Program Details

Improve your Spanish with formal language training as you explore Madrid and Andalucía’s cultural landmarks and hidden treasures.
Location:
Granada, Spain; Madrid, Spain
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
High School
Term:
Summer

Program Overview

Program Description:

Begin your Experiment in Spain’s capital, Madrid, exploring the famous sites, museums, and neighborhoods while trying authentic foods such as paella and pulpo. Take a day trip to Toledo, the “Imperial City” known for its 2,000+ years of history, before continuing on to the province of Andalucía in southern Spain, where you will dive into intensive Spanish language classes.

This program has two separate language learning groups. Both groups will develop their Spanish language skills through 50+ hours of exposure and practice through formal classes, experiential learning activities, host family interactions, peer-to-peer practice, and more. Group One has formal language instruction in the historic city of Granada, where the group will attend exclusive small classes divided by level at the Centro de Lenguas y Educación Intercultural. In addition to formal instruction, this group will learn through music, film, city scavenger hunts, field trips, and organized activities with local students such as playing sports. Group Two will also have formal language classes as well as immersive arts training in Guadix, delivered fully in Spanish. You will practice by doing, using, and developing your Spanish language skills in ceramics, theater, flamenco, or other arts classes. Both groups will visit and explore Granada, Guadix, and Alhambra.

Your Spanish language immersion continues with a homestay in an Andalusian town, where you can expect to enjoy home-cooked meals and visit local markets, beaches, and cafés with your friends and host family. Experience Spain’s outdoors during activities such as trekking along a river and canoeing. Return to Madrid for final reflection and language practice before departing for home.

Setting Description:
The program has two separate language groups. One group has Spanish training in the historic city of Granada, where, for four hours each day, the group attends small-group, interactive language classes divided by language level at the Centro de Lenguas y Educación Intercultural. Learn inside and outside the classroom through music, film, city scavenger hunts, and field trips. After class, take advantage of opportunities to meet up with Spanish students learning English and join them for sporting or cultural events. The program’s other group has language classes and immersive arts training in Guadix. This group participates in workshops focused on flamenco, ceramics, theatrical performance, and other arts, in addition to the language training. In Guadix, there are opportunities to learn about Romani culture and Gitano identity and to perform flamenco and traditional village dances with local community members.

Additional Program Information

Scholarships:
Yes
Scholarships Description:
For summer 2020, we will offer merit-based partial scholarships to students who live in the Florida Keys, the Houston, TX metro area, the Seattle, WA metro area, and the Washington, DC metro area. Email info@experiment.org for more information.

Program Reviews

Overall Rating

4.9

Based on 16 Reviews

  • Best experience ever
    5.0
    09/30/19

    The trip overall was the best thing that has ever happened to me. I got to meet the most amazing people from all around the U.S and Spain. I feel so lucky to have met them. We all created such a great bond with each other. They have become some of my

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • A life changing experience
    5.0
    09/02/19

    Having the chance to study abroad with the experiment was a life changing adventure, from learning just how different a culture can be from your own to all the first experiences i got the chance to have. I now not only have new friends across the country

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Most Memorable Month of my Life
    5.0
    09/01/19

    This program allowed me to have the most amazing summer of my life. The leaders were amazing people who were so helpful, fun, and loving. They wanted to make sure we had a great time and they really succeeded. The experience was shared with an awesome

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Without a doubt the best month of my life.
    5.0
    08/21/19

    During my time in Spain I was deeply immersed in a culture which held little in common with what I had been living my whole life. This allowed to both my mind and my heart to open in ways that could not be possible by staying in the United States forever.

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • New Persepectives
    5.0
    08/21/19

    Traveling with the Experiment in International Living was a spectacular experience that I would never trade for anything. Going into the trip to Spain I didn't think I would be learning so much as I did, but the moment I got outside of the airport I also

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Best Experience Ever!
    5.0
    09/01/18
    I had incredible group leaders and peers that made this experience be one of the best things I've ever done. The activities were very enjoyable and made the group extremely close to one another.
    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Best Experience Ever
    5.0
    09/01/18

    Going to Spain with the Experiment was the best decision of my life. Not only was I able to understand the Spanish culture and language but i was also immersed in courses where I learned Spanish, ceramics, and flamenco dancing. I was able to do tours

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • The Experience of a Lifetime!
    5.0
    08/31/18

    This program was so much more than a simple trip abroad. From living with a wonderful, caring, and supportive host family to making countless connections with locals and fellow Experimenters alike, this experience was truly one that I will never forget.

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Life Changing
    5.0
    08/31/18

    Going abroad by itself can be lifechanging, but the ease of transitioning and the help of my group leaders is really what helped me be as open and excited as I was. Not only were leaders there to teach us life skills and skills for abroad, they also were

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Realization
    5.0
    08/31/18

    "Por favor ayudame"- A piece of cardboard held between tired hands grabbed my eye. A woman, maybe late 30's, held out this cry for help, asking pedestrians for spare change. Her sign then continued to describe how she has 2 children in need of food.

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • amazing trip
    4.0
    08/31/18

    I must say that my trip to Spain was all that I expected and more. Throughout the trip, I was taught the Spanish language through complete immersion, and I learned more than I thought possible. I think it's important that future participants realize that

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Spain 2018
    4.0
    08/27/18

    The Spain program allowed for a safe and encouraging setting to reach outside of one's comfort zone. This not only included my immense improvement in my Spanish speaking and understanding, but we learned how to cook, explored cave houses, and received

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • An Unforgettable Month
    5.0
    08/15/18

    The program I did over the summer was probably the best thing I’ve ever done on Earth for the first 15 years of my life. I got to see so many new things and experience them with a wonderful group of people. I’d say my Homestay was by far my favorite

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • A life changing opportunity!
    5.0
    09/02/17

    I learned a lot and grew as an individual by traveling abroad to Spain through the Experiment. The group leaders, host families, and coordinators made this trip especially memorable for me. I not only learned more about myself and how independent I was

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Experiment in International Living: Spanish Language and Cultural Discovery
    5.0
    09/01/17

    The few days before the others on my program and I would inevitably meet at the airport to travel to Spain, I was overwhelmed with nerves. I kept wondering: what was in store in the upcoming month? As soon as I met my leaders and peers, my jitters instantly

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • An Experiment Worth Experiencing
    5.0
    08/07/17

    My experience in Spain was a dream come true. Not only did I become more confident with myself and my decisions, but I have grown familiar with the Spanish culture and made an amazing family along the way. Being in Spain was like being in whole new world

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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