STUDY HIGH SCHOOL SPAIN
A High School year in Spain
✔ No language requirement
✔ Options of private schools, specific sports, special dietary necessities and placement areas
✔ Orientation in Barcelona included
✔ City guarantees: Barcelona, Zaragoza, Salamanca, Valencia, Alicante.
✔ Different pace of life, ¡Siesta!
Spain is one of the most visited countries in the world. The official language is Spanish “Castellano”, but there are other languages in different parts of the country: Catalan, Basque and Galician.
Learn one of the major world languages, used by more than 500 million people worldwide, and discover Spain with its warm climate, wonderful family community and cultural heritage. Spanish host families are very welcoming to the exchange students, and eager to make them part of the family.
One typical schedule would be classes from 9am to 5pm with a two-hour lunch break, another typical schedule would be classes from 9am to 2pm with no lunch break. When there is a lunch break, students usually go home to have lunch with their family.
Spain is a treasure-trove of arts and culture brimming with flamenco music and dance, bull-fights, fantastic beaches and lots of sunshine. In the cities, narrow, twisting old streets suddenly open out to views of daring modern architecture. Several regions in Spain have kept a separate identity, culturally and linguistically. All of this diversity combined with a rich heritage of history, art and architecture make Spain a fascinating place to visit as an exchange student.
No language requirements, basic knowledge recommended though.
The Kingdom of Spain shares the Iberian Peninsula with Portugal and Gibraltar. France and the tiny country of Andorra are on its northeast side, boarded by the Pyrenee mountains. The Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean Sea, the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean, and the cities of Ceuta and Melilla in north Africa are also part of Spain. Situated in a privileged geographical position and invaded by important civilizations such as: Celtic, Phoenician, Carthaginian, Greek, The Roman Empire, Arab and Jew, Spain is an extremely cultural country rich in art, literature, architecture and history.
The people of Spain are called Spanish or Spaniards. Most people speak Spanish “Castellano”, but there are other languages in different parts of the country: Catalan, Basque and Galician. The religion of most of the people in Spain is Roman Catholic. The middle of Spain is a high, dry and flat land called La Meseta. La Meseta is usually very hot in summer and cold in winter. Spain also has many mountain ranges and quite a long coastline (mountains: Pyrenees, Sistema Cetral, Sierra Nevada, Montes de Gredos); Beaches: Costa Brava, Costa del Sol, Costa Blanca; Plateaus: Toledo, Madrid; Cliffs: Galicia and North of Spain).
Spain therefore has several kinds of climates and different temperatures. The weather is usually very sunny, with mild to warm or hot temperatures. Many people from Northern Europe take their vacations in Spain, enjoying its beaches, cities and countryside. Five big rivers cross the peninsula, and its extremely rich soil makes any kind of agriculture and farming successful. This results in, for instance, a famous and growing wine industry. The seas and the ocean also provide exceptional shellfish and fish. All this makes for a great gastronomy, made from natural and high quality products.
Spain is one of the most visited countries in the world. Millions of tourists come to visit every year, attracted by its landscape, climate, history, art, gastronomy and people. Spanish people like to spend time outdoors talking and dealing with people. Their hospitality, tolerance and open-minded attitude are well known by everyone who visits the country. Spain is a democratic country, considered rich in many aspects. Spain also has modern cities: Madrid (the political and financial centre), Barcelona (industrial, cultural and cosmopolitan); and cultural ones as: Sevilla, Granada, Córdoba, Toledo. Since 1978, the Spanish king only executes and follows decisions taken by the parliament.
The parliament is called Las Cortes and its members are elected by the Spanish people. This type of government is called a constitutional monarchy. The current King of Spain is Juan Carlos and the President is José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero. The government and the king’s palace are in Madrid, the capital of Spain, located in the center of the country. Today Spain is a modern democratic country and part of the European Union.
• Compulsory subjects and optional subjects.
• Same classroom all day.
• School activities, sports/gymnastics, music, drawing and crafts.
• Host families, typical two parents and children. Strict with their students, love to take them around on weekends.
• Food means communication in Spain.
• Different timetables.
• Preparation and Spanish language course in Barcelona, 5 nights
• Trip to Madrid and Seville
• European Tour
• City guarantees