For more than seven centuries the Iberian Peninsula was a Muslim country called Al-Andalus, where a unique, sophisticated, and luxurious culture flourished all through the territory.  The goal of this course is to introduce students to the history, society, art and architecture of Al Andalus from its initial presence in the Iberian Peninsula in 711 to its disappearance in 1492.  

Students will learn about the historical and cultural interactions between the Muslim and Christian worlds including how they were intrinsically connected for a significant part of Spain’s medieval history. Students will learn about these turbulent times by exploring the complex yet fruitful relationships between the different cultures.  They will also explore the profound influences that developed over the years throughout many fields, still present in Spanish culture. At the same time, they will have the opportunity to visit some of the most emblematic sites including Toledo while being guided by different experts including architects, artist, historians, artisans, and designers. They will learn about the sophistication of Moorish palaces, the advanced architecture and engineering techniques, gardening design, as well as other artistic manifestations that made their culture unique.


Program structure: 

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


Onsite immersion: 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.  


Spanish Language Class: Students enrolled in this program can benefit from an additional optional Spanish Class where they will have the opportunity to improve their Spanish Language Skills and get introduced to the culture of Spain. 

Full program includes:

  • University course accredited (optional - 3 credits - 45 hours)

  • 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

Program: Online Sessions:  3 weeks *

                   Onsite immersion: 2 weeks

Dates:  Session 1: June 2020

              Session 2: July 2020

              Session 3: January 2021

Site: Alcala de Henares / Madrid (Spain)

Language of Instruction:  English

Precios: Full program (online + onsite): 2,600 €

                Online Session:  500 €

                University course accredited (optional): 600 €

* You are welcome to complete the online part only.  For more information check out the payment conditions.





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