Chronology of Rizal's Travels

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⎈ Rizal traveled abroad to continue and complete his medical degree. ⎈ For his secret mission. It was to observe keenly the European life, culture, languages and customs, industries and commerce, and its governments and laws.

May 3, 1882

Barcelona, Spain

November 3, 1882

Madrid, Spain

He matriculated at the Universidad Central de Madrid. Rizal visited the Laennec Hospital, to observe how Dr. Nicaise treated his patients. He again visited Dr. Nicaise, who showed him the technique of operation. He visited the Lariboisiere Hospital, here; he observed the examination of the different diseases of women. Rizal enrolled in Universidad Central de Madrid in two courses— Medicine and Philosophy and Letters.

June 18, 1883

Paris, France

June 19, 1883

Paris, France

June 20, 1883

Paris, France

November 3, 1882

Madrid, Spain

September 28, 1883

Madrid, Spain

He enrolled again at the Central Universidad de Madrid for the second course in medicine.

June 21, 1884 – 85

Madrid, Spain

Rizal completed his medical course in Spain; Studied and passed all subjects leading to the degree of Doctor of Medicine.

November 1885

Paris, France

Shortly, after terminating his studies at the Central University of Madrid and as already a physician, Rizal, went to Paris in order to acquire more knowledge in ophthalmology.

February 3, 1886

Heidelberg, Germany

⎈ To specialize in ophthalmology. ⎈ And to continue observe European life and customs, government and laws. ⎈ To further his studies of sciences and languages. ⎈ To observe the economic had political conditions of the German nation. ⎈ To associate with famous German scientist and scholars. ⎈ To publish his novel, Noli Me Tangere.

March 21, 1887

Berlin, Germany

Noli Me Tangere was published.

August 5, 1887


⎈ Returned to Calamba and practiced medicine as a country doctor. ⎈ To operate in his mother's eyes. ⎈ To serve his people that had long been oppressed by the Spanish tyrants; ⎈ To find out how Noli and his other writings were affecting Filipinos and Spanish in the Philippines; and ⎈ To inquire why Leonor Rivera remained silent.

October 1887


Started writing his second novel – El Filibusterismo.

February 8 – 22, 1888

Hong Kong and Macau

⎈ Hounded by powerful enemies, Rizal was forced to leave his country for the second time. He was a full – grown man of 27 years of age, a practicing physician, and a recognized man–of–letters. ⎈ During his two-week visit, Rizal studied Chinese life, language, drama, and customs.

February 28, 1888 — April 13, 1888

Yokohama, Japan

One of the happiest interludes in the life of Rizal was his sojourn in the Land of the Cherry Blossoms for one month and a half. He was enchanted by the natural beauty of Japan, the charming manners of the Japanese people, and the picturesque shrines. Moreover, he fell in love with a Japanese girl, O-Sei-San, (real name Seiko Usui) whose loveliness infused joy and romance in his sorrowing heart.

April 28, 1888

United States, San Francisco, California

He saw the racial discriminatory treatment of the Chinese and the Negroes by the white Americans.

Rizal chose this English city to be his new home for three reasons: ⎈ To improve his knowledge of the English language, ⎈ To study and annotate Morga's Sucesos de las Islas Filipinas and, ⎈ London was a safe place for him to carry on his fight against Spanish tyranny. In London, he engaged in Filipiniana studies, completed annotating Morga's book, wrote many articles for La Solidaridad in defense of his people against Spanish critics, penned a famous letter to the young women of Malolos, carried on his voluminous correspondence with Blumentritt and relatives, and had a romance with Gertrude Beckett.

May 1888 – March 1889


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