Informational session for Department of Spanish & Portuguese Studies San Sebastián study abroad program.
This program will focus on food and culture in the Hispanic world. It will serve students in Spanish, Nutritional Sciences, Jewish Studies, and Geography. It will also be advertised in the College of the Environment as a possible addition to the Food Studies Minor. Students will take courses on Hispanic food and culture taught by UW professor Ana M. Gómez-Bravo (Spanish and Portuguese Studies). Additional courses will be taught by a UW Spanish lecturer and by on-site faculty from TANDEM Centro de Idiomas in San Sebastián. The program is ideally located in what is considered one of the most prominent Spanish regions regarding food and culture. In addition, it is conveniently located within easy access of other important areas of interest to the program such as Catalonia, Madrid and the Rioja growing region. Learning about food and culture on-site is ideal since it allows for immediate access to locations, sources and persons that are important but out of reach when outside of the country. The program includes a trip to Barcelona that will focus on the food and culture of the region, as well as several day trips to neighborhoods within San Sebastián and small towns in the area that have an active food culture. Students will stay with Spanish host families. This set-up allows for the greatest interaction with the host culture and the formation of strong personal ties. Basque host families have a strong reputation of warm hospitality.