High School Abroad in Spain

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Information for term High School Abroad in Spain

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

Rolling Admissions

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

Application Deadline

Rolling Admissions

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Jan 29 – Jun 22, 2019 (21 weeks)

Application Deadline

Rolling Admissions

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

Application Deadline

Rolling Admissions

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Jan 29 – Apr 20, 2019 (12 weeks)

Application Deadline

Rolling Admissions

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info


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Perfect your Spanish and soak in the vibrant culture of daily life in Spain.

Eating churros and drinking hot chocolate at a local café after school. Visiting old historic cities and observing the architecture. Learning to make paella with your host family. Attending classes (in Spanish) at a public or private Spanish High School with local peers. Making friendships that last a lifetime. What kind of memories will you make?

The Take-Aways

  • Global Citizenship

    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.

  • Language Proficiency

    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.


Location & Culture

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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 host family. Read “Don Quixote” in the language of Miguel de Cervantes during literature class at the local high school. Practice your Spanish while getting to know your peers in the 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.


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, current events — all designed to best 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 host family before starting school.

Daily Life

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Daily Life

"Saturday morning, instead of my typical yoga, I decided to take advantage of the gorgeous day and take a run in El Retiro..." 

Learn more about daily life on a high school study abroad program by reading our blog posts above.

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  • Housing

    Hotel during orientation in Madrid, then carefully screened host family in either Madrid region or Andalusia

  • Local Support

    Local Coordinator in country and CIEE support staff available 24/7


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Sample Activities 

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 to places like Seville, Granada, Bilbao, or Madrid with your host family. You’ll have a whole year or semester to discover the country — on your own, with new CIEE friends, and with your host family.

You’ll have exciting opportunities to branch out and see even more of the area with some optional excursions. Examples of destinations include:

Fall Semester

  • Granada (cost included) 
    Join CIEE staff and your fellow CIEE High School Abroad in Spain participants as you travel to Granada to tour the Alhambra/ Albayzín region. You’ll marvel at the spectacular medieval architecture and the grandeur of the Alhambra, a massive Moorish castle.
  • Morocco (additional cost) Optional 
    Take a step away from Spain to see Tangier and the “Blue City” of Chefchaouen, famous for its many striking blue-washed buildings. A new fixture on must-see lists for its growing tourist industry, Chefchaouen will entice you with its distinctive mosques and unique shopping experiences.

Spring Semester

  • Lisbon (additional cost)
    With its rolling landscape overlooking the wide estuary of the Tagus River, this 2,000-year-old city is truly breathtaking. From the medieval neighborhoods of Alfama and Mouraria, to the café lined streets of Chiado, Lisbon is the heart of Portuguese culture.
  • Málaga/Ronda (cost included)
    Embark on an adventure to the Costa del Sol region of Spain, where you will have the chance to visit the birthplace of Pablo Picasso and the beautiful beaches of Málaga. You’ll also get the chance to escape to the countryside to admire the stunning vistas and winding streets of Ronda.

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

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Dates & Fees


  • Be in their 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th year of schooling
  • Must not have met graduation requirements before program begins
  • Have 2 years of Spanish or equivalent
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.5

Application Fee


Apply six weeks prior to the deadline, and receive a free trip with CIEE.

Program fee includes international airfare and iNext travel insurance. Full inclusions are found online


Application Due

Start Date

End Date


Academic Year 2019 Rolling Admissions TBD* TBD*
Spring 2019 21 weeks Rolling Admissions Jan 29, 2019 Jun 22, 2019


Spring Trimester 2019 12 weeks Rolling Admissions Jan 29, 2019 Apr 20, 2019


Fall 2019 12 weeks Rolling Admissions TBD* TBD*
Fall Trimester 2019 12 weeks Rolling Admissions TBD* TBD*

*Dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Please consult with your study abroad advisor to confirm dates before purchasing your flights.

Our Staff

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