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  • Locations: Leon, Spain
  • Program Terms: Spring Quarter
  • Budget Sheets: Spring Quarter
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Quarter 2020 11/15/2019 11/27/2019 03/28/2020 06/12/2020
NOTE: To be considered for a UW Study Abroad Scholarship, you must apply by 11/15/2019.
Program Information:

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Location Leon, Spain
Academic Term Spring Quarter
03/28/2020 - 06/12/2020
Estimated Program Fee $8,300
Credits 16
Prerequisites The prerequisite for this program is successful completion of SPAN 103, 123, or 134, or placement into SPAN 201, before the start of the program. Students who have credit for SPAN 202 or higher are not eligible for this program. Heritage speakers of Spanish who qualify for SPAN 216 are eligible for this program.
Program Directors Sabrina Spannagel Bradley | sspan@uw.edu
Program Manager Darielle Horsey | studyabroad@uw.edu
Priority Application Deadline November 15, 2019
Information Sessions TBD - Please contact program directors for more information
HIGHLIGHTS
General The Spanish León Program is an immersion experience that provides students unique opportunities to explore the history and cultures of Spain and improve their Spanish language skills.
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

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. Classes will take place in the Palacio del Conde Luna, a 14th century palace that houses the UW Leon Center. León is famous for its 13th century Gothic Cathedral and monumental buildings, its unique food culture, 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 of Semana Santa, which will take place during this program. León is an important point along the "Camino de Santiago", and students will explore the history of the Camino and have the opportunity to experience the tradition for themselves on an authentic hike along the trail. Students will also take a cooking course with a professional chef 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.
 

LOCATION

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Sites

Leon, Spain

Housing

The students' primary housing will be with home stay families, who will provide students with a room of their own, 3 meals a day and laundry. 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.

ACADEMICS

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Prerequisites and Language Requirements

The prerequisite for this program is successful completion of SPAN 103, 123, or 134, or placement into SPAN 201, before the start of the program. Students who have credit for SPAN 202 or higher are not eligible for this program. No

Credits

16 UW Quarter Credits

Courses

SPAN201: Spanish 201 (5 credits) VLPA

Spanish 201 is the first course of the Second-Year Spanish Language Program at the University of Washington. It is part of a sequence of three intermediate-level language courses (SPAN 201, SPAN 202, and SPAN 203) designed for those students who have completed the First-Year Spanish Language Program or its equivalent. This course aims to expand the oral and written communication skills acquired in earlier classes and to broaden students' understanding of the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world, including the Hispanic/Latino communities in the U.S. In the course students will build proficiency in all 4 skills; reading, writing, listening and speaking through a variety of participation-based activities. Evaluation EXAMS,COMPOSITIONS, ORAL EXAM, HOMEWORK COLLABORATIVE TASKS CLASS PARTICIPATION

Learning goals include:
Following the National Standards for Foreign Language Learning the objectives of the second-year intermediate-level Spanish language series are organized around five main areas: COMMUNICATION. At the end of the 200-level series students will have acquired an intermediate high proficiency level, which means they will be able to communicate with ease and confidence when dealing with everyday routine tasks and will have the skills to participate in conversations requiring an exchange of basic information related to common topics, such as work or school, or their personal interests. More specifically, students completing SPANISH 201 will be able to: Talk about science, technology, and innovations. Describe objects, giving information about shapes, materials, parts, uses, and properties. Describe objects using relative clauses. Narrate stories and situate events in time. Read Spanish short stories. Integrate common expressions in conversation. Talk about the future and express future conditions. Talk about the economy. Obtain and give information about business and services. Create an ad and a campaign to promote a business. Talk about current world issues. Express opinions, probability, and doubt using the subjunctive. Debate issues and justify opinions with arguments. Write an argumentative letter. Talk about movies. Talk about feelings and emotions using reflexive verbs. Describe people's personalities and changes. Give advice using the subjunctive. CULTURES. Students will have gained a deeper knowledge and understanding of the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world. They will be more acquainted with the places where Spanish is spoken, will have explored some of the main cultural, social, and historical events of the Hispanic world, and will have increased their awareness of the U.S. Hispanic/Latino communities. CONNECTIONS. Students will be able to acquire new information and reinforce their knowledge of other disciplines through the Spanish language. COMPARISONS. Students will have developed new insights into the nature of language and culture that will allow them to establish comparisons not only between languages, but also between the Hispanic cultures and their own. COMMUNITIES. Students will be able to use the Spanish language to participate in Hispanic communities at home and around the world.

SPAN202: Spanish 202 (5 credits) VLPA

Course Description Spanish 202 is the second course of the Second-Year Spanish Language Program at the University of Washington. It is part of a sequence of three intermediate-level language courses (SPAN 201-203) designed for those students who have completed the First-Year Spanish Language Program or its equivalent. This course aims to expand the oral and written communication skills acquired in earlier classes and to broaden students' understanding of the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world, including the Hispanic/Latino communities in the United States. In the course students will build proficiency in all 4 skills; reading, writing, listening and speaking through a variety of participation-based activities. Evaluation EXAMS COMPOSITIONS ORAL EXAM HOMEWORK MODERATED DISCUSSION CLASS PARTICIPATION

Learning goals include:
At the end of the 200-level series students will have acquired an intermediate high proficiency level in Spanish, which means they will be able to communicate with ease and confidence when dealing with everyday routine tasks and will have the skills to participate in conversations requiring an exchange of basic information related to common topics, such as work or school, or their personal interests. More specifically, students completing SPANISH 202 will be able to: Talk about personal relationships: marital status, emotional states, personalities, relationships, feelings, etc. Talk about the city: places, signs, directions, people, activities, etc. Talk about media (cinema, television, press, etc.) and their influence on everyday life. Talk about family and cross-generational relationships. Talk about the environment: nature, animal world, ecology, natural phenomena, etc. Moderate a formal discussion around these or other similar topics. Express actions or situations that are going on at the present time, general truths, habitual actions, and actions that will take place in the near future using the present tense. Describe inherent, expected qualities, temporary or variable qualities, and changes in appearance or condition using ser and estar. Narrate past events and describe past actions and states using the preterite and the imperfect. Express will and exert influence using the subjunctive. Express doubt and denial using the subjunctive. Give advice using both formal and informal commands, and the subjunctive. Describe objects and people using relative clauses with indicative and subjunctive verb forms. Talk about the future. Express conjecture or probability using the future and the conditional. Talk about future and past hypothetical events and situations. Make polite requests. Write a personal letter or email. Write a complaint letter or email. Write a formal letter or email to be published in a local journal. Write a story in the past. Write a formal piece of advice. Students completing SPANISH 202 will have: Gained a deeper knowledge and understanding of the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world and become more acquainted with the places where Spanish is spoken. Increased their awareness of the U.S. Hispanic/Latino communities, through readings, videos, and classroom discussions. Watched and analyzed authentic TV clips from different countries and regions in Latin America and Spain. Watched, analyzed, and discussed short movies from different Spanish-speaking countries, displaying different dialects and varieties of the Spanish language. Developed the cultural knowledge to understand the context and background of these short films. Explored some of the main cultural, social, and historical events of the Hispanic speaking world. Read, analyzed, and discussed short stories and poems from some of the most well-known Spanish writers, such as Pablo Neruda, Augusto Monterroso, or José Emilio Pacheco.

SPAN203: Spanish 203 (5 credits) VLPA

Spanish 203 is the third course of the Second-Year Spanish Language Program at the University of Washington. It is part of a sequence of three intermediate-level language courses (SPAN 201, SPAN 202, and SPAN 203) designed for those students who have completed the First-Year Spanish Language Program or its equivalent. This course aims to expand the oral and written communication skills acquired in earlier classes and to broaden students' understanding of the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world, including the Hispanic/Latino communities in the United States. In the course students will build proficiency in all 4 skills; reading, writing, listening and speaking through a variety of participation-based activities. Evaluation EXAMS COMPOSITIONS 1 ORAL EXAM HOMEWORK MODERATED DISCUSSION CLASS PARTICIPATION

Learning goals include:
At the end of the 200-level series students will have acquired an intermediate high proficiency level in Spanish, which means they will be able to communicate with ease and confidence when dealing with everyday routine tasks and will have the skills to participate in conversations requiring an exchange of basic information related to common topics, such as work or school, or their personal interests. More specifically, students completing SPANISH 203 will be able to: Talk about political beliefs and ideologies. Discuss the value of ideas. Talk about the workplace, the economy, and the job market. Talk about science and technology: new inventions, discoveries, and advancements. Talk about sports and leisure. Talk about current social issues and problems. Moderate a formal discussion around these or other similar topics. Express purpose, condition, or intent using the subjunctive. Make comparisons and express superlatives. Refer to recently completed actions, or past actions that still bear relevance in the present, using the indicative and subjunctive present perfect. Refer to actions that had been done or had been occurred before another action in the past using the indicative and subjunctive past perfect. Express what will have happened at a certain point using the future perfect. Express supposition or probability regarding a past action using the future perfect. Express what would have occurred but did not using the conditional perfect. Express probability or conjecture about the past using the conditional perfect. Make a hypothetical statement about a possible or likely to occur event, an improbable or contrary-to-fact event, a contrary-to-fact situation in the past, or a habitual, not contrary-to-fact, past action. Make a passive statement using the passive voice or the passive se. Write a report. Write a news article. Write a brochure for an advertising campaign. Write a fiction short story. Write a press statement. Students completing SPANISH 203 will have: Gained a deeper knowledge and understanding of the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world and become more acquainted with the places where Spanish is spoken. Increased their awareness of the U.S. Hispanic/Latino communities, through readings, videos, and classroom discussions. Watched, analyzed, and discussed short movies from different Spanish-speaking countries, displaying different dialects and varieties of the Spanish language. Developed the cultural knowledge to understand the context and background of these short films. Explore some of the main cultural, social, and historical events of the Hispanic speaking world. Read, analyzed, and discussed short stories and poems from some of the most well-known Spanish writers.

Spanish 299: CULTURE (1 credit) VLPA

Course Description There is a one credit service learning component in which students will work in local schools as assistants in English language classrooms.

Learning goals include:
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 and quizzes. Experiential learning will be assessed through written student self-reflection.

PROGRAM LEADERSHIP

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Sabrina Spannagel Bradley
Senior Lecturer, Spanish and Portuguese Studies

Sabrina Spannagel Bradley discovered her passion for the Spanish language and culture while studying intermediate Spanish in Spain as an undergrad herself. She directed the 2019 Spring Intermediate Spanish program with 12 amazing participants and she is thrilled to lead the 2020 program. She has also led a UW exploration seminar to Quito, Ecuador and co-directed an exploration seminar to Oaxaca, Mexico.
sspan@uw.edu

 

 

FINANCES

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Program Expenses

Estimated Program Fee: $8,300

Included in the program fee:

  • $450 Study Abroad Fee
  • Instruction
  • Housing
  • Meals (3 meals/day included with home stays)
  • Program activities and program travel
Not included in the program fee:
  • Airfare (average price subject to when and where your buy your ticket - $800-$1200)
  • UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.64/day)
  • Other health expenses/immunizations
  • Personal spending money


Payment Due Date: April 17, 2020

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.

Scholarships

  • 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 goglobal@uw.edu 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 CONSIDERATIONS

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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.

Orientation

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.

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. This is an especially important consideration if you are planning to do more than one study abroad program. You can research visa requirements by contacting 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.

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: https://www.state.gov/s/cpr/32122.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 $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.

Additional Info

This is an ideal program for students who want to take their Spanish to a higher level and is an excellent way to fulfill a language requirement in a certain major, for example International Studies.