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Revelle in Madrid

Faculty Leader

Michael Caldwell

Michael Caldwell head shotMichael Caldwell received his BA in Humanities and English at Valparaiso University, and his MA and PhD in British Literature from the University of Chicago. He has been associated with Revelle in some fashion or other since 2000. He is also a full time lecturer at SDSU.





Why you should go

Spain is a vibrant country with beautiful weather and an especially rich cultural history. Visitors will find not only world-class museums and historical sites, but also world-class sports teams all over the country. The Mediterranean food and lifestyle are impossible to beat. If you already speak the language—great! If you are learning, there is no more enticing place to brush up your Spanish skills. (All courses will be taught in English, and there is no language prerequisite.)

Who should go

Revelle College students can fulfill two Humanities requirements through this program.  Students in Warren College may be able to fulfill a Programs of Concentration requirement or an Area Studies requirement or an upper-division non-contiguous requirement (see the Warren Academic Advising Office for more details).

Information Sessions

  • Tuesday, Jan. 16 5:00 - 6:30pm
  • Wednesday, Jan. 31 5:00 - 6:30pm
  • Register here for the live Zoom link, and/or to get the post-session recording.
  • Information session presentation (pdf)

See the Info Session Calendar


Departure from U.S.: Sat., June 29, 2024
Arrival: Sun., June 30, 2024
Mandatory Orientation: Mon., July 1, 2024
First Day of Class: Mon., July 1, 2024
Last Day of Class: Fri., August 2, 2024
Departure for the U.S.
(or personal travel):
Sat., August 3, 2024

Flight Information

  • You will be responsible for purchasing your own airplane tickets, and your program coordinator will provide guidelines and resources during the pre-departure process to help you find an appropriate flight.
  • Do not purchase plane tickets until the program is confirmed. All approved applicants will be notified by e-mail when the program has reached minimum enrollment.

Global Seminar Fees

All fees subject to change. See for current tuition and campus-based fees.

  UCSD Other UC Non-UC
Program Cost:
(includes $500 administrative fee)
$4,588.34 $4,588.34 $4,588.34
Estimated Tuition and Campus-Based Fees:
$2,514.43 $2,564.43 $3,454.43
(not including airfare or personal expenses)
$7,102.77 $7,152.77 $8,042.77

Budget Sheet

Funding Options

See the funding options page to learn how financial aid and scholarships can help you pay for this program.

Local Site Visits

  • Madrid Walking Tour (Guided)
  • El Escorial (Guided)
  • Lavapies Walking Tour (Guided)
  • Cooking Class (Guided)
  • Chueca and Malasaña Tour (Guided)
  • Royal Palace of Madrid (Guided)
  • El Rastro Flea Market (Self-Guided)
  • Parque de El Retiro (Self-Guided)
  • Monasterio de la Encarnación (Self-Guided)
  • Monasterio de las Reales Descalzas (Self-Guided)
  • Museo del Prado (Guided)
  • Day Trip to Toledo, Spain
    • Toledo City Tour (Guided)
    • Mezquita Cristo de la Luz (Guided)

Overnight Excursion to Granada (2 days/1 night)

  • Albaicín District Walking Tour - Old Arab Quarter of Granada (Guided)
  • The Alhambra of Granada (Guided)

Excursions are subject to change without prior notice. No refunds are possible.


  • Students will be living in a residencia style hotel in the city center and each student will have their own room and private bathroom.
  • All participants will have free access to kitchens within the residences.
  • The rooms have air-conditioning.
  • All rooms and common areas will have acceptable Wi-Fi signal.
  • Utilities are included along with towels, kitchenware, and sheets.
  • A refundable deposit of 150 euros is required per student. At the conclusion of the program, our partner will assess any damages to the room and the cost of repairs and then return the remainder of the amount to the student. If the damage is in a common area, the financial repair costs will be split evenly amongst the students
  • Housing arrangements are subject to change based on local circumstances without prior notice. No price adjustments are possible.

Included Meals

  • Welcome dinner upon arrival
  • Cooking class dinner
  • Farewell dinner at end of program

Classroom and Computer Access

  • Classroom space will be accessible by metro.
  • There is no computer lab available - plan to bring a laptop.
  • Wireless access may be intermittent due to local conditions. No refunds or price adjustments are possible.


  • Transportation by private bus to and from City Airport to the student housing is included in the program. Two different pick-up times will be arranged based on the most common flight arrival times.
  • A local transportation pass for City will be provided for each student.
  • Transportation for all out of town excursions


  • Information about how to obtain a local SIM card will be provided at the pre-departure orientation.
  • Students will be responsible to purchase their own calling time/minutes.

Insurance, Health, and Safety

  • Comprehensive insurance package with Company
  • An in-depth orientation will be given on the morning after arrival, including health and safety procedures.
  • Program partner staff will be available by telephone after hours.
  • All students will be registered for UC travel insurance This is free coverage, but registration is required prior to departure.