Summer Abroad in San Sebastian, Spain with Homestay, Spanish Classes, and Cultural Activities

Spend your summer immersed San Sebastian, the cultural capital of the Basque country in Spain! You will find some of the best beaches in Europe within a short walk from impressive historical buildings. Enjoy the great views from Monte Igueldo, relax in the Miramar park, or sample some pintxos (traditional appetizers) in a cozy cafe. This program includes Spanish classes, cultural activities, and a homestay with a Spanish family.

2018 Dates and Prices

Dates: Choose your dates between June 10 and August 11 and stay for 2 to 6 weeks!

Prices:
2 weeks: $2,800*
3 weeks: $3,650*
4 weeks: $4,550*
Additional weeks: $925 each*
Airfare not included.

Deadline to apply: April 15, 2018

*We reserve the right to adjust program prices if there is a major change in the currency exchange rate. In this event, applicants may cancel and receive a full refund.

The Classes

Take your Spanish to the next level through fun, interactive language classes. In five 45-minute classes each weekday, you will work on speaking skills, comprehension, and grammar basics. Classes consist of 4 to 12 international high school-age students and are taught 100% in Spanish. The school is located close to the Cristina Enea Park and the lively district of Egia.

Cultural Activities and Excursions

Discover San Sebastian and learn about Basque culture through afternoon activities and excursions. From about 3:30 to 7:30 pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, you may bike around town, have a picnic on Santa Clara Island, visit a typical fishing village nearby, or play sports on the beach. This is also a great time to meet other teens from around the world participating in the same program. You will have free time Tuesday and Thursday afternoons to spend with your new friends.

The Homestays

A homestay with a local family is the best way to gain insights into the everyday life and culture of Spain. Host families come in all shapes and sizes, but what they all have in common is their interest in sharing their culture. Your homestay includes breakfasts and dinners (you will have lunches at the language school). There may be another international student sharing the homestay with you.

Sample Two-Week Schedule

Week One
Monday: bike tour around town
Tuesday: free afternoon
Wednesday: aquarium and Urgull stronghold
Thursday: free afternoon
Friday: trip to Zurautz (a beach town)
Saturday: kayaking on the Orio river
Sunday: free time with your host family

Week two
Monday: play Frontón
Tuesday: free afternoon
Wednesday: movie and churros
Thursday: free afternoon
Friday: trip to the cliffs of Zumaia
Saturday: Bilbao and Guggenheim museum
Sunday: free time with host family

Student Feedback

"I had a great time in San Sebastian. My host parents were lovely, the teachers at the language school were wonderful, and San Sebastian is a great city for Spanish immersion. I think my confidence in speaking Spanish and my skills have improved quite a bit." ~Janou~

"Here in San Sebastián I’ve spent two awesome weeks meeting people, hanging out, and just talking. I used to think it was how much you did and saw, but now I think it’s about who you talk to and the culture you experience."  ~Morgan~

Read Morgan's blog post about her experience

Prerequisites

Age: 14-17

Language: 1 year

Teacher Recommendation: Yes

You should be interested in other cultures and ready to participate in all classes, cultural activities, excursions, and your host family's everyday life. Being flexible about new experiences, foods, and ways of communicating is important, as well as having the maturity to travel independently and adapt to new situations.

All ANDEO homestay study programs include:

Fun, interactive language classes that will change your idea of "summer school" forever. You will learn in small groups with teens from around the world. The language classes will help you build your communication skills, understand the local culture, and become comfortable in real-life language situations. The classes usually take place every weekday morning (afternoons in Costa Rica) for three to four hours. On some days, you might venture out of the classroom to try out your language skills at a local market or in interviews with native speakers.

Exciting cultural activities and excursions that invite you to dive into the local culture. Depending on the location, the cultural activities may include cooking or dancing lessons, visits to nearby small villages or famous sights, nature hikes, or sports on the beach. In some places, you will also have the opportunity to get involved with a community service project. Click on the name of the country of your choice below to get more details.

Homestays that offer you a window into the local culture as well as additional chances to practice your language skills.

Local support by the local school staff and homestay coordinator who are available throughout your stay to help you make the most of your summer abroad.

Orientation materials that include practical information about your host country and help you prepare for your adventure abroad.

ANDEO staff support for you and your parents throughout the application process, in your preparations, and during your stay abroad.

Comprehensive medical travel insurance