USAC encourages every student to participate in the tours/field studies; however, they are optional and have an additional fee. You may choose to participate for pleasure as a tour or as a 1-credit field study course. The field study requires you to complete additional academic requirements, keep a journal, and engage in discussions of the sites visited to better understand their historical and cultural contexts. Destinations may change at the discretion of the Resident Director.
The following are possible destinations, view term calendars for specifics.
Barcelona Tour and Field Study
Cataluña is the region occupying the northeastern part of the Iberian Peninsula. It has a strong national identity, with a unique culture and language all its own, and with six million inhabitants, it is the second most populated region in Spain. Flanked by the Pyrenees Mountains and bathed by the Mediterranean Sea, it is home to some of the most popular destinations in Spain—most notably its capital city, Barcelona. During the four-day tour you will stay at the center of the oldest part of the city. This will be your launch pad to see UNESCO World Heritage sites like the massive Sagrada Familia, feast at a picnic in nearby Girona, ramble through the cobblestone streets of Barrio Gotico, and feel the mist from a city boat tour.
Madrid Tour and Field Study
Students on the tour will stay at a centrally located hotel and spend four days discovering the artistic and historic charms of Madrid. You’ll take bus trips to the medieval city of Toledo, Valley of the Fallen, and the town of Segovia—famous for its Roman aqueduct and its castle—and visit many sites within the city of Madrid.