One of the key features of the program is the cultural and practical component of the courses; our environment is our classroom. In this sense, all courses offer a diverse and interesting range of cultural activities that bring the learning experience beyond the classroom. These activities facilitate not only the specific acquisition the language, but also provide with a greater direct experience of the culture and history of Spain.
Toledo is one of the Spanish cities with the greatest wealth of monuments. It is known as the “city of three cultures” due to the coexistence for centuries of Christians, Arabs and Jews, behind its walls Toledo preserves an artistic and cultural legacy in the form of churches, palaces, fortresses, mosques and synagogues. This great diversity of artistic styles makes the old quarter of the capital of La Mancha a real open-air museum, which has led to its declaration as a World Heritage Site. In this city, there are very clear signs of the presence and coexistence of the three medieval cultures that shaped the society and culture of Spain. Through this visit, students will understand its complexity from the interpretation of the historical legacy left by Jews, Muslims and Christians in the city.
The monastery of El Escorial represents one of the most relevant historical monuments of Imperial Spain. Built under Phillip II it embodies all values of the Absolute Monarchy but also it offers one of the most brilliant collections of art and architecture of the times.
Museo del Prado is one of the most important museums in the world. It contains some of the most impressive collections of art from medieval times to the nineteenth century. Students can see and admire some of the best Spanish and European paintings from artists such as Bosch, Titian, Rubens, Velázquez, Zurbarán, Murillo, Goya, etc.
Segovia was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985. The Roman aqueduct was built in the first century AD. It is considered the best preserved Roman work in Spain. Its Old Town is one of the most monumental in Spain, highlighting one of the most spectacular palaces of medieval times among many other churches and medieval palaces.
This museum houses the most international painting by Picasso, El Guernica. Additionally, we will see other paintings related with the most international Spanish painters of the twentieth century among which we can highlight Dalí, Miró, Juan Gris, etc.
All tours include:
- Bus/ Train transportation to sites
- Entrance to selected monuments
- Accompaniment of one or two professors of the Institute
- Guided Tour of the city
In addition to the cultural excursions, each professor may include visits and activities related to the specific field of study in the surrounding areas, either Madrid or Alcalá.
- Visit to a local or national newspaper
- Visit to a local radio station
- Visit the Corral de Comedias de Alcalá
- Visit companies of Corredor de Henares
- Visit the Casa de Cervantes de Alcalá
- Visit the Museo del Romanticismo de Madrid
- Visit the Sorolla Museum in Madrid
- Visit to a soccer stadium
- Visit to a flamenco show