Spring 2024 Music León: The Music of Spain and its Diaspora

Spring 2024 Music León: The Music of Spain and its Diaspora

León, Spain

INFORMATIONAL VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iNStQh1QeOg

INFO SESSION: https://drive.google.com/file/d/18L_7uiI1PzLGnEIvpW_2PpAjErz5WtPO/view

Location: León, Spain

Dates: Spring 2024, 4/1-6/8/2024

Sponsoring Units: Administered by Music, co-sponsored by the Honors Program

Credits & Courses: 16 UW Quarter Credits

  • MUSIC 445 Selected Topics in Ethnomusicology: Music of Spain and the Americas (5 credits) A&H/SSc
  • HONORS 213: American Sabor, Latinos and Latinas in U.S. Popular Music (5 credits) A&H & DIV
  • SPAN 199/299 Spanish Language (5 credits) SPAN 299 counts toward A&H
  • MUSIC 499 Undergraduate research: service learning (1 credit) – elective credit

*If you are in the Interdisciplinary Honors track, you may pursue and apply for a study abroad ad hoc Honors project for MUSIC 445, in order to fulfill one “Honors Elective” requirement.


Apply by 11/15/23 

About the Program

About the Program

This program is open to all students interested in music, Spanish language and an immersive cultural experience in Spain. Spanish language instruction is offered at all levels of proficiency, from beginning to advanced. Students will be housed in the homes of Spanish families, with meals included in the homestay fee.

The musical traditions of Spain are one of the principal roots of music in the Americas, where they merged with African and indigenous traditions to produce new forms, including son, merengue, salsa, tango, cumbia, tango, corrido, marinera and countless other genres. This program offers students the opportunity to learn about the musics of the Americas and Spain as they have developed in relationship to one another, focusing both on shared histories that connect them, and also on the local histories and innovations that distinguish them. Students in Music 445 will learn about Spanish and Latin American music from an ethnomusicological perspective, studying music not only as an art form but also as a practice that is related to larger cultural and historical processes. In Honors 240 they will focus on the impact of Latino musicians on the popular music of the United States.

The program will include a week of study with master musician and educator Paco Diez, guest lectures by several Spanish ethnomusicologists, and Spanish language study at a beginning, intermediate or advanced level, depending on each student’s experience. Leon is a cosmopolitan city of about 137,000, located in the Northwestern part of Spain. It is known for its 13th century Gothic Cathedral and monumental buildings, as well as for its fiestas. Every year people from all over the world visit Leon to see and participate in its many processions and colorful traditions. The region of Castile and Leon is the birthplace of the Spanish language, and will provide students with unlimited opportunities to practice their oral, aural and written skills in Spanish, as they will be living in Spain and staying with Spanish families that will not speak English to them. The program also provides all interested students with the opportunity to volunteer in a local organization in a field that interests them.

Learning goals:

  1. Develop a working vocabulary and listening skills with which to describe and analyze music;
  2. Gain some experience making music in participatory performance contexts;
  3. Learn the history, instrumentation, and style characteristics of some of the most influential musical genres in Spain and Latin America, focusing mainly on folk and popular music;
  4. Learn about the diversity of Latino communities in the U.S. and their contributions to American popular music;
  5. Learn how music responds to and also helps to shape social and political conditions, with special attention to colonization, nationalism, migration, race and class;
  6. Learn about the history, culture and geography of Spain, Latin America and the Caribbean;
  7. Improve Spanish language skills.

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

Field Trips

  • Basque Country
  • Caves of Valporquero
  • Museo Aula Paco Diez in Mucientes


Students will be housed with local host families in the city of León.

Program Leadership

Marisol Berrios-Miranda and Shannon Dudley

  • Learn more about Dr. Berrios-Miranda here.
  • Learn more about Dr. Shannon Dudley here.

Program Expenses

Program Expenses

Program fee: $7,400 (Tuition is covered via concurrent enrollment fee of $485)

UW concurrent enrollment fee: $485

Average Airplane Ticket: $1,600-1,900

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 $485 Spring tuition due date
Program Fee Balance $7,400. Spring tuition due date

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.

No Prerequisites and Language Requirements

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