Honors in Spain 2021 Exploration Seminar–Cancelled

Spain's Basque Country to the Camino de Santiago: identity, language, and memory

Honors in Spain 2021 Exploration Seminar–Cancelled


Locations: Madrid, San Sebastian, and Leon, Spain

Sponsoring Units: Honors Program

Dates: Early Fall Start: August 23 – September 21, 2021 (Note: credits apply to autumn quarter).


Course Credits Credit Type
Honors 384 5 Interdisciplinary, VLPA & I&S, “W”, “DIV”

Information Sessions

  • December 11 @ 1 p.m
  • January 12 @ 4:00 p.m.
  • February 4 @ 10:30 a.m.

Zoom: https://washington.zoom.us/j/5716250981

About the Program

About the Program

Students will learn about Spain’s history, culture, politics, and identities through readings, local guest speakers, and on-site exploration of arts and culture. The program will travel to Madrid, San Sabastian, and Leon while considering regional differences, including language and ‘race” as related to diasporas within Spain. A particular focus of the program is a consideration of border identities and epistemological questions of power and privilege related to ‘race’, language and gender. Students will read a range of Spanish writers (in translation, with optional Spanish) and learn about the complexities of Spain and its diverse population.

The program will begin in Madrid then travel by train to San Sebastian (2 weeks), ending the program at the UW’s Leon Center (2 weeks).

A special excursion will be offered, covered by the program fee, to the Galicia area. Students will visit Santiago de Compostela with the option of a walking excursion.


For more information about UW’s Leon Center, visit: https://depts.washington.edu/leonctr/

Program Goals

  • Learn about different languages and regions of Spain and specifically within the Basque region (practice basic Euskara).
  • Engage in informed conversation within a close knit learning community to learn about Spain, its history and culture as a foundation to investigating ‘race’, gender and socioeconomic dynamics within communities and families.
  • Read different genres within Spanish writings and discuss a variety of perspective, Spain has diverse influences that have shaped its culture, demographics, politics, and languages.
  • Write and discuss to learn and articulate understanding of topics from lectures, texts, guest speakers, and individual research projects, i.e. generative group discussion as well as individual reflection.
  • Facilitate personal reflection to gain awareness and to engage in complexities of identity and its construction within Spain (individual, family, community, nation, etc.).
  • Undetermined work in process — discover together


Students will be housed in centrally located top rated hostels, hotels, and dormitories.

Program Credit / Course Description

Honors 384, Interdisciplinary, VLPA & I&S, “W”, “DIV”

5 credits, 4 weeks in Spain

The emphasis of the program is interdisciplinary reflective learning with focused work on culture, history, politics and identity and language complexities of Spain. Interdisciplinary Humanities and Social Science will inform program readings, discussions, and assignments.

We will work together in a close knit community to learn deeply, dialogue honestly, even if uncomfortable, and be sensitive, informed visitors to Spain. Spanish is not required. Students will practice Spanish and receive and introduction to the Basque language (Euskara).

Program Leadership

Program Leadership

Dr. Juliana Villegas is associate director of the Interdisciplinary Honors Program and affiliate assistant professor in the department of English.  Dr. Villegas regularly teaches abroad, most recently at Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany.  Villegas has created and directed  many study broad programs during her time at the UW and is an experienced international educator. She co-directed a program to Spain in 2013 (Madrid and Leon Center). Other locations where Villegas has taught include Germany, Turkey, Netherlands, Italy, and Japan. She holds her Ph.D. in English from the University of Washington (The Racial Shadow in American Literature).

Dr. Magdalena Diaz Gorfinkiel is Professor and Vice Dean of Sociology at the Universidad Carlos III of Madrid. She specializes in the Sociology of care, focusing on the analysis of domestic work. Specifically, her research involves the creation of global care dynamics such as transnational social protection and global care chains. Dr. Diaz Gorfinkiel also addresses the labour conditions of domestic workers and the interactions with Welfare State models and policies. In this regard, work-life balance policies constitutes another research line, comparing the European scenario and considering communitarian care. 

Program Expenses

Program Expenses

The costs listed includes tuition via concurrent enrollment fee and all housing and excursions.

Students are responsible for most meals, airfare, study abroad fee, and insurance.

Program fee: $4,500

UW concurrent enrollment fee: $460

Average Airplane Ticket: $1,200-1,800

Daily out of pocket food costs (approx): $65

Payment Schedule:

Program fees will be posted to your MyUW student account and can be paid the same way that you pay tuition and other fees. Check your MyUW Account periodically for due dates.

Payment Type Payment Amount Payment Due Date
Non-Refundable UW Study Abroad Fee $460 TBD
Program Fee Balance $4,450 TBD

Making the program affordable

The Honors Program is passionate about study abroad and the incredible impact it can have on a student’s life. Don’t assume you can’t afford to study outside of the U.S. Here are resources to help you get started on your global adventures!

Honors Program Scholarships

The Honors Program offers a number of scholarships for current Honors Program students. These scholarship funds may be used for UW approved study abroad programs or exchanges. Students may apply beginning in late January (deadline is March 30).

Study Abroad Scholarships at UW

Every student who applies and is accepted to a study abroad program is considered for a scholarship. Scholarship awards are dependent on need and students may be awarded up to $4,000. Visit the study abroad office in 459 Schmitz Hall to learn more or click here. Students may also email goglobal@uw.edu for an advising appointment.

There are several outside resources for study abroad scholarships. Visit the UW’s Study Abroad Scholarship page for more information on scholarship support as well as information about GET funds and how you may apply the GET to your study abroad costs.

Using Financial Aid for Study Abroad

You may find more information about using your existing financial aid for study abroad on the Study Abroad Office’s Financial Aid webpage. In general, all financial aid awarded may be used to support study abroad. Exceptions to this include tuition waivers, work-study awards, or scholarships that are specific about using the award for tuition (although there may be flexibility with some scholarships, please check with the financial aid office). Tuition waivers and work-study are never allowed for study abroad.

Revision of Need

You may also turn in a “Revision of Need” form with the Financial Aid Office if you have a FAFSA on file. Once you are accepted to a study abroad program, visit the Study Abroad Office to obtain a budget for your study abroad program then complete the Revision Request and turn in both the budget and the revision request to the Office of Student Financial Aid in Schmitz Hall.

Visit the Financial Aid Study Abroad Funding Website for more information about applying for Summer quarter financial aid and for information about Exploration Seminar financial aid timeline (different than A or B term financial aid disbursement timeline).

Application Process

Application Process

Honors Program students and students from all disciplines are encouraged to apply. The program is open to all undergraduate students at the UW Seattle campus as well as Bothell and Tacoma campuses. Students will receive Honors core credit, interdisciplinary VLPA and I&S Areas of Knowledge designation, as well as “W” and DIV credit. Graduate students are welcome to apply with permission of their department for special research focused work on top of the regular course load of the program. 

Deadline: February 15, 2021 (the application link will be posted once UW has made a decision on whether running study abroad programs can be done safely this coming summer. More updates coming midJanuary).