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This program is no longer accepting applications for Summer 2022!
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 crux 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. Located in the northwest region of Galicia, the oldest part of the town is home to the winding stone streets of the medieval age, while the newer part is composed of more modern architecture.
Things to Do and See:
Obviously a central part of experiencing Santiago de Compostela is the pilgrimage Camino to get there, but once you arrive, the small city has some amazing sites.The Cathedral is the focal point, where Saint James is said to be buried. You can also enjoy a walk through the luscious Alameda Park, or stop for food and drinks along the De Vinos wine trail. Don't forget to try their famous octopus dish!
Students will study and live on W&M's campus for the first week of the program, before they travel to begin the Camino. After the first week, students will fly to Spain and begin the walk on the Camino for two weeks, continuing until returning to Santiago de Compostela, a distance of approximately 300 kilometers (or roughly 186 miles). Students can expect to walk an average 15 miles a day across various terrains, including mountains. During the walking portion of the program, students will stay in various pilgrim hostels and hotels along the Camino. Upon completion of the 2 week walk, students will stay in Santiago de Compostela for 4 -5 days. During the stay in Spain, breakfasts are included, along with a meal stipend to cover your other meals. Some meals during Williamsburg stay will not be covered.
Priority Deadline ($75*): December 1
Deposit ($700): March 10
Final Payment: April 3
*Application fee information:
The application fee ($75) is due by the deadline and should be paid online at the GEO Marketplace Store. Whoever is making the payment will need student 93#, email, and phone number. The application fee is refundable in the event that you are not accepted into the program or the program is canceled by W&M.
2022 program fee: $5950
Students are responsible for airfare
2023 program fee available: early november
To view the estimated costs for this program and important payment information, please visit here
Reves Summer Scholarships are available for this program.
Camino Study-Abroad Scholarship fund: There are some need-based funds available for students studying abroad on this program. Students are asked to complete the Reves Summer Scholarship application (link above). Finalists will be sent a follow-up for a further essay response. It is the hope of the donors that participants of this transformative experience are students who embrace diversity and contribute to a climate of inclusiveness for all students at W&M.
Welcome and Farewell dinners
Breakfasts and meal stipends for all meals in Spain, some in Williamsburg
Ground transportation to/from Santiago airport
W&M credits taught by W&M faculty
Fulfills COLL 300
- Students must be an active W&M undergraduate student in good standing, not on academic or disciplinary probation during time abroad, and eligible to take classes at the W&M Williamsburg campus to study abroad.
- Students currently on-campus must successfully complete 1 credit spring course.
- For more information about eligibility, please visit our Policies that Affect You page.
Click to view the Summer Abroad Handbook 2022