High School Abroad in Spain
After immersing yourself in unfamiliar practices and customs, you’ll become better equipped to interact with people from other cultures — in school, on the job, or in your personal life.
Our program provides students with 150 language contact hours in just a few weeks.
Independence & Resilience
Come home better prepared to make transitions, take control of new situations, and appreciate challenging experiences for what they are: opportunities to learn and grow.
said their experience made them more aware of global issues.
said their experience with CIEE helped shape their college applications.
said they regularly use the knowledge and skills they acquired while abroad with CIEE.
Energetic, romantic, dynamic, historic — Spain offers a world of experiences you’ll never forget.
The story of Spain has been written by its many people, 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 homestay. Read “Don Quixote” in the language of Miguel de Cervantes during literature class at your local high school. Practice your Spanish while getting to know your peers in your host community. Practice your Spanish while getting to know your peers in your host community.
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.
CIEE wants all our students to feel welcomed, supported, and empowered to succeed while studying abroad. Local CIEE staff have provided details about conditions and cultural attitudes that students with specific identities might encounter in Spain.
Upon arriving in Spain with your fellow participants, you will be met by CIEE staff in Seville, where you will begin your three-day orientation. During orientation, you will participate in different workshops focusing on a variety of themes—culture, language, academics, social norms, living with a homestay family —all designed to prepare you for your experience in Spain. Additionally, you’ll see some of the best that Seville has to offer!
After orientation, you will depart for your host community and spend a couple of days with your homestay before starting school.
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Wherever you’re placed and wherever you go, every experience is designed to give you an insider’s look into multifaceted Spanish culture and life. What can you do for fun? Attend local festivals, visit sights of cultural and historical importance, and take daytrips with your homestay—wherever they go, you go! You’ll have plenty of time to discover the country—on your own, with new CIEE friends, and with your homestay.
Tuition for this program includes the cost of one day trip and one overnight trip per semester. Trips will take place earlier in the semester to allow trimester students the opportunity to participate. These trips vary every semester, but some examples of past excursions include:
Cádiz (Day Trip)
Cádiz is the oldest city in Western Europe, often referred to as the "Silver Cup" for its magical sunlight. The various historical and cultural influences make you feel like you’re walking through time. After a day of touring the narrow, winding streets of the city’s historic center, enjoy laying out on some of the most beautiful beaches in Southern Spain.
Cordoba (Day Trip)
Few places in the world can claim having been the capital of a Roman province, the capital of an Arab State, and a Caliphate. The historic quarter of Córdoba is a beautiful network of small streets, alleys, squares, and whitewashed courtyards arranged around the Mezquita, which reflects the city's prominent place in the Islamic world during medieval times.
Aracena, Huelva (Day Trip)
Aracena is a town from Huelva, Andalucía known from its mountain range, amazing cured ham and Gruta de las Maravillas, one of the best-preserved caves in the world. Explore its underground maze of galleries, lakes, and watercourses shaped by time and water. Back on land, learn the history of the village on a guided tour and enjoy free time to wander around this beautiful whitewashed village.
Extremadura (Overnight Trip)
Embark on an adventure to Western region of Spain, where you will have the chance to visit the cities of Mérida, famous for its Roman ruins; Cáceres, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; and Trujillo, a beautiful small town replete with medieval architecture.
Granada (Overnight Trip)
The city of Granada is one of the most visited cities in Andalucía, famous for its grand Islamic architecture, Alhambra palaces, free tapas culture, and iconic monuments. It's a must-see site! Students will visit the famous Alhambra palace, the winding streets of the Albaicín neighborhood, and visit the tombs of the Spanish King and Queen Ferdinand and Isabella.
Please note this list of activities is based on past programs and subject to change at CIEE's discretion to both adapt to local circumstances and participant feedback.
What People Are Saying
“I've been living in Spain for almost 2 months now, and it's starting to feel like I've been here for much longer. My friends are a huge part of that. I'm constantly amazed at how much they care about me (from deliberately asking me questions about differences in America to offering to lend me long uniform pants for gym class since it's getting cold and I don't have my own pair), and I am so glad I found them. They're making it feel like 5 months is not nearly long enough!”
–Hannah S., CIEE High School Abroad Alumnus
Dates & Fees
- Be between the ages of 15 and 17 when the program starts and cannot turn 18 while on program.
- Be in the 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th year of schooling.
- Have a minimum GPA of 2.5.
- Demonstrate, through the application process, their flexibility, maturity, adaptability, and readiness to face the challenges of living in a new culture.
- Have 2 years of Spanish or equivalent.
High school abroad participants are NOT authorized to volunteer, take jobs, or seek employment during their stay.
For more information, refer to the detailed Program Essential Eligibility Criteria.
Priority deadline discount: Apply to a fall semester or academic year by February 15 and get a $400 discount. Apply to a spring semester by July 15 and get a $400 discount. Discounts are deducted from final balance.
Program fee includes iNext travel insurance. Full inclusions are found online.
|Program Academic Year 2024 39 weeks
|Program Fall 2024 19 weeks
|Start Date *
|End Date *
|Program Fall Trimester 2024 11 weeks
|Program Spring 2024 18 weeks
|Application Due Deadline Passed
|Program Spring Trimester 2024 10 weeks
|Application Due Deadline Passed
|Program Spring 2025 18 weeks
|Program Spring Trimester 2025 10 weeks
*Dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Please consult with your study abroad advisor to confirm dates before purchasing your flights.
Salvador has been working at CIEE since 2000 and is passionate about international exchange. He holds a degree in History and Geography from the University of Seville, and a Master of Business Administration.