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  • Locations: Leon, Spain
  • Program Terms: Spring Quarter
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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Quarter 2018 12/03/2017 ** Rolling Admission 03/24/2018 06/09/2018

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Program Information:
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 Location Leon, Spain
 Academic
 Term
Spring Quarter
March 24 – June 9, 2018
 Estimated    Program Fee $7,700
 Credits 16 UW credits
 Prerequisites Completion of SPAN 103, 123, 134, or 201, or placement into SPAN 201 or 202, before the start of the program. Students who have credit for SPAN 202 or higher are not eligible for this program.
 Program      Directors Suzanne Tierney, Santos Rodriguez
 Program  Manager Darielle Horsey | studyabroad@uw.edu
 Application    Deadline Priority: November 15, 2017
Extended: December 3, 2017
 Information  Session(s) TBD. Contact program director for more information.
       HIGHLIGHTS
  General The Spanish Leon program provides students with the unique opportunity to explore the history and cultures of Spain, while improving their Spanish language skills.
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Where You Will Study
Academics
Expenses, Financial Aid, & Scholarships

Orientation
Application process
  Visas This country is part of the Schengen area. Please click here to learn more about important rules and restrictions for foreign visitors to this area.


Program Description

Participants in this Spanish language and culture program will take SPAN 201 and 202 OR SPAN 202 and 203, as well as a 5-credit Spanish culture/history class (SPAN 299). In addition, students will participate in 1 credit of Service Learning (SPAN 292), 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. Outside of class, students will have the opportunity to participate in cooking classes, and 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 vibrant, cosmopolitan city of about 150,000, 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, including Semana Santa, which will take place during this program.

Location

León, Spain

Sites

Leon, Galicia, Astorga/Las Medulas

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.

The housing fee will be included on FGULEM's invoice to the University of Washington, which should be paid via wire transfer.

Academics

Pre-Requisites/Language Requirements/Physical Components

This program is geared toward students that would like to improve their Spanish and that are interested in the 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 103, 123, 134, or 201, or placement into SPAN 201 or 202, before the start of the program. Students who have credit for SPAN 202 or higher are not eligible for this program.

Credits

16 Credits

Courses

SPAN 201 (5 credits)

Intensive practice in speaking, reading, and writing. Review of Spanish grammar. Oral practice based on literary and cultural readings. It provides a comprehensive study of the Spanish language and aims to broaden students' understanding of the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world. By expanding upon the language skills and cultural knowledge students have acquired in earlier classes, SPAN 201 prepares students for further studies in Spanish at the intermediate and advanced levels. The course is conducted entirely in Spanish.

Learning Goals

The goals for this course are: for students to be able to communicate with ease when dealing with everyday routine tasks, for students to have gained a deeper knowledge and understanding of the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world, and for students to be able to make their own comparisons between Hispanic cultures. These goals will be assessed through daily homework, projects, presentations, tests, and quizzes.

SPAN 202 (5 credits)

Intensive practice in speaking, reading, and writing. Review of Spanish grammar. Oral practice based on literary and cultural readings. Second in a sequence of three.

Learning Goals

The goals for this course are: for students to be able to communicate with ease when dealing with everyday routine tasks, for students to have gained a deeper knowledge and understanding of the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world, and for students to be able to make their own comparisons between Hispanic cultures. These goals will be assessed through daily homework, projects, presentations, tests, and quizzes.
 

SPAN 203 (5 credits)

Intensive practice in speaking, reading, and writing. Review of Spanish grammar. Oral practice based on literary and cultural readings. Third in a sequence of three.

Learning Goals

The goals for this course are: for students to be able to communicate with ease when dealing with everyday routine tasks, for students to have gained a deeper knowledge and understanding of the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world, and for students to be able to make their own comparisons between Hispanic cultures. These goals will be assessed through daily homework, projects, presentations, tests, and quizzes.

SPAN 299 (5 credits)

The goals for this course are for students to gain more in-depth knowledge of the cultures and problems of Spain and for students to be able to hold an informed discussion about these issues and cultures. These goals will be assessed through homework activities, presentations, projects, tests, and quizzes.
 

SPAN 292 (1 credits)

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.

Program Directors & Staff

Suzanne Tierney, Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies, Program Director

tierneys@uw.edu

Santos Rodriguez, On-Site Coordinator

uwleon@uw.edu

Program Expenses

Estimated program fee: $7,700

Included in the program fee
  • $450 Study Abroad Fee
  • Instruction
  • Room & board
  • Program activities and program travel
Not included in the program fee
  • Airfare - average price subject to when and where you buy your ticket - $1,500-$2,000
  • Additional food (3 meals a day are provided by the host family)
  • UW Student Abroad Insurance ($62/month)
  • Other health expenses/immunizations
  • Personal spending money

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
TOTAL FEES CHARGED $7,700 April 13, 2018

Financial aid

  • A large percentage of UW students utilize financial aid to study abroad. Most types of financial aid can be applied to study abroad fees.
  • Students can also submit a revision request to increase the amount of aid for the quarter you are studying abroad. These additional funds are usually in the form of loans.
  • Consult the Financial Aid section of our website for more information on applying for additional financial aid, special considerations for Summer and Exploration Seminar program students, and budgeting and fundraising tips.

Scholarships

  • There are many scholarships designed to fund students studying abroad. The UW has some of our own, but there are also national awards available to you as well.
  • Scholarships vary widely in their parameters. Some are need-based, some are location-based and some are merit-based.
  • Consult our Scholarships page to learn about UW-based scholarships. The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards can help you learn about additional opportunities.
We understand that figuring out your finances for study abroad can be complicated and we are here to help. Please do not hesitate to contact your Program Manager listed above if you have any questions about the information on this page, or in the Finances section of our website.

Orientation

To be eligible to study abroad, all program participants must attend an in-person pre-departure orientation facilitated by UW Study Abroad. You are also required to attend all program-specific orientations offered by your program directors.

You must register for orientation through your online study abroad account in order to attend a scheduled session. 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.

Application Process

The application includes:

  • four short answer questions
  • one faculty recommendation
  • electronic signature documents related to UW Study Abroad policies and expectations

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 receive an email from the UW Study Abroad application system.

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.

For Non-U.S. Citizens

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. 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 $450 UW Study Abroad Fee are non-refundable once you have submitted a contract. Students withdrawing from a program may be 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 business day UW Study Abroad receives your signed withdrawal form.

Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:

  1. Provide notice of your withdrawal in writing to the Program Director
  2. Submit a signed withdrawal form to UW Study Abroad, 459 Schmitz Hall

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.