FAQ

1. How old do I have to be in order to participate?
These   programs are designed for U.S. and Canadian students between the ages of 15 and 19 who wish to improve their Spanish or their Spanish Literature knowledge.
Students who are not yet 18 years of age must provide written permission to attend from their legal guardians. This information can be found on the Payment Sheet that the student must send by fax or mail prior to April 30, 2015.
Students who are 15 years of age may not register individually for these classes. However, students who turn 16 anytime during 2015 may enroll individually.

2. Can I sign up individually or do I have to go with a group?

Spanish Language Program:
Students may register either individually or as part of a group.
a)    To register individually, students should enroll online and send the Payment Sheet and non-refundable deposit by fax or mail before April 30, 2015. On the Pre-enrollment Form, the student must list in his or her order of preference four of the schools offering the courses described in this program.
After April 30, applications will be accepted on a space availability basis.
While Eduespaña will try to assign the student to his or her first choice school, final decisions will be based on availability. Students will be notified of their assigned school prior to May 15, 2015. At that time, they will also receive instructions on how to submit payment for their tuition.
Students must send the final Enrollment Form with final payment for their program cost before May 23, 2015. Until payment in full has been confirmed, the student will not be considered officially enrolled.
b)    For group enrollment, the teacher in charge should contact Eduespaña prior to April 30, 2015 for instructions on how to enroll the group and when tuition payment is due.
If there are 12 or more students in a group, a schedule can be tailor-made to meet their specific needs

Spanish Literature Program:
 a)    To register individually, students should enroll online and send the Payment Sheet and non-refundable deposit by fax or mail before April 30, 2015. Students will be notified if they are accepted prior to May 15, 2015.
Groups must contain at least 5 students in order to form an AP Literature group. If less than 5 students are interested in forming this group, the school will determine whether the course will take place and will notify the effected students before May 15, 2015. In the event that the course is cancelled, 100% of the paid deposit will be returned to the pre-registered students.
 After April 30, applications will be accepted on a space availability basis.
 b) For group enrollment, the teacher in charge should contact Eduespaña prior to April 30, 2015 for instructions on how to enroll the group and when tuition payment is due.
If there are 12 or more students in a group, a schedule can be tailor-made to meet their specific needs
 

3. What are the program scholarships?
The Spanish Language and Literature Programs for High School Students in Quality-accredited schools are organized by Eduespaña and sponsored by the Education Office of the Embassy of Spain in Washington, DC.
Each student enrolled in the program receives a partial scholarship: from the total cost of the course (non-refundable deposit plus program cost) a scholarship of $400 is deducted.
Lastly, teachers who escort groups will receive benefits such as room and board and a travel allowance depending on the number of students in their group.

4. What classes can I take?

The Advanced Placement Spanish Language Program:
All of the schools participating in this program offer the same courses: Intermediate Spanish and/or Advanced Spanish. These courses are designed to help students prepare for the Advanced Placement Spanish Language Exam. The courses consist of sixty hours of class time over a three-week period. The classes help students develop their Spanish language communication skills (reading, writing, speaking, and listening) with the aim of preparing them for the AP Spanish Language Exam.
The Advanced Placement Spanish Literature Program:
This particular program is only held in Madrid and is designed to help students prepare for the Advanced Placement Spanish Literature Exam. The course consists of sixty hours of class time over a three-week period. The classes help students develop their Spanish literature knowledge with the aim of preparing them for the practical content of the AP Spanish Literature Exam.
Students will read authentic editions of a selection of the works on the list for the AP Spanish literature.

5. What level should my Spanish be in order to enroll in the course?
Students who wish to enroll in these courses must have at least intermediate level Spanish. They must have taken at least four years of Spanish or have the equivalent level of ability. A placement exam will be administered on the first day of class at each school.
Students who do not have the minimum level of Spanish required to attend AP classes will be able to take general Spanish classes at their assigned school. In this case, the student will receive grades from the school, but he/she will not be given the certificate of participation in the program issued by Eduespaña and the Education Office of the Embassy of Spain.
For the Spanish Literature Program, Advanced level is required.

6. What will the classes be like?

Classes will be conducted in Spanish and there will be a maximum of 12 students per class.  In class, students will study the Spanish language and practice the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) using diverse classroom materials provided.
In the Spanish literature program: Students will read authentic editions of selected works that are listed as AP Spanish Literature. The course’s objective is to help you interpret and analyze literature in Spanish.

7. Will my Spanish improve?
How much your Spanish improves will depend largely on your attitude, the number of years of Spanish you have studied, and your level upon entering the program. If you apply yourself, in three weeks you can deepen your knowledge of Spanish, speak with greater fluency and make significant academic progress. If you also practice Spanish outside of class with other students and Spaniards, and you read Spanish newspapers and magazines and listen to Spanish music, you improve your communicating skills and strengthen your understanding of Spanish culture.

8. Is taking this course a guarantee that I will pass the AP Spanish Language or Literature Exam?

The Spanish Language Program for High School Students serves to complement the courses you should be taking in your own country to prepare for the AP Spanish Language Exam, but they do not guarantee a passing score. You will, however, see your written and oral communication skills in Spanish noticeably improve, due to direct and daily contact with native Spanish speakers, and the Spanish community.
This Spanish Literature Program for High School Students serves to complement the courses you should be taking in your own country to prepare for the AP Spanish Literature Exam, but they do not guarantee a passing score. However, you will see your knowledge of the Spanish literature noticeably improve.

9. How and when do I have to pay for the courses?
a)    To register individually, students should enroll online and send the Payment Sheet and non-refundable deposit by fax or mail before April 30, 2015. On the Pre-enrollment form, the students must list in their order of preference four of the schools offering the courses described in this program.
After April 30, applications will be accepted on a space availability basis.
While Eduespaña will try to assign the student to his or her first choice school, final decisions will be based on space availability. Students will be notified of their assigned school prior to May 15, 2015. At that time, they will also receive instructions on how to submit payment for their program cost.
* The Spanish literature program is held only in Madrid.

Groups must contain at least 5 students in order to form an AP Literature group. If less than 5 students are interested in forming this group, the school will determine whether the course will take place and will notify the effected students before May 15, 2015. In the event that the course is cancelled, 100% of the paid deposit will be returned to the pre-registered students.

Students must send the final enrollment form with the final payment for their program cost before May 23, 2015
Until payment in full has been confirmed, the student will not be considered officially enrolled.
b)    For group enrollment, the teacher in charge should contact Eduespaña prior to April 30, 2015 for instructions on how to enroll the group and when the program cost payment is due.
If there are 12 or more students in a group, a schedule can be tailor-made to meet their specific needs

10. What is included in the price of the program?
The price of the program includes the following:

  • Spanish language or Literature classes: Sixty class hours over three weeks
  • Lodging and three daily meals with a Spanish family in a double room (shared with another student)
  • Six extracurricular activities and two daytrips
  • Transportation to and from the closest international airport to the Spanish family or dorm where the student will stay on the predetermined dates indicated for the beginning and end of the course
  • Health and accident insurance
  • Textbook
  • Student manual
  • Student ID card
  • Certificate of grades issued by the school
  • Certificate of participation issued by Eduespaña and the Education Office of the Embassy of Spain
11. Is insurance included?

Yes, all schools include insurance but each school offers a different insurance policy. All policies guarantee medical attention in case of illness or accident, up to 1,500 euros for hospitalization expenses, surgical procedures and medical taxes in case of illness or accident that occurs while in Spain, and evacuation of the participant or repatriation of the cadaver in case of death.
Insurance coverage begins once the student arrives at his or her destination in Spain and lasts for the duration of the course. Additional insurance coverage is recommended to cover other expenses or greater need.
In case of accidents or urgent medical needs, there will be a 24-hour telephone number to call for assistance.

12. Is the cost of the airline ticket included?

No, the cost of the airline ticket is not included, except for teacher’s travel allowance when accompanying a group of more than eighteen students.
Students are highly recommended to purchase their tickets well in advance as summer is the high season in Spain and there is great demand for tickets at that time.

13. Once the course is paid for, can the student still cancel and receive a refund?

Once a student has paid in full, he or she will be considered officially enrolled. If a student decides to cancel his or her enrollment, only part of the payment will be returned. The deposit, however, is non-refundable. Depending on the amount of advance notice the student gives when canceling, the following amounts will be refunded:
 For courses taken in June 2015:

  • Cancellation by May 28: 60% of the program cost
  • Cancellation between may 29- June 11 30%of the program cost

For courses taken in July 2015:

  • Cancellation by June 18: 60% of the program cost
  • Cancellation between June  20- July 1: 30% of the program cost

No refund will be made if the cancellation occurs within three days prior to the start of the course, or if the student abandons the program once in Spain or if the student is expelled.

14. What type of housing is available?
This program offers a standard type of lodging with a Spanish family in a double room (one room shared by two students with the same host family). This is the best way for students to improve their Spanish language speaking and comprehension skills.

15. Will my particular medical situation be taken into account when lodging is assigned?

Absolutely. On the pre-enrollment form there is space for this information, which will be communicated to the school where a student enrolls. School administrators will be in charge of assigning students to the families that are best able to adapt to the particular needs of each student. Nonetheless, students should bring with them any prescription medicine they may be taking.

16.Can I make phone calls or go on the Internet from the house where I will be staying?

No. If you need to make a phone call, you will have to do so from a phone booth. It is recommended that students arrange with their Spanish families the frequency and timing of calls they may receive from home. The family might have Internet access and allow its use.
You will, however, most likely have free access to the Internet from the computer room at your school, or at the very least, instructions on how to access it easily from nearby.

17. Is it possible to arrive where I will be staying earlier than the predetermined dates or leave later?

You will need to check with the school and the family with which you will stay. Therefore, we recommend you complete the pre-enrollment form and inquire about the dates as soon as possible in order to obtain approval.

18. Are Spanish families very different from North American families?

Yes, they are, though there are also many similarities. Customs and family life in Spain can be quite different (schedules, types of food, etc.). Learning different customs is part of the experience. Students are expected to be open to familiarizing themselves with other ways of life.

19. If I am a teacher bringing a group, where will I stay?

It depends in each case on the school where the course will take place. Teacher lodging, however, will always be in a single room close to the school with three meals per day.

20. Do I need a visa to travel to Spain?

U.S. and Canadian citizens do not need a visa for stays of less than three months. Students of other nationalities must consult the Spanish consulate closest to their place of residence.  Requirements may vary and can take some time to fulfill, so it is advisable to start the application early and follow up until the visa, if required, is obtained.

21. Pocket money
Most of the expenses of students who participate in this program are included in their tuition. For drinks, movies or other incidental expenses, it is recommended that students have about $125 in cash per week. The official currency of Spain (and other European Union countries) is the euro and it is advised to exchange your money prior to arriving in Spain.

22. What do I need to bring?

Summer temperatures in Spain can range from 20-40 degrees Celsius (77 – 104 Fahrenheit), so students should bring comfortable summer casual and sports clothing, a swimsuit, and comfortable athletic shoes. Please also bring a sweater or jacket and rain gear. Families and dorms typically provide laundry service once per week.
Students should also bring a hat and sunscreen. If bringing an electrical appliance, please remember that the electrical current in Spain is 220v and that a plug adapter is needed.
It is also vitally important that students bring whatever medications they are taking.

23. Will I be picked up at the airport?

Yes. Flight information should be provided on the final enrollment form (the deadline for submitting student flight information is May 15, 2015) so that a representative designated by the school can meet the student at the airport on the designated date and take him or her to where the student will stay.
Airport transfer will only be done on the arrival and departure dates indicated in the program. Students who have other plans should make their own arrangements.

24. Where can I find more information on Spain?
To obtain more information on Spain, its autonomous regions, cities, climate, cultural opportunities, food, etc., visit the Web page of the Education and Science Office of the Embassy of Spain at http://www.mec.es/sgci/usa/en/home/index.shtml .

25. How can I obtain more information on the program, the classes, the schools, lodging, or enrollment?
To obtain more information, write to the following e-mail address:

 infoap-spanish@eduespa.org