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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 06/13/2020
NOTE: To be considered for a UW Study Abroad Scholarship, you must apply by 11/15/2019.
Program Information:

Location Leon, Spain
Academic Term Spring Quarter
03/28/2020 - 06/13/2020
Estimated Program Fee $7,350
Credits 15
Prerequisites DUAL TRACK PROGRAM. For those doing the SPANISH TRACK, the prerequisite is successful completion of SPAN 303, 321, 322, and a 300-level literature elective before the start of the program. Advanced 300-level students will also be considered for this program, and will receive 300-level credit. For those doing the ENGLISH TRACK, the prerequisite is successful completion of a 300-level course in their field of study.
Program Directors Anthony L. Geist |
Program Manager Darielle Horsey |
Priority Application Deadline November 15, 2019
Information Sessions TBD - Please contact program director for more information
General The Spanish Civil War ended 80 years ago, yet it still reverberates today in art, literature and film, as well as in the life of many families. We will study its aftermath though cultural expression as well as on a personal level through interviews with individuals.
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 Spanish Civil War (1936-39) that brought Fascist dictator Francisco Franco to power for nearly 40 years not only killed or displaced over one million Spaniards, it also had human, political and cultural consequences that are still being played out today, 80 years later. The subject has been dealt with in poetry, fiction, film, art and song from the war to this very day, and virtually every family in the country has a direct link to the war over one or two generations. It is estimated that 120,000 victims of political repression lie buried in unmarked graves scattered throughout the countryside of Spain. Grass roots citizens’ movements have sprung up in the last decade, demanding recognition of the atrocities committed by the Fascist government, and undertaking exhumations and DNA identification of the victims.

In Spanish 438 students will read relevant works of literature and history. This is a dual-track, Spanish/English program. Class sessions of Spanish 438 will be conducted in English, with a trailer section in Spanish for Spanish majors, who will read the texts and submit their written work in Spanish. All other majors will do their reading and class assignments in English. CROSS-LISTING: This class will be cross-listed with Comp Lit 395, JSIS 394, LSJ 495, and CHID 471, among others.

León is an ideal location for this particular program because the movement for the recovery of historical memory, specifically through the exhumation of mass graves of victims of Franco’s repression, began in the area around León. The Asociación para la Recuperación de la Memoria Histórica has its headquarters and a museum in Ponferrada, an hour away from downtown León, and we will work closely with them.

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. 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.





Leon, 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 preference of type of family as well as any allergies and dietary restrictions, which will then be sent to FGULEM so that our contacts there can arrange the home stays.



Prerequisites and Language Requirements

DUAL TRACK PROGRAM. For those doing the SPANISH TRACK, the prerequisite is successful completion of SPAN 303, 321, 322, and a 300-level literature elective before the start of the program. Advanced 300-level students will also be considered for this program, and will receive 300-level credit. For those doing the ENGLISH TRACK, the prerequisite is successful completion of a 300-level course in their field of study.


15 UW Quarter Credits


SPAN 438/CLIT 395/CHID 471/LSJ 495/JSIS 394/HIST 490 : Cultural Expression and Historical Memory in Contemporary Spain (5 credits) VLPA

We will study a number of different texts that engage the issue of the recovery of the historical memory of the Spanish Civil War and it’s aftermath during the Franco years. Some 30 years after the death of the dictator, Spain is finally coming to terms with this turbulent past. In addition to reading novels and analyzing films, both documentary and fiction, that grapple with this subject, we’ll visit the headquarters and museum of the Asociación para la Recuperación de la Memoria Histórica, based in the province of León, to understand the grassroots nature of this movement. We will have several visiting lecturers as well. Students will work in teams to interview local residents about their families' experiences of the war.

Learning goals include:
Understand the complex history of mid-20th century Spanish politics, culture and society Read and analyze a number of canonical works of contemporary Spanish literature, art and film Learn to parse the intersection of history and literature Practice collaborative learning through group projects Interview families of participants and victims of the war from both sides Engage in public presentation of the results of their research and hands-on projects

SPAN 393/493: Cultural and Political History of Spain, 1898-2006 (5 credits) VLPA

Culture and politics are difficult to separate under the best of circumstances and in the history of Spain in the 20th century they are particularly entangled. The course will provide an overview of the bitter divisions that wracked the country from the loss of the last overseas colonies in 1898 to the Year of Historical Memory (2006). This class will provide students with a historical framework to better understand the political and cultural context of the texts studied in Spanish 438.

Learning goals include:
Understanding of historical and political circumstances that led to the Spanish Civil War. Ability to read, understand and discuss complex texts. Ability to write about complex historical and political topics. Engage in collaborative learning.

SPAN 199/299/393 (depending on language level): Spanish Language (5 credits) VLPA

Study of Spanish language at the appropriate level, to be determined by previous coursework and/or a placement exam on arrival in León.

Learning goals include:
Acquire Spanish language skills (reading, writing, listening, speaking) at the appropriate level.

SPAN 392 : Service Learning (1 credit)

In this service learning experience, students will assist English teachers in local schools in Leon and help them teach English to children and teenagers. Students will keep a journal during the experience, and must turn it in at the end of the program to get credit. The class is graded on a CR/NC basis.

Learning goals include:
Learning goals include: The goals of this course are for students to learn about the educational system in Spain, and to become more integrated into life in Leon. These goals will be assessed by reading what the students write in the mandatory journal.



Anthony L. Geist
Professor, Spanish & Portuguese Studies

I have directed a number of study abroad programs in Spain and Latin America.







Program Expenses

Estimated Program Fee: $7,350

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 - $1500)
  • 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.

Additional Info

The program includes walking tours of Leon as well as one-day and overnight excursions to nearby areas of interest. It also includes Spanish cooking classes.