The Program At-a-glance

One-of-a-kind research opportunity

The Student Project for Amity among Nations (SPAN) is a unique program, the impact of which can last a lifetime.  The SPAN program offers participants the opportunity to:

  • immerse themselves in another country and culture
  • complete in-depth, independent research on a topic of their own choice
  • produce a substantive research project or paper
  • step out of their comfort zone and grow personally, academically, and professionally
  • create global connections that can last a lifetime
  • receive advising from faculty knowledgeable in cultural and international affairs
  • earn six Hamline University credits, transferable to other institutions

The program consists of three phases:

  1. A preparatory phase in which students write a research proposal, in addition to learning important information about their destination country.
  2. Six to eight weeks spent abroad during which time students will conduct their research through relevant field work.  Students are also free to explore the country and immerse themselves in the local culture.
  3. Upon returning from overseas students will write a research paper documenting their results or create a hybrid project relevant to their research and studies, such as a film and shortened research paper (with faculty approval).

SPAN, the Student Project for Amity among Nations, is Minnesota’s oldest, and one-of-a-kind travel and research abroad program.  It was founded in 1947 by a group of students who saw the need for international understanding.  Since its inception nearly 2,500 SPANners have visited 85 countries on six continents.  The Minnesota SPAN Association, a student-led non-profit organization, supports the academic program and offers every SPAN participant a scholarship.  SPAN is open to students from all Minnesota colleges and universities.