Spain

Program Quick Facts

  • Program Duration: 5 or 10 months
  • Departure: August
  • Age Requirements: 15 to 18 years old
  • Language Requirements: none
  • Academic Requirements: C+ avg or higher
  • Visa Requirements: Yes
  • Orientation: Local orientation
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About Spain

Your high school exchange year in Spain promises personal growth and a deep appreciation for a culture that embraces joy, passion, and a rich tapestry of traditions. Imagine strolling through cobblestone streets lined with architectural wonders, savoring the aromas of paella and tapas that fill the air. Spain’s warm-hearted people embrace you as family, creating lifelong connections that transcend borders. From engaging in flamenco dance to participating in local festivals and witnessing the energy of soccer matches, every day unfolds a new adventure.

  • Size: Spain covers an area of approximately 195,364
    square miles. That is slightly larger than the state of
    California.
  • Population: The population of Spain is approximately
    47 million people.
  • Language: The main language spoken in Spain is Spanish (Castilian)
  • Religion: The main religion in Spain is Christianity, with the majority of the population being Roman
    Catholic. However, Spain is known for its religious diversity, and there is also a growing number of people who identify as non-religious or practice other religions.
  • Government: Spain is a parliamentary constitutional monarchy. It has a king as the head of state and a
    prime minister as the head of government.
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Life in Spain

Mornings often begin with a Spanish breakfast, which might include a café con leche and a piece of toast. School usually starts around 9:00 AM and lasts until early afternoon, with a siesta break in between for a leisurely lunch with family or friends.

After school, Spanish teenagers often engage in a variety of activities. Many participate in extracurricular clubs, such as sports, music, or dance, reflecting Spain’s vibrant artistic and athletic culture. Soccer holds a special place in Spanish hearts, and it’s not uncommon to see teenagers practicing their skills on local fields.

Evenings are cherished moments for Spanish families to come together. Dinners are often enjoyed later in the evening, offering time for relaxed conversations and bonding. Spaniards have a flair for hospitality, and teenagers might also meet friends at cafés or tapas bars to enjoy each other’s company.

Weekends are a time for exploration and leisure. Many teenagers take advantage of Spain’s diverse landscapes, heading to the beach, hiking in the mountains, or visiting historical sites. Spain’s rich history comes to life during weekend outings, offering insights into its past and present.

Pricing

Program Duration

Departure

Price

5 months (semester)

August 2024

$11,400

10 months (academic year)

August 2024

$13,400

Included

  • Roundtrip international flight to your destination
  • Travel insurance to cover accidents and illnesses
  • A carefully screened and vetted host family placement
  • 24/7 support from STS Foundation and its partners during your time abroad
  • Language support if traveling to a non-English speaking country
  • Interview, orientations, and material that will prepare you and your parents for your exchange year
  • A local representative or host family member welcoming you at the airport upon your arrival
  • Certificate of completion provided by STS Foundation at the end of your exchange year

Not Included

  • Domestic flight to get to the international departure
  • Passport and visa fees
  • School lunch money (depends on destination)
  • School uniforms if required (depends on destinations)
  • Public transportation
  • Educational/recreational trips
  • Pocket money ($200 to $300/month recommended)

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Before Your High School Exchange Year

Get ready for your high school exchange year! Discover the benefits, learn who's eligible, and understand the application process. STS Foundation will guide you every step of the way, ensuring you are well-prepared for this exceptional adventure.

Before Your High School Exchange Year

Get ready for your high school exchange year! Discover the benefits, learn who's eligible, and understand the application process. STS Foundation will guide you every step of the way, ensuring you are well-prepared for this exceptional adventure.

During Your High School Exchange Year

Discover what it's like to immerse yourself in a new culture and live with a host family, all with the guidance of STS Foundation and its partners. From the moment you depart to the moment you return home, we are there for you and your parents.

During Your High School Exchange Year

Discover what it's like to immerse yourself in a new culture and live with a host family, all with the guidance of STS Foundation and its partners. From the moment you depart to the moment you return home, we are there for you and your parents.