There are no prerequisites or language requirements for the program. Our partner institution in León is able to accommodate students with a wide range of language skills, including beginners. Participants will be chosen based on their enthusiasm and willingness to engage in the intellectual project of the class.
TBD - Please contact program directors for more information
The Politics of Soccer in Spain, France, and Beyond approaches soccer as a political and cultural phenomenon, examining the ways in which the sport functions as a site for political contestation on local, regional, national, and international scales. Students will take a five-credit course that focuses this analysis on issues of political economy, race, gender, nationalism, colonialism, and popular culture, along with a five-credit Spanish language course, and a two-credit independent research project.
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.
Participants in this program will approach soccer as a political and cultural phenomenon, examining the ways in which the sport functions as a site for political contestation on local, regional, national, and international scales. Students will take a five-credit course that focuses this analysis on issues of political economy, race, gender, nationalism, colonialism, and popular culture. While Spain will be a key site of this exploration -- with its recent spate of sporting success on the international scene and a famous rivalry between two of the best club teams in the world (with political overtones involving the Franco dictatorship and Catalonian independence) -- the course will also explore the politics of soccer elsewhere, including surrounding the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup (which will be occurring during the program), human rights violations and corruption surrounding recent and future World Cups, and the exploitation of (often very young) athletes from across the globe. This course will begin in Paris (with students attending a Women's World Cup match) and end in Barcelona, but the vast majority of the course will take place in León. Students will also take a five-credit course that focuses on Spanish language, literature, and culture, providing both historical context to their location and language skills that meet each students at the level in which they enter the program. Finally, participants will take an additional 2-credits of directed research that explores some aspect of the politics of soccer in León itself, bringing the global scale of their analysis in the other class to bear on the local context. The program will include an opportunity for host families and others in León to attend a program where students present these directed research projects to the community. All classes will take place in the Palacio del Conde Luna, a 14th century palace that houses the UW León Center, and be taught by the Program Director or by local faculty from the University of León Language Center. Outside of class, students will have the opportunity to participate in cooking or dance classes, and go on excursions to nearby cities and provinces, which will allow them to gain a deeper understanding of the culture in which they are immersed. León is a cosmopolitan city of about 137,000, 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.
Paris, France; León, Spain; Barcelona, Spain
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. While in Paris and Barcelona, housing will be in hotels or youth hostels.
Prerequisites and Language Requirements
There are no prerequisites or language requirements for the program. Our partner institution in León is able to accommodate students with a wide range of language skills, including beginners. Participants will be chosen based on their enthusiasm and willingness to engage in the intellectual project of the class. No, although a basic level of physical fitness will be to students' advantage as students tend to walk quite a bit while in León and the other cities we will visit.
12 UW Quarter Credits
BISGST 497: Advanced Topics in Global Studies: The Politics of Soccer in Spain, France and Beyond (5 credits) I&S
This course approaches soccer as a political and cultural phenomenon, examining the ways in which the sport functions as a site for political contestation on local, regional, national, and international scales, examining issues of political economy, race, gender, nationalism, colonialism, and popular culture. While Spain will be a key site of this exploration, the course will also explore the politics of soccer elsewhere, most significantly surrounding the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup taking place in France during the course. The course will begin in Paris and end in Barcelona, but the vast majority of the course will take place in León.
Learning goals include:
Students will become familiar with and able to conduct cultural studies analysis of popular phenomena; Students will become familiar with and able to engage key international debates in the study of sports, especially soccer, and their intersections with politics and economics; Students will become familiar with key intersections of the history of Spanish soccer and Spanish history and politics. All of the above will be assessed through intensive class discussions (facilitated, at times, by the students themselves), short think pieces written by the students during the course, and a final, summative essay.
BSPAN 196/296: Study Abroad: Immersive Elementary/Intermediate Spanish (5 credits) VLPA
Elementary (BSPAN 196) or Intermediate (BSPAN296) level Spanish language course taken through a UW-approved study abroad program. Explores language, culture and history in a Spanish-speaking country.
Learning goals include:
Students will increase their skills in both written and conversational Spanish; Students will become familiar with the history and culture of the city and region in which they are living, as well as Spain as a whole. Assessment will be conducted by the local instructors, all of whom have immense experience in teaching such classes to non-native Spanish speakers from around the world.
BIS 498: Undergraduate Research (2 credits)
In this community-based learning experience, students will conduct directed research as individuals or in small groups that explores some aspect of the politics of soccer in León itself, bringing the global scale of their analysis in the other classes to bear on the local context. The program will include an opportunity for host families and others in León to attend a program where students present these directed research projects to the community.
Learning goals include:
Students will become proficient in basic cultural research methods and skills through practice; Students will learn to operationalize broad, theoretical concerns into a small-scale, local research project; Students will learn the nuances of presenting their research findings in an innovative, engaging way to the community in which they conducted the research. All of the above will be assessed through the keeping of a research journal that catalogues and reflects on the steps each individual (whether conducting research as an individual or group) undertakes to complete the assigned project, as well as on the individual's or group's final presentation to the León community.
Associate Professor, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences
Ron Krabill teaches across the fields of media studies, cultural studies, and African studies. He is the co-founder of "The African Game in Seattle," a multi-media documentary project on the way soccer connects African players in the greater Seattle metropolitan area to each other, to their countries of origin, and to the communities in which they live and play. He has led three study abroad programs focused on the politics of soccer, two to Spain and one to South Africa (during the 2010 World Cup). He is a recipient of the University of Washington Distinguished Teaching Award and is the author of Starring Mandela & Cosby: Media and the End(s) of Apartheid (2010) and co-editor of Feminist Interventions in Participatory Media: Pedagogy, Publics, Practice (2019). firstname.lastname@example.org
UW León Center
Estimated Program Fee: $6,050
Included in the program fee:
$450 Study Abroad Fee
Program activities and program travel
Not included in the program fee:
Airfare (average price subject to when and where your buy your ticket - $1,000)
Food (about Minimal; all meals are provided by host families, so food expenses are at the discretion of the student, except for a handful of meals in both Paris and Barcelona.)
UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.74/day)
Other health expenses/immunizations
Personal spending money
Payment Due Date: July 12, 2018
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
$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:
Provide notice in writing to the program director that you will no longer be participating in the program.
Submit a signed withdrawal form to UW Study Abroad.
Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.