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Trips with SLU-Madrid

Saint Louis University — Madrid Campus offers students many opportunities to explore Spain and the rest of Europe during their studies.

All the trips listed on the web for the current or future semesters are subject to change or cancellation. All trip fees must be paid in SLU-Madrid Finance Office, located on the ground floor of Padre Arrupe Hall.

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Due to the guidelines for COVID-19 issued by the Spanish authorities all Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 academic trips have been canceled (09/30/2020).

Fall 2020

Valley of the Fallen (Valle de los Caídos)
  • Date: TBD
  • Faculty: Drs. Chris Ealham, Laura Tedesco & Daniel Blanch
  • Mandatory trip
  • Courses: POLS 3567 Political Development in Contemporary Spain, POLS 5590 ST Global Politics,  and POLS 4590 Crisis of Leadership
  • Approximate price: 15 euros

Dr. Ealham will lead the tour of the Cathedral and Abbey built into the Sierra Guadarrama mountains to the northwest of Madrid, which houses the tombs of General Francisco Franco and José Antonio Primo de Rivera, founder of the Spanish Fascist Party. The focus of the visit will be the symbolic and political significance of this landmark of 20th-century Spanish architecture and the contemporary debates relating to its past and future. Mandatory for all students enrolled in these classes.

Valley of the Fallen
European Space Agency & European Space Astronomy Center (ESAC)
  • Date: TBD
  • Faculty leader: Belén López Martí
  • Mandatory trip
  • Course: PHYS 1130-M01 Introduction to Astronomy
  • Approximate price: 15 euros
  • Departure from front steps at Padre Rubio Hall
Granja La Esgaravita
  • Date: TBA
  • Faculty: Eduardo Fernández-Cruz
  • Course: PSY 1010 General Psychology
  • Approximate price: 15 euros

At Granja La Esgaravita we are going to meet a group of psychologists (Psicoanimal) specialized in the field of Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT). The use of animals (e.g., dogs and horses), as a support or complementarity in therapy, has been widely documented in recent research. The trip will offer hands-on experience in a beautiful setting, near Alcalá de Henares, to understand the basic method of AAT, and to interact with different horses.