STU Spain Program Celebrates its 30th Anniversary
This summer St. Thomas University students traveled once again to the historic town of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, where they studied the History of Spain and Multicultural Issues in Psychology and Spanish. This year marked the thirtieth that STU students have studied at the Universidad Maria Cristina Escorial. The program has become especially exciting in recent years since the University Madrid Cumplutense and the University of Alabama also conduct their summer programs at Maria Cristina University at the same time. Every night in July the town is filled with music and celebration, one night a jazz concert, another night a ballet, another a classical music concert. The university is housed in the Monastery Palace built by Phillip II in the 16th century when Spain ruled most of Europe and all of the Americas. The building at the time of its completion was called the Eighth Wonder of the World. Today the town is replete with cafes, small museums, a concert hall, and an 18th century theater. Every night the cafes and bars are filled with students from all over Europe and the Americas and every year for the last thirty, students from STU join the mix.
For more information please contact:
Francis J. Sicius PhD
Professor of History
St. Thomas University