Spanish Children's Literature: León

For advanced students interested in children's literature
Next Offered
Spring 2014
Application Deadline

Program Description


Spanish Children’s Literature and Creative Storytelling: This fifteen credit program offered at the UW León Center in Spring of 2014 familiarizes students with the rich tradition of Spanish children’s literature, explores the pedagogical role of this literature in the language classroom, and allows participants to perfect their Spanish skills through intensive storytelling workshops. Students will learn how to develop model lessons based on children’s literature and storytelling and have the opportunity to visit local schools to observe and participate in language instruction.


March 29 - June 11, 2014


While enrolled in this program, students will complete the following courses (all courses are required, taught in Spanish, and receive a numerical grade):

  • SPAN 394/SPAN 491* - Spanish Children's Literature-Survey (5 credits)
  • SPAN 336/SPAN 493* - Creative Storytelling in Spanish (5 credits)
  • SPAN 393/493* - Spanish Cultural Studies (5 credits)

*Please note: 400 level Spanish credit (SPAN 493 and SPAN 491) is available on a case by case basis for those students working at that level. The applicant interested in receiving 400-level credit has to submit a request to the Spanish undergraduate advisor, Suzanna Martinez, and has to discuss course content with the program director, Anna Witte.

Excursions & Other Activities

One 4-day trip to Galicia will be included in the program. Students will be able to participate in other excursions and activities arranged by the University of León Language Center, if desired.

Housing Information

Participants will be placed individually with local families within walking distance of the UW Leon Center. 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 IPE's Health Insurance webpage for information regarding health insurance while studying abroad.

Eligibility & Application

Eligibility Requirements

The pre-requisite for the program is Spanish 203, though preference will be given to those students who have completed 301. The program is designed for:

  1. Students seeking to improve their Spanish reading, writing and speaking skills.
  2. Students particularly interested in enriching their knowledge of authentic reading materials for children in the Spanish language or bilingual classroom.
  3. Students seeking educational outreach opportunities in a Spanish language setting.

The program is geared primarily towards undergraduate students working at the third and fourth year level, but graduate students with a strong interest in program content will also be considered.

Application Procedure

The application deadline for this program is January 15, 2014.  To apply to the program, please visit IPE's webpage for the program and click on the Apply Now button.

The application includes a Personal Statement, 3 short answer questions, 2 Faculty recommendations and electronic signature documents related to University 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 admissions decisions have been regarding your application, you will be notified by the study abroad system via email.

Information Session

Please check back for more information on upcoming information sessions.

Financial & Enrollment Information

Program Fees

The total cost of the program (including a room, three meals a day with a Spanish family, and program overhead) will be approximately $7,225. This amount includes everything EXCEPT round-trip airfare*, local transportation (except for the group excursion), textbooks, passport, health insurance, $300 IPE fee, and pocket money.

*The average cost for round-trip airfare is $1,000-$1,500, depending on when and where you buy your ticket.

Payment Schedule

Please visit IPE's 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 IPE Financial Aid webpage, or request the Financial Aid outline from the IPE 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

The $350 program deposit and $300 IPE 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 IPE Office.

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

Division of Spanish & Portuguese Studies
Box 354360
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-4360
AND International Programs and Exchanges
Box 355815
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-5815

Contact Information

Questions about the program can be answered by:

Anna Witte
Padelford Hall, C-224
(206) 616-5367


Lani Phillips
Padelford Hall, C-106
(206) 616-9579
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