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This program provides 14- and 15-year-old students with the opportunity to practice their Spanish in Spain. Learning takes place both inside and outside of the classroom, in a fun and engaging way. No college credits are awarded for participation in this program, although students will receive a certificate of completion from the language institute. Classes are held in the mornings while the afternoons are filled with cultural visits and recreational activities, such as swimming, kayaking, and tennis.

What's Included?

Highlights

Pre Departure Services

Orientation Materials and Resources

API Alumni Network

Social Networking

Advising and Support

Scholarship Opportunities

On Site Services

Airport Reception

On-Site Orientation

Tuition

Tutoring

Quality Housing (including meals and laundry)

Medical and Life Insurance

Social and Cultural Activities

Full-Time, On-site Resident Directors/Coordinators

Welcome and Farewell Group Events

24-Hour On-Site Emergency Assistance

Overnight Excursions and Day Trips

Community Involvement and Volunteer Opportunities

Re-Entry Services

Re-Entry Materials and Support

Post-Program Evaluation

Alumni Network and Global Leadership Academy

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Application Requirements

  • Must be ages 14-15 (completing grades 8-9)
  • Students must have completed at least one year of high school Spanish with a grade of B- or higher
  • Completed online application
  • One letter of recommendation (must be from a high school teacher or guidance counselor; can be submitted separately)
  • Most recent grade report
  • Valid Passport

API students participate in several excursions per session designed to help familiarize them with areas of their host city, country, and surrounding region. The following is a listing of all excursions for API Salamanca programs. All excursions are subject to change.

  • Santander

    Santander is an elegant city that extends over a wide bay with views of the Cantabrian Sea. Its historic quarter is situated against an incredible natural backdrop of sea and mountains.

  • Madrid

    Spain’s capital blends the modern with an important cultural and artistic heritage. Three of the most important art galleries in the world (the Prado, Reina Sofia and Thyssen-Bornemisza Museums) are all located in the center of Madrid. All this, combined with the momentum of a society that is dynamic, liberal and welcoming, has turned this metropolis into one of the western world’s great capitals.

  • Toledo

    Toledo, located south of Madrid, was declared ‘City of Mankind’s Heritage’ by UNESCO in 1986. It was capital of Spain from mid-6th to the mid-16th centuries, as evidenced by its impressive medieval architecture. Known as the “City of the Three Cultures,” it served as a hub for Jews, Moors and Christians and has today become a symbol of religious tolerance. Walking through Toledo is like taking a magic journey into the past.

  • Santander

    Santander is an elegant city that extends over a wide bay with views of the Cantabrian Sea. Its historic quarter is situated against an incredible natural backdrop of sea and mountains.

  • Segovia

    Segovia is a characteristic Old Castilian town that rose to importance under the Romans. Entering the city, all roads converge to one of the largest ancient structures remaining in Spain – the 2,000-year old Roman aqueduct. Following the winding roads through town, the cathedral tower and the beautiful medieval tower, as well as the Alcázar, rise above the city with majesty and grace.

  • Porto

    Porto is Portugal’s second largest city, and a very busy industrial and commercial center. The city was built along the hills overlooking the Douro river estuary, and its historical center was awarded World Heritage status by UNESCO in 1996. Porto’s geography is hard on the feet, but pleasant to the eye. The city is extremely hilly, with many buildings built into a cliff face that overlooks the river. Students will enjoy getting to know this lovely Portuguese city.

  • Madrid

    Spain’s capital blends the modern with an important cultural and artistic heritage. Three of the most important art galleries in the world (the Prado, Reina Sofia and Thyssen-Bornemisza Museums) are all located in the center of Madrid. All this, combined with the momentum of a society that is dynamic, liberal and welcoming, has turned this metropolis into one of the western world’s great capitals.

  • Toledo

    Toledo, located south of Madrid, was declared ‘City of Mankind’s Heritage’ by UNESCO in 1986. It was capital of Spain from mid-6th to the mid-16th centuries, as evidenced by its impressive medieval architecture. Known as the “City of the Three Cultures,” it served as a hub for Jews, Moors and Christians and has today become a symbol of religious tolerance. Walking through Toledo is like taking a magic journey into the past.

What You’ll Study

This program provides 14- and 15-year-old students with the opportunity to practice their Spanish in Spain. Learning takes place both inside and outside of the classroom, in a fun and engaging way. No college credits are awarded for participation in this program, although students will receive a certificate of completion from the language institute. Classes are held in the mornings while the afternoons are filled with cultural visits and recreational activities, such as swimming, kayaking, and tennis.

Classes are held at a centrally-located language and culture institute in Salamanca and are offered at a high school level. The classes are taught by local instructors and are conducted entirely in Spanish, regardless of language level. A placement exam is administered upon arrival to determine Spanish level. Classes are offered at the beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels. Classes are small in size, with no more than 10-15 students per class. All students take Spanish language, culture, and conversation courses, which involve group participation and interaction.

No academic credit is awarded for this program.

Staff & Coordinators

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    Inma Borrego

    Inma will be one of your Resident Directors in Salamanca and will be a resource for you on-site.

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    Miguel Blanco

    Miguel will be one of your Resident Directors in Salamanca and a resource for you while you are in Spain.

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    Mariana Delmonte-Gladstone

    Mariana Delmonte-Gladstone will be your Program Coordinator and prepare you to go abroad!

    Email - mariana.delmonte-gladstone@apiabroad.com

PROGRAM ITINERARY

Day 1

  • Arrive in Madrid.
  • Meet API at Madrid Barajas airport and travel together to orientation hotel to begin safety, transportation, and housing orientation sessions.
  • Walking tour of Puerta del Sol & Plaza Mayor in central Madrid followed by a group welcome dinner.

Day 2

  • Breakfast at hotel.
  • Guided tour of the Prado Museum followed by visit to Retiro Park for boating on the lake.
  • Group dinner.

Day 3

  • Breakfast at hotel.
  • Day trip to Toledo to visit the cathedral, Santa Maria la Blanca's synagogue, and the famous El Greco painting 'El entierro del Conde Orgaz'.
  • Arrive in Salamanca and meet host families.

Day 4

  • Morning placement exam at the Universidad de Salamanca.
  • Tour of Salamanca and the university.

Day 5-7

  • Morning language and culture classes at Universidad de Salamanca.
  • Lunch with host families.
  • Afternoon cultural and recreational activities.*

Day 8

  • Morning language and culture classes at the Universidad de Salamanca.
  • Depart for weekend trip to Santander.

Day 9

  • Breakfast at hotel.
  • Paddle surf lessons and free time to enjoy the beach.
  • Group dinner at local restaurant.

Day 10

  • Breakfast at hotel.
  • Visit La Madalena Gardens followed by a paella lunch.
  • Return to Salamanca.

Day 11-15

  • Morning language and culture classes at the Universidad de Salamanca.
  • Lunch with host families.
  • Afternoon cultural and recreational activities.*
  • 2-week students return to Madrid to depart for the U.S. 4-week students depart for Porto, Portugal.

Day 16

  • Breakfast at hotel.
  • Guided city tour of Porto. Explore the boardwalk and beach.
  • Group dinner at local restaurant.

Day 17

  • Breakfast at hotel.
  • Porto boat tour.
  • Return to Salamanca.

Day 18-22

  • Morning language and culture classes at the Universidad de Salamanca.
  • Lunch with host families.
  • Afternoon cultural and recreational activities.*

Day 23

  • Enjoy the day with host families!

Day 24

  • Day trip to Segovia. Visit the aqueduct, the cathedral, and the Alcazar.

Day 25-28

  • Final week of classes and end of term exams.

Day 29

  • Certificates and farewell ceremony!
  • Return to Madrid. Spend the final night in the hotel.
  • Group farewell dinner.

Day 30

  • Return to Madrid Barajas airport to depart for the U.S.

*Itinerary is subject to change.

API cultural activities may include salsa lessons, a bike tour, horseback riding, painting workshop, cooking class, kayaking, etc.

Salamanca High School Spanish Language

Classes are held at a centrally-located language and culture institute in Salamanca and are offered at a high school level. The classes are taught by local instructors and are conducted entirely in Spanish, regardless of language level. A placement exam is administered upon arrival to determine Spanish level. Classes are offered at the beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels. Classes are small in size, with no more than 10-15 students per class. All students take Spanish language, culture and conversation courses, which involve group participation and interaction.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Salamanca High School Spanish Language

Classes are held at a centrally-located language and culture institute in Salamanca and are offered at a high school level. The classes are taught by local instructors and are conducted entirely in Spanish, regardless of language level. A placement exam is administered upon arrival to determine Spanish level. Classes are offered at the beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels. Classes are small in size, with no more than 10-15 students per class. All students take Spanish language, culture and conversation courses, which involve group participation and interaction.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Highlights
  • Learn Spanish where the language was established in Salamanca, Spain
  • Get your first taste of studying abroad

API students in Salamanca will live with a host family. Internet access is included.

Students who choose to live with families generally share a double room with a fellow API student and are provided with three meals per day and laundry service. Families provide an amazing opportunity to experience Spanish culture firsthand. Host families serve as a unique introduction into Spanish culture and may be made up of a married couple with children, a divorced or widowed woman with children still at home, or a family with some members living at home and others living outside the home. Students can opt for a single room for an additional fee.

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Note: Students can receive $100 for each applicant they refer to an API high school summer program (excluding the Parsons Paris Pre-College program). The applicant must include the student's name as the referral source on the online application.

Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Summer 1 Jun 28, 2019 - Jul 13, 2019 $3,750 Apr 1, 2019 Apr 15, 2019
Summer 2 Jun 28, 2019 - Jul 27, 2019 $5,495 Apr 1, 2019 Apr 15, 2019