Summer Study Programs in Spain

Over 100 Spanish schools in Spain offering Spanish language classes, Spanish culture courses, and more!

Summer study programs at Spanish language schools

Learning Spanish in Spain is an established tradition in Spain for Europeans, Americans, and people from all over the world. Summer programs in Spain, however, are by far the most popular program type.

Learning Spanish in Spain during the summer means great weather, vacation, and endless sunny beaches, all of which makes learning Spanish in Spain even more fun than normal.

Advantages of summer Spanish-in-Spain programs:

  • Anyone can apply (minimum age is usually 17, but can vary with program type)
  • Direct enrollment enrollment in the Spanish schools is rolling, so you need apply only a few weeks before you go (though earlier is always better)
  • No minimum GPA is required—the Spanish schools promote Spanish language & culture, enrollment is open
  • Academic progress is not a factor—again, the Spanish schools promote Spanish language and culture, so you have to be there to benefit
  • If you have already spent a semester or academic year abroad, summer programs at Spanish schools allow you additional time to learn Spanish in Spain
  • Direct enrollment at a Spanish school in Spain is affordable and flexible
  • Summer programs are flexible: you can study for the entire summer or just two weeks
  • All Spanish language schools have summer programs, so you can choose where in Spain you want to study
  • You can study at two or more Spanish schools in Spain if you want exposure to different parts of Spain
  • You will learn a lot during a single summer program in Spain—20 hours a week is a standard Spanish course at nearly all the Spanish schools in Spain

Are Spanish summer programs serious study abroad programs or vacation?

Happily, they are both.

You may go with (and you should) the intention of studying as much Spanish as possible and learning as much Spanish as possible in order to take a standardized test in Spanish to get credit for your study in Spain, but you will, as most people do, enjoy yourself so much that it will feel like vacation.

Conversely, you may go with vacation as your primary motive, but you will still learn tons of Spanish. You will have to study your Spanish and learn Spanish in order to keep up with the class, and you will find that everyone does, even those who are more interested in vacation study abroad.

Spanish summer courses

Spanish summer course offered at Spanish language schools are the same as the Spanish classes they offer during the course of the year. Some Spanish courses, such as a course in "Estudios Hispánicos" may not be offered during the summer, or if offered, the sequence of the Spanish course may not include a particular Spanish class you are interested in. Spanish classes offered by Spanish schools in Spain include:

  • Spanish grammar and conversation (divided into approximately 6 levels)
  • Art History of Spain
  • Spanish literature
  • History of Spain
  • Latin American literature
  • Business Spanish
  • Spanish for DELE (Diploma of Spanish as a Foreign Language)
  • Contemporary Issues in Spain
  • Spanish Culture & Traditions
  • The Economy of Spain
  • Spanish Culinary/Cooking classes

Spanish summer courses—typical daily schedule for a Spanish school summer program

  • 09:00 - 11:00am - Spanish grammar classes (divided into levels)
  • 11:00 - 11:30am - Break
  • 11:30am - 1:00pm - Spanish vocabulary class and Spanish conversation class
  • 1:00pm - 2:20pm - Lunch (lunch schedules may vary)
  • 2:20 - 3:15pm - Spanish Elective class (may meet 2x, 3x, or more times per week)

The direct enrollment after-class advantage

One of the greatest advantages of direct enrollment in a Spanish language school in Spain is that you will meet others like yourself studying Spanish in Spain—you will have a very international group of friends during you stay in Spain. While English is a widely-used language internationally (including at Spanish language schools in Spain), the fact that you enrolled directly and not with a sponsored group of other English-speaking students means that you will practice much more Spanish than in any other scenario.

Students at Spanish schools in Spain always spend time together, but this is particularly true in the summer when students learning Spanish spend endless hours on the beach (many bring their books to the beach!) or in cafs. The out-of-class time spent together is an excellent time to practice and improve your Spanish.