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Study in Spain
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During your time in Spain, you will live with a host family and attend a local high school.

PROGRAM DEPARTURE RETURN FULL TUITION
2025 Fall Year Early September Late June $17,095
  • Placement with a host family
  • Enrollment in a local Spanish high school
  • Airport transfers
  • Domestic and international-travel
  • All pre-departure and post-arrival orientations
  • Pre-program support by trained YFU staff
  • Support from a YFU Spain Area Representative while on program
  • Comprehensive insurance

Spanish schools are academically challenging. You’ll find yourself taking courses with students preparing for university education. Exchange students are usually placed in an “Instituto” and will have eight compulsory subjects, four of which are common to all students, while the rest are specific to the learning track you choose. You can choose from five tracks: art, natural science and health, humanities, social studies, or technology. Most schools offer sciences, humanities, and social sciences, while very few have the art and technology path (there are usually special schools for Art or Technology). Most exchange students choose the social sciences track, as it is the most interesting for them and has the greatest variety of subjects. You’ll learn about Spanish history and literature, have the chance to work on language fluency, and maybe even study one of the regional languages (if your host family lives in an area where there is a co-official language)— Basque, Catalan, Galician, or Valencian.

Please note: Students may not be able to receive a transcript or a record of grades. Some schools can issue a certificate of attendance. Placement in a particular grade level, credit, or graduation cannot be guaranteed.

All students applying for the year program must be available for a mandatory 3-day National Pre-Departure Orientation*, which usually takes place in mid-July or early-mid December (for Spring programs). This orientation is a required part of the program aimed at preparing students for their experience overseas.

*Due to COVID-19, the 3-day National Pre-Departure Orientation described above may take place online, dependent upon recommended guidelines at the time of the event. YFU will continue to assess the situation as it develops.

  • 2025 Fall Departures: Students born September 1, 2007 – March 1, 2010
  • Due to visa regulations, students who have graduated prior to the start of their exchange will not be considered for admission
  • Students who do not meet this age requirement will be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis

Spanish. No previous language study is required.

Host family placement is throughout the country in both cities and rural areas.

Most family members share the responsibility for household tasks like keeping the house clean and preparing dinner. Your new family would love for you to ask how you can help. They look forward to dinnertime with you so they can ask how your day was.

YFU also offers a Fall and Spring Semester option to study on exchange in Spain. Students will be enrolled in public schools that follow a Semester system, where they will have a choice of science or humanities subjects. Students in the Semester program are likely able to receive final grades from their host schools.

PROGRAM DEPARTURE RETURN FULL TUITION
2025 Spring Semester Early January Late June $16,095
2025 Fall Semester Early September Late January $16,095
  • Placement with a host family
  • Enrollment in a local Spanish high school
  • Airport transfers
  • Domestic and international travel
  • All pre-departure and post-arrival orientations
  • Pre-program support by trained YFU staff
  • Support from a YFU Spain Area Representative while on program
  • Comprehensive insurance

Spanish schools are academically challenging. You’ll find yourself taking courses with students preparing for university education. Exchange students are usually placed in an “Instituto” and will have eight compulsory subjects, four of which are common to all students, while the rest are specific to the learning track you choose. You can choose from five tracks: art, natural science and health, humanities, social studies, or technology. Most schools offer sciences, humanities, and social sciences, while very few have the art and technology path (there are usually special schools for Art or Technology). Most exchange students choose the social sciences track, as it is the most interesting for them and has the greatest variety of subjects. You’ll learn about Spanish history and literature, have the chance to work on language fluency, and maybe even study one of the regional languages (if your host family lives in an area where there is a co-official language)— Basque, Catalan, Galician, or Valencian.

Please note: Students may not be able to receive a transcript or a record of grades. Some schools are able to issue a certificate of attendance. Placement in a particular grade level, credit, or graduation cannot be guaranteed.

All students applying for the year program must be available for a mandatory 3-day National Pre-Departure Orientation*, which usually takes place in mid-July or early to mid-December (for Spring programs). This orientation is a required part of the program aimed at preparing students for their experience overseas.

*Due to COVID-19, the 3-day National Pre-Departure Orientation described above may take place online, dependent upon recommended guidelines at the time of the event. YFU will continue to assess the situation as it develops.

  • 2025 Fall Departures: Students born September 1, 2007 – March 1, 2010
  • 2025 Spring Departures: Students born December 31, 2006 – December 31, 2009
  • Due to visa regulations, students who have graduated prior to the start of their exchange will not be considered for admission.
  • Students who do not meet this age requirement will be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis.

Spanish. No previous language study is required.

Host family placement is throughout the country in both cities and rural areas.

Most family members share the responsibility for household tasks like keeping the house clean and preparing dinner. Your new family would love for you to ask how you can help. They look forward to dinnertime with you, so they can ask how your day was.

YFU also offers a Spring and Fall Trimester option to study on exchange in Spain. Students will be enrolled in public schools that follow a trimester system, where they will have a choice of science or humanities subjects. Students attending the trimester program are likely able to receive final grades from their host schools.

PROGRAM DEPARTURE RETURN FULL TUITION
2025 Spring Short Term/Trimester Early February Late April $13,995
2025 Fall Short Term/Trimester Early September Early December $13,995
  • Placement with a host family
  • Enrollment in a local Spanish high school
  • Airport transfers
  • Domestic and international travel
  • All pre-departure and post-arrival orientations
  • Pre-program support by trained YFU staff
  • Support from a YFU Spain Area Representative while on program
  • Comprehensive insurance

Spanish schools are academically challenging. You’ll find yourself taking courses with students who are preparing themselves for university education. Exchange students are usually placed in an “Instituto” and will have eight compulsory subjects, four of which are common to all students, while the rest are specific to the learning track you choose. You can choose from five tracks: art, natural science and health, humanities, social studies, or technology. Most schools offer sciences, humanities, and social sciences, while very few have the art and technology path (there are usually special schools for Art or Technology). Most exchange students choose the social sciences track, as it is the most interesting for them and has the greatest variety of subjects. You’ll learn about Spanish history and literature, have the chance to work on language fluency, and maybe even study one of the regional languages (if your host family lives in an area where there is a co-official language)— Basque, Catalan, Galician, or Valencian.

Please note: Students may not be able to receive a transcript or a record of grades. Some schools are able to issue a certificate of attendance. Placement in a particular grade level, credit, or graduation cannot be guaranteed.

All students applying for the year program must be available for a mandatory 3-day National Pre-Departure Orientation*, which usually takes place in mid-July or early-mid December (for Spring programs). This orientation is a required part of the program aimed at preparing students for their experience overseas.

*Due to COVID-19, the 3-day National Pre-Departure Orientation described above may take place online, dependent upon recommended guidelines at the time of the event. YFU will continue to assess the situation as it develops.

  • 2025 Spring Departures: Students born December 31, 2006 – December 31, 2009
  • 2025 Fall Departures: Students born September 1, 2007 – March 1, 2010
  • Students who do not meet this age requirement or will graduate from high school before the start of their program will not be considered for admission.

Spanish. No previous language study is required.

Host family placement is throughout the country in both cities and rural areas.

Most family members share the responsibility for household tasks like keeping the house clean and preparing dinner. Your new family would love for you to ask how you can help. They look forward to dinnertime with you so they can ask how your day was.

If you want to learn Spanish, there’s no better place than Spain, especially through this long-running YFU program!

This intensive four-week program offers Spanish (Castilian) classes and a full itinerary of activities in Santander, a beautiful seaside beach town in the north of Spain. Stay with a host family while enjoying group activities with other students, including hiking and boating, art and dance classes, city tours, and museum visits. A day trip to Bilbao is also planned, with a visit to its famous Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. There’s plenty of free time to explore Santander at your own pace, discovering its many lovely gardens and parks, charming old churches, outdoor markets, small shops, and pleasant cafes. On the weekends, you might enjoy beach time with your host family, attend a local festival, play sports, go to the movies, and enjoy delicious dinners late into the night.

In addition to living with a host family, during past summers, students have had the opportunity to discover the riches of history and culture that Spain has to offer on excursions to places like the Magdalena Palace Peninsula, the charming ninth-century village of Santillana del Mar, and an optional bullfight. Participants may also spend their days going to museums, an aquarium, a planetarium, and botanical gardens. In addition, many exciting activities are planned during your stay in Santander, including salsa and merengue dance lessons, an art class, traditional dinners, shopping in the many city markets, and Roman Route hiking.

Beyond the included Spanish classes, participants may choose to add an optional intensive course in soccer, sailing, or cooking, subject to availability, at an additional cost.

PROGRAM DEPARTURE RETURN FULL TUITION
2025 Summer Program Late June Late July $8,995
  • Placement with a host family
  • Enrollment in Spanish classes
  • Airport transfers
  • Domestic and international travel
  • All pre-departure and post-arrival orientations
  • Pre-program support by trained YFU staff
  • Support from a representative in Spain while on the program
  • Comprehensive insurance
  • Summer 2025 Departures: Students born December 31, 2007 – September 29, 2010
  • Students who do not meet this age requirement or will graduate from high school before the start of the summer program will be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis.

Spanish. No previous language study is required. Students will have Spanish language classes throughout their summer exchange.

All host families are located in Santander for the Summer Language and Culture Program.

Most family members share the responsibility for household tasks like keeping the house clean and preparing dinner. Your new family would love for you to ask how you can help. They look forward to dinnertime with you so they can ask how your day was.

Subject to change

Day 1: Arrive in Spain and transfer to Santander. Meet your host family.
Days 2-3: Spend the weekend getting to know your host family and the local area.
Day 4: Welcome orientation and afternoon at the beach.
Day 5: Spanish classes and city tour.
Day 6: Visit and tour of local historic sites and afternoon at the beach.
Day 7: Art workshop and afternoon at the beach.
Day 8: Day trip to Bilbao, including Guggenheim Museum and shopping.
Days 9-10: Free weekend with your host family.
Day 11: Spanish classes and optional Spanish dance class in the evening.
Day 12: Spanish classes and afternoon at the beach.
Day 13: Tour the Maritime Museum and Aquarium and attend a special oceanography class. See the opening celebrations of the local summer festival.
Day 14: Spanish class at the local market. Hands-on marine biology workshop and night safari.
Day 15: Day trip hiking on the Roman Route.
Days 16-17: Free weekend with your host family. Go to the local festival and parade.
Day 18: Festival mass and parade followed by a free afternoon with host families. Optional Spanish dance class at night.
Day 19: Spanish classes and afternoon free at the beach.
Day 20: Day trip to the botanical gardens, prehistoric caves, and medieval village.
Day 21: Boating excursion on the bay and pottery workshop.
Day 22: Spanish classes and free afternoon with host families at the beach.
Day 23: Free day with your host family. Check out the local street theater, concerts, and dances.
Day 24: Optional bullfight and flamenco dancing.
Day 25: Farewell ceremony and chocolate con churros tasting.
Day 26: Final free day with your host family, last chance for souvenir shopping and packing. Fireworks and a concert in the evening. Depart for home the next morning.

Summer students will participate in an online, mandatory virtual pre-departure orientation in late May/ early June. This orientation is a required part of the program and prepares students for their experience overseas.

Study Abroad Participants
What to Expect

“¡Viva España!” These are the words you will be saying as you explore the vibrant culture and rich history of Spain while becoming part of a family, attending school, and learning what it means to be Spanish!

Family is an important aspect of Spanish culture. It is common to spend time visiting extended family on the weekends and gathering to share a meal. From tapas to paella, Spanish food offers something delicious for everyone to try! Schools in Spain emphasize intellectual curiosity, so your Spanish classmates will be excited to discuss current issues, trends, news, and politics with you. After school, you may find yourself going out with your new friends to the movies or a café. Sports are also popular in Spain – professional tennis, soccer, and swimming all have enthusiastic fans.

Spain offers plenty of museums, monuments, parks, and unique architectural wonders. There are even caves and archaeological sites dating back to the Stone Age! You’ll be sure to enjoy flamenco dancing and, if you’re lucky, you may have the opportunity to attend La Tomatina, a huge festival involving a food fight with tomatoes in the streets! Don’t just take it from us – see for yourself all that the cultural mosaic of Spain has to offer.

YFU USA is proud to send over 200 American students on cultural exchange with a full or partial scholarship each year. Financial assistance may be in the form of a merit-based scholarship, need-based financial aid, or Legacy Grant for students who are previously involved in the YFU Community. Scholarships may vary in deadline, requirements, and eligibility. To learn more, please visit our Scholarships Page to find details on the following scholarships eligible for Spain:

Holcomb & Farnell Foreign Study Fund
YFU Legacy Grant
YFU Financial Aid Fund
WEH Foundation Scholarship
Epson America, Inc. International Scholarship
Karla Topolka Scholarship Fund
Passport to Equity
Culture Connect Scholarship

Applications for tuition-based programs must be submitted by September 15 for Winter/Spring departure programs and March 15 for Summer and Fall. Applications submitted after this date will be considered on a case-by-case basis depending upon availability.

Visa Information
The visa process for year and semester students can be rather complicated. Students will likely be required to present their visa applications in person, so they should budget for travel costs to and from the Spanish Consulate in their jurisdiction. A copy of your passport and your official transcripts affixed with the Apostille of the Hague will be needed several months in advance of departure, as our partner in Spain will need to begin working on obtaining visa documents for you. Students applying to study in Spain after graduation should have their junior-year transcripts legalized. Some students may need report cards, grades, or school certificates translated into Spanish by an official translator.

Students staying in Spain for longer than 180 days will need an FBI Background Check, which should be submitted as soon as your participation is confirmed in the program. Failure to do so may result in delays in starting the visa application process or may even mean you may not get your visa in time to depart. In addition to the in-person visa application in their home jurisdiction, students will also need to apply for a foreign student identity card at a Foreigners Office or police station after they arrive in Spain. Your Registration Specialist can provide additional information about the visa process.

Additional Costs
All students should be prepared to pay for textbooks, school transportation costs, and occasional optional school excursions and activities. Students struggling with the Spanish language may be asked to enroll in supplemental language tutoring. Program tuition does not include personal spending money. Students who study abroad in Spain may sometimes be responsible for buying their lunch at school. Students will also need to pay an additional fee of 150 EUR for the convalidation and transcript guarantee.

“Estoy contento de haber venido a España” may be your motto while you’re in Spain. It means “I’m happy to be in Spain.” As a YFU summer program student, you’ll enjoy paella dinners, flamenco dancing, Spanish classes, and afternoons at the beach- this program has it all! Year program students will become part of a family, attend school, and live there long enough to understand what it means to be Spanish!

Have questions or want to learn more about YFU Study Abroad Programs?