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  • Locations: Santiago de Compostela, Spain
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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 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.


Program Information:
Students will spend the first week of the program learning in Williamsburg, before departing to Madrid, Spain for several nights where they can expect to visit museums before departing for Leon, Spain, where students will begin to hike a portion of the Camino de Santiago, along the Camino Frances, a medieval heritage route in Northern Spain that attracts pilgrims and travelers from across the globe with diverse background and experiences. Students can expect to walk an average 15 miles a day across various terrains, including small mountains. During the walking portion of the program, which is approximately two weeks students will stay in various pilgrim hostels along the Camino. Proficiency in a language other than English is not required. Once in Santiago de Compostela, students will spend a few more days on the program before departing. 

Course Information: students will earn a total of 6 credits and take both courses listed below: 

THEA 264: Right Here, Right Now: Site Specific Art (3 credits) ALV COLL 200

ARTH 230: Special Topics - Sacred Landscapes: A View from the Americas (3 credits) COLL 300

Additionally, 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 this summer program and is intended to enhance your cross-cultural understanding of Spain and cover a variety of pre-departure topics. 

The class will meet on the following Mondays after Spring Break in PBK 162, unless otherwise noted:

3/25: 7-8pm
4/1: 7-9pm
4/8: 7-8pm
4/15: 7-8pm
4/22: 7-8pm
4/27: (Saturday) Local hike 2-6pm

W&M Program Director: Matthew Allar
Assistant Director: Elizabeth Moran

Arrival Date: May 27, 2024 (first week on campus at W&M)
Arrival Date in Spain: Monday, June 3, 2024 (depart Sunday, June 2)
Departure date: June 21, 2024


Priority Deadline ($75*):  Dec 4, 2023 extended until February 1, 2024
Deposit ($700): March 8, 2024
Final Payment: April 1, 2024

*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. 

Program Fees:
2024 program fee: $6050

Students are responsible for airfare

To view the estimated costs for this program and important payment information, please visit here​

Reves Summer Scholarships are available for this program.
If applying for a Reves Summer Scholarship, please apply to the W&M faculty-led application BEFORE applying to the Reves Summer Scholarship. 

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.

Program Features:
Meal stipend while in Spain (including some breakfasts at albergues), some meals provided in Williamsburg
CISI insurance
W&M credits taught by W&M faculty
Fulfills COLL 300 and COLL 200 ALV

- 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 2024

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.