As a part of their exploration of the different stages in urban development the students in the course Madrid a Cosmopolitan City had the opportunity to enjoy the bird's eye view from the top of one of the most iconic buildings in the city: the Palacio de Cibeles. The unique views of the different areas of the city allowed Prof. Lourdes Fernández Bencosme to explain how the city has grown throughout the centuries to become the big metropolis it is now. The visit became a truly cosmopolitan experience when one of the students of Albanian origin and her visiting mother struck up a conversation with people from their homeland speaking in their mother tongue.
SPAN 360 Madrid a Cosmopolitan City is designed to provide students with a basic knowledge of the city of Madrid in terms of its historical, cultural, and social development. It is conducted in Spanish and only offered at the Madrid Campus. Field trips and cultural visits are an essential part of this course. In fact, most of the classes are held on site around the city. It also has a literary component and students read several short stories and a short novel which major theme is the city of Madrid.