Location
  • Spain
Length
4 - 26 weeks
Program Tags
Adventure Travel After College Arts College Credit Conservation Cultural Immersion Drama Hands-On Learning Language Immersion Music Post-High School Social Justice +2

Program Details

Activities
Canyoning City Exploring Cycling Dancing Mountain Climbing Sightseeing Surfing Trekking Wine Tasting Yoga Ziplining
Timeframe
Fall Spring
Housing
Host Family Hostel
Primary Language
Spanish
Age Min.
18

Pricing

Starting Price
17400
Price Details
Our Spain By Train program fee is $17,400. This includes:

-Pre-travel preparation: online individual interviews and group meetings
-Onboarding resources: Spanish culture course and language learning subscription
-Access to our online learning & support program and course materials
-Full-board accommodation for the 12 weeks (breakfast, lunch & dinner)
-All transport between locations*
-All classes, workshops and activities
* Does not include travel insurance and airfare

Payment options: to book your place, we require 20% of the program fee. Please contact to us to discuss what payment options are available to you and we can work on an installment payment plan together.
What's Included
Accommodation Activities Airport Transfers Equipment Meals Tour Guide Transportation Wifi
What's Included (Extra)

24/7 support in English and Spanish

What's Not Included
Airfare SIM cards Travel Insurance Visa
Sep 21, 2023
May 24, 2023
36 travelers are looking at this program

About Program

Spain by Train is a 12-week program where you will be immersed in real Spanish culture while you learn Spanish:

-You will visit our capital, Madrid, with its wonderful museums and lively art scene.
-We’ll cycle The Camino de Santiago.
-You’ll take cooking classes in The Basque Country, the foodie centre of the world.
-We will Climb The Picos de Europa, adventure through its canyons and surf the waters of the Atlantic Ocean.
-You’ll discover modernist architecture in Barcelona and learn about sustainable agriculture and marine science in Valencia.
-And you’ll experience flamenco music in Granada, with its World Heritage site, The Alhambra.

Spanish Gap Year will be your trip of a lifetime. You will acquire interpersonal and practical skills that will stand to you for the rest of your life. You’ll travel by train, the most sustainable form of travel, and experience both Spanish homestays & group accommodation.

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Program Highlights

  • Experience Spanish culture with locals
  • Learn Spanish through hands-on experience
  • Visit Madrid, Barcelona, Andalusia, The Camino, Salamanca and The Basque Country
  • 8 College credits from the University of Salamanca
  • Travel Spain by Train: responsible travel

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Program Reviews

4.73 Rating
based on 15 reviews
  • 5 rating 73.33%
  • 4 rating 26.67%
  • 3 rating 0%
  • 2 rating 0%
  • 1 rating 0%
  • Housing 4.9
  • Support 4.7
  • Fun 4.55
  • Value 4.75
  • Safety 4.95
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Leora
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Spanish Gap Year

I’m so, so glad I went on Spanish Gap Year. The friends I made are amazing, and I’ve improved my Spanish ten-fold. The support is incredible, I’ve felt supported every step of the way, even when times became difficult for me. In every city you stay in, you are immersed in the city’s culture, and have the opportunity to meet and connect with locals. You also get to explore languages other than Spanish, such as Basque, Catalan, and Bable. have so many places to stay and people and to see if/when I come back to Spain. Could not recommend it more!

Pros
  • Group bonding
  • Building independence
  • Cultural and language immersion
Cons
  • only 85 days :(
61 people found this review helpful.
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Parker
4/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Spanish Gap Year

Spanish Gap Year was such an incredible experience. Spain is huge and there is so much to see but Spanish Gap Year does an excellent job at covering a wide variety of cultures, regions and cities throughout the three months. Additionally, the program can look and feel different to every student regardless of the group setting because a huge aspect is personal growth, thus the program not only allows but encourages taking initiative in one’s experience. I’d totally recommend this program and additionally Arantxa the leader is amazing!

Pros
  • Comprehensive
  • Sustainable
  • Diverse
Cons
  • Developing
45 people found this review helpful.
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Claire
4/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Spanish Gap Year

This program was a great opportunity to see a wide variety of Spain and experience the different cultures, landscapes, languages, people, and communities. The home-stays provided an incredible experience to really get to know a city and meet a lot of people who I was able to develop strong connections and friendships with. The schedule was a good balance between group activities and free time that provided a good opportunity to explore and do what you want with free time. The city time was packed full and the hostel accommodations were definitely more compact than time in home-stays but it was a good balance.

Pros
  • Very structured travel plans
  • Strong immersion for Spanish learning
  • Good overview of many regions and visit many famous landmarks.
Cons
  • Urbany hostel (but we weren’t supposed to stay there)
44 people found this review helpful.
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Dylan
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Spanish Gap Year: Spain by train

Spanish Gap Year is the best way to see Spain, learn about there culture, also while improving or learn Spanish. Being able to live in around a dozen different places in Spain with people with very different backgrounds and lifestyle is a once in a lifetime opportunity. This trip also pushed my comfort levels in a good way and also gave a great opportunity to grow as a person. This program also gave me the chance to make friends that I talk to every day months after the program ended. I’m very glad I went on this trip and I recommend the same for everyone else.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would focus and push my self more to learn Spanish
45 people found this review helpful.
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Bryce
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Spanish Gap Year changed my life by showing me totally new things

If you have the opportunity to go, take it! I could have never planned to experience Spain on the level we were able to. I say this because in every area we went to, we were led by locals who were passionate about their homes and very happy to share their culture/experience with us. Whether it was mountain biking, surfing, cooking classes, or guided tours…you can tell every activity and excursion is planned with intention. We didn’t just have fun; we were also given moments to reflect, bond as a group, and expand our perspectives. I carry some of my experiences from the trip into my day-to-day life now that I’m home and I can easily say that I miss it.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
During one of our cooking classes we made a dish using squids and we baked them in their ink. Pretty different for me but it wasn’t bad!
42 people found this review helpful.
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Joey
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Exceptional experience, completely different

I felt very cared for by most of the team, all adventures and locations where we stayed were safe and enjoyable. Food was great although you will have to cook for yourself! Which is a great skill to learn over a gap year. Group mates were nice. Spanish experience was incredible and super educational, if you’re looking for an in depth Spanish culture program it’s definitely something to look for. There’s truly nothing else like it. The combination of Spanish education, cultural education, art and history education, sustainability and travel is insane and the price (although a bit high) is worth it for 3 months of travel

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
We did this amazing canyoning trip and had to jump into ice cold water, slide down slippery rocks and see some amazing views and waterfalls.
33 people found this review helpful.
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Ella
4/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Review of Spain by Train

This was a fun program where I was able to learn a lot of Spanish very quickly along with exploring almost the entirety of Spain. It was very fast paced but we were able to do and learn a lot. I would recommend it for someone with a love for learning history, language, and culture and a love for adventure. We visited many cathedrals and historical sites, as well as participating in exchanges with Spanish locals, as well as attending a few classes while living with host families. It was a program that really encompassed every single thing to do abroad in one.

42 people found this review helpful.

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