assets and processes while students’ prototypes showed a combination of advanced technological methods: laser cutting, 3D printing, CNC milling and Arduino.Gad_news3_3

Getting ready for the final review at central IAAC space  Gad_news3_8

 Close up of final models and site projections

Through their proposals, student demonstrated their knowledge regarding speculative praxis, transcription prototypes, digital tools and Fab Lab potentials; skills learned throughout the courses taken this semester: Future Cities Design Studio, Future Cities Seminar, and Science and Technology Workshops.  Gad_news3_4




Some students during their presentations

Along with their studio instructors (Antonio Sanmartín and Javier Peña), students were happy to have several guest critics: Maria Aiolova (Global AD Academic Director), Jaime Coll (Professor at ETSAB-UPC), Areti Markopoulou (Director, IAAC Masters Programs) and Silvia Brandi (IAAC Academic Coordinator) who provided them with additional reviews and feedback.Gad_news3_9


It was a wonderful conclusion to the inaugural semester of the program and we’re all looking forward to the Fall Global AD program!

CIEE Barcelona Global AD Team