Spanish Study Abroad
The following is a list of study abroad opportunities or other experiences abroad. Programs have varying minimum age requirements for children to participate. Find out if the program you are interested in is appropriate for your children. Some programs provide childcare for children who are too young to participate. The information for the program descriptions below was gathered from the program websites but offerings could change. Confirm program offerings before booking. This is a list of family study abroad programs that are available but is by no means an endorsement of these programs. Always check out the Department of State warnings before traveling abroad.
Family Study Abroad Opportunities
Amerispan offers a variety of study abroad programs including programs for families and teens. Check their website or contact them to see current program offerings.
Baja California Language College
Baja California Language College offers small group or private Spanish classes in Ensenada, Mexico. Stay with a family or in a hotel, RV park, marina (if arriving by boat) or vacation rental. Ensenada is driving distance from some southern U.S. cities (saving you airfare).
Centro Linguistico Conserva
Centro Linguistico Conserva in Santa Ana, Costa Rica offers a family study abroad program at its large six-acre campus. Stay with a local family or in a lodge on campus. The campus also includes a swimming pool, a cafeteria, a basketball hoop, a paddle tennis court, a ping pong table, a TV lounge, educational walking trails, a mock travel agency, a convenience store and an infirmary.
Concepto Universal, in Cuernavaca, Mexico, offers a Spanish immersion program with a focus on art and ecology. The program includes outings and activities with Mexican peers. Homestays with Mexican families are available.
Summer camps and Spanish classes for kids and teenagers in Spain. In summer camps children interact with native Spanish children and participate in sports and leisure activities as well as language classes. Children can stay in a residence hall or with you in a hotel (if you select the Day Camp or language course only options).
EXCEL Spanish Language Center
EXCEL offers Spanish courses for children, teenagers, and adults in Cuzco, Peru. Students stay in local family homes, hotels, or in a student residence.
Forester Instituto Internacional
Spanish immersion programs for children, teens, and adults in San Jose, Costa Rica.
Guadalajara Language Center
Guadalara Language Center offers regular and intensive Spanish language programs in Guadalajara, Mexico. Homestays with Mexican families are available.
IPSA (International Partners For Study Abroad) http://www.studyabroadinternational.com/
IPSA offers a variety of study abroad programs including programs for families and teens. Check their website or contact them to see current program offerings.
OLE Spanish Language School
OLE offers a family study abroad program in Queretaro, Mexico. Children learn Mexican games, arts and crafts, songs as well the Spanish language. Homestays are available.
Spanish Abroad has Spanish immersion programs in Costa Rica, Mexico, Guatemala, and Spain. Stay with a family, in a private apartment, or in a hotel. Teens can stay at the Teen Spanish Camp Residence.
Universidad Internacional offers programs for young children, teens, and adults in Cuernavaca, Mexico. The summer programs for children provide interaction with Mexican children and cultural activities as well as language instruction.
Study Abroad Opportunities for Teens
Amerispan offers a variety of study abroad programs for teens. Check their website or contact them to see current program
AYUSA offers high school abroad programs in a variety of countries. Check their website or contact them to see current program offerings.
CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange)
CIEE offers high school abroad programs in a variety of countries. Check their website or contact them to see current program offerings.
Cross-Cultural Solutions has a "Teen Volunteer Abroad" program for ages 15 - 17.
EF (Education First)
Study abroad programs in a variety of countries for teenagers and adults (ages 16 and up). EF Tours (http://www.eftours.com/) will organize educational trips for school groups.
Learning Programs International
Learning Programs International offers high school abroad programs in Spain, Mexico, Costa Rica, Peru, Italy, and France.
Youth for Understanding
Youth for Understanding is a non-profit educational organization with study abroad programs in 64 countries.
Alternatives to Study Abroad
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