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* Camino Abroad (Camino de Santiago, Spain): Spanish Language and Culture
Multiple Sites, Spain (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Budget Sheets Summer
CSU Deadlines / Program Dates:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 12/01/2017 12/15/2017 05/13/2018 06/01/2018
Priority Deadline: December 1 - Final Deadline: February 15 (pending spots available)
Note: Students will depart the U.S. on May 12
Fact Sheet:
Grade Point Average:
Language(s) of Instruction:
English, Spanish
Program Coordinator:
Sarah Vowels Program Type: CSU Short Term Program
Areas of Study:
Interdisciplinary, Liberal Arts Recommended Programs: International Studies
Program Description:

Camino Abroad

Camino de Santiago, Spain

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This 3-week CSU faculty-led summer program provides the unique opportunity of learning, living, and traveling in Spain along the famous Camino de Santiago (the Way of Saint James).  Participants will learn about the history and culture of the area while also gaining Spanish language skills.  


Program At-a-Glance

WHEN: May 13-June 1, 2018
NOTE: Students will start to meet for about an hour each week during the spring semester starting in late February.  To learn more about the 2017 program, watch this video

CREDITS: Students have the option to choose either 3 or 6 credits of 300 and 400 level LSPA coursework.  
This program is designed for Spanish language students who have taken or are currently enrolled in LSPA 300.

COST: See the Budget Sheet for details. The program fee includes tuition and fees for 3 credit hours, lodging, breakfasts and some dinners, international medical and evacuation insurance, excursions, on-site transportation, and staff support.  Program fees do not include international airfare, airport transfers, some meals, passport fees, and personal spending money.

SCHOLARSHIPS: Applicants for this program are eligible for scholarships through the Office of International Programs.

PROGRAM LEADER: Dr. Jonathan Carlyon, Associate Professor in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: Minimum 2.5 GPA. Instructor Approval. Good disciplinary standing.

Academic Overview

This CSU faculty-led summer program is especially designed for students who are Spanish majors/minors or plan to become Spanish majors/minors.  The program offers one or two LSPA Spanish courses for a total of up to six credits. Either LSPA 301 or 401 will be required for three credits depending on the language level of the student.  An additional three credits of LSPA 495 can also be added for a total of six credits.  

Participants will meet for 1 hour per week starting in late March to prepare for the program.  On May 12, students will depart for three weeks in Spain to have the unique opportunity of learning, living, and traveling in Spain along the famous Camino de Santiago (the Way of Saint James).  Highlights include walking portions of the Camino de Santiago, talking with other pilgrims on the same journey, visiting historical and cultural sights in multiple cities on the Camino Frances (French Way) route, and receiving the “Camino de Santiago de Compostela” certificate for completing more than 100 km of the Camino.  

Course Objectives: To develop Spanish conversation ability by focusing on the culture of Spain along the Camino de Santiago through reading, speaking, listening, and writing. At all levels - beginner, intermediate, advanced - students will develop skills in the following areas: conversation, critical reading, listening and debate, and writing proficiency. 
Assessment will be conducted in activities before class meetings, conversations in the target language, and short summary essays. 



Students travel along the Camino de Santiago in northern Spain.  Starting in Pamplona, the program takes place along the Camino Francés (French Way).  This is the most popular route of the Camino de Santiago. Some of the cities visited along the path include Roncesvalles, Logrono, Zubiri, Sarria, Santiago de Compostela.  

Housing and Meals

Accommodations include shared hotel rooms.  Breakfast will be provided daily, as well as group dinners on pilgrimage days.