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December 26, 2012 - January 11, 2013 (tentative)


Linda Lefkowitz

Modern Languages and Literature




* A $300 Early-Bird sign-up discount is available for students who complete their application by May 27, 2012.

$3,900 (tentative)This includes tuition for three credits, and accomodation including double occupancy room in hotel and staying with Spanish families (which will include most meals and laundry).  The program cost also includes and international Student ID Card.  Not included: airfare, local travel, meals outside the program, laundry, personal expenses, personal weekend travel and/or other costs.


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Dr. Linda Lefkowitz from Lehigh University’s Modern Languages department will lead this intensive 3-week study program to two important areas of Spain:  Castilla la Mancha (Madrid and Central Spain) and Andalusia, the center of one of the most highly developed civilizations of the Middle Ages.  This is the sixth time a Winter Term in Spain is offered at Lehigh.  The course will be taught in English and “survival Spanish” will be offered to novices.

The group will travel to four important cities in Spain: Madrid, Toledo, Cordoba, and Seville.  We spend four days in Madrid, the capital of Spain, located right in the center of the peninsula.  The group is lodged in a centrally located Hotel, within easy walking distance of the main cultural attractions.  These are the world-famous Prado museum, the Museum of Queen Sofía (which houses the famous painting of Picasso know as the Guernica), the Royal Palace, the Bernabeu soccer stadium (which houses the Real Madrid soccer club), and the Plaza Mayor (the main square). 

There is a one-day excursion to Toledo, in the 11th century the capital of Spain and current capital of the Autonomous Community called Castilla-La Mancha. It is 70 kilometers (43 miles) south of Madrid.  Toledo has been declared a World Heritage city by the UNESCO.  In the past, Toledo was host to Christian, Islamic, and Jewish culture and this is reflected in its streets and monuments.  Here, besides a spectacular Cathedral, and two remaining synagogues, we will see the very famous painting of El Greco called the Burial of the Count of Orgaz.  In Seville where we will be housed with Spanish families, time is spent learning in the classroom and “on the street”. 

Besides visiting the many monuments and major landmarks of this capital of the Autonomous Community of Andalusia, which includes the third largest Gothic cathedral in the world, right next to a Moorish palace, we will also experience such cultural attractions as dancing and singing of Sevillanas, Flamenco dance and song, the New Year’s Eve eating of the grapes, the parade that commemorates Three Kings Day where you will get showered with candy, and of course the late night life enjoyed by people your own age. There will be an excursion to the 2nd Century A.D. Roman city of Itálica, which houses the best preserved Roman ruins in the country. Finally, we will also visit the great Mosque of Córdoba with a Cathedral built right in its center!


In Madrid, students will stay in double and triple rooms at a hotel.  In Seville, students will reside with Spanish families where three meals a day are included, along with some laundry service.


MLL 195: Tradition and Transition, Spain in the New Millennium
(3 credits of Humanities)

This winter term study abroad program will allow students to explore significant Spanish cultural, social, and artistic paradigms to see how they have evolved from early modern Spain to the present time.  For example, students will examine the status of women and populations on the fringes of society, the role of religion and sports in Spanish society, the artist’s perceptions of war, the evolution of the urban experience and urban architecture, and the economic impact of Spain’s entry into the European Union.  Special attention will be given to the effect of the transition from the national currency to the Euro.

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