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*WCU Summer in Spain: Culture, Language, Writing, and Scholarship at the Global Awareness Society International
Salamanca, Spain (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Summer
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Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2022 02/01/2022 ** Rolling Admission 05/25/2022 06/05/2022
NOTE: Please note that dates and costs are tentative and subject to change. Contact the Program Directors listed below to confirm updated information.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
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Language of Instruction: English Minimum GPA: 2.0
Housing Options: Hotel/Hostel Area of Study: English, Spanish Language & Culture
Program Type: WCU Faculty/Staff-Led Program Abroad Faculty/Staff Director: Ana Sánchez, Bill Lalicker
College: Arts & Humanities
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From May 26 through May 28, we’ll participate in the Global Awareness Society International (GASI) scholarly conference, hearing discussions on global topics in every field—there will be something for everyone of every major and career plan. Some of us will be presenting, if we’ve made proposals for the conference (more on this below), and your participation will be part of the program requirements (for instance, WRT210 Multicultural Writing will have a writing assignment in which you will report on a conference session). The GASI conference registration also includes most meals and some social events. We’ll also do a service project at Siempre Fiel Protectora, an animal protection organization where we will work side by side with local Spanish citizens to feed, walk, clean kennels, and give love to abandoned dogs (no Spanish language skills necessary!).  

Then from May 29 to June 5, the main post-conference cultural trip will be a walking tour on the famous Camino de Santiago, the Way of St. James trail through beautiful Spanish countryside that pilgrims have traveled for hundreds of years. It will be an easy walk because a tour company will take our luggage and provide all arrangements, and we will stay in comfortable lodgings each night. We’ll travel from Santiago to Madrid for our flight home. (Travel dates are approximate until flight tickets are finalized.) 

This program will bring you to some of the most beautiful parts of Spain, first in Salamanca. Salamanca is in the northwest part of the country, and it’s an old university town with historic architecture and culture that the United Nations declared a World Heritage Center, as described in this UNESCO link --that’s the base for our operations in Spain. After the completion of the GASI conference in Salamanca, we will be exploring the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage trail.   

In Salamanca, all participants will stay in a WCU-arranged hotel located near the heart of Salamanca, close to the Plaza Mayor and the city’s most popular attractions. for the post-conference excursion, all participants will stay in comfortable hotels along the Camino de Santiago.    

Our scholarly conference and our tours will all be conducted in English; you will have ample opportunity, of course, to practice Spanish if you are a Spanish language student or even if you just want to try out some phrases in this highly useful language. 

There are two courses being offered in connection with this program. You may take one or both of the following: 
  • SPA202/302, Intermediate Spanish or Advanced Grammar and Speaking, for 3 credits. This is a regular Spring Semester course taught by Dr. Ana Sanchez that will count for language requirements in many majors, or for the Spanish minor. It also fulfills the Speaking Emphasis Gen Ed requirement. 
  • WRT210, Multicultural Writing, for 3 credits. This is a Spring II course (it meets from March 21 to May 8 and then resumes on our trip to Spain), taught by Dr. Bill Lalicker. It fulfills both the Writing Emphasis (W) and Diverse Communities (J) Gen Ed requirements. 

The Global Awareness Society International, the scholarly conference in which we’re participating, has arranged for a post-conference excursion for all participants.  The excursions will be a guided walking tour of the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage trail from Salamanca to Santiago.  All costs associated with the hotels, luggage, and meals during the post-conference Camino de Santiago excursions are included in the program fees listed below.  

In addition to the regular WCU tuition rates for the Spring 2022 course(s), all participants will be billed a program fee of $3,120 which includes round-trip airfare from the US to Spain, the GASI conference registration, post-conference excursion, hotels during the course of the program, all breakfasts, and all in-country transportation.  All participants will also be billed the non-refundable $100 study abroad application fee upon applying to the program and will be required to purchase WCU's mandatory international insurance prior to departure.  

Not included in the program fee listed above are additional meals (estimated $400), passport application fees, and spending money.  Also not included in the cost of the program and solely the responsibility of the student are are all costs related to COVID-19 testing, vaccination, and/or quarantine (if required at the time of travel).

You can defray your costs in several ways. Since the courses are spring (not summer) term, they’re financial-aid eligible. WCU also provides study abroad scholarships, through the Global Rams Initiative especially aimed for underrepresented minority students, plus Center for International Programs (CIP) travel awards. A full listing of these scholarship options can be found on the Center for International Programs website.  Our scholarly conference host, the Global Awareness Society International (GASI), also provides scholarships for students who send proposals to present at the conference (and Dr. Lalicker, Dr.  Sanchez, and Mr. Martinez will help you with the proposal writing and submission process); see GASI’s scholarship information on the GASI website

Dr. Bill Lalicker, Prof. of English,, 610.324.7684, Main Hall Rm. 534, ofc. hrs. MWF noon to 1 PM; 
Dr. Ana Sanchez, Assoc. Prof. of Spanish,, 610.436.0185, Mitchell Hall Room 122; 
Mr. Hiram Martinez, Coordinator of Diversity Initiatives, Ofc. of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion,, 717.471.9460, 114 E. Rosedale Av., office hours M-F 7 AM to 3:30 PM. 

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