Theatre in Translation: León

For students in 200, 300, or 400-level Spanish, who are interested in translation and/or theatre (production).
Next Offered
Winter 2015
Application Deadline

Program Description


The Theatre in Translation program will consist of three course components.  First, in a Translation Workshop focused on play translation, students will translate a previously un-translated work by a contemporary American author into Spanish. In the second course on Play Production, students will stage the translated play for the public. Performances take place at a theatre in the city of León during the final week of the quarter. All students will participate as cast and crew, though roles will be assigned depending on language ability. The third course, Spanish Language and Cultural Studies, will be chosen by the student from a variety of courses offered at the University of León’s Centro de Idiomas.


January 3 - March 13, 2015


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

  • SPAN 299/393/409: Theatre in Translation- Intensive Translation Workshop (5 credits)
  • SPAN 299/393/449*: Play Production (5 credits)
  • SPAN 299/393/493*: Spanish Cultural Studies (5 credits)

*200, 300, and 400 level credit will be determined during the application process. Applicants are required to discuss their level with Spanish undergraduate advisor Suzanna Martinez, as well as with program director Anna Witte.

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 program is geared primarily towards undergraduate students, but graduate students with a strong interest in program content will also be considered.  Students seeking 200-level credit should have completed SPAN 201, or show an equivalent proficiency in an interview with the program director.  Students seeking 300-level credit should have completed SPAN 301, and those seeking 400-level credit should have completed the required 300-level sequence of courses. Preference is given to third and fourth year students. The program is designed for:

  1. All students seeking to improve their Spanish reading, writing, and speaking skills.
  2. All students seeking to improve their public speaking and creative expression skills in Spanish.
  3. All students seeking to improve their English/Spanish translation skills, as well as their Spanish writing and speaking skills.

Application Procedure

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, three short answer questions, two faculty recommendations, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. There is also a mandatory personal interview with the Program Director, to be set up before the application deadline. Once an admission decision has been made regarding your application, you will be notified by the study abroad system via email.

Information Sessions

Wednesday, October 8,  2014
Time:  3:30-5PM
Location:  Padelford C-104D

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 $6,750. 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, B-227
(206) 543-6200
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