High School Immersion in Spain – 15 -18 years – 1 month to 1 academic year

Why Spain?

One quite often says that there is not only one Spain, but several. With its rich and exciting long history, the Iberian peninsula offers a strong diversity of landscapes, cultures, languages, home produce, cities and gastronomy.

Every region boasts its own cultural and historical identity. While discovering Spain, one can only fall in love with such a diversity, but also with their inhabitants’ kindness and joy of living.

This programme places students all over Spain, including Balearic and Canary Islands.

For students who wish to choose their area or city of stay, we offer two options at an extra cost.

Option 1: guaranteed area

To be chosen between:

  • Eastern Region
  • Southern Region
  • Central Region
  • Barcelona Region (but not in the city)

Option 2 : guaranteed city

  • Cities 1 : Seville, Zaragoza, Valencia, Alicante, Cádiz, Murcia
  • Cities 2 : Madrid, Barcelona, Málaga

If you wish to choose this option, please mention 2 destinations on your booking form.

During your stay, our local partners organizes group trips for all participants to the Madrid, Málaga and Seville programme. All necessary information will be provided on site.


This programme is open to motivated students aged 15-18 with a good command of Spanish who wish to study for 1 term, 1 semester or 1 full academic year in a Spanish “colegio” (secondary school), while sharing the life of a host family.

This programme places students all over Spain, including Balearic and Canary Islands. For those who wish to choose their host city or area, such an option is possible at an extra cost.

Lessons

You will attend a local public high school where you will be placed in the grade appropriate to your age, academic achievement and Spanish ability. However, the final decision will be made by the school’s headmaster and the Spanish Ministry of Education. You have to attend all classes, such as any Spanish student.

The subjects taught vary according to the class and usually include: maths, Spanish, English, a science course (physics, chemistry or biology) and physical education.

You will be placed in the same classes as your Spanish peers and will stay with the same group for the majority of the day. In Spain, teachers move from one classroom to another. Usually, lessons take place from 8 – 8:30 am to 2 – 2:30 pm with a 30 or 45-minute break before noon. Students buy a snack at school or bring it from home. They have lunch when they return from school at around 3 pm.

The Spanish way of teaching is close to the one encountered at university. It means that teachers deliver a lecture course and that students have to take notes and do the homework requested. A Spanish student dedicates 2 to 4 hours a day to self-study, mainly in the afternoon (note revision, assignments to submit, projects). Yet, teachers are extremely open to advising you in order to overcome any potential difficulties.

Students are handed their school report in December, March and June. Grades (between 0 and 10) display everyone’s performance obtained throughout the term for each subject. Foreign students have to strike a 5 for each subject, which is considered a very decent performance, taking into account the language barrier.

Schools

You will attend a local public high school where you will be placed in the grade appropriate to your age, academic achievement and Spanish ability.

In Spain, Spanish students take priority over international students. Due to this, the placement of international students can only be confirmed definitively once all Spanish students are enrolled in the school. Therefore, placement in a specific school cannot be confirmed early.

Timetables vary according to the schools, either 08.00 to 15.00, or 09.00 to 13.00 and 15.00 to 17.00.

Education in Spain is divided into three stages: primary school (6 to 12 years), secondary school (12 to 16), and Bachillerato (16 to 18).

The Bachillerato corresponds to the last two years of secondary school, it completes the four years of “compulsory secondary study” (enseñanza secundaria obligatoria in Spanish). International students will enrol in the following grades:

  • 3 ESO: 14-15 years
  • 4 ESO: 15-16 years
  • 1 BACHILLERATO: 16-17 years
  • 2 BACHILLERATO: 17-18 years

The Spanish education system is based on continuous assessment. There is no national exam that marks the end of study, the end of school diploma is given depending on the results obtained throughout the year.

The academic year is split into three terms:

  • 1st term: September to December
  • 2nd term: January to March
  • 3rd term: April to June

Exact dates of each term depend on the region of Spain. There is a winter holiday (about 2 weeks) and an Easter holiday (1 week to 1 week and a half)

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Spanish Host Families

Your host family is the defining feature of your study abroad experience, helping you become fully accustomed to Spanish culture and feel part of the local community.

Families take an active interest in choosing a student to host and sharing their homes, lives and culture with their guests, through which they can get to know a new country.

75% of the families have already been hosts to foreign students and most of them have children of their own. All families are of Spanish nationality.

Students will be placed in single or shared room with a same-sex and same aged-child. The family provides all the meals, except those taken at school.

The Spanish way of life is typically Mediterranean, and the mealtimes are extremely different from Northern Europe. Lunch is taken around 3 pm and dinner around 9 pm.

The local correspondent is an experienced staff member who knows the host families and is in regular contact with the students and their Spanish parents throughout the programme.

They regularly organize meetings to ensure that your experience is going smoothly, both with your host family and at school. Your local coordinator is on hand to lend assistance in case of any issues and should be your first point of contact on the ground.

A 24hrs emergency hotline is available for any urgent issues that arise during your stay.

Upon arrival, students attend a pre-orientation meeting in Barcelona (2 nights on site), which takes place from September to January, from Friday to Sunday. This is a mandatory meeting concerning all participants to programmes of 1 term, 1 semester and 1 full academic year. This weekend will be an amazing opportunity to meet all international students taking part in the programme while visiting Barcelona and accustom yourself to all aspects of the forthcoming experience.

You will head for your host family on Sunday morning. Transport to your final destination is organised by our local partner.

To be eligible for this programme, you must:

  • Be between 15 and 18 years old
  • Have sufficient linguistic skills so that you are able to communicate without difficulty (a minimum of 2 years of Spanish study)
  • Demonstrate a good academic record for the two school years prior to departure
  • Demonstrate their flexibility, maturity, adaptability, and readiness to face the challenges of living in a new culture

Do you meet all of the requirements?

  1. Fill out one of our online booking forms.
  2. You will then receive a pre-confirmation form and an application form to be completed. We will invite you to pay €90 in order to take a proficiency test and to provide us with your school results for the past 3 years. The interview fee is non-refundable and is deductible from the final cost if enrolment is confirmed.
  3. We will then invite you to come to our office in Brussels or Paris for the full interview. You must come to our office with the first part of the application form filled in.
  4. If the interview is successful, we will ask you to pay a deposit (25% of the total amount, minimum €1,500) and to send us the relevant documents completed. This includes recommendation letters from your teachers, your medical history and other information needed to process your booking. As soon as we recieve all the documents and the deposit, we will send the application file to our partner.
  5. The final decision belongs to our partner
  6. Once your application is confirmed, our partner will start to look for a host family and a school.

The deadline for handing in completed application forms is:

  • April 15 for September departures
  • September 15 for January departures

Please note: late applications will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis and subject to an extra cost (see Dates and Prices tab)

The booking forms must be completed and sent to our Brussels head office at least 4 weeks before the deadline.

Students outside of the age limit or not meeting the Spanish language requirements are welcome to discuss alternatives with us.

Journey

For stays of 1 term, 1 semester or 1 full academic year, arrival is in Barcelona and your return journey is from the nearest station or airport from your place of residence.

Please note: Do not make travel arrangements until we have confirmed your enrolment in your chosen course.

Visas

EU citizens do not require a visa for this programme. Students from non-EU countries (the USA, Brazil, Japan, Korea, etc) can stay in Spain for up to 90 days without a visa.

For stays over 90 days (3 months), you will need a long-stay visa to cover the duration of your stay. Please contact the Embassy of Spain of your country for all information that you need.

All fees incurred during the visa acquisition process are at student’s expenses.

A medical/accident/repatriation and liability insurance policy is compulsory for this type of stay. We will ask you to produce an insurance certificate for the constitution of your file.

Easy Languages can provide you with a full insurance coverage perfectly adapted for young students travelling abroad, cf. Insurances and guarantees


Dates & Prices 2020-2021

Dates 2020-2021

September back-to-school: 2 dates depending on the region.

Region 1: Eastern Spain: Valencia, Alicante, Huelva, Murcia, Barcelona
Region 2: Southern Spain (Andalusia), Central and Northern Spain (Aragon, Madrid, Castile, Navarre, Asturias, Galicia)

Stays for one school year :

Region 1 : 11/09/2020 to 27/06/2021
Region 2 : 18/09/2020 to 27/06/2021
Stays for one school semester :

Region 1 : 11/09/2020 to 24/01/2021
Region 2: 18/09/2020 to 24/01/2021
All regions : 29/01/2020 to 27/06/2021
Stays for one school term :

Region 1 : 11/09/2020 to 22/12/2020
Region 2: 18/09/2020 to 22/12/2020
All regions : 29/01/2020 to 28/04/2021
Stays of 4, 8 weeks: throughout the year according to demand and availability, please consult us.

Tarifs 2020-2021

WPCS 42.0.1
Cursus, verblijf in gastgezin, volpension
1 trimester 5.295
1 semester 5.795
1 academic year 8.695
Optional extras
Guaranteed choice1 month2 months1 trimester1 semester1 academic year
Region (East, South, Centre, Barcelona)- 250 250 250 250
Cities 1 (Seville, Zaragoza, Valencia, Alicante, ...)- 500 700 900 1.400
Cities 2 (Madrid, Barcelona, Málaga)- 600 800 1.000 2.000
Toeslag
Special diet (per month) 100
Late application (after deadline) 400

Early Bird discount: benefit from a 200€* reduction on the program for any registration and complete file received before 15/12/2019 for a start of stay in September 2020 and before 15/07/2020 for a start of stay in January 2021.

*This discount is valid only for stays of 1 term, 1 semester and 1 academic year.

  • Interview
  • All enrolment, lessons and exam fees in our partner schools
  • Full-board accommodation in a host family
  • Personal assistance and support from your local coordinator throughout your stay
  • Regular contact and progress reports
  • Detailed, personalized information on all aspects of your stay
  • Certificate of completion
  • School reports at the end of each term
  • Outward transfer from Barcelona airport (except for 4 or 8-week stays) to the host region
  • Pre-Orientation Meeting in Barcelona (except for 4 or 8-week stays)
  • All documents required to apply for a visa (for non-EU residents)
  • 24 hour assistance

Prices do not include :

  • Outward journey to Barcelona
  • Return journey from your host family to your country of origin
  • Local transportation
  • Pocket money: about €150 per month
  • Course materials (between €150 and €300, depending on the school)
  • Travel and medical insurances
  • Visa fees (if applicable, only for non-EU residents)