Spain is one of the most popular study abroad destinations for American students and this May is your chance to find out why! The history, language, culture, food, and vibrant social life of this European nation make it a fantastic choice for your first study abroad experience. TnCIS is honored to bring you the opportunity of a lifetime in the land of Picasso, Dali, and Don Quixote.
Spain has been inhabited continuously by humans and their ancestors for over a million years. Over the course of those many millennia, the country has become a melting pot of many different peoples. Iberians, Celts, Greeks, Phoenicians, Romans, Visigoths, and Arabs have all left their imprint on the history, culture, and character of this unique, diverse, and exciting nation.
Like many countries in Europe, Spain had a colonial empire, and that has made its culture and language an influential one. As a result of this colonial past, Hispanic communities exist on six different continents today, and Spanish is the language with the second-largest amount of native speakers worldwide.
The Spain of today is as enduringly magical as in the past. In fact, it was where a significant portion of the latest season of Game of Thrones
was filmed. Dorne, King’s Landing, Highgarden, Dragonstone, the Citadel, and many other places in this HBO TV show are actually set in this beautiful country.
For our study abroad program there, we will explore three distinct regions: Extremadura, Madrid and Andalucía. After landing in Madrid, we will go straight to Cáceres — our base for the first two weeks — where we will stay with selected local families. This city is the capital of the northern part of the region of Extremadura, a virtually undiscovered jewel that has been labelled by some as the Tuscany of Spain, with its rolling hills and unique local gastronomy. In Cáceres, we will explore its Old Town, meet friendly locals, and enjoy the WOMAD festival of international music, dance, and arts. We will also take day trips to nearby historical and natural monuments. Next, we will move to Seville, where we will spend five days at a hotel, and explore this bustling, ancient city as well as the equally historic neighboring Andalusian cities of Córdoba and Granada. Finally, we will travel back to Madrid, the country’s capital and largest city, home to some of the greatest museums and palaces in the world, and our last stop before returning to Tennessee.
Tentative dates May 7 - 28, 2018
All TnCIS programs are academic in nature and course work that takes advantage of the program location will be the central focus. Programs offered by TnCIS through any member institution are in keeping with SACSCOC policies for each respective institution where compliance is monitored at the institutional level. TnCIS program courses are for credit only.
In Spain, students will enroll in ONE course. For more information about each of these courses, including pre-requisites and syllabi, use the button provided below.
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What better place to take your Spanish to the next level than the country where the language was born over a thousand years ago? Not only will you improve and expand your language skills, but you’ll experience the food, culture, and people of a fascinating nation with one of the most influential cultures on the planet.
Please note: Prospective students should be aware that staying with a family implies being flexible and making your best effort to adapt to their customs. They will make similar efforts so that you both can meet comfortably halfway. You will have a private room, your own key, access to Wi-Fi, and a private and quiet space to study while staying with them. Spain, as most nations in Europe, is very pedestrian-friendly, so you should expect to walk a lot — easily over 20,000 steps in a day. You will visit big, bustling metropolises, mid-sized cities, small towns and the rural countryside. Be ready to take it all in!
Excursions May Include
Possible excursions during our program may include visits to any or all of six UNESCO World Heritage sites among other natural and historical locations:
- The Old Town of Cáceres — one of the best preserved Renaissance neighborhoods in the world
- Los Barruecos Natural Monument — full of history and natural beauty, and site of a Game of Thrones battle
- A hiking trip through the valleys of Jerte and Tiétar
- The Roman archaeological ensemble of Mérida — including one of the best preserved Roman theaters in the world
- The Dolmen of Lácara — a megalithic monument older than Stonehenge!
- A 9th century Moorish castle in the town of Trujillo
- The Royal Monastery of Guadalupe — the place of origin of the first wave of missionaries sent from Spain to Mexico nearly five centuries ago
- The Roman amphitheater of Italica — commissioned in 117 AD by the Roman emperor Hadrian, a native of the city. Used in the production of the Dragonpit scene in the last season of Game of Thrones.
- The Cathedral and Alcazar of Seville — both astounding monuments, the first one is one of the three largest cathedrals on the planet
- The Alhambra palace in Granada — the only Spanish monument visited by three American presidents
- The Historic Center of Córdoba — the largest city in Europe in 1000 AD, and home to one of the oldest mosques ever built
- The Royal Palace and the Prado Museum in Madrid
Students usually meet for class three hours each morning during the week, and use the afternoons, evenings and weekends for cultural enrichment excursions and experiences.
In Cáceres, students will live and eat three meals per day with a local family. In Sevilla and Madrid, students will stay in tourist quality hotels with roommates. Breakfast and one other meal will be provided daily.