Why SPI Summer Immersion?

Life Changing Experiences Abroad

Studying abroad will be a defining period in your educational experience – it is a journey that will transform you into being a globally-minded citizen with international experience that puts you ahead of your peers.

What Makes SPI Programs Highly Unique? People Like You!

  • Opportunity to Earn College Credits for Coursework Abroad
  • Authentic Language Immersion with Homestay or Student Residence Options
  • Cultural Leadership & Volunteer Service Components
  • Optimal Group Size & Diligent Participant Screening
  • Strong Reputation for High Levels of Linguistic Growth

What’s a Summer Like with SPI?

Picture yourself zip-lining through a cloud forest or enjoying an Italian gelato while strolling along medieval European streets. Now, imagine yourself earning college credit through interactive language classes all while experiencing a new culture from an insider’s perspective. SPI high school language programs are designed for teens with minimal travel experience, as well as for those who are seasoned young world travelers. Whether you are having dinner with your homestay, participating in insightful discussions with your new friends, or exploring new places, you will find yourself soaking up a foreign language and culture while making memories that will last you a lifetime!

Personal Growth. Personal Touch.

What makes SPI stand apart? Our directors and teachers are passionate about our students, their parents, and their success. From successfully adapting to living with a new homestay, to overcoming culture shock and language barriers, studying abroad will empower students to build confidence and maturity — and our team will be there every step of the way! Our on-site staff is normally comprised of university and high school level teachers, as well as local native speakers, who all are dedicated to each student’s success abroad. This personal connection to the students and their experiences provides the perfect support structure as they learn another language and know another world!

Student Body and Program Dynamics

All SPI programs are led by an on-site program director and a team of teacher travelers, depending on the group size. Our average program size is between 18-28 students, and we consistently maintain a 1 to 8 faculty/student ratio. Our student body is comprised of students from North America and other international schools. Most students enroll in SPI independently or with a few friends. The gender breakdown tends to be about 60% female and 40% male; this does vary by year and program. Unfortunately, we do not release exact numbers of student participation until 1 month prior to program departure, as many late enrollments can affect the total number of participants.


Anything but Typical

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Morning Immersion!

Begin your day abroad by having a light breakfast with your homestay and roommate. After you’ve had something to eat, travel by bus or walk down the street to one of our accredited language institutions to take engaging, interactive classes. Your morning is structured with regular breaks so that you can catch up with your friends and talk about your amazing experiences from the day before. In Costa Rica, classes are held in the afternoons.

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Afternoon Adventure!

After a long lunch and short rest, you will meet back with the group for afternoon activities like surfing lessons, tapas tasting and hikes along the seashore. In our Costa Rica program, you will travel to a volunteer service site twice a week to give back to the local community. Use the time after an activity to explore your new city with your friends and directors, and begin forming the cross-cultural memories that you can only get by studying abroad!

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Evening Enrichment!

Enjoy a traditional home-cooked dinner with your homestay and roommate before stepping out for evening group activities. Our carefully-selected destination cities come to life in the evenings with street performers, ice cream along seaside promenades, and once-in-a-lifetime cultural events! SPI directors regularly check in with students in the evenings to ensure that they are safe and that curfew has been met.

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Fill out the form below and we will send you a catalog for our study abroad programs. An SPI Advisor will be in touch with you shortly after.


Student Testimonials

Why Study Abroad in High School?

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Like most teenagers, you probably spend your summer at sports practice, gossiping with friends around the pool, or checking out the latest movies. Why in the world would you spend a summer struggling to communicate with unfamiliar words and mystifying verb tenses? Because how you spend your high school summers influences how you’ll spend the rest of them. In today’s era of globalization, having a significant foreign language and cultural immersion experience will prepare you for life after high school and beyond.

The Tangible Benefits

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High school summer study abroad opens doors for future career opportunities. Your child will be far ahead of their peers in the fast and very competitive international business world in which we live. Most colleges and employers now look for study abroad experience as a requirement when considering applicants. Earning potential college credit, gaining fluency in another language, and having high school study abroad on their résumés gives students the competitive edge in college entrance and future careers.

The Intangible Benefits

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Our goal is that students return home with an increased knowledge of regional and world issues and firsthand cross-cultural experiences that shape them into being mindful global citizens. Successfully adapting to living with a homestay family and roommate in a foreign country, overcoming culture shock, and learning to communicate in another language gives students an increased sense of personal empowerment and growth.

Schools represented by SPI Alumni

Since 1996, SPI has sent thousands of students abroad from nearly all fifty states and from many countries around the world. Each summer our student body is composed of academically motivated students with both little travel experience and seasoned young globetrotters.

  • Indian Springs School – Pelham, AL
  • James Clemens High School – Madison, AL
  • Mountain Brook High School – Birmingham, AL
  • Opelika High School – Opelika, AL
  • Westminster Christian Academy – Huntsville, AL
  • Arcadia High School – Phoenix, AZ
  • Arete Preparatory Academy – Gilbert, AZChandler High School – Chandler, AZ
  • Chaparral High School – Scottsdale, AZ
  • Desert Mountain High School – Scottsdale, AZ
  • EDU-Prize High School – Gilbert, AZ
  • Horizon High School – Scottsdale, AZ
  • Phoenix Country Day School – Phoenix, AZ
  • Saguaro High School – Scottsdale, AZ
  • Salpointe Catholic High School – Tucson, AZ
  • Scottsdale Preparatory Academy – Scottsdale, AZ
  • Veritas Preparatory Academy – Phoenix, AZ
  • Xavier College Preparatory – Phoenix, AZ
  • Catholic High School for Boys – Little Rock, AR
  • Episcopal Collegiate School – Little Rock, AR
  • Haas Hall Academy – Fayetteville, AR
  • Little Rock Christian Academy – Little Rock, AR
  • Mount St. Mary Academy – Little Rock, AR
  • West Fork High School – West Fork, AR
  • Acalanes High School – Lafayette, CA
  • Albany HS – Albany, CA
  • Analy High School – Sebastopol, CA
  • Aptos High School – Santa Cruz, CA
  • Archbishop Mitty High School – San Jose, CA
  • Archer School for Girls – Los Angeles, CA
  • The Bay School – San Francisco, CA
  • The Branson School – Ross, CA
  • Bentley School – Oakland, CA
  • Berkeley High School – Berkeley, CA
  • Beverly Hills High School – Beverly Hills, CA
  • Burlingame High School – Burlingame, CA
  • Campbell Hall – Toluca Lake, CA
  • Carlmont High School – Belmont, CA
  • Carondelet High School – Concord, CA
  • Cate School – Santa Barbara, CA
  • Chaminade College Prep – Canoga Park, CA
  • Chico High School – Chico, CA
  • C.K. McClatchy High School – Sacramento, CA
  • Clovis High School – Clovis, CA
  • Convent of the Sacred Heart High School – San Francisco, CA
  • Crossroads School for the Arts and Sciences – Santa Monica, CA
  • Davis Senior High School – Davis, CA
  • De La Salle High School – Concord, CA
  • Desert Christian Academy – Bermuda Dunes, CA
  • Design Tech High School – Burlingame, CA
  • El Diamante High School – Visalia, CA
  • Encinal High School – Alemeda, CA
  • Flintridge Preparatory School – Flintridge, CA
  • Foothill Middle School – Walnut Creek, CA
  • Fountain Valley High School – Fountain Valley, CA
  • Francis Parker School – San Diego, CA
  • Georgiana Bruce Kirby Prepatory School – Santa Cruz, CA
  • Great Oak High School – Temecula, CA
  • Hasltrom Academy – San Juan Capistrano, CA
  • Harbor High School – Santa Cruz, CA
  • Harker School – San Jose, CA
  • Harvard-Westlake School – Los Angeles, CA
  • Head Royce High School – Oakland, CA
  • Homestead High School – Cupertino, CA
  • Jesuit High School – Sacramento, CA
  • La Cañada High School – La Cañada, CA
  • La Jolla High School – La Jolla, CA
  • Las Lomas High School – Walnut Creek, CA
  • La Reina High School – Camarillo, CA
  • La Quinta High School – Coachella, CA
  • Laguna Beach High School – Laguna Beach, CA
  • Leland High School – San Jose, CA
  • Lick-Wilmerding High School – San Francisco, CA
  • Los Alamitos High School – Los Alamitos, CA
  • Los Altos High School – Los Altos, CA
  • Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies – Los Angeles, CA
  • Los Gatos High School – Los Gatos, CA
  • Loyola High School – Los Angeles, CA
  • Lynbrook High School – San Jose, CA
  • Lydian Academy – Menlo Park, CA
  • Marin Academy – San Rafael, CA
  • Marin Country Day School – Corte Madera, CA
  • Marlborough School – Sherman Oaks, CA
  • Marymount High School – Los Angeles, CA
  • Mater Dei Catholic High School – San Diego, CA
  • Mayfield Senior School – Pasadena, CA
  • Menlo-Atherton High School – Atherton, CA
  • Menlo School – Atherton, CA
  • Mira Costa High School – Manhattan Beach, CA
  • Mira Loma High School – Sacramento, CA
  • Mission Bay High School – San Diego, CA
  • Mission College Preparatory Catholic – San Luis Obispo, CA
  • Monta Vista High School – Los Altos, CA
  • Monte Vista High School – Danville, CA
  • Mountain View High School – Mountain View, CA
  • Newbury Park High School – Thousand Oaks, CA
  • New Roads School – Santa Monica, CA
  • North Gate High School – Walnut Creek, CA
  • North Hollywood High School – North Hollywood, CA
  • Notre Dame Belmont HS – Belmont, CA
  • Oakland Technical High School – Oakland, CA
  • Oakwood School – North Hollywood, CA
  • Ojai Valley School – Ojai, CA
  • Pacific Collegiate School – Santa Cruz, CA
  • Palisades Charter High School – Pacific Palisades, CA
  • Palo Alto High School – Palo Alto, CA
  • Palos Verdes High School – Palos Verdes, CA
  • Poway High School – Poway, CA
  • Redwood High School – Visalia, CA
  • Roseville High School – Sacramento, CA
  • Sage Hill School – Newport Beach, CA
  • San Clemente High School – San Clemente, CA
  • San Dieguito Academy – Encinitas, CA
  • San Luis Obispo High School – San Luis Obispo, CA
  • San Marcos High School – San Marcos, CA
  • San Ramon Valley High School – Danville, CA
  • Santa Barbara High School – Santa Barbara, CA
  • Santa Cruz High School – Santa Cruz, CA
  • Santa Margarita Catholic High School – Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
  • Santa Teresa High School – San Jose, CA
  • Sir Francis Drake High School – San Anselmo, CA
  • St. Francis High School – Sacramento, CA
  • St. Ignatius College Preparatory – San Francisco, CA
  • St. Mary’s College High School – Albany, CA
  • Shattuck-St. Mary’s – San Mateo, CA
  • Sonoma Academy – Sonoma, CA
  • South Pasadena High School – South Pasadena, CA
  • Tomales High School – Tomales, CA
  • Torrey Pines High School – La Jolla, CA
  • Troy High School – Fullerton, CA
  • Truckee High School – Truckee, CA
  • University Catholic High School – San Diego, CA
  • The Urban School of San Francisco – San Francisco, CA
  • Village Christian School – Sun Valley, CA
  • Woodbridge High School – Irvine, CA
  • Woodside High School – Woodside, CA
  • Aspen High School – Aspen, CO
  • Boulder High School – Boulder, CO
  • Colorado Academy – Denver, CO
  • Cherry Creek High School – Denver, CO
  • Denver Jewish Day School – Denver, CO
  • East High School – Denver, CO
  • Evergreen High School – Evergreen, CO
  • Fairview High School – Louisville, CO
  • Fountain Valley School of Colorado – Colorado Springs, CO
  • Kent Denver School – Englewood, CO
  • Mountain View High School – Loveland, CO
  • Niwot High School – Longmont, CO
  • Poudre High School – Fort Collins, CO
  • Regis Jesuit High School – Aurora, CO
  • Silver Creek High School – Longmont, CO
  • St. Mary’s Academy – Englewood, CO
  • Vail Mountain School – Vail, CO
  • Berlin High School – Berlin, CT
  • Brookfield High School – Brookfield, CT
  • Brunswick School – Greenwich, CT
  • Choate Rosemary Hall – Wallingford, CT
  • East Catholic High School – Manchester, CT
  • Green Farms Academy – Westport, CT
  • Greenwich High School – Greenwich, CT
  • The Gunnery School – Gunnery, CT
  • Hall High School – West Hartford, CT
  • The Hotchkiss School – Lakeville, CT
  • Kingswood Oxford School – Hartford, CT
  • The Loomis Chaffee School – Windsor, CT
  • Pomfret School – Pomfret, CT
  • Staples High School – Westport, CT
  • Suffield Academy – Suffield, CT
  • The Taft School – Watertown, CT
  • Tolland High School – Tolland, CT
  • Westhill High School – Stamford, CT
  • Wilbur Cross High School – New Haven, CT
  • Wilton High School – Wilton, CT
  • Xavier High School – Middletown, CT
  • Wilmington Friends School – Wilmington, DE
  • All Saints’ Academy – Winter Haven, FL
  • Berkeley Preparatory School – Tampa, FL
  • Bolles School – Jacksonville, FL
  • Carrollwood Day School – Tampa, FL
  • Clearwater High School – Clearwater, FL
  • Christopher Columbus High School – Miami, FL
  • The Community School of Naples – Naples, FL
  • Cypress Bay High School – Weston, FL
  • Douglas Anderson School of Arts – St. Augustine, FL
  • Eastside High School – Gainesville, FL
  • Father Lopez Catholic High School – Daytona Beach, FL
  • Gulliver Preparatory School – Miami, FL
  • Henry B. Plant High School – Tampa, FL
  • Hernando High School – Brooksville, FL
  • Leon High School – Tallahassee, FL
  • Miami Palmetto Senior HS – Pinecrest, FL
  • Monsignor Edward Pace High School – Miami Gardens, FL
  • North Broward Preparatory School – Coconut Creek, FL
  • Nova High School – Davie, FL
  • Olympia High School – Orlando, FL
  • Paxon School for the Arts – Jacksonville, FL
  • Pine Crest School – Boca Raton, FL
  • Ransom Everglades School – Miami, FL
  • River Ridge High School – New Port Richey, FL
  • Saint Thomas Aquinas High School – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  • Shorecrest Preparatory School – St. Petersburg, FL
  • Suncoast High School – Riviera Beach, FL
  • Winter Park High School – Winter Park, FL
  • Augusta Preparatory Day School – Augusta, GA
  • Athens Academy – Athens, GA
  • Atlanta International School – Atlanta, GA
  • Brandon Hall School – Atlanta, GA
  • Campbell High School – Smyrna, GA
  • Darlington School – Rome, GA
  • Decatur High School – Decatur, GA
  • Deerfield Windsor School – Albany, GA
  • The Galloway School – Atlanta, GA
  • Georgia Cyber Academy – Atlanta, GA
  • Glenn Academy – Brunswick, GA
  • Greater Atlanta Christian School – Alpharetta, GA
  • Greenbrier High School – Evans, GA
  • John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School – Augusta, GA
  • The Lovett School – Atlanta, GA
  • Norcross High School – Norcross, GA
  • North Atlanta High School – Atlanta, GA
  • North Springs Charter High School – Sandy Springs, GA
  • Northview High School – Duluth, GA
  • Pace Academy, Atlanta, GA
  • The Paideia School – Atlanta, GA
  • Roswell High School – Roswell, GA
  • The Westminster Schools – Atlanta, GA
  • Woodward Academy – College Park, GA
  • Hawaii Preparatory Academy – Waimea, HI
  • Coeur d’Alene High School – Dalton Gardens, ID
  • Community School – Sun Valley, ID
  • Amos Alonzo Stagg High School – Palos Hills, IL
  • Annawan High School – Sheffield, IL
  • British School of Chicago – Chicago, IL
  • Brother Rice – Chicago, IL
  • Deerfield High School – Deerfield, IL
  • Elgin Academy – Elgin, IL
  • Glenbrook North High School – Northbrook, IL
  • Highland Park High School – Highland Park, IL
  • John Hersey High School – Mt. Prospect, IL
  • Latin School of Chicago – Chicago, IL
  • Lincoln Way East High School – Frankfort, IL
  • Maine South High School – Park Ridge, IL
  • New Trier High School – Wilmette, IL
  • North Shore Country Day School – Winnetka, IL
  • Oak Park High School – Oak Park, IL
  • Providence St. Mel School – Chicago, IL
  • Stevenson High School – Linconshire, IL
  • St. Ignatius College Prep – Chicago, IL
  • University of Chicago Laboratory School – Chicago, IL
  • Vernon Hills High School – Vernon Hills, IL
  • Whitney Young Magnet High School – Chicago, IL
  • Wilmette Junior High School – Wilmette, IL
  • York High School – Elmhurst, IL
  • Andrean High School – Merrillville, IN
  • Andrews Academy – South Bend, IN
  • Culver Academies – Culver, IN
  • International School of Indiana – Indianapolis, IN
  • Lake Central High School – St. John, IN
  • Noblesville High School – Noblesville, IN
  • Zionsville Community High School – Zionsville, IN
  • Roosevelt High School – Des Moines, IA
  • Simpson College – Indianola, IA
  • Pella Community High School – Pella, IA
  • Blue Valley North High School – Shawnee Mission, KS
  • Blue Valley West High School – Overland Park, KS
  • The Independent School – Wichita, KS
  • Rockhurst High School – Leawood, KS
  • Washburn Rural High School – Topeka, KS
  • Academy of the Holy Cross – Covington, KY
  • Bourbon County High School – Paris, KY
  • Greenwood High School – Bowling Green, KY
  • Notre Dame Academy – Park Hills, KY
  • Sacred Heart Academy – Louisville, KY
  • South Oldham High School – Crestwood, KY
  • Cedar Creek High School – Ruston, LA
  • Hahnville High School – New Orleans, LA
  • St. Martin’s Episcopal School – New Orleans, LA
  • St. Paul’s Episcopal School – New Orleans, LA
  • Ursuline Academy – New Orleans, LA
  • Cheverus High School – Portland, ME
  • Gorham High School – Gorham, ME
  • Greely High School – Cumberland Center, ME
  • Portland High School – Portland, ME
  • Yarmouth High School – Yarmouth, ME
  • Acton Boxborough Regional High School – Acton, MA
  • Amherst Regional High School – Amherst, MA
  • Austin Preparatory School – Reading, MA
  • Beaver Country Day School – Chestnut Hill, MA
  • Belmont High School – Belmont, MA
  • The Berkshire School – Sheffield, MA
  • Boston University Academy – Boston, MA
  • Bourne High School – East Dennis, MA
  • Brimmer and May School – Chestnut Hill, MA
  • Brookline High School – Brookline, MA
  • Brooks School – North Andover, MA
  • Buckingham Browne & Nichols School – Cambridge, MA
  • Cambridge Rindge & Latin School – Cambridge, MA
  • Groton School – Groton, MA
  • Lawrence Academy – Groton, MA
  • Lexington High School – Lexington, MA
  • Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School – Sudbury, MA
  • Longmeadow High School – Longmeadow, MA
  • Marblehead High School – Marblehead, MA
  • Marian High School – Framingham, MA
  • Medfield High School – Medfield, MA
  • Middlesex High School – Concord, MA
  • Noble and Greenough School – Dedham, MA
  • Northampton High School – Northampton, MA
  • Northfield Mount Hermon School – Northampton, MA
  • Oakmont Regional High School – Ashburnham, MA
  • The Rivers School – Weston, MA
  • Sharon High School – Sharon, MA
  • St. John’s High School – Shrewsbury, MA
  • Tabor Academy – Marion, MA
  • Westborough High School – Westborough, MA
  • Williston Northampton School – Easthampton, MA
  • The Winsor School – Newton, MA
  • Broadneck Senior High School – Annapolis, MD
  • Carver Center for Arts – Baltimore, MD
  • Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School – Potomac, MD
  • Connelly School of the Holy Child – Chevy Chase, MD
  • Frederick High School – Frederick, MD
  • Friends School of Baltimore – Baltimore, MD
  • Garrison Forest School – Owings Mills, MD
  • Glenelg Country School – Ellicott City, MD
  • Loch Raven High School – Towson, MD
  • Lycee Rochambeau – Bethesda, MD
  • The Heights School – Bethesda, MD
  • The Holton-Arms School – Bethesda, MD
  • Huntingtown High School – Huntingtown, MD
  • Maret School – Chevy Chase, MD
  • Meade High School – Ft. Meade, MD
  • Park School of Baltimore – Baltimore, MD
  • St. Andrew’s Episcopal School – Potomac, MD
  • St. Timothy’s School – Stevenson, MD
  • Walt Whitman High School – Bethesda, MD
  • Winston Churchill High School – Potomac, MD
  • Birmingham Groves High School – Beverly Hills, MI
  • Clarkston High School – Village of Clarkston, MI
  • Forest Hills Northern High School – Grand Rapids, MI
  • Greenhills School – Ann Arbor, MI
  • Hackett Catholic Central High School – Kalamazoo, MI
  • Harrison High School – Farmington Hills, MI
  • Mercy High School – Farmington Hills, MI
  • North Farmington High School – Farmington Hills, MI
  • Okemos High School – Okemos, MI
  • Oxford High School – Oxford, MI
  • Portage Northern HS – Portage, MI
  • South Haven High School – South Haven Charter Township, MI
  • West Ottawa HS – Holland, MI
  • University Liggett School – Grosse Pointe Woods, MI
  • DeLaSalle High School – Minneapolis, MN
  • Minnesota Math and Science Academy – Woodbury, MN
  • Minnetonka High School – Minnetonka, MN
  • Orono High School – Orono, MN
  • Owatonna Senior High School – Owatonna, MN
  • St. Paul Academy and Summit School – St. Paul, MN
  • Petal High School – Petal, MS
  • Clayton High School – Clayton, MO
  • The Fulton School – St. Albans, MO
  • Fort Zumwalt North High School – O’Fallon, MO
  • John Burroughs School – St. Louis, MO
  • Lafayette High School – Wildwood, MO
  • The Pembroke Hill School – Kansas City, MO
  • Central High School – Omaha, NE
  • Bishop Gorman High School – Las Vegas, NV
  • Carson High School – Carson City, NV
New Hampshire
  • Brewster Academy – Wolfeboro, NH
  • Coe Brown Northwood Academy – Northwood, NH
  • The Holderness School – Plymouth, NH
  • Phillips Exeter Academy – Exeter, NH
  • St. Paul’s School – Concord, NH
New Jersey
  • Academy of the Holy Angels – Demarest, NJ
  • Chatham High School – Chatham, NJ
  • Cherokee High School – Marlton, NJ
  • Cherry Hill High School East – Cherry Hill, NJ
  • Dwight-Englewood School – Englewood, NJ
  • Fair Lawn High School – Fair Lawn, NJ
  • Freehold High School – Freehold Township, NJ
  • Gill St Bernard’s School – Gladstone, NJ
  • Harrison High School – Harrison, NJ
  • Lakeland Regional High School – Wanaque, NJ
  • The Lawrenceville School – Lawrenceville, NJ
  • Livingston High School – Livingston, NJ
  • Marlboro High School – Marlboro, NJ
  • Millburn High School – Millburn, NJ
  • Montclair High School – Montclair, NJ
  • Mount St. Mary Academy – Watchung, NJ
  • Newark Academy – Newark, NJ
  • Northern Highlands Regional High School – Allendale, NJ
  • Oak Knoll School – Summit, NJ
  • The Peddie School – Highstown, NJ
  • The Pingry School – Basking Ridge, NJ
  • Princeton High School – Princeton, NJ
  • Red Bank Regional High School – Little Silver, NJ
  • Ridgewood High School – Ridgewood, NJ
  • Saddle River Day School – Saddle River, NJ
  • Verona High School – Verona, NJ
  • Villa Walsh Academy – Morristown, NJ
  • West Essex Regional High School – Caldwell, NJ
  • West Morris Central High School- Long Valley, NJ
New Mexico
  • Albuquerque Academy – Alburquerque, NM
  • Albuquerque High School – Alburquerque, NM
  • Rio Rancho High School – Rio Rancho, NM
  • Sandia Preparatory – Albuquerque, NM
  • Santa Fe Preparatory School – Santa Fe, NM
  • University of New Mexico – Albuquerque, NM
New York
  • Academy of Mount St. Ursula – New York, NY
  • The Avenues School – New York, NY
  • Brearley School – New York, NY
  • The Bronx High School of Science – New York, NY
  • The Browning School – New York, NY
  • Brooklyn Prospect Charter School – New York, NY
  • Byram Hills High School – Armonk, NY
  • The Chapin School – New York, NY
  • Cold Spring Harbor High School – Huntington, NY
  • Collegiate School – New York, NY
  • Columbia High School – Nassau, NY
  • The Dwight School – New York, NY
  • East Hampton High School – East Hampton, NY
  • Eleanor Roosevelt High School – New York, NY
  • Ethical Culture Fieldston School – New York, NY
  • Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School – New York, NY
  • Fox Lane High School – Bedford, NY
  • Friends Academy – Locust Valley, NY
  • Garden City High School – Garden City, NY
  • Great Neck North High School – Great Neck, NY
  • The Hewitt School – New York, NY
  • Horace Mann School – New York, NY
  • Ithaca High School – Ithaca, NY
  • John Jay High School – Golden’s Bridge, NY
  • Locust Valley High School – Locust Valley, NY
  • Lycee Francais de New York – New York, NY
  • Manhasset High School – Manhasset, NY
  • The Masters School – Dobbs Ferry, NY
  • Marymount School – New York, NY
  • Monroe-Woodbury High School – Woodbury, NY
  • Nardin Academy – Buffalo, NY
  • NEST+m – New York, NY
  • Niskayuna High School – Niskayuna, NY
  • NYC Lab School – New York, NY
  • Packer Collegiate Institute – New York, NY
  • Parson’s School of Design – New York, NY
  • Pelham Memorial High School – Pelham, NY
  • Professional Performing Arts High School – New York, NY
  • Riverdale Country School – Bronx, NY
  • Roslyn High School – Roslyn Heights, NY
  • The Ross School – East Hampton, NY
  • Rye Country Day School – Rye, NY
  • Rye High School – Rye, NY
  • Saint Agnes Academic High School – Flushing, NY
  • St. Ann’s School – New York, NY
  • Sleepy Hollow High School – Tarrytown, NY
  • The Trinity School – New York, NY
  • Wallkill Senior High School – Wallkill, NY
  • Ward Melville High School – East Setauket, NY
  • Westhampton Beach High School – Westhampton Beach, NY
  • Williston Northampton – Bronxville, NY
  • York Preparatory School – New York, NY
North Carolina
  • Ardrey Kell High School – Charlotte, NC
  • Chapel Hill High School – Chapel Hill, NC
  • Charlotte Country Day School – Charlotte, NC
  • Community School of Davidson – Davidson, NC
  • Duke University – Durham, NC
  • Durham Academy – Chapel Hill, NC
  • Greensboro Day School – Greensboro, NC
  • John T. Hoggard High School – Wilmington, NC
  • Marvin Ridge High School – Waxhaw, NC
  • Myers Park High School – Charlotte, NC
  • New Hanover High School – Wilmington, NC
  • Ravenscroft High School – Raleigh, NC
  • RJ Reynolds Senior High School – Winston-Salem, NC
  • South Iredell High School – Statesville, NC
  • St David’s School – Raleigh, NC
  • St. Mary’s School – Raleigh, NC
  • Watauga High School – Boone, NC
  • William A Hough High School – Cornelius, NC
  • Cleveland Heights High School – Cleveland Heights, OH
  • Columbus Academy – Gahanna, OH
  • Mount Notre Dame HS – Cincinnati, OH
  • Reynoldsburg High School – Reynoldsburg, OH
  • Rocky River High School – Rocky River, OH
  • Seton High School – Cincinnati, OH
  • Shaker Heights High School – Shaker Heights, OH
  • Western Reserve Academy – Hudson, OH
  • Booker T. Washington High School – Tulsa, OK
  • Broken Arrow High School – Broken Arrow, OK
  • Casady School – The Village, OK
  • Deer Creek High School – Edmond, OK
  • Edmond Memorial High School – Edmond, OK
  • Heritage Hall – Oklahoma City, OK
  • Jenks High School – Tulsa, OK
  • Norman High School – Norman, OK
  • Franklin High School – Portland, OR
  • Grant High School – Portland, OR
  • Lincoln High School – Portland, OR
  • Portland Community College – Portland, OR
  • Southridge High School – Beaverton, OR
  • Summit High School – Bend, OR
  • Agnew Irwin School – Rosemont, PA
  • Allentown Central Catholic – Allentown, PA
  • Big Spring High School – Newville, PA
  • Bryn Mawr School – Bryn Mawr, PA
  • The Ellis School – Pittsburgh, PA
  • Germantown Academy – Ft. Washington, PA
  • Germantown Friends School – Philadelphia, PA
  • Harriton High School – Villanova, PA
  • Hatboro-Horsham High School – Horsham, PA
  • Haverford High School – Havertown, PA
  • The Hill School – Pottstown, PA
  • Lower Merion High School – Ardmore, PA
  • Mercyhurst Preparatory School – Erie, PA
  • Moravian Academy – Bethlehem, PA
  • Oakland Catholic High School – Pittsburgh, PA
  • Quaker Valley High School – Leetsdale, PA
  • Science Leadership Academy – Philadelphia, PA
  • Solebury School – New Hope, PA
  • Stroudsburg High School – Stroudsburg, PA
  • Radnor High School – Radnor, PA
  • Westtown School – West Chester, PA
Puerto Rico
  • Academia Maria Reina – San Juan, PR
  • Academia Perpetuo Soccoro – San Juan, PR
  • Saint John’s School – San Juan, PR
Rhode Island
  • Moses Brown School – Providence, RI
  • St George’s School – Newport, RI
  • The Wheeler School – Providence, RI
South Carolina
  • Beaufort Academy – Beaufort, SC
  • Beaufort High School – Beaufort, SC
  • Bishop England High School – Charleston, SC
  • D.W. Daniel High School – Pickens, SC
  • Hilton Head Preparatory School – Hilton Head Island, SC
  • The King’s Academy – Florence,
  • Porter-Gaud School – Charleston, SC
  • South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics – Hartsville, SC
  • Wade Hampton High School – Greenville, SC
  • West Florence High School – Florence, SC
South Dakota
  • Gettysburg High School- Gettysburg, SD
  • Lincoln High School – Sioux Falls, SD
  • McCook Central High School – Salem, SD
  • Washington High School – Sioux Falls, SD
  • The Ensworth School – Nashville, TN
  • Girls Preparatory School – Signal Mountain, TN
  • Hutchison School – Memphis, TX
  • The McCallie School – Chattanooga, TN
  • University School of Nashville – Nashville, TN
  • White Station High School – Memphis, TN
  • Alamo Heights High School – San Antonio, TX
  • Alcuin School – Dallas, TX
  • Allen Academy – Bryan, TX
  • Allen High School – Allen, TX
  • Americas High School – El Paso, TX
  • Anderson High School – Austin, TX
  • Austin High School – Austin, TX
  • Austin Waldorf School – Austin, TX
  • AWTY International School – Houston, TX
  • Bellaire High School – Bellaire, TX
  • Bishop Lynch High School – Dallas, TX
  • Boerne High School – Boerne, TX
  • Booker T. Washington High School – Dallas, TX
  • Bowie High School – Austin, TX
  • Bryan High School – Bryan, TX
  • Canyon Vista Middle School – Austin, TX
  • Carroll Senior High School – Southlake, TX
  • Cedar Park High School – Austin, TX
  • Central Catholic High School – San Antonio, TX
  • Colleyville Heritage High School – Colleyville, TX
  • Communication Arts High School – San Antonio, TX
  • Coronado High School – Lubbock, TX
  • Cy Creek High School – Houston, TX
  • Cy Fair High School – Cypress, TX
  • Cy Falls High School – Houston, TX
  • Cy Ranch High School – Cypress, TX
  • Design and Technology Academy – San Antonio, TX
  • Dripping Springs High School – Dripping Springs, TX
  • Duchesne Academy – Houston, TX
  • Episcopal High School – Houston, TX
  • Episcopal School of Dallas – Dallas, TX
  • Fredericksburg High School – Fredericksburg, TX
  • Garland High School – Garland, TX
  • Georgetown High School – Georgetown, TX
  • Glenda Dawson High School – Pearland, TX
  • Greenhill School – Dallas, TX
  • Hays High School – Buda, TX
  • Highland Park High School – Dallas, TX
  • Hockaday School – Dallas, TX
  • Hyde Park Baptist School – Austin, TX
  • James E. Taylor High School – Katy, TX
  • The John Cooper School – The Woodlands, TX
  • John Paul II High School – Plano, TX
  • Khabele High School – Austin, TX
  • The Kinkaid School – Houston, TX
  • Klein Collins High School – Spring, TX
  • Klein Oak High School – Klein, TX
  • Lake Travis High School – Austin, TX
  • Lamar High School – Houston, TX
  • Langham Creek High School – Houston, TX
  • LBJ High School – Austin, TX
  • Leander High School – Leander, TX
  • Lee High School – Midland, TX
  • Liberty Junior High – Dallas, TX
  • McCallum High School – Austin, TX
  • McKinney Boyd High School – McKinney, TX
  • McNeil High School – Austin, TX
  • Memorial High School – Houston, TX
  • Monsignor Kelly Catholic High School – Beaumont, TX
  • Montgomery High School – Montgomery, TX
  • North Hills Preparatory School – Irving, TX
  • Parish Episcopal High School – Dallas, TX
  • Ranchview High School – Irving, TX
  • Reagan High School – San Antonio TX
  • Regents School – Austin, TX
  • St. Agnes Academy – Houston, TX
  • St. John’s School – Houston, TX
  • St. Marks School of Texas – Dallas, TX
  • St. Michael’s Catholic Academy – Austin, TX
  • St. Pius School – Houston, TX
  • St. Stephens Episcopal School – Austin, TX
  • Strake Jesuit College Preparatory – Houston, TX
  • Salado High School – Salado, TX
  • Smithson Valley – Spring Branch, TX
  • Stratford High School – Houston, TX
  • Tomball High School – Tomball, TX
  • Ursuline Academy – Dallas, TX
  • Vandergrift High School – Austin, TX
  • The Village School – Houston, TX
  • Vista Ridge High School – Cedar Park, TX
  • Waller High School – Waller, TX
  • West High School – Plano, TX
  • Westlake High School – Austin, TX
  • Westwood High School – Austin, TX
  • Wichita Falls High School – Wichita Falls, TX
  • The Winston School – Dallas, TX
  • Whitehouse High School – Tyler, TX
  • The Woodlands High School – The Woodlands, TX
  • Woodrow Wilson High School – Dallas, TX
  • Wylie High School – Wylie, TX
  • Young Women’s College Preparatory Academy – Houston, TX
  • Alta High School – Sandy, UT
  • East High School – Salt Lake City, UT
  • Juan Diego Catholic High School – Salt Lake City, UT
  • Judge Memorial High School – Salt Lake City, UT
  • Murray High School – Murray, UT
  • Park City High School – Park City, UT
  • Skyline High School – Salt Lake City, UT
  • The Waterford School – Sandy, UT
  • West High School – Salt Lake City, UT
  • Albemarle High School – Charlottesville, VA
  • Commonwealth Academy – Alexandria, VA
  • Episcopal High School – Alexandria, VA
  • George C. Marshall High School – Falls Church, VA
  • George Mason High School – Falls Church, VA
  • Jamestown High School – Williamsburg, VA
  • The Madeira School – McClean, VA
  • Oakton High School – Vienna, VA
  • South Lakes High School – Herndon, VA
  • St. Anne’s Belfield School – Charlottesville, VA
  • St. Michael the Archangel High School – Fredericksburg, VA
  • St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School – Alexandria, VA
  • T.C. Williams High School – Alexandria, VA
  • Wakefield School – The Plains, VA
  • Champlain Valley Union High School – Shelburne, VT
  • Harwood Union High School – Moretown, VT
  • Stowe High School – Stowe, VT
  • Bainbridge High School – Bainbridge Isle, WA
  • Cashmere High School – Cashmere, WA
  • Cheney High School – Cheney, WA
  • Decatur High School – Federal Way, WA
  • Emerald Ridge High School – Puyallup, WA
  • Inglemoor High School – Kenmore, WA
  • Juanita High School – Kirkland, WA
  • Seattle Academy – Seattle, WA
  • Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences – Seattle, WA
Washington, DC
  • Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School – Washington, D.C.
  • Gonzaga College High School – Washington, D.C.
  • St. Albans School – Washington, D.C.
  • National Cathedral School – Washington, D.C.
  • Sidwell Friends School – Washington, D.C.
  • St John’s College High School – Washington, D.C.
  • St. Andrew’s Episcopal School – Washington, D.C.
  • Maret School – Washington, D.C.
  • Schools Without Walls High School – Washington, D.C.
  • Woodrow Wilson High School – Washington, D.C.
  • DeForest High School – DeForest, WI
  • Madison East High School – Madison, WI
  • American School in England (TASIS England) – Thorpe, Egham, United Kingdom
  • American School in London – London, United Kingdom
  • American School in Japan – Chofu, Tokyo, Japan
  • American School of The Hague – The Hague, Netherlands
  • American International School – Chennai, India
  • American International School – Lusaka, Zambia
  • BINUS School Simprug – Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Dubai American Academy – Dubai, UAE
  • Hong Kong International School – Hong Kong, China
  • IGB International School – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • International School of Bangkok – Bangkok, Thailand
  • International School of Stavanger – Stavanger, Norway
  • International School of Paris – Paris, France
  • Katedralskolan Lund – Staffanstrop, Sweden
  • Lincoln School – Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Lycee Edgar-Poe – Paris, France
  • Lycee Franco-Mexicain – Mexico City, Mexico
  • Point Grey Secondary School – Vancouver, Canada
  • Prepa Tec – Monterrey, Mexico
  • St Andrews School – Nassau, Bahamas
  • Westgate CVI – Thunder Bay, Ontario
  • Wycombe Abbey School – Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom
  • Yokohama International School – Yokohama, Japan

On-Site Supervision Team Abroad

We hire bilingual high school teachers, university professors, and caring local staff who, as a team, serve as international “moms and dads” throughout the program. Directors actively participate in all aspects of the immersion experience: helping with housing adjustments, checking in on classes, and making sure students are taking advantage of the wonderful excursion and activity opportunities. All SPI staff go through extensive reference checks.

Training & Experience

Directors are selected based on their experience working with teenagers in an international setting, their ability to communicate fluently in the language of study, and their academic & professional background. All on-site staff go through an intensive training process.

Daily Supervision

Students are expected to be respectful of their directors’ guidelines and abide by the SPI standards of conduct at all times. SPI directors and program staff are available 24 hours a day. Directors check in with students on a daily basis in the mornings, afternoons, and evenings; they also frequently monitor all aspects of each student’s progress. Homestays and residence directors are contacted to learn how students are adjusting, and to handle any concerns. Daily curfews are enforced.

Student Behavior Expectations

Since 1996, we have proudly attracted an academically-minded student body focused on improving their language skills and growing from cultural experiences. At SPI, we take our role as teachers seriously — we recognize that we are responsible for guiding students through one of their most life-changing experiences. We expect students not only to abide by our standards of conduct at all times, but also to serve as ambassadors of their local communities, schools, and cities.

No Alcohol Policy

SPI maintains a strict policy against the use of alcohol. Directors check in with students in the evenings; however, parents are expected to review our standards of conduct with their children and set clear family expectations prior to the start of the program with regards to their behavior abroad.

Afternoon Elective Activities

Our meaningful afternoon elective activities make local culture, art, architecture, museums, sports, and attractions come to life! Each program offers a variety of engaging activities designed to combine serious fun with truly inspiring “once in a lifetime” experiences. Electives are not included in the program price, and we suggest students budget $100 per week for participation in these incredible learning experiences.

Common Afternoon Electives

CULTURAL: Cooking, Dance, Art & Architecture, Museum & Theater Visits, Local Sporting & Cultural Events

SPORTS: Surfing, Volleyball, Soccer, Kayaking, Snorkeling, Hikes & Walks

ENRICHMENT: Photography, College Prep (Essay Writing, Admissions Prep), Photography, Guest Speakers

Sample Travel Excursions

SPAIN: Bilbao, Pamplona, Santander, San Sebastian, Guernika, Biarritz (France), Comillas, Picos de Europa

FRANCE: Bordeaux, Bayonne, Anglet, San Sebastian (Spain), St. Jean de Luz, Pyrenees Mountains

COSTA RICA: Liberia, Cloud Forest, Puntarenas, Rincon de la Vieja, Tamarindo Beach

ITALY: Florence, Orvieto, San Gimignano, San Vincezo, Castiglione della Pescaia

Our Screening & Selection Process

Students live with roommates in a local homestay or student residence that is experienced in hosting foreign students. SPI has worked with most participating homestays and student residences for a number of years, and they understand students are there to learn the language and experience the culture. SPI diligently screens each homestay and student residence facility with the following in mind: safety, location, cleanliness, and previous experience hosting students.


Most homestays have hosted students for many years and take their jobs and duties as cultural ambassadors very seriously. Our foreign schools also work with each family on a year-round basis to ensure a positive experience is had by each student. It is critical to understand that most homestays come from humble means and different dynamics.

Location of Housing

All housing options are located within a 10-30 minute commute from the school. Students will walk or take the local bus, which is a safe and normal way for students their age to get around in our host cities. The majority of our housing options are located in the same areas where students will be close to each other.

Evening Curfews

Student curfews are set based on what a culturally appropriate weekday and weekend curfew would be for teenagers in the country of study. This is normally between 10 PM – 11 PM on weekdays and a little later on the weekends depending on location and group dynamic. As an important safety measure, program staff diligently monitor student curfews. Specific curfews are listed on each program page for your reference. 

Typical Housing Dynamics

Students are well supported in all housing options and are provided with: meals, a living and study space, laundry service or facilities, linens and towels. It is fundamental that students have an open mind to trying new foods and living in an environment different than “home” to benefit from this transformative experience!

Although SPI homestays come in all shapes and sizes, the majority are older couples or single/widowed women in their 50s – 60s who have extra room in their home and are eager to host students. We have found this dynamic provides the best support, the most interaction, and the most culturally rich experience. Some homestays do have children, but students should keep in mind that homestays with children are busier and often offer less interaction — much like a busy American family.

Language Course Overview

The language courses focus on developing communication skills by simulating real-life situations through interactive class activities that include writing, oral expression, film, music, food, and literature.

> 2 Hours – Grammatical Concepts

> 1-2 Hours – Conversation, Culture, Literature, Film, etc.

> Small class sizes with levels 1 through AP/IB

College Credit Opportunity

SPI uses foreign universities and accredited language institutes for coursework abroad. These institutions provide high school students, upon successful completion of their courses, with an official transcript that they may use to petition college credit from their future university or college. Official transcripts are first sent to SPI in September, and then we will mail an official copy of the transcript in a sealed envelope to each participant. You will mail the official transcript packet directly to your U.S. university once you are enrolled.

Credit Hours vs. Credit Granted

Most SPI language immersion programs give 30-80 contact hours, or classroom hours, enabling for a potential of up to 1-6 semester college credit hours by your university. Contact hours are treated differently at every school. Some schools will grant specific class credit for the hours (e.g., Spanish), although most give a general foreign language or elective credit. Normally, 15 Contact/Class Hours = 1 College Credit Hour.

IMPORTANT:  Due to the nature of college credit granting by each individual U.S. university, it is impossible for SPI to guarantee credit for any student.