Let Spain’s friendly atmosphere and rich blend of cultures teach you how to make the most of life. Immerse yourself in Spanish language and cultures by living with a host family and attending a local high school. This is the best way to develop fluency in Spanish language and customs.
People live life to the fullest in Spain. But, not in a hurried way. Instead, Spaniards tend to take their time to enjoy and absorb the world and people around them. You’ll savor long, multi-course meals, wander intriguing villages, and explore charming cities. Depending on the region, locals might speak Catalan, Basque, Galician, or Valencian along with Spanish. The ethnicities and nationalities associated with these languages offer a diverse range of cultures. Still, what people in Spain tend to have in common is their affectionate nature. You’ll see that the bonds they form are strong and long-lasting.
Summer language: This four-week program in Malaga, Spain is designed to provide an intensive Spanish language learning experience through both formal study and first-hand cultural experience. You will have the unique opportunity to grow close with students from around the world by living together on a high school campus. The school has to main buildings: a new one and an elder one, named to be “Best monument of minor Art of Malaga City” and designed by the architect Casto Fernández Shaw. All parts of the ancient architectural buildings are reproductions of the Gothic Style, incl. the big chapel within the residence. The program includes 80 hours of Spanish language classes (4 hours per day, 5 days per week). Classes take place on campus, and are taught professional language teachers. Beginner Spanish speakers are welcome. Your Spanish-speaking ability will be evaluated at the beginning of the program to ensure that your own classes are suited to your needs as much as possible.
Summer global prep: This summer, join the AFS Group Program in Spain for a two-week international culture program. This exciting excursion will introduce you to some of the highlights of Spanish culture. With tentative visits to Madrid, Seville, Granada, and Málaga's Costa del Sol in the works, there's something for everyone. You will have the opportunity to stay with a host family while in Spain. By spending time with your family in the evenings and on weekends, you will have the opportunity to further improve your language learning and learn about local cultures. This immersion offers a unique way to skyrocket your learning by placing it in immediate context. Your learning will not be limited to books, but rather will be a part of every aspect of your life throughout your 2 weeks in Spain.
- Immerse yourself in the Spanish language - the best way to become fluent in the second most-spoken language in the world.
- Live with a host family to deepen your immersion and connection to Spanish culture. If you’re like most AFSers, you won’t want to leave this second family and home.
- Experience the vibrant street culture of Spain and sample traditional Spanish cuisine like tapas.
- Make connections and memories you'll never forget with other AFS exchange students from all over the world.
- Become a global citizen. Gain intercultural communication skills. Build your college and career resume. Help create a more peaceful, understanding world.
AFS-USA Grants & Scholarships
The opportunity to study abroad should be available to everyone, regardless of their financial means. Annually, we award scholarships to about half of our study abroad students.