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Nestled on Europe’s Iberian Peninsula, this diverse nation is home to a wealth of art, culture, museums, monuments, beaches, cities, and cuisine. Want to learn more about this amazing country first hand? You can with our high school study abroad programs!

Overview

This Short Term program offers an authentic insight into the local lifestyle by immersing students directly into the Spanish culture. We work closely with students, host families and schools to deliver a well-rounded learning experience and a safe, comfortable and memorable stay in Madrid!

About Spain

This program takes place in the northern area of the city of Madrid. This is a pleasant residential area with plenty of green zones and large recreation areas.

This area is well connected to the center of the city, where most of the students’ cultural activities will be held.

Capital city of fun and learning

Madrid is the capital of Spain. It is also the country’s largest and most populous city. Today it is incredibly varied and cosmopolitan, welcoming visitors and residents from all around the World. The city is very safe and enjoys a relaxed and sophisticated atmosphere. It’s a city that begs to be enjoyed.

Madrid offers something for everybody, whatever their age, interests, tastes and needs. Most attractions are free for visitors to enjoy simply by opening their eyes and enjoying the captivating views and spaces that are open to all. And within easy reach of Madrid, the region offers so many other incredible experiences.

Spectacular cultural heritage

This historic city’s many attractions include its monumental and cultural heritage sites such as Plaza Mayor, the Royal Opera Theatre, Puerta del Sol and the Royal Palace. Madrid’s Prado Museum is one of the most important art galleries in the world. The city also boasts two other institutions of world-renown in the Reina Sofia National Art Museum and the Thyssen Bornemisza Museum.

As well as these and its many other museums that house spectacular collections, Madrid also hosts a wealth of cultural activities (cinema, theater, music, dance) all year round. Less than ninety minutes from Madrid you’ll find UNESCO-listed World Heritage cities full of outstanding historical monuments including Toledo, Segovia, Avila, Aranjuez and Alcalá de Henares.

Unrivaled sports facilities

Madrid is a city well known for its sport. The city is home to some of the best professional football (soccer) teams in the World such as Atlético de Madrid and Real Madrid. There’s no question that it has world-class facilities. There are numerous stadiums and venues, sports centres with Olympic swimming pools, tennis clubs, cycling tracks and skating rinks. And, of course, there are the large city parks where you can practice sports surrounded by nature.

Entertainment for all ages and tastes

Children, teenagers and adults alike will find numerous options for fun and entertainment in Madrid in zoos, amusement and theme parks.

Safe and comfortable residential areas

Participate on our summer program in Madrid and you’ll stay with a family that lives in the northern area of the city of Madrid. This is a pleasant residential area with plenty of green zones and large recreation areas. Specifically, our host families live in the neighborhoods of Montecarmelo, Mirasierra, Las Tablas, Sanchinarro, Barrio del Pilar, Ciudad de los Periodistas and Alcobendas.

This area is well connected to the centre of the city, where most of the students’ cultural activities will be held.

Program Dates & Deadlines

The Summer Language camp in Madrid is from June 27th – July 26th, 2020

Program Costs

4 weeks

Costs

$6,300

What's Included In The Program

  • Students will be placed in the classes best suited to their level of Spanish.
  • Classes will be held entirely in Spanish to ensure complete immersion.
  • The program will focus on the four key skills: oral and written expression, and reading and listening comprehension
  • The program includes short courses on cultural issues: Cooking, Spanish Grammar, Literature, History, Art and Geography, Social Studies and Music, all of which are closely related to the visits and evening activities.
  • Classes will be held every day, Monday through Friday, apart from days scheduled for hiking.

Additional Expenses You Might Incur

  • Flight ticket to Madrid
  • Personal expenses (around 200€ monthly)
  • School expenses (books, material, excursions, lunches…)

Class Information

  • From 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Students will be placed in classes best suited to their level of Spanish
  • Classes will be held entirely in Spanish to ensure complete immersion

Cultural & Recreational Activities

  • Royal Palace
  • Almudena Cathedral
  • Main Square
  • Aquac Park
  • Puerta del Sol
  • Prado Museum
  • Reina Soa Museum
  • Rero Park
  • Madrid Amusement Park
  • Visit to the Sanago Bernabéu stadium Real Madrid
  • San Miguel Market
  • Picnic with host families.

Excursions

  • Toledo city
  • Segovia city
  • Sanago de Compostela city
  • Four day Excursion to the Camino de Sango

Eligibility

  • Be between 13 and 18 years old
  • Must be in 7th – 12th grade
  • A basic-medium knowledge of Spanish, which we will evaluate through a conference call
  • Appropriate Academic Record
  • To accept the rules of behavior described in the Student´s guide, which we will provide in the registration process

Application Process

  1. Explore our programs, options and countries to find your best match. 
  2. Complete our interest form and, if applicable, let us know who referred you to us.
  3. Schedule a meeting with one of our Travel & Study Abroad experts.
  4. Submit your application and a $200 application fee. This non-refundable fee will be applied to your overall program costs.
  5. Upon acceptance, you will be required to pay a deposit of 50% of the total program costs, up to $1500. The final payment is due several weeks before your departure. 

Parent FAQs

Moving away from your support network and into a new and unfamiliar environment can be difficult even for the most well-adjusted students. Students with pre-existing mental health conditions may find this adjustment particularly challenging, which could worsen any issues they were previously facing. In order to ensure the safety of our participants, we conduct a thorough screening of all applicants to ensure they are in the right mindset to participate. While the majority of students are eligible to participate, we may not be able to accept students who have recently struggled with mental illness and/or are reliant on medication to treat mental illness in certain circumstances. Pre-existing mental health conditions include, but are not limited to:
  • Severe anxiety
  • Depression
  • Eating Disorders
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
For students prepared to take on the challenge, absolutely. It is, however, important to consider a student’s level of maturity prior to the program because it directly impacts their success.  Ideally, our programs will push students beyond their comfort zone and into what is referred to as their stretch zone. It’s in the stretch zone that learning, growth, and development - along with challenges and risk - occur.  If a student is not ready and/or willing to move beyond their comfort zone, plunging into a new and unfamiliar environment could actually have an adverse effect and place them in what is referred to as the panic zone Parents should make an honest assessment of their child’s maturity level and understand that study abroad will not fundamentally change their child’s personality or behavior when considering the program. 
While abroad, your child will be fully supported. First, they will receive a personal Program Manager to assist with everything from the initial request to your child’s departure. Then, they will be supported abroad by a dedicated Local Coordinator who will frequently check in on the student and provide monthly progress reports. Your child will have the contact information of their Local Coordinator and can contact them at any time. There is also a 24/7 emergency line managed out of ISE headquarters.
No. Visits of any kind are not allowed during our programs. If you plan to visit your child, you should plan to do so after the program has ended.
The vast majority of our participants are placed in small to medium-sized towns outside of major cities. They may not be living in the most “touristy” areas, but as long as participants are open-minded they will be treated to a truly immersive and authentic experience.

Summer Program FAQs

For students who are unable to travel during the academic year, ISE offers short-term summer programs in select countries. Visit our Summer Program page for more details.
Participants in our summer program options will experience a mix of language classes, cultural immersion, and local excursions.
Our summer program options run from 1-8 weeks. See our Summer Program page for specific dates.
Yes. It’s important to budget for things like cell phone service, excursions, eating out, personal shopping, etc. A fair estimate would be between $300-$400 per month, but it’s a good idea to research where you’d like to go/what you’d like to buy prior to your departure.

General FAQs

ISE’s Travel & Study Abroad Program will take your academic, career, and life opportunities to new levels! College admissions and employers love compelling personal growth stories, and Travel & Study Abroad will supply you with those stories.  Some of the many benefits of participating in our programs include: Academic & Career Benefits
  • Stand out during the college admissions process
  • Develop new language skills in an immersive environment
  • Develop problem-solving skills
  • Identify interests to better select academic & career paths
  • Establish cross-cultural skills
  • Improve academic scores
Personal Benefits
  • Improve personal organization and time management skills
  • Develop a sense of adaptability, independence, and self-reliance
  • Boost self-confidence
  • Learn about new lifestyles
  • Experience new cuisines
  • Make lifelong friends
  • Gain life experience
Since 1982, our nonprofit organization has remained committed to educating future leaders and making a positive, long-lasting impact in communities.   To make cross-cultural experiences accessible to more people, we offer the best pricing available to our participants...and we do so without compromising the quality of the experience or level of support offered   We assign each participant a personal Program Manager, so you’ll receive assistance throughout your entire program experience by someone you know by name. We also provide 24/7 support from our dedicated Student Services Team.   Lastly, the trusted international organizations we partner with have been trained and certified over the course of many years working to provide study abroad programs
The summer abroad experience does lend itself to some very important essays that students write.” Deputy director of admissions for the University of Texas  A lot of schools, including ours, are looking for a diverse perspective, and international experiences lend themselves to that.” - Admissions Advisor, University of California Anything that makes your application stand out is a good thing.” - Admissions officer, University of Chicago Not only does studying outside the United States help build necessary language fluency for all college-bound students, it shows those headed to elite institutions will go outside their comfort zone and expand to meet the challenge. Nothing speaks to the ethics of those institutions quite like a commitment to that kind of excellence and personal achievement.” - Admissions Advisor, New York University
First and foremost, program candidates should be mature, open-minded, and adaptable. Wondering if our Travel & Study Abroad Program is right for you? Check out our article Should You Study Abroad? 8 Signs You’d Make a Great Exchange Student to find out!
During the Academic Year (Visit Our High School Programs Page for Specific Dates)
  • Short Term Option (1-2 months)
  • Trimester and Semester Options
  • Full Year Options
During the Summer (Visit Our Summer Program Page for Specific Dates)
  • Program options from 1-8 weeks
Post-High School Gap Year (Visit Our Gap Year Page for Specific Dates)
  • 12-month program option
For the majority of our programs, you’ll be living with a host family.  A few of our programs offer boarding schools. In those cases, you will be living with other students in a dormitory.
We don’t include airfare in our pricing because we know that allowing people to shop around for the most competitive rates and convenient airport locations is best. Not to mention you might have frequent flyer miles that you could use towards the purchase of a ticket, why take that opportunity away? You may see other programs that include flights, but it should be noted that often these flights will cost more than what participants could find on their own and/or depart from less convenient locations.
Yes, a travel medical insurance policy is included in the program price for all participants.
To attend a high school you must be sufficiently proficient in the native language of the country you would like to visit, but you don’t have to be fluent. Your language skills will improve quickly once you are culturally immersed!  Don’t speak another language? Don’t worry - we offer several programs in English-speaking countries.
We try to make the application process as simple as possible. Here are the steps you should follow if you’d like to apply:
  1. Explore our programs, options, and countries to find your best match.
  2. Complete our interest form and, if applicable, let us know who referred you to us.
  3. Schedule a meeting with one of our Travel & Study Abroad experts.
  4. Submit your application and a $200 application fee. This non-refundable fee will be applied to your overall program costs.
  5. Upon acceptance, you will be required to pay a deposit of 50% of the total program cost, up to $1500. The final payment is due several weeks before your departure.

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