Horizons Abroad is not a travel tour. It's a boutique immersion experience in two of Europe's most charming beachside destinations. Enriching academics come standard, and so does the fun.

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Horizons Abroad provides an incredible summer study abroad experience for students who want to deepen their understanding and confidence in Spanish or French through daily life abroad. We deliver on quality high school language immersion that provides opportunities for students to build cultural understanding, grow in language acquisition, and learn social and historical contexts in both a fun and enriching environment.

The most authentic way to learn another language and culture

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Horizons Abroad programs focus building skills through real-world experiences to strengthen your understanding of the world around you.

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Immersion that includes living with a caring, local, homestay so you have the unique opportunity to feel at home while abroad.

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Support and direction on every step of your journey including pre-departure orientation, during your time abroad, and after you return.

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Our mission is to enrich and expand the breadth of experiences for teenagers seeking adventure and the world that exists beyond their horizon.

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Our programs center on real-world language learning and developing awareness of the broader world. Our directors share their innate passion for study abroad and the impact created from life changing opportunities.

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Our students & families come first - and our commitment to enriching and immersive experiences abroad guides every path we take.

Meet Our Team

Mark Hochberg, seen here during a previous summer abroad, leads Horizons' French immersion program in Biarritz.

Mark Hochberg

Founder, Lead Program Director in France & Barcelona

I‌ ‌am‌ ‌a‌ ‌high‌ ‌school‌ ‌French‌ ‌and‌ ‌World‌ ‌History‌ ‌teacher‌ ‌in‌ ‌San‌ ‌Diego,‌ ‌CA.‌ ‌My‌ ‌passion‌ ‌for‌ ‌study‌ ‌abroad‌ ‌was‌ ‌sparked‌ ‌at‌ ‌a‌ ‌young‌ ‌age‌ ‌when‌ ‌my‌ ‌big‌ ‌brother‌ ‌did‌ ‌a‌ ‌year‌ ‌abroad‌ ‌in‌ ‌Australia‌ ‌and‌ ‌I‌ ‌decided‌ ‌that‌ ‌I ‌wanted‌ ‌to‌ ‌study‌ ‌abroad‌ ‌as‌ ‌well.‌ ‌I‌ ‌took‌ ‌my‌ ‌first‌ ‌French‌ ‌class‌ ‌in‌ ‌6th‌ ‌grade,‌ ‌studied‌ ‌my‌ ‌entire‌ ‌sophomore‌ ‌year‌ ‌of‌ ‌High‌ ‌School‌ ‌in‌ ‌Belgium‌ ‌as‌ ‌an‌ ‌exchange‌ ‌student‌ ‌learning‌ ‌French‌ ‌and‌ ‌then completed‌ ‌my‌ ‌bachelors‌ ‌degree‌ ‌in‌ ‌French‌ ‌and‌ ‌International‌ ‌Relations‌ ‌from‌ ‌California‌ ‌State‌ ‌University,‌ ‌Chico.‌ ‌ ‌

Upon‌ ‌completion‌ ‌of‌ ‌my‌ ‌bachelor's‌ ‌degree,‌ ‌‌I‌ ‌‌studied‌ ‌abroad‌ ‌for‌ ‌one‌ ‌year‌ ‌at‌ ‌the‌ ‌Universidad‌ ‌de‌ ‌Pais‌ ‌Vasco‌ ‌in‌ ‌San‌ ‌Sebastian,‌ ‌Spain‌. ‌Upon returning‌ ‌to‌ ‌the‌ ‌United‌ ‌States‌, ‌I  completed ‌my‌ ‌Masters‌ ‌Degree‌ ‌in‌ ‌Education‌ ‌and‌ ‌obtained ‌my ‌teaching‌ ‌credentials‌ ‌in‌ ‌French,‌ ‌Social‌ ‌Sciences‌ ‌and‌ ‌Physical‌ ‌Education.‌ ‌ ‌

I‌ ‌have‌ ‌been‌ ‌a‌ ‌teacher‌ ‌for‌ ‌18‌ ‌years‌ ‌leading‌ ‌students‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌classroom,‌ ‌organizing‌ ‌and‌ ‌leading‌ ‌study‌ ‌abroad‌ ‌programs‌, ‌and‌ ‌coaching‌ ‌various‌ ‌sports‌ ‌including‌ ‌football,‌ ‌baseball,‌ ‌boys‌ ‌and‌ ‌girls‌ ‌soccer‌ ‌and‌ ‌boys‌ ‌and‌ ‌girls‌ ‌golf.‌

John Foster, seen here in a Spanish plaza with students, leads Horizons' Spanish immersion program in San Sebastian.

John Foster

Founder & Spain Program Director

My love for language immersion started with my own high school study abroad experience in San Sebastian, Spain. My understanding and confidence in the language quickly grew and sparked a passion for cultural and language immersion that has shaped my life and career.

After receiving my degree in Urban & Regional Planning from Texas State University, I became a Program Director for the very same study abroad company I traveled with as a teenager. I've led hundreds of students through experiences in Spain, France, and China and have been a primary resource for parents, students, and educators before, during, and after studying abroad. Furthering this tradition for new generations of students is a truly fulfilling job I feel blessed to do.

I am an avid sailor and race sailboats competitively near my home in Austin, Texas as well as abroad. When I’m not sailing or traveling, I use my language skills to volunteer and serve displaced, recently immigrated, and unhoused persons in the Central Texas community.

Broaden Your Horizons with True Immersion

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Growth through travel

Be a world traveler, not a tourist. What you'll experience with Horizons Abroad is designed to challenge and nurture you while building life-long skills in a way that's only attainable through study abroad.

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Build your language skills

Immersion abroad is the best way to build your ability and confidence speaking another language. Practice your speaking with native speakers throughout your day and you will rapidly improve both comprehension and communication.

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Iconic European Destinations

Study French in the Surf Capital of Europe, or study Spanish in a city world-renowned for it's culinary traditions. Our destinations are curated based on their safety and manageability for teens.

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Academically Focused

High school study abroad is an investment in your future. Our programs in Spain and France are curated and designed to challenge you in your language skills while having the time of your life abroad.

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Fun & Inspiring

Who ever said learning can't be fun? From surfing and white-water rafting to visiting world-class museums and improving your language skills through daily situations like grocery shopping and eating out - Horizons Abroad programs offer a way to see the world in the most fun way

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Safe & Supportive

Our Program Directors are driven by their own high school study abroad experiences and personally lead each group with passion and understanding. Our on-site bilingual directors are available to students 24 / 7.

Learn more today. Request a brochure or a personal advising session with a Program Director.

2021 Guadalupe St, Suite 260
Austin, Texas 78705
United States
Toll Free:
(888) 512 - 2470
(512) 795 - 1942
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