Spanish American Institute of International Education - SAIIE - Co Curricular Activities

SAIIE strongly promotes the social educational activities, because it’s a great tool for students to learn and immerse themselves into the Spanish culture.  Through these activities you will be able to find out more about the city, Spanish customs, culture, language, food, etc, which will complement your education in class.  Throughout the term, every week the school will organize activities in the evening from Monday through Thursday.

Some of these activities will have to be done in group fostering communication and team orientation, which will be very beneficial for the student’s future career.  During the term the Student Affairs office will be sending an email every week with the activities organized by the program for the week.

We are very flexible with all the activities and will change them to meet the needs of our students.

The following weekend and day trip will be offered throughout the Winterim 2017 term:

Day Trip

Córdoba

Cordoba2013In Roman times, Córdoba had more cultural buildings than Rome. It was the capital of the province of Hispania Baetica. Remains of the Roman Temple built by Claudius Marcellus, the Roman Bridge and other Roman remains can still be seen around the city.

Córdoba was conquered by the Moors in 711, and Moorish influence can still be felt in the city. During the time of Islamic rule, Córdoba was the largest city and embodied the most sophisticated culture and the most developed bureaucracy in Europe.

The most important monument in the city is the former Mosque (the 3rd largest mosque in the world), known by its Spanish name, Mezquita. After the conquest, the Christians built a cathedral in the middle of this large complex, so it is now two sacred sites in one.

Córdoba was recovered from Muslim invaders by Christian forces as part of the Reconquista in 1236, and became a centre of activity against the remaining Islamic population. Surviving Renaissance monuments in Córdoba include the Palacio de Viana, the city's Ducal Palace.

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Weekend Trip (1 night)

Granada

AlhambraGranada is situated in the eastern part of the region of Andalusia. Its unique history has bestowed it with an artistic grandeur embracing Moorish palaces and Christian Renaissance treasures. As the last Moorish capital on the Iberian Peninsula, it also holds great symbolic value.

The Alhambra, a Moorish citadel and palace, is in Granada. It is the most renowned building of the Andalusian Islamic historical legacy with its many cultural attractions that make Granada a popular destination among the touristic cities of Spain.

The Almohad influence on architecture is preserved in the area of the city called the Albaicin with its fine examples of Moorish and Morisco construction.

Granada is also well known for the Sierra Nevada Mountains where you can ski. This is Europe’s most southerly ski resort and it is small in comparison to other European resorts.