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  • Locations: Burgos, Spain; St. Jean de Pied, France
  • Program Terms: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 01/18/2019 ** Rolling Admission 05/20/2019 07/01/2019

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Short Term Faculty Directed Area of Study: Honors College (UHC), Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS), Modern & Classical Lang (MCL), Religious Studies (REL), Spanish (SPN)
Minimum Required GPA: 2 Language of Instruction: English
Housing Options: Hotel Language Courses Offered: No
Internship or Service Learning: None College Designation: COAL
Open to Non-MSU Student: Yes MSU Registrar's Term: Spring
Program Description:


Our Camino begins in Paris, France.  Participants will spend two (2) days exploring the city of Paris.  We shall then fly from Paris to the Mediterranean coastal town of Almería, in the Andalusian region of Spain. Participants will hike 186 kilometers from Granada to Córdoba, Spain where we will explore the current culture and historic Islamic civilization and architecture.  From Córdoba we shall board a train to León Spain, where we will join the traditional Camino Frances and complete the 331 km hike to Santiago de Compostela (the Grand Cathedral of St. James) covering a distance of 520 kilometers or 321 miles. During the carefully planned itinerary of six weeks, students will explore Paris, Granada, Córdoba, León, Santiago, and the Atlantic coast of Finisterre; as well as twenty-one (21) villages along the path of the pilgrimage to explore their historical and cultural legacies. This journey is proposed to meet several goals of higher education, as well as the Public Affairs Mission of Missouri State University: learning how to expand horizons independently, striving to foster cultural competence and community engagement, and to pursue individual interests and passions.

Program Fee: $4,810

Program Fee Includes:

  • Airfare
  • Accommodations
  • International Programs Academic Fee
  • In Country Transportation
Program Fee Excludes:
  • In-state tuition for the course(s) itself
  • Transportation to/from designated airport
  • Passport/visa fees
  • Meals
  • Ground transportation for personal trips
  • Souvenirs & other personal purchases (e.g. coffee, clothing, etc.)
  • Immunization
Course(s) Offered:
  • IDS 297 (3)
  • IDS 397 (3)
  • REL 397 (3)
  • MCL 550 (3)
  • SPN 297 (3) 
Maximum Credit Hours: 6

Dané Wallace
Modern & Classical Languages


Pre-Departure Meeting Dates Pre-Departure Meeting Topic
February 15 Introduction to the program; Q/A
March 22 Travel Information
April 21 Hiking 101
Program Itinerary   
May 20 International flight from Springfield, MO to Paris France (CDG)
May 21-22 Arrival in Paris.  Explore the city of Paris; free time.
May 23-24 Regional flight to Almería, Spain.  Explore the Mediterranean coastal town and beaches
May 25-28 Travel from Almería to Granada by bus.  Explore historical sites of Granada including the Alhambra, Hammam al Andalus, La Madraza, Mirador de San Nicolas
May 29 Hike from Granada to Pinos Puente 18.5 km
May 30  Hike from Pinos Puente to Moclín 14 km
May 31 Hike from Moclín to Alcalá la Real 25 km
June 1 Hike from Alcuadete to Baena 26 km
June 2 Hike from Baena to Castro del Rio 21 km
June 3 Hike from Castro del Rio to Santa Cruz 25 km
June 4-6 Hike from Santa Cruz to Córdoba 26.5 km
Explore the historical sites of Córdoba including Mosque de Córdoba, Alcazar de los Reyes, Roman Bridge, Medina Azahara
June 7-8 Travel from Córdoba to León by train.  Explore the historical sites of León including the Catedral de León, Roman walls, Plaza Mayor 
June 9 Hike from León to Villar de Mazarife 22 km
June 10 Hike from Villar de Mazarife to Astorga 32 km
June 11 Hike from Astorga to Foncebadon 26 km
June 12-13 Hike from Foncebadon to Ponferrada 27 km
Explore historical sites including Castillo de Ponferrada
June 14 Hike from Ponferrada to Villafranca del Bierzo 24 km
June 15 Hike from Villafranca del Bierzo yo Ambasmestas 16 km
June 16 Hike from Ambasmestas to Fonfría 27 km
June 17-18 Hike from Fonfría to Samos 21 km
Explore the Samos Monastery and historical sites
June 19 Hike from Samos to Sarría 20 km
June 20 Hike from Sarría to Portomarin 23 km
June 21 Hike from Portomarin to Palas del Rei 25 km
June 22 Hike from Palas del Rei to Ribadiso 25 km
June 23 Hike from Ribadiso to Arca (O Pedrouza) 23 km
June 24-26 Hike from Arca (O Pedrouza) to Santiago de Compostela 20 km
Explore the historical sites of Santiago de Compostela including the Catedral
June 27-28 Travel to Finisterre from Santiago de Compostela by bus
Explore the coastal towns, the Lighthouse of Finisterre, and the beaches of Finisterre
June 29 Return to Santiago de Compostela by bus
June 30 Regional flight from Santiago de Compostela to Paris, France (CDG)
July 1 International flight from Paris, France to Springfield, MO
Post-Program Meetings Topic
July 16 Academic assignments due

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Financial Aid and scholarships are only available to currently enrolled MSU students. If you are a visiting student from another institution, you will need to work with your home institution Financial Aid Office to identify any available aid.

The seven colleges at Missouri State University are pleased to announce their respective Study Away Scholarships. A scholarship fund has been established by MSU’s President, International Programs, and the respective college to assist students with their study abroad. Search available college scholarships here!

Other Financial Aid:
Study Away Programs works closely with the Office of Financial Aid to make funding readily available for our study away students.  Before students can schedule an appointment with Financial Aid, you must submit an approved STFD Budget Worksheet to Study Away Programs.

Study Away students may be able to use their institutional aid, grants, or loans for their study abroad.  Students are encouraged to meet with Financial Aid as soon as possible to plan appropriately for their time abroad.  Please request a Study Away Financial Aid Counselor when making an appointment.


Billing & Procedures

  • Tuition fees are not included in the program fee and will be charged to your University account separately and will be subject to MSU's billing and payment policies.
  • The program fee will be billed within approximately one week of the application deadline.  This fee includes the International Programs Academic Experience Fee. 
  • The program fee is due in full according to the standard program payment deadline (please refer to the "Financial Responsibility, Cancellation, and Withdrawal Policy" signature document). If a student is planning on financial aid to cover some or all program costs, the student must provide documentation to Study Away at least two weeks prior to the program payment deadline.
    • Students who have not paid the MSU portion of the program fee will be withdrawn from the program and dropped from the course.
  • MSU students will be billed through their University accounts.
  • Non-MSU students and program guests must pay through the Study Away storefront.
Cancellation & Refund Policies
  • If a student withdraws from the program, the participant will be liable for 15% of the total program fee, the International Programs Academic Experience Fee, and any non-refundable purchases made on the participant's behalf. 
  • When the program begins, no refunds will be issued under any circumstances.

All withdrawals must be complete the STFD Program Withdrawal Form with the Program Director's signature to Study Away Programs, Plaster Student Union 209.