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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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COVID-19 Update: Trips will take place if travel to the specific destinations is possible at the time. SLU-Madrid will follow the guidelines for COVID-19 issued by the Spanish regional and national authorities at all times.

Fall 2022

Monasterio de Piedra
  • Dates: Sept. 3
  • Optional trip
  • Price: 50 euros
  • Departure from Padre Rubio Hall front steps at 8:30 a.m.

The Monasterio de Piedra was founded in 1194 when Alonso II granted an Arab castle to the monks of Poblet to build a monastery in the hopes of consolidating Christianity in the area. Legend says that this monastery is where the first chocolate candy was made. The natural park of Monasterio de Piedra offers an unbelievable experience, with a two-and-a-half hour walk through a lush parkland with waterfalls and grottos hidden in one of the driest areas of the region of Aragón. 

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Monasterio de Piedra. Interior shot shows stone brick archways with windows open to the outside with light coming in
Toledo
  • Dates: Sept. 4
  • Optional trip
  • Price: 50 euros
  • Departure from Padre Rubio Hall front steps at 9 a.m.

Toledo is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located just outside of Madrid. It is known as the "city of the three cultures" because Christians, Arabs and Jews lived together in this city for centuries. Behind its walls, Toledo preserves an artistic and cultural legacy in the form of churches, palaces, fortresses, mosques and synagogues. 

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Toledo. The city is shown next to a river, with buildings sitting close together under a blue sky. Church steeple towers above other buildings.
Salamanca
  • Date: Sept. 10
  • Optional trip
  • Price: 50 euros
  • Departure from Padre Rubio Hall front steps at 8:30 a.m.

Salamanca has been declared a "City of Mankind’s Heritage" by UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is best known for its university, which was founded in the beginning of the 13th century. Don't leave Spain without visiting one of the most breathtaking Renaissance cities in Europe and exploring its Romanesque and Baroque architecture. 

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Salamanca
Segovia
  • Date: Sept. 11
  • Optional trip
  • Price: 50 euros
  • Departure from Padre Rubio Hall front steps at 9 a.m.

Segovia is one of the must-do day trips while in Madrid. Join us in visiting this UNESCO World Heritage Site, famous for the Roman aqueduct that stands in the center of the old quarter. In addition, you will see numerous Romanesque churches and the Cathedral and Fortress (Castle). 

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Aqueduct of Segovia
Loyola Retreat
  • Date: Sept. 23-25
  • Optional trip
  • Price: 150 euros
  • Departure from Padre Rubio Hall at 8 a.m.

Open to all students of all faiths. Travel to the Basque countryside of northern Spain and visit the birthplace of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus. This is an opportunity for students to deepen their understanding of Saint Ignatius of Loyola and the Spiritual Exercises in the place where Saint Ignatius was born and lived his life. 

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Loyola Retreat
Murcia and Alicante
  • Date: Group 1: Sept. 30-Oct. 2 / Group 2: Oct. 7-9 / Group 3: Oct. 14-16                   
  • Faculty: Mónica Pérez-Bedmar 
  • Course: EAS 1050 Introduction to Oceanography
  • Mandatory trip
  • Price: 370 to 399 euros

The field trip will take students to Cabo de Palos, in the region of Murcia on Spain's southeastern coast. As one of the most ecologically diverse areas of the Mediterranean Sea, it proves an ideal site to study the main environmental issues the region is facing. The field trip includes visits to nearby oceanographic institutes, a desalination site, natural reserves and natural parks. The excursion includes a dive at one of the most important Mediterranean reserves, Islas Hormigas, off the coast of Murcia, which provides the opportunity — weather permitting — to snorkel in its crystal blue waters and identify the different organisms studied in the course. The trip also includes kayaking along the most developed Mediterranean coastlines, to identify coastal issues and successful restoration projects. Price includes transportation, lodging, excursions (as programmed in the final itinerary) and breakfast. 

Alicante. A white lighthouse rises above the shorelie, set against the sea and a blue sky.
Ávila
  • Date: Oct. 8
  • Faculty: Paul Vita, Ph.D.
  • Course: ENGL 2350 Faith, Doubt and Literature
  • Optional trip
  • Price: TBA

Among the thousands of pilgrims flocking to Ávila this year, SLU-Madrid students taking ENGL 2350 Faith, Doubt and Literature will visit Ávila. Saint Teresa's autobiography is one of the most widely read Spanish prose classics after Don Quixote. The proximity of Ávila to Madrid means that students can visit many of the sites that the great mystic and religious reformer wrote about, including the shrine that stands on the site of her birth, the Augustinian Convent where she went to school, the Monastery of the Incarnation where she lived for 30 years and San José, the reformed convent she founded.

Ávila
European Space Agency and European Space Astronomy Center (ESAC)
  • Date: Oct. 25
  • Faculty leader: Belén López Marti
  • Course: PHYS 1130 M01 Introduction to Astronomy
  • Mandatory trip
  • Approximate price: 22 euros
  • Departure from front steps at Padre Rubio Hall
Esac

Spring 2023

Monasterio de Piedra
  • Dates: Saturday, Jan. 14
  • Optional trip
  • Price: 50 euros
  • Departure from Padre Rubio Hall front steps at 8:30 a.m.

The Monasterio de Piedra was founded in 1194 when Alonso II granted an Arab castle to the monks of Poblet to build a monastery in the hopes of consolidating Christianity in the area. Legend says that this monastery is where the first chocolate candy was made. The natural park of Monasterio de Piedra offers an unbelievable experience, with a two-and-a-half hour walk through a lush parkland with waterfalls and grottos hidden in one of the driest areas of the region of Aragón. 

Monasterio de Piedra
Toledo
  • Dates: Sunday, Jan. 15
  • Optional trip
  • Price: 50 euros
  • Departure from Padre Rubio Hall front steps at 9 a.m.

Toledo is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located just outside of Madrid. It is known as the "city of the three cultures" because Christians, Arabs and Jews lived together in this city for centuries. Behind its walls, Toledo preserves an artistic and cultural legacy in the form of churches, palaces, fortresses, mosques and synagogues. 

Toledo
Salamanca
  • Date: Saturday, Jan. 21
  • Optional trip
  • Price: 50 euros
  • Departure from Padre Rubio Hall front steps at 8:30 a.m.

Salamanca has been declared a "City of Mankind's Heritage" by UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is best known for its university, which was founded in the beginning of the 13th century. Don't leave Spain without visiting one of the most breathtaking Renaissance cities in Europe and exploring its Romanesque and Baroque architecture. 

Salamanca
Segovia
  • Date: Sunday, Jan. 22
  • Optional trip
  • Price: 50 euros
  • Departure from Padre Rubio Hall front steps at 9 a.m.

Segovia is one of the must-do day trips while in Madrid. Join us in visiting this UNESCO World Heritage Site, famous for the Roman aqueduct that stands in the center of the old quarter. In addition, you will see numerous Romanesque churches and the Cathedral and Fortress (Castle). 

Segovia
European Space Agency and European Space Astronomy Center (ESAC)
  • Date: Thursday, March 9
  • Faculty leader: Belén López Martí
  • Course: PHYS 1130 M01 Introduction to Astronomy
  • Mandatory trip
  • Approximate price: 22 euros
  • Departure from front steps at Padre Rubio Hall
Esac
Loyola Retreat
  • Date: TBA
  • Optional trip
  • Price: 150 euros
  • Departure from Padre Rubio Hall at 8 a.m.

Open to all students of all faiths. Travel to the Basque countryside of northern Spain and visit the birthplace of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus. This is an opportunity for students to deepen their understanding of Saint Ignatius of Loyola and the Spiritual Exercises in the place where Saint Ignatius was born and lived his life. 

Loyola Retreat
Murcia and Alicante
  • Date: TBA             
  • Faculty: Mónica Pérez-Bedmar 
  • Course: EAS 1050 Introduction to Oceanography
  • Mandatory trip
  • Price: 370 to 399 euros

The field trip will take students to Cabo de Palos, in the region of Murcia on Spain's southeastern coast. As one of the most ecologically diverse areas of the Mediterranean Sea, it proves an ideal site to study the main environmental issues the region is facing. The field trip includes visits to nearby oceanographic institutes, a desalination site, natural reserves and natural parks. The excursion includes a dive at one of the most important Mediterranean reserves, Islas Hormigas, off the coast of Murcia, which provides the opportunity — weather permitting — to snorkel in its crystal blue waters and identify the different organisms studied in the course. The trip also includes kayaking along the most developed Mediterranean coastlines, to identify coastal issues and successful restoration projects. Price includes transportation, lodging, excursions (as programmed in the final itinerary) and breakfast. 

Murcia and Alicante

Summer 2023

Toledo 
  • Dates: May 28
  • Optional trip
  • Price: 50 euros
  • Departure from Padre Rubio Hall front steps at 9 a.m.

Toledo is a World Heritage site located just outside of Madrid. It is known as the "city of the three cultures" because Christians, Arabs and Jews lived together in this city for centuries. Behind its walls, Toledo preserves an artistic and cultural legacy in the form of churches, palaces, fortresses, mosques and synagogues.

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Toledo
Monasterio de Piedra
  • Dates: June 4
  • Optional trip
  • Price: 50 euros
  • Departure from Padre Rubio Hall front steps at 8:30 a.m.

The Monasterio de Piedra was founded in 1194 when Alonso II granted an Arab castle to the monks of Poblet to build a monastery in the hopes of consolidating Christianity in the area. Legend says that this monastery is where the first chocolate candy was made. The natural park of Monasterio de Piedra offers an unbelievable experience, with a two-and-a-half hour walk through a lush parkland with waterfalls and grottos hidden in one of the driest areas of the region of Aragón.  

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Monasterio de Piedra. An interior shot displays grey brick archways and windows with light coming through.
Murcia and Alicante
  • Date: June 9-11
  • Faculty: Mónica Pérez-Bedmar
  • Course: EAS 1050 Introduction to Oceanography
  • Mandatory trip
  • Price: 350 to 399 euros

The field trip will take students to Cabo de Palos, in the region of Murcia on Spain's southeastern coast. As one of the most ecologically diverse areas of the Mediterranean Sea, it proves an ideal site to study the main environmental issues the region is facing. The field trip includes visits to nearby oceanographic institutes, a desalination site, natural reserves and natural parks. The excursion includes a dive at one of the most important Mediterranean reserves, Islas Hormigas, off the coast of Murcia, which provides the opportunity — weather permitting — to snorkel in its crystal blue waters and identify the different organisms studied in the course. The trip also includes kayaking along the most developed Mediterranean coastlines, to identify coastal issues and successful restoration projects. The price includes transportation, lodging, excursions (as programmed in the final itinerary) and breakfast. 

Murcia and Alicante