Patti McGill Peterson Center for International and Intercultural Studies
The geographic focus of the program is Madrid, a city of four million, and the provinces of Segovia and Salamanca. Madrid has a dynamic cultural and social life. While modern and very active, it provides access to small towns and villages of more traditional appearance and customs. Within easy reach are the historical cities of Avila, Segovia, El Escorial and Toledo, and the Guadarrama mountains -- popular for skiing, hiking and other sports. Students often comment that "there isn't time to see and do everything in Spain."
Program classes and offices are at the Colegio Mayor Isabel de España, a university residence located in the Ciudad Universitaria area of Madrid. The Colegio Mayor sponsors many lectures, concerts, films and political debates. Some of these activities are co-sponsored by St. Lawrence University, and St. Lawrence program students are invited to all those activities as well as activities and sports events at other colegios mayores in the area.
The Resident Director of the program is a regular member of the St. Lawrence University faculty. In addition to organizing and supervising the academic and co-curricular program, the director advises students, teaches the fall village and the spring small city courses, helps students with cultural adjustment issues, and is responsible for the internship course.