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Enrich the time between high school and college in a gap program, differentiate your resume with an internship, or get class credit while you study abroad. Along the way, you’ll attend prestigious universities, enjoy career-accelerating experiences, and immerse yourself in Spain’s language, lifestyle and culture.

Seville Spain

Plaza de España in Seville, Spain

Destination Overview

API offers a variety of programs in in Spain six different locations, spanning the country regionally, culturally, and linguistically. If you are coming to Spain for the first time, be warned: this is a country that fast becomes an addiction. You’ll be hooked by the celebration of some local fiesta, or the amazing nightlife in Madrid, by the Moorish monuments of Andalucía, by Basque cooking or the wild landscapes and birds of prey of Extremadura.

And by then, of course, you will have noticed that there is not just one Spain but many. Indeed, Spaniards often speak of Las Españas (the Spains) and they even talk of the capital in the plural – Los Madriles, the Madrids. This regionalism is an obsession, and perhaps the most significant change to the country over recent decades has been the creation of seventeen autonomías – autonomous regions – with their own governments, budgets, and cultural ministries.

Hear from API Alumni Who Studied in Spain

Explore API programs offered in any of these exciting locations in Spain:

Barcelona Spain
Why Barcelona
  • Catalán language, culture, & cuisine

  • Gaudí and Modernistic architecture

  • Great jumping off point to explore the rest of Spain and Europe

  • Fabulous art and museums

  • Mediterranean Sea

Barcelona Spain
Bilbao, Spain
Bilbao, Spain
Why Bilbao
  • Rich Basque history and culture
  • One of Europe’s fastest-growing art scenes
  • The spectacular Guggenheim museum
  • Beautiful nearby beaches
  • Amazing seafood and Basque cuisine
Why Granada
  • Mid-sized town; easy to explore

  • Close to the mountains and the beach

  • Heavy Moorish influence

  • The Alhambra: the pearl of Andalusia

  • City of the free tapas!

  • University town

  • Visits to the “cuevas” for Flamenco

Granada Spain
Madrid Spain
Madrid Spain
Why Madrid
  • Capital of Spain

  • Centrally-located for exploring Spain

  • Prado Museum, Royal Palace, Reina Sofía Museum

  • London, Paris, Rome in less than 3 hours by air

Why Salamanca
  • Oldest university in Spain

  • Salamanca’s Plaza Mayor is considered one of Spain’s most beautiful

  • Active university town

  • First Spanish grammar published here

  • Known as the “Golden City”

Salamanca Spain
Seville Spain
Seville Spain
Why Seville
  • Flamenco, bullfights, and rich Spanish traditions

  • Great weather

  • World-famous spring festivals (Feria)

  • More than 2,000 years of culture and art

  • Bullring where the “Carmen” opera took place

  • 3rd largest cathedral in the world

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

API is committed to providing enriching international experiences to its participants. We believe in the importance of promoting acceptance, dignity, and respect among people of all backgrounds. API demonstrates its commitment to inclusiveness by providing affordable and accessible programs, offering individualized support, and conducting ongoing diversity education and training for all API staff. No matter who you are or where you come from, API will support you during your journey abroad.

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“Studying abroad in Granada was a semester that I could only have dreamed of. Being immersed in such a unique culture was life-changing. I will always be grateful for the privilege of studying abroad with API. They provided me with the support and resources needed to explore and learn as I became more familiar with the Spanish culture.”

~Pamela K.
API Granada student
Student in Salamanca Spain
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