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SPI Study Abroad

About

SPI Study Abroad offers high school language immersion, volunteer service, and cultural leadership summer programs in Spain, France, Italy, Costa Rica, Mexico, and China.

The five essential elements of SPI programs include total language immersion, college credit courses, homestay experience, cultural excursions & activities, and quality on-site leadership and staff. In addition to developing fluency in a language, students who study abroad in high school build cultural awareness, independence, self-confidence and other life-enriching skills that help them gain a competitive edge for college and future job opportunities.

SPI Study Abroad is committed to providing the most personalized service by maintaining smaller group sizes and working closely with students, teachers and families throughout their entire high school study abroad experience.

Founded
1996
Headquarters

11149 Research Blvd. Suite 100
Austin, TX 78759
United States

Reviews

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Barbara
10/10

SPI offered a unique and extraordinary combination of a homestay experience in a city that is small enough for students to learn their way around town on their own, along with morning classes taught by excellent teachers and afternoon culture events. A housing problem came up the week before the program began and while I spent the week wondering and worrying, the terrific SPI staff handled the problem and set up the homestay we were counting on. They earned my respect and the highest recommendation for both coming through with an excellent homestay experience as well as for running the overall program with language and culture experiences.

Yes, I recommend
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Jane
10/10

I am so happy to have found SPI! My son's high school uses an online language course and I really felt he was struggling to grasp even the basics of Spanish. I stumbled on SPI through online searching for language programs for high school age kids and signed him up for two weeks in Playa Flamingo (summer of 2016). He had a FANTASTIC time and came back much more confident in his ability to learn and speak Spanish. He enjoyed the program so much that he asked me to sign him up again for the summer of 2017 - for the month long program. Fantastic again! My son loved all the activities and he met so many interesting kids from all over the country. He was quite proud that he learned how to mix concrete. Zip lining, river tubing, exploring the cloud forest, beaches etc. all great fun. I worried that he would not be happy about having to go to language class every afternoon, but it was not a problem for him at all. The teachers were good, the facilities nice and they did a good job keeping things interesting. Plus, the classrooms in Flamingo were air conditioned, which apparently felt nice after a morning in the sun. And what a difference that month made to his Spanish speaking abilities. Wow! I think SPI Costa Rica is a great program, well organized with great staff. Thanks for giving my son two great summer adventures!

Yes, I recommend
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Jake
10/10

I had a great summer with the SPI program in Queretaro! Everyday was full of learning, making new friends, and new adventures! The whole program was very well structured and I found the staff to be very helpful and professional. The town itself, I felt very safe and all the locals are so friendly and inviting. I believe everyone needs to explore the beauty and authenticity of Central Mexico. I cannot wait to go back and have barbacao with my host family and all of the friends I made there!

How can this program be improved?
I can't think of anything really. I enjoyed every minute of it and would definitely do it again if I had the chance.
Yes, I recommend
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Brianna
10/10

My summer trip to San Sebastián, Spain was one of the greatest things I've ever experienced. The city itself is small enough where one doesn't get lost, but at the same time big enough where you never run out of things to do. Another thing I loved about this trip is the interactions with the local spanish people. Whenever I'd walk into a store or restaurant, I was greeted in spanish and forced to use my spanish in real world experiences. Now, I am much better and listening, understanding, and speaking the language more than I would have ever imagined. Lastly, the experience was one of a lifetime. On the two week trip, I met tons of amazing people from all around the world and overall fell in love with the culture and country. Everyday I yearn to go back and live it all over again and highly recommend this program for any high school student hoping to be awed by their world.

Yes, I recommend
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Phoebe
10/10

Initially hesitant, my friend and I stepped off the plane and out of the airport in Madrid, and then traveled to San Sebastian, not exactly sure what to expect, it took my friend and I a little time to adjust. Being the only students in the program at that time who were neither American citizens nor studying in America, the experience was initially a little overwhelming. After all, being fairly well-traveled students, living in Africa, and attending a widely diverse International School, it was a little overwhelming to, for once in a long time, feel like a foreigner. However, in hindsight this feels a little silly, because, despite our natural quietness, and after awkward first interactions melted away, the positive encouragement and friendliness we encountered was very warm and comforting. I even recall being rather suitably dubbed as 'Las timidas', or 'Las tranquilas'! Even though we took a little while to get settled, I found the overall experience immensely rewarding. A mile or so from the beach, and within a fair walking distance of some of the main plazas, he location was utterly stunning and buzzing with life and vibrancy. The classes both interactive and entertaining, there was a healthy balance between attending the school and exploring the culturally rich cities. The experience was a wonderful and utterly raw immersion into the heart of San Sebastian. Seize every opportunity you have to explore this wonderful location, and dive head first into the fusion of lessons and culture.

Yes, I recommend