What’s the best way to gain an understanding of how culture impacts the business environment? Study it in two cultural and business centers: Seville and Rabat! This January, spend two weeks in the capital of Andalusia, and then travel to Morocco’s capital for a week. Besides gaining real-world business experience, you’ll improve your cultural effectiveness through international activities, develop awareness of the impact of national cultures on business, and discover your own cultural preferences in the process.
Study abroad in Seville and Rabat and you’ll:
- Develop a cross-cultural approach to communication management and learn about Spanish, European, Moroccan, Arab, and African management communication styles
- Acquire new intercultural communication competence skills that will help you better adapt to international organizational environment
- Understand the influence of local culture on management communication in Spanish and Moroccan organizations
- Identify and evaluate the impact of globalization on organizational communication in Spain and Morocco
Scholarships & Grants
Scholarships & Grants
We want as many students as possible to benefit from studying abroad. That’s why CIEE awards more than $5 million every year – more than any other international educational organization – to make study abroad affordable.
Applicants to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:
To be considered, simply check the “Scholarships and Grants” box on your program application.
The CIEE Difference
The CIEE Difference
Excursions and Cultural Activities
See how businesses run in the real world by visiting prominent local and international companies and talking with international business leaders. You might visit Xtraice, the leader at the national and international levels in production and sales of ecological ice rinks; take a trip to Basilippo Olive Oil Cultural Centre. Plus, you’ll visit sites of cultural and historical importance like the Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba in Spain and the old medina in the cities of Fez or Meknes in Morocco.
Study business in a truly international setting. During your time in both Europe and Africa, you’ll address the concept of management from an international and intercultural perspective. You’ll learn the importance of taking cultural aspects into account when making important managerial decisions. Special emphasis will be placed on different cultural theories, protocol, ethics, and international negotiations.
Dates, Deadlines & Fees
Dates, Deadlines & Fees
We want to make sure you get the most out of your experience when you study abroad with CIEE, which is why we offer the most inclusions in our fees.
- Tuition and housing
- Pre-departure advising and optional on-site airport meet and greet
- Full-time program leadership and support
- Field trips and cultural activities
- CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits
Please note, program dates are subject to change. Please contact your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor before purchasing airfare. Click the
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January 2017 (3 wks)
Program Date Notes
In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
Educational Costs **
This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.
Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.
** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students
*** includes all Meals
Estimated Additional Costs
International Airfare *
The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.
* round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure; note that students will require a multi-destination ticket
Recommended credit is 3.0 semester/4.5 quarter hours.
Students participating in this study abroad program will be required to take the CIEE course, International Business Culture.
About the City
About The City
Seville, the capital of Spain’s Andalusia region, is a unique city that manages to preserve its past while offering all the conveniences of a modern commercial hub. It’s the birthplace of the great Renaissance painter Velazquez and the city from which Ferdinand and Isabella ruled Spain in the late 15th century. Don Juan supposedly started in Seville on his quest to conquer the hearts of women all over Europe! Seville was one of the last footholds of the Moorish empire that ruled the Iberian Peninsula. It is the setting of plenty of ingenious operas like, The Barber of Seville, Carmen and Figaro.
Rabat, Morocco’s capital and second-largest city, has a population of 3,000,000. Rabat hosts Morocco’s most prestigious universities, as well as many international governmental and non-governmental institutions such as UNESCO and the World Bank. The city is both modern and traditional, providing a wide range of opportunities for students to experience its culture through art exhibits, music, and theater. Central Rabat has a modern infrastructure with large office buildings, palm tree-lined boulevards, cafés, restaurants, and shopping centers.
Meet The Staff
Meet The Staff
Bicultural and multilingual, Madiha DeRosa has worked with both American and Moroccan university student and faculty groups. She brings a strong background in student services, teaching, and intercultural project coordination to her position as resident director. Madiha received her master’s degree in international education and development from George Washington University and her bachelor’s degree in international relations from Boston University.
A longtime symbol of tolerance, Morocco established a precedence of openness and cooperation to the Western world when it became the first country to recognize the United States in 1777. As a strategic gateway between Europe, Africa, and the Arab world, Morocco has a rich identity forged by a complicated history of cross-cultural interactions. The result is a multicultural and multilingual society full of contrasts and harmony. These differences and harmonies are highlighted throughout the program and lie at the heart of the student experience. Through cultural excursions to places such as the Sahara Desert, Atlas Mountains, and Atlantic and Mediterranean coast, students are also exposed to Morocco’s geographical diversity, experiencing firsthand how the locals make use of the landscape in their everyday lives.
Morocco is continually looking for ways to preserve its traditions while acclimatizing to the rapid growth and progress that the nation is experiencing. Students find themselves at the center of these dynamic forces as Morocco aspires to become a model and leader for the other countries in its region. Our program not only provides a multitude of opportunities for the exploration and the discovery of these issues, but it also offers the perfect setting by which students can reflect upon the diversity that they encounter at every turn.
-- Madiha DeRosa, Resident Director“”
Jaime Ramírez, a native Sevillian, earned his bachelor's degree from the Universidad de Seville in business administration and MBA. at the Instituto Internacional San Telmo. Jaime participated in CIEE´s Internship USA, working for four months at the CIEE headquarters in Portland, Maine. He has also participated in several professional development staff exchanges with Georgetown University and the University of Colorado at Boulder. Jaime has been with CIEE since 2004 and is currently pursuing doctoral studies in work and organizational psychology.
Estudiar en España te permitirá disfrutar de una experiencia personal, profesional y cultural que nunca olvidarás. Al conocer España, su idioma y su cultura desarrollarás una nueva perspectiva y un nuevo punto de vista sobre tu propio país. Esta nueva perspectiva te beneficiará a lo largo de tu carrera profesional. Nosotros estamos aquí para facilitar tu integración e introducirte a conceptos de negocios y economía en España. No te será difícil integrarte ya que los sevillanos son amables y abiertos. Con el programa de Business & Society, podrás diseñar tu propia experiencia, mediante una combinación de cursos de empresariales de CIEE, cursos universitarios, programa de Intercambios y programa de prácticas en empresas.
— Jamie Ramírez, CIEE Seville Director “”
Antonio Romero coordinates the Business and Society program’s summer internship at CIEE Study Center in Seville. He is in charge of networking with local companies to offer internships to our students. Originally from the beautiful Sanlúcar de Barrameda, a coastal town in the South of Spain in the province of Cádiz, he moved to Seville to study business administration at Universidad de Sevilla. Antonio spent six months working at CIEE´s headquarters in Portland, Maine (USA), where he had the best personal and professional experience of his life thus far!
Where You'll Study
Where You'll Study
CIEE Study Center in Seville, Spain
The CIEE Study Center is located in a beautifully renovated Sevillian palace built in 1725. It is centrally located, close to the Puerta de la Carne, and is a 10-minute walk from the main Universidad de Seville building (Old Royal Tobacco Factory). Housed in the CIEE Study Center are classrooms, a computer room, student services, and administration. CIEE professors also have offices in the Study Center, so that students may speak with them privately about issues related to their progress in class.
CIEE Study Center in Rabat
Centrally located in downtown Rabat, in the Agdal neighborhood, with easy access to public transportation, the CIEE Study Center is independently set up to cater to our students. Faculty and language instructors from a selection of prominent institutions in Rabat come to teach at the CIEE Center.
Housing & Meals
Housing & Meals
Study abroad students live in Spanish/Moroccan homes, where all meals are provided in addition to weekly laundry services. All homestays are conveniently located to provide easy access to CIEE Study Centers in Seville and Rabat. However, given the size of these two cities, students may either walk or take public transportation to class and cultural activities. All homestays have Internet access.
You'll begin your study abroad experience before leaving home by participating in a CIEE online pre-departure orientation. The resident directors meet with students online and share information about the program and sites, highlighting issues that alumni have said are important, and giving you time to ask questions. The online orientation allows you to connect with others in the group, reflect on what you want to get out of the program, and learn what others in the group would like to accomplish. CIEE’s aim for the pre-departure orientation is simple: to help you understand more about the program and identify your goals.
A two-day, on-site, intensive orientation, conducted at the beginning of the program, introduces students to the country, culture, and the academic program, as well as provides practical information about living in Spain and, in particular, Seville. Topics include safety, Spanish culture, and cultural adaptation.
Orientation includes both structured cultural activities and independent sightseeing, with ongoing support provided on an individual and group basis throughout the session.
A special orientation will also take place prior to departure to Rabat, Morocco, and on site as well, to help study abroad students learn about their new host city.
CIEE students can use the Wi-Fi at the CIEE Study Centers. Homestays also have Internet access. Students are encouraged to bring wireless-enabled laptops.
This program meets for three hours a day, Monday through Friday, for three weeks. The academic calendar includes dates for academic and cultural excursions which complement class lectures. These hands-on learning experiences contribute greatly to the student’s experience abroad. Instruction is interactive and dynamic. Many lectures take place outside the classroom, so that students feel a part of the fascinating culture they are studying. Students will spend approximately two weeks in Seville, Spain, and one week in Rabat, Morocco.
Throughout the session, students participate in exercises designed to improve students’ intercultural communication and competence while studying abroad by considering how Spaniards/Moroccans are different from and similar to themselves and others. Students will have opportunities, both in and outside the classroom, to develop insights and the skills necessary to interact effectively and appropriately, and to gain a better understanding and appreciation of the cultural richness of other countries.
CIEE classes are taught at the CIEE Study Centers and are designed to follow U.S. academic culture. There are rarely more than 15 students per classroom. Academic and cultural activities will be planned every day, morning and afternoon.
Students will be required to participate in team presentations of case studies/articles as part of their participation grade. Students are also expected to actively contribute to the class discussion based on the readings.
During the session, students will write two field study papers based on visits to Spanish, Moroccan, and international companies functioning in Spain and Morocco. These two field studies are intended to give you firsthand information regarding the managerial styles and challenges of (a) Spanish/Moroccan businesses and (b) international business in Seville or Rabat.
Nature of Classes
The course is for CIEE students only.
Although language is not one of the subject areas of this program and there is no language requirement, resident staff will encourage students with working knowledge of Spanish, French, and Arabic to use their language skills in everyday settings.
In CIEE courses, students are graded on the basis of class participation, exams, papers, oral presentations, and study projects. Grades are given on a 10-point scale and converted to the U.S. grading scale.
Language of Instruction
Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment.
CIEE Study Center Syllabi
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BUSI 3001 SEVW
International Business Culture
Language of Instruction: English
This class is designed for Business and Communication majors with an interest in working in an international setting. The goal of the class is to provide an introduction to the primary concepts of management in an international and intercultural perspective. Through lectures, classes at locations relevant to the coursework, reading, and active student participation, students will learn the importance of taking cultural aspects into account when making important managerial decisions. Throughout the class, students will understand the importance of how one´s own cultural perspective affects perceptions and reality in the world of international business. Special emphasis will be placed on different cultural theories, protocol, ethics, and international negotiations. Prerequisites: none, but course is designed for students majoring/minoring in business or a related discipline. Recommended credit: 3.0 semester/4.5 quarter hours. Contact hours: 45.