SCREENING OF "GIRL RISING"
As part of a worldwide event, CIEE Madrid sponsored the screening of "Girl Rising" a documentary directed by Richard Robbins narrated by Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchet, Salma Hayek, Alicia Keys, Liam Neeson and Anne Hathaway which raises awareness on the situation of millions of young women who do not have access to education. The film tells the stories of nine girls in different parts of the world who face obstacles through education. This inspiring film was offered to the university community and served to innaugurate the new film screening room at Carlos III University, an space that counts with the newest technologies and comodities for this type of events.
This semester the Liberal Arts group went on its weekend excursion to the Spanish island of Tenerife, part of the Canary archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean. The purpose of the trip was to expose students to a very different part of the country that has many cultural offerings like the local cuisine, the economy related to bananas, the rich biodiversity and the island's history linked to Columbus' sea travels in the 15th century. Students were amazed with the view of the dolphins in one of the sea activities CIEE organized for them.
The group also enjoyed a trekking activity to climb to the Teide's peak, the highest mountain in Spain which happens to be an inactive volcano. This part of the excursion uncovered a moonlike landscape as well as gave a privileged view of the closest islands.
Swimming in natural pools, visiting old little "pueblos", learning about traditional architecture and enjoying the subtropical weather of the island at the beach, were some of the activities that made of this weekend an unforgettable experience. Many students defined this place as "paradise".
INTERNSHIPS: INVESTING IN FUTURE
Ursinus College student working in the Hospital laboratory.
Studying abroad represents a big impact in a student's career. Improving their language and intercultural skills is always well appreciated when it comes to search for a job. However, doing an internship really makes the difference. Students who decide to devote extra time to learn through experience in the field of their interest, find their reward shortly after they return home. This semester two of the Liberal Arts students are taking the CIEE internship course working at two interesting sites. One student is working in the laboratory of a hospital where she can learn about Biochesmistry as she wants to have a career in this field. The other one is working in the English Department of a school, helping teachers with their classes and developing her skills for her future job as a teacher in the U.S.. Undoubtedly, they are making the most of their Study Abroad experience in Madrid.
NEW FACILITIES AT UC3M
This semester, the host institution has inaugurated its new building which houses postgraduate programs as well as the new Humanities Library. This building is a beautiful piece of architecture which has taken good care of materials and spaces for students' comfort. The building counts with an extraordinary use of natural light, open spaces to study, classrooms, a media library, and the screening room which was inaugurated this month with a CIEE sponsored activity.
The new building also holds a beautiful treasure: the room for old books where students can consult books from the 15th century in a space that invites to the intellectual retreat.
One of the old accesses to Toledo's city wall
Location of Madrid in the center of the country is perfect when it comes to explore other cities and expose students to History. Toledo and Segovia where two destinations the Liberal Arts group learned about the Spanish past and all the political, religious and social conflicts that constitutes what Spain is today. Visiting old synagogues and mosques, learning about the Roman legacy in the Peninsula, admiring the works of art masters such as El Greco, walking around the rooms where Queen Isabella took important decisions are some examples of the privileges students participating in the LA Program. These day trips bring the knowledge of History to an easy reach for students.
The Roman aqueduct in Segovia: an amazing engineering construction from the 1st century
MEET & TALK: MAKING SPANISH FRIENDS
Every semester, CIEE, in collaboration with the UC3M Language Department, organizes an event to help American students meet local peers. This year we called it "Meet & Talk" and consisted in an "intercambio" where our students were introduced to a group of Spaniards studying at UC3M. Through a series of fun activities they broke the ice and were able to find people with similar interests who can become good friends during the semester helping our students to profit their experience in Madrid even more.