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  • Locations: Madrid, Spain
  • Program Terms: Summer Term 1
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Accommodation: Student Residence GPA Requirement: None
Language of Instruction: English On-Site Staff: BC Resident Director
BC Program Type: BC Summer Program BC Department: Art, Art History & Film
Summer Course Credit Fulfillment: Art, Art History & Film major/minor elective, Arts Core Number of Credits: 3
Course Number: ARTH 3330 Program Manager: Shannon Williams
Program Description:
The Program

This course offers students a first-hand journey through the history of Spanish art through the study of some of the most important works and artists, from the Middle Ages to present-day works.  The program emphasizes the practical component which will consist of cultural activities in which the student will learn about the works of art directly in their original location. The city will become our classroom. Therefore, the five senses will be employed to study Art (a short word for such a complex reality).

Program DatesSpanish art history students 2

Arrival in Madrid: Saturday, May 26, 2018

Departure from Madrid: Sunday, June 23, 2018

Faculty Leader
Dr. Ana Peláez


The seminar will be divided into two components: a theoretical and a practical part. There will be a total of five lectures in the classroom, with the remaining lectures taking place on-site at various museums and monuments throughout the city, which will include visits to the Prado, Thyssen-Bornemisza, Sorolla, and Reina Sofía Museums as well as the Caixa Forum Foundation. There will also be one two-day trip to Andalusia and a one-day trip to Toledo. These cultural visits will constitute the main body of the course with on-site lectures, outside the formal classroom setting. The focus of the program will be to experience art firsthand. 

The geographic location of Spain has formed the peninsula into a bridge of African and European cultures. Its art, therefore, has been influenced by a wide variety of cultures and civilizations, creating a unique, idiosyncratic and fascinating paradigm of world art history. These characteristics make Spanish art the ideal candidate for an overview of global art history. 

Draft Syllabus: 
Spanish Art History_Pelaez_DRAFT.docx


Students will be billed for summer programs via their Agora account in early May, and payment is due prior to departure. Any questions related to billing should be directed to Student Services. 

Four separate costs are billed to Agora: 
  • Tuition (3-credit tuition was $2,508) 
  • GeoBlue international health insurance ($50)
  • Program fee ($2,200)
  • Enrollment fee ($45)
Students are responsible for coordinating and paying for their own travel to Madrid and budgeting for meals and personal expenses not covered by the program fee. Details on housing and meals is included below.

Please consult our Summer Finances & Scholarships page for additional information on program costs and funding opportunities. 

Housing & Meals

Students will be housed in a student residence. Three meals per day at the residence hall are included in the cost of the program.

Cultural Activities

The program will offer students regular excursions and field trips.  Students will visit the Archaeological Museum, the Prado, Thyssen-Bornemisza, Sorolla, Reina Sofía Museums and Caixa Forum Foundation. In addition to sites in and around Madrid, students will travel on a two-day trip to Andalucia  and a one-day trip to Toledo. Also, we will enjoy a Flamenco show, a visit to the Madrid flea-market, and an optional bullfight. There will also be an optional Saturday trip to Segovia.

Travel Information

Students are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to and from Madrid. Airport pick-up and drop-off is included in the program cost. 

Application Process

Please click on the Apply Now button on this page to submit an online application to OIP. For detailed information on the application process please visit the Summer Applications & Admissions page


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The Office of International Programs reserves the right to update, change, or cancel any BC Summer program without notice due to unexpected events abroad, curriculum, or enrollment issues.


This program is currently not accepting applications.