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Affiliated Department: Spanish Foreign Language Required: 203
Primary Language(s) of Instruction: Spanish Estimated Program Fee: 8900
UW Program Director: Antonio Rueda, Rita Serghini UW Study Abroad Program Manager: Darielle Horsey
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Location Cadiz, Spain
Academic Term SpringSemester(W/Sp)
01/11/2020 - 05/21/2020
Estimated Program Fee $9,600
Credits 25-27
Prerequisites 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. Even though NW CADIZ is primarily a program for undergraduates, special arrangements can sometimes be made for graduate students to receive credit for work done in the program. Students are encouraged to enroll in the program for the full academic year. Enrollment for one semester is also accepted.
Program Directors Tamara (Rita) Serghini |
Graduate Student TA - TBD
Program Manager  Darielle Horsey |
Priority Application Deadline May 15, 2019
Extended Application Deadline October 7, 2019
Information Sessions TBD - Please contact program directors for more information
General The NW Cadiz Program is designed for students to further their study of the Spanish language, deepen understandings about Spanish culture, and to explore, through firsthand experiences, everyday life in a Spanish community.
Visas This country is part of the Schengen area. Note that there are strict rules and restrictions for foreign visitors to this area that may impact a student's ability to travel within the region before or after their program, or to attend two subsequent programs in this area. It is critical that the student reviews the information and scenarios here to learn more about Schengen area visa requirements.

Program Description

The NW CADIZ program offers students the opportunity to live and study in Cádiz , Spain, for one semester or a full academic year. Administered by the University of Washington, this study-abroad program operates under a formal working agreement with the University of Cádiz. It is the only full-year American study-abroad program located in Cádiz . Students live with a local family and attend classes at the University of Cádiz's Facultad de Filosofía y Letras. NW CADIZ courses are especially designed for the program's students and are taught in Spanish by members of the University of Cádiz faculty.

Cádiz is located on Spain's southern Atlantic coast, midway between Portugal and the Strait of Gibraltar. The city's current population is approximately 150,000. Founded by Phoenician traders around 1100 B.C., Cádiz is the oldest city in Spain and possibly the oldest in Western Europe. The original Phoenician outpost of Gadir would later be colonized by the Carthaginians, Romans, Visigoths, and Moors. In 1262, during the Christian reconquest of the Iberian Peninsula, Cádiz was conquered by King Alfonso X. In the late 15th and early 16th centuries the city and its port played a central role in Spain's voyages of exploration and conquest, including Columbus' second, third, and fourth voyages to America. In 1587, as a prelude to the famous defeat of the Spanish Armada at the hands of the English, Cádiz was sacked and burned by Sir Francis Drake. During the next two centuries Cádiz continued to bear the brunt of ongoing naval hostilities between Spain and England, but it also prospered as Spain's principal port for commerce with the New World and with Europe. This intense international commerce brought with it philosophical, artistic, and political currents from other nations, endowing Cádiz and its people with the tolerance and hospitality that still characterize them today. Because of its antiquity and its strategic geographic situation, Cádiz's role in the formation of the Spanish nation has been unsurpassed by that of any other Spanish city. In the 19th century, with the independence of Spain's American colonies, the city's importance as a shipping center declined, but it continued to play a key role in the nation's political life as Spain's principal principal point of exchange with Europe and as an oasis of liberal thought throughout that turbulent century. The Gaditanos are intensely proud of the fact that Spain's first modern constitution was written and promulgated in Cádiz in 1812.

Today's Cádiz is linked to Madrid and Barcelona by commercial air service, and to all of Spain by frequent high-speed trains. There is ferry service from Cádiz to the Canary Islands and North Africa. The economy of the city and the surrounding region is based on fishing, maritime industries, and the production of Sherry wines. Because of its mild climate and brilliant sunshine, the area's spectacular coastline is known as the Costa de la Luz. While tourism plays a significant role in the local economy, its cultural impact is minimal in comparison to the destructive effect of tourism on Spain's Mediterranean coast.

The narrow peninsula on which Cádiz is situated is divided by a seventeenth-century fortified rampart, the Puerta de Tierra, beyond which is located the Casco Antiguo, or old Cádiz. The layout and outward appearance of the old city has remained largely unchanged for the past two centuries. This part of the city is characterized by buildings of three and four stories, clustered on narrow, teeming streets that open onto elegant plazas or the surrounding sea. On the inland side of the rampart is the new Cádiz with its high-rise apartment buildings that pose a striking architectural contrast to the quaint Casco Antiguo. The coastal periphery of the city is lined with promenades, old fortifications, an industrial port, and public beaches, including the longest urban beach in Europe.

The traditions of Cádiz offer many opportunities for recreation and cultural enrichment outside the classroom. Geography and history have endowed Cádiz with close ties to Latin America. One product of this link is the Festival de Teatro Hispanoamericano, which takes place in the theatres and plazas of Cádiz each year in October. In February, as a prelude to the Lenten season, Cádiz becomes the site of the Iberian Peninsula's most colorful and spirited Carnival. University classes are cancelled for a week as the city is transformed into a boisterous fantasyland of costumes and revelry. During the week before Easter, Cádiz, like the rest of Spain, celebrates Semana Santa with a timeless blend of solemn rituals and festive pageantry. Again, the university closes for a week so that students and faculty may fully enjoy this most traditional of Spanish holidays.

The Bay and Gulf of Cádiz are ringed with places of interest. Chiclana, San Fernando, Sanlúcar de Barrameda, El Puerto de Santa María, and Jerez de la Frontera are important centers of the subcultures associated with Flamenco music, Sherry wines, and the breeding of Andalusian horses and fighting bulls. The University of Cádiz sponsors frequent student excursions to these and other places of interest. North of Cádiz lies Spain's largest national park, Doñana. Once a hunting reserve for the royal family, Doñana is now a sanctuary for migratory birds and other wildlife. The mountains in the province of Cádiz are famous for their quaint pueblos blancos and are ideal for hiking, biking, and camping.

Our students are welcome to join any of the University of Cadiz's student clubs which focus fine arts, sports, recreation etc., and volunteer organizations. Quality instruction, carried out by the University of Cadiz professors with years of experience teaching American students, offer students 3rd and 4th year Spanish literature, culture, language and linguistics courses. Thus, both majors and minors can make significant progress towards completion of course requirements.





Cadiz, Spain


Students generally live in local family homes, but it may sometimes be possible to arrange housing in a residence hall for those who strongly prefer not to live with a local family. We do not presently allow shared apartment living as a housing option for undergraduates. For the occasional student who is accompanied throughout the semester by a partner or child, other living arrangements are possible, but it will be the responsibility of the student to make such arrangements.



Prerequisites and 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. Even though NW CADIZ is primarily a program for undergraduates, special arrangements can sometimes be made for graduate students to receive credit for work done in the program. Students are encouraged to enroll in the program for the full academic year. Enrollment for one semester is also accepted. No physical requirements.


25-27 UW Quarter Credits


Span 301, Span 302, Span 303, Span 406: Advanced Spanish Grammar (5 credits) VLPA

Description: Spanish 301 is an advanced level composition course that emphasizes oral skils without neglecting reading comprehension and written expression. The final objective of this course to Idevelop techniques and strategies necessary for successful comprehension and production of oral texts that are academic and professional in character. This is not a conversation course. Decription: Spanish 302 is an advanced level composition course that prioritizes the objective of developing techniques and writing strategies for the production of academic and professional texts in the Spanish language. Description: Spanish 303 is an advanced level composition course that prioritizes the objective of developing techniques and writing strategies for the creation of essays of literary criticism and cultural analysis. The final objective of this course is to prepare students for successful interaction with academic literature in Hispanic literature and culture courses at the university level. Description Span 406 : Problems of Spanish grammar. Differences from English grammar. Techniques for the effective teaching of Spanish.

Learning goals include:
Learning Goals Span 301: In this course students analyze oral and audiovisual texts representative of diferent textual genres and forms: discourse, conference, public presentation, doumentary, film, short film, interview, reportage, news transmitted by radio or television, informal gatherings, and debates. In their work with oral expression and writing, an emphasis is places on techniques and strategies necessary for successful comprehension and production of academic and professional texts. Students will elaborate and refine their lexical knowledge and review grammatical issues that continue to create problems for the group. Learning Goals Span 302: In this course students will read, analyze, and discuss a wide variety of written texts representative of the different textual genres and forms: newspaper reporting, editorial, letter, advertisement, report, outline, essay, autobiography, short story. Through spontaneous and planned writing, undertaken individually and collaboratively, they will work on outline techniques, description, narration, exposition, argument, the different phases of the writing process, composition of academic, personal, and professional texts with different genres, themes, styles, and registers. Students will pay attention to oral skills, elaborate and refine their lexical knowledge, and review grammatical issues that continue to create problems for the group. Learning Goals Span 303: This course guides the student through different phases of the process of research and writing: the planning of the text and the different phases of the work of research, the search for bibliographical sources, the elaboration of the main thesis of the essay, the development of arguments, the revision and editing of errors in early drafts, and the production of the final draft. Spanish 303 is based in collaborative learning and cooperation among students. All of the students in the group must participate actively in the preparation, revision, and analysis of the work of their companions. All of the students will become participants in the written work of their classmates and everyone will collaborate in the editing and critique of that work. This practice articulates the function of writing workshops in which the active and responsible participation of the all of the students in the group is essential. Learning Goals Span 406: The academic activities of the course will be: practical and theoretical descriptions of grammar in class, student completion of exercises, review of practice exercises in class, and completion of evaluative tests as dictated by the criteria of evaluation.

Span 321/393, Span 306/493: Introduction to Literary Studies, Contemporary Literary Studies (5 credits) VLPA

Description: Span 321 undertakes an approach to Spanish literature from a double perspective: on the one hand, a chronological vision of different literary periods since the Golden Age at the beginning of the 20th century; on the other hand, a practical approach to the study of literary texts with a special emphasis on genres, subgenres, and source usage. Description: Span 306 centers on the relationship between Spanish literature of the 20th and 21st century and cinema. The course takes the form of a tour from the previous century to the present, taking into account how historical context, ideological movements, and aesthetic tendencies manifest themselves in literary works and films of each era.

Learning goals include:
Learning Goals Span 321: Understand, identify, and analyze distinct literary genres by their principal characteristics. Differentiate between the different periods of Spanish literary by noting their identifying traits. Understand the tools and sources employed in the comprehension of literary texts. Employ the necessary techniques for the production of a commenting on a text, resulting in the development of a critical vision and set of personal values on the part of the student. Learning Goals Span 306: The student will recognize the determining historical context and cultural influences on the creation, diffusion, and reception of distinct arts and how they are interrelated. The student will gain a general overview of literature and cinema of the 20th and 21st centuries. The student will deepen their knowledge of texts written by the most well-known authors of the 20th and 21st centuries through lecture and class discussion. The student will view and discuss some fo the first films of Spanish cinema.

Span 322/393, Span 328/493: Spain and the European Union, Spanish History, Geography (5 credits) VLPA, I&S

Description: Spain and EU offers a global vision of the European Union: it's history, institutions, economy, and society. Additionally, this vision includes problems that have already been overcome and the challenges that remain. The course considers the role that Spain has played within the European Union, analyzing the advantages and problems of its integration into Europe. Description: History of Spain undertakes a study of historic, political, social, cultural, and economic events in Spain's recent past (from the 19th to 21st century.) Description: Geography familiarizes students with key features of the physical geography of the Iberian Peninsula, including climate, water systems, the configuration of the terrain, and political/administrative divisions. Students will learn about the changing demographics of the region by learning about aging, urbanization, immigration patterns, and Spain's role as a southern border of Europe. Finally, students will consider economy of Spain in relation to industry, agriculture, and globalization. Students will develop a mor nuanced understanding of regional identities and the evolving role of Spain both within the European Union and in a larger global context.

Learning goals include:
Learning Goals Spain and EU: Introduction to the political, social, and economic reality of contemporary Spain and its geopolitical surroundings. Understand the historic roots of the European Union and the process of Spanish integration into it. Comprehend the difficulties and advantages that come with political unity on a continent as diverse as Europe.a Learning Goals History of Spain: Develop familiarity with the main aspects of the historical period that is the focus of the course. Reflect on the main manifestations, as much social as cultural and including aesthetics, that are necessary for the analysis of the history of Spain in conjunction with the culture and social life of the nation. Learning Goals Geography: Comprehend, describe, and explain geographic facts and phenomenon related to Spain. Understand the physical and human elements that have contributed to the diversity of Andalusia and Spain by identifying characteristics and valuing diversity. Analyze the territorial distribution and behaviors related to geographic factors that shape human activity: population demographics, population distribution, resources, economic activities, and environmental impact. Value the vulnerability and understand the degree of deterioration of the natural environment of Spain while recognizing the protection of the natural, cultural (architectural, urban, anthropological), and social legacy of Spain. Understand the repercussions Spain has experienced as a result of integration into the European Union and other international organizations. Identify the role Spain's unique geography has played in the country's international relations in a globalized context.

Span 404/493, Span 323/393: Variaciones, Linguistics (5 credits) VLPA

Description: Span 404 addresses differences in dialect and register in the Castilian through study of the principal phonetic, lexical, syntactic, and pragmatic characteristics of some of the most important dialects of Castilian Spanish. Description: Span 323 presents the student with an introduction to the linguistic study of the Spanish language. The program covers the principal areas of study within linguistics: morphology, the study of the internal structure of words and the process of forming them; phonetics, the study of the production and perception of sounds; phonology, the study of sounds concerned with their function in language; and syntax, the study of the rules that govern the combination of elements of a language.

Learning goals include:
Learning Goals Span 404 : Identify dialectic varieties by means of hearing and seeing the conversation Analyze and comment on the principal phonetic, lexical, syntactic, and pragmatic characteristics of a conversation or text in Spanish Learning Goals Span 323 : The student will acquire basic concepts of Spanish linguistics by means of study of the theory of the related subjects of different branches of study in the field of linguistics mentioned above The student will understand how to apply, in practice, the knowledge acquired through analysis and resolution of different linguistic activities and exercises



Tamara (Rita) Serghini
Resident Director, Spanish & Portuguese

Rita Serghini is an international educator who loves languages and cultures. She views interculturality as the path toward peaceful coexistence. She holds a MA in Communication and Leadership and is working toward a PhD in the Philosophy of Leadership Studies.

Graduate Student TA - TBD
Spanish and Portuguese






Program Expenses

Estimated Program Fee: $9,600

Included in the program fee:

  • $700 Study Abroad Fee
  • Instruction
  • Housing
  • Program activities and program travel
Not included in the program fee:
  • Airfare (average price subject to when and where your buy your ticket - $1,200)
  • Food (Breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus two snacks are provided by host families.)
  • UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.64/day)
  • Other health expenses/immunizations
  • Personal spending money

Payment Due Dates: January 24, 2020 for Winter Quarter payment ($4,450), April 17, 2020 for Spring Quarter payment ($4,450)

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.

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.
  • You can submit a revision request to increase the amount of aid for the quarter you are studying abroad. These additional funds are usually awarded in the form of loans. To apply, fill out a revision request form, attach the budget sheet (available via the link at the top of this brochure) and submit these documents to the Office of Student Financial Aid.  For more information about this process, consult the Financial Aid section of our website.
  • Consult the Financial Aid section of our website for more information on applying for financial aid, special considerations for summer and early fall programs, and budgeting and fundraising tips.


  • There are many scholarships designed to fund students studying abroad. The UW Study Abroad administers a study abroad scholarship program and there are national awards available as well.
  • Scholarships vary widely in their parameters. Some are need-based, some are location-based, and some are merit-based.
  • To be considered for a UW Study Abroad Scholarship fill out a short questionnaire on your UW Study Abroad program application.  You must apply by the priority application deadline for the program in order to be considered for a scholarship.  Click the Overview tab to view application deadlines.
  • Consult our Scholarships page to learn about UW-based and national scholarships. The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards can help you learn about additional opportunities.

Budgeting Tools

We understand that figuring out your finances for study abroad can be complicated and we are here to help. Below are some ways to find additional support.

  • Click on the Budget Sheets link at the top of this brochure to view the estimated budget of all expenses for this program.
  • Contact the Global Opportunities Adviser at to learn more about how to pay for study abroad.
  • Attend a Financial Planning Workshop offered by UW Study Abroad – more information is on the Events page of our website.
  • Visit the Finances section of our website.



Application Process

The study abroad application includes a personal statement, three short answer questions, one recommendation from a professor or TA, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the online application process, you 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.


To be eligible to study abroad, you must complete the mandatory pre-departure online orientation provided by UW Study Abroad. You must also attend program-specific orientations offered by the program director.

You will be able to access the online orientation through your study abroad application once you have been accepted to a program. Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.


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. This is an especially important consideration if you are planning to do more than one study abroad program. You can research visa requirements by calling the consular offices of those countries. You can read more about this topic on the Passports and Visas page of the UW Study Abroad website.

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


$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 are responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy will be 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 a withdrawal application is received by UW Study Abroad. 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.
  2. Submit a withdrawal application to UW Study Abroad.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.