Programs : Brochure
- Locations: Santiago de Compostela, Spain
- Program Terms: Summer
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. Breakfasts are included, along with a meal stipend to cover your other meals.
Students on the Santiago program earn 6 credits.
The purpose of the program is to learn how to conduct field research. Students will directly utilize various methods culminating in a research project which will be worked on for the duration of the program. Students will have opportunities to conduct independent research in Santiago with mentoring provided by the Program Director and Assistant Director. Possible venues for research will include city archives, libraries and museums, volunteering in local pilgrims hostels, and helping to welcome arriving pilgrims at the Pilgrims Office of the Cathedral of Santiago.
During the final week of the program, students will alternate between seminar presentations and discussions and their own library and museum research. This final week will offer repeated opportunities to workshop research papers and presentations before the entire seminar group of students, faculty and guest scholars.
EDUC 400: Developing Identity through Pilgrimage: Self on the Camino
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.
Professor of Higher Education
Application ($75*): February 6
Deposit ($500): March 3
Final payment: April 3
*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.