International Studies Abroad ®est. 1987



Location: Spain


During this single day visit, students become familiar with a city whose role in Spanish history has been decisive since the Roman period, thanks in part to its unique situation as a natural fortress—surrounded on three sides by the River Tagus (Tajo in Spanish). Toledo is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its wonderfully preserved architecture, showing the influence of various waves of Visigoths, Spanish Muslims and Catholic Christians as well as Sephardic Jews known to have translated some key works of classical antiquity right here.

The visit will begin with a panoramic bus tour so that students can appreciate Toledo's unique hilltop situation and strategic military value. The first stop of the visit will be in the monastery of San Juan de los Reyes, then to el Tránsito, a medieval synagogue later renamed Santa María la Blanca by the Christians who appropriated it as a place of worship. The visit then continues with a stop at the Santo Tomé Church, where students can admire El Greco´s masterpiece, "The Burial of Count Orgaz." Finally, students are introduced to principles of Spanish late Gothic architecture at the main façade of the Cathedral of Santa María.

Available in the following sessions

  • Academic Year 1A 2018-2019 (Aug 29, 2018 to May 24, 2019)
  • Academic Year 1B 2018-2019 (Sep 19, 2018 to May 24, 2019)
  • Fall 3A 2018 + Service-Learning (Aug 27, 2018 to Dec 21, 2018)
  • Fall 3B 2018 + Service-Learning (Sep 20, 2018 to Dec 21, 2018)
  • Spring 3A 2018 + Service-Learning (Jan 3, 2018 to May 26, 2018)
  • Spring 3B 2018 + Service-Learning (Jan 19, 2018 to May 26, 2018)