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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 a Pilgrim Hostel for the first week of the program before they travel 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 may 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.
EDUC 400/COLL 200: Developing Identity through Pilgrimage
INTR 490: Local/National Identity Representation through Pilgrimage
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. 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, School of Education
Associate Director, Center for the Liberal Arts
Arrival date: May 21, 2019
Departure date: June 18, 2019
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.
2019 program fee: Will be updated November 2018
Students are responsible for airfare
Reves Summer Scholarships are available for this program.
Welcome and Farewell dinners
Breakfasts and meal stipend for most meals
Ground transportation to/from Santiago airport
W&M credits taught by W&M faculty
Fulfills COLL 300
All College students in good academic standing.
Click to view the 2018 Summer Abroad Handbook
Click to view the Santiago handbook for summer 2018