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  • Locations: Cordoba, Spain; Granada, Spain; Madrid, Spain; Seville, Spain; Toledo, Spain
  • Program Terms: Spring PGS
  • Budget Sheets: Spring Embedded
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:

Program Snapshot

Muslims, Christians, and Jews: Pilgrimage, Memory and History in Spain (RELS 312)
Dr. Anthea Butler, Religious Studies
This course will investigate the interreligious lives of Muslims, Christians, and Jews during what is called the Convivencia, or La Convivencia. This refers to a time when Muslims, Christians, and Jews lived in peace before the Reconquista, or reconquest of Spain, by Catholics in 1492. Our task is not only to understand this history, but to understand how convivencia is a problematic, but useful, term in understanding this time period of great cultural growth, building, and religious innovation. 

Travel to Spain: May 10 - 22, 2018


Course Information

Click here to view the preliminary course syllabus: 2018a RELS 312 Syllabus.pdf
Freshmen, sophomores, and juniors are eligible to apply. Due to the dates of travel, seniors graduating in May are not eligible. 
No prerequisites. 


The details of this itinerary are notional and subject to change.
Date Activities Location
Thursday, 5/10 Depart Philadelphia Philadelphia
Friday, 5/11 Arrive in Madrid, welcome dinner Madrid
Saturday, 5/12 Madrid to Toledo by private bus
Guided bus and city tour to learn about the “city of the three cultures” in the morning
Museo Sefardí in the afternoon
Santa Maria La Blanca in the morning
Toledo Cathedral in the afternoon
Sunday, 5/13 Toledo to Seville by private bus
Real Alcazar in the afternoon
Group dinner with flamenco show in the evening
Monday, 5/14 Cathedral of Seville in the morning
Archiva General de Indias in the afternoon
Tuesday, 5/15 Guided tour of the Roman Archaeological Site Italica in the morning Seville
Wednesday, 5/16 Sevilla to Cordoba by private bus
Calle de Los Judios in the afternoon
Thursday, 5/17 Mosque of Cordoba in the morning
Casa Sefarad in the afternoon
Friday, 5/18 Madinat Al Zahra in the morning
Cordoba to Granada by private bus
Saturday, 5/19 Alhambra, including Alcazaba and the gardens Granada
Sunday, 5/20 Jewish Quarter Albacin in the morning
Granada Cathedral in the afternoon
Sunday, 5/21 Granada to Madrid in morning
Afternoon free
Farewell dinner
Monday, 5/22 Departure back to US Madrid/Philadelphia

Travel and Accommodation

Students will not be required to take a group flight to Spain, but they will be given specific parameters about when to arrive in Madrid.
Accommodations include hotels (double occupancy) in each location.

Cost and Finances

Penn Global Seminars are funded by a generous donation from the Hasan and Arifa Ahmad Fund, as well as contributions from Penn's Global Engagement Fund. All in-country logistical costs, including accommodations, transportation, entrance fees, translation services, and group meals, are covered by Penn Global. Students do not pay a program fee to participate in a Global Seminar.

Students will be responsible for the cost of the round-trip flight to the program site. For this course, students will be required to travel with a group flight. Students are also responsible for personal meals, visa fees, and vaccinations, where applicable.

A preliminary budget sheet is available here: Budget Sheet - Muslims, Christians and Jews (PGS 011).pdf

A $250 deposit is assessed after a student commits to the program and is refunded upon receiving the student's confirmed flight itinerary. Students will be notified before the deposit is charged.

Financial Aid

Students who receive financial aid may be eligible for an adjustment to their aid to cover the out-of-pocket costs of the program. Penn Abroad will share a budget sheet with Student Financial Services so that adjustments to the aid package can be determined.

All costs related to the on-campus component of the program are the responsibility of the student and are not figured into the program budget for SFS.

Next Steps

The application for this program opens September 11, 2017 and closes October 19, 2017. Please apply using the "Apply Now" button located at the top right section of this brochure. 

Applications are reviewed by a committee which includes the course instructor and Penn Abroad staff. Strong applicants will be invited for an in-person interview. 

Students will be notified of their decision in late October and will be given two weeks to commit to the program.

Please direct application questions to Laurie Jensen, Penn Global Seminars Manager, at

This program is currently not accepting applications.