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04/30/2018

Liberal Arts | Spring 2018 | Newsletter III

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Spring semester is gone and we wish students had an enriching cultural experience in Barcelona. Here it is some of their experiences:  

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Matt from Vanderbilt University had a wonderful experience with his host family. They did activities together; excursions, day trips and even dressing up for Mardi Gras! He commented he had a great experience, he practiced his Spanish a lot and he recommends it to future students.

“A stereotype is a simplified image of a reality”

Emily from Vanderbilt University took the UPF class: “From stereotypes to transcultural dialogue: A Critical Approach to culture” where she learned about how to develop a critical perspective of a new culture. This is her final project:

Re-entry Workshop to learn strategies for adjustment back in the States

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Liberal Arts students participated in the Re-entry Workshop, a session dedicated to reflect on their experience studying abroad in Barcelona, to understand the re-entry process and challenges, to learn strategies for adjustment and ways to stay globally engaged and how to incorporate their experiences into their daily lives. One of the activities consisted in sharing their best memory of the semester while forming a web between them, symbolizing their interconnection. Some of the best memories of our students shared were related to their experiences living with a host family, meeting new friends and travelling.

03/22/2018

Liberal Arts | Spring 2018 | Newsletter II

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

Students visit the Fallas Festival in Valencia

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Valencia 8Valencia 7Liberal Arts students travelled to Valencia for their weekend trip. In there, they had the opportunity to experience a local festivity called Las Fallas, a UNESCO intangible cultural heritage of humanity.  It is a traditional celebration held in commemoration of Saint Joseph. People build monuments out of wood and paper-mache, a lot of times with a satire, political meaning, and they burn them on Saint Joseph day, March 19th.

Students also toured the old town, did a street art tour and went to the Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias. They also learned that this year, the main Falla (monument) was made by a famous Spanish street art artist, Okuda San Miguel.

“My project is unique in that I have the opportunity to work with people from other countries”

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Laura from University of Minnesota-Twin Cities is doing an internship in a public hospital, Vall d’Hebron research institute on a project called MyHealth. The project aims to improve the healthcare of immigrant communities throughout the EU. She commented: “I have been given the task of writing the first drafts of some of the documents which is great and shows me that they have a lot of trust in my work. The experience has been amazing. The people I work with are really nice and patient with me learning Spanish. My project is unique in that I have the opportunity to work with people from other countries. We have a weekly video conference with our partners from all over the EU and I learn a lot about their working culture from those interactions.

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As one of our new day trips, students grilled a traditional Catalan meal, the calçotada. Calçots, are variety of green onions that are barbecued and dipped in romesco sauce. They are accompanied by pieces of meat and roasted bread slices. Calçots are eaten with your hands and you need to wear a bib. Students had a lot of fun with that!

02/12/2018

Liberal Arts | Spring 2018 | Newletter I

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It has been a month since Liberal Arts students arrived at Barcelona! They have been very busy with orientation, getting to know the city and their local institution, Pompeu Fabra and participating in a lot of cultural events. Here there are some details:

How millennials tell their experience through blogging

A lot of students share their study abroad experience through their blogs. Emily from Fisk University shared with us her amazing blog where she posts her views and pictures of her experience. This is what she wrote about the CIEE day trips to Tarragona or Girona: “I love this city! If you are a history buff- you would too! Filled with gorgeous little streets, ancient Roman ruins along the Golden coast, Tarragona is one for the books.” "The Arab baths were one of my favorite findings in Girona! These Arab baths are Romanesque construction (12th century) inspired by Roman baths, its most outstanding elements include the entrance, which was used as a changing room and relaxation area and is covered with a barrel vault, and the cupola covering the central pool, which is supported by slim columns with gorgeously capitals”.

You can check her blog in here: http://www.emilyannephotoart.com/blog/

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Know the city with your skate

Gavin from University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and Madeleine from Barnard College are skaters that didn´t leave behind their hobby when they came to study abroad. They are getting to know Barcelona, its plazas, parks, trendy neighborhoods with their skate.

Here is Gavin´s testimony:

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Visit to the Music Museum

We offered almost 30 different cultural activities students can do with our Guardian Angels  (local students) to get to get acquainted with the city the first weeks. These include among others: museums visits and tours; going to parks, open markets; historical landmarks, and trendy neighborhoods.  Some students visited the Music Museum in Barcelona. The museum exhibits around 500 music instruments from different ages and cultures and it’s considered as one of the most important music exhibition of Spain. Students learned about the history of instruments and had the opportunity to play some of them.   Foto música
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12/21/2017

Liberal Arts | Fall 2017 | Newsletter III

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Fall semester is gone and we wish students had an enriching cultural experience in Barcelona. Here it is some of their experiences:  

 “In my internship, I have gathered new strategies to promote equality, through legislation and daily interactions”

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Rachel from Duke University at her internship at the NGO Fundación Mujeres Felices

Rachel, from Duke University did an internship with an NGO called Fundación Mujeres Felices, that works to promote gender equality in Spain, in Burkina Faso, and around the world. The foundation also works to prevent Female Genital Mutilation in Burkina Faso and organizes an annual women’s summit in Madrid. She commented: “I’ve enjoyed interning at FMF so far because it’s given me the opportunity to learn more about gender roles and sexism in different countries. I’ve also gathered new strategies to promote equality, through legislation and daily interactions, that I plan to bring back to the United States. The most interesting part so far is seeing the foundation’s goals to increase gender equality in Spain and comparing them with goals for gender equality in the United States.”

One of the projects in which Rachel worked was translating videos that promote gender equality from English to Spanish. Here it is one or her jobs:

“Volunteering at the school allowed me to expand my network and immerse into the city of Barcelona”

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Ilan from Columbia University volunteering at Escola Pía

Ilan from Comlumbia University volunteered as English Teaching Assistant at Escola Pía  12-13 year old kids.  Ilan commented: “ I loved my experience volunteering at Escola Pía. In the United States I have worked as a soccer coach, and love doing it because I like working with kids. This opportunity was fantastic because I was able to continue working with kids, even if I was teaching them a language instead of a sport. 

In truth, what I liked most is that the experience made me think about how I learn languages. All of the kids I worked with knew Catalan and Spanish (Castilian). Therefore, English was, for most of them, their third language! In the different games we played they would give each other clues and hints in English, Catalan and Spanish. It made me realize how interconnected all languages are, and has only enhanced my own interest in learning more and more languages. Volunteering at the school allowed me to expand my network and immerse into the city of Barcelona.   

Catalan Christmas Traditions

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Liberal Arts students made their final presentations at the CIEE Advanced Spanish Grammar, Composition and Conversation class about a Spanish/Catalan cultural aspect.

Rachel from Duke University, and Emily and Annie from Elon University talked about the Christmas celebration in Barcelona and Spain in compare with the United States. They presented the Catalan Christmas tradition of Tió. The Tió de Nadal is a character in Catalan mythology relating to a Christmas tradition widespread in Catalonia and some regions of Aragon. The story goes that in the days preceding Christmas, children must take good care of the log, keeping it warm and feeding it, so that it will defecate presents on Christmas Day.

11/27/2017

Liberal Arts, Fall 2017, Newsletter II

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Fall semester is going fast! In this issue, we would like to talk about students participating in sports while in Barcelona and the visit to a primate rehabilitation center. Find here some details.

“Fencing here allows me to use my Spanish while continue training for the NCAA season”

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Ilana from Columbia University practicing fencing with a Spanish team

Ilana from Columbia University is at the fencing team back home. She didn´t want to miss her practices so she joined a local fencing team. She commented: “Fencing here has been one of the highlights of my trip. Going to practice allows me to use my Spanish while continue training for the NCAA season when I return back to school. The other fencers are very nice, and have found it a great way to meet local people and become friends.

She travelled with the Barcelona fencers to compete in a tournament in France. She said: “We took a 6-hour car ride together across beautiful terrain to get there, and during the competition I was part of the camaraderie of Barcelona fencers, so when I was competing I had people cheering and coaching me, and I was able to reciprocate. This made the tournament very fun and I also learned the words to cheer and support athletes.”

“It has been so much fun playing with the UPF team”

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Carla from Lewis and Clark College plays at the soccer UPF team

Carla from Lewis and Clark University joined the fútbol 7 (soccer) team at the local university Pompeu  Fabra. She assured: “It has been so much fun playing with the UPF team. The girls are all really welcoming and so nice! My favorite part is going to hang out with the team after practice!”

Visiting a primate rehabilitation center

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Students had the opportunity to visit the MONA foundation, a rehabilitation center for abused chimpanzees and macaques that are recovering from their previous lives as circus artists, television actors, and even pets. MONA gives these primates a second chance at a life free of pain and abuse.  They provide the primates a curative, nurturing, and restorative environment in a group of their own kind within a spacious and natural installation.

Students enjoyed the visit and afterwards they visit the medieval town on Besalú.

07/25/2017

Summer Programs, 2017, Newsletter II

The World is Our Classroom

As the CIEE slogan says, our students have the chance to experience a different academic perspective while abroad, in which the local component and first-hand experiences are extremely valuable. An intercultural perspective is often included in our courses—where students learn much more than facts—in the sense that they can experience what they are studying and better understand the local culture and history and therefore, be able to recognize, adapt to and understand other cultures and other realities.

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In our Language and Culture program, students can experience the history of Barcelona and Spain through different site visits that enrich their experience. Here are some examples:

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Students visiting a bomb shelter of the Spanish Civil War

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Students visiting a bunker for the Spanish Civil War

Also, students in the Business and Culture program go on different company visits, such as to the Museu de la Xocolata, and benefit from other innovative projects and group techniques. For instance, those in the Sustainability and CSR class participated in an “Escape the room” activity, putting their skills and ability to cooperate and solve problems into practice while working in groups.

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Student of beginning Spanish, practicing their skills in the “real world”

 

Also, students in the Business and Culture program go on different company visits, such as to the Museu de la Xocolata, and benefit from other innovative projects and group techniques. For instance, those in the Sustainability and CSR class participated in an “Escape the room” activity, putting their skills and ability to cooperate and solve problems into practice while working in groups.

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05/10/2017

Liberal Arts, Spring 2017, Newsletter III

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Spring semester is gone and we wish students had an enriching experience in Barcelona. Here it is some of the activities they did at the last part of the semester.  

Students get inspiration through Service Learning

At the re-entry workshop students were asked to share their best memory of their study abroad experience. Several students assured it was their service learning/community engagement activity they did as part of their CIEE Advanced Grammar, Composition and Conversation II class.

Students at the he service learning project is part of the CIEE Advanced Grammar, Composition and Conversation II class, participated in a service learning project at a local elementary school, Escola Collserola with children from 1st -6th  grades.  

Jon from Vanderbilt University brought his guitar and sang songs with 2nd graders; Nopell from Fordham University practice vocabulary and sang songs with 1st graders; Cate from Lehigh University did an oral presentation 4th of July for 4th graders; Grace from Vanderbilt University showed 5th graders her abilities in cheerleading; and Gaby from Occidental College talked about California to 6th graders. Children were thrilled and they were very interested in asking questions about the American society.

After their volunteering students interviewed the school principal and the Academic Committee to learn about the educational system and compare it to the American one. This project is also part of the intercultural competence component that CIEE embraces in our program.

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Re-entry Workshop to learn strategies for adjustment back in the States

The last day of the semester, LA students participated in the Re-entry Workshop, a session dedicated to reflect on their experience studying abroad in Barcelona, to understand the re-entry process and challenges, to learn strategies for adjustment and ways to stay globally engaged and how to incorporate their experiences into their daily lives. One of the activities consisted in sharing their best memory of the semester while forming a web between them, symbolizing their interconnection. Some of the best memories of our students shared were related to their experiences living with a host family, meeting new friends and travelling.

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In Barcelona, students learned how to appreciate art

Students at the Catalonia and Spain Through the Arts class had to do a video project about their appreciation of art in Barcelona. Professor Raquel Crisóstomo had a contest called BANART and selected the best 3 videos. Here it is an example:

 

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03/20/2017

Liberal Arts, Spring 2017, Newsletter II

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This semester we are very proud to offer students  three new cultural experiences: a visit to  an Almazara, in the Granada area, where they produce the extra virgin olive oil; to learn about the traditional methods of fishing in the Mediterranean in the Fishing Museum; and a visit to a dairy farm that ensures social labor to people with mental disabilities.  Here there are more details:

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As part of our weekend trip to the south of Spain, to Granada, Liberal Arts students had the opportunity to visit an Almazara, where the traditional process of making extra virgin olive oil from the fresh olives brought from the thousands of olive trees that decorate the Andalusian fields.

Students enjoyed the olive oil tasting where they tried three different:  the Premium Extra Virgin (from the first fresh olives picked in October); the Virgin or the regular olive oil.

Traditional fishing methods in the Mediterranean

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Our students visited the Fishing Museum in Palamós, in the Costa Brava, a place where you can get to know the skills, marine species, how this art developed and the fishing of the future. The museum, the only one of this kind in the Mediterranean, aims to provide a place for dialogue between the people of the sea and the rest of society.

Students learned had a tour where they learned the traditional methods of fishing and afterwards they participated in a fish cooking class. They cooked the “fisherman dish” with fresh fish and rice or noodles.

A dairy farm to integrate people with mental disabilities

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Foto Fageda 4Students had the opportunity to visit for the first time, La Fageda, a cooperative that primarily produces yogurts and dairy puddings and employs mentally challenged population. The propose of La Fageda is to take  people with mental health problems out of psychiatric hospitals, to offer them a real job –in an enterprise- and through this help to restore their self-esteem.

Students visited the farm, fed the baby cows, learned about the cooperative and its project and afterwards they did a guided hike at the beautiful beech forest.

02/06/2017

Liberal Arts, Spring 2017, Newsletter I

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It has been almost a month since Liberal Arts students arrived to Barcelona! In this first issue we want to talk about the different housing options students have while in Barcelona: homestay, shared apartment or residence hall.

Here there are student´s opinions about it:

Homestay: “I really wanted the full cultural experience”

Nopell from Fordham University

Shared apartment. “I love living with a Spanish flatmate”

Taylor from Vanderbilt University

Residence Hall. “It’s neat to meet Spanish students and to get closer to some of the American students”

Haley from University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

01/17/2017

Liberal Arts, Fall 2016, Newsletter iii

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Fall semester is gone and we wish students had an enriching experience in Barcelona. Here it is some of the activities they did at the last part of the semester.  

Re-entry Workshop to learn strategies for adjustment back in the States

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The last day of the semester, LA students participated in the Re-entry Workshop, a session dedicated to reflect on their experience studying abroad in Barcelona, to understand the re-entry process and challenges, to learn strategies for adjustment and ways to stay globally engaged and how to incorporate their experiences into their daily lives. One of the activities consisted in sharing their best memory of the semester while forming a web between them, symbolizing their interconnection. Some of the best memories of our students shared were related to their experiences living with a host family, meeting new friends and travelling.

Volunteering with kids with hearing disabilities

Foto LaurenLauren from Vanderbilt University volunteered once a week with a local non-profit T-oigo that works with people with hearing disabilities. Lauren helped a 7 year old boy with his English practicing with him phonetics and vocabulary.

History of Rebel Women in Barcelona

Ruta-Barcelona-guerra-y-revolucion-440x330Foto mujeres revolucionariasStudents at the CIEE course Past and Present in Barcelona not only did the traditional field trips around the city and the visits to different museums but for the first time, professor took them in a tour about the social movements and revolutionary processes in Barcelona from 1909 to 1979 and the specific role played by women. Students enjoyed a route about some historical events such as the women´s right to vote, to abortion or to get divorce.