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This course will examine the history and culture of Spain from the Middle Ages to the Golden Age through a thematic design. Students will study literary, artistic, and cultural context through the critical reading of literary and historical sources, but also art, music, inventions, film, photography, or architecture, among other sources to understand the different cultural manifestations from the early history of Spain. We will revise the multicultural Middle Ages, the birth of Early Modern Europe, the political, religious and social conflicts of that time;   the building of the Early Spanish Empire (Europe & America), and the artistic and literary world of the Golden Age.

Students will learn to critically analyze all sources including texts, objects, pictures, geographical spaces, architecture, music, film, or art, all of them the testimony of the shaping of the Spanish history of the time. They will learn to draw connections between cultural and artistic manifestations and cultural and historical contexts that we are studying in class. As part of the course, students will participate in the creation of a digital/virtual project related to the historical events, cultural or political characters, literary texts, artistic or cultural manifestations, or about the life in the cities at the time of the study.


The structure of the class is defined in three different modules:

Online Sessions: It is a two-week program where students cover the content of the course online through synchronous daily class meeting with the professor and classmates in real time.  Students will do individual as well as collaborative work on specific topics and projects. 

Bridge Sessions: Students will come together twice a month to continue working in their collaborative projects. Classes will also include specific advising sessions, workshops, roundtables and activities with guest speakers and business professionals.

Onsite immersion session: As a conclusion of the program students will participate in a two-week immersion program in Madrid, Spain. This capstone experience will allow participants to enjoy a full direct learning, visiting all cultural and historical sites subject of study as well as meeting all partners, experts and guest that participated in the previous part of the program.


Teaching methodology combines classroom sessions on streaming and virtual site visits with the use of other of digital technologies, including filming, photography, virtual and augmented reality reproduction, or web and app, design among others so students can enjoy the best experience from home.

We use Zoom and Google Class for teaching support.


Length of the program: four weeks online program+ two weeks immersion experience in Spain


Calendar and sessions:

Session I: June 15th- July 10th (January immersion dates program will be announced)

Session II: July 29th – July 24th (January immersion dates program will be announced)

Session III: July 13th- August 7th (January immersion dates program will be announced)

Session II: July 17th – August 21st (January immersion dates program will be announced)



Cost of the program: 

Online Module (45h): *                                     750€ *

Bridge Module + Immersion Experience:    1.800€

Full Program (Three modules):                      2.500€


Optional college credit available for students registered for the full program. Check for more details. 


* You are welcome to complete the online part only.

Language of instruction: Spanish


Site: Alcala de Henares / Madrid (Spain)

Full program includes:

  • Infinite Spur Certificate of Attendant

  • Personalized advising and onsite orientation

  • Insurance

  • Accommodation (double rooms)

  • 3 meals/day

  • Company visits

  • Cultural activities and excursions

  • 24/7 local support






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