Pre-College Programs

August 21, 2017

Summer 2017 Program Re-cap: Student adventures in Segovia, Salamanca, Madrid


Segovia, Spain

Brown’s Pre-College Location-Based Program in Segovia sends high school students to the Spanish city for two-weeks of classes that blend global business and humanities with local culture and language.


the Basilica

Residential Advisors, Fernando and Camila, at the world famous Segovian aqueduct.


Titled “Making Sense of the World: Global Business and Spanish Language,” much of the program focused on international business and relations. Students had daily classes devoted to the topic, learning about everything from anarchy and the balance of power, to poverty, to the current state of the European Union and Brexit.


Brown Pre-College Program in Segovia

Spanish culture was another primary focus of the program and students had plenty of exposure, both in and out of the classroom, to that as well.


Their daily class “Spanish Life and Culture,” covered a wide range of topics, including Spanish slang and texting shorthands, Spanish and American stereotypes and a July 4th discussion about what national pride means in the two countries. Another class focused on Spanish poetry, followed by a visit to the Casa-Museo de Machado to learn about the famous poet.


Casa-Museo de Machado

Left:Casa-Museo de Machado. Machado was an important figure for Spanish poetry and was one of the leading figures in the Spanish literary movement known as the Generation of 1898. Right: Students excitedly await class with m mm mnm m mmn Spanish cuisine by observing a chef prepare traditional Spanish dishes such as Spanish tortilla, gazpacho, y paella.


Outside of class, students had lots of time to explore the city, taking field trips to the Alcazar, Vera Cruz Church and the Cathedral, with its breathtaking view of the city’s ancient aqueduct.


Alcázar de Segovia

Students walked across town to visit the Alcázar de Segovia. The Alcázar was the castle for the kings and queens of Spain for hundreds of years until the capital was moved to Madrid.



Catedral de Salamanca

Catedral de Salamanca. Students studied Baroque architecture.


A weekend trip to Salamanca included a tour of the city and a sampling of churros and chocolate, while the monastery was the highlight of a visit to the city of San Lorenzo de Escorial. A visit by a local chef gave students a taste of some traditional foods like tortilla, gazpacho and paella.

And the program even attracted some local press coverage.


the Basilica

Students conclude the program in Madrid.


Students wrapped up their two weeks in the same place they started, the city of Madrid, where they visited the famed Prado museum before hopping on planes to return to their respective homes around the world.