The program staff customarily organizes three to six field trips per semester, two of which are weekend-long excursions. These excursions are academic and cultural in nature, designed to enhance students’ knowledge of Spanish history, art, politics, geography, and ethnography. They enable participants to learn about key aspects of history and culture (including gastronomy) that cannot be learned in classrooms, even in Spain. They are chosen to complement the orientation sites, so that students can see for themselves the extraordinary natural and cultural diversity of Spain. For this reason the program covers all major expenses related to these trips and requires attendance in four of them (the schedule is indicated by the director at the beginning of the term). They are routinely described by students as among the most rewarding (enlightening and entertaining) aspects of the study-abroad experience.