Spain: Spanish Language & Culture

The Experiment in International Living



Jul 1 - Jul 30




Begin your Experiment in Spain’s capital, Madrid, exploring the famous sights, museums, and neighborhoods while trying authentic foods such as paella and pulpo. Take a day trip to Toledo, the “Imperial City,” known for its 2,000+ years of history, before continuing on to the province of Andalucía in southern Spain, where you will dive into intensive Spanish language classes.

Your Spanish language immersion continues with a stay in an Andalusian town, where you will enjoy home-cooked meals and visit local markets, beaches, and cafés with your friends and host family. Experience Spain’s outdoors during activities such as trekking along a river and canoeing.

Your group will develop your Spanish language skills through 50+ hours of exposure and practice through formal classes, experiential learning activities, host community interactions, peer-to-peer practice, and more. You will have formal language instruction in the historic city of Granada, attending exclusive small classes divided by level at the Centro de Lenguas y Educación Intercultural. In addition to formal instruction, you will learn through music, film, city scavenger hunts, field trips, and organized activities such as playing sports with local students. There will be formal language classes and immersive arts training, delivered fully in Spanish, in Guadix. You will practice by doing, developing your Spanish language skills by using them in ceramics, theater, flamenco, or other art classes. Visit and explore Granada, Guadix, Córdoba, and la Alhambra.

Return to Madrid for final reflection and language practice before departing for home.

At the conclusion of this program, participants will earn a language certificate noting the number of hours of language classes completed.

Things to Know Beforehand

  • Outdoor activities include hiking and water activities such as swimming.
  • Temperatures and humidity can be very high in Spain during the summer.
  • Students will explore urban life on foot (lots of walking!) and learn to navigate the public transit system.
  • Cities in Spain are increasingly vegetarian/vegan-friendly and gluten-free options are not difficult to find.
  • Access to the internet is limited and internet speeds and connectivity vary.
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Absolutely worth it!

By far the best experience I have ever had the privilege of being apart of. Not only did I gain a better ability to speak Spanish and experience another culture, but I also was gifted 5+ absolutely amazing role models, who opened my mind and altered my ways of thinking for the better. We visited the most beautiful cities and sights: Madrid, Toledo, Granada, Guadix, Cordoba, Castril, and the beautiful Alhambra palace and fortress. There was definitely a lot of walking, which I enjoyed; In Granada, most of the neighborhood streets are paved in river rock and the architecture is stunning, the 100+ years old stone walls, the archways, and homes, everything was absolutely breathtaking. Our residence had the most beautiful view of the Alhambra.

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Amazing experience

This was undoubtedly one of the best experiences of my young life. The whole application was extremely easy and the team was amazing. I got to visit places I could never imagine and meet incredible people. Honestly, I didn't want to leave. Going to Granada and Guadix gave contrasting yet starking experiences of spanish life. The people I met in spain are some of the most amazing and inspiring I have ever met and I am still in contact with many even now. Throughout the trip I also got assilamed into spanish culture. My spanish is hundreds of times better now than it was before and I can now confirm that siestas are amazing.


I absolutely loved my trip to Spain. I found that the interactions we had with our Spanish peers were one of a kind, and we connected with them more deeply than I could have imagined. I appreciated the intense cultural immersion we had, and I truly feel like I know Spain and Spanish culture. I especially liked that I walked away from this trip feeling like I could give my family a tour around Granada or Guadix if I wanted to. I was really able to get to know the places we stayed in and the people we got to know. I would definitely recommend this trip to others!

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