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  • Locations: Leon, Spain
  • Program Terms: Autumn Quarter
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 Location Leon, Spain
 Academic
 Term
Autumn 2017
September 23 – December 9, 2017
 Estimated    Program Fee $7,350
 Credits 19 UW credits
 Prerequisites SPAN 203 or 301 or placement into SPAN 301.
 Program      Directors Anna Witte, Santos Rodriguez
 Program  Manager Darielle Horsey | studyabroad@uw.edu
 Application    Deadline March 1, 2017
 Information  Session(s) Tues., Feb. 24th 2:00-3:00, DEN 110 
       HIGHLIGHTS
  General Participants in this Spanish language, literature, and culture program will take SPAN 301/302 OR 302/303, SPAN 321, and a 3-credit literature class focused on literature about and inspired by the Camino de Santiago (SPAN 394). In addition, students will participate in 1 credit of Service Learning (SPAN 392), which will give them the opportunity to work with English teachers in local schools.
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Program Description

Participants in this Spanish language, literature, and culture program will take SPAN 301/302 OR 302/303, SPAN 321, and a 3-credit literature class focused on literature about and inspired by the Camino de Santiago (SPAN 394). In addition, students will participate in 1 credit of Service Learning (SPAN 392), which will give them the opportunity to work with English teachers in local schools. All classes will take place in the Palacio del Conde Luna, a 14th century palace that houses the UW Leon Center. Two classes will be taught by Anna Witte, and the other classes will be taught by local faculty from the University of Leon Language Center. Outside of class, students will have the opportunity to participate in cooking classes, and to go on excursions to nearby cities and provinces, thereby allowing them to gain a deeper understanding of the culture in which they are immersed.

León is a cosmopolitan city of about 137,000, located in the Northwestern part of Spain. It is known for its 13th century Gothic Cathedral and monumental buildings, as well as for its fiestas. Every year people from all over the world visit León to see and participate in its many processions and colorful traditions. The region of Castile and Leon is the birthplace of the Spanish language, and will provide students with unlimited opportunities to practice their oral, aural and written skills in Spanish, as they will be living in Spain and staying with Spanish families with whom they will speak only Spanish.

Location

Leon, Spain

Sites

1-day trip outside the Province of Leon, 2-day trip to Galicia, Astroga/Las Medulas

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Housing

The students’ primary housing will be with home stay families, who will provide students with a room of their own and 3 meals a day. No more than one native English-speaking student will be placed in a home. Students will fill out a form indicating their preferences for characteristics of the family, as well as any allergies. This form will be given to FGULEM so that they can arrange the home stays.

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Academics

Pre-Requisites/Language Requirements

This program is geared toward students that would like to improve their Spanish and that are interested in the literature, history, and culture of Spain. It is open to any student who meets the prerequisites (undergraduate, graduate, non-matriculated or other).

The prerequisite for this program is successful completion of SPAN 203 or 301, or placement into SPAN 301, before the start of the program. Students who have completed SPAN 302 or above are not eligible for this program.

Credits

19 Credits

Courses

SPAN 301 (5 credits)

This course is an advanced Spanish language class that puts an emphasis on oral communication in addition to reading comprehension and writing. Several types of oral and audiovisual texts will be analyzed in order for students to learn the techniques and strategies necessary to successfully understand and communicate orally in academic and professional settings.

Learning Goals: 

The goals of this course are: for students to be able to understand various types of oral discourses, for students to be able to participate in debates and discussions on a variety of topics, for students to be able to give an academic presentation, for students to be able to express their opinion about history, politics, and cultures in the Hispanic World, for students to have expanded their vocabulary, and for students to be more self-sufficient in their learning of the Spanish language. These goals will be assessed through daily homework, projects, presentations, quizzes, and tests.

SPAN 302 (5 credits)

This course is an advanced Spanish language composition course whose primary objective is to develop students’ techniques and strategies for producing academic and professional written texts in Spanish. Several types of written texts will be read, analyzed and discussed in order hone students’ writing skills in the language.

Learning Goals: 

The goals of this course are: for students to be able to read, analyze and discuss a wide variety of written texts, for students to be able to write academic and professional texts, for students to be able to express their opinion about history, politics, and cultures in the Hispanic World both orally and in writing, for students to have expanded their vocabulary, and for students to be more self sufficient in their learning of the Spanish language. These goals will be assessed through essays, projects, presentations, quizzes, and tests.

SPAN 303 (5 credits)

This course is an advanced Spanish language composition course whose primary objective is to develop students’ techniques and strategies for producing literary criticism and cultural analysis essays. The ultimate goal of the course is to prepare students to successfully handle academic texts in university level Hispanic literature and culture classes.

Learning Goals: 

The goals for this course are: for students to be able to read, analyze and discuss a wide variety of literary and cultural texts, for students to be able to participate in an academic discussion about literary and artistic works in the Hispanic world, for students to be able to write analytical essays about literary and artistic works, for the students to be able to undertake research and identify relevant secondary source materials, for students to be able to review their peers’ work and give constructive feedback, for students to have expanded their vocabulary, and for students to be more self-sufficient in their learning of the Spanish language. These goals will be assessed through essays, projects, presentations, quizzes, and tests.

SPAN 394 (3 credits)

This course will introduce students to the history and literature inspired by the pilgrimage to Santiago, from medieval times to present day. Through the reading of a selection of poetry, legends, short stories and novels, students will become familiar with key moments in the history of Spanish literature, while also gaining a basic knowledge of the meaning that the Camino de Santiago has had throughout its history.

Learning Goals: 

The goals of this course are: to learn to understand and appreciate the cultural richness of the Camino de Santiago and its connection with Spanish and European history; to increase practical and critical capacities for understanding literature of various genres; to hone structured and free-writing abilities, as well as reading and speaking skills; to improve oral and writte1 credit)

In this service learning experience, students will assist English teachers in local schools in Leon and help them teach English to children and teenagers. Students will keep a journal during the experience, and must turn it in at the end of the program to get credit. The class is graded on a CR/NC basis.

Learning Goals: 

The goals of this course are for students to learn about the educational system in Spain, and to become more integrated into life in Leon. These goals will be assessed by reading what the students write in the mandatory journal.

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Program Directors & Staff

Anna Witte, Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies, Program Director

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Santos Rodriquez, Leon Center On-site Coordinator

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Program Expenses

Cost: $7,350

Estimated Program Fee of $7,350, the UW Study Abroad Fee ($350), airfare, UW Study Abroad Insurance ($62/month), other health expenses/immunizations and personal spending money.

Average Airplane Ticket Price

$1,200 - $1,600* roundtrip

*Subject to when & where you buy your ticket

Payment Schedule

Program fees will be posted to your MyUW student account and can be paid the same way that you pay tuition and other fees. Check your MyUW Account periodically for due dates.

Payment Type Payment Amount Payment Due Date
Non-Refundable Study Abroad Fee $350 October 13, 2017
Program Fee Balance $7,350 October 13, 2017
TOTAL FEES CHARGED $7,700 -

Scholarships

There are a variety of scholarships available to help fund your study abroad experience. Visit the Global Opportunities page for more information and application deadlines.

Orientation

To be eligible to study abroad, all program participants must attend an in-person pre-departure orientation facilitated by the Study Abroad office as well as your program-specific orientations, offered by your program director.

You must register for orientation through your online study abroad account in order to attend scheduled orientations. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current orientation schedule.

Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most forms of financial aid can be applied to study abroad. You can verify that your financial aid award will apply to your program costs by contacting the Financial Aid Office. Financial aid or scholarships awarded as tuition waivers or tuition exemptions might not apply so you will need to verify that these funds are eligible for use with study abroad by contacting the funding office.

Financial aid and most scholarships are disbursed according to the UW academic calendar (at the beginning of the quarter). If your program starts before the start of the UW quarter, your financial aid will not be available to you prior to your departure. If your program starts after the first day of the quarter, your financial aid will be disbursed at the start of the program. In either of these cases, you will have to finance any upfront costs such as airfare, health insurance and the start of your time abroad on your own. Please take this into consideration when you are making plans.

Revision Request

In some instances you may qualify for an increase in your financial aid award (typically in loan funds). Check with the Financial Aid Office about your options. To request a revision in your aid, you will need to submit the following paperwork to the Financial Aid Office:

  1. Revision Request Form
  2. Budget of student expenses for your program: The UW Study Abroad Office will upload this budget to your study abroad account after a signed contract has been submitted to the UW Study Abroad Office. You can request an unofficial copy of this budget by emailing studyabroad@uw.edu.

Visit the Finances section of our website to learn more about disbursement, revising your aid package, short-term loans and scholarships.

Application Process

The application includes a Personal Statement, three short answer questions, one to two recommendations from a professor or TA, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the on-line application process students may be contacted by the Program Director for an in-person interview. Once an admission decision has been made regarding your application, you will be notified by the study abroad system via email.

Visas

UW Study Abroad is not responsible for obtaining visas for study abroad program participants. The cost and requirements for obtaining visas vary. It is your responsibility to determine visa requirements for all countries you plan to visit while abroad including countries that you plan to visit before or after your study abroad program. You can do so by calling the consular offices of those countries or checking the following website: http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/country.html.

Note: If you are not a U.S. citizen, consult the embassy or consulate of the countries you will visit to learn their document requirements. You can check the following website to find contact information for the consulate of the country you will be visiting: http://www.state.gov/s/cpr/rls/fco/index.htm

For non-U.S. citizens, the procedures that you will need to follow may be different than those for U.S. citizens. It is important to initiate this process as soon as possible in order to assemble documents and allow time for lengthy procedures.

Disability Accommodations

The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at disability.uw.edu.

Withdrawals

$350 of the total program fee and the $350 UW Study Abroad Fee are non-refundable and non-revocable once a contract has been submitted, even if you withdraw from the program. Students withdrawing from a program are responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy are included in your payment contract. No part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun. The date of withdrawal is considered the date (business day) a withdrawal form is received by the UW Study Abroad Office. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:

1. Provide notice in writing to the Program Director that you will no longer be participating in the program for which you have signed a contract and accepted a slot.

2. Submit a signed withdrawal form to the UW Study Abroad Office, 459 Schmitz Hall.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.