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High School Spanish Immersion
Santander, Spain
Overview
Santander Spain

Santander

SPAIN

2019 Sessions

Two Week – $3,795
Summer 1: June 14 – 29
Summer 2: June 28 – July 13

Four Week – $7,095
Month 1: June 14 – July 13

Elegance on Spain’s Northern Coast …

Santander is SPI’s longest-running Spanish immersion program since 1996, and it has maintained its popularity as an ideal location for high school students seeking an authentic study abroad experience. Located along Spain’s breathtaking mountainous northern coastline, Santander provides an inspiring setting. Historically frequented by Spanish royalty, this vibrant city comes to life each summer with its many amazing beaches, boutiques, outdoor cafes, and restaurants. The Picos de Europa mountain range sets the backdrop for the amazing Magdalena Palace, which sits perched above the city and sea. Santander enjoys a pleasantly mild climate, even during the summer months, and attracts Spanish families year round. Each summer, the city of Santander offers a whirlwind of festivities, concerts, galleries, bull fights and many other exciting cultural events — leaving you with study abroad memories that last a lifetime!

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Santander Program Overview

Academics & Leadership

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Academic Overview

School: Local Spanish university

Course Hours: 40 Hours (Summer 1 & 2) or 80 hours (Month)

Spanish Language & Conversation:  Students are broken up by levels, and attend Spanish language and conversation classes Monday – Friday in the mornings. The courses focus on developing Spanish communication skills by simulating real life situations through interactive class activities that include writing, oral expression, film, music, food, and literature.

> Spanish levels 1 through AP/IB
> 5-15 Students per Class
> Certified native instructors with advanced teaching degrees

Cultural Leadership Enrichment
SPI offers a unique cultural leadership enrichment component for our European programs.  The component is geared toward connecting students with their local surroundings and language while engaging them in real-life skill building exercises.  The component incorporates unique activities, excursions and daily group discussions with a focus on team building, leadership, personal growth, travel skills, and cultural awareness.
 

> SPI Leadership Building Seminars
> European Travel Skills Workshop
> Exchanges with Spanish locals
> Spanish Culinary Experiences

Activities & Excursions

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Elective Activities

In addition to SPI’s cultural leadership enrichment program, students will have the exciting opportunity to enhance their experience abroad by participating in optional elective courses and activities! Electives range from sports activities to unique cultural events, and are designed to further engage students in the local culture and, of course, just to have fun! Exact electives will vary per program and are based on student interest and weather. Upon arrival abroad, students will choose which electives they wish to participate in.

Santander Elective Activities:

> Elective Courses:  Flamenco Dance, Surfing Course (Beginner to Advanced), Sailing Lessons, Northern Spain Cooking and Gastronomy
> Additional Potential Electives:  Gym Sessions, Spanish Art & Architecture, Soccer, Volleyball, Swimming.
*Optional elective activities may have an additional cost

Travel Excursions

From visits to world class museums to magnificent hikes through lush mountains, students explore the most important monuments, cities and natural wonders in the Santander region. Weekend and cultural day travel excursions help students dynamically use the language of study and interact with the local community.

Santander Travel Sites

> Santillana del Mar
> Bilbao
> Comillas (Month)
> Picos de Europa Mountains
> Fuente De/Potes
> Gijon, Asturias

Safety & Supervision

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On-site Directors & Staff

Directors and on-site staff are professional multilingual educators and caring leaders who serve as international “moms and dads”. We maintain a highly personal student to director ratio of typically one director for every eight students. Directors actively participate in all aspects of the immersion experience focusing on student well-being, cultural adjustments, and daily check ins to ensure active student participation.

Daily Supervision & Free Time

To ensure student safety, on-site directors are available 24 hours a day and carry local cell phones at all times. Directors check-in with students on a daily basis in the mornings, afternoons and evenings and monitor all aspects of the program. At SPI, we believe in the educational value of giving students a structured amount of free-time on certain afternoons. Students are expected to abide by SPI’s standards of conduct at all times, and we implement a “buddy system.”

Curfew: 11 PM Weekdays & 12 AM Weekends

Pre-Requisites

Age Requirements: In grades 9-12
Language Requirement: 1 year of Spanish

AP/IB Prep

Upper level courses incorporate AP/IB course material, themes & exercises to prepare students for these classes

Flight Information

We can help with your flight, all of our guidelines and info available on our Flight Information page.

What's Included

All SPI Programs include books, tuition, room and board and more. View What's Included.
Itinerary

Santander - 2 Week Itinerary

Day 1

Depart for Santander, Spain!

Board your flight and get ready to embark on the study abroad journey of a lifetime!

Day 1
Day 2

Arrive in Santander & Meet Your Homestay

Bienvenidos! Step off the plane and into your new vida española . Enjoy an orientation party with your peers and your directors before meeting and spending the evening with your local homestay.

Day 2
Day 3

Settle Into Your New Home!

Enjoy a captivating orientation tour of this charming seaside destination and continue getting to know your group!.

Day 3
Day 4

First Day of Spanish Classes

Meet your Profesor/a and class after a language placement exam in the morning. In the afternoon, tour the city’s famed Palacio de la Magdelana and visit the park-like grounds.

Day 4
Day 5-8

First Day of Spanish Classes

Meet your Profesor/a and class after a language placement exam in the morning. In the afternoon, tour the city’s famed Palacio de la Magdelana and visit the park-like grounds.

Day 5-8
Day 9

Travel Excursion to Picos de Europa Mountains

Discover the amazing natural beauty of Spain’s Picos de Europa in the nearby province of Asturias with a cable car ride to the peak and a hike along its crests.

Day 9
Day 10

Travel Excursion to Bilbao

Expand your love of northern Spain by traveling to the city of Bilbao in the neighboring Pais Vasco.  Visit the famous Guggenheim museum, and discover the slight culinary and cultural differences of this amazing region.

Day 10
Day 11-14

Regular Classes, Elective Activities + Leadership

Be amazed by the progress you’ve made in your language skills and ability to thrive in a new culture!

Day 11-14
Day 15

As your time in Santander comes to a close, enjoy a final day with your homestay and friends!

As your time in Santander comes to a close, enjoy a final day with your homestay and friends!

Day 15
Day 16

Depart Santander for Home

¡Buen viaje! Return home with amazing memories of España!

Day 16

Santander - 4 Week Itinerary

Day 1

Depart for Santander, Spain!

Board your flight and get ready to embark on the study abroad journey of a lifetime!

Day 1
Day 2

Arrive in Santander & Meet Your Homestay

Bienvenidos! Step off the plane and into your new vida española . Enjoy an orientation party with your peers and your directors before meeting and spending the evening with your local homestay.

Day 2
Day 3

Settle Into Your New Home!

Enjoy a captivating orientation tour of this charming seaside destination and continue getting to know your group!.

Day 3
Day 4

First Day of Spanish Classes

Meet your Profesor/a and class after a language placement exam in the morning. In the afternoon, tour the city’s famed Palacio de la Magdelana and visit the park-like grounds.

Day 4
Day 5-8

First Day of Spanish Classes

Meet your Profesor/a and class after a language placement exam in the morning. In the afternoon, tour the city’s famed Palacio de la Magdelana and visit the park-like grounds.

Day 5-8
Day 9

Travel Excursion to Picos de Europa Mountains

Discover the amazing natural beauty of Spain’s Picos de Europa in the nearby province of Asturias with a cable car ride to the peak and a hike along its crests.

Day 9
Day 10

Travel Excursion to Bilbao

Expand your love of northern Spain by traveling to the city of Bilbao in the neighboring Pais Vasco.  Visit the famous Guggenheim museum, and discover the slight culinary and cultural differences of this amazing region.

Day 10
Day 11-15

Regular Classes, Elective Activities + Leadership

Be amazed by the progress you’ve made in your language skills and ability to thrive in a new culture!

Day 11-15
Day 15

As your time in Santander comes to a close, enjoy a final day with your homestay and friends!

As your time in Santander comes to a close, enjoy a final day with your homestay and friends!

Day 15
Day 16

Travel Excursion to Gijon, Asturias

Explore the beautiful maritime city of Gijon. This port city will deepen your appreciation of northern Spain and its unique culture and history.

Day 16
Day 17

Quality Time with Homestay & Friends

Relish life as local Spaniards do by eating un helado while basking in the coastal sun or spend the afternoon at the Spanish cine.

Day 17
Day 18-22

Regular Classes, Elective Activities + Leadership

Spanish fluency is in your grasp and Santander has become your ‘home away from home’!

Day 18-22
Day 23

Travel Excursion to Bilbao

Expand your love of northern Spain by traveling to the city of Bilbao in the neighboring Pais Vasco.  Visit the famous Guggenheim museum, and discover the slight culinary and cultural differences of this amazing region.

Day 23
Day 24

Quality Time with Homestay & Friends

Take advantage of your last full Spanish Sunday with your homestay and friends by going out for tapas or exploring a new part of the city.

Day 24
Day 25-28

Regular Classes, Elective Activities + Leadership

Dreaming in Spanish yet?! Your Spanish fluency has allowed you to discover another world!

Day 25-28
Day 29

Last Day of Classes & Farewell Party

As your time in Santander comes to a close, enjoy a final day with your homestay and friends!

Day 29
Day 30

Depart Santander for Home

¡Buen viaje! Return home with amazing memories of España

Day 30

Your Day Abroad in Santander

MORNING

8:00 – 9:00 Breakfast at Homestay & Travel with Roommate to Classes

Enjoy a light breakfast of breads, cereal, and juice/coffee. After breakfast, you will either walk or take a short bus ride to classes M-F.

9:30 – 1:30 Spanish Language, Culture, and Conversation Courses

Be amazed at how quickly your Spanish improves with SPI’s master instructors at the university in Santander! Classes are both engaging and fun.

AFTERNOON

2:00 – 4:00 Afternoon Comida and Siesta or Break

After classes, enjoy lunch with your homestay. In Spain, the main mid-day meal is the heaviest, so bring your appetite!

4:30 – 7:00 Electives & Cultural Leadership Enrichment Activities

From surfing to photography and exchanges with locals, there are afternoon activities for everyone! SPI’s program also incorporates a cultural leadership enrichment component where students will interact with the local community. (There is structured free time on some afternoons after activities.)

EVENING

7:00 – 8:00 Meeting with Directors and Evening Free-Time

In the early evening, you will have an informal group meeting to review tomorrow’s activities with directors.

8:30 – 10:30 Evening Meal & Conversations With Your Homestay

Enjoy the evening practicing your Spanish while talking with your homestay around the dinner table. You will have some free time after evening meals to meet up with other students for ice cream or an evening stroll.

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Testimonials

"Studying abroad in Santander with SPI was a once-in-a-lifetime experience! You won't know how much you loved it and how much you'll miss it until you return back home."

What SPI Alumni Say…

“Santander was an amazing experience. I loved how friendly everyone in the city was and I felt comfortable getting around (even at night.)”

Caleb, Texas

“Our directors pushed us out of our comfort zone constantly. They were a source of constant encouragement and inspiration throughout the program. To say my Spanish improved a lot would be an understatement. I can confidently communicate with a fairly high level of fluency. Thank you SPI!”

Grace, Connecticut

“SPI made me feel extremely comfortable, from start to finish, and I could not have asked for better homestay, new friends, or on-site directors. I absolutely loved everyone that I met on my trip and I wouldn’t trade my amazing experience in Santander for the world!”

John, Utah
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Enrollment Form

The SPI Online Enrollment is best completed on a laptop/desktop and will take 15-20 minutes to complete. Parents and students should complete the enrollment form together. A $1,000 deposit is required to enroll and counts toward the final program price (you may pay with e-check or credit card.) Please have a clear face photo of the student ready for submission. All notifications, invoices, and pre-departure information will be sent via email. We look forward to your participation!
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