Summer Abroad Spain - On Site

Spanish Art



You will stay at a student residence in downtown Burgos It is within walking distance to all main monuments and attractions. The residence is a remodeled 200 year-old building, which is a dorm-like facility with clean and comfortable rooms.

Each room has a bed (two beds for double occupancy rooms), a desk, and a bathroom. You will have access to the Residencia's library, small gymnasium, and tennis and basketball courts.


Your Santander quarters will be in a modern residence, walking distance to the beach. All meals are included along with double occupancy rooms. No laundry service included.

Included in the accommodations price is daily room cleaning service.

UC Davis reserves the right to change the accommodation location. Should this be necessary, we will arrange comparable lodging. Please note that elevators, air conditioners and other modern conveniences may not be available in all locations.


Meals are provided three times a day including weekends. The cafeteria has limited options for vegetarians. Please note that if you are a strict vegetarian or vegan, the residence cafeteria may not be able to accommodate you and you should budget to spend extra money to supplement your meals.

Excursions and Day Trips

The program includes many excursions: 

  • Madrid, the most cosmopolitan city of Spain
  • Salamanca, located in Castille, the oldest part of Spain
  • Bilbao, located in the Basque Country, very close to France.
  • You will also have the opportunity to enjoy a flamenco show, tapas, and other cultural actitivies
  • You will see the pre-historic art of Santander, including the Altamira caves in Santillana del Mar.

Study Abroad Advisory of Student Risk

Participation in this UC Davis Study Abroad program requires travel to and extended living in a foreign location(s) abroad. UC Davis Study Abroad endeavors to reduce and mitigate risk wherever possible.  However, the environments and risks associated with living in these locations are substantially different than those found during a regular course of study at UC Davis. All participants must download and review the following information prior to departure. Any questions should be directed to the Program Coordinator.

Study Abroad General Risk Advisory

Program Specific Risk Advisories (PDF)

About Spain


“The extraordinary Gothic cathedral of Burgos is one of Spain's glittering jewels of religious architecture and looms large over the city and skyline. On the surface, conservative Burgos seems to embody all the stereo­types of a north-central Spanish town, with somber grey-stone architecture, the fortifying cuisine of the high meseta (plateau) and a climate of extremes. But this is a city that rewards deeper exploration: below the surface lie good restaurants and, when the sun's shining, pretty streetscapes that extend far beyond the landmark cathedral. There's even a whiff of legend about the place: beneath the majestic spires of the cathedral lies Burgos' favorite and most roguish son, El Cid.” (Lonely Planet)


Santander, an elegant city, extends over a wide bay and is situated against an incredible natural backdrop of sea and mountains. Its marine and commercial tradition is linked to a century old history of tourism, which has its main attractions in the famous El Sardinero beach, the promenade and the La Magdalena peninsula. The cultural wealth of the Cantabrian capital is enriched with the passage of the Pilgrim's Road to Santiago de Compostela and the neighbouring Altamira Caves, both of which have been declared World Heritage sites.

Santander is a city in which the mixture of its various traditional vocations - seafaring, commercial and touristic, remains patent. During the XVIII and XIX centuries, the city became a key trading port for the maritime routes between Castile and the American colonies. From around the middle of the XIX century, Santander became one of the most exclusive summer tourist destinations on the northern coast of the Iberian peninsula.

Currency: Euro (EURO)

Language Spoken: Spanish

Weather and Climate

The temperature in Burgos during the summer is usually warm during the day (75-90 degrees Fahrenheit) and cool in the evening. Burgos can experience relatively cool spells (65 degree high during the day). There may be some afternoon rainstorms, so some type of poncho, umbrella or raincoat is essential.

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