Study Abroad in Spain

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  • About

    Spain has become one of the top study abroad destinations in the world. Students are drawn to study abroad in Spain for its unique culture, rich history, and famous nightlife. Many students choose to study abroad in Spain in order to learn Spanish, and the country's proximity to the rest of Europe doesn't hurt! Students flock to study abroad in Spain's two largest cities, Madrid and Barcelona, as well as to many of its smaller ones such as Sevilla and Granada, to absorb a semester or a year's worth of culture, language, and warm weather.

    Spanish is spoken by over 400 million speakers in 21 different countries - and it all had to start somewhere! Join the ranks of Cortez, Ponce de Leon, and Pizarro and become a modern day Spanish explorer--bounce from museums to cathedrals to castles to the tune of a flamenco guitar as you are bedazzled by this country's diversity. Immersing yourself further into the culture in the by learning Spanish in Spain will surely enhance your time spent in this vibrant country. Influenced by surrounding European and north African cultures, Spain exemplifies the emergence of these two continents.

  • Popular Destinations

    Even though Spain's location and developed public transportation system allows students to opportunity to experience other European countries with ease, don't forget that Spain itself has a bunch of interesting and dynamic cities! Now, the only problem is deciding which one to call home for a semester.

    Madrid: The capital of Spain says "!Hola!" to modernity with its bustling businesses, sky scrapers, and lively evening entertainment while beautifully maintaining its roots - home not only to the Spanish royal family and the seat of the Spanish government, the country's largest city is also home to 3.5 million people.

    Due to Madrid's central location, it is a great travel hub for travels around Spain. Madrid's residents' verve for life is evident everywhere - from street corners, to football matches, to traffic jams and cozy tapas bars.

    Barcelona: This coastal city is an attractive destination for international students. Residents of Barcelona, while speaking Catalan, are also fluent in Spanish.

    Seville: See traditional bull fights in the Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza or dance flamenco in the dance style's birthplace. Seville, as the capital of Andalusia, is situated in Spain's beautiful south lands. The city's stunning architecture is further highlighted by the winding Guadalquivir River that weaves in and out of its historic buildings. Seville is also famous for its festivals, and study abroaders over the spring semester will be delighted to participate in traditional celebrations of Semana Santa (holy week) and La Feria de Abril in April.

  • Planning Your Trip
    How to Choose a Program

    In the last ten years the demand for Spanish Language courses worldwide has more than doubled; now, there are nearly 200 million non-native speakers studying Spanish from around the world. Every year, Spain is visited by more than 40 million people, making it the second most visited country in the world and a consistent top 10 ranker as a study abroad destination.

    Because of Spain's great popularity, you have many options for your study abroad experience--be sure to find a program that best suits YOUR desires and goals.

    1) Language: Rarely will your classrooms in Spain have four walls - instead, studiers of the Spanish language will find that the locale itself provides bountiful opportunities to maximize your language acquisition. If you don't speak a lick of Spanish, fear not! There are a variety of programs for you that host classes in both English and Spanish.

    In some regions of Spain people speak an entirely different language/dialect, such as Catalan or Basque in the northern parts of the country. Inform yourself about the local cultures of the destinations in which you are considering studying abroad in. Your decision to study in a larger or a smaller city will also affect your degree of immersion--larger cities will typically offer more familiar comforts of home (including English speakers!).

    2) Housing: The type of housing you select while studying abroad will actually play a huge role in the overall experience. You may opt to live in community with other Americans, participate in a homestay with a local Spanish family, choose to live in an apartment with a Spanish university student, etc.

    Who knew there were so many options?! Many study abroad program providers will organize a pre-set type of accommodation for you, but it is a growing trend for providers to offer multiple living styles for their students.

    ISA Abroad's Barcelona program gives students the option to participate in a variety of living environments, but strongly encourages students to take advantage of home stay opportunities.

    Additionally, CEA's Spain program gives students an option to live in "residencia", a living environment designed specifically for international students.

    3) Immersion and cultural activities: Program fees may or may not include added cultural activities or small excursions. While some programs encourage these group activities for extensive learning and community building, others hold to the idea that students should be given the independence to see exactly what they want to see.

    These activities can range from a day trips to local museums to weekend overnight trips to neighboring cities or countries. API Study Abroad includes multiple excursions in the overall program costs. A fun component to complement any academic studies!

  • Scholarships
    Scholarships: Spain

    Does studying abroad sound fabulous but expensive? While it is true, studying abroad can mean added costs, there are still a variety of ways to offset the extra expenses. If you're not up for opening a lemonade stand, I suggest checking out the following scholarships.

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  • Study Abroad with CIEE in Spain
    CIEE
    Achieve fluency in spoken and written Spanish while pursuing a wide variety of coursework in the Capital of Andalusia....
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  • Barcelona IES Abroad
    IES Abroad
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    There are a wide variety of courses available, primarily taught in English by our world-class faculty. When you arrive, you...
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    This program has been rated exceedingly fun by 5+ reviewers.
  • Adelante
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    Beautiful Seville, Spain awaits! Take your Spanish language skills to the next level at this majestic southern Spanish...
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    This program has been rated exceedingly fun by 5+ reviewers.
    This program has been rated exceedingly supportive by 5+ reviewers.
  • Study with ISA in Valencia
    ISA
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    Study abroad with ISA in Valencia, Spain's third largest city. Located on the Mediterranean coast approximately 200 miles...
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  • Arcadia Study Abroad
    Granada, located in the colorful, culturally rich Spanish region of Andalusia, is a vibrant city with rich culture. This...
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    This program has been rated exceedingly fun by 5+ reviewers.
    This program has been rated exceedingly supportive by 5+ reviewers.
  • CEA Study Abroad in Spain
    CEA
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    Discover the birthplace of flamenco; pass awe-inspiring architecture on your way to class; live in a city with the largest...
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  • Aerial View of La Coruña, Spain
    Linguistic Horizons
    Immerse yourself in the Spanish language in beautiful La Coruna, Spain! You may choose to take Spanish language classes (all...
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  • Schiller Madrid International Business
    Schiller International University Madrid
    The Bachelor of Science in International Business degree program provides the essential skills, practices and specialization...
    2 reviews
  • BCA Study Abroad
    Barcelona is set on the Mediterranean coast within easy reach of the Costa Brava and the Pyrenees Mountains. One of the most...
  • Study in Granada, Spain with AIFS
    AIFS Study Abroad
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    Spend a semester or academic year in the charming and captivating city of Granada, Spain. Earn up to 15 credits through...
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  • SPI Study Abroad
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    SPI's Spanish immersion program in Santander gives high school students the opportunity to experience Spain from an insider'...
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    This program has been rated exceedingly supportive by 5+ reviewers.
  • IFSA Butler
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    With its multicultural atmosphere, Barcelona offers a thriving food, music and entertainment scene. Whether you want to...
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  • CEA Study Abroad in Spain
    CEA
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    Stylish. Cosmopolitan. Stunning. There are many reasons why Barcelona is CEA's most popular destination -- come explore them...
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  • Arcadia Study Abroad
    Explore the beautiful and cosmopolitan city of Barcelona, and learn about globalization from a European perspective. In...
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  • Plaza Mayor in Salamanca
    ISA
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    Study abroad with ISA in Salamanca, Spain, at the University of Salamanca. This is the first program ISA ever offered, back...
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    This program has been rated exceedingly supportive by 5+ reviewers.