Each semester NYU Madrid organizes several day and weekend trips outside of Madrid to introduce you to Spanish culture. These trips are included in your tuition. Some of these excursions are required components of specific classes.
A day trip to the city of Segovia, entry point to Spain’s rich and complex multicultural history. Visits include the Roman aqueduct, the city walls, the Synagogue “Convento de Corpus Christi,” the Jewish Quarter, the Cathedral, and the Alcázar Castle.
“Loved the combinations of Muslim, Jewish, and Christian culture. I didn’t know anything about Segovia before the trip, but it’s an incredible city and I was happy we got to go to it.”
A day trip to El Escorial. Built by Phillip II, El Escorial became the center of political power during the last years of his reign. Students will do a walking tour of the town of San Lorenzo and visit the Monastery and Museum of El Escorial.
“Definitely worth it. A place I don’t think I would’ve visited if it weren’t for NYU Madrid.”
A day trip to Toledo. The city and its masterpieces are the result of the coexistence of its three main cultures: Jewish, Muslim, and Christian. Visits include Mosque of El Cristo de la Luz, Cathedral, Plaza de Zocodover, Santo Tomé, and Synagogues of El Tránsito and Santa María.
*This day trip is a required component of “Islam and Spain,” “Masterpieces in the Prado Museum (in Spanish)", and “Cultures and Contexts.”
“Lots of different styles of art from Renaissance to Baroque. My favorite was the Mezquita Cristo de la Luz. Great to see how the religion of Islam and Christianity are in one place.”
Students will sign up for one of the following overnight trips: Córdoba, Bilbao and La Rioja, or Salamanca and Ávila.
This trip to Córdoba introduces students to Spain’s Arab and Judeo-Christian heritages in the South. Visits include the Great Mosque, Callejón de las Flores, the Jewish Quarter, the Sinagogue, the Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos, and the archaeological site of Medina Azahara.
*This overnight trip is a required component of “Islam and Spain.”
“I thought it was incredible and very interesting to learn about the Mosque’s history and the various additions that were made throughout the years. I’ve never seen anything like it.”
Perhaps the most famous university town in Spain, Salamanca is home to the Universidad de Salamanca, Europe’s third oldest university. Visits in Salamanca include the Plaza Mayor, Clerecía, Casa de las Conchas, Universidades, Patio Escuelas, Claustros Menores, Puente Romano, and Casa Lis. Visits in Ávila include Monasterio Santo Tomás, the city wall, and the cathedral.
“While all the architecture we saw in Salamanca was incredible and I did not want to leave the Casa de las Conchas, the university was my favorite part due to the explanation we got of the painted doctorate declarations on the walls and the way the steps of the university were symbolic of every step a student needs to take to achieve more and more in life.”
“The Museo Guggenheim was amazing!! It has been one of my dreams to come here since my sophomore year of high school, I’m so grateful to have had this opportunity."
Students enrolled in Professor Lubar’s course “Art and Social Movements in Spain” will have the opportunity to travel to Barcelona for a research/study trip. The emphasis on this trip will be on art and urbanism in the Catalan capital. In addition to walking tours of the Barrí Gótic (the largest preserved gothic quarter of any city in Europe) and the Passeig de Gràcia (with famous buildings by the great Catalan architects Antoni Gaudí, Domènech i Muntaner, y Puig i Cadafalch), students will visit the collections of the Museu Picasso, the Fundació Miró, and MNAC (Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya). Special sessions will be organised at the archives of the Fundació Miró, along with meetings with museum curators and directors. Additional excursions within the city may include the Poble Español from Barcelona’s 1929 World’s Fair, Gaudí’s Parc Guell and the Sagrada Familia, as well as Josep Lluís Sert’s “Casa Bloc” and the reconstructed Spanish Republican Pavilion from the 1937 Paris World’s Fair.