• Spain
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

Canyoning City Exploring Cycling Dancing Mountain Climbing Sightseeing Surfing Trekking Wine Tasting Yoga
Fall Spring
Host Family Hostel Sleeper Train
Primary Language
Age Min.


Starting Price
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
Feb 26, 2022
Jul 24, 2022
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About Program

Spanish Gap Year a 12-week program where you will be immersed in REAL Spanish culture while you learn Spanish. You'll travel by train with our local Spanish guides:

-You will visit our capital, Madrid, with its wonderful museums and Picasso’s iconic Guernica painting.
-We’ll cycle or walk 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, kayak through their 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.

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Program Highlights

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

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Program Reviews

4.79 Rating
based on 14 reviews
  • 5 rating 78.57%
  • 4 rating 21.43%
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  • Housing 4.95
  • Support 4.65
  • Fun 4.65
  • Value 4.75
  • Safety 4.95
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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!

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22 people found this review helpful.
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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.

  • Very structured travel plans
  • Strong immersion for Spanish learning
  • Good overview of many regions and visit many famous landmarks.
  • Urbany hostel (but we weren’t supposed to stay there)
20 people found this review helpful.
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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
23 people found this review helpful.
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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!
21 people found this review helpful.
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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.
17 people found this review helpful.
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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.

20 people found this review helpful.

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