Study Abroad


Arab and Jewish Influence in Spain and Morocco

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This course is now accepting applications for the Winter 2014-15 term.

UMAIE Course Number:  T4458
SAU Course Equivalency:  +IS 210, Topics in International Studies (four credits)
Instructors: Dr. Samuel and Cathie Ogdie, Modern Foreign Language Department, Augustana College, South Dakota
Prerequisites:  None, but preferably students will have taken two semesters of Spanish
Dates: Jan. 5-Jan. 29, 2015. SAU Spring semester begins January 14.
Location: Spain (Madrid, Córdoba, Sevilla, Valencia, Toledo, and Granada ) & Morocco (Casa Blanca, Marrakesh, Fes, Tinghir, Merouga and Erfout)
Price: $6,225-$6,525 (subject to change)  

Program description

Spain has been a melting pot of people and cultures throughout its history, but no two groups have influenced Spain more than the Arabs and the Jews. The first evidence of Jewish settlements in Spain started in the third century. They had control over the Mediterranean trade on the eastern and southern coasts of Spain. They also were the bankers and businessmen who dominated the early Spanish economy. The Arabs arrived in 711 and pushed north from North Africa and were a dominant force until their final defeat at Granada in 1492. These Muslims, later called Moors, opened Spain to Eastern civilization and even introduced Greek philosophy to the Iberian Peninsula. Córdoba & Toledo were considered the new Athens of Europe.

We will focus our studies in five cities that most reflect the Arab and Jewish influence. They include Valencia, Toledo, Córdoba, Granada and Sevilla. Before exploring Spain, we will follow the steps of the Arab invasion through Morocco to the shores of Algeciras, Spain. Madrid will be our ending point for this course, which will give time to explore this beautiful capital. Every aspect of Spain that was affected by the Jews and Arabs will be explored, which includes the language, art, literature, music, dance, food, customs, holidays, architecture and religion. We must include the study of the Spanish Inquisition in order to fully appreciate the Jewish and Arab cultures in Spain. This course will give the student a better understanding of the elements that shape present day religious and world conflicts

What is included

  • Round-trip airfare from Moline, Chicago or Minneapolis
  • Airport transfers
  • Visas (if applicable)
  • Transportation to most course activities while abroad
  • Lodging
  • Continental breakfast daily (exceptions may apply)
  • Other meals (as indicated on course syllabus)
  • Entrance fees for required course activities
  • Planned excursions
  • Administrative costs
  • International health insurance
  • When rail passes or entrance fees are included, they are based on the utilization of youth rates (25 years or younger) and a valid university ID will be required to be shown at the entrance. Any additional amount incurred will be the participant's responsibility

What is not included

  • Passport fees
  • Transportation to/from airport
  • Fees for textbooks and materials
  • Meals (when not included in program fees) - approximate cost: $667.50
  • Personal baggage fees

How to apply

Priority Deadline: April 12, 2014
Step 1:  Complete the online application.
Step 2:  Submit a $500 deposit to the Center for International Education (Lower Cosgrove). Make checks payable to SEMINARS INTERNATIONAL.
Step 3: Submit your completed Liability Form to Ambrose 300.
Step 4. Pay your remaining balance by November 1. Submit your payment to the Center for International Education (Lower Cosgrove). Make checks payable to St. Ambrose.

Applications will be accepted until October 1.
Students that apply after the April 12 Priority Deadline may find that their desired program is full.Application and Payment Details

Application and Payment Details
  • Applications will not be reviewed until all application materials have been received.
  • The $500 deposit is deducted from the total program cost.
  • If you are not accepted into the program, or if the program is canceled, the application deposit is refundable.
  • If you are accepted, the application deposit is non-refundable after September 17.
  • The final payment is non-refundable after November 1.
  • Failure to meet deadlines may jeopardize your place in the program.