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Cádiz, founded in approximately 1,100 B.C., is the oldest city in Spain and the oldest city in Europe. Surrounded by the sea on three sides, Cádiz is only accessible by the “Puerta de Tierra,” a strip of land that once served as protection from invasion, and now serves as the only entrance into the city. Though many ancient ruins are now covered by the ocean or modern construction, the rich history of Cádiz is evident everywhere. Monuments, cathedrals, palaces, mansions and homes have been restored to add to the modern beauty of the city. Visitors delight in the Catedral Vieja, Catedral Nueva, the Museo Provincial and the Museo Histórico. Cádiz is known for its charm, great seafood, relaxed atmosphere, clean air and warm southern Spanish hospitality. API students can see why people settled here centuries ago, and why they come today to “step back in time” to experience a true southern Spanish lifestyle.

Each student’s Spanish language proficiency will improve as they settle into the welcoming and open atmosphere of the city of Cádiz. By living with a family and experiencing life in Cádiz, API students have abundant opportunities to use and improve their language skills while learning about life in this historic European city.

The Universidad de Cádiz traditionally belonged to the University of Western Andalusia, centralized within the Rectorado of Seville. It gained its independence and became the Universidad de Cádiz in the early 1980s. The University has been welcoming international students for almost 50 years. The foreign language department continues to expand and attract more and more international students each year. The main branch of the three-campus university system is located in Cádiz. Students who choose to study abroad in Cádiz can enjoy the feel of this modern campus, which still retains the old world charm of this fascinating city.

“My overall experience in Cádiz has been awesome. The family I have been staying with has been very hospitable and kind to me. The food they have served me is beyond delicious. The lifestyle of Cádiz is very laid back and they have cultural events almost every month. The beaches are awesome and filled with interesting characters, singing Gypsies, and ancient castles."

Santiago G. Point Loma Nazarene University
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    Cultural Activities

    • Walking tour of Cádiz
    • Kayaking and surfing
    • Flamenco lessons
    • Spanish movie nights
    • Language exchanges
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    API Gives Back

    API students in Cádiz have the opportunity to give back to their local community through various volunteer projects, including teaching English to young children, helping and entertaining people with disabilities, serving food to the homeless, and spending quality time with the elderly.

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    Things to Do

    Sunbathing on Cádiz's long beaches


    Chow down on tapas

    Enjoy the magnificent sunset


    Participate in the most famous carnival in Spain!

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    Festivals & Holidays

    All Saints' Day (November)

    Carnival de Cádiz (February)

    Spanish National Day (October)

    Semana Santa (April)

    Saint John's Day (June)

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    University Highlights

    The Universidad de Cádiz has been welcoming international students for over 50 years and is a fantastic location for Spanish language immersion.

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Laura Bahamonde

Laura will be your Program Manager and prepare you to go abroad!

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Victoria Rodriguez Garcia

Vicky will be your Resident Director in Cadiz and a resource for you while living abroad with us in Spain!