Washington World Fellows FREE 6-Week Study Abroad in Spain Program

The Washington World Fellows program is an equity-focused academic fellowship open to 10th grade student applicants in Washington state. Starting in the summer of 2018, the fellowship will consist of a six-week immersive Spanish language study abroad program in Léon, Spain, with a full college-level academic schedule, as well as post-trip college-readiness support. Before departing for Spain, students will attend a series of pre-departure orientation sessions in the spring in preparation for the study abroad program, and after their return, will have access to leadership opportunities and college application assistance through their 11th and 12th grade years.

The overarching purpose of the program is to provide students who may lack access to similar opportunities with an academic and study abroad experience that will support their trajectory into college, enhance their high school academics, and afford them a new sense of global awareness. In order to fulfill that goal, the program will be administered at no cost to students, including airfare.

Up to 20 current 10th grade students will be selected this spring to take part in the Washington World Fellows program. Students must be first nominated by their teachers for the program to apply, and will be selected based on the strength of their applications.

The Washington World Fellows program is provided by a partnership between Cyrus Habib’s Office of the Lt. Governor and the Association of Washington Generals, a civic non-profit organization established by the Washington State Legislature.


The application will be available online Monday, Dec. 4, and close Friday, Feb. 16.

Students will be notified of their acceptance into the program by Friday, March 9.

Nomination: teacher’s role

In order to apply, students must first be nominated by at least one of their high school grade teachers. 10th grade teachers are asked to nominate up to three of their 10th grade students that they believe are likely to gain the most from the program — that is, students who are motivated, but may not have access to similar opportunities. After verifying their nominees’ interest, teachers submit students’ names to the Washington World Fellows online application below.Teachers will serve as a character reference for their nominees, and nominees will be automatically notified of their nomination. Teachers are encouraged to help students fill out their online applications, and help connect parents with information about the program.

Nomination Criteria:

  • nominees must be United States citizens or legal residents of the United States
  • nominees must be current 10th grade students
  • nominees must have completed one year of high school Spanish by the summer of 2018 (or be able to demonstrate elementary conversational Spanish)
  • nominees should be academically motivated, but may lack access to similar opportunities
  • nominees should demonstrate the maturity to handle a 6-week study abroad experience
  • nominees should be motivated to enhance their language skills and demonstrate an interest in travel

Additional partner organizations include Central Washington University, the Honorary Consulate of the Kingdom of Spain, AVID Washington, Game On!, and The College Success Foundation.