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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.
While in Santiago de Compostela, students will immerse themselves in local lifestyles and cultures. Class excursions include museums, cathedrals, and other sites of pilgrimage within the city. In the first two weeks of the program, students will also travel to other cities and take part in day-long hikes that trace the pathways of medieval pilgrims. Other activities include cultural festivals, observing major local events, and participating in local food tours.
Course Information: students will earn a total of 6 credits and take both courses listed below.
(2023) CHEM 361 Seeing Through Art-Imaging Galicia's Material Culture (COLL 200 NQR) 3 credits
Course Description: Imaging – the visual representation of an object’s physical form – is the primary tool used by conservation professionals to assess and preserve the physical artifacts of our cultural heritage. What does imaging tell us about objects and material culture? How does an artifact differ from its visual representation(s)? How do cultural heritage objects change over time? How are science and art used to slow or prevent their deterioration? We will examine these questions by investigating the materials and processes involved in creating, imaging, and conserving works of art. You will engage in the course material through readings, discussions, visits to museums and cultural heritage sites in Santiago de Compostela, and a project portfolio “Seeing through Art in Galicia” related to imaging and conservation in the context of the material culture of northwest Spain.
INTR 490: Local/National Identity Representation through Pilgrimage ( 3 credits):
Course Description: This course examines local and regional identity representation via pilgrimage in Northwest Spain. Students in this course will participate in five weeks of seminar in Santiago de Compostela as well as various trips to locations of importance to the Camino de Santiago. At the crux of this course is the question of how representations of identity differ at the local and national level through the lens of pilgrimage. Students will explore Galician history, the development of modern Spain, and issues related to media representation of identity. Rooted in cultural studies and pilgrimage studies, this course will involve field work along the Camino de Santiago as students interact with locals and fellow pilgrims to examine course issues.
Arrival date: end of May, 2024
Departure date: mid June, 2024
Priority Deadline ($75*): Dec 4, 2023
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.
2023 program fee: $6500
2024 program fee: TBD
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.
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 2024