History and Identity in Spain

This one-credit spring break program is open to students of all majors, but designed especially for those interested in history and/or Spanish language and culture. Participants will begin their experience in Madrid and visit many historically important sites. Additionally, students will take a day trip to Segovia. Students will then travel to Granada in Southern Spain.

Interested students should contact Dr. Pilar Herr at pmh3@pitt.edu or Lauren Perri, Study Abroad Coordinator at the Greensburg campus, lap140@pitt.edu

What You'll Accomplish: 

As an engaged and active participant in this program, you will have the opportunity to develop:

  • an understanding of the interconnectedness of Spanish identity and geographical spaces
  • an understanding of the architectural, artistic, and cultural influences on Spanish identity
  • critical assessment skills when considering the evolution of Spanish identity over history

Spain is located in Europe. Madrid is the country's cultural and political capital and also its largest city by population. Madrid is located in central Spain and combines the rich history of the country with modern life. It is a bustling, vibrant city with plenty to do and see. The city offers important sites such as the Prado Museum, the Royal Palace, Parque Retiro, and more. In southern Spain, Granada boasts many examples of Islamic influence. Granada is located in Andalusia, an autonomous community in Spain. Granada is smaller than Madrid, making it easily walkable. 

Where You'll Live: 

Students will be housed in hotels in both Madrid and Granada. 

You can expect your housing to have the following:

  • Shared rooms in hotels with bedding and towels provided
  • En-suite bathrooms
  • Access to Wi-Fi
  • 24-hour reception
  • Some meals included (breakfast)

We do our best to provide the most accurate information about housing and amentities, but due to the nature of the locations in which we offer programs and limited availability, these items are subject to change. Contact your program manager with any questions. 

What You'll Study: 

The History and Identity in Spain program is open to all majors, but is particularly suitable for students with an interest or background in history. Students will earn 1.0 credit while in Spain: HIST1745: History and Identity Over Time in Spain. This course is cross-listed as SPAN 1745 for those seeking Spanish credit. For students wishing to earn the 1.0 credit in SPAN 1745 instead of HIST 1745, please speak with Dr. Herr for how your assignments will differ. 

Information about how the course on this program counts towards general education requirements for different schools and campuses can be found here

Special Topics - Study Abroad (HIST1745)

This course is a 1.0 credit special topics course related to a study abroad experience. 

The History and Identity in Spain course will be led by Dr. Pilar Herr, Assistant Professor of History at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg. 

Your Pitt Study Abroad Contacts: 

Lauren Perri

Hi! I'm Lauren, the Study Abroad Coordinator at the Greensburg campus. As an undergraduate student, I studied abroad in Marburg, Germany. Since then, my career in international education has taken me to many locations around the world. In addition to traveling, I enjoy growing my own vegetables, going to the beach, and hanging out in the backyard. Let's chat about study abroad opportunities - lap140@pitt.edu or 724-836-7494.

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Your In-Country Contacts: 

Pilar M. Herr, PhD

Pilar M. Herr, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of History and the coordinator for the Vira I. Heinz Program in Women in Global Leadership.  She teaches Latin American History courses as well as The History and Culture of Spain.  As Vira I. Heinz coordinator, she oversees Vira I. Heinz recipients (up to 3 yearly) in their one-year program. Her research interests are in nineteenth-century state formation and ethnohistory in the Southern Cone and her book will be published on December 1st. She loves to travel and in her spare time she loves to read and spend as much time as possible with her husband and two children.

  In- State Out-of-State
Estimated Expenses Billed by Pitt  $2,999


Estimated Additional Expenses $450 $450
Total Estimated Cost $3,449 $3,649

Final program costs and will be available by September 15 (spring) October 15 (spring break) November 15 (summer) February 15 (fall).

The amounts above are for the 2019-2020 academic year and should be used as estimates only. Pricing for 2020-2021 will be posted and announced in the fall term.

What's Included: 

As a part of your program fee, the following are included:

  • 1.0 credit
  • Shared room in hotels 
  • Some meals (breakfast) 
  • International travel health insurance 
  • Excursion to Segovia
  • Roundtrip airfare from Pittsburgh International Airport
  • In-country transportation 
  • Entrance fees/group tours

While your program fee will cover most of your expenses, keep in mind that you are also responsible for the following:

  • Transportation to/from the Pittsburgh International Airport
  • Personal expenses (~$300)
  • Passport Fee (~$150)

Remember that your lifestyle and spending choices can greatly affect the amount of money you'll need while abroad. Visit our Budgeting page for more information. 

When You'll Go: 

Dates for the 2020-2021 academic year will be posted in the fall! 

What Else You Need to Know: 

Because of the nature of this program and dates, students do not have the opportunity to travel independently before, during, or after the program. 

Pitt Greensburg students should contact Lauren Perri regarding scholarships. 

Additional details including costs and dates will be available shortly.