The story of Spain has been written by its many peoples, from Iberians and Celts to Romans and Moors. Write your own story with CIEE High School Abroad in Spain.
Savor the first bite of traditional paella while dining with your host family. Read Don Quixote in the language of Miguel de Cervantes during literature class at the local high school. Practice your Spanish by getting to know your peers in the host community.
From the bustling capital of Catalonia, Barcelona, to striking Zaragoza situated on the Ebro River, Spain offers the perfect setting to study abroad in high school. Rigorous classes, complete Spanish language immersion, and firsthand access to a new and different culture will help you gain the personal, academic, and professional skills needed to be successful in college and beyond.
The CIEE Difference
The CIEE Difference
Get ready to drastically improve your Spanish. At either a public instituto or private colegio you’ll study with local students.
Typical Spanish classes for grade 10 include: Spanish language and literature, science, history, math, and language. For students in grades 11 and 12, typical classes include: Spanish language and literature, history, philosophy, math, geography, art history, and physical education.
You’ll also have the opportunity to join high school study abroad students from all over the world during two cultural tours* that will support the lessons you learn in class and enhance your understanding of Spanish culture.
- Madrid – tour the Prado Museum, visit the Royal Palace, walk along the Gran Via, and more during this four-day excursion
- Seville – while in Seville for five days not only will you take a guided tour of Seville’s historical section, you’ll also take the DELE, the official examinations of the Spanish language
*At additional expense. Location and details are subject to change.
There’s no better way to immerse yourself in another culture than by living with a local family. Not only will your host family provide you with daily meals and a place to stay, they’ll help you develop your Spanish language skills, introduce you to local customs, and offer support and guidance in an unfamiliar environment.
Our host families are as diverse as our high school students. Whomever you’re placed with, all host families are carefully screened and matched with you based on personality profiles and common interests. Through your host family, you’ll build a home away from home and develop relationships that endure long after you’ve finished your high school study abroad program.
Dates, Deadlines & Fees
Dates, Deadlines & Fees
We want to make sure you get the most out of your experience when you study abroad with CIEE, which is why we offer the most inclusions in our fees.
- International airfare between U.S. departure city and Spain
- Transportation to and from a local Spanish airport
- Placement in a Spanish high school
- Careful selection and screening of a compatible Spanish family
- Room and board with selected host family
- Supervision and support of a local coordinator
- Periodic progress reports
- Orientation prior to leaving the U.S. and upon arrival in Spain
- International medical insurance through iNext and 24-hour worldwide travel assistance and support
Official ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview – Computer (OPIC) will be delivered twice to evaluate each student’s language proficiency both before and after completing the program. Each student will receive his or her official ACTFL OPIC score and certificate.
Semester (US Fall)
April 15, 2015*
Trimester (US Fall)
May 15, 2015*
Academic Year (US Fall)
April 15, 2015*
Semester (US Spring)
October 15, 2015**
Trimester (US Spring)
November 15, 2015**
*Early applications are due March 1, 2015. Apply early and save $250 off your program fees!
**Early applications are due September 1, 2015. Apply early and save $250 off your program fees!
Prices are subject to change and will be locked in for the participant on the day CIEE receives the completed application and program deposit.
At the time of departure, students must:
- Be between the ages of 15 and 18 years old (students can turn 19 while on the program)
- Have completed the equivalent of two years of high school Spanish study
- Have a minimum GPA of 3.0
- Demonstrate, through the application process, their flexibility, maturity, adaptability, and readiness to face the challenges of living in a new culture
Our receiving organization in Spain is responsible for your placement and will be your primary contacts while you’re abroad. CIEE Support works collaboratively with in-country staff to ensure all students are well supported.
Upon arrival, you’ll be assigned to a delegado. Delegados or coordinadores are local coordinators who recruit and screen families in their own towns and arrange for your placement in a local public high school or instituto. These local coordinators will provide support and complete supervision throughout your stay in Spain.
All high school study abroad students take part in an online pre-departure orientation that introduces them to aspects of living abroad in their host country and to other high school students studying on the program. The orientation helps students and parents set realistic expectations and goals and understand the support system. CIEE staff will offer advice on adjusting to a new culture and will facilitate a Q&A forum.
When possible, CIEE will make every effort to allow students to travel to their host country on the same flight as each other. For larger groups, a CIEE staff member will most likely travel with the group.
An in-country orientation offers the perfect start to your study abroad adventure. For two days in either Barcelona or Vigo, you’ll receive an introduction to local customs and culture, get a jump on your mastery of the Spanish language, and even do a little sightseeing-all before heading to your host family and starting classes.