Three Cultures of Medieval Spain
- Excursions and Day Trips
- Study Abroad Advisory of Student Risk
- About Spain
- Weather and Climate
- Research Your Destination
You will stay in a mix of accommodations including hotels, homestays, and residence halls.
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.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included in program fees. All special requirements are taken into consideration such as a vegetarian diet, any allergies, etc.
This four-week program will be divided into two parts: (1) an initial two-week orientation based in Salamanca where students will receive an overview of Castilian culture, the historical background, and the cultural context for the medieval period, together with several short trips to Madrid, the Jewish quarters of Salamanca and Zamora, the synagogues of Segovia, Cuellar, and Toledo, and the mosque of Toledo; (2) a two-week study trip to the heart of Al-Andalus and it’s three dynastic cities: Cordoba, Sevilla, and Granada.
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.
Salamanca is a multicultural city, full of life, where you can always find places for music, dance, theatre and film, and of course specialised Spanish cuisine. Salamanca is a city with a rich history and overflowing with energy from its student population. Famous for its incredible architecture, its original golden stone which fills the streets with beautiful tones and a unique light gives the city’s buildings a rich feeling of culture.
Some cities have looks, others have personality. The sevillanos – lucky devils – get both, courtesy of their flamboyant, charismatic, ever-evolving Andalucian metropolis founded, according to myth, 3000 years ago by the Greek god Hercules. Doused in never-ending sunlight, Seville's beauty is relatively easy to uncover. Its soul is a darker and more complex force, however. Flamenco's history is partially rooted here in the dusty taverns of Triana, and greedy conquistadors once roamed the sinuous streets of El Arenal counting their colonial gold. Tugged by the pull of both forces, it is Seville's capriciousness that leaves the heaviest impression.
Seville may have the pasión and Córdoba a medieval charm, but Granada has an edge. Most visitors concentrate solely on the magnificent Alhambra, but if you explore further, you’ll find Andalucía’s hippest, most youthful city, with a ‘free tapas’ culture, innovative bars and intimate flamenco haunts.
Here the Islamic past feels recent, as Muslim North Africans make up some 10% of the population; there’s even a modern mosque in the medieval district of the Albayzín. And though Granada looks alpine, with the white-capped Sierra Nevada peaks startlingly close, you could just as easily go swimming down on the coast for the day and be back in time to enjoy the city’s nightlife.
Prepare for hot weather conditions. You are encouraged to monitor the weather in the weeks leading up to the program online.
Salamanca - The month of June is characterized by rising daily high temperatures, with daily highs increasing from 76°F to 84°F over the course of the month, exceeding 92°F or dropping below 65°F only one day in ten.
Sevilla and Granada - The month of July is characterized by gradually rising daily high temperatures, with daily highs ranging from 93°F to 97°F over the course of the month, exceeding 105°F or dropping below 84°F only one day in ten.