• Spain
    • Barcelona
    • Madrid
    • Seville
    • Palma de Mallorca
2 - 52 weeks

Program Details

Program Type
Academic Year Fall Spring Summer
Host Family Hotel


Price Details
Get more for every dollar when you study abroad with CIEE! High School Summer, Semester and Gap programs include Classes, Housing, 3 Meals/Day, Cultural Activities and Excursions, Comprehensive Medical and Travel Protection and 24/7 On-site Support.

There are no hidden charges or surprises when you arrive!

Scholarship opportunities are available for high school summer programs.
What's Included
Accommodation Some Activities Travel Insurance
Jun 17, 2024
May 23, 2023
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About Program

Perfect your flamenco moves in Seville, live like a Spaniard in Madrid, relax at the beach in Barcelona, or explore the biodiversity of the Mediterranean Sea in Mallorca. Spain will amaze you with its culture, historic landmarks, delicious food and amazing lifestyle. CIEE High School Summer Abroad programs improve your Spanish skills, whether you're a beginner or more advanced Spanish learner.

Scholarship opportunities are available for summer abroad in Spain!

CIEE offers you a chance to experience Spain for longer too through the High School Semester Abroad program and Gap year abroad program!

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Program Highlights

  • Native teachers, expert instructors and reputable, well-established public or private high schools
  • Credentials for your college applications and résumé
  • 24/7 support from CIEE program leader and in-country CIEE staff members

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Program Reviews

4.66 Rating
based on 82 reviews
  • 5 rating 67.07%
  • 4 rating 31.71%
  • 3 rating 1.22%
  • 2 rating 0%
  • 1 rating 0%
  • Growth 4.4
  • Support 4.15
  • Fun 4.65
  • Housing 4.6
  • Safety 4.55
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Yes, I recommend this program

Summer in Madrid, Spain

My summer in Madrid was quite a change from my normal summer routine. I lived right next to a well-known and very calm park. El Retiro was such an amazing park to spend hours in, I did indeed spend hours sitting on benches watching people and little cute dogs go by. I also got to explore the city with CIEE with friends, and by myself which I would have never done where I live in the USA. I also got to go out of the city and see towns with beautiful beaches or historical landmarks and castles. I got to try new foods that would never have crossed my path. And I got recipes for some dishes to make when I got back home. I got to experience the fun daytime of Madrid, and the amazing nightlife of the city. I had gone to Madrid in Session 1, at the start there was rain, hail, and fogginess in the city. However, by the end of the session, the weather's temperature would start going up. I would recommend going to Madrid in Session 1 if the heat may be a problem for some.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
One thing that I would like to have changed would have been to explore more of Madrid in the first few weeks of the program. I had gone out to explore Madrid when CIEE had activities, and I did explore a bit after. But I wish I had gone out much more, Madrid is such a large city with many landmarks, places, and restaurants to visit. I would recommend to go visit every place in the short time given, which I should have done in the first few weeks.
  • Making new friends
  • Trying new amazing foods
  • Getting to explore beautiful places (Parks)
  • Dealing with home sickness
  • Changing sleep schedule because of late dinners and sobremesa
  • Having to deal with occasional delays in transportation (Normally taking metro and bus in Madrid)
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Nothing short of amazing!

What a wonderful experience!! Everything from the host family/accommodations to the community, acotó cited and support. All of it top tier. I would highly reccomend CIEE Seville to anyone. The program was highly organized and I definitely made some of the best memories of my entire life here! I don’t know what the vetting process they do for the host families, but I got an absolutely perfect fit— lifelong family!! If you’re looking for a good experience in Spain, look no further. This is the trip for you.

  • Personal growth
  • Wonderful connections
  • Wonderful place
  • There are no cons!
70 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

CIEE High School Abroad Sevilla Spain

I attended CIEE's High School Abroad program in Sevilla, Spain for the academic year of my junior in 2017-2018. I went with my brother Benjamin. We both stayed in different home stays and towns, but this experience together was so rewarding. I met some of my best friends at my Spanish high school, and still consider them best friends to this day. I was able to travel to 5 countries, and met so many new people along the way. I became very close with my host family, and they treated me like their own. I became very proficient in Spanish, and CIEE supported me along the way with any need I had. CIEE really pushed me to become immersed in the culture and my community, and always had resources for when I needed a little extra comfort.

  • Travel
  • Language Immerson
  • Growth
  • Some homesickness
92 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Best Month of My Life

Studying abroad for a month in Barcelona has been a dream. To be fully immersed in the Spanish language and culture taught me more than textbooks ever could. My confidence and fluency in Spanish have grown, and I feel I have learned a lot about myself as well. Spanish culture and history are amazing, and it was super interesting to visit all the most famous places in and around the city. I've made memories and friends here I will never forget. Thank you so much CIEE for this amazing opportunity!

  • Improves your language skills
  • Stunning city
  • Unique experience
  • Heat
101 people found this review helpful.
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everything was great

everything was amazing- 10/10 would do again. I was able to experience pretty places, appreciate the culture and sharpen my language skills all while relaxing and learning about marine biology. My favorite part was traveling to the different beaches, especially alcudia and flomentor to see the clear water and sea life. the mountains are also beautiful and not busy at all which makes it even more enjoyable for a tourist like myself. Lastly i was able to build a really meaningful relationship with my host mom

107 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

4 weeks in Alicante, Spain!

I had an incredible time in Alicante over the summer. I grew a lot in both personally, in my own independence, and in my Spanish-speaking skills. Alicante is incredible. The school where we attended classes was a 5-minute walk to the beach. Every afternoon there was some activity planned, like doing a city bike tour or beach volleyball, and every day it was different. On the weekends there would be bigger outings planned, such as spending a day visiting castles and waterfalls.
Alicante isn't a really well-known city, which was initially unappealing to me, but I think it was a better choice than a big city would've been. We had a weekend trip to Madrid, and I realized that being in a bigger city had a lot of potential for things to go wrong... a lot more theft and crime occurs in more prevalent cities.
The classes were intriguing and my professor was really fun and made class actually appealing. I liked that we not only learned about the language but also about the culture of the place we were staying in. Often, our afternoon activities would be catered to what we were learning about in class, which made my learning experience so fascinating. I'd taken 3 years of Spanish prior to the trip, (the requirement is at least 2) which I thought would suffice, but it really wasn't enough. A lot of the 40 kids on the program were nearly fluent, having spoken it from childhood. And instead of there being 4 different levels of class intensities as advertised, there were 3 classes: 2 for advanced kids and 1 for not-advanced, like me:). So for that reason I'd recommend 3+ years of Spanish unless you regularly speak it. Without a roommate with me in my host home, I would've had an extremely difficult time trying to communicate with my host mom. Having someone who also spoke English kept me sane when I didn't understand anything.
After class each day, you'd go home for lunch with your host family and take a siesta, which would be a couple hours of downtime, where you could really do whatever you wanted: do your homework, take a nap, watch Netflix, go to the beach, go shopping, etc. The siestas were some of my favorite times on the program because it gave me time to just chill out, especially when we had busy days, or do something with my friends. But I was really impressed with CIEE for the level of planning and preparedness they orchestrated for our afternoon activities and weekend outings. There would always be a perfect balance between downtime/free time and planned activities.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
1) Request a roommate. I'm a bit more introverted, and I didn't think I would want a roommate, but having one made the trip SO much better. I always had someone to walk back to the house with after classes, and it made communication with Spanish speakers a lot easier when we could tag-team something we didn't understand. If you're super confident in your language skills, then you can go solo.
2) ALSO, don't book flights with FlightFox. CIEE will recommend it if you choose a group flight, but it is NOT WORTH IT. I was on an individual flight to JFK and then on a group flight to Madrid and then Alicante, but because of weather issues we were rerouted to Atlanta halfway to JFK, and I missed both my connections. I had to rebook the flights for full price, and wait 24 hours in JFK. I had even used the insurance that CIEE recommended (iNext), which says it covers that, but now it's November and we're still disputing the claims. So, moral of the story, don't use FlightFox. Book on your own. Unless you're really on a budget, because FlightFox will literally get the worst airlines ever. AirEuropa, what they booked me on, landed me not being passed by customs coming back to the US because they had put my name in wrong and said I was 19, not 16. Just... so bad. Another airline we went on refused to let a girl on our program board because the flight was full, yet she had bought a ticket... so she had to wait 16 hours for the next flight. Don't use FlightFox!! Save yourself the pain.
135 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

The Summer of a Lifetime

My time in Palma was a life-changing experience, and I would recommend it to anybody considering applying. The island is simply breathtaking and I found the locals to be extremely friendly. I remember one instance where a friend and I spoke with a woman for over a half hour who told us about some of the island's history and even showed us pictures of her family. My favorite experience was during El Día de San Juan, when I witnessed the craziest, most vibrant display of pyrotechnics I have ever seen from the Dimonis of the Correfoc. One thing I should note is that the program is very structured, so it may not be the number one choice for those looking for a largely flexible trip. All said, it was truly incredible and I wouldn't change a thing!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Make every moment count, because a month flies by.
135 people found this review helpful.
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The Best Experience I've Ever Had

This entire program was full of fun and informative learning! You get to explore a new region in the world as well as learn about specific topics in marine science, and completing work outside on research and projects in the classroom. I gained a lot from this program, in social skills, academic knowledge, and appreciation for our natural planet. I truly believe that you will not find any experience quite like studying abroad, especially with CIEE. Their staff are all really nice, and extremely helpful and responsive. They're also fun-loving! Please consider studying abroad with CIEE, they are one of the best companies for traveling and exploring the world! CIEE would ensure that your study abroad experience is the best it can be, and they work hard to bring unique opportunities to high school and college students!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Always, always, ALWAYS be open to new people. Making great friends is one of the best feelings while studying abroad, learning among people that you can relate with makes the experience so much better!
118 people found this review helpful.

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