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Pilgrimage to Santiago

Program Overview

The Pilgrimage to Santiago is a three-week course in Spain. The French way of St. James is a museum of over 800k, where over a thousand years, pilgrims have hiked to what is thought the remains of St. James (one of the sons of Zebedee) in Santiago de Compostela. Santiago is credited with bringing the Gospel to Spain and the course will be a combination of the history of Spain, the history of the Camino de Santiago, art history, and travel as a Spiritual transformation. Students will walk the last 120k in the northern part of Spain over 10 days and will ultimately reach their destination in Santiago de Compostela where they will receive their "pilgrim" certificate.

  • Sponsoring Department: Foreign Languages
  • Program Leader(s): Professor Sharenda Barlar
  • Term: Summer
  • Program Dates: 
  • Estimated Cost:  TBD (airfare not included)
  • Prerequisites:  Students must have completed SPAN 201: Intermediate Spanish with a B or better; students must complete the 2 hour Linear Quad course taught by Professor Barlar on the Camino as well as field activities in preparation for the hiking they will do in Spain.
  • Eligibility: Open to Wheaton students; students need not be Spanish majors/minors but they receive Spanish credit for the course. In addition to those studying Spanish, the program would also be well-suited for students in International Relations, Theology, Anthropology, Psychology, and/or Art History. 
  • Highlights: Learn about the historical and contemporary realities on the Camino including the history, art, architecture, psychology of the pilgrim, tourism, technology, and engage in spiritual reflection and community as you walk with other pilgrims.   

Course Offerings

All students earn a total of 4 credit hours; the courses offered meet requirements for the Spanish major and minor.

Required Spring Semester Course:

  • SPAN 489: History of the Camino (2 hours) 

Required Summer Course:

  • SPAN 489: Summer Pilgrimage Santiago (2 hours)
    Study of the Camino and its rich history of pilgrimage through lectures by Camino scholars, readings on the Camino pilgrim, and small group and individual assignments on the historical and contemporary realities of the Camino and the architecture and artwork along the Camino.  Students will be required to interview fellow pilgrims on current cultural, economic, or political issues.   

Program Fees

The estimated program fee includes 2 credit hours of tuition (summer portion only), group land transport in Spain, lodging, meals during the first week of travel, and light breakfast and dinner while walking the Camino. Students will be responsible for the cost of international airfare, books, lunches/snacks while walking the Camino, and any personal expenses and souvenirs.  We recommend that students budget approximately $400.00 - $600.00 for meals and personal expenses/souvenirs. In addition, students will need to purchase all required gear for hiking the Camino (estimated minimum expense of $500.00.) 

Learn More

If you have questions or would like to know more about the program, please contact Professor Sharenda Barlar for further information.

How to Apply

To apply, visit GoGlobal, Wheaton College's registration system for off-campus study and international travel, research, and internships.