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  • Locations: Leon, Spain
  • Program Terms: Spring Quarter
  • Budget Sheets: Spring Quarter
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There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Affiliated Department: Music Foreign Language Required: None
Primary Language(s) of Instruction: English, Spanish UW Credits: 16
Estimated Program Fee: 8000 UW Study Abroad Program Manager: Darielle Horsey
Program Information:

Location Leon, Spain
Academic Term Spring Quarter
03/28/2020 - 06/10/2020
Estimated Program Fee $8,450 (includes $450 Study Abroad Fee)
Credits 16
Prerequisites There are no prerequisites or requirements other than interest in music, Spanish, and cultural immersion.
Program Directors Shannon Dudley |
Marisol Berrios-Miranda |
Program Manager Darielle Horsey |
Priority Application Deadline November 15, 2019
Extended Application Deadline January 15, 2020
Information Sessions 10/25/19 from 12:30-1:30, Music Building (Room 27)
11/12/19 from 3:00-4:00, School of Music "Fishbowl" (across from main entrance)
1/9/20 from 12:00-1:00, MGH 211E (Honors Library)
General This program explores musical connections between Spain and the Americas, as well as the development of distinctive hispanic musical traditions in Latin America, the Caribbean and the United States. Students will be immersed in the Spanish language, through courses and homestays, and in an ethnomusicological perspective that relates music to its broader historical and social contexts.
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 musical traditions of Spain are one of the principal roots of music in the Americas, where they merged with African and indigenous traditions to produce new forms, including son, merengue, salsa, tango, cumbia, tango, corrido, marinera and countless other genres. This program offers students the opportunity to learn about the musics of the Americas and Spain as they have developed in relationship to one another, focusing both on shared histories that connect them, and also on the local histories and innovations that distinguish them. Students in Music 445 will learn about Spanish and Latin American music from an ethnomusicological perspective, studying music not only as an art form but also as a practice that is related to larger cultural and historical processes. In Honors 240 they will focus on the impact of Latino musicians on the popular music of the United States. The program will include a visit to the musical instrument museum of master musician and educator Paco Diez near Valladolid, guest lectures by several Spanish ethnomusicologists, and Spanish language study at a beginning, intermediate or advanced level, depending on each student's experience. Leon is a cosmopolitan city of about 137,000, located in the Northwestern part of Spain. It is known for its 13thcentury Gothic Cathedral and monumental buildings, as well as for its fiestas. Every year people from all over the world visit Leon to see and participate in its many processions and colorful traditions. The region of Castile and Leon is the birthplace of the Spanish language, and will provide students with unlimited opportunities to practice their oral, aural and written skills in Spanish, as they will be living in Spain and staying with Spanish families that will not speak English to them. The program also provides all interested students with the opportunity to volunteer in a local organization in a field that interests them. Learning goals: Develop a working vocabulary and listening skills with which to describe and analyze music; Gain some experience making music in participatory performance contexts; Learn the history, instrumentation, and style characteristics of some of the most influential musical genres in Spain and Latin America, focusing mainly on folk and popular music; Learn about the diversity of Latino communities in the U.S. and their contributions to American popular music; Learn how music responds to and also helps to shape social and political conditions, with special attention to colonization, nationalism, migration, race and class; Learn about the history, culture and geography of Spain, Latin America and the Caribbean; Improve Spanish language skills




Leon, Spain


Homestays will be arranged by FGULEM, which has extensive experience and contacts organizing homestays for UW students.



Prerequisites and Language Requirements

There are no prerequisites or requirements other than interest in music, Spanish, and cultural immersion.


16 UW Quarter Credits


Music 445: Selected Topics in Ethnomusicology: Music of Spain and the Americas (5 credits) VLPA, I&S

This course will provide a survey of Spain and selected Latin American cultures and their music, focusing on social history and ideas about music as well as musical structure and style. The listening portion of the course will require students to develop a vocabulary and an ear for distinguishing various aspects of musical sound and style, but formal musical training is not a prerequisite.

Learning goals include:
Develop a working vocabulary and listening skills with which to describe and analyze music. Gain some experience making music in participatory performance contexts. Learn the history, instrumentation, and style characteristics of some of the most influential musical genres in Spain and Latin America, focusing mainly on folk and popular music. Learn how music responds to and also helps to shape social and political conditions, with special attention to colonization, nationalism, migration, race and class. Learn about the history, culture and geography of Spain, Latin America and the Caribbean

Honors 240: Fine Arts for Honors Students: American Sabor, Latinos and Latinas in U.S. Popular Music (5 credits) VLPA

Latino contributions to popular music in the United States have too often been relegated to the margins of a narrative dominated by African and European Americans-an overly black and white view of our musical history. Latin music is often portrayed as an exotic resource for "American" musicians, as suggested by pianist Jelly Roll Morton's reference to "the Latin Tinge." This course turns that phrase and that perspective on its head. "American Sabor" addresses problems of cultural representation that concern an increasingly visible and influential community in the U.S. We will document the roles of U.S. Latino musicians as interpreters of Latin American genres. We will also highlight their roles as innovators within genres normally considered indigenous to the U.S., such as rock and roll, R & B, jazz, country/western, and hip hop. The course distinguishes regional centers of Latino population and music production-exploring unique histories, artists, and musical styles. At the same time it draws out broader patterns of boundary crossing, language, social struggle, generational difference, racial/ethnic/class/gender identification, and other factors that shape the experiences of U.S. Latinos everywhere.

Learning goals include:
-Learn to distinguish a variety of music styles -Develop a rudimentary vocabulary for describing musical sounds and instruments -Learn about the histories of specific U.S. Latinos and their music -Learn about the ways Latino musicians have shaped U.S. popular music generally -Learn how music-making in U.S. Latino communities responds to a variety of social and historical factors, including immigration and migration, racism, gender inequality, the music industry and media, and changing U.S. identity politics.

SPAN 199/299: Spanish language (5 credits) SPAN 299 counts toward VLPA

In this course, students will study the language, culture and history of Spain. Students will be placed into an appropriate class based on their previous experience with the Spanish language.

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.

MUSIC 499: Undergraduate research: service learning (1 credits)

Program participants will visit local schools to help with English conversation and instruction

Learning goals include:
To learn about the Spanish educational system and become more integrated into life in Leon



Shannon Dudley
Professor, School of Music

Marisol Berrios-Miranda
Affiliate Assistant Professor, School of Music





Program Expenses

Estimated Program Fee: $8,450

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 - $1,200)
  • 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.


  • 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 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:

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.