Overview

Spend a summer abroad improving your Spanish language skills and discovering the culture of Spain on this program for high school students.

Program Description

Rapidly improve your Spanish through a month of language immersion and historical and contemporary exploration through Spain. Begin your month of language immersion in Spain’s capital — Madrid — as you spend time at the city’s famous sites and museums, explore its neighborhoods, and sample Spanish cuisine. Then, travel to southern Spain, to the province of Andalucía, where you will engage in intensive Spanish language training.

The program has two separate language groups. One group has Spanish training in the historic city of Granada, where, for four hours each day, the group attends small-group, interactive language classes divided by language level at the Centro de Lenguas y Educación Intercultural. Learn inside and outside the classroom through music, film, city scavenger hunts, and field trips. After class, take advantage of opportunities to meet up with Spanish students learning English and join them for sporting or cultural events. The program’s other group has language classes and immersive arts training in Guadix. This group participates in workshops focused on flamenco, ceramics, theatrical performance, and other arts, in addition to the language training. In Guadix, there are opportunities to learn about Romani culture and Gitano identity and to perform flamenco and traditional village dances with local community members.

Both groups explore Granada’s sites—including the Alhambra, city gardens, and local museums—to better understand the city’s historical layers and contemporary culture. All students also have a homestay in an Andalusian town. Enjoy family meals and visit local markets, beaches, and cafés as you continue to enhance your Spanish through constant conversation with host family members. The program incorporates some outdoor activities such as camping, trekking, and excursions to the beach. Students return to Madrid for final reflection and language practice before departing for home.

Language Certificate: At the conclusion of this program, each participant will earn a language certificate noting how many hours of language classes s/he completed.

Sample Itinerary

Days 1–3
Orientation in Madrid

  • Learn about the history and culture of Spain
  • Get to know other members of your group during activities and discussions
  • Visit famous sites and museums throughout the city
  • Explore diverse neighborhoods, navigate the metro, and sample Spanish cuisine in restaurants
  • Practice your Spanish language skills
  • Go on a daylong excursion to Toledo

During the orientation period, you and your group will stay in a centrally located hostel.

Days 4–16
Intensive Language Training in Granada

  • Attend small-group interactive language classes at the Centro de Lenguas y Educación Intercultural language school for four hours each day
  • Go on language-based excursions throughout the city
  • Participate in cultural events and attend a flamenco show
  • Visit the Alhambra, city gardens, and local museums

During this period, you and your group will stay in a centrally located hostel.

Days 17–27
Homestay

  • Become fully immersed in the daily life of a Spanish family and community
  • Do activities with your host family
  • Explore your host community and the surrounding area with your group and with Spanish youth
  • Visit the seaside, hike in nearby nature reserves, ride on a fishing boat, and play water sports

During this period, you will stay in the home of a family. Sample host communities: Motril, Priego de Córdoba, Guadix

Day 28
Program Reflection and Wrap-up in Madrid

  • Reflect with your group on your experiences during the program

During the reflection period, you and your group will stay in a centrally located hotel.

Day 29
Departure

About The Experiment

The Experiment in International Living is a nonprofit organization that has been offering immersive experiential learning programs abroad since 1932. Today, The Experiment offers three-, four-, and five-week summer programs for high school students in more than 20 countries around the world.

Programs are designed to equip participants not only with essential cultural skills and, in many cases, language skills, but also with a deeper awareness of and sensitivity to critical global issues shaping the diverse communities and regions we visit. Each year, hundreds of Experimenters come away from their summer abroad with invaluable new skills, connections, awareness, and knowledge that help them to thrive—and lead—in diverse, intercultural environments.

The Experiment is committed to providing participants from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds with access to The Experiment’s immersive cross-cultural programs through its partnerships, scholarships, and other initiatives.

The Experiment places the highest priority on health, safety, and security. Each program follows a comprehensive structure designed to maximize the well-being of all participants while they engage in dynamic cross-cultural experiences. We have implemented specific risk management strategies that include a 24-hour emergency on-call service and regular safety reviews. We hire and train experienced adult group leaders and maintain longstanding partnerships with in-country offices to support each of our programs.

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