Revista Sacai - A Student Publication Online
Sacai is the online student created publication of a virtual magazine related to Spain, the
city of Seville and the study abroad experience. The word sacai
is a Caló word that
means "eye". Caló is the traditional language of Spanish gypsies,
though many of the words have been absorbed by Castillian.
The publication is the primary work of the Seville semester course, SPAN 326 Digital Storytelling taught by Prof. Dr. Diego Ross
and offered in both the Spring and Fall. Each student or pair of
students chooses a topic around which they post content. Topics include
the following: healthy eating, the people of Seville, Andalucian
architecture, the Expressive Arts, Bullfighting and more.
The publications are always from a student-centered perspective. Prof.
Ross writes "Las decisiones las tomamos como grupo-- celebramos breves
asambleas editoriales en las que todos tenemos voz y voto." (The
decisions are made by the group, we hold editorial meetings in which we
all have a voice and vote.) Students create audiovisual journal entries
which including blogs with additional creative writing, podcasts,
digital video and photography, all produced by students interested in
participating in the project.
While at NYU Ms. Blumenfeld received a research grant to study gender roles in flamenco while studying abroad in Seville, Spain during the fall of 2010 with Spanish Studies Abroad. She writes, "What I miss more than anything (other than the flamenco) is the
streets--in the city center they wind around like a maze, and among the
cobble stones are many blossoming orange trees." Now, as a recipient of a Fulbright grant she has returned to Sevilla to study flamenco and as she says "create my own performances and express myself even more profoundly in this unique and beautiful art form."
Why did you choose Seville?
"There are dozens of reasons why I have chosen Sevilla to study rather than another city in Spain. Sevilla has many flamenco studios where some of the best dancers in the world teach. I particularly want to study with Andrés Marín, and his studio happens to be in Sevilla...I also personally just feel very at home in the city, maybe because it has about the same population as Albuquerque, or maybe it's just a very charming place."
All students have completed their Intensive
Language period and have begun their coursework in the Continuation
Period. They have signed the Spanish Only Policy, and with the guidance
of their Resident Directors, are navigating their way through immersion
and meeting with their Spanish Speaking partners. They may even begin
to feel more like a local or start to experience culture shock.
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Spanish Studies Abroad makes the location Barcelona different than other providers. As in all our locations, Barcelona has a Resident Director whom encourages students to integrate into the local culture. We foster language and cultural immersion through housing with a local family, Spanish Speaking partners, a required Spanish language course, a Spanish only policy and an optional Cultural Realities course.
While studying with Spanish Studies Abroad, students attend courses at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF). Centrally located in the heart of
Barcelona, UPF is a modern day university with a fantastic array of
courses. Areas of study include: Spanish Language, Hispanic and European Studies, Legal Studies, ELISAVA school of design, International Business, as well as the Humanities.
Admission decisions are made on a rolling
basis. Spanish Studies recommends that you apply as early as possible to
allow more time for pre-departure arrangements, such as applying for a
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Alumni Voice: A Return to Seville, Spain After 10 Years
by, Mark Domanski
A decade after I had studied at the CCCS, I returned to Sevilla. Now married, I wanted to show my wife, Monika, the city and culture that had made a lasting impression on me.
It was easy to find our way around: The cathedral had not moved. Plaza Nuevo was exactly where I remembered it.
Mark and his wife, Monika in front of the
Cathedral of Seville
But things were different. A book fair had replaced the previously noisy bus station at Plaza Nuevo. A new light rail line had been built.
My Spanish was certainly better – my semester at CCCS had become a linguistic foundation, which I was able to build on over the years. Professionally, I now use Spanish almost every day.
My wife and I fell in love with an orange dessert wine, which we discovered in Barrio Santa Cruz. We planned to buy a bottle later in our trip…but we could never find it sold anywhere ever again! I did find the old pastry shop by “the center” – which I frequented as a student. I ordered my favorite pastry from a decade prior.
Later we visited La Carbonería. I remember going this quant flamenco bar on one of my first, and last, nights as a student in Seville. As before, the atmosphere was rustic and the music was authentic. This time I noticed something, which wasn’t so obvious to me ten years ago. There were many exchange students at La Carbonería! I struck up a conversation and nostalgically told them, “Sevilla, es una maravilla.”
-Mark Domanski, M.D., is a fellow in plastic surgery at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.
July 2013 Te echo de menos. We miss you. For the first time ever Spanish Studies Abroad (CC-CS as you
may know us!) is offering an Alumni Reunion program for former students
and their friends and families in Seville, Spain. This program is
specifically designed to give former CC-CS students a glimpse into
their past experiences abroad. If you remember your time in Seville with
CC-CS fondly and wish to re-trace your footsteps, we urge you to
consider attending this special trip. Meet the new staff and remember
the old, have lunch with your professors and dinner with your
host-family, experience excursions you took and then revel in new ones! More...
Alumni Voice:A Day in the Life in Córdoba, Argentina
by Matt Meli & Adam Spector
Matt Meli (Siena College - NY) and Adam Spector (Ithaca College - NY) filmed and created a 6 minute short about the day in the life of a Spanish Studies Abroad Student in Córdoba, Argentina. Experience Matt's daily routine as he takes us through a typical day in Córdoba. You will experience an Argentine greeting, drink mate, take a peek into Matt’s economics class, and catch a glimpse of his homestay.
We are continually expanding our customized programming for faculty-led
groups, and encourage institutions of any type to take advantage of our
specialized attention and superior quality to help you plan a program in Spain or Argentina. Visit Customized Programs today for endless possibilities.
What makes us stand out among other providers? Our courses are tailor designed.
Summer Term in SEVILLE, SPAIN
SPAN 312M: Foundations of Spanish Culture (3-credits)
This course focuses on the historical and cultural development of Spain
today, from its foundations into the 21st century. Students study Roman
colonization and Moorish conquest, through the passage from the
dictatorship of Franco to today's democracy. Using the unique resources
of Seville and her surroundings, students experience Spain's past and
present in music, art, architecture, and popular cultural expression,
including flamenco and film. Multiple excursions throughout Seville
illustrate the topics and themes discussed in class.
course is offered for 4 credits in both J-Term and Summer Terms 1 & 2.
Semester Term in SEVILLE, SPAIN
Spanish for Heritage Speakers (45 contact hours, 3 credits) This intensive language course is intended for students who grew up
listening to and speaking Spanish in their homes, but without receiving
formal training in the language. Course includes a review of complex
grammar structures, spelling and punctuation, with a special emphasis on
reading and writing skills.
LTC 490G* Culture of Spanish Cuisine (15 hours, 1 credits)
In this introductory cooking course students learn the basics of traditional cuisine of Seville.
Semester Term in
Argentine Popular Culture (15 hours, 1 credits)
Explore Argentine culture through cuisines, dance, horseback riding, and cultural visits.
*LTC courses carry additional fees.
Upcoming Group Site Visit: Three locations in Spain
Where: Seville, Alicante and Barcelona When: March 3 - 9, 2013