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12/22/2017

Global Architecture + Design, Fall 2017, Newsletter II

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This semester has come to an end and students were fully immersed in their experience abroad and in their academic projects. As part of the program, Global Architecture students participated in their academic weekend trip at the end of November when they had the opportunity to visit Berlin, Germany and meet colleagues in the two other Global Architecture and Design programs, which are located in Berlin and Prague. The weekend trip included a combination of walking tours, site visits, student presentations and free time.

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During the trip, students had the chance to visit the historic part of Berlin as well as architectural-related buildings, such as the Jewish Museum and the Sony Center. Also, our colleagues at the CIEE Berlin Global Institute organized an afternoon in which students exhibited their projects and later discussed them in proper presentation format.

Hannah, from Washington State University, wanted to contribute to this post with her impressions about the trip. Check them out in this video: 

FINAL PRESENTATIONS

Mathilde Marengo, instructor of the Future Cities Studio, explains in the video above the nature of the program and the project for this semester, which has had satisfactory results. Students worked under these parameters and showed their prototypes and implementation and a way to implement it in the site. Here you can find the results of their research throughout the semester.

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 Project created by Craig and Esther, from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and June, from Carnegie Mellon University

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Project created by Sofía, from Portland State University and Jessica and Rebbeca, from Carnegie Mellon University

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Project created by Alice, from University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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Architecture + Design, Fall 2017, Newsletter III

Fall semester has come to an end and the Architecture + Design students are getting ready for departure. These days, as usual, have been hectic but the students are now finished with all their final presentations and projects. Students on the Architecture track presented their final projects on the creation of a urban community garden in the central part of a block in the Eixample area of Barcelona. Their very different perspectives and final projects not only showed their potential but also different ways of understanding the city.
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On the other hand, students on the Design track displayed their final projects in an exhibition at ELISAVA. Elissa, from Simmons College, describes one of her favorite projects which she completed for a course at ELISAVA, proving the importance of personal experiences while abroad. Please check out the video and subscribe to her playlist on Spotify:  

NOT JUST THE END OF THE SEMESTER

To students, parents, guardians, advisors, instructors and whom may concern,

It has been a pleasure working in the CIEE Barcelona Architecture and Design program these last 7 years but now it is time to bid farewell to the program. As announced some months ago, Fall 2017 will be the last edition of Architecture and Design, a program that condense the best of an experience abroad.

The nature of the program itself, due to the reduced amount of students and its academic component, which is very focused on the city of Barcelona either in project work for the Architecture Studio or in the core course “The City in Visual Culture”, helped the students get to know their new home very well. Barcelona, as the students learned, has changed tremendously through the years and this program was able to witness them all – from the construction of the Gloriès area, the W Hotel, the transformation of the Raval neighborhood, etc. Barcelona has been always something to be experienced and also analyzed, especially by students who are able to understand the benefits of this powerful association.

Also, the students' experiences in our host institutions, ESARQ and ELISAVA, were always challenging but eventually positive. There, students were given the opportunity to be immersed in another academic culture and they learned different ways of working in a more global market. The language barrier, the different approach to the disciplines and the immersion in a local academic context did not stop our students, who successfully adapted themselves to each challenge.

With the idea of Barcelona as a solid center of experiences and studies, the possibility of visiting other Spanish cities during a weekend trip created a much more complete adventure, such that students could compare and experience other realities in the country. The weekend trips to Madrid, Santiago, Bilbao, Valencia, Sevilla and Granada always provided an academic turning point for them.

Right now, it is a pity to be closing the last edition of such a complete and genuine program, and that's why it is time to be happy and satisfied with the work we accomplished, to look back and remember: remember the good (and not so good) moments, all the ways we changed the lives of our students and also to reflect on how they have also changed our lives, especially mine… since I’ve spent much of my time at CIEE working very closely with the students, who curiously taught me a lot not just about Barcelona but also about myself... That's why I hope to not forget anyone and want thank all the students and instructors that made this genuine program possible! Thanks to: 

Vanessa, Zachary, Vanessa, Thomas, Taryn, Shawn, Sarah, Sandra, Nathan, Megan, Marena, Megan, Marc, Lindsey, Kathryn, Julia, Joseph, Jessenia, Hailey, Erica, Daniel, Cara, Britta, Ava, Alyssa, Abigail, Daniel, Justin, Paulina, Sarah, Taylor, Sarah, Valeria, Leah, Christine, Shantal, Abigail, Zachary, Gerard, Ashley, Siobhan, David, Drew, Erin, Omar, Eike, Maya, Elizabeth, Alejandra, Anna, Diana, Gisbel, Eugene, Meghan, Skyler, Khai, Johan, Evan, Graeme, Mariam, Connor, Annika, Lena, Sara, Ximena, Nicholas, Alexandra, Damaris, Chenita, Shelby, Rae, Aaron, Marilia, Alexa, Elizabeth, Brett, Tyler, Mercedes, Emily, Caroline, Gabriella, Lauren, Leroy, Joseph, Zoe, Shira, Melisa, Gustavo, Eytan, Hannah, Lindsay, Gavin, Hannah, Katharine, Kristin, Jill, Britnee, Melanie, Eliza, Jacquie, Audrey, Natalie, Jamie, Parker, Christelle, Jack, Caroline, Giang, Elissa, Samantha, Ana, Kay, Jessica and also the instructors and former director of the program: Magda, Rafael, Judith and Suzanne for all their efforts and knowledge throughout the program.

With gratitude,

Fernando Janeiro, Program Manager, Architecture + Design Program

12/21/2017

Language + Culture, Fall 2017, Newsletter III

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Fall 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!

Street Art in Barcelona

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!

Some students made their final presentation about graffiti in Barcelona. Here it is an example:

When class takes you to a Bomb Shelter

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Students at the Past and Present in Barcelona CIEE course got to visit a bomb shelter built by the locals during the Spanish Civil War. There they learned about when Barcelona was bombed by the Italian army who helped Franco’s troops in 1938, when around 1300 people died. Students learned about the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) and got to explore the bomb shelter where locals protected themselves from the bombs. Students commented: “I think the fieldtrips are helpful for understanding the concepts taught in class”.

Farewell party

Students had the opportunity to say goodbye to their program mates, CIEE staff and professors at the farewell party. They enjoyed the occasion and we wish them a very successful future.

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Business + Culture, Fall 2017, Newsletter III

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Fall semester is done and students have a bitter sweet feeling. Even though they are happy to be back home with their beloved families and friends, they will never forget the experience that has changed them forever.

I want to share with you the amazing experiences and projects students have done while in Barcelona.

Christopher, from ELON, has captured the essence of this experience in his Internship in this interesting blog post.

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Students had an amazing time in their weekend trips with CIEE, getting to know more about the different cultures that coexist in Spain and learning to dance the Spanish most famous art: Flamenco.

To finish this extraordinary semester, we said goodbye to all students in our farewell event, in which they shared how grateful they were for having had such an amazing  experience.

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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.

Economics + Culture, Fall 2017, Newsletter III

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Bye, Bye Barcelona! Our students are sad they must leave us and astonished to see how time flies, but also excited to go back home to their families and friends to share their amazing Spanish adventure. CIEE EC students have been very busy finishing their final projects and exams, packing their belongings and preparing for the happy holidays that are awaiting them ahead with their loved ones.

Before the starting of the finals students celebrated Thanksgiving and many enjoyed having their families over to visit. At CIEE we celebrated with some cakes and pies so the students could gain strength to challenge the forthcoming exams.

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Benefiting from being in a city with so much cultural challenges some of the Economics students have taken this semester Arts and Culture classes with such a wonderful outcome. They enjoyed living Barcelona’s cultural vibe while learning so much! Some of the projects they had to work on include Research Projects under the form of Posters, as the one made by Claudia on Gaudí, or the creation of web pages as the one created by Nicholas on La Alhambra.
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After a thrilling semester full of new experiences students shared their last hours in Barcelona at the CIEE farewell party, where they talked about how have they changed during the last few months, the many new skills they have accomplished and how much they are going to miss their Spanish journey!

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Adiós Barcelona!!

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11/27/2017

Economics + Culture, Fall 2017, Newsletter II

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In Barcelona the dry weeks and beautiful sunny days already belong to the past and Fall season has begun with all its splendor. Tree leaves turning yellow and red, spiraling around the feet of the passing by, with temperatures slowly falling. Meanwhile our students have become fully acclimatized and are now part of the daily city life of Barcelona. They assist their classes, work on their assignments and have even taken their midterm exams! 

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However not all is work and the season was greeted by making the typical Catalan dessert ‘Panellets’ and roasting the traditional ‘Castañas’. The students cooked the Panellets helped by our staff and later shared their delicious experiment with other students at the Study Center!

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One of CIEE main efforts is the student’s immersion in the local culture and ways of life, believing that this will enrich their life experience and help them shape their future in better ways. This is why we confer such importance to the activities with locals. There are many ways for CIEE students to practice this immersion, they can participate for example in the ‘Castellers’ workshop, were local students teach them how the typical Catalan Human Towers are built (these are traditionally performed during major Catalan festivals at many locations within Catalonia).

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Although EC students are very busy practicing cultural Immersion, studying for midterms and doing class assignments, they also have plenty of weekends for travelling around Spain and Europe! This Fall EC students visited Granada, the beautiful southern Spanish city, were they enjoyed visiting the Alhambra and the popular neighborhood of ‘Albahicín’. They learned much form the local culture and food, tasting the delicious southern ‘tapas’ and even danced some Sevillanas!

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Business + Culture, Fall 2017, Newsletter II

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An example of the immersion within the local culture are the volunteering activities. Some of our BC Students, like Annie from Bradley University, have engaged in volunteering at local schools, teaching English to Spanish teenage students. The students are really happy to learn English and American ways of life, and Annie has learnt so much about the everyday life of Spanish High School students. But it is much better if she herself explains her wonderful experience:

BC Students could also travel to other cities in Spain during their weekend trip. Students going to BC Vic travelled to beautiful Granada, where a really good weather welcomed them to visit the Alhambra and its spectacular gardens, to eat some delicious tapas, and to enjoy the sunset at the ‘Mirador de San Nicolas’ contemplating the white peaks of Sierra Nevada at the background. They even learned how to dance Sevillanas!

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Language + Culture, Fall 2017, Newsletter II

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

“I love that I have been set such different tasks, from making videos to interviewing cool bands!”

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Rebecca from Northeastern University is doing an internship in Lamono, a lifestyle magazine based in Barcelona.  She is working as a video editor, animator and article writer. She is currently working on a promotional video for the new issue, 'Voyeur', showing viewers where abouts they can pick up a printed copy around the city. 

Rebecca commented: I absolutely love working at Lamono, it's a super cool vibe and the stuff the company produces is right up my street! It's hip, fresh and innovative in their field. Everyone who works there are amazing and the amount of work they produce for such a small team is truly impressive! I love that I have been set such different tasks, from making gifs to interviewing cool bands! I think that's my favorite part of working there, the range of cool stuff that I get to do and the freedom that the company allows me to do! 

For example, I got to write an article on Rave culture in Britain, and presenting different photographers along with it!  I learnt so much and it was awesome to discover these photographers.

You can find her articles here: http://lamonomagazine.com/treinta-anos-despues-los-britanicos-siguen-enamorados-cultura-rave/

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Don Quixote, first edition: 1605

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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 1605! and had a tour of the Library. 

Visit to the Catalan Parliament

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Students at the CIEE Past and Present in Barcelona course had an on-site class at the Catalan Parliament. The visit was especially interesting due to the current political situation in Catalonia with the independence movement. Students had the opportunity to be at the parliament seats and learned about the reestablishment of the Catalan Parliament in 1980 after the dictatorship. 

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.