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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:
 Santiago Collage

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 in the context of Pilgrimage Studies.  Students will directly utilize these 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.

  • INTR 455: Pilgrimage Studies Field Research (GER 7) - This course explores the phenomenon of pilgrimage transculturally, focusing specifically on the Camino de Santiago. This course will introduce students to the religious and social thought that motivate pilgrimage travel. The seminars cover sociological theory and religious thought and encourage 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". (4 credits) 
  • INTR 456: Pilgrimage Studies Seminar - This 2-credit co-requisiste course offers unique opportunities for students to think critically about concrete empirical data, documents, and interviews through the construction of a journal log, which serves as data for individual exploratory research projects.Several guest lecturers and on-site specialists will contribute to the seminar.(2 credits)

There is a required 1-credit course to be taken in Spring 2016, 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.

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.

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:
George Greenia
Professor of Hispanic Studies

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

Application ($75*): February 1
Deposit ($500):  March 4
Final payment:  April 1

*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:
2015 costs: $5,925
Students are responsible for airfare and some meals.

Reves Summer Scholarships are available for this program.

All College students in good academic standing.

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