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  • Locations: Avila, Spain; Madrid, Spain; Salamanca, Spain; Segovia, Spain
  • Program Terms: May Term
  • Budget Sheets: May Term
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA: 2.7 Housing Options: Dormitory
Area of Study: Anthropology, Business, Culture, International Business, International Relations, International Studies, Philosophy, Religion/Theology, Sociology, Spanish Language of Instruction: English
Class Status: 1-First Year, 2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior Program Type: Faculty-Led, Study Abroad
Program Description:

Spain: Philosophy and Economics & Business

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Program Overview


AvilaTravel to Spain with Moravian College faculty and immerse yourself in Spanish history and culture while taking Moravian College classes. Students can choose one or two of three available courses:

MGMT 290: Good Business: Moral Decision-Making (U2) Dr. Desiderio
PHIL 299: Religious Experience and Divine Hiddenness (M3) Dr. Cantens
PHIL 269: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam in Medieval Spain (M5) Dr. Cantens

Students in all three courses will travel and take excursions together, but will have separate class times. Students will have class time in the mornings and will take excursions to Avila, Salamanca, Segovia, and Madrid, in the afternoons. 

Students will be based at the Gothic Royal Monastery of Saint Thomas in Avila. The Monastery was founded in 1482 and used by the Catholic Monarchs, King Fernando II and Isabella I as a summer residence. The monastery now belongs to the Dominican Order. 

Course Content


MGMT 290: Good Business: Moral Decision-Making (U2) Dr. Desideriospain

Language alone encourages us to create meaning in terms of the relevance to our lives; the context of this language is often driven by cultural norms. In this course, we will explore how cultural competence informs good [ethical] decision-making. Together, we will explore how leaders make meaning of their work in the context of doing good business. During our 10-days in Spain, we will explore students’ understanding and awareness of language. This course is not just about Spain, nor is it just about language, but rather an encouragement to use an appreciative multi-cultural lens while exploring the meaning and making of good business.   

PHIL 299: Religious Experience and Divine Hiddenness (M3) Dr. Cantens

This course will study the nature of religious experience as evidence for the existence of God. It will also consider the lack of religious experience or divine hiddenness as evidence for the non-existence of God.

PHIL 269: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam in Medieval Spain (M5) Dr. Cantens

An examination of Islamic, Jewish, and Christian thought in Spain, ranging from the Middle Ages through the Renaissance. 

Faculty Directors


Learn more about the faculty directors for this program abroad:

Program Details


Program Dates: Full Program will run May 28th-June 15th. As part of the program, students will travel to Spain and continue their course work there from May 31 to June 10, 2018. 

Credit: 1 Unit; 3-4 credits for non-Moravian studentsSegovia

Cost: $2,800 + airfare and fees
  • Includes: tuition ($600), in-country transportation, housing, and meals 
  • Cost listed is for one course. The cost to take 2 courses is $3,400. 
Application Deadline: February 8, 2018

Spain Program Director: Dr. Cantens 

More Information: Visit https://www.moravian.edu/philosophy/study-abroad or contact program director at cantensb@moravian.edu or 610-861-1589 

Additional Information


Housing: Students will reside at the Gothic Royal Monastery of Saint Thomas. All rooms are private double rooms with private bathrooms. 

Avila is centrally located, one-hour drive west of Madrid and one-hour drive east of Salamanca. It is Spain's highest provincial city, approximately 3,706 feet above sea level. It sits against the backdrop of the Sierra de Avila, on a ridge that overlooks the Río Adaja. Avila is best known for its eleventh century walls that surround the old city. Its medieval ambiance is exceptional and inspiring. It is also the birthplace of Santa Teresa de Jesús (St. Theresa of Jesus) 1515 to 1582. Students will find that Avila’s size is conducive to learning and learning about Spanish culture.

Salamanca: UNESCO declared Salamanca a "World Heritage Site" in 1951. Salamanca is located in the west of Spain in the Autonomous Community of Castilla and León. In Salamanca there are an array of architectural experiences. There are Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque buildings throughout the city. A popular spot is the Plaza Mayor. Outdoor cafes and restaurants surround this square. Salamanca is also known for having the first university in Spain and one of the prominent in all of Europe. King Alphonse IX of Leon founded the University in 1218. The University was celebrated as producing some of the greatest intellectual work in all of Europe during the Golden Age of Spain.

Segovia: UNESCO designated Segovia a "World Heritage City" in 1985. Segovia is in the Autonomous Community of Castile and León and is located approximately 90 kilometers northwest of Madrid. It has a rich cultural history that goes back over 2,000 years. It is best known for the Roman aqueduct, which still extends some 10,000 feet in length and stands 100 feet in height. In addition Segovia is the home of a spectacular Alcazar (castle/palace), where Isabel II took refuge the day before she was Crowned Queen of Castile and León. It was here where the Catholic Monarch married. The castle is also said to be part of the inspiration for Walt Disney’s Cinderella castle.

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
May Term 2018 02/08/2018 02/12/2018 05/24/2018 06/03/2018
NOTE: This program will run for 3-weeks between May and June, exact dates TBA. As part of the program, students will travel to Spain and continue their course work there from May 24 to June 3, 2018. Class time before and after the travel to Spain will be held on the Moravian College campus or online.