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 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.
The CIEE Difference
The CIEE Difference
Get ready to dramatically 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 your fellow CIEE High School in Spain participants on one incredible trip each semester. Additionally, CIEE will provide students with two more optional trips to choose from during the program.
- Granada – In October 2016, CIEE will sponsor a trip for all High School Abroad in Spain students to Granada, Spain. Granada is one of the eight provinces of the Andalucia region, and it is home to the palace of Alhambra, included on many lists as one of the 10 marvels of the modern world. Two million people visit Alhambra each year, making it Spain’s most visited monument. The provincial capital is the city of Granada, with the food, culture, windy streets and beautiful gardens it is a perfect destination for the fall CIEE trip. Students will spend two nights and three days with their CIEE peers and CIEE staff exploring the city, participating in cultural activities, and enjoying time together. All costs, including transportation, are covered as part of the program.
- Salamanca – In March 2017, CIEE will sponsor another amazing trip to Salamanca. Students will be able to explore the wonders of this amazing Spanish city, with the support of CIEE staff and the company of their fellow CIEE participants. All costs, including transportation, are included as part of the program.
- Morocco – CIEE will be offering an amazing opportunity for students to travel to Morocco in November 2016. This trip will be organized through CIEE and will be chaperoned by CIEE staff. For many years CIEE’s Study Center in Seville, Spain has been chaperoning trips for students to Morocco, and through their relationships with local travel agencies are able to offer students an authentic cultural experience at low cost.
In Northern Morocco we will visit the cities of Tangier and Chefchaoeun. Tangier, just across the Strait of Gibraltar from Spain, is an enthralling gateway to Africa. Chefchaouen, founded in 1471 as a fortress, today is a popular shopping destination for native handicrafts such as wool garments and woven blankets. This will be a great opportunity to learn about Arabic influences on Spanish culture. CIEE will arrange for transportation, accommodations, activities, and meals but the costs will be covered by the student.
- Lisbon, Portugal – In May 2017 CIEE students and staff will spend a weekend in the capital of Portugal. 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. CIEE will arrange transportation, accommodations, activities, and meals but the cost will be covered by the student.
*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, and CIEE carefully screens every one of them. The health, safety, and security of CIEE students comes first and CIEE has a robust vetting process to ensure students are placed in appropriate settings. The host family experience is paramount to a healthy study abroad experience and we want to ensure all students are placed in environments that allow them a unique insight into Spanish culture and an immersive environment for language acquisition. 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.
Services covered by fees include:
- International airfare between U.S. departure city and Spain. CIEE staff will accompany students for the flight to Spain at the start of the program.*
- Virtual orientation prior to departure with CIEE staff and program alumni.
- CIEE orientation upon arrival in Madrid, for two days and two nights.
- Transportation to and from the host area.
- CIEE-sponsored trips to Granada in fall 2016 and Barcelona or Malaga in spring 2017.
- Placement in a public or private Spanish high school.
- Careful selection and screening of a Spanish family.
- Room and board with selected host family.
- Supervision and support of local CIEE staff.
- International medical insurance through iNext and 24-hour worldwide travel assistance and support.
- Language pre- and post-testing to demonstrate improvement in the target language.
Semester (US Fall)
April 15, 2016
Trimester (US Fall)
May 1, 2016
Academic Year (US Fall)
April 15, 2016
Semester (US Spring)
October 15, 2016*
Trimester (US Spring)
November 1, 2016*
*Early applications for Spring '17 are due by September 1, 2016. Apply by the deadline to include the trip to Lisbon with your program for no additional fee.
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 14 and 18 years old (students can turn 19 while on the program), students should not have already graduated from high school upon matriculation into the CIEE High School Abroad program.
- Have completed the equivalent of two years of high school Spanish study
- 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
CIEE’s Study Centers in Spain are responsible for your placement and will be your primary contacts while you’re abroad.
Upon arrival, you’ll meet the CIEE staff who will be supporting you throughout your program. In-country staff will have recruited and screened your host family and worked with school administrators to place you in a local high school. Your local CIEE staff will become a critical part of your program, whether it’s through a monthly check-in, organized trip, or pizza party held at the CIEE Study Center. You will be interacting with CIEE staff throughout your experience 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. 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 and an alumni discussion
On the day of departure, students will gather at a U.S. departure airport where they will meet one another and CIEE staff who will accompany them to Spain. The group will then fly together to Madrid, where they will meet the CIEE team in Spain and participate in a two day and two night orientation. In addition to leading cultural workshops and seminars designed to prepare students for the high school abroad experience, CIEE will make sure there’s adequate time to explore. Some activities include a city tour, a walk through the Retiro Park, a visit to Puerta del Sol, lunch at the Museo de Jamon and a of the world famous Reina Sofia Museum.