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Summer 2020: Spain

Image of Barcelona for Architecture Travel Study

This travel study is an incredible opportunity to get out of your element and explore the iconic features of Spain. We'll start in the exciting seaside city of Barcelona, containing a wealth of sights and culture. See the stunning Sagrada Familia, under construction for 137 years and expected to be completed in 2026. 

What trip to Barcelona would not be complete if you did not also see the iconic Barcelona Pavilion by Mies van der Rohe?

Next stop is the beautiful city of Seville, famous for culture, historic churches, monuments, traditions, and artistic heritage. See the city's iconic cathedral, officially the largest Gothic cathedral in the world. Visit the Royal Alcazar and Garden of Seville, Metropol Parasol, San Telmo Palace, Plaza de Torres, Torro de Oro, and Bario Santa Cruz.

The final stop is Spain’s capital, Madrid. See a city known for expansive boulevards and well-manicured parks. See such famous sites as The Prado, Plaza de Oriente and the Palacio Real (Royal Palace) including the Gasparini Room.

Studying abroad has helped students improve their grades, prepare for their careers, and have the adventure of a lifetime so you don't want to miss out on this incredible opportunity!

Signing up for the ACH-262 course is optional, but you will receive three credits that can count towards your degree and is transferable. The trip is also approved for the American Institute of Architect's Continuing Education System (AIA/CES) continuing education units.

Trip cost includes roundtrip airfare, hotel with breakfast each day, four dinners, ground transportation, trip insurance, full-time tour director, local guides and all scheduled tour admissions. This year we are offering a separate airfare option that will allow you to purchase your own airfare or use frequent flyer miles. It also allows you the option of extending your trip by stopping in other cities while overseas.

Questions? Join us for an information session on Tuesday, Oct. 1, at 6 p.m. in CALT 301. 

Departure Date         

May 28, 2020

Trip Length              

Ten days


Those going must have a valid and current passport (required at least 90 days prior to departure and good for six months past the return date). Trip includes multiple walking tours, climbing steps/hills and walking on uneven surfaces. Participants with mobility issues should carefully consider signing up for the trip.


Land Package: $2,450

Additional Airfare Option: $1,000 (estimate)

AACC Program Fee: $260

Single Room Upgrade: $320

Triple Room Discount: -$160

Note: Costs do not include the registration fees or tuition for those enrolling in the 3 credit optional course.

Registration and Payment Info

Registration requires a $400 non-refundable deposit. Deadline to sign up for the trip is Jan. 31, 2020. However, the trip may sell out, so register early to guarantee your spot. Please contact Professor Michael Ryan for additional information. 

Past Travelers

"When I first heard about the trip to France & Spain I knew I had to find a way to go. I have wanted to travel overseas but never had time to plan something out. As soon as we landed in France, I knew my life was Changed. Every city we went to was absolutely breathtaking. As an Architecture student, I couldn’t wait to see all of these famous buildings in person. Textbooks do not do these buildings justice!"

“Signing up for this travel study was one of the best decisions I have ever made. The trip was full of exciting adventures and gave us a chance to walk through history. One of the biggest surprises was the way the cities functioned. Paris, Barcelona and Madrid were all extremely densely populated areas yet did not dominate the surrounding landscape.”

“Signing up for a Travel Study lends first to the excitement of traveling away from home and exploring other cultures of the world and in our case the Architecture of the world. For me, that was the most exciting part of the trip, realizing that we would be seeing some of the buildings that I recently studied in ACH 221 & 222. The first thought I had when we landed other than making sure I got my first espresso, was - Wow!, I’m in another country!”

"After seeing the amazing buildings and gardens I am becoming more aware of architecture everywhere. Every place we went to was beautiful to walk through and the food was amazing. My favorite places would have to be Avignon and Carcassonne, I wish could have spent more time there."

“Traveling to Europe proved to be both architecturally and culturally enlightening. It goes without saying that studying architecture in any other manner other than personally experiencing the actual structure is merely a substitute to which a comparison can hardly be made.”

“I think the most exciting part of the trip was when we walked out of the airport.  Your nerves are filled with excitement and your adrenaline rushing - then it finally hits you, 'You’re actually in Europe.' It’s the greatest feeling!"

“It was in Paris that I found a new meaning to my work as an architecture student, artist, and person. One cannot easily erase just how beautiful the culmination of historical treasures that line the streets of this city. This trip taken with Anne Arundel Community College has become a new phase in the way I look to the world for inspiration and knowledge.”