Exchange students will be hosted in a volunteer Spanish host family and will attend regular classes in a local public or private High School in Spain. This program is only available for English native speakers. There are no classes on afternoons d...
Exchange students will be hosted in a volunteer Spanish host family and will attend regular classes in a local public or private High School in Spain. This program is only available for English native speakers. There are no classes on afternoons during the high school program in Spain; some Spanish high schools offer optional workshops/extra-curricular activities in the afternoon, which may be at an extra cost. Popular sports are football, basketball and nautical sports in some schools.
The Spanish public educational system is divided into 3 stages: elementary education (from 6 to 12 Y.O.), secondary education (from 12 to 16 Y.O.) and the baccalureate degree (from 16 to 18 Y.O.). Main subjects of the secondary education are mandatory and cannot be chosen: Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Physical Education, Plastic and Visual Education, Spanish and Literature, Foreign Language (English), Mathematics, Music, Technology. During the 2 years of the bachillerato, students should take at least Physical Education, Philosophy, Spanish and Literature, Foreign Language and History. There are 3 more subjects to study, depending on the Spanish high school's offer: Technical Drawing, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Latin, Greek, etc. Each school also offers some optional subjects that may be chosen depending on the interest of the student. The grade and subjects chosen depend on availability at school and on the Principal's decision.
Placements will be arranged all over Spain, depending on availability of host families. Host families been volunteer, exchange students will not be able to make a location choice. Spanish host families are generally warm, open and outgoing. They enjoy the opportunity to share their culture, country and way of life with a young person from another country.
Within this specific program, our Spanish host families are volunteer families. They will naturally support the student with his/her Spanish studies but are also eager to welcome students who may share their native language with the family members in return. Exchange students with a low proficiency level in Spanish can participate in a three week intensive tutorial program that takes place before to the general arrival date.
Graduation is not possible during your experience in a High School in Spain.