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Santiago de Compostela’s Old Town, where students will be housed, is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city's cathedral continues to serve as the destination for thousands of pilgrims every year, following the centuries old “Route of St. James” or Camino de Santiago, a medieval heritage route in Northern Spain that's been reclaimed by modern travelers.
Students will be housed in Williamsburg for the first week of the program and taking classes on campus. At the end of the first week, students will fly to Spain to begin the Camino. For the walking portion of the program, students will stay in various pilgrim hostels and hotels along the Camino. For the duration of the program, students will live in a renovated pilgrim hostel, San Martín Pinario, specially outfitted for study groups. During the stay in Spain, breakfasts are included, along with a meal stipend to cover your other meals.
Students on the Santiago program earn 6 credits.
HISP 389/COLL 200 ALV: Hike and Seek: Pilgrimage and the Global Search for Joy
THEA 460/COLL 200 ALV: Right Here, Right Now: Site Specific Art
There is a required 1-credit course to be taken in the Spring prior to departure, which you will be registered for following program acceptance. This course is designed specifically for students going on the summer program and is intended to enhance your cross-cultural understanding of Santiago de Compostela and to cover a variety of pre-departure information and safety issues (equipment, clothing, nutrition and hydration, first aid) for walking the pilgrimage trails. W&M students will be required to attend a non-credit period of instruction on "training for trekking" by M. Brennan Harris in Kinesiology & Health Sciences. His training suggestions and regimen for physical preparation will be made available on-line for students applying from other institutions.The scheduling of this course will be dependent on the class times possible for program participants.
Courses are taught by William and Mary faculty. Grades will appear on W&M transcript and will be included in GPA calculations.
Associate Professor of Theatrical Design
Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies
Arrival date: In Williamsburg, May 19, 2018
Students will depart for Spain from Williamsburg on May 25, 2018
Departure date: From Santiago, Spain, June 13, 2018
Application ($75*): February 1
Deposit ($600): March 2
Final payment: April 2
*A $75 application fee applies to both programs, to be paid to the Bursar’s Office. Please note that the application and deposit fees are non-refundable.
2018 program fee: $5000
Students are responsible for airfare and some meals.
Reves Summer Scholarships are available for this program.
All College students in good academic standing.
Click to view the 2018 Summer Abroad Handbook
Click to view the Santiago Handbook 2016