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CLAHS: VT Camino
León, Spain; Madrid, Spain; Santiago de Compostela, Spain (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer Session 1
This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Budget Sheets Summer Session 1
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Language(s) in which classes are available:
English, Spanish Max credits offered: 6
Language Experience required for admission:
2000 level, 3000 level Program Type: VT faculty-led
Areas of Study: International Studies, Literature & Culture, Spanish Housing Options: Homestay
College Sponsor: CLAHS
Program Description:



College of Liberal Arts & Human Sciences


Field of Study

Spanish, Study Abroad, Language & Culture, International Studies,
Area 2

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Additional Information

Virginia Tech course, VT faculty led, VT credits (6 cr.)

Gain experiential, critical thinking, intercultural as well as linguistic skills by participating in a medieval pilgrimage across northern Spain followed by classes and home stay with families in Santiago de Compostela. 



Madrid, Leon, Santiago de Compostela
Summer Session I 2017

VT Camino

Join us as we hike for more than 300 km across northern Spain on the Camino de Santiago.  This Summer I program allows you to learn about this medieval pilgrimage followed by two weeks of classes and home stay with families in Santiago de Compostela. 

Walking to school takes on a whole new meaning.  On the trail we will hike 10-15 miles daily through the middle ages along the path of the Camino de Santiago. We will stay in pilgrim lodgings with pilgrims from all around the world.  As we walk, each day takes us through the different geographical regions of Spain from the hot Spanish meseta to the refreshing eucalyptus forests of Galicia.  At the end of the day, we’ll sit together around a long table with a warm dinner and share our day’s adventures.


No prerequisites; open to all majors. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.5. Contact faculty program leader for exceptions.

1. Students must be in good standing.
2. Students should have 2000-level proficiency in Spanish. 
For those wanting to participate who do not meet those requirements, please contact the director.  Eligibility will be judged case by case.


Students can receive 6 VT credits, 3 which can be used toward a major or minor or CLE area 2 credits.  This 5-week program takes place during the Summer I. 

Participants will earn 6 semester hours of Virginia Tech academic credit.  3 can be applied to a Spanish Major or Minor. Those not needing Spanish credits can use 3 credits for CLE area 2 credits.  IS has agreed to allow 3  of the 6 credits to fulfill credits toward the IS minor.


In addition to paying six credits of Virginia Tech summer I study abroad tuition (2,198.50 for in-state students), Tech students can anticipate the following approximate expenses, which may vary:

  1.  $3,500    Fees, include all lodging, food, cultural events, and in-country transportation.

  2. $1,000     Round-trip airfare US.-Madrid (approximate).You may leave from any airport.

  3. $500        Personal expenses (snacks, activities, additional meals, etc.)

TOTAL    $ 5,000  

**Additional costs are likely to include passport, backpacking equipment. 

University Tuition & Fees

Tuition and university fees are billed separately from the program fee according to University Bursar policy.  See here for credit hour rates for the appropriate term:


If you have any questions, you should set up a time to meet with Dr. Hesp.  If you are ready to fill out an application, click "Apply Now."
  1. You will need a letter of recommendation.  Freshman, please contact the program director if this presents a problem.

  2. Once the application is complete, you need to contact Dr. Hesp to let her know.

  3. Admission is rolling.  Any available spots will be allocated on a rolling basis as space is available.

  4. If you are accepted you will be required to make a $300 non-refundable deposit before February 1st.  This will guarantee your spot.  If you have not made this deposit by then you spot will be offered to another student, regardless if you have been accepted to the program.

  5. Make your own travel arrangements and notify the program director of your arrival. Discounted fares for students available through STA Travel. (There will be a meeting so that students can organize their flights together).

Contact Information

Annie Hesp 
Foreign Languages and Literatures (0225)
Liberal Arts Building, 310, Virginia Tech
220 Stanger Street
Blacksburg, VA 24061 

For more information contact: 

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This program is currently not accepting applications.

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