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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.
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 be housed in a Pilgrim Hostel for the first week of the program, with the courses being held in University of Santiago de Compostela classrooms before they travel to begin the Camino. After the first week, students will walk for two weeks along the French Way, starting in the Spanish city of Leon, 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. For the duration of the program, students may live in a renovated pilgrim hostel, San Martín Pinario, specially outfitted for study groups. During the stay in Spain, breakfasts are included, along with a meal stipend to cover your other meals.
Students on the Santiago program earn 6 credits.
EDUC 400/COLL 200: Developing Identity through Pilgrimage
INTR 490: Local/National Identity Representation through Pilgrimage
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. 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.
Associate Professor, School of Education
Associate Director, Center for the Liberal Arts
Arrival date: May 21, 2019
Departure date: June 18, 2019
Application ($75*): February 1
Deposit ($600): March 2
Final payment: April 2
*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.
2019 program fee: $5,600
Students are responsible for airfare
Reves Summer Scholarships are available for this program.
Welcome and Farewell dinners
Breakfasts and meal stipend for most meals
Ground transportation to/from Santiago airport
W&M credits taught by W&M faculty
Fulfills COLL 300
All W&M students in good academic standing.
Click to view the 2019 Summer Abroad Handbook
Click to view the Santiago handbook for summer 201