Global Seminar May Session 2020: Take a journey through Spain’s history while hiking the famed Camino de Santiago.
|Location||Roncesvalles—Santiago de Compostela, Spain|
|Credit Type||Resident Credit|
|Sponsor||Learning Abroad Center|
|Student Type||UofM Students, Non UofM Students|
|Student Year||Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors|
|Language||No Language Prerequisite|
Hike approximately 300 miles of the historic Camino de Santiago in northern Spain, which follows ancient Roman roads and the pilgrimage path of the Crusades. Beginning in the town of Roncesvalles on the border between France and Spain, walk through several of the unique regions (Basque, Navarre, Rioja, Castille, Galicia) that comprise northern Spain and gain an understanding of what makes this route uniquely Spanish and historically significant.
As you make your way across the Spanish countryside, you will discover and experience the many cultures (Germanic, Arab, Celtic) that have created modern-day Spain and influenced the Camino. The Camino passes through the cities of Pamplona, Burgos, and Leon, which are all rich with historic significance to Spanish and European history, and ends in the city of Santiago de Compostela. Drawing on literary, historical, and art historical references, you will learn about the more-than-1,000 year-old route as well as experience it firsthand by visiting cathedrals, museums, monasteries, and ruins along the way.
You will live in backpacker-style housing, such as hostels and hotels, with other program participants. A welcome meal, farewell meal, a couple other group meals, and daily breakfasts are included in the program fee. Take additional meals in the housing or at local eateries.
Excursions will illuminate the program coursework. These excursions will take place along the Camino de Santiago in northern Spain and may include: a city tour of Pamplona, a visit to a monastery, bodega, and wine museum in Irache, a cave tour in Atapuerca, a city tour of Leon, and the Museum of the Camino.
It might be possible to deviate your return flight. Inquire with your program contact if interested.
This Global Seminar will be led by Nanette Hanks, an Assistant Dean in the College of Liberal Arts. She has degrees in art history (with a focus on the Medieval period in Spain) and humanities from the University of Minnesota, has extensive international experience, and has led hiking groups as a trail guide on the Camino de Santiago for the past 15 years.
Learning Abroad Center programs are:
|Program Level||3000 level courses|
One 3-credit course
Hiking the Camino de Santiago is a unique and fulfilling journey. Through the daily hikes, visits to the cities along the trail and their cultural sites, readings, and discussions, you will learn about the history, architecture, art, and culture of the ancient Roman roads in Northern Spain.
You will attend a pre-departure orientation and complete a pre-departure essay.
During the Global Seminar, complete readings and keep a daily journal to help you reflect on what it means to be a pilgrim on the Camino. Write a reflection essay as well as an oral presentation to the group on a specific topic related to the Camino de Santiago. At the final dinner, share with the group a creative expression, such as a poem, dance, or joke, that demonstrates your feelings about your experience.
This will be a very physically demanding program. You will hike approximately 15 miles, or 5–6 hours, almost every day of the program, rain or shine. Well broken-in hiking shoes are highly recommended.
Receive credit for: CLA 3501
Liberal Education Fulfillment: Global Perspectives
|Term||Program Dates||Priority Application Deadline*||Final Application Deadline|
|May Session||May 15 – Jun 7, 2020||February 1, 2020||March 1, 2020|
If the deadline falls on a weekend, submit your materials on the following business day.
See below for tentative dates and times for your in-person session. You will be notified of the official date and time via email. Participants will receive applicable orientation materials via email approximately 1 week prior to the in-person session.
May 2020 Cost of Participation Forthcoming
Program fees can vary widely due to location, cost of living, airfare, and program inclusions. The program fee generally includes tuition, group flight airfare, airport transfers, in-country program related transportation, housing, some meals, entrances to course-related excursions and site visits, program administration, and international health insurance. Generally, the program fees range from $5,500–$7,500. You must also budget for passport and passport photos, some meals, textbooks, independent travel, and miscellaneous living expenses.
Be aware: All programs require a $50 application fee. This fee will be charged to your student account upon submission of an online application.
To complete the online application for this program, you will need to select or provide the following information on the online application:
|Center Name||TC Learning Abroad Ctr|
|Education Abroad Term||May Session 2020|
|Program Name||Global Seminar: Spanish History on the Camino de Santiago: A Hiking Adventure|
|Track Name||Global Seminar: Spanish History on the Camino de Santiago: A Hiking Adventure|
Detailed descriptions and instructions for submitting each checklist item are included on the application checklist assigned to you.
For further information or questions about this program, send an email toAmy Garwood-Diaz or call at 612.624.1537.