Pre-College Programs

Segovia, Spain | Course Details

Location-Based Program

Segovia students enroll in 3 courses: Making Sense of the World, Intermediate Spanish, and Spanish Life and Culture.

Making Sense of the World (CRN: 10931)

As the globalization of the world economy erodes national borders, nation states have become more interdependent than ever before. Indeed, developments in one region of the world can have a profound impact on those living on the other side of the globe. This introductory course aims to explore some of the broad topics in the study of international relations including sovereignty, power, anarchy, interdependence, the interaction between non state actors and nation states, and how different actors in international relations (states, MNCs, international organizations such as the IMF, NGOs) all have a significant role to play in addressing 21st century global challenges such as poverty eradication & development, transnational security & terrorism, and financial crises.

Learning Objectives:

Through the analysis of videos, news articles, in-class simulations and presentations, students will get a preliminary understanding of many of the political and economic issues that affect and shape the international system today. Students will have the opportunity to analyze 21st century global challenges and come up with possible solutions to these problems.

The course is structured as such that the instructor serves as facilitator for class discussion. Thus students are expected to come to class fully prepared for active participation.

The course includes the following topics:

Brown University Global Program in Segovia, Spain

Students will read about some of the most analytical interventions published by leading economists and political scientists to address these questions. The experts’ points will be illustrated with several documentaries and cutting-edge animations. 

Intermediate Spanish (CRN: 10992)

The aim of this course is for students to significantly improve their communications skills in Spanish, particularly their oral expression and listening comprehension, in order that their immersion in Spanish culture during their time in Segovia is successful and rewarding. Daily classes are taught completely in Spanish and focus on proficiency in everyday speech to facilitate interaction with the local communities.

Exercises in grammar, syntax, and vocabulary are augmented by studies in local dialects and the culture, especially in connection with planned trips to Andalucía and Salamanca. We will also discuss a few aspects of local culture in Segovia, including the poetry of renowned author Antonio Machado and artist Esteban Vicente, who lived in exile in the US and has now an important museum in Segovia.

Students will leave the class with expanded skills in spoken and written Spanish and a greater understanding of the richness of Spanish culture.

Spanish Life and Culture (CRN: 10971)

Cultural Workshops will give students the opportunity to explore Spain’s rich culture and history from the Middle Ages to the present. This interdisciplinary course will introduce students to Spain’s art, cooking, geography, history, literature, music, and other cultural aspects, like the Camino de Santiago. Many of these workshops will be hands-on: Students will learn to cook typical Spanish meals, like tortilla española and croquetas, read Antonio Machado’s poetry and visit his home in Segovia, and hike a small portion of the Camino de Santiago. To reinforce language instruction, the course will be conducted entirely in Spanish.

Field Trips

Brown University Global Program in Segovia, Spain

Co-curricular excursions are an opportunity for students to immerse themselves in Spanish language and culture by visiting the historical sights of Segovia, Madrid, and Salamanca.


The capital of Spain, Madrid’s cultural and artistic heritage blends seamlessly with its cosmopolitan modernity. The city’s historical legacy is evident in its medieval center dating back to the Hapsburg Empire and which houses famous landmarks, such as the expansive Plaza Mayor square and the Royal Palace.


Located in the Castile y Leon region west of Madrid, Salamanca is an ancient town and home to one of the oldest universities in Europe. The historic center of Salamanca is a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its important Romanesque, Gothic, Moorish, Renaissance and Baroque monuments.

Daily Schedule

Morning Breakfast
  Making Sense of the World
  Intermediate Spanish
Afternoon Lunch
  Spanish Life and Culture
Evening Site visits/Community Building
  Study Hall
11:00pm Curfew

Global programs are academically rigorous. Given the intensity of the program, there is minimal free time. 

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