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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 2019 11/15/2018 11/27/2018 03/30/2019 06/08/2019
Program Information:

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Location Leon, Spain
Academic Term Spring Quarter
March 30, 2019 – June 8, 2019
Estimated Program Fee $8,300
Credits 16 UW credits
Prerequisites 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.
Program Directors Sabrina Spannagel Bradley- sspan@uw.edu
Program Manager Darielle Horsey | studyabroad@uw.edu
Priority Application Deadline November 15, 2018
Information Sessions TBD. Contact Program Director 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. 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

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Leon, Spain

Sites

Galicia, Astorga/Las Médulas, day trips outside the city of Leon

Housing

The students’ primary housing will be with homestay 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.

ACADEMICS

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Prerequisites and Language Requirements

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

Credits

16 UW Credits

Courses

SPAN 201: Spanish 201 (5 Credits)

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 activitiesEvaluation is based on: exams, compositions, collaborative tasks, class participation

Learning goals include:
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 interestsCULTURES. 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 communitiesCONNECTIONS. Students will be able to acquire new information and reinforce their knowledge of other disciplines through the Spanish languageCOMPARISONS. 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 ownCOMMUNITIES. Students will be able to use the Spanish language to participate in Hispanic communities at home and around the worldVLPA


SPAN 202: Spanish 202 (5 Credits)

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, 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 activitiesEvaluation will be based on: exams, compositions, moderated discussions, 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.

 

SPAN 203: Spanish 203 (5 Credits)

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 activitiesEvaluation will be based on: exams, compositions, moderated discussions, 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.

SPAN 299: The cultures of Spain (5 credits)

The objectives 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.

PROGRAM LEADERSHIP

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Sabrina Spannagel Bradley, Spanish and Portuguese Studies, Program Director

Sabrina Spannagel Bradley discovered her passion for the Spanish language and culture while studying abroad in Spain as an undergrad herself, and is looking forward to accompanying language students on this program. She has led a UW exploration seminar to Quito, Ecuador and is co-director of the exploration seminar to Oaxaca, Mexico early fall 2018.
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
  • Program activities and program travel
Not included in the program fee:
  • Airfare (average price subject to when and where your buy your ticket - $1,500)
  • Food (about $5/day)
  • UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.74/day)
  • Other health expenses/immunizations
  • Personal spending money


Payment Due Date: April 19th, 2019

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 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.
  • For UW Study Abroad Scholarships fill out a short questionnaire on your UW Study Abroad program application to be considered.  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. Here 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 orientation facilitated by UW Study Abroad. You must also attend program-specific orientations offered by the program director.

You must register for the UW Study Abroad orientation. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current schedule and to register for an orientation session.

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 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: 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 a contract has been submitted. 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 business day a withdrawal form 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 signed withdrawal form to UW Study Abroad.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.