There's More to Your Semester in Spain
Than Just Seville!
For many students, travel is a favorite component of study
abroad. And since Spain includes so many regions known for their
geography, climate, and culture, it’s impossible show semester
students “all” of Spain. We’ve selected trips based on their
educational and cultural importance while also including sites of
natural beauty; best of all, your entrance, transportation and
accommodation fees are included in your program fee!
Day excursion: Cordoba
Cordoba was once the capital of the Moorish kingdom of
Al-Andalus in Spain, and for some time, it was the most important
city in Europe. Undeniably, the must-see attraction in Cordoba is
the Great Mosque, or "Mezquita," which, after several centuries of
additions and enlargements, became one of the largest in all of
In addition to this unique mosque/cathedral, Cordoba's treasures
include the Alcazar, or fortress, built by the Christians in 1328;
the Calahorra Fort, originally built by the Arabs, which guards the
Roman Bridge on the far side of the river from the Mezquita; and
the ancient Jewish Synagogue, now a museum.
Weekend trip: Granada
Granada is beautiful: it’s not too big and it’s as sweet as a
pomegranate. (Get it? “Granada” means “pomegranate” in Spanish.) As
one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Spain, you’ll gain a true
sense of the Arab world through Granada’s architectural and
cultural “references” to far-off places, without losing the real
Spanish character. In fact, many visitors think of it as visiting
many different places in one go!
From here, you’ll have the chance to visit the Alhambra palace
and fortress, which is one of the most visited monuments in Spain.
You’ll also see Granada’s old Muslim quarter, called the
Albayzín—declared a “World Heritage Site” by UNESCO—with its
ascending alleyways leading to the most fascinating places,
difficult for tourists to find because it is a labyrinth. Even
locals get lost! Last but not least, there are the Arab Baths,
which are the best old public Muslim baths you can visit in Spain,
the Archaeological Museum, the Moorish market, andthe impressive
End of Semester Excursion: El Camino de
Santiago y Bilbao (Santiago’s Way Pilgrimage and Bilbao)
The pilgrimage to Santiago is a journey like nothing else you've
experienced before. On this journey, which takes you from France,
through the north of Spain, to Santiago de Compostela, every day
presents you with something completely new—vistas, cultural
experiences, food, or people.
Since we won’t have the time to cover thousands of miles on foot
(in just one week!), we’ll use the city of Bilbao as headquarters
to visit some of the most amazing landscapes in northern Spain. And
of course, what kind of excursion would it be if we allowed you to
go hungry?! As home to some of the best Tapas in Spain (not to
mention, the world famous Guggenheim museum), Bilbao is a city
that’s sure to leave a lasting impression.