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05/10/2017

Language + Culture, Spring 2017, Newsletter III

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Spring semester is gone and students are back home. In our last newsletter, you can learn about student’s internship experiences and last field trips. We hope students now are  better global citizens after their enriching cultural experience in Barcelona!

 “My internship has allowed me to grow and evolve in a way that wouldn´t be possible in the US”

Stephen did an internship at WholeGenix, research and development startup focusing on whole genome sequencing and how it can help in the treatment of diseases like cancer. He commented about his experience: “I am really enjoying my internship and I think it has allowed me to grow and evolve in a way that wouldn't be possible in an internship in the U.S.  I’ve learned a lot about the workplace culture in Barcelona, the relationships are more casual and personal while still maintaining professionalism and diligence in their work, which is something I quite liked.”

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Stephen from Rutgers University and his internship placement

“Being of two very distinctly different cultures I have gained a new perspective on the professional world”

Richard did his internship with the SOLIDUS project that is part of CREA, a research organization in Europe. SOLIDUS focuses on investigating how to improve the social inequality and psychological wellbeing of European citizens.

This is what he commented about his experience:  “CREA so far has been a very enlightening experience as it is my first time interning in a foreign country. I have already learnt so much no just from the nature of my research-based work, but also from simply interacting with my new colleagues. Being of two very distinctly different cultures, I have gained a new perspective on the professional world. I no longer leave immediately after work, but I wait on my colleagues. Those who also ride the metro, we take the metro back together. When there is not silence onset by our intense focus on the task, we are discussing many topics from politics to our cultural differences.  Also, we eat lunch together, all of us. It seems to me that it is a very team based approach to work; we are all in this together so let’s all try to be friends.

As it pertains to my work, I am currently summarizing the research findings of CREAU on acts of solidarity across Europe. I am assessing the political and social impact of these projects. It is a good way for me to become better acquainted with Europe and the work of my company. If have seen my interesting projects from Learning Communities trying to better the standard of educations and non-profit refugee assistance organizations.”

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Richard from University of Washington-Seattle with his co-workers

Street Art Tour

Students at the CIEE course Urban Culture in Contemporary Barcelona had

the opportunity to attend a street art tour around Barcelona. The tour showcases Barcelona’s historical neighborhoods of El Borne and the Gothic Quarter highlighting many of the classical, earlier examples of Barcelona street art found all over its walls with some remaining for years, and some even decades. Many students highlighted this field trip as their favorite one!

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03/22/2017

Language + Culture, Spring 2017, Newsletter II

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Spring semester is going fast! Language and Culture students have been very busy with classes, cultural activities, and academic trips. Find here some details.

A Syrian Refugee tells his story to our students

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Mayar Skita is a Syrian refugee from Alepo who is studying a Master’s Degree at the Pompeu Fabra University Barcelona and came as a guest speaker to the Past and Present in Barcelona CIEE class. He made a presentation about the current war situation in Syria and explained how he got to be a refugee in Barcelona. Students asked many questions about the Syrian war and his experience leaving the country. Professor focused on Barcelona as a city who welcomes refuges and how was when people from Barcelona were refugees in other countries during the Spanish Civil War.

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Students at the CIEE Catalonia and Spain Through the Arts course had an on-site class at the Catalan National Art Museum where they learned about the Romanesque art. As part of their assignments, students have to prepare an oral presentation on-site. In this case, three students presented their work about the Romanesque art of: Sant Climent de Taüll;  Pantocrator; and The Monastery of Santa Maria de Ripoll. In this way, students are not only listeners but also active presenters.

Don Quixote, first edition: 1506

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Students taking the CIEE course Literary Images of Catalonia and Spain did an onsite class at the Catalonian National Library. There, they saw the first edition of the Don Quixote by Cervantes dated on 1506! and had a tour of the Library. 

02/01/2017

language + culture, spring 2017, newsletter i

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It has been almost a month since Language and Culture Arts students arrived to Barcelona! They have been very busy with their classes, getting to know the city and participating in a lot of cultural events such cooking classes, gym classes, day trips, or the intercambio (language exchange event).

These are some of the must-do while studying in Barcelona:

Start cooking Mediterranean Food

Paella, Spanish omelet, pan con tomate, vegetables with romesco sauce,  and crema catalana (the local version of crème brulee) are the dishes students learned how to cook at their Cook and Taste workshop. The class also emphasizes on learning about the Mediterranean diet, local fresh food, and how to cook it. Students had a great time and learned how to master a complete Spanish meal.

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Stay healthy

Zumba, yoga, running, biking are some of the activities that we organized for students to get them to exercise and stay healthy while studying abroad.  Students enjoyed participating in these activities; they met local people and stay healthy.

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Practice the language

Language and Culture students are taking Spanish classes at the local institution Pompeu Fabra. They are in the following Spanish  levels: beginning, pre-intermediate and intermediate They participated in the first Language Exchange Event organized by CIEE where they met Spanish students to practice Spanish/English language conversation, which helps them to improve their oral skills.

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01/17/2017

language + culture, fall 2016, newsletter iii

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Fall semester is gone and students are back at their home institutions. In our last newsletter we wanted to show you student´s reflections about their experience abroad. Here you can find some of the digital videos they made for the CIEE class Intercultural Communication and Leadership about their intercultural experience in Barcelona.

 

“My experience with food help me to better understand certain cultural values of Spain”

Olivia from Elon University talked about Spanish and Catalan food and how it helped her to better understand certain cultural values.

“This experience has taught me to get out my comfort zone”

Catherine from Elon University commented in her digital video how her experience in Barcelona helped her to get out of her comfort zone.

11/21/2016

language + culture, fall 2016, newsletter ii

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Fall semester is going fast! Language and Culture students have been very busy with classes, cultural activities, academic trips, volunteering or doing an internship. Find here some details.

“I love that my internship deals directly with political advocacy and the well-being of others”

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Jasmine from University of La Verne at her internship placement

Jasmine from University of La Verne is doing her internship with the SOLIDUS Project which is part of CREA, a research organization in Europe. SOLIDUS focuses on investigating how to improve the social inequality and psychological wellbeing of European citizens.

Jasmine commented about her job: “We work with 15 universities all over Europe. My job is to decipher over 100 case studies and create an interactive newsletter for researchers and the citizens of Europe to learn about the different programs and initiatives that SOLIDUS has researched. I really like my internship, I am the first international student to be working for CREA and it has defiantly helped not only my Spanish speaking skills but to integrate more into the Spanish lifestyle. The best part of my internship experience is being able to learn about the different political and social issues around Europe and the strives people are making to help make a difference. I love that the SOLIDUS Project deals directly with political advocacy and the well-being of others. 

“I get to explore the city and write about my experiences”

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Max’s wrote about the BIG IF, Europe´s largest Improvisation Festival

Maxwell from University of Boulder Colorado is doing his internship at a tourism website called Barcelona Connect. It is a tourism website and magazine geared toward an international audience and is written in English.  He is writing and composing articles about Barcelona such as the Europe´s largest improvisation festival, eating out in Barcelona or theatre plays, among others. Max assured about his placement: “I talk about different activities around the city and what are some fun things to do. I get to explore the city and write about my experiences. The part I enjoy most is being able to see parts of Barcelona I might not have thought of before.” 

 “The coolest part about my internship is that I get to interview and work with artists that I respect and admire” 

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Paris from University of la Verne at his internship placement in Lenovo magazine

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Paris got to help Antony Lister to paint his mural in Barcelona

Paris transition from an internship for a political organization in California, to an internship in a news publication, Lamono magazine, where he often researches and writes stories revolving around skate culture, art, fashion, and music.

Paris declared: “ I think the coolest part about my internship is that I get to interview and work with artists that I respect and admire. Last week I worked with world renowned street impressionist Anthony Lister.  He was in Barcelona to paint a large mural. I had the opportunity to not only watch him paint the mural, but also helped paint the mural's white background. 

The week before that I wrote a story  on the Volcolm x Anthony Lister collection.  A couple other artists I've had the pleasure of interviewing and working with are Lisa Leone, Ivory ierra, and Lief Pohajsky.  It's truly been an amazing experience.

10/04/2016

LANGUAGE + CULTURE, FALL 2016, NEWSLETTER I

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Language and Culture Program students have already been in Barcelona for almost a month and they have already done a lot of activities! We held orientation; they participated in tours and excursions; attended the host institution Pompeu Fabra (UPF) Welcome session; took their Spanish placement test, and started their UPF and CIEE classes. Here there are some details: Foto Portada

Welcome to Pompeu Fabra University

Language and Culture students attended the host institution Pompeu Fabra University Welcome session. They had an introduction to the university; learned about academics, cultural activities and student’s resources; and they took their Spanish placement test. Students had a tour of the university to get familiarized with the campus. Students also enjoyed a welcome lunch with CIEE and their Spanish Guardian Angels. LC2

Cádiz as a new destination in the weekend trip

LC students had the opportunity to visit the new destination of Cádiz, a southern and coastal town in the Andalucia region during their weekend trip to the south of Spain. There, we toured the historical downtown of the oldest continuously inhabited city in Spain and one of the oldest in Western Europe.  The city also has an historical meaning because the first Spanish Constitution was signed there in 1812. Students learned about the history and also enjoyed the nice beaches of the Atlantic Ocean.  We also visited Sevilla where we saw the Cathedral, the Jewish Quarter and the Royal Palaces of Alcázares. 

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Rock the Vote Spain is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization whose mission is to build political power for young people. They came to our Study Center to make easier for students to register to vote from Barcelona and to obtain their absentee ballot. Once completed and signed it will be addressed to student’s local election official in their home town. Rock the Vote will then put their applications into a diplomatic pouch for free delivery to the official office responsible for sending them the absentee ballot.  Students filled out the form and were pleased to be able to vote from overseas.

06/15/2016

SUMMER PROGRAMS, 2016, NEWSLETTER I

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Getting familiar with the city

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It was very quick but the first session of our summer programs has come to an end. Students arrived almost a month ago and they had the chance to discover the wonders of Barcelona. During the very first days, during their orientation, students had the opportunity to get familiar with and know the basics about the city. After a talkon Health and Safety and meeting their host families, students had their first walking tour in the Old City to see the most historical areas of Barcelona. In addition,  many activities were planned to help them not only figure out how to navigate the city but also gather around and develop  closer relationships with their classmates. Plus, they got great views of Barcelona during a day trip in which they tried typical catalan food. See the views in the picture below (they are amazing!).

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Jhoalmo, Nels and Cosi meeting their host mothers

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Students on Collserolla Mountain, with Barcelona in the background

ICE weekend

One of the most exciting activities for the summer programs is the ICE weekend (Intercultural Comparative Experience), in which our students visit another CIEE city and we in Barcelona host students from other CIEE destinations. This summer, CIEE students from Seville, Ferrara and Lisbon enjoyed the activities we planned for them, and for sure, took advantage of their free time to visit some of the wonders of Barcelona.

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Arrival at Generator Hostel 

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Check out these videos to see what they thought about their visit!

In Prague, CIEE staff welcomed the students and presented a quick orientation of the city and its culture. Afterwards, everyone went on a walking tour of the main sites: Old Town Square, Prague Castle, Municipal House and the St. Nicholas Church. That evening, there was a buffet-style welcome dinner of traditional plates.

The following day students went on activities according to their chosen Interest Group and then met up again to enjoy a delicious authentic lunch. For those that wanted, an optional activity was organized to attend a performance of “Carmen” at the Prague State Opera House.

On the final day, the flight wasn’t until late in the evening so it was a free day for students! Everyone was off to explore the city. It was a long day (and late night) but an amazing adventure overall.

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04/22/2016

LIBERAL ARTS, SPRING 2016, NEWSLETTER III

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Our spring semester has come to its end. Students have learned and enjoyed their stay in Barcelona and we hope they have gained intercultural knowledge after four months of living in a different culture. We wish them a good and safe return home!  Here you have some of the last activities they did. 

Students get inspiration through Service Learning

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Liberal Arts students participated in a service learning/community engagement activity as part of their CIEE Advanced Grammar, Composition and Conversation II course.

Lauren from University of Iowa read and sang “The Wheels of the Bus” to the 5 years old kindergarten kids; Sara and Taylor from Vanderbilt University talked about animals and animals sounds to 1st and 2nd graders; Alex from Cornell University and Larkin from Colby College did an oral presentation about Thanksgiving in 3rd grade; Kyle from University of Minnnesota and John from Fordham  talked about Thanksgiving to 4th graders; Anna from Vanderbilt and Caroline from Fordham explained 4th of July celebration; and Zach from University of Iowa did a presentation about rock guitar to 6th graders.

Children were thrilled and they were very interested in asking questions about the American society. “Do you live in Hollywood”, “Do you have music in the States” or “What is your favorite food” were some of the curios questions children asked.

After their volunteering, students interviewed the school principal and the Academic Team to learn about the educational system and compare it to the American one.

We love Granada!

We went to Granada in our program weekend trip.  We toured the traditional muslim neighborhood, Albaicín; visited the number one momunent in Spain, the Alhambra; attended a flamenco show and saw the Catholic Kings (Isabel and Fernando) tombs at the Capilla Real.

Students really enjoyed the trip and some of them even dared to dance some flamenco!

When playing soccer brings people together

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Alex from Cornell University played soccer in his neighborhood on Saturdays

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This is what he wrote about his experience: “Playing soccer in Gracia has been a great experience so far in that it has allowed me to feel much more a part of Gracia as a neighborhood and experience local culture and language through another means. There is a mixture of Spanish, Colombian, Chilean, Argentinian, and other spanish-speaking players who are incredibly outgoing and interesting to talk to. For instance, two weekends ago I met a man from Santiago, Chile, and we talked about a bit about Patagonia and South American politics. Also, it's quite a different experience from our regular classes at Pompeu Fabra or CIEE in that the players and locals speak incredibly quickly--especially in vastly different accents if they come from South.

CIEE also organizes soccer matches with locals that way our students get to practice sport and meet local people to better integrate in the society.

LANGUAGE + CULTURE, SPRING 2016, NEWSLETTER III

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Fall semester has come to its end. We wish our students have had an enriching cultural experience studying abroad in Barcelona. These are some of the last activities they have done.

Spanish Mosaics: from Seville to Barcelona

At the CIEE course Catalonia and Spain Through the Arts, students need to do three visual essays, as one of the most important aspects for the art knowledge is observation and visual relation skills. Natalia from University of Scranton chose mosaics. She compared the straight lined, predictive patterns of mosaics such as those found in Sevilla with the ceramic, broken, and seemingly random patterns of Gaudi found across Barcelona.

Joshua from Vanderbilt University did his visual essay about arches comparing their practicality with their aesthetics.

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Cultural learning through volunteering

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A total of five students from the Language and Culture Program volunteered at a local high school, Escola Pía, as English teacher assistants. They helped local students to improve their English with conversational sessions where they led debates related to the cultural differences between Spain and United States. 

Sara from Vanderbilt University commented: “Students are all so engaged in our discussions with topics that range from Spanish politics, music festivals in Barcelona, the upcoming US election, fútbol, traveling the world, and so much more! It has been such a great experience overall, and I would recommend it to anyone!

Sarah from Catherine University said: “The thing that I have liked the best is being able to learn about the culture here in Barcelona through the perspective of students.”

Jasmine from University of Iowa also said: “The students were very welcoming and friendly and I was often surprised at how deep the conversation can go for individuals that I had not known an hour before. I would highly recommend to any incoming students.”

Weekend trip: going south

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LC students enjoyed the weekend trip to Sevilla and Córdoba. In Sevilla we visited the cathedral with its famous mudejar tower, La Giralda, we toured the old Jewish center, Santa Cruz neighborhood, and the Reales Alcázares (Royal Palaces) scenario of some Game of Thrones episodes! In Córdoba, apart from visiting the Mosque-Cathedral and the old town, students got to enjoy the local traditional tapas: flamenquín, salmorejo and fried eggplants with honey.

03/15/2016

Language + Culture, Spring 2016, Newsletter II

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We have already passed the mid-semester! Language and Culture students have been very busy with classes, cultural activities, and doing sports. Find here some details.

A novel scenario visit: Spanish Civil War bomb shelter

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Students at the CIEE course Literary Images of Catalonia and Spain are reading the novel The Time of the Doves written by the Catalan writer Mercè Rodoreda. The novel is set in Barcelona before, during and after the Spanish Civil war and pictures a young woman's struggles in life. Students went to visit one of city’s bomb shelter build by locals during the wartime, to see in firsthand one of the novel scenarios. 

Carly form Cornell University commented on the visit: “I found it very interesting to learn about how Barcelona residents coped with wartime struggles firsthand”

Picasso´s Barcelona

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As part of our study center activities, we offer a tour of the importance of Picasso´s Barcelona. This tour focused on his formative years in Spain - that is, his first artistic steps, his academic education, his inspirations and of course, the influences of Barcelona and its bohemian circles at the turn of the 20th century. A lesser known side of Picasso became visible, showing how the city left its mark in his work as well as how he left his mark in the Catalan capital. 

Christina from Elon University; Daniel from University of Colorado Boulder and Sydney Duettra from Texas Christian University participated in the tour and they even went to the famous restaurant 4 Gats where Picasso used to expose his paintings. 

Master Zumba Class!

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To keep students moving we offered them to join a Master Zumba class in a local gym. Some of our students participated in this activity with one of our Spanish Guardian Angels. They had a lot of fun and it was a good activity for group bounding!