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W&M Summer- Santiago de Compostela
Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
 Study Abroad Advisor:
Molly DeStafney (
 Program Type:
WM Sponsored Summer
 Language of Instruction:
 Language Requirements:
 Service Component:
 Credit Type:
WM Credit
Prerequisites: One-credit course taken at W&M
 Housing Options:
Double occupancy rooms, Hostel, Hotel
Program Description:


The College of William & Mary’s summer program in Santiago de Compostela, Spain will have two components:  an intensive seminar (2-credit course), followed by a research component and a final one-week workshop (4-credit course).  All students will be required to enroll in both courses.  The intensive seminar in Santiago de Compostela will be taught by W&M faculty member George Greenia (Modern Languages). Several guest lecturers and on-site specialists will contribute to seminars.  Greenia and guest scholars will present students with a variety of perspectives on pilgrimage studies and methodologies and work to help students narrow their research questions and focus for the research component of the program. 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. 
Following the seminar course, students will conduct independent research in Santiago with mentoring provided by Prof. Greenia.  Possible venues 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.

After their on-site research experience, students will have a final week during which they 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.

There are required preparatory sessions in Spring 2015 whose days and hours will be determined once students are admitted to the summer program. These sessions are designed specifically to enhance your cross-cultural understanding of Santiago and to cover a variety of pre-departure questions and safety issues (equipment, clothing, nutrition and hydration, first aid) for those walking the pilgrimage trails in the first week.  W&M students who plan to walk the Camino 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. For the walking portion of the program, students will stay in various pilgrim hostels and hotels along the Camino and receive a meal stipend.  

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. 
The Reves Center advisor for the Santiago de Compostela summer program is Molly DeStafney,


W&M Faculty:
George Greenia, Program Director
Professor of Hispanic Studies

Johnston Brendel, Assistant Director 
Clinical Associate Profesor, W&M School of Education

Reves Summer Scholarships are available.

Arrival date:  May 23, 2015
Departure date:  June 20, 2015


Application ($75): February 11
Deposit ($500):  March 6
Final payment:  April 1

Please note that the application and deposit fees are non-refundable.

Eligibility :
W&M students in good academic standing.

Non-William & Mary students are also eligible to apply here: Non-WM Summer Program Application Form

Mandatory attendance at program director meeting.
Recommended attendance at pre-departure orientation.  
1 credit course Spring '15

Language Requirements:

Following the Program:
Upon their return to W&M in the following academic year, W&M students will be offered the opportunity to participate in a one-credit research workshop in which they will continue work on their projects and prepare them for presentation at an anticipated Symposium on Pilgrimage Studies at W&M under the auspices of the Institute for Pilgrimage Studies.

Course Information:
Students earn 6 credits for the Santiago program, with an additional 1 credit for the walking course. Grades will appear on W&M transcript and will be included in GPA calculations.

Tentative Courses:

INTR 455 (4 credits), (GER 7) Pilgrimage Studies Field Research Course (Prof. George Greenia): This course explores the phenomenon of pilgrimage transculturally and more specifically the Camino de Santiago, a medieval heritage route in Northern Spain that's been reclaimed by modern travelers. This course will introduce students to the religious and social thought that motivate pilgrimage travel. The seminars cover sociological theory and religious thought (theological/philosophical) encouraging participants to reflect critically on religious practice, using this Christian pilgrimage as a case study and point of comparison to other religious and secular practices. Students also learn while on a practicum experiece walking with "real pilgrims" for a week (75 miles) on the Camino de Santiago. Lectures and field work while traveling will examine castles, churches, natural and social ecosystems, and the physical and economic infrastructure of "travel for transfomation".

INTR 456 (2 credits), Pilgrimage Studies Seminar Course:  This is a complementary 2-credit co-requisiste course offering unique opportunities for students to think critically on concrete empirical data, documents, and interviews through the construction of a journal log, which serves as data for individual exploratory research projects.


Program Costs:
2015 costs: $5,925

A $75 application fee applies to both programs, to be paid to the Bursar’s Office.

Students are responsible for airfare and some meals.


Reves Summer Scholarships are available.  




Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
This program is currently not accepting applications.