Summer Abroad Spain

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Three Cultures of Medieval Spain

Program Overview

The blending of Christian, Jewish, and Muslim peoples in Medieval Spain offers a prime example of multiculturalism, mostly absent in the rest of Europe of the day. This cultural synergism was fueled by the Arabs’ superior material lifestyle starting from their arrival in Spain in 711 and continuing until their expulsion by the Catholic rulers Isabel and Ferdinand in 1492. The all-pervasive cultural exchanges among these three societies over eight centuries profoundly shaped Spain´s identity: its language, urban geography, architecture, aesthetics, literature, and daily habits. This program will introduce students to the legacy of this period by visits to Salamanca, Segovia, Toledo, Córdoba, Sevilla, Cádiz, and Granada. Students will draw parallels with today's world as informed by their study of the Iberian experience.

Program Contacts

Program Highlights

  • Guided tours of the principal historical cities of Spain: Segovia, Toledo, Córdoba, Sevilla, Cádiz, Granada.
  • Guest lectures and readings about the Spanish Medieval period.
  • Local transportation, museum fees, lodging, and most meals pre-arranged.
  • Pre-arranged home stays with Spanish families for most of the program.
  • Pre-arranged special food tastings and cultural/musical events (e.g. flamenco).