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  • Locations: Cadiz, Spain
  • Program Terms: Year (A/W/Sp)
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Program Information:

Spanish Cadiz: Academic Year

Location: Cadiz, Spain
Department: Spanish
Estimated Arrival Date: August 26, 2017
Estimated Departure Date: May 28, 2018
Estimated Program Fee: $17,600
Credits: 20-25 per semester (+ optional 2 credits Span 392 [majors] or 2-4 credit 393 CR/NC)
Program Director: Antonio Rueda (Spanish)
On-site Director: Rita Serghini (Spanish)
Application Deadline: March 20, 2017
Information Session(s): Tuesday, February 7, 3:30 - 5:30, TBA

NOTE: please read the application instructions at the bottom of this page before applying to this program.


Program Description

This one or two-semester, advanced level Spanish language, literature, and culture program offers a full range of 300- and 400-level courses designed to fulfill Spanish major and minor requirements at UW. SPAN 321, 322 and 323 are taught both fall and spring semesters, as are SPAN 301, 302, 303, and SPAN 406, in addition to literature, linguistics, and cultural studies electives. Program courses are taught in Spanish by local University of Cadiz faculty, but yearlong and more advanced students in spring semester are also welcome to enroll directly in one or more approved regular University of Cadiz courses (differences in academic calendars make doing so more difficult for students there only for the fall semester). Typically, students earn 20-25 credits in fall semester and/or 25 credits in spring semester.


Cadiz, where in 1812 the national legislative assembly drew up and promulgated Spain's first modern constitution, is the oldest city in Spain and possibly the oldest in Europe. Capital of the Andalusian province of the same name, the city (population 121,000) is situated midway between Portugal and Gibraltar, on the Atlantic coast, where the climate is mild and beaches pristine. European and Spanish tourism is central to it's economy, with Carnival in the spring and the beaches in summer drawing the largest crowds. As the only semester long or full-year American study-abroad program located in Cádiz, we can offer students ample opportunity to immerse themselves in Spanish culture.


Students are housed with local host families.

Cadiz beach


Pre-Requisites/Language Requirements

Minimum requirements for enrollment are two years of college Spanish (or equivalent) completed prior to departure for Spain, an overall GPA of 2.5, and a GPA in Spanish of 3.0.


20-25 per semester (+ optional 2 credits Span 392 [majors] or 2-4 credit 393 CR/NC)


NW CÁDIZ students will enroll in courses designed especially for the program and taught in Spanish by University of Cádiz faculty. Most classes meet three hours per week and carry three semester credits. A typical course load is four or five courses per semester, depending on the requirements of the student's home institution. For students whose American university operates on the quarter system, credits will be converted to quarter credits by the home institution (one semester credit normally equals 1.5 quarter credits). All courses are graded on a 4 point scale. We will convert and assign A, A-, B+ grades for students from other universities at their request. Credit/No Credit is not normally an option. The curriculum consists of advanced Spanish grammar and composition (required of all students except those exempted by their home university), plus a variety of other courses in the humanities, social sciences, and fine arts as they pertain to the Spanish-speaking world. Qualified yearlong and spring semester students may enroll in regular university courses. This opportunity is possible, but more limited in fall semester due to different end dates for the UW and University of Cadiz semesters.

During the 2017-18 academic year the program will offer the following courses:

Autumn 2017

  • Spanish language (4 levels: UW 301-303; 406)
  • Spanish Literature, 20th century: Introduction
  • Spanish Literature and other Arts
  • Introduction to Spanish linguistics
  • Spanish History: 1931 to the present
  • Geography of Spain
  • Spain and the European Union
  • Dialects of World Spanish (possibly)

Spring 2018

  • Spanish Language (4 levels: UW 301-303; 406)
  • Spanish Literature, 20th century: Introduction
  • Contemporary Spanish Literature
  • Spanish Civilization
  • Introduction to Spanish Linguistics
  • Translation
  • Introduction to Spanish Art History

Program Directors & Staff

Antoniio Rueda, Department of Spanish

Rita Serghini, On-site Director, Department of Spanish

Program Expenses


Estimated Program Fee of $17,600, the UW Study Abroad Fee ($700), airfare, UW Study Abroad Insurance ($60/month), University of Cadiz insurance (€22), other health expenses/immunizations and personal spending money. The Spanish visa fee is included in the overall program fee.

Average Airplane Ticket Price:

$1,200 - $1,500* roundtrip

*Subject to when & where you buy your ticket

Payment Schedule:

All installments of the Cadiz Program fee are to be paid by personal checks made out to the University of Washington and delivered to the Spanish Department (PDL C-104) by the due dates posted below. Students awaiting disbursement of Financial Aid funds may delay their final payment (see table below). The UW Study Abroad Fee is to be paid to UW Student Fiscal Services Office via the payment options used to pay UW tuition & other university fees. Please contact Antonio Rueda ( if you have any questions regarding program payments. In subsequent semesters, the intention is that all program fees will be paid though the UW Student Fiscal Services Office.

Payment Type Payment Amount Payment Due Date
Non-Refundable UW Study Abroad Fee $700 October 13, 2017
Program Fee Balance (Autumn Semester)  $8,700 October 13, 2017
Program Fee Balance (Spring Semester) $8,900 January 19, 2018


To be eligible to study abroad, all program participants must attend an in-person pre-departure orientation facilitated by the UW Study Abroad Office. 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.

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

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


One or two "Auxiliar de lengua" positions teaching English (6-8 hrs/wk) through a UW-NW Cádiz Program/University of Cadiz agreement. Yearlong students ready for 406 or 303 in fall semester are eligible to apply. Contact Antonio Rueda (

Application Process

In addition to the Study Abroad Office application, the NW Cadiz Program also requires an unofficial transcript and a one page application document (to be turned in to the Spanish office, PDL C-104). Please see the Cadiz Program Page on the Spanish Department website to apply.

Following your application submission to the Spanish Department, you should hit "apply now" on this website to create your study abroad account and complete electronic signature documents related to University policies and expectations for study abroad. Do not hit "apply now" on this website until you have submitted the necessary documents to the Spanish Department.

Cadiz palms

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 Resources for Students.


Program withdrawals should be handled through the Spanish Department. See PAYMENT SCHEDULE AND REFUND POLICY in online Program Brochure.