Summer in The City
Barcelona slips into the summer season with ease, as if the climate and the atmosphere of constant movement that runs through the city during the months of July and August were, in a certain sense, its natural state: residents and visitors populate the streets of the city mixing and merging in the thousands of terraces installed throughout the city while they refresh themselves with a cold drink or an ice cream and watch, almost as if it were a reflection of themselves, as people walk through the streets; one person stops to look at a shop window display, a person reads and considers the “menu of the day” in a restaurant, or how a group of people maintain themselves orderly and calm, waiting patiently in line to enter a museum or a concert hall.
The Barcelona summer comes accompanied with an exciting cultural agenda (prestigious international music festivals, theatre, concerts, outdoor cinema, art expositions…), which is complemented with one of the major attractions of the city: its beaches. One of the most surprising aspects for our students during the first days in Barcelona is finding hundreds of people filling the metros with towels and sun umbrellas, children with their buckets and pails, and swim toys, the smell of summer and suntan lotion, all on their way to go to the beach while they share the ride with others in suits that are on their way to offices, or our students on their way to their classes in the CIEE Study Center.
It is because of this that, for our students, their study abroad experience is everything that we have mentioned before (music, gastronomy, the beaches of the Mediterranean sea, the expositions, the unexpected architecture of Gaudi that surprises us in random corners of the city) but also the academic experience that CIEE attends to with special care. Yes, the students explore the city (walking tours with their professors, activities with local students, visits to museums for a class activity, etc.), the region (last week they visited the Catalan Coast), the country (this weekend they will travel to the south of Spain to visit Valencia), or the continent (next Friday the students from the program Language & Culture will travel to Dublin and the students from the program Business & Culture, that is in the CIEE program “Intercultural Comparative Experience” (ICE), will visit Berlin), but they will also complete, within the next weeks, a course of a total of 45 hours that complements academically, their personal experience.
In this Newsletter, we would like to present you with some of the CIEE professors that are giving classes in the summer programs of the Module III. Thanks to them, our students are better capable of understanding history, business, art and the language of the city that is embracing them.
Meet the Faculty
Linda is the professor of “International Marketing.” Linda has more than 20 years experience in Marketing and Communication working in Spain, Mexico and the USA in both multinational and local agencies, and on independent consulting projects. This amazing international journey has allowed Linda to use her natural cross cultural skills and passion for the world of communication, and honed her skills in strategic thinking and project management.
Marisa Santiago is the professor of the Advanced Spanish course in the summer Language & Culture program. She also teaches different Spanish courses (including the “Advanced Spanish for Heritage Speakers” course) during the fall and the spring terms. Prof. Santiago is an associated professor in the Spanish Department of the University of Barcelona (UB), and in the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC), and author and co-author of an important number of books and articles about the Spanish language, syntax and semantics.
Fernando (“Nando”) Janeiro, professor of the Language & Culture course “Catalonia & Spain Through the Arts” is a native of Galicia in western Spain. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in Advertising and Public Relations from the Universidade de Vigo in 2002, he moved to Barcelona and completed a second bachelor’s degree in Humanities (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, 2007), and then an M.A. in Comparative Studies (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, 2009), and a Teaching Certificate for Spanish as a Second Language (International House / IL3 Universitat de Barcelona, 2014). Nando is a self-educated illustrator and designer, and he recently published his first comic book, “Rufino y Escrutinio: problemas en los márgenes.”