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  • Locations: Madrid, Spain
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: Iowa State applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Adviser: Guthrie, Nancy
Program Director:
Ladner, Erik
Housing Options: Dormitory, Hotel/Tourist Lodging, International House Cumulative GPA: 2.5
Language of Instruction: English Host Country Language: French, Spanish
Online Course Catalog Available: No
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Program Description:
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Program cancelled for Summer 2017; will open for applications for Summer 2018 as that cycle becomes available.

Finding Your Way: The Camino de Santiago

Course goals:

* Explore the history of the Camino de Santiago
o The history of St. James the Apostle and his remains in Santiago de Compostela
o The medieval origins of the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela
o The promotion of the Camino de Santiago by the Catholic Church (Codex Calixtus)
o The decline of the pilgrimage in the 16-19th centuries
o The resurgence of the Camino de Santiago in the 20-21st centuries

* Discuss the symbolism and importance of people, items and concepts associated with the Camino de Santiago

* Explore daily life walking the Camino de Santiago

* Explore the modern Camino de Santiago and discuss it the following contexts:
o Cultural significance
o Religious importance and meaning
o Economic importance
o Political importance

* Learn about and compare and contrast the cultures of the autonomous regions of northern Spain (Navarra, La Rioja, Castilla y León y Galicia) in terms of
o Geography
o Language and culture
o History

* Discuss the modern Camino de Santiago as an example of sustainable form of tourism 

This trip will be led by Dr. Erik Ladner. Dr. Ladner spent 10 days hiking The Camino in the summer of 2016, and is an expert on Spanish language and cultures.  

The course is comprised of a mandatory second half-semester pre-departure course in the spring (6-8 sessions, additional hours will be scheduled for optional group training sessions), followed by three weeks abroad.  Of those three weeks, 7 days will be spent hiking on The Camino.  Students will be responsible for obtaining their own gear and for the physical training required.  

Program Fee: $3150 - This fee includes international air travel, all in-country travel expenses, breakfast meals, lodging, and incidentals. Once committed to the trip in ISUAbroad, you will be registered for the course automatically.  

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Day by Day Itinerary:

Day 1: Departure from DSM to Madrid (Ideally the departure date would be around Tuesday, May 9, 2017, though this could be shifted a day or two in either direction)
Day 2: Arrive in Madrid; transportation from Madrid Barajas Airport to Pamplona, Navarra (bus or train); Check into hotel; remainder of day at leisure (May 10)
Day 3: Visit to St. Jean Pied de Port and Roncevalles; return to Pamplona. (May 11)
Day 4: Tour of Pamplona; discussion of Basque (navarense) history and culture. Remainder of day at leisure (May 12)
Day 5: Travel from Pamplona to Logroño, with visits to Puente la Reina, Estella and other villages along the way; overnight stay in Logroño. (May 13)
Day 6: Tour of Logroño - afternoon/evening at leisure (May 14)
Day 7: Travel from Logroño to Burgos; stops in Nájera, Santo Domingo de la Calzada; overnight stay in Burgos (May 15)
Day 8: Tour of Burgos; visit to Catedral de Santa Maria, Puerta de Santa Maria in Burgos (morning); after lunch, travel to León. Discussion of medieval history of Burgos, the Camino de Santiago (May 16)
Day 9: Visit to Catedral de León, other sights in León; Discussions of religious history of the Camino de Santiago; contrasting Castilla y León with Navarra and La Rioja (May 17)
Day 10: Visit to Hospital de Orbigo and Astorga; afternoon at leisure in León; (May 18)
Day 11 – Bus from León to Ponferrada; visit to Cruz de Ferro, Molinasecos,  Ponferrada castle (May 19)
Day 12 – Ponferrada-O Cebreiro – Samos - Sarria (May 20)
(Days 13-18 are hiking days on the Camino de Santiago)
Day 13 – Sarria – Portomarín (22 km) (May 21)
Day 14 – Portomarín-Pala de rei (25 km) (May 22)
Day 15 – Palas de Rei-Melide (17 km) (May 23)
Day 16 - Melide -Arzúa (13 km) (May 24)
Day 17 – Arzúa – Pedrouzo (19 km) (May 25)
Day 18 – Pedrouzo – Santiago de Compostela (20 km); receipt of the Compostela (optional) (May 26)
Day 19 – Day of leisure - Santiago de Compostela – visit to the Cathedral and Praca de Obrideiros (May 27)
 Day 20– Visit to Finnesterre and Muxia (bus) overnight train to Madrid (May 28)
Days 21 -arrive in Madrid –Bus tour of Madrid; guided tour of city, Museo del Prado (May 29)
Day 22 - Day of leisure (May 30)
Day 23 – return to U.S. (or students may make connections to Valencia or other programs/destinations) (May 31)

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This program is currently not accepting applications.