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Autumn Quarter Program in León, Spain

For students at the advanced level
Next offered: 
Application Deadline: 
February 15, 2020


Program Description


During Autumn Quarter 2020, the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies will take a group of motivated Advanced Level students to León, Spain to live with local families and study Spanish language and literature at the newly renovated Palacio Conde Luna Study Center.


The dates of the program will coincide approximately with Autumn Quarter on campus (September 24, 2020 - December 7, 2020).


While enrolled in this program, students will complete the following courses:

  • SPAN 301 & 302 OR SPAN 302 & 303- Advanced Spanish (10 credits)
  • SPAN 321- Introduction to Hispanic Literary Studies (5 credits)
  • SPAN 392- Service Learning (1 credit, graded CR/NC only)
  • SPAN 394- Special Topics (Spanish Culture, Literature, Film, and Art, 3 credits)

IMPORTANT: All courses are required and receive a numerical grade, with the exception of SPAN 392- Service Learning.


Students can take a maximum of 15 credits towards the major in Spanish, a maximum of 12 credits towards the minor in Spanish, and 10 credits in Spanish for General Studies credit, through study abroad program.

Excursions & Other Activities

An example of the types of excursions that may be included in the program are as follows (exact details/excursions forthcoming): local points of interest such as the World Heritage Site of Las Médulas where the Romans mined gold two thousand years ago, and the picturesque town of Astorga - whose history also dates back to Roman times. There may also be an overnight trip to Santiago de Compostela, with optional trekking on foot the last 8-15 kilometers along the centuries-old Way of Saint James pilgrimage route.

Housing Information

Participants will be placed individually with local families within walking distance of the palacio. Three meals per day will be provided. This housing arrangement allows students to be immersed in the local culture and have the opportunity to speak only Spanish for the duration of the program.

Participants must provide proof of health/accident insurance coverage. Please refer to the UW Study Abroad Office Health Insurance webpage for information regarding health insurance while studying abroad.  Study abroad insurance is $62 per month.

Eligibility & Application

Eligibility Requirements

Completion of SPAN 203 or 301, or placement into SPAN 301, prior to the start of the program. Students who have completed SPAN 302 or above are not eligible for this program.

Application Procedure

Applications are due by February 15, 2020. To apply to the program, please visit the UW Study Abroad Office webpage for the program and click on the "Apply Now" button.

Financial & Enrollment Information

Program Fees

The total cost of the program (including a room and three meals a day with a Spanish family, and program overhead) is $7,800 plus the $450 fee to the UW Study Abroad Office. This amount does not include round-trip airfare, local transportation (except for the group excursions) , textbooks, passport, health insurance, and pocket money.

Payment Schedule

Please visit the UW Study Abroad Office webpage for the program to see the payment schedule.

Scholarships & Financial Aid

Undergraduates who intend to study abroad are encouraged to apply for the Fritz Undergraduate Scholarship for Study Abroad and the Global Opportunities Scholarship for Study Abroad.

Students seeking further information on financial aid and scholarships for foreign study should visit the the UW Study Abroad Office Financial Aid webpage, or request the Financial Aid outline from the UW Study Abroad Office. In addition, students may reference the UW Scholarship Office website for more information on general and foreign study scholarships. Students will maintain their eligibility to receive most forms of UW student financial aid while participating in this program, provided that they concurrently enroll.

Refund Schedule

$350 of the program deposit and the $450 UW Study Abroad Office Fee are non-refundable. Students withdrawing from a program will be responsible for a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy will be included in your payment contract. No part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun. The date of withdrawal is considered the date (business day) a withdrawal form is received by the UW Study Abroad Office.

Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing to both:

Department of Spanish & Portuguese Studies
Box 354360
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-4360
AND UW Study Abroad
Box 355815
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-5815

Contact Information

Questions about the program can be answered by:

Tony Geist
Padelford Hall, B-232
(206) 543-5629
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