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Business + Culture | Spring 2018 | Newsletter III


Before you even realize it, 4 months have passed by. Hopefully the best experience of your life, something that has changed you for the rest of your life. But, which is the best recipe for an amazing study abroad experience? Try new things, meet new people and look beyond what´s right in front of you. Those are keys to understanding this amazing world we live in and to take the most out of your study abroad experience.

Maria, one of our students from Babson, gives us a wonderful explanation of what the best recipe for a great Internship experience is: Blog-Post-Receta-Internship_blog

Aimee from Colorado Boulder has explained to us how she feels her experience has been.

 “it is crazy to realize that not only are you getting an inside look at Spain, they are getting an inside look at the United States, through you”

As F. Scott Fitzgerald said: “It’s a funny thing coming home. Nothing changes. Everything looks the same, feels the same, even smells the same. You realize what’s changed is you."

I want to share the great explanation that one of our students gave about her experience here.

“Coming home after studying and interning abroad is hard. You may not realize it but everything about you is different. You are now used to a Spanish timetable, Spanish interoffice communications and much more. While nothing at home has really changed, YOU have. Your experiences have shaped you into a more cultural and well-rounded individual. And that is a crazy and wonderful thing”.


Business + Culture, Spring 2018, Newsletter II


Days go by so fast! We have already reached mid-semester, exams have taken place, classes have arrived their zenith and BC students have fully integrated within the city life. They are immersed in activities, classes and travelling. One of CIEE’s main endeavors is making students take advantage of the wealthy culture that Barcelona offers by organizing many of their classes and activities in the multiple museums or cultural sites scattered around the city. For example, they learn art history in the National Museum of Art, analyzing first hand the features of Romanesque Art, they immerse in local culture by going to the city markets during Spanish lessons, or even they learn about the history of Spanish Civil War by visiting an ancient air raid shelter.



BC students have also enjoyed their CIEE organized weekend trip, visiting the beautiful city of Valencia. We explored its history by a guided tour around its ancient remains and modern urbanism, discovering the cathedral, the medieval silk market and touring its ‘modernista’ tiled market, where the guides showed us the traditional foods of the region.



One of the highlights of the weekend trip was the Paella cooking workshop. Now we have excellent “maestros paelleros” to bring this delicious dish back home to delight their families and friends. 


Check out the video from their amazing paella activity.


Business + Culture, Spring 2018, Newsletter I

Excitement is in the air as the program starts and students arrive to Orientation. Ahead of them there are 3 months of great experiences, fabulous adventures and new discoveries… they can’t wait to get started!

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The first days students discover the city of Barcelona, they meet their flat mates and host families, they get used to taking the metro and also learn about their new host University. To make this process smooth CIEE organizes several leisure activities such as a tour around the Gothic quarter or hiking to Barcelona’s Mount Tibidabo.

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Students have also started to discover the rich and variety of Catalonia’s culture and heritage by visiting with CIEE the ancient roman ruins of Tarragona, a World Heritage Site, the visiting the Dalí Museum in Figueres (Girona), or the Medieval Monastery of Montserrat.

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Classes have already started at ESCI and UVic and bit by bit the excitement of the first days leads to daily life and integration into the city’s culture. The adventure though, has just begun, we will keep you all soon posted!

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Business + Culture, Fall 2017, Newsletter III


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.



Business + Culture, Fall 2017, Newsletter II


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!




Business + Culture, Fall 2017, Newsletter I


Fall semester has just begun and Business students are getting to know the city and its culture. Since they’ve arrived they have been busy with orientation sessions, getting to know CIEE staff and getting ready for the beginning of their classes. This semester we have a group of Business students who attend the Universitat de Vic-BAU campus in Barcelona (Design College of Barcelona). BAU was born in 1989. Located in Barcelona, in 2003 BAU commits itself to a move to the 22@ district, now the innovation and design district of the city. BAU has consolidated its proposal by affiliating itself with the University of Vic-Central University of Catalonia (UVIC-UCC).

The orientation session for BC-UVic students took place at BAU campus where students will attend classes very soon. During the academic welcome carried out by Joan Albert Garcia, Coordinator of the Stud Abroad Program Business, Design and Innovation, students received a backpack with useful information about their classes at UVic-BAU and an insight of the classes they are taking.

The classes offered this fall semester are: Design Thinking, Digital Business, Global Marketing, Leadership, Business and Society, Brand Design, Marketing and Fashion and Start-UP Creation.

After the academic session students had a tour around the premises. They were happy to see such a unique and modern campus.

In a few days classes will start!


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Spain is known for its outdoor life. In their free time locals hang out in terraces and cafeterias. In order to survive in Barcelona one must know how to order a café con leche. During their first Spanish class at CIEE, John (BC-UVic) and Kyle (BC-ESCI) did an activity (called survival Spanish) in the whereabouts of CIEE. They had to talk to clients and waiters and ask them some questions. It was fun and they learned a lot!




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.


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:


Students visiting a bomb shelter of the Spanish Civil War


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.


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.





Spring semester has nearly finished! Business and Culture students are very sad to leave and they are making the most of their time left in Barcelona. Here some details.



John, an Economic student from Bucknell University, and William, a Business student from University of Wisconsin-Madison, watched one of the most important basketball games in the US, the NCAA Tournament.

William, John and their local flatmate, Abel, ordered some pizzas and had a lot of fun watching the event. 



Barcelona is a city high on life, a city of beach worshipers, football, and Carnival. In Catalonia, people dress in masks and costumes and organize a week-long series of parties, pranks and outlandish activities to welcome the arrival of Sa Majestat el Rei Carnestoltes ("His Majesty King Carnival").

At the CIEE Study Center the Cultural Activities team organized a Carnival photocall. Some Business students had a go at the photocall and here´s proof!


Abby (University of Wisconsin-Madison), Joshua (Indiana University-Bloomington), Alejandro (Indiana University-Bloomington) and Nicholas (University of Wisconsin-Madison).


Hope, CIEE´s Study Abroad  Advisor in Portland (Maine), paid us a visit and, along with other members of the staff and some Business students, posed in a group Carnival picture.


Business + Culture, Spring 2017, Newsletter II



One of the most popular culture classes for the Business + Culture students is the art history class “Catalonia and Spain through the Arts”. By combining lectures, discussions and class activities with field trips, students are able to gain a better understanding of the history of art in Barcelona and Spain and also, to apply this knowledge when travelling in Europe. In one of the sessions, students visited one of the many hidden jewels in Barcelona: the Monastery of Sant Pau del Camp, a Romanesque construction in the city center which dates back to the 9th century AD. Besides the visit to the church and the tiny, cozy cloister, which was often visited by Picasso when he was living in Barcelona, the students were lucky enough to enjoy the magnificent acoustics of the old structure. Jordi-Xavier, the coordinator at the monastery, put on a performance by singing Gregorian chant to illustrate the reverberation and projection of sound in the ancient temple. As if transported back in time, the students were immersed in the perfect atmosphere to better understand the Romanesque art. Check it out in this video:


It has been almost two months since Business + Culture students arrived in 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 and intercambios (language exchange events).

Nicholas (University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Business) and Rose Ann (Cornell University) attended an intercambio for their Spanish class with all their classmates along with other Spanish students and Guardian Angels. They had the chance to practice their oral Spanish skills and make new friends. These events are held several times each semester, and they are a great opportunity to meet locals.



Business + Culture, Spring 2017, Newsletter i


The semester had only just begun and Business and Culture students already enjoyed one of the most famous Catalan traditions. The CALÇOTADA is a popular feast (first held in 1896) made with calçots, a type of onion that is produced only in Cataluña. Calçots are usually eaten in January, February and March, roasted over a wood fire and accompanied by a special romesco  sauce.  Traditionally customers need to wear a bib to eat them.

BC students followed the tradition, when in Rome,…do as the Romans do!





A group of BC students went on a trip to Seville (in Andalucía) with CIEE staff members.  Their Resident Director, Sandra Rodríguez, accompanied them. Sandra is a native from Seville and the perfect companion to travel with. They visited a cattle farm where a professional bullfighter showed them how to make a pass. Bullfighting was originally done on horseback and was a sport reserved for the aristocracy. Spain´s first bullfighting figures are well known in Andalucía. 

Caroline (University of Madison-Wisconsin) had the opportunity to practice the art of bullfighting and she was actually quite good at it.


This semester we started working with the University of Vic in Barcelona. Vic is the capital of the comarca of Osona, in the Barcelona province. It is located 69km from Barcelona and is home to one of the best private universities in Barcelona.

For the first time, a group of Business and Culture students are taking classes from the “Business, Design and Innovation” program, offered by UVic at their Barcelona campus (a short metro ride from the CIEE Study Center). The program, taught in English, is meant for international students. They love the international environment of the program in the trendy neighborhood of Poblenou!