Welcome to SPAN

SPAN, the Student Project for Amity among Nations, is Minnesota’s longest-running research and travel abroad program. SPAN offers undergraduates from all Minnesota colleges and universities an opportunity to conduct independent research on a self-chosen topic, while immersing themselves in a culture different from their own.

A new chapter in SPAN’s 70-year history

The SPAN academic program is now located at Hamline University in St. Paul after moving from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities where SPAN originated in 1947.  The program is currently housed within Hamline’s Global Engagement Center, (GEC), where it has received a warm welcome. Working with SPAN’s leadership, Hamline is committed to honoring the program’s long-held mission and guiding principles.

Continuing the SPAN heritage

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic plans to send a group of students to England this summer were cancelled. Hamline administrators determined in March that circumstances would not allow SPANners to travel abroad

The trip to London is presently rescheduled for summer 2021.  Pre-departure preparation and education will begin at the start of summer 2021, followed by eight weeks of research and field work in London and the U.K. Learn more here about the SPAN experience from recent SPANners, as they are called.

For Students: Travel to London, England, in 2021. Find out what SPAN entails and how to apply for this unique program.

For Alumni: Reconnect with travel mates; meet the newest generation of student researchers. Volunteer and share your SPAN story.