Active Learning Abroad


ALA will provide excursions to all students participating in summer, semester and academic year programs. This will allow our students to get familiar with some of the most interesting cities and areas in Spain from cultural, artistic, and historic perspectives. These are some examples of previous excursions:


Madrid is the capital of Spain and its largest city. It is the most important economic and financial center of the Iberian Peninsula. Full of great Museums (El Prado, Reina Sofía…) Madrid offers endless cultural opportunities and a vibrant social life. Walking through the streets of Madrid quarters (Habsburg, Bourbon) visitors will discover its long and interesting history at the same time that admire Madrid’s modern business districts.

Girona and Figueres:

Girona offers its enchanting medieval quarter, its narrow streets, and its Catalan personality. Figueres is the place of surrealism, home of the Dalí museum and where visitors will discover the art works of this international genius.

Penedés Wine Region:

This is one of the most important areas in Catalonia of wine making and the cradle of Spanish Cava (Champagne). Students will see firsthand all the process of wine and cava making visiting some of the most important cellars in the region.

The Pyrenees:

These magnificent mountains are not only the perfect place for practicing sky but also the ideal environment for people who enjoy nature and its multiple expressions: high mountains, wild rivers, lakes, and wild life.

Costa Brava:

This is one of the most visited summer spots in Spain. Northern Europeans just love it. Once you see the beauty of its beaches and its Mediterranean pine woods along the coastline you will agree that this is a very nice place to enjoy with your friends.


Just a few miles South of Barcelona this small, young, modern town offers visitors a lay-back beach town where they may spend a relaxing time. Sitges was a fishing town that has become a nice place where restaurants and leisure places are all over the city.


It is the capital of the Valencia region and the Spanish Costa Blanca. This Mediterranean city, which is the third largest city in Spain, offers the best paella since this is the place where this Spanish and international dish was created. The old medieval town and the modern Palacio de las Artes y las Ciencias provide visitors with a mixture of old and new architecture expressions. Do not forget to stroll along the Malvarrosa beach and enjoy the social life the city offers.

ALA includes ground transportation, entrance fees, and guided tours in all its excursions. Hotel accommodation and breakfast are also included in all overnight excursions.