Center for Advanced Studies Abroad



CASA offers Academic Field trips to complement every one of our study abroad programs. Each one was thoughtfully created by Ph.D. professors to maximize the educational benefit of learning abroad by connecting in-class content to the the physical environment and cultural tapestry of the world outside.

Whether exploring the magical gardens of the Alhambra or experiencing the paintings of Velázquez in person, we hope that every student who participates in one of our program gains a holistic and integrated understanding of not only Spain, but of the world itself.

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Your Education Doesn’t End When You Leave Class

In Many Cases It’s Just Beginning…

Experience has shown that students who take advantage of the academic field trips and experiential learning courses get the most well-rounded and holistic study abroad experience possible.

So whether you plan to come for 3 weeks, a month, a semester, or a year, there is much to be gained by experiencing different parts of Spain and exploring its rich cultural heritage.

Because each student has a unique personal background and educational objective, CASA offers different academic field trips. For example, those students who take our Museum-Based Survey of Spanish Art will experience first-hand the works they’ve studied in class in the Museums of Madrid, Toleda, Valencia, and Cuenca, while others will explore the historical importance of Granada as a very visceral example of the multicultural and Moorish history of Spain.

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Cuenca is a World Heritage Site in the “State” of Castilla-La Mancha just south of Madrid. Castilla-La Mancha is known for being the landscape for the book Don Quixote de la Mancha by Miguel de Cervantes.


Granada is a historical province that sits in the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains and contains the meeting point of four rivers. Visit La Alhambra, the citadel of the last Moorish kingdom in Spain, and more.


Madrid was the first part of Muslim Spain built as a border fortress between Al-Andalus and the kingdoms of León and Castile and was meant to protect Toledo from invading Christians. The Christians finally conquered Madrid and Toledo in 1085 and they became part of the Crown of Castile. Madrid is the current day capital and has been, for the most part, since 1561.


Valencia is full of architectural masterpieces. It is built in a old river bed and the architecture reflects that with all the water pools around the buildings. The city is dedicated to the arts and to science, with a science museum, an IMAX theater, an aquarium, and a music hall.

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