Location-Based: Segovia

International Relations, Spanish Language, and Culture

Location-Based programs are immersive and rigorous academic experiences. Program sites are carefully selected to enhance course content. The connection between site and course content offers students a rich experiential learning experience. The programs’ interdisciplinary approach help prepare students for the increasingly complex challenges of the 21st century by exploring the interconnectedness of the global community and exposing students to varied perspectives.

The Location-Based: Segovia program is offered in partnership between Brown University and IE University and blends the study of international relations and Spanish language and culture. IE University is an international institution with main campuses in Madrid and Segovia, Spain. The IE specializes in business and international relations.

Areas of Focus

  • International relations
  • Global economics
  • Spanish language
  • Spanish history and culture


Students enroll in three courses:

Making Sense of the World

Students will explore topics in international relations including sovereignty, power, anarchy, interdependence, the interaction between non state actors and nation states. Examine how different actors in international relations have a significant role to play in addressing 21st century global challenges such as poverty eradication and development, transnational security and terrorism, and financial crises.

Spanish Language

Students in this class will develop fundamental communication skills in Spanish at the intermediate to advanced level. Classes are taught completely in Spanish and emphasis is placed on oral expression and listening comprehension. Through discussions and exercises centered around socio-cultural topics that define contemporary Spain, students will also be able to strengthen their abilities in grammar and vocabulary and have a rewarding immersive experience while navigating a Spanish speaking world.

Spanish Life and Culture

Cultural workshops will give students the opportunity to explore Spain’s rich culture and history from the Middle Ages to the present. This interdisciplinary course will introduce students to Spain’s art, cooking, geography, history, literature, music, and other cultural aspects, like the Camino de Santiago. Many of these workshops are hands-on: students will learn to cook typical Spanish meals, read Antonio Machado’s poetry and visit his home in Segovia, and learn to write text messages in Spanish. To reinforce language instruction, the course will be conducted entirely in Spanish.

Learn for the sake of learning

The Location-Based Programs provide challenging academic opportunities without the pressure of formal grades, allowing students to concentrate on learning, and the process of scholarship and discovery. In lieu of a final grade, students will receive a Course Performance Report and Certificate of Completion after successful completion of the program.

2020 Program Dates

June 28 - July 11


For students completing grades 10-12, ages 16-18 by June 2020.
Students must have a minimum of two years of Spanish language instruction.

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Admission Criteria

A Typical Day

Morning Breakfast
Intermediate Spanish
Making Sense of the World
Afternoon Lunch
Spanish Life and Culture
Site visits/Community building
Evening Dinner
Study Hall
Community building

The schedule is designed to ensure students are engaged and immersed in the Spanish language and culture.

Admission Criteria
Plaza Mayor, Salamanca

Site Visits

Site visits are an opportunity for students to immerse themselves in the Spanish language and culture. Students will get to know the city of Segovia through guided tours to popular sites such as the Machado Museum and the Alcázar. Additionally, students will spend time in Madrid and a weekend in Salamanca.

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 illustrates the coexistence of different cultural communities throughout history. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, Segovia boasts a well-preserved Roman Aqueduct (circa 1st-2nd century AD) 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 and which houses 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.

Alcázar, Segovia

Residential and Student Life

The IE Segovia campus houses classrooms, a library, a dining hall, and residential rooms. Students reside at the Reyes Católicos Hall of Residence. Students are assigned to double rooms with bathroom. Amenities include: linens (sheets, pillow, blanket, towels), laundry room, and Wi-Fi throughout the campus.

During the week, breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in the dining hall at the students' residence. On the weekend trip to Salamanca, students reside in a hotel with their On-Site Director and Residential Assistants. Breakfast will be at the hotel. Lunch and dinner will be at local eateries.

The On-Site Director and Residential Assistants reside in the residence hall with students, providing an atmosphere that supports student success by emphasizing community building and individual responsibility.

Your Program fee includes:

  • Tuition for all courses
  • Residence hall and hotel accommodations during the program
  • All meals
  • Site visits as described in the program description
  • Transfer from/to airport on day of arrival and departure

Not included in Program Fee:

  • Air travel to/from Madrid, Spain
  • Items of a personal nature
Faculty and Staff
Ancient Roman Aqueduct, Segovia

Faculty and Staff

Carmen Granda (PhD, Brown University) specializes in pedagogy and second language acquisition, and early modern Spanish literature. Currently she is a Lecturer at Amherst College where she teaches Spanish language, literature, and culture courses. She has traveled extensively around Spain and has spent significant time in Argentina. She has taught all levels of Spanish to high school students at Middlebury Monterey Language Academy, undergraduates at Brown University and Amherst College, and adults. She has articles published or forthcoming on gamification, bookmapping, and The Way of St. James. She has also presented widely on topics including learning management systems, gamification, bookmapping, virtual reality, digital storytelling, and digital maps in the context of second language acquisition and pedagogy. She has worked in the Segovia program since 2013.

Elena Lledó Macau has worked in galleries and museums and organized art festivals and cultural events both in Europe and the United States. She has lectured at Rhode Island School of Design and published contemporary art criticism for over 15 years. Since 2013 she is the Assistant Director of the Chazan Gallery at the Wheeler School in Providence, where she is also an Upper School Spanish teacher. She has worked in the Segovia program since its creation in 2010 and is originally from Madrid, Spain.

Carolina Velasco Molina received her B.S. in Public Health and her Sc.M. in Biostatistics from Brown University in 2019. She is currently a Data Scientist at Kin Analytics in Quito, Ecuador. Carolina has experience as a residential advisor and Spanish teacher. This will be her second year working in the Segovia program.

Waya Quiviger joined IE Business School as Managing Director of the International MBA program over 10 years ago. She is currently Executive Director of the Master in International Relations at IE School of International Relations and Executive Director of the newly launched Transatlantic Relations Initiative at IE. Waya is co-Founder of the student-led Social Responsibility Forum, IE’s largest annual symposium on social and environmental issues. Waya Quiviger holds an M.Sc. in Politics of the World Economy from the London School of Economics (LSE), a Master in International Management from the Ecole Des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC) and a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University (CA). Prior to joining IE, Waya worked for the World Economic Forum in Geneva, Switzerland as Manager of the Global Leaders for Tomorrow (GLTs), a community of outstanding young leaders, many of them social entrepreneurs. She has also consulted for the Women’s Forum and the Club de Madrid. Ms. Quiviger teaches Global Governance & International Organizations in the Master in International Relations and Aid, Development and Social Entrepreneurship in the Bachelor in International Relations as well as various workshops and seminars on design thinking, social entrepreneurship and social innovation in the International MBA, Master in Management, and Master in Finance. She is the recipient of several teaching awards. Waya’s research interests include social innovation, social entrepreneurship, design thinking, global governance, intergovernmental institutions and international relations.

About the Program Director: Rosario Navarro

Director, Location-Based Programs

Rosario received her B.A. in Elementary Education from Lesley University, M.Ed. from Boston College in Educational Leadership K-12, and doctoral coursework in Adult Learning and Development at Lesley University. Rosario began her professional experience in higher education administration as a student affairs professional. She has been at Brown for over fourteen years and oversees the location-based programs.

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