Site visits are an opportunity for you to immerse yourself in the Spanish language and culture.
Segovia: World Heritage City
Designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, Segovia’s rich history and dramatic architecture make it an ideal place to study. Once ruled by Romans, Moors, and Christians, Segovia’s architecture and urban layout illustrate the coexistence of different cultural communities throughout history. Segovia boasts a well-preserved Roman Aqueduct (circa 1st-2nd century CEAD) that stands as the symbol of the city, an 11th century castle (el Alcázar), and a 16th century Gothic cathedral.
The capital of Spain, Madrid’s cultural and artistic heritage blends seamlessly with its cosmopolitan modernity. The city’s historical legacy is evident in its medieval center dating back to the Hapsburg Empire. You’ll take in famous landmarks, such as the expansive Plaza Mayor and the Royal Palace. El Prado museum has an extensive and impressive collection of artwork from many artists, including El Greco, Diego Velázquez, and Francisco de Goya. The Reina Sofia museum includes artwork from Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí, and Joan Miró, to name a few.
Salamanca: World Heritage City
Located in northwestern Spain and part of the Castile and León region, Salamanca is an ancient city. It’s known for its unique sandstone architecture and for the Universidad de Salamanca, one of the oldest universities in Europe. The historic center of Salamanca is a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its important Romanesque, Gothic, Moorish, Renaissance, and Baroque monuments. The Plaza Mayor is the main attraction in Salamanca. Constructed between 1729 and 1755, it is easily one of the most beautiful plazas in Spain.
Royal Site of San Lorenzo de El Escorial: World Heritage Site
Originally built to commemorate the victory of Spain over France in the Battle of San Quentin, El Escorial’s royal palace and monastery united the royal and religious powers of Spain in the 16th century. The sprawling complex is an imposing example of Spanish Renaissance style and houses an extensive art collection, including many masterpieces by Bosch, El Greco, Rubens, Titian, and Bernini.