Academic Opportunities for High School Students

Spanish Studies Abroad offers high school students the unique opportunity to engage in cultural immersion and Spanish language while obtaining college-level credit. From summer programs to gap semester/academic year experiences, Spanish Studies encourages students to join us by way of a summer, semester, academic year, or a high school customized program.

Summer Terms in Spain

Spanish Studies Abroad offers the opportunity for juniors and seniors in high school to take university level classes for one or two 3 1/2-week summer terms. During each term, students can choose from a variety of courses designed to advance mature, correct expression of Spanish language and critical thinking. Summer terms are available in two of our program locations:

A study abroad experience with Spanish Studies Abroad involves cultural immersion at every turn, including homestays, support from staff and resident directors, and various cultural activities. Spanish Studies boasts excellent professors and interesting classes designed for non-native speakers. In-class instruction is enriched with excursions and cultural visits to places of interest.

Gap Semester/Academic Year Abroad

If you are a graduating high school senior who is looking for a meaningful, language-intensive international experience before entering college, or have received mid-year admissions to a college or university, you may want to consider enrolling in a Spanish Studies Abroad University-Level Semester Program during the gap period. Students earn university-level credit, take courses alongside other university students, and participate in all regular program activities and excursions.

Gap semester and academic year programs are available in two program locations:

  • Alicante, Spain - Spanish Studies Program: Spanish Studies Abroad works with Universidad de Alicante to offer language and culture courses specifically designed for non-native speakers. Our students have frequent contact with a Spanish Studies Abroad Resident Director, who guides the students through the process of studying abroad and living with a host family. Excursions include a weekend study trip to Granada or Barcelona and guided visits to the historic city center, theater, Castillo de Santa Bárbara, and more. Students may also participate in workshops for credit ranging from Flamenco guitar and percussion to wind surfing and sailing through Universidad de Alicante's Living the Culture program.
  • Seville, Spain - Spanish Studies Program: Designed for the advanced student that has completed the equivalent of intermediate Spanish. The core of the Spanish Studies program is a choice of courses in Spanish language and culture taught at the Center by native Spanish faculty. You immerse yourself in Spanish language and culture while fulfilling the requirements needed for Spanish, international studies, business and other majors. In addition to living in a Spanish home, you are given the opportunity to participate in a full array of study tours, cultural events, and social activities.