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10/08/2013

CIEE Alcalá de Henares LA study abroad FALL 2013 Newsletter 4.

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Last October 4-6 CIEE Alcalá Fall 2013 group went to Seville. It was our second 3 days field trip, and it was amazing.
We went  by speed train called AVE. From Madrid to Seville just 2 hours and a half. 
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Ángel de Quinta, a CIEE Seville Art and History professor, helped us on Friday and Saturday when we visited the city.
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We visited different nice parts of the city. It was a walking tour on Friday and  "Reales Alcázares" palace visit on Saturday morning until 14:00pm. 
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On Sunday morning we went to "Parque Mª Luisa" and !Plaza de España".
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But after a trip so interesting, the best thing was hearing my students when we were arriving to Alcala: "We're home"!!!!!
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CIEE Alcalá de Henares LA study abroad FALL 2013. MIYA KANE (NOTRE DAME OF MARYLAND UNIVERSITY): MY PROFESSORS.

Entrevisté a mis profesores del instituto para conocerles  mejor.  Todos de mis profesores son muy amables y quisieron ayudarme.  ¡Las respuestas son interesantes, disfruta!

 

Cristina Blanco 

CIEE Gramática Avanzada

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1. ¿Qué estudió en la universidad?

 Estudié dos carreras: primero Filología Hispánica y luego Educación Infantil en la Universidad de Alcalá. Además hice un Máster de Enseñanza de Español para Extranjeros, e hice los cursos de doctorado, pero no la tesis.

 

2. ¿Qué es lo que más se gusta de Alcalá?

 La tranquilidad, la seguridad, lo antigua que es, pero al mismo tiempo que tiene de todo: cines, teatros, centros comerciales, restaurantes, bares, instalaciones deportivas, piscinas, etc.

3. ¿Qué hace para divertirse?

 Normalmente me gusta estar con mi marido, visitar a mis padres, salir a cenar, pasear y cuidar de mi jardín.  Leo muchísimo también y las series de T.V.

 4. ¿Si no fuera un profesor que sería?

 Es difícil decir, me encanta mi trabajo de directora de CIEE y de profesora; no sé, tal vez periodista o escritora.

 

5. ¿Por favor, dígame algo interesante sobre usted?

Soy muy aficionada al Real Madrid, no sé cocinar  y me da miedo volar en avión, pero me encanta conocer ciudades y países nuevos.  Odio el tabaco, no como carne, me encanta hacer fotos…uff…tantas cosas.

 

 

Ana Rodríguez 

Fonética y español oral

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1. ¿Qué estudió en la universidad?

Estudié Filología Hispánica en la Universidad de Granada, un Máster de Enseñanza del Español como lengua Extranjera en la Universidad de Alcalá y ahora estoy haciendo la tesis doctoral sobre Cervantes también en la Universidad de Alcalá.

 2. ¿Qué es lo que más se gusta de Alcalá?

Lo que más me gusta de Alcalá es el casco antiguo, la historia que tiene, pasear por sus calles y edificios de los siglos XVI y XVII.

 3. ¿Qué hace para divertirse?

Me gusta pasear por lugares históricos, hacer actividades culturales en Alcalá o en Madrid, salir de tapas y bailar.

 4. ¿Si no fuera una profesora que sería?

 Si no fuera profesora me gustaría tener mi propia librería. Me gusta estar rodeada de libros y hablar de ellos con otras personas. Ahora no tengo tiempo, pero antes asistía a un club de lectura.

 

5. ¿Por favor, dígame algo interesante sobre usted?

La gente dice que soy muy buena cocinera. Me gusta cocinar la comida típica española. No soy muy innovadora con las comidas, pero intento esmerarme con la cocina tradicional.

 

Carlos Herrero Martínez 

La dimensión global del fútbol en Europa

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1. ¿Qué ha estudiado en la universidad?

 Estudié Historia en la Universidad de Alcalá, especialidad en Historia Medieval.

 

2. ¿Qué es lo que más le gusta de Alcalá?

 Me encanta Alcalá. Es una ciudad grande y pequeña al mismo tiempo, me gusta como combina las necesidades de una gran ciudad con la tranquilidad de una capital de provincias. Además, en Alcalá puedes pasear por lugares que tienen más de quinientos años de Historia y sentirte tranquilo, cómodo porque es una ciudad acogedora y llena del calor de la gente

 

3. ¿Qué hace para divertirse?

 Me gusta leer, ir al cine del Cineclub, salir y conversar con los amigos tomando una tapas por Alcalá o viendo un partido de fútbol.

 

4. ¿Si no fuera un profesor que sería?

 Escribiría más, me gustaría trabajar en el mundo editorial o tener una librería.

 5. ¿Por favor, dígame algo interesante sobre usted?

 Escribo con letra muy pequeñita y me gusta todo lo que sea “vintage”, los discos de vinilo, las máquinas de escribir antiguas, el cine de los 60, etc... Algunos amigos dicen que soy un hipster.

 

Iulia Marcela Vescan

España en Imágenes: La sociedad española a través del cine

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  1. ¿Qué estudió en la universidad?

Soy licenciada en Filología Inglesa en la Universidad de Alcalá e hice un curso de experto universitario en Traducción e Interpretación en los Servicios Públicos. Posteriormente, cursé el Máster en Estudios Norteamericanos y actualmente estoy trabajando en mi Tesis Doctoral en el área de la Educación Bilingüe.

 

  1. ¿Qué es lo que más se gusta de Alcalá?

Lo que más me gusta de Alcalá es que es una ciudad en la que puedes disfrutar de muchas actividades culturales durante el año y su casco antiguo acoge numerosos edificios históricos, hecho que la ha convertido en una ciudad Patrimonio de la Humanidad desde 1998. También me gusta el hecho de que es una ciudad tranquila y familiar en la que puedes charlar con mucha gente a la que acabas conociendo, dado a que es una ciudad pequeña.  Lo que tiene a su favor es que está muy cerca y tiene muy buena comunicación a través de los transportes públicos con Madrid capital. Además me gusta que se pueda llegar caminando a todas partes y no hace falta coger el coche.

 

  1. ¿Qué hace para divertirse?

Para divertirme, disfruto de actividades culturales por Alcalá o Madrid capital como leer, ir al teatro, a la ópera, a bailar o bien practico deportes los fines de semana como submarinismo, senderismo, esquí, tiro con arco, paintball o montar en bici o a caballo. Me encanta alternar entre actividades culturales y actividades al aire libre.

  1. ¿Si no fuera una profesora que sería?

Creo que si no fuera profesora sería traductora o intérprete ya que es mi segunda profesión, aunque me encanta la docencia y por eso voy a seguir enseñando. Me siento muy afortunada ya que tengo el privilegio de trabajar en lo que más me gusta.  

  1. ¿Por favor, dígame algo interesante sobre usted?

Soy muy aventurera y me encantan los deportes de riesgo, sobre todo el esquí y el submarinismo.

 

 

I interviewed my teachers from the institute to get to know them better.  All of my teachers are very nice and helpful.  The responses are interesting, enjoy!

 

Cristina Blanco

CIEE Grammar

 

  1. What did you study in college?

 

I studied two careers: fist Hispanic Philology and then Early Childhood Education.  Additionally I have a Master’s in Teaching Spanish for Foreigners.

 

  1. What do you like most about Alcalá?

 

The tranquility, the safeness, how old it is, but at the same time that it has everything: movies, theaters, malls, restaurants, bars, sports facilities, pools, etc.

 

  1. What do you do for fun?

Normally I like to be with my husband, visit my parents, go out for dinner, take care of and walk around my garden.  Also, I read a lot and I like T.V. series.

 

  1. If you were not a professor what would you be?

It is difficult to say, I love my job as director of Ciee and professor: I don’t know, maybe a journalist or writer.

 

  1. Please tell me something interesting about yourself.

I am a very big fan of Real Madrid, I don’t know how to cook and I am afraid to fly in a plane, but I love to get to know new cities and countries.  I hate tobacco, I don’t eat meat, I love to take photos…so many things.

 

Ana Rodríguez

Phonetics and Oral Spanish

 

  1. What did you study in college?

I studied Hispanic Philology in the University of Granada, a Master’s in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language from the University of Alcalá, and now I am also doing a doctoral thesis about Cervantes at the University of Alcalá

 

  1. What do you like most about Alcalá?

The thing I like most about Alcalá is the history that it has; to walk through its streets and buildings from the centuries XVI and XVII.

 

  1. What do you do for fun?

 

I like to walk through historical places, to do cultural activities in Alcalá or in Madrid; go out for tapas and dancing.

 

  1. If you were not a professor what would you be?

 

If I was not a professor I would like to have my own bookstore.  I like to be surrounded by books and to talk with other people.  Now I don’t have time, but before I assisted in a literature club.

 

  1. Please tell me something interesting about yourself.

 

People say that I am a very good cook. I like to cook typical Spanish food.  I am not very innovative with the meals, but I attempt to brighten up the traditional food.

 

Carlos Herrero Martínez

The Global Dimension of Soccer in Europe

 

  1. What did you study in college?

 

I studied History at the University of Alcalá, specializing in Medieval History.

 

  1. What do you like most about Alcalá?

 

I love Alcalá.  It is a big and small city at the same time, I like how it combines the needs of a big city with the tranquility of a provincial capital.  Additionally, in Alcalá you can walk through places that have more than 500 years of history and you feel calm and comfortable because it is a welcoming city that is full of the warmth of the people.

 

  1. What do you do for fun?

 

I like to read, go to the movies in the Cineclub, go out and talk with my friends while having tapas in Alcalá or watching a soccer game.

 

  1. If you were not a professor what would you be?

 

I would write more, I would like to work in the editorial world or have bookstore.

 

  1. Please tell me something interesting about yourself.

 

I write with very small letters and I like everything that is “vintage,” vinyl disks, typewriters, movies from the 60’s etc… Some of my friends say that I am a hipster.

 

 

 

 

Lulia Marcela Vescan

Spain in Images: The Spanish Society through Film

  1. What did you study in college?

 

I am a graduate of English Philology from the University of Alcalá and I took an advance university course in translation and interpretation in Public Service.  Subsequently I have a master in North American Studies and I am actually working on my doctoral thesis in the area of Bilingual Education.

 

  1. What do you like most about Alcalá?

 

The thing that I like most about Alcalá is that is a city where you can have fun with many cultural activities during the year, the old town hosts numerous historical buildings, and the fact that it has been a World Heritage city since 1998.  Also, I like the fact that is a tranquil and familiar city where you can talk with many people and get to know them, since it is small town.  What it has in its favor is that it is very close and has very good communication via the public transportation with the capital, Madrid.  Additionally, I like that you walk everywhere and do not need a car.

 

  1. What do you do for fun?

 

For fun, I enjoy cultural activities in Alcalá or Madrid city, to read, go to the theater, the opera, or dancing.  I play sports on the weekends like scuba diving, hiking, skiing, archery, paintball, ride a bike, or horseback riding.  I love to switch between cultural activities and outdoor activities.

 

  1. If you were not a professor what would you be?

 

I think that if I were not a professor I would be a translator or interpreter as my second profession.  Although, I love teaching and that is why I will continue to teach.  I feel very fortunate that I have the privileged to work in what I like.

 

  1. Please tell me something interesting about yourself.

 

I am very adventurous and I love risky sports, especially skiing and scuba diving.

 

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09/24/2013

CIEE Alcalá de Henares LA study abroad FALL 2013 Newsletter 3.

 

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We all went together to Valencia from the 20th to the 22nd, which is a successful trip because of the good weather and the beach. But, let’s not forget our cultural walking tours through the old part of the city. 

We went by AVE (Spanish speed train) to Valencia.

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Our hotel was amazing: good rooms and very good breakfast.

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We visited the old part of Valencia and also the new area called "Ciudad de las Artes y de las ciencias".

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But I really think that the favourite place for the students was the Oceanographic.

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It was an amazing week end. The students tried paella and horchata. 

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We enjoyed this first field trip.

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09/17/2013

CIEE Alcalá de Henares LA study abroad FALL 2013. LANCE ROSINA (URSINUS COLLEGE): HIS SPANISH FAMILY.

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Mi familia de España.  Me cae bien toda mi familia.  En España, tengo una familia con la que puedo hablar, comer y vivir.  Mi primer día en España, tenía miedo, pero después de la primera cena, supe que tenía mucha suerte con mi familia.  ¿Quién es mi familia?  Dani, Elena, Claudia y Javier.  Hablaré un poco  de todos ellos…

Dani:  Dani es moreno, alto.  Su personalidad es muy relaja y divertida.  No es difícil hablar con Dani.  Hablamos durante horas sobre todo tipo de cosas, por ejemplo, política, negocios o cosas diferentes en España y los Estados Unidos.  Dani sabe muchas palabras en inglés y si tengo problemas con un palabra en español, el me ayuda.

Elena: Elena es morena, guapa ¡y siempre tiene frio!  Su personalidad tiene mucha vida.  Hablamos sobre muchas cosas, especialmente de mi familia.  Elena quiere conocer mucho de mi familia, y la relación que tengo con todos ellos.  ¡Elena es una cocinera fantástica!  ¡Las mejores cocineras que conozco son mi madre en España, y mi madre en los Estados Unidos, soy una persona  con mucha suerte!

Claudia: Claudia es morena y tiene diez años.  ¡Le encanta hablar!  ¡Mi primer día, tuve medio porque no entendí todo que decía, pero ahora, cuando ella vuelve de colegio, hablamos durante mucho tiempo!  ¡Claudia fue a los Estados Unidos durante el verano, y a veces, ella me habla en inglés para practicar!

Javier: Javier tiene ocho años y también es moreno.  Tiene mucha energía, hablamos mucho y jugamos a muchos juegos.  A Javier le encantan los videojuegos en la Wii, en mi iPhone, pero especialmente Minecraft.  Javier me enseñó sus videojuegos y las cosas que podía hacer en ellos.  ¡A veces jugamos juntos a juegos en la Wii, pero él es mucho mejor jugador que yo!

 

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My Spanish Family.  I get along with my Spanish family very well.  In Spain, I have a family that I can talk, eat and live with.  My first day in Spain, I was scared, but after the first diner, I knew that I was very luck with my family.  Who is my family?  I will talk a little bit more about them…

Dani- Dani has brown hair and is tall.  His personality is very relaxed and fun.  It is not difficult to talk to Dani.  We talk for hours about all kinds of things, for example, politics, business, or things that are different between Spain and the United States.  Dani knows a lot of words in English, and if I have problems with a word in Spanish, he helps me.

Elena- Elena has brown hair, is pretty, and is always cold!  Her personality is full of life.  We talk about many things, especially my family.  Elena wants to know many things about my family, and the relation that I have with them all.  Elena is a great cook! The best cooks that I know are my Spanish mother, and my American mother, I am a very lucky person!

Claudia- Claudia has brown hair and is ten years old.  She loves to talk!  My first day, I was scared because I did not understand everything that she said, but now, when she returns from school, we talk for a long time!  Claudia went to the United States during the summer, and sometimes, she speaks to me in English to practice!

Javier- Javier is eight years old and also has brown hair.  He has a lot of energy; we talk all the time and play a lot of video games!  Javier loves videogames on the Wii, my iPhone, but especially Mine craft.  Javier showed me all his videogames, and the things that you can do in all of them.  Sometimes we play videogames together on the Wii, but he is a much better player than I am!

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09/16/2013

CIEE Alcalá de Henares LA study abroad FALL 2013 Newsletter 2.

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Last Friday September 7th 2013 we went to Madrid down town. We enjoy the city and the weather.  The students could learn the public transportation system with their B3 orange cards.

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Now you can have a look at the pictures.

 

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09/05/2013

CIEE Alcalá de Henares- LA program- Study abroad newsletter 1- FALL 2013.

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Like every September, here is our first letter of salutation. I was with the group at all times to support them and help them at orientation, and also we had the help of Beatriz Jiménez (IBF professor of Latin American Literature).

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Almost all the students arrived without incident, but one of the students flight –our male student- was delayed and the fight company lost his suitcases in Brussels, which made us a little bit unhappy.

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Very tired, and with sleepy expressions, the female students and I went to eat together before their first big nap in Spain, something they needed very, very much. Then, the male student arrived to the orientation hotel.

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At last, all the students and I had a nice dinner in the hotel restaurant.

 

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Orientation on the second day was very calm and productive, the students paid close attention in all of the sessions regarding: safety, course registration, rules on the trips, housing, computer use, cultural differences, semester objectives, trips, courses, etc.

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But we think that the most exciting moment for everyone was meeting the host families and roommates at the residencies.

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 We have done many things to get to know the city and the Spanish people better.  We went to Cervantes Square, the House of Cervantes, the cathedral, we saw the buildings of the University of Alcalá, the Alcalá Central Market, the main street, and we went to a supermarket.

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Classes began on Thursday, September 5th in the Instituto Benjamin Franklin. During this day they had a chance to visit all of the classes that they wanted, but several classes were cancelled because there were fewer than 5 students.

  And on Friday 6th we are going on our first outing to Madrid.  We´ll show that to you all soon...

 

 

07/08/2013

CIEE ALCALÁ- SUMMER 2013 (SESSION 2): SECOND NEWS LETTER.

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Classes began on Monday, July 1ST in the Instituto Benjamin Franklin. 

Many things have happened during the first week of July.  With the Instituto Benjamin Franklin activities the CIEE students have been able to go to "Barrio de las Letras in Madrid" (it is a nice neibourghood where some famous writers lived centuries ago as Cervantes and Lope de Vega) and Soria in Castilla-León.
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 We should not forget some of the individual trips that the students have taken. One of them was Pamplona on July 7th in order to see some of the running of the bulls in San Fermín.  The CIEE staff spoke seriously with the group in order to tell them that they should not run with the bulls but rather watch from behind the barriers.
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While others went  Madrid´s Gay Parade.
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Stay tune, please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

07/01/2013

CIEE ALCALÁ- SUMMER 2013 (SESSION 2): FIRST NEWS LETTER.

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Our Summer orientation for Session 2 began on Friday, June 28 at the Hotel Campanile in Alcalá de Henares. After the airport pick-up in a private, air-conditioned bus, the group met in the hotel lobby. Some had some sleepy faces after their long flight and others were amazed at the fact that they were finally in Spain. 

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After introductions each student received a name tag and went for a welcome lunch in a local Spanish restaurant with CIEE staff. The menu included some typical dishes such as gazpacho soup or lentejas (lentil beans), but also more international style food such as pasta and steak. The best part was the dessert with a home-made flan that was popular with a lot of students. Students were given a break to take a siesta and met up again for a buffet-style dinner provided at the hotel.

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 On the second day of orientation, students ate breakfast at the hotel and then attended an orientation session that included interactive game simulation with safety issues such as pick-pocketing, misplaced cell phones, catcalls, etc.  Students laughed a lot acting out as if they were standing in a crowded metro train as another student (a former student who attended last summer 2013 session 1 CIEE Alcalá L& C program and this summer repeat with CIEE Alcalá) pretended to be the “bad” guy who steals someone´s wallet.  We showed students some ways on how to keep your wallet and belongings safe.

In addition, CIEE staff places a lot of emphasis on students using their common sense when going out to night clubs or bars and encourage students to use the buddy system. Nearly 80% of the student group are women so we also give attention to women´s safety issue in Alcala and makes sure that all the students understand what we mean by “common sense” through cultural explanations.

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 Students also completed a Spanish listening and grammar placement test and received their course registration forms. After receiving their host family information, housing rules, and a map to identify homestay location, students read their personalized letter from the host mother with a family picture. They also received a IBF nice T-shirt.

After lunch, the group went to purchase cellphones or SIM cards and had a bit of free time to buy other items such as beach towels, bathing suits, etc. Many students are planning to use the public swimming pools that are open during the summer in Alcala.

Afterwards, students waited for to meet their host families who came to pick them up at the hotel in their cars. Students had dinner with their new Spanish families and had time to meet all the family members.

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The next day, Sunday, all the students met at 10am at the Alcala train station. The host families accompanied them to the train station to ensure they would not get lost. Once everyone was together,  Fausto and I travelled with the group to Madrid.

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This train trip is to show students how easy it is to use public transport to get to Madrid city and once the group arrived at Atocha train station Fausto explained the historical architecture of the building and its French links to the Eiffel Tower. 

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The walking tour also passed the Museo Reina Sofia entrance where student received an explaination of El Guernica by Pablo Picasso. The tour also included a stop of the cultural center of La Caixa Forum with its hanging gardens, the Prado Museum with an explanation of the artistic legacy of the painter Francisco Goya, the botanical garden and its origins, the Church of San Jeronimo where students could see a family with their recently baptized baby in a long traditional veil, the Real Academia Española and the former Museo del Ejército and the Puerta de Alcalá.

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The day ended with a group lunch sponsored by CIEE at a local restaurant on the Gran Via. Afterwards, there were three different options: A/ Return to Alcalá (Eero went with the students who did not want to stay in Madrid to Atocha train station) B/ Students who opted to have free time in Madrid to explore the Parque Retiro or go shopping and walk around the city before returning home to Alcala and C/ Studens who opted to continue the Madrid walking tour.

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06/12/2013

CIEE-ALCALÁ- SUMMER 2013. ALCALÁ DE HENARES: "Spanish for health care professionals".

Today,  Wednesday June 12, 2013 our students went for the first time to the Hospital in Alcalá de Henares with their class "Spanish for health care professionals".  They are going to start their internship.

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Stay tune!!!!!!

06/10/2013

CIEE-ALCALÁ- SUMMER 2013. FIELD TRIP TO LA GRANJA AND SEGOVIA WITH IBF-UAH.

Last Friday June 7 some Summer 2013 (session 1) CIEE students and I went to La Granja and Segovia with IBF-UAH staff. The Benjamin Franklin Institute began the month of June with this  trip. All the students who attended are taking the course "Spanish Culture and Civilization" with professors Marta González and Beatriz Jimenez.

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