Spanish Studies Abroad
Spanish Studies Abroad Programs
With 40 years of academic excellence in Spanish studies, Spanish Studies Abroad specially designed the Spanish Studies Program for Spanish language students entering the
Build your teaching skills while discovering the beautiful and ancient city of Seville. In addition to the regular summer curriculum, Spanish Studies Abroad offers a variety...
With 40 years of academic excellence in Spanish studies, the Spanish Studies Abroad Summer Term offers students the option use their summer to discover the beautiful ancient...
This 3-week program is offered in January or June at Universidad de La Habana and all courses are taught by native Cuban faculty. Students take Introduction to Contemporary...
Spanish Studies Abroad Summer Term is specially designed for students at the intermediate to advanced Spanish levels who want a rich immersion experience on an Argentine
Spanish Studies Abroad Reviews
I wish I could have stayed!
Submitted by Katherine G - Hollins University | April 06, 2018
My professors at UPF were all terribly impressive and understanding. Overall, I thought the workload was suitable for my class standing and I found the course content to be engaging. However, one class was far more elementary than I would have liked.
Adriana, the director was very friendly and adamant about ensuring we had the best experience possible. After she took her maternity leave we worked with the Interim Director, Laura, she was amazing. I found her very easy to talk to and she was kind enough to recommend different spots around the city that I might be interested in. I felt cared for and very supported.
I lived with a single woman in her apartment near Sagrada Familia. My room was small and we shared a bathroom, which is not uncommon. She was excellent cook and I enjoyed watching tv with her during dinner. Occasionally, I felt uncomfortable in my home stay but we were always able to talk through it. She was very accommodating.
My homestay had great food and my host mom always packed me a lunch I enjoyed. The UPF cafeteria had cheap options that were also tasty. In comparison to other European cities Barcelona was about mid range. Depending on where you go you can have a decent meal and drink under 20 euros. I spent a lot of time dedicated to finding the best Mexican food in the city and I was reasonable successful.
I established a routine early on and found it comforting that people remembered me. I did not make friends with locals until the end of my stay, which I regret. As most of my classes were with other Americans it was hard to branch out. My host family helped me understand the culture better and I even picked up some Catalan.
The pharmacies are great! I never visited a doctor but my local pharmacist was always able to help when I had a cold or upset stomach. I did visit a therapist towards the end of my stay. She was fantastic and I am very happy I was encouraged to go by my Interim Director.
Overall, I felt pretty safe in the city. I almost never walked alone at night though. Catcalling is pretty common in Spain, but I've grown accustomed to it being from a big city. There was an incident were I was groped on the metro, but that was not the norm for the other girls in my program.
SSA was always very helpful and interested in helping me succeed. They also gave me a generous scholarship that made my experience possible. My speaking partner was very friendly and eager to talk with me.
Life in Alicante
Submitted by Madison Rose - Berry College | October 31, 2017
I had the most wonderful time in Alicante, Spain.
Spanish Studies Abroad were so helpful in answering every single one of my thousand questions. They were caring, helpful, and kind before, during, and after the trip. I never had to worry about anything.
The food was fantastic, my host family was wonderful, the excursions were incredible, and my only complaint was the lack of air conditioning.
I can't wait to do it all again with the same program this time on the other coast in Seville.
Spanish studies abroad in Havana, summer 2016
Submitted by Benjamin Winkler - Temple University | October 02, 2017
Spanish Studies Abroad provides a really great, immersive month-long program in La Habana, Cuba. The academics were rigorous: I took classes all morning at the faculty for extranjeros at Universidad de La Habana. That alone was a really interesting experience: The language of instruction was Spanish, and I was surrounded not just by American students, but by Koreans, Germans, Nigerians, and others. Many of us became friends, and explored the city together on afternoons and evenings. They give you a lot of freedom, which for a motivated student, can be really fantastic. I feel like I got a chance to experience the different neighborhoods of the city, primarily by finding art and music events in the local paper and then striking out on my own or with friends. The staff is top-notch: If you have a problem, they will help you solve it. As for the accommodations, my roommate and I stayed with a host family who had kids our own ages. I'm still in touch with them! I would recommend this program in a heartbeat.
Best of my life!
Submitted by Michaella Aliperti - Houghton College | September 19, 2017
This program was absolutely INCREDIBLE. My host family was the best, and there was never a moment that I felt unsafe or uncomfortable. The professors were brilliant and kind, and I loved the courses I took (Latin American literature and Latin American culture). The museums in Córdoba are amazing, as well as the different parks and restaurants. There's an endless amount of things to do - whether it be right after school, night time, or weekends. There are constantly different things to do, places to see, and people to meet. There are also different groups to help English speakers learn Spanish and Spanish speakers learn English - that was a really fun thing to attend. I gained cultural experience, strengthened my Spanish speaking skills, made the best memories, and lifelong friends. All in all, it was the greatest experience and I'd do it again, ten times over!
More than worthwhile
Submitted by Krista Vandetty - Susquehanna University | February 28, 2017
I had the most incredible experience studying abroad with Spanish Studies Abroad. Before going into this, I was nervous with my Spanish speaking ability and living with a host family. After a week or two, I felt completely relived with my decision to study abroad in Sevilla, with a host family. My family and locals were SO willing to help with my Spanish and encouraged you to try your best. My classes also helped with my Spanish and I learned a lot while being abroad including cultural immersion.