Loyola University Chicago

Study Abroad

Spain (Ignatian Pilgrimage)


Faculty-Led Summer Program in Spain

Program Description

This is a Spanish literature course (cross-listed/tagged with Catholic Studies and offered as a Literature in Translation course) whose primary goal is to investigate the major interactions between literary expression and its cultural context. As an intensive immersion course, it introduces students into an in-depth study of the history, spirituality, and theological vision of the founder of the Society of Jesus, Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556). Designed as an academic "pilgrimage," it provides students an opportunity to study the legacy of St. Ignatius by studying the texts he wrote and by following in his footsteps along the route of his early life in Spain: San Sebastián, Azpeitia (Loyola), Arántzazu, Javier, Pamplona, Montserrat, Manresa and Barcelona.

We will begin by looking at the personal experience of Ignatius-the pilgrim as an experience that sheds light on the religious and cultural issues during the ruptures of reformation and post-reformation Europe and Spain. At the same time, we will look at Loyola's Autobiography, his Spiritual Journal, and the Spiritual Exercises, in order to ask the question: What about his life, experience and theological vision informs us on how people come to grow in the spiritual life? We will also identify the rhetorical aspects of the texts, designed by the author to move his readers. Lectures will be on site at the various locations, and we will travel together as pilgrims to our various destinations. Finally, students will have the opportunity to do a 6-hour pilgrimage walk from Montserrat to Manresa, near Barcelona.

As a Spanish literature course, students will have in-depth exposure to the texts and contexts of early modern Spain, and will read the above mentioned works written by St. Ignatius in the original Spanish. Lectures, presentations and all written work for academic credit will be done in Spanish. Students will also be able to immerse themselves in the Spanish language and culture during site visits. Students who do not have Spanish language skills at the 300 level will be able to take the course for credit in literary knowledge (LITR 283). Lectures, presentations and written work will be done in English, as well as all reading assignments, since the works of St. Ignatius are all translated in modern critical editions.

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SPAN 397: Topics in Hispanic Lit./LITR 283: Major Authors in Translation

Students who successfully complete the course will receive three credit hours.

LITR 283 Counts for Tier II Literary Core as well as a Global and International Studies credit

Prerequisites for SPAN 397:

  • SPAN 270 or 271

This course cross-lists with Global and International Studies and Catholic Studies


As academic and Ignatian pilgrims, this course will follow an itinerary and lead to to different places in Spain. Along the way, we will stay in hotels designed mainly for pilgrims and groups such as ours, or, when possible, a Jesuit retreat house in the vicinity of the Ignatian sites.


May 24 - June 3, 2017

Program Costs

Program Fee—$875

  • Hotels
  • Most meals
  • On-site program support
  • Transportation between pilgrimage sites (bus and train)
  • Entrance to museums/cultural sites

Tuition (three credits)—$2,253*

*Graduate students will pay graduate tuition rate.

Total Program Cost—$3,128

Program does not include:

  • $100 OIP non-refundable application fee, airfare, personal spending money, other meals, optional baggage and travel insurance, and incidental expenses.
  • Round-trip airfare (Chicago - Spain)
  • Personal spending money
  • Some meals
  • Loyola international health insurance

Application Process

Space is limited—apply today!

As part of the online application you must upload a copy of your valid passport or passport application receipt and pay by credit card a $100 non-refundable Office for International Programs (OIP) study abroad fee.

For more information, contact Kelly Heath in the Office for International Programs at kheath2@luc.edu or 773.508.3307; or contact Dr. D. Scott Hendrickson, S.J. at dhendrickson@luc.edu.

The application deadline is March 1, 2017.