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Spain: Camino de Santiago

Dates: 29 April–20 June 2024 (approx.)
Application Deadline: 15 January 2024


According to tradition, the Apostle James (Santiago in Spanish) evangelized the Iberian Peninsula and was later buried in northwestern Spain at what is now Santiago de Compostela. For more than a thousand years, pilgrims have made their way to this sacred city to venerate the remains of the saint. Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar (el Cid) made the journey, as did St. Francis of Assisi, Isabel and Ferdinand, along with so many others who continue to walk this iconic pilgrimage route that includes stretches of Roman roads, passes by numerous medieval chapels and cathedrals, and crosses spectacular landscapes.

The students who participate in this unique study abroad program will walk 470 miles of the Camino Francés (the French Way), the most popular route to reach Saint James’s tomb, starting in Roncesvalles along the French border and ending in Santiago de Compostela. On rest days, we will bus to locations like the Monasteries of Suso and Yuso (the cradle of the Spanish language) and visit the famous chanting monks of Santo Domingo de Silos. In the process, students will learn about and experience more than two millennia of Spanish history and culture. Arriving in Santiago, we will receive the certificate awarded to those who complete the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage.

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Doug Weatherford
3169 JFSB
(801) 422-4941


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Frequently Asked Questions
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All students will register for the following two courses that are tailored to deepen the experience of walking one of the world’s great religious pilgrimages. Students will learn about over two thousand years of history, religion, art, literature, architecture, and society that have made Spain—past and present—a rich crossroad of cultures.

SPAN 447R—Special Topics in Iberian Culture (3 credit hours)
SPAN 449R—Special Topics in Spanish Literature (3 credit hours)

Students may not take any other courses on this program, including BYU Online courses, without approval by the program director and ISP.
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Includes Latter-day Saint undergraduate full tuition (increased cost for graduates and non-Latter-day Saint students), housing, many meals, excursions and transportation within Spain, admissions, and international health insurance coverage.

Does not include airfare, some meals, or personal expenses.
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Funding Sources

Regular BYU tuition scholarships, Pell Grants, and Federal Insured Student Loans may be applied to study abroad programs.

Students who submit the financial aid section of the ISP application and who have a current FAFSA form on file at the Financial Aid Office (A-41 ASB) will be considered for a Study Abroad scholarship.

Academic departments and colleges may assist with scholarships and grants. Limited scholarships are available to Humanities majors.

Private grants and scholarships outside of BYU may also assist (see
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Participants must have completed SPAN 206 or demonstrate equivalent proficiency. They must be in excellent health and be able to withstand the demands of walking 470 miles across northern Spain (31 walking days, averaging 15 miles per day).

Accepted students are required to participate in an international, cross-cultural preparation course (IAS 201R, 1 credit hour) held during the second block of winter semester 2024. Part-time BYU students and non-BYU students will need to pay an additional tuition fee.

Students should plan to be with the group in Spain from 29 April and remain with the program until its conclusion on 20 June.

Students must meet all country- and program-specific COVID and health requirements for travel.
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During our initial week just outside Madrid, students will stay in a comfortable residence on the University of Alcalá campus. As we walk the Camino, program participants will stay in modest hotels and hostels.
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Students are responsible for purchasing their own airfare to and from the program sites. Airline reservations must be made through BYU Travel. Students should contact a BYU Travel agent.

BYU Travel
280 HRCB
(801) 422-6293
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Application Process

Students must be 18 years of age or older to participate.

Complete the online application here. A nonrefundable $35 application fee is required; applicants will be interviewed once the application is complete.

Students will be notified via e-mail of their acceptance into the program. The first payment is due upon acceptance; please refer to the Payment Information page.

Application Deadline: 15 January 2024
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Program Adjustments

International Study Programs (ISP) reserves the right to cancel this program, revise its offerings, or make any adjustments to the preliminary cost.

If it becomes necessary for ISP to cancel a program, all program payments made to BYU ISP will be refunded to the student’s BYU Financial account.

ISP is the only office authorized to cancel any of its programs.
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Doug Weatherford, Professor of Hispanic Literature and Film of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and a recent co-director of BYU’s International Cinema, will lead this program, assisted by his wife, Terri. Professor Weatherford completed the Camino de Santiago in 2023 when he served as assistant director of that year’s program. Feel free to contact Professor Weatherford with any questions.

3169 JFSB
(801) 422-4941
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Contact Us

International Study Programs
101 HRCB
(801) 422-3686
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ISP Student Handbook

To see the student handbook, click here.
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Payment Schedule

To see the payment schedule, click here.