Exploration Seminar Spain: Shore between Africa and Europe

Spain: Shore between Africa and Europe
Next Offered
Summer 2016
Application Deadline

Program Description


In this Seminar students will study the migration dynamic in Spain in the last decade, the positive economic impact that immigrants have had in Spain, a brief historical review of immigration and evaluation of Spanish Immigration policies and the dramatic consequences Spain experienced after the recession.

This is a traveling Seminar and it will take place primarily in three different cities: Sevilla, Jaen and Melilla (North Africa), Students will spend a week in each attending a series of modules and workshops. Some examples are: Human Rights for Refugees; Displaced and Isolated Immigrants; Migrant Policies within Spain regarding Children Traveling Alone; and Social Responsibility and Immigration as Global Citizens. (MENA); among others.

All lectures will be in led by experts and in Spanish. Students will also be able to directly visit progressive centers of attention working toward the incorporation of immigrants into the social fabric of the Spanish society. These centers include: Comité de ayuda al refugiado (CEAR); Andalucía Acoge; Sevilla Acoge; Los derechos fundamentales de los menores no acompañados.

Exploration Seminar Brochure (PDF)


The dates of the program are June 20 - July 16, 2016.


SPAN 393: 6 Credits (Counts towards the Spanish minor)

To be eligible for SPAN 393 credit, students must have completed SPAN 301, SPAN 216 or SPAN 314 prior to going abroad.

Excursions & Other Activities

Students will also have the opportunity to do excursions and day trips to different sites and cities, such as Córdoba and Granada, and have the chance to do a walking trip in the Madrid of the Hapsburgs and the Bourbons.  We´ll go to various museums, among them, El Prado Museum and, spend one afternoon at Parque del Buen Retiro.  We’ll eat great bocadillos at Museo del Jamón.

Housing Information

Students will have the opportunity to experience living in hostels, dorms and possibly a home stay experience in Melilla.


UW Study Abroad Insurance ($62/month)

Eligibility & Application

Eligibility Requirements

Students should have 300 level or higher proficiency in Spanish.

Application Procedure

The application includes a Personal Statement, three short answer questions, one faculty recommendation, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the on-line application process students may be contacted by the Program Director for an in-person interview. Once an admission decision has been made regarding your application, you will be notified by the study abroad system via email.  Please submit your application via the UW Study Abroad Office Program Page.

Applications will be considered on a first come and on a space available basis, so students are encouraged to apply early.

Financial Information


Total costs are made up of the estimated Program Fee of $3,600, plus the UW Study Abroad Fee ($325), airfare, UW Study Abroad Insurance ($62/month), other health expenses/immunizations and personal spending money.

Program Fees

All fees will be charged to the student’s account and should be paid at Student Fiscal Services on the following schedule:

$325 non-refundable UW Study Abroad fee: July 8th, 2016

$3600 program balance: July 8th, 2016

Airfare: $1,600 – 2,000 roundtrip, subject to when & where you buy your ticket.

Scholarships & Financial Aid

Most forms of financial aid can be applied to study abroad. You can verify that your financial aid award will apply to your program costs by contacting the Financial Aid Office. Financial aid or scholarships awarded as tuition waivers or tuition exemptions might not apply so you will need to verify that these funds are eligible for use with study abroad by contacting the funding office.

Financial aid and most scholarships are disbursed according to the UW academic calendar (at the beginning of the quarter). If your program starts before the start of the UW quarter, your financial aid will not be available to you prior to your departure. If your program starts after the first day of the quarter, your financial aid will be disbursed at the start of the program. In either of these cases, you will have to finance any upfront costs such as airfare, health insurance and the start of your time abroad on your own. Please take this into consideration when you are making plans.

Refund Schedule

$350 of the total program fee and the $325 UW Study Abroad Fee are non-refundable and non-revocable once a contract has been submitted, even if you withdraw from the program. Students withdrawing from a program are responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy are 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 by completing the following steps:

1. Provide notice in writing to the Program Director that you will no longer be participating in the program for which you have signed a contract and accepted a slot.

2. Submit a signed withdrawal form to the UW Study Abroad Office.

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

Program Director María Gillman
Department of Spanish & Portuguese Studies

Box 354360
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-4360
AND UW Study Abroad Office
459 Schmitz Hall
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-5815

Contact Information

Questions about the program can be answered by:

María Gillman
Padelford Hall, B-229
(206) 543-6208
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