Dear study abroad colleagues and friends,
The CIEE Madrid program has started with a lot of zest. On a warm Monday morning, many of our students arrived at the Madrid-Barajas International Airport. The fall 2014 semester has started with many important new features to add more value to the CIEE program on Engineering and Society. The group was welcomed by the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid on campus where they were they held an official university orientation with staff.
The CIEE Spanish Student Network helped to meet and greet the recently arrived CIEE students at the airport. This local social network helps participants with their cultural and social integration. In their first activity, they shared some tapas and stories during the first encounter: our welcome reception. Together with their homestay hosts, CIEE students and staff joined in this welcome event in a local venue on the emblematic Gran Via of Madrid.
A LARGER STUDY CENTER LOCATED NEAR PLAZA SOL
Starting this semester, CIEE Madrid is proud to announce the inauguration of its new Study Center. This new facility is located in the heart of Madrid, just one block from Puerta del Sol, a very convenient location with free WiFi internet access for our group of students with a few steps to main public transportation lines, some Madrid historical sights and popular leisure places.
The new CIEE Madrid Study Center includes two fully-equiped classrooms and two spacious student lounges, where students can come to spend time together, work on their class projects, and study. The Study Center also has separate office and meeting space for each CIEE program, as well as an office for Student and Housing Services.
INTENSIVE SPANISH FOR SCIENCE STUDENTS
All the participants started their two-week intensive Spanish language course during the week of August 25. Students had class according to their level in the morning and had complimentary cultural activities in the afternoon, such as visits to local markets, archeology museum and visiting a traditional chocolate con churros restaurant.
ACADEMIC REGISTRATION AND TUTORING
This semester are taking various courses in the sciences. To assist students with their academic integration into the Spanish university system all CIEE students in the Engineering and Society program are assigned one tutor, for one-on-one individual tutoring. This extra academic support, in addition to the regular university office hours and online technical support, is helping students to stay on track with their workload and finding a good balance between class learning and cultural integration.
Students have registered for courses in computer science, biomedics, fysiology and anatomy, linear algebra, chemistry, industrial automation, environmental technology, computer networks, Spanish history, Spanish cultural studies and art history.
CITY BIKE TOUR IN MADRID
One of our more popular activities during orientation is the city bike tour. This is a way for CIEE participants to see a different part of their new environment. The Madrid local government has recently been promoting a more green city and encouraging citizens to use pre-paid city bikes. So, it is more common to see local Madrilenos ride on two-wheelers. The Student Network members helped our students navigate the different paths and show off some cool sigths.
NEW VICE RECTOR FOR INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AT LEGANES CAMPUS
Our host institution has appointed a well-known scholar with international experience to the post of vice rector for international relations at the Leganes campus. Professor Matilde Sánchez Fernández started her new role this past summer.
She earned her PhD in Telecommunications Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Madrid in 1996 and 2001 respectively. She joined the Carlos III University in 2000 where she is Associate Professor in the Department of Signal Theory and Communications. Previouslys he worked as a telecommunications engineer for Telefónica. She has completed research posts at the Telecommunication Technology Center at Kansas University ( 1998) , Bell -Labs , New Jersey (2003-2006) for Telecommunications Technology Centre of Catalonia, Barcelona (2007) and at Princeton University, New Jersey (2011). CIEE staff work closely with the Universidad Carlos III to ensure that students are registered for classes and monitor the student´s progress throughout the semester.
We are looking forward to a very fruitful semester in our new Study Center home.