Skip to content

Programs : Brochure

This page is the brochure for your selected program. You can view the provided information for this program on this page and click on the available buttons for additional options.
  • Locations: Leon, Spain
  • Program Terms: Early Fall
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Information:
sociology italy
 Location Leon, Spain
Early Fall 2017
August 25 – September 15, 2017
 Estimated    Program Fee $3,600
 Credits 5 UW credits
 Prerequisites None
 Program      Directors Sandra Silberstein, Jennifer Evans
 Program  Manager Darielle Horsey |
 Application    Deadline March 15, 2017
 Information  Session(s) Contact Program Director for more information.
  General Teaching English in Spain will give program participants the opportunity to practice language teaching techniques in an international context.
Where You Will Study
Expenses, Financial Aid, & Scholarships

  Visas This country is part of the Schengen area. Please click here to learn more about important rules and restrictions for foreign visitors to this area.

Program Description

The main feature of this program is an internship, which will allow program participants to teach English 8 hours/week to local Spanish speakers at the University of Leon’s Modern Language Center. The internship will be accompanied by a class given by Program Directors Professor Sandra Silberstein and Jennifer Evans, including instruction in language pedagogy, daily debriefing and support, weekly writing assignments, and a final project, as well as a formal observation by the Program Directors.

Teaching English in Spain will give program participants the opportunity to practice language teaching techniques in an international context. By being immersed in a “foreign” culture, participants will gain cultural awareness, experience, and empathy that will make them stronger professionals in the United States and elsewhere. Graduate students will register under English 578, undergraduates under English 474.


Leon, Spain


Student pairs share well-appointed apartments in the Seminario (a renovated 18th-century seminary). It is close to the UW Center, allows students areas to work in teams on their teaching, and costs less than the dorms.


Pre-Requisites/Language Requirements

Preference will be given to graduate students and advanced undergraduates (preferably who will have achieved Senior status at the time the program begins) who have a desire to gain experience in language teaching in an international context.

Students must have excellent English and a strong interest in language teaching. Though no experience is required, should the program be oversubscribed, those with teaching training and/or experience will have priority.

Students should be able to comfortably walk 20-30 minutes in a city environment.


5 Credits


ENGL 578 or ENGL 474 (5 credits)

In this TESOL internship, students develop their understanding of the technical, interpersonal, practical, and cultural elements involved in effective ESOL (English to speakers of other languages) teaching. This course involves 8 hours a week of language teaching; daily planning and program development; and a daily seminar session. The seminar is designed to support the interns’ teaching. It involves instruction in language pedagogy, daily debriefing, weekly writing assignments and a final project, as well as a formal observation by the Program Directors. Graduate students will register under English 578, undergraduates under English 474. .

Learning Goals: 

Students develop their understanding of the technical, interpersonal, practical, and cultural elements involved in effective ESOL (English to speakers of other languages) teaching. .

Program Directors & Staff

Sandra Silberstein, Department of English, Program Director

Sandra Silberstein is Director of the MATESOL Program, and coordinator of international student academic support for the College of Arts and Sciences and partners. She has done teacher training in Asia and North Africa. This will be her fifth year in León.

Jennifer Evans, English and International Language Programs, Program Co-Director

Jennifer Evans teaches in the UW International and English Language Programs. She has been a State Department English Language Fellow in Agadir, Morocco, and co-directed an Early Fall Start program there. This is her third year in León.

Program Expenses

Cost: $3,600

Estimated Program Fee of $3,600, the UW Study Abroad Fee ($350), airfare, food (about 27 Euros/day), UW Study Abroad Insurance ($62/month), other health expenses/immunizations and personal spending money.

Average Airplane Ticket Price

$1,550 - $1,650* roundtrip

*Subject to when & where you buy your ticket

Payment Schedule

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.

Payment Type Payment Amount Payment Due Date
Non-Refundable Study Abroad Fee $350 October 13, 2017
Program Fee Balance $3,600 October 13, 2017


There are a variety of scholarships available to help fund your study abroad experience. Visit the Global Opportunities page for more information and application deadlines.


To be eligible to study abroad, all program participants must attend an in-person pre-departure orientation facilitated by the Study Abroad office as well as your program-specific orientations, offered by your program director.

You must register for orientation through your online study abroad account in order to attend scheduled orientations. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current orientation schedule.

Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most forms of financial aid can be applied to study abroad. You can verify that your financial aid award will apply to your program costs by contacting the Financial Aid Office. Financial aid or scholarships awarded as tuition waivers or tuition exemptions might not apply so you will need to verify that these funds are eligible for use with study abroad by contacting the funding office.

Financial aid and most scholarships are disbursed according to the UW academic calendar (at the beginning of the quarter). If your program starts before the start of the UW quarter, your financial aid will not be available to you prior to your departure. If your program starts after the first day of the quarter, your financial aid will be disbursed at the start of the program. In either of these cases, you will have to finance any upfront costs such as airfare, health insurance and the start of your time abroad on your own. Please take this into consideration when you are making plans.

Revision Request

In some instances you may qualify for an increase in your financial aid award (typically in loan funds). Check with the Financial Aid Office about your options. To request a revision in your aid, you will need to submit the following paperwork to the Financial Aid Office:

  1. Revision Request Form
  2. Budget of student expenses for your program: The UW Study Abroad Office will upload this budget to your study abroad account after a signed contract has been submitted to the UW Study Abroad Office. You can request an unofficial copy of this budget by emailing

Visit the Finances section of our website to learn more about disbursement, revising your aid package, short-term loans and scholarships.

Application Process

The application includes a Personal Statement, three short answer questions, two recommendations from a professor or TA, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the on-line application process students 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.


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. You can do so by calling the consular offices of those countries or checking the following 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 $350 UW Study Abroad Fee are non-refundable and non-revocable once a contract has been submitted, even if you withdraw from the program. 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 date (business day) a withdrawal form is received by the UW Study Abroad Office. 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 for which you have signed a contract and accepted a slot.

2. Submit a signed withdrawal form to the UW Study Abroad Office, 459 Schmitz Hall.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.