Tours and Field Studies for Alicante, Spain
USAC encourages every student to participate in these optional tours/field studies; however, this segment of the program is optional for an additional fee. You may choose to participate for pleasure as a tour or as a 1-credit field study course; the field study students is designed to enhance the experience. You will sign up for the tour or register for the field study on your Course and Tour Registration Form. Be sure to reserve your spot as they fill early; the deadline for fall semester is July 1 and for spring semester is November 1.
Madrid Tour and Field Study
The Madrid Tour/Field Study can be taken either semester as a tour for pleasure or as a 1-credit field study course. 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.
If you register for the 1-credit field study, you will be expected to keep a journal and answer a series of questions about the sites visited. Upon arrival in Alicante, you will have follow-up meetings with a professor and take a final exam. The written work may be completed in Spanish or in English.
Morocco Field Study (Spring semester only)
The Morocco Tour/Field Study occurs during the last five days of Spring. Alicante, having been part of the Arabic expansion into Spain over the centuries, still reflects many aspects of this cultural influence in its architecture, food, and festivities. The north of Morocco was part of the Spanish Protectorate at one time. To fully understand this cultural link and their mutual influences, this exciting tour/field study will explore northern Morocco: crossing the Strait of Gibraltar between Europe and Africa to visit the cities of Tétouan, Chefchaouen (Chaouen), and Tangier. A minimum enrollment of 20 students is required for the trip to take place.