The World Heritage Cities language tourism programme offers visitors the chance to combine learning Spanish with a trip to some of the country’s most outstanding monuments. Ten cities are part of this initiative offering the chance to mix two different destinations at any time of the year with accommodation in university halls and private houses. Students can choose between different training levels and receive an official certificate issued by the different participating universities at the end.
Cáceres - Mérida: ‘A real journey into Spain’s history and culture’ Cáceres with its noble monumental historic centre and Mérida with its legacy of Roman Hispania organise this training programme. Over almost a month, students have 80 hours of morning classes in Spanish, in addition to different cultural seminars on Spanish geography, history, art and contemporary society. There are guided tours in the afternoons and at weekends around monumental areas of both cities, as well as around the National Museum of Roman Art in Mérida. There is also a Spanish cinema series, amongst other activities. Cuenca - Toledo. ‘A magical journey into Spain’s countryside and art’ The cities of Toledo and Cuenca share the training programme. It includes 80 hours of class spread over almost a month teaching Spanish at different levels. Students are received with a welcome party in Segovia and make guided trips around the historic city centre with stops at emblematic monuments such as the Cathedral, San Juan de los Reyes Monastery and the synagogues of Santa María la Blanca and El Tránsito. There is also a day reserved for a trip out to Segovia. There are also guided tours in Cuenca around the Cathedral, the Hanging Houses, the Museum of Spanish Abstract Art and the Antonio Pérez Foundation. There is also a day out to Valencia and a visit to the Oceanogràfic centre. Both destinations organise a series of Spanish cinema and a gymkhana to get to know the city. Salamanca - Alcalá de Henares: ‘The Route of the Spanish Language’ The university cities of Salamanca and Alcalá de Henares run the course including an academic programme of 80 hours of class over three weeks. Students enjoy a welcome party in Salamanca at the Aula Magna at the Pontificia University, as well as night-time and daytime trips around the historical centre, a Spanish cinema forum with talks, and trips to Alberca, Ciudad Rodrigo and Los Arribes del Duero Nature Reserve. In Alcalá de Henares, the city of Cervantes, students take a guided tour around the monumental city as well as trips to Cervantes Home Museum (located in the writer’s birthplace) and the Archaeological Museum of the Regional of Madrid, a tapas tour and full-day trips to Madrid and El Escorial. Salamanca - Ávila: ‘Two cities, one university’ This two-month course lasts 160 hours and is run in equal parts at the University of Salamanca and at its campus in the city of Ávila. During their stay, students are taught Spanish language, culture and conversation. There is a complementary programme in the afternoon for three days a week. Students stay with Spanish families and enjoy the chance to discover the monumental settings of these emblematic cities. In turn, all students are issued with a student card which provides them access to all University infrastructures and services. Toledo - Santiago de Compostela: ‘A linguistic journey into monumental Spain’ The course can be taken in two weeks or a month and offers 80 hours of Spanish classes. There are four hours per day of grammar and conversation in Toledo whilst in Santiago, there are three hours per day of language and one for cultural seminars. The programme includes guided tours to monuments such as the Cathedral and San Juan de los Reyes Monastery in Toledo, as well as a trip to the nature area of La Vera, in the province of Cáceres. There are also Spanish cinema sessions and beginners’ dance classes. In turn, in Santiago visitors discover the monumental city, the Cathedral and learn the meaning of the Way of Saint James. Further, there is a gastronomic tour, a storytellers’ day and a day-trip to the Rías Baixas estuaries. Córdoba – Segovia: ‘A linguistic route into three cultures’ Students learn Spanish and enjoy the monumental and natural setting of the Andalusian city of Cordoba and the Castile and León city of Segovia for a month. There are 80 hours of class covering Spanish grammar and culture. Both cities also organise cultural activities. Cordoba offers guided tours to the Great Mosque, the archaeological site of Medina Azahara and the museums of Archaeology and Julio Romero de Torres. There is also a trip around the Jewish Quarter, the Christian Monarchs’ Castle and the Synagogue. Segovia offers excursions covering the entire area declared a World Heritage site, from the Aqueduct to the Castle, the Cathedral and Jewish Quarter, as well as trips to La Granja Royal Palace and the Eresma River valley; here student will discover the Carmelite Convent, Vera Cruz Church, Romeral de San Marcos garden, Santa María del Parral Monastery and the Plaza de San Lorenzo.