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  • Locations: Cordoba, Spain; Granada, Spain; Madrid, Spain; Seville, Spain; Toledo, Spain
  • Program Terms: Spring PGS
  • Budget Sheets: Spring Embedded
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction:
Language Prerequisite:
No previous study
Type of Program:
Global Seminars
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 - Saturday, 5/12 Arrive in Madrid, museum tour Madrid
Sunday, 5/13 Jewish Quarter, Santa Maria La Blanca, Sephardic Museum, Toledo Cathedral Toledo
Monday, 5/14 - Thursday, 5/17 Real Alcazar, Juderia - Barrio De Santa Cruz, Cathedral of Seville, Flamenco dancing, Roman ruins (aqueduct), Archivo de indias Seville Seville
Friday, 5/18 - Saturday, 5/19 Grand Mosque (Mezquita de Cordoba), Jewish Quarter, Calle De Los Judios, Casa Sefrad, Madinat Al Zarah Cordoba
Sunday, 5/20 - Tuesday, 5/22 Alhambra palace, Alcazaba, Generalife (gardens), Albacin (Jewish quarter), Granada Cathedral, depart for Philadelphia Granada

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 6, 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 on October 25, 2017 and will be given two weeks to commit to the program.

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