Spain 2022

Spain - Summer 2022

Due to pandemic restrictions, travel plans for all future seminars are subject to change. With a commitment to the health and safety of students and faculty, and to the communities that host our groups, we continue to monitor conditions and restrictions for travel. Please check for updates on programs of interest as you make decisions for upcoming terms.

This intercultural seminar will explore several of the diverse regions of Spain: Valencia on the Mediterranean Sea, the central capital Madrid, Andalucia in the south and Asturias along the northern coast. For three weeks we will learn Spanish in Valencia (Spain’s third largest city), as we experience the culture, history, and contrasts of Spain. Many people in Spain do not speak English, so you will practice speaking Spanish! Students will live with local families, and immerse themselves in Valencia’s unique food traditions, old city charm, bicycling paths and visits to the beach as well as experience the thriving arts scene. 

We will begin the journey with some time in Madrid learning about issues of immigration and religious expressions, through visits with members of an Anabaptist network of small churches in an urban setting. In the past 50 years, Spain has undergone a radical change from a culture of traditional Catholicism to a largely secular country. We will explore how Anabaptists understand the role of Christian witness in a secularizing society.  Madrid offers an amazing collection of museums, outdoor meat and food markets and evening dining which begins at 9:00 p.m.  Be prepared to be up late!

As we interact with the cultures of Spain, we will challenge students to reflect on their own culture, and the cultural assumptions we all make about peoples from other places in the world. Additional travel includes visits to the internationally renowned Mezquita in Córdoba in the south, where Jews, Muslims and Christians have a complex history of co-existence as well as Christian oppression. 

Throughout the seminar we will be doing a great deal of walking - students will need to anticipate frequent excursions both urban and rural, getting around on our two feet. Part of this walking will include several days hiking near the end of the trip on the northern way of the Camino de Santiago in Asturias.


Seminar Leaders: Deanna Durham, DASS and Byron Peachey, Intercultural Programs
Locations: Valencia, Madrid,  Asturias
Dates: May 9 – June 20, 2022 (6-weeks) or July 6 - Aug. 1 (4-weeks)
Estimated Cost: $6,500 / $4,500 includes tuition, travel, room & board


CCSSC 201 Cross-Cultural Social Science: Spain (3 SH) (1 SH for 4-week seminar)
CCSPAN 110, 120, 210, 220, 312, 322, 332 (3 SH) at level

Required Immunizations

  • Routine – MMR, DPT series with last booster within 10 years, IPV or OPV, Hep B, Hepatitis A, Influenza and Covid-19 as required for EMU enrollment.
  • In an effort to maximize the safety of our hosts and our students, EMU Intercultural Programs requires all employees and students who plan to travel for intercultural immersion, both domestic and international, to have completed their vaccination regimen for COVID-19 more than 14 days prior to travel. This requirement is one of the standard immunizations required for enrollment, effective Mar. 1, 2021. If you have any questions or concerns, please email Dr. Beth Good for more information. 

Immunizations may be obtained at the EMU Health Center by appointment.
Immunizations may also be obtained from your local health department or primary care provider.

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