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  • Locations: 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:
Santiago Collage

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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.

Program Information:
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. 

Course Information:
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 (GER 3, COLL 200)
INTR 490:  Local/National Identity and Representation 

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.

W&M Faculty:
Jim Barber
Professor of Higher Education

Arrival date: May 23, 2017
Departure date: June 20, 2017

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.

Program Fees:
2017 program fee: $5975
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 2016 Summer Abroad Handbook.
Click to view the Santiago Handbook 2016.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.