Art, History and Landscapes on the Camino de Santiago

Image of people walking the Camino de Santiago
Travel the most popular pilgrimage route of the Camino de Santiago, the French Way, to experience a cultural journey through art, architecture, history and diverse landscapes.
Location: Paris, France; Northern Spain; Madrid, Spain
Language of Instruction: English
Term: Summer
Academic Disciplines: -Open to All MajorsSpanishHumanities
Program Type: Faculty-led

  • Earn 3 credits in Humanities or Spanish
  • Discover the French Way of the Camino de Santiago
  • Visit the major European capitals of Paris and Madrid

Our journey will begin in Paris, France where students will tour the Louvre and other Parisian sites. We will then travel to San Sebastian and begin our pilgrimage from St. Jean Pied de Port to Santiago de Compostela, continuing on to Finisterre, before traveling to Madrid where we will conclude our trip with a visit to the Prado museum. Since the best way to experience the Camino is on foot, we will walk some of the most scenic portions of the route (including the Pyrenees and the rich landscapes of Galicia).  Other parts of the pilgrimage route will be done by bus.  During the walks students will have the occasion to meet with pilgrims from all over the world.  Hiking shoes and proper attire are a must! 

This program will not be offered in Summer 2022.

Since the Middle Ages, the Camino de Santiago has taken an endless flow of travelers from all over the world to the city of Santiago de Compostela, Spain. This two-week program takes students along the most popular pilgrimage route, the French Way, to experience a cultural journey through art, architecture, history and diverse landscapes. 

This study abroad program examines the continued significance of the pilgrimage since the 9th century, as well as its fundamental role in the cultural exchange between the Iberian Peninsula and the rest of Europe. Students will experience first-hand the cultural highlights, local festivities and traditional gastronomy of the Camino.

All participants will enroll in HUM 300 Studies In: A Pilgrim's Experience - Art, History and Landscapes on the Camino de Santiago or SPAN 440 Hispanic Studies: A Pilgrim's Experience - Art, History and Landscapes on the Camino de Santiago (3 credits).

In this 3 credit-hour course, students will reflect on the culture and history of the Camino through the act of walking, journaling and participating in various cultural activities during the program.  Students will complete a final project after returning from their trip. They are also expected to attend 2-3 introductory sessions and complete 2-3 short assignments before departure. 

All students will be housed in double or triple occupancy rooms in hotels or hostels along the route of the Camino de Santiago.  Breakfast is provided daily at all locations.  Several lunches and group dinners are also included.

Tentative Itinerary - Summer 2020

The Camino de Santiago will be done partially walking and partially by bus.

  • May 26 - Flight Kansas City to Paris
  • May 27 - Arrival in Paris
  • May 28 - Visit to the Louvre Museum and other cultural sites
  • May 29 - Tour St. Jacques, Train to San Sebastian, Spain
  • May 30 - San Sebastian - St. Jean Pied de Port - Roncevalles
  • May 31 - Roncevalles – Pamplona
  • June 1 - Pamplona – Logroño
  • June 2 - Logroño - Santo Domingo de la Calzada
  • June 3 - Santo Domingo de la Calzada - Burgos - Leon
  • June 4 - Leon - Ponferrada with visit to Astorga
  • June 5 - Ponferrada - Sarria
  • June 6 - Sarria - Arzua
  • June 7 - Arzua – Santiago de Compostela
  • June 8 - Day trip to Finisterre & beach
  • June 9 - Santiago de Compostela - Madrid
  • June 10 - Visit to Prado Museum and other cultural sites
  • June 11 - Program ends / Return flight to the U.S.

SAGE is dedicated to creating international engagement opportunities that meet the needs of all our students and providing resources to support you through the process of studying abroad. Study abroad is achievable for students of all identities including our BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ students, students with disabilities, and students with religious/non-religious viewpoints. Before selecting a program, consider how your identities may impact your experience abroad in unique ways and talk with your Program Coordinator about any program-specific concerns. Students with documented disabilities should discuss any accommodation needs with their Program Coordinator early in the planning process.

Check our Identity Abroad page and resources listed below for information specific to you and other students who may be on your program.

Open to undergraduate students from any accredited college or university.  A minimum 2.5 GPA is required, but exceptions will be considered upon submission of a petition. 

This program does not require prior study of the Spanish language.  Students will, however, have plenty of opportunities to practice their Spanish language skills if they wish.

The Summer 2020 program director and associate director are:

Dr. Margot Versteeg
Professor, Dept of Spanish & Portuguese
Director, Humanities Program
Wescoe Hall, Room 2616

Dr. Megan Sheldon
Lecturer, Dept. of Spanish & Portuguese
Wescoe Hall, Room 2639

Watch the Camino de Santiago Program Video, to learn more.