A bilingual American High School in beautiful Northwest Spain

Chester College International School

About

Our school is located in the beautiful, historic city of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, Northwest Spain. Amazing beaches are just 30 minutes away, and we are home to the best food in all of Spain! We are a bilingual American high school, and students study towards receiving their American High School Diploma as well as Spanish qualifications. Our classes are small (typically 7-10 students) and everyone gets a lot of personal attention. Any credits you take with us can transfer automatically to any American school. If you want to learn Spanish and experience living in a unique and authentic area of Spain then we could be for you!

As well as the High School option we also run an International Spanish Camp in July.

Registration for the Spanish International Summer Camp is now open!

We are excited to announce that we are now accepting registrations for the Spanish International Summer Camp! You find out more and sign up here: https://www.chestercollege.org/summer-camps/spanish-summer-camp/
Founded
1985

Reviews

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Elsa
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

This camp is a great way to learn Spanish or english as people are always speaking in both languages. We also have 4 hour lessons in the morning were we can learn a lot. We have some fun activities afterwards and sometimes go on excursions as well. There even is a swimming pool, a football pitch and a basketball pitch in the college. At the end of the 4 week sessions there is a play in english and the Spanish narrators have to speak in Spanish to explain what is happening. It takes place in a very big theater and it is very fun !! This time we played Aladdin based on the new movie that went out with Will Smith. During the play, there is also dancing and singing and the song are beautiful. The end of the camp is always very sad and everyone was crying in the morning of the last day whilst singing the songs.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
The most nerve racking moment was when everyone was leaving for the second week and everyone was crying. Since I was a 4 week camper, I saw people leave and new people arrive to replace them.
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Tadhg
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

This camp is a great way to learn spanish or english as people are always speaking in both languages. We also have 4 hour lessons in the morning were we can learn a lot. We have some fun activities afterwards and sometimes go on excursions as well. There even is a swimmimg pool, a football pitch and a basketball pitch in the college. At the end of the 4 week sessions there is a play in english and the spanish narrators have to speak in spanish to explain what is happening. It takes place in a very big theater and it is very fun !! This time we played Aladdin based on the new movie that went out with Will Smith. During the play, there is also dancing and singing and the song are beautiful. The end of the camp is always very sad and everyone was crying in the morning of the last day whilst singing the songs.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
The most nerve racking moment was when everyone was leaving for the second week and everyone was crying. Since I was a 4 week camper, I saw people leave and new people arrive to replace them.
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Tadhg
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I loved the spanish course. It was a great experience and i believe other people should try it too. Santiago is a great place with plenty of fun things to do during the summer. We went on many excursions with the other kids in the english and we even went on some class trips with only the people from our class. We visited many beautiful places throughout Galicia. The spanish course in itself was quite good and my spanish greatly improved by the end of the month. The teachers in the camp are all very nice and are a lot of help. They provide us with pretty good living areas and the food is quite good too. This has been my fourth year doing the camp and i really enjoyed it. I made loads of great friends here and had a great time with them in the camp and the residence and i can't wait to see them all next year.

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Rosa
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I loved Santiago! I wanted to choose an area of Spain that was far away from all of the tourists in the Costa del Sol and that's exactly what I got. Santiago is such a beautiful city! The Spanish camp was awesome - the classes were really small so we had lots of help from the teacher and I improved loads over the month.
We also did lots of our lessons offsite - going to the local market to learn the names of the food an practicing ordering drinks for real in a cafe was lots of fun. At the site (Chester College) the Spanish camp was held at the same time as a big English camp for Spanish students, so I made lots of friends from Spain which was cool and it helped me with my Spanish as I could practice with them (some of them were my roommates too). At the end of the camp we all put on a big theater production to showcase our work which was fun, I think it helped to have something to work towards.
We went on about 3 trips a week - often to beaches or nice countryside. The beaches were so beautiful! Also I hate the extreme heat, and in Santiago it was a really nice temperature (about 25-30ºC) which was perfect for me. I would definitely recommend this camp. Oh and the food was delicious too!
PS - I liked it so much I decided to come back to do a year abroad at their international school :-)

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
At the end of the camp we did a the theatre performance I was a narrator and had to talk in Spanish in front of a crowd of about 100 people or more. I was so nervous! But I did it and afterwards I was really pleased that I had managed to overcome my fear :-)
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Rosa
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I decided to come to Chester College after taking part in their Spanish summer camp a few summers in a row. I had an amazing year and loved Santiago! I studied 10th grade there as I decided I wanted to improve my Spanish. The classes were really small so I got a lot of help, and I had a Spanish lesson every day so I could improve really quickly. When my level was good enough, I started getting other subjects through Spanish as well like Maths and Science. The teachers are all really nice and give you lots of support if you don't know something. They also helped me to think about my university choices and what career I might be interested in.
I liked living in the residence - I shared a room with a Spanish girl and the monitor was really nice - she was from Spain too. At the weekend we went on trips and went to the beach in the summer. The food was really nice too!
I would definitely recommend this to anyone who wants to study abroad and do well in all their normal subjects but also get fluent in Spanish and experience living in another culture.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
I liked trying all the interesting food from Galicia and probably the weirdest thing I ate was octopus! I didn't like it the first time I tried it but after a few times it grew on me and now I think it's delicious - I dragged my parents to a Spanish restaurant when I got home and made them try it!

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