High School Abroad in Spain

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Information for term High School Abroad in Spain

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

September 1, 2020

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: September 1, 2020
  • Dates: Jan 26 – Jun 12, 2021 (20 weeks)

Application Deadline

September 1, 2020

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: September 1, 2020
  • Dates: Jan 26 – Apr 17, 2021 (12 weeks)


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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 homestay. 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 homestay. 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 homestay 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 Seville, then carefully screened homestay in 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 homestay. You’ll have a whole year or semester to discover the country — on your own, with new CIEE friends, and with your homestay.

Tuition for this program includes the cost of one overnight excursion per semester. These trips vary depending on your placement, but some examples of past excursions have 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.

Cádiz/ Bolonia 

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. 

Historically used as a fishing village and trade link, Bolonia is a spectacular town with one of the best beaches in South Spain. The contrast of the green mountains, the sea, Roman ruins, and the white sand make it a unique and memorable place to visit.


Valencia is a charming old city and the capital of the Community of Valencia. As Spain's third-largest city, it is one of the most significant cultural centres along the Spanish Mediterranean coast. Every March, visitors flock to the city for the annual UNESCO-listed Falles celebration. Here you can enjoy paella, ultramodern architecture, beautiful beaches, and the freshest orange juice you’ve ever tasted. 


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.


Few places in the world can boast of 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.


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.

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. Our goal when revising itineraries is always to enhance your experience. Every activity is designed to provide you with a deep immersion in your topic, local culture and sights. Get ready for maximum fun!

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


Priority deadline discount: Apply to a fall semester or academic year by 2/15 and get a $400 discount. Apply to a spring semester by 8/1 and get a $400 discount. Discounts are deducted from final balance.

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


Application Due

Start Date

End Date


Spring 2021 20 weeks Sep 1, 2020 Jan 26, 2021 Jun 12, 2021


Spring Trimester 2021 12 weeks Sep 1, 2020 Jan 26, 2021 Apr 17, 2021


Ready to change your life?