Washington World Fellows Study Abroad Program:

The six-week study abroad program includes: 

  • Two college-level academic courses: Spanish Language and Spanish Current Events & Politics 
  • Full time homestay lodging
  • Field trip excursions to points of interest
  • Post-trip college readiness support

Program Details

Location: León, Spain

Estimated Departure Date: June 30th, 2018

Estimated Return Date: August 12th, 2018 

Length of Program: 6 weeks; 42 days

Informational Pre-Departure Sessions:

Washington World Fellows Welcome Day: April 14th, Central Washington University 

Students are required to participate in one of the two scheduled live webinars:

  • Monday, May 14th 
  • Thursday, May 17th

Program Administration: 

The Washington World Fellows study abroad program is led by two on-site Washington World Fellows program directors, Dr. Hilda Peña-Alfaro, and Dr. Cara Preuss. Program directors will lead pre-departure orientation sessions, assist with questions from students and guardians, provide academic instruction and assistance, and chaperone students during excursions. The Director of Instruction will teach the Spanish Current Events & Politics class, and the Administrative Director will play a leading role in gathering student paperwork and passport information prior to departure.

Academic Site: University of Léon Language Center

University of Léon Language Center: 

The University of Léon Language Center, the international language instruction center of the University of Léon, will be the central meeting location for the Washington World Fellows program. Fellows will take their Spanish language courses at the level appropriate to their Spanish language abilities alongside other international students. 

Academic Courses: 

Students will take a Spanish Language course and a Spanish Current Events & Politics course, with the option of receiving dual high school and college credit for both. These classes will count toward general education or elective requirements for most bachelor's or associate degree programs, giving students the added benefit of fulfilling future college course requirements without paying the cost.


Students are matched with local homestay families in the City of Léon. The homestay families are vetted by the General Foundation of the University of Leon and the Washington World Fellows program, and are experienced in providing homestay arrangements for international students from all over the world. Homestay families are expected to provide a supportive atmosphere to their students, and are required to provide students with breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Field Trips: 

The Washington World Fellows field trip package will include 4-5 trips to sites of interest in the City of Léon, and 4-5 trips to locations outside of the city within Spain, including one overnight trip. Field trips will be led by tour guides from the General Foundation of the University of Léon, and all field trips will be chaperoned by World Fellows staff.  

Application Process: 

Students must be current 10th grade high school students, have completed one year of high school Spanish by the summer of 2018 (or be able to demonstrate elementary conversational Spanish), and must be nominated by their teachers in order to apply for the program. The 2018 application is now closed.