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SPI High School Spanish Language Immersion in San Sebastian

The SPI Study Abroad program in San Sebastian, Spain gives high school students the opportunity to truly experience Spain from an insider’s perspective as they stay with...

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Costa Rica

SPI Study Abroad: Spanish Immersion & Volunteer Costa Rica

The SPI Flamingo Beach, Costa Rica program is located in the province of Guanacaste, along the Pacific Coast. The province is renowned for its breathtakingly beautiful white...

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Spain

SPI High School Spanish Language Immersion in Santander

SPI Study Abroad’s flagship program in Santander, Spain offers a college prep study abroad experience for high school students. The capital of the Cantabrian province of...

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France

SPI Study Abroad: French Language Immersion & Culture France

The luxurious seaside town of Biarritz, the “surf capital of Europe”, is a beautiful town, full of amenities such as magnificent beaches, superb sporting facilities,

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Italy

SPI High School Italian Language Immersion in Tuscany

In the heart of Tuscany and a short distance from Florence, Siena is one of the major cultural centers of Italy, making it a perfect destination for SPI Study Abroad’s

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Multiple Countries

SPI High School Language Immersion & Cultural Leadership

Founded in 1996, SPI offers college credit high school study abroad programs in Spain, France, Italy, Costa Rica and China. SPI's interactive language immersion programs...

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Costa Rica

SPI High School Spanish Language Immersion in Costa Rica

SPI offers high quality foreign language immersion programs for high school students. Our programs are guided by experienced directors with small group sizes. Unlike

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Mexico

SPI Study Abroad: Spanish Immersion & Volunteer Mexico

Querétaro is an enchanting colonial Mexican city where old world charm and history meet modern innovation. The city was the third most important city during Mexico’s colonial...

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Spain

SPI Study Abroad: Spanish Language Immersion & Culture Spain

SPI Study Abroad offers high school language immersion programs for college credit in destinations throughout Spain, including Santander, San Sebastian, and Cadiz. Spain

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Italy

SPI Study Abroad: Italian Language Immersion & Culture Italy

In the heart of Tuscany and a short distance from Florence, Siena is one of the major cultural centers of Italy, making it a perfect destination for SPI Study Abroad’s

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China

SPI Study Abroad: Chinese Language Immersion & Culture China

The SPI Study Abroad China Program, based in Guilin, is a four week program that offers cultural immersion, Mandarin intensive language courses at all levels, culture and...

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France

SPI High School French Language Immersion in Biarritz

The luxurious seaside town of Biarritz, the “surf capital of Europe”, is a beautiful town, full of amenities such as magnificent beaches, superb sporting facilities,

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SPI High School Language Immersion Abroad for College Credit

Founded in 1996, SPI offers college credit high school study abroad programs in Spain, France, Italy, Costa Rica and China. SPI's interactive language immersion programs...

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SPI Study Abroad Reviews

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Academics

    9

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    9

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Health and Safety

    9

  • Social Life

    9

SPI gave me an amazing opportunity

SPI gave me an amazing opportunity to make friends not just from across the country, but from across the world. Before I went to Spain I struggled with my Spanish, but by being fully emerged in the language and culture I was able to learn more than I'd ever imagined. I loved the food, people, and places I got to experience!

Program: SPI High School Spanish Language Immersion in San Sebastian

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

It was completely amazing

It was completely amazing. We got to see a little bit of everything. It's a life changing experience if you really take it all in. I loved every minute i was there.. The food to the people.. to the beach. It was all breathtaking. I'm grateful I got to do it! The program itself was also great. Well-organized and some very kind hearted people.

Program: SPI High School Spanish Language Immersion in San Sebastian

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

I love my study abroad experience

I signed up for my SPI Study Abroad program in hopes of becoming fluent in Spanish. While this did happen, I left Spain with so much more than the knowledge of a new language; I left Spain with a second family. I cannot emphasize enough how much I loved my study abroad experience. My mornings were spent eating breakfast with my mamá and my two new sisters, followed by a short bus ride to school. At school I participated in Spanish class with my new friends from all over the world- from cities close to my home town, to kids from Germany and Malaysia. After a few hours of grammar games and vocabulary lessons, school would be over, and my true learning experiences would begin. My friends and I would embark on the seven minute walk to the beach, and we would eat the lunches our families packed for us in the presence of soft sand and glistening blue waves. Our days were spent either shopping in the nearby "Parte Viaje", soaking up the sun on one of the three main beaches, going on boat rides, or even going restaurant to restaurant to find the best Pinchos! After hours of free time, we would participate in one of the many activities offered by SPI including, but not limited to, surfing, cooking, hiking, and dancing. Our days were packed with cultural immersion activities and lots of laughter, and my roommate and I would return to our new home each night for a much needed nap before either cooking dinner with our mamá or going out to eat with our new friends. Concluding my first week in Spain, Mamá threw a dinner party for my roommate and I ate her house. We met our all of our sisters' friends and we even learned some Basque, the native language of San Sebastían. My roommate and I surprised our dinner party by making them tacos with ingredients we brought from Texas. We laughed while we watched them try to figure out how to eat a hard shell taco. Saturdays would be spent with my friends getting our nails done and swimming at the beach, while Sundays would be spent with my family. My second Sunday in Spain, my mamá drove my roommate and I to the town she grew up in. There, we met her mom, her aunt, and her childhood friends; they welcomed us with open arms and lots of kisses. My trip concluded with even more hugs and an abundance of tears. I still talk to my mamá and my sisters weekly, and I have plans to visit my SPI friends later this year. I ventured to Spain with hopes of fulfilling a Spanish language requirement, but I left with family, friends, stories, and memories that will last a life time.

Program: SPI High School Spanish Language Immersion in San Sebastian

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

My summer trip To San Sebastián

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.

Program: SPI High School Spanish Language Immersion in San Sebastian

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

SPI, one of the most amazing experiences of my life!

One of the most amazing experiences of my life! I was totally immersed in Spanish culture, and had a culture shock. It was an eye-opening experience, because I saw a world that I did not know existed. Memorable moments included when my young host sisters wanted to play with me. They spoke only Spanish, so I was challenged to dig deep into my vocabulary to converse with them.

Program: SPI High School Spanish Language Immersion in San Sebastian

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