Kaye Emily Toledo Su13 Essence


Fall, Spring
Student Year
Sophomore, Junior
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¡Bienvenidos a España!

Spain is one of the most popular study abroad destinations. The country is geographically and culturally diverse, with storied stone castles, aqueducts and ancient ruins, snowcapped mountains, vast monuments, and sophisticated cities. From the cosmopolitan coastal city of Barcelona to the more traditional Sevilla in the south, you can discover the multifaceted culture of Spain while studying. Food is the most important pillar of Spanish society, so be prepared to enjoy a good paella, seafood, or jámon, and eat hundreds of tapas! In the cradle of Castellano, you will learn Miguel de Cervantes’ language and bring a new facet to your Spanish proficiency.

The University of Notre Dame has been sending students to Toledo for decades. Toledo is 30 minutes away from Madrid by high-speed train. The city has been called the quintessential Spanish city; for Cervantes, Toledo was the glory of Spain and the light of her cities. For two thousand years, its central location made Toledo the coveted prize of a variety of peoples—Romans, Visigoths, Moslems and Christians. Toledo's architecture and monuments display a splendid variety of medieval and renaissance styles, from Arabic mosques to Jewish synagogues and Christian churches. The city is also famous for its collection of El Greco paintings, one of the largest in the world. Students live and take classes in a renovated 16th century convent, the San Juan de la Penitencia Residence, a beautiful example of renaissance and mudejar architecture with its peaceful inner courtyard and arched balconies, where they study Spanish Language and Latin American and European Studies with the Fundación Jose Ortega y Gasset-Marañón, a private academic research institute. The Fundación in Toledo offers classes tailored to an international public.

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