Every year students get the chance to explore aspects of the history and culture of the Andalusian region, especially the ways in which successive religious traditions have shaped the land and its people.

To be Spanish, as one of our guides told us, is to be Catholic. And yet, he continued, that is also to obscure the variety and contradictions which are central to the heritage and identity of Spain.

The stunning Mesquita in Córdoba – a Catholic Cathedral built in the middle of a Mosque – illustrates the complexity of such heritage and identity. Students explore the Mesquita, the Alcazars in Seville and Córdoba, and many more ancient and more contemporary articulations of Spanish culture.