Study Abroad: Challenges in Contemporary Spain

A thorough description of the program, events, and destinations is included below, but before we get there, here are some important dates for you to know:

  • Study Abroad dates – August 24, 2020 – September 15, 2020
  • Information Session – February 4, 3:00 – 4:00pm, Mary Gates 171E
  • Information Session – February 11, 12:00 – 1:00pm, Mary Gates 171E
  • Applications due – February 15!
  • Decision date – February 27

Study Abroad Details

Students on this popular program travel to three parts of Spain to learn about some of the challenges facing Spanish society, including economic inequality, populism and migration. Students will have the opportunity to hear from a range of policymakers and professionals as well as affected groups and individuals, learning how Spain’s situation and efforts in these areas are similar or different from the US. Topics will include:

  • The challenge of regional diversity and separatist movements,
  • Debates about feminism,
  • The Roma community,
  • Integration of immigrants and minority rights,
  • Housing advocacy,
  • Youth unemployment, and
  • The broader challenges and repercussions of economic austerity and the rise of populism

The program will begin with a three-day introduction to Spain in the nation’s energetic capital, Madrid. The session in Madrid includes walking tours of the city, site visits and meetings designed to update students on the country’s current situation.

The program then visits the historic city of Segovia before moving on to the UW León Center. The León Center is in the heart of the old city. Students will be housed in full-service dormitories within walking distance of the Leon Center. The historic city is famous for its medieval architecture and nightlife and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Camino Santiago pilgrim’s trail runs through the city and it receives thousands of pilgrims every year. A very livable and approachable small city, León is an excellent venue for getting acquainted with Spanish culture and society and meeting local politicians, advocates, and activists.

The program will conclude with a three day trip to Barcelona, where we will again visit
museums, talk with local politicians and activists, and spend some time enjoying local
architecture and beaches.

The program will be led by Dr. Steven Pfaff, UW Professor of Sociology, and OMAD’s Jimmy Merino Cruz. The program fee, inclusive of credit hours, room and board, and all trips and excursions, is $5,200. Here some important websites with more information:

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