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  • Locations: Seville, Spain
  • Program Terms: Summer
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Fact Sheet:
Class Standing: 1-Freshman, 2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior, 6-Non-Degree Seeking Language of Instruction: English
Minimum GPA: 2.00 Field of Study: Arabic Language & Literature, General Studies, History, International Security and Conflict Resolution, Islamic and Arabic Studies
Housing Options: Homestay Credit Type: Resident Credit
Program Type: CES Faculty-Led Program SDSU Office: 2-Extended Studies
Program Description:
Journey to Medieval Spain Through Culture and History

Summer 2019
Course Dates: TBA
Dates Abroad: TBA
Price: TBA

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Become aware of how modern Spanish culture was shaped through its medieval history, in a three-week program, this coming Summer.  We will explore the magnificent historical monuments of the city of Seville through its art and architecture, along with other weekly excursions.  To compliment the course, travels to the cities of Cordoba and Granada will also take place.


This course will deal with the culture and history of Medieval Spain through its art, architecture, music, dance, food, and religious toleration.  Medieval Spain produced a unique society in which the Muslims, Christians, and Jews intermingled and lived harmoniously, providing access to higher education and advances in governmental positions.  We will discuss how this society came about, how it was implemented, and how it eventually collapsed.
Lectures will take place both inside and outside the classroom as we explore numerous historical sites in Seville, including the Real/Palace Alcazar and its botanical gardens (the home for many scenes in “Game of Thrones”), the magnificent Cathedral of Seville, the Historical Jewish Quarter, and enjoy a daily immersion into culinary delights, Flamenco dance and music.  Excursions will also be taken to the historical cities of Cordoba and Granada.

All participants are required register in ONE of the following SDSU courses, offered through the College of Extended Studies (CES):
  • HIST 473: Middle East: Islam to 1500 with focus on Islamic Spain (3 units) [fulfills upper division GE Explorations area C Humanities requirement; cultural diversity course]
  • GEN S 450: History and Culture of Medieval Spain (3 units) [fulfills upper division GE Explorations area C Humanities requirement]
  • HIST 499: Special Study (3 units)

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Farid_MahdaviFarid Mahdavi, Ph.D. (University of Wisconsin, Madison, 2000) teaches Islamic History, Middle Eastern History, and World History.  His research interests lie in both World History and Modern Middle Eastern History.  His book World History; the Human Experience to 1500 was published in 2012.  His current book project, “Historical Formation of Shi’ism; a Conceptual Analysis of Ali Shari‘ati’s Thoughts and Views on True Islam.”  It deals with the rise of 1970s Iranian intellectual, Ali Shari’ati, and how he perceived true Islam as a progressive alternative to the leading Western ideologies of the time.  His other publications include, "Revolution--Iran."  Berkshire Encyclopedia of World History, Vol. 4., Book Review, Jonathan Bloom, “Paper Before Print:  The History and Impact of Paper in the Islamic World.”  Journal of Interdisciplinary History, 2002.

Payment Schedule:
Included in Program Fee:
  • Housing
  • Tuition
  • Activities as listed above
  • Group airport pickup and dropoff
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner at homestays
  • Metro pass with 45 rides
  • Medical and repatriation insurance
Not Included in Program Fee:
  • Round-trip airfare
  • Passport and visa fees
  • Personal expenses
Refund Policy:
Program Costs Refund:
  • TBA
Course Tuition Refund: 
Refunds for course tuition follow the College of Extended Studies (CES) standard refund policy

* Withdrawals are effective on the date that the CES Faculty-Led Program staff receives written notification from you, the student. Email notification is acceptable.

Funding & Scholarship Information:
Visit the CES Study Abroad website for more information about financial aid, scholarships, military and veterans benefits, and other funding sources. 

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
  • Open to SDSU students, students at other colleges and universities and the general public
  • SDSU students cannot be on academic probation (less than 2.0 GPA) or disciplinary probation (expulsion, judicial, or suspension) at the time of application and/or at the time of course registration. The standard CES refund policy for study abroad applies if you are found to be on probation after applying to the program.
  • Minimum age to participate is 18
  • After applying and being accepted into the program, all participants must complete BOTH a mandatory pre-departure orientation sponsored by the College of Extended Studies (CES) as well as a program-specific orientation(s) with their faculty leader(s) prior to departure. Details about both will be sent after acceptance into the program.


Summer 2019: Application not yet available

The application for summer 2019 is not yet available.  If you would like to receive updates, please add your name to the inquiry list above.
  • Click HERE for a list of Frequently Asked Questions about College of Extended Studies (CES) study abroad programs.
  • If you would like more information about the application and registration process or have general questions, please contact Amanda Chamberlain, Study Abroad Advisor, in the College of Extended Studies, Faculty-Led Study Abroad office:,  (619) 594-0540.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.