Study Abroad in Spain Summer 2018

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The home of bullfights, Flamenco, and tapas, Spain is one of the best countries to study in during the summer. As feisty and spicy as its Latin origins, Spain is one of the warmest European countries and has some of the best beaches and fiestas in all of Europe.

Studying in Spain during the summer means really being a part of something exciting: history, culture, cuisine, but also spending weekends soaking up the sunshine. It's also a chance to spend a month (or three) fully immersed in Spanish and come home speaking like a pro.

The academics are well-respected, the programs are well-established, and hey, it’s glamorous, beautiful, and full of friendly people. What more could a student want? Go, find your summer study abroad program in Spain.

For summer study abroad in Spain, there are two main options: Spanish immersion programs and educational travel. For students who have a strong enough level of Spanish, you might also be able to participate in a combo study-internship abroad or attend summer courses at a Spanish university.

The last option that students will have, which doesn't always require much fluency in Spanish, would be a short-term study abroad program that has an academic focus other than language. For example, there's Berklee’s Summer program in music and business and technology and Schiller Madrid’s program in international relations and diplomacy.

Visas

Since most summer study abroad programs in Spain last fewer than a month -- but definitely less than 90 days -- you won't need a student visa as an American or Canadian student. You can enter and participate in your program with a tourist visa.

If you plan on doing any traveling before or after your study abroad program, make sure that, if on a tourist visa, you don't spend more than 90 days in the EU in total (between both your travels and your study abroad program).

Where to Go

Spain is a vast and varied country with as many regional differences as there are countries in Europe. There is the unique and ancient Basque culture along the Pyrenees. You can also explore Moorish influence in the south, Castilla, Madrid, and La Mancha, in the center, and, of course, the vibrant Catalonia capital, Barcelona.

Costs

Spain is a relatively affordable country as far as Western European nations go. Expect to budget about $30 USD per day after housing and program fees.

Housing

If you need to independently arrange housing while you're abroad, UniPlaces is one place to start looking.

Packing Tips

For a summer trip to Spain, try to stick to one carry-on and one checked bag or one carry-on and one personal item. I can't stress this enough: don't overpack -- especially if you want to travel after your trip.

Secondly, leave hair straighteners and blow dryers at home. The different voltage used in Spain will just fry them. Instead, do without or pick up a cheap one abroad.

In cities such as Madrid or Barcelona, people tend to wear dressier clothes. In southern cities or beach towns, the dress is much more casual. Make sure the clothes you bring can be worn in dressier and casual settings.

When visiting cathedrals or religious sites, bring a shawl or light cardigan, as bare shoulders are not accepted. Spaniards get fairly dressed up when hitting the town at night, so bring appropriate night attire. While summer in Spain will certainly toast its visitors, there is no reason for you to leave your home in flip-flops. These are viewed as indoor shoes, so invest in a cute pair of sandals, flats, or tennis shoes.

There are no special health considerations to be aware of while studying in Spain.

Though pretty safe, students should be aware of pickpocketing and theft while in Spain. Do not leave your bags hanging on the back of chairs while you're at an outside cafe, and avoid putting your wallet in your back pocket. Be especially vigilant on crowded public transportation, like the train in Madrid.

Petty theft is more of an issue in larger cities than small towns.

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ISA (International Studies Abroad)
Study abroad next summer with ISA at the Menéndez Pelayo International University (UIMP) in Santander, Spain! The university...

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CEA Study Abroad
Study or intern in the heart of Al-Andalus culture: Seville. This small city offers a down-to-earth lifestyle and a relaxed a...

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IES Abroad
Make this summer an unforgettable one when you study abroad in Madrid. Spend your afternoon studying with top-notch professor...
CIEE
MORE CHOICE, FLEXIBILITY, AND SPECIAL SAVINGS! Make the most of your summer. CIEE summer programs offer features you won’t fi...

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API
Academic Programs International (API) invites you to study in Madrid, Spain at Universidad Nebrija for a semester, academic y...

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ISA (International Studies Abroad)
International Studies Abroad (ISA) offers this exciting program in Barcelona, Spain. With four different schools to choose fr...

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Berklee College of Music, Valencia Campus
The Spain Summer Study Abroad program provides an opportunity for both Berklee and non-Berklee students from around the world...

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ISA (International Studies Abroad)
Sevilla, the capital of Andalusia, is the fourth-largest city in Spain and offers students opportunities to explore Spain's c...

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GEO Study Abroad
Spanish immersion programs are designed for intermediate and advanced level Spanish language students. All courses are taught...

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Linguistic Horizons
Fully immerse yourself in the Spanish language in the beach town of La Coruña, Spain! Take Spanish courses for academic credi...

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CEA Study Abroad
Barcelona, Spain’s second-largest city, features a cosmopolitan atmosphere, a temperate climate, marvelous art, and fantastic...

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Adelante Abroad
Beautiful Seville, Spain awaits! Take your Spanish language skills to the next level at this majestic Spanish destination. Se...

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AIFS Study Abroad
Earn up to 11 credits studying Spanish in the picturesque city of Salamanca, Spain over the course of 3, 4, 6, 8 or 10 weeks....

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Schiller International University Madrid
Political and economic problems today transcend international boundaries: Schiller International University’s Bachelor Degree...

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SPI Study Abroad
SPI Study Abroad's two Spanish immersion programs in Santander and San Sebastian gives high school students the opportunity t...