Spanish Language & Cultural Immersion for Teens

Personalized Study Abroad in San Sebastian, Spain

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  • An enriching academic focus complete with morning Spanish lessons

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  • Curated cultural activities & fun travel excursions in San Sebastian & Madrid

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  • Immersive accommodations with a local Spanish-speaking homestay

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  • Structured independence and a supportive team of program directors

  • La Concha Beach in the foreground with the city of San Sebastian, Spain in the background.
  • San Sebastian has long been recognized as one of Spain's top destinations for the arts, gastronomy, and sports. Nestled between the north coast of Spain and the foothills of the Pyrenees, San Sebastian is referred to as Donostia in the native Basque language of Euskera. World famous artists like sculptor Eduardo Chillida and fashion designer Cristobal Balenciaga have found inspiration in this magical city that hosts our two and four week summer language and cultural immersion program.

    San Sebastian has always been home to strong, independent and open-minded people. For students interested in art, music, European history, and sports, our San Sebastian summer program is a perfect fit.

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  • Climate:

    77 degrees average high / 63 degrees average low

  • Program Activities:

    Tapas / Pintxos tour, surfing lessons, cooking classes, escape games based in local history, hikes along the famed Camino Santiago, and more.

  • Program Excursions:

    Madrid (visits to Palacio Real, Plaza Mayor, Museo del Prado, Parque de Retiro), Segovia, Bilbao (Month session), France, Zumaia, and more.

  • Dates + Tuition

  • Session A:

  • June 16 - July 2, 2023

  • $4,695

  • June 16 is the departure date from North America. Students arrive in Madrid the following morning. For more information on international flights, click here.

  • Month Session:

  • June 16 - July 16, 2023

  • $7,095

  • The Month session is closed for enrollments.

  • Session B:

  • June 30 - July 16, 2023

  • $4,695

  • Session B is closed for enrollments.

  • Tuition does not include airfare or discretionary spending money

  • What's Included

  • 30 hours of classroom lessons (Spanish 1 to AP/IB)

  • Daily guided activities (optional on Sunday)

  • 12 nights with local home-stay accommodation

  • Breakfast, lunch, & dinner with your home-stay

  • 2 nights of hotel accommodations in Madrid

  • A welcome tour of Central Madrid

  • Transportation between Madrid and San Sebastian

  • Travel and medical insurance for all students

  • Dedicated pre-departure orientations & preparation

Structured Conversational Spanish Lessons

Horizons Abroad Spanish immersion instruction in a classroom in San Sebastian, Spain.

On-level morning classes with an average class size of 7 students.

Fun and activity based. Designed to improve your confidence listening and speaking Spanish.

Classes are taught by full-time Spanish speaking faculty certified in teaching Spanish to study abroad students.

Build upon the skills you've developed in your high school classes at home and live in the Spanish language.

Exciting Activities & Excursions

Horizons Abroad summer study abroad students preparing to surf in San Sebastian, Spain.

Each session includes visits to Madrid, Segovia, France, and more!

Admission to museums as well as all group transportation while abroad is included in the program tuition.

From tapas tours and visiting local museums, to surfing and coastal hikes - each afternoon offers something different.

Your day abroad is filled with enriching activities that connect you to your surroundings and tie you to Spanish culture in exciting and memorable ways.

Enriching Home-stay Immersion

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Living with a home-stay is the most authentic way to immerse yourself in the Spanish language and way of life.

Go beyond traveling like a tourist and live like a local in a cosmopolitan Spanish city.

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with your home-stay is included.

Further develop your confidence speaking Spanish by continuously practicing with native speakers.

Safety & Caring Supervision

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

Each session is facilitated and led by a team of 2 - 3 on-site program directors.

Support for your experience abroad begins the moment you enroll with personalized guidance and orientation materials.

Director teams are a bi-lingual and bi-cultural mix of locals, Spanish teachers, and former study abroad students.

The directors' job is to facilitate well-organized programs and offer student support - allowing you to have fun and live in the moment!

Your typical day abroad is anything but routine

8:00 AM- 9:00 AM

Breakfast with your homestay

9:15 AM - 12:45 PM

Conversational Spanish Classes

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Lunch and activities

3:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Excursions and tours

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Dinner with your homestay

Designated International Flights

All sessions begin and end at Madrid Barajas Airport (MAD). Air travel is booked independently, and you are free to use miles, points, or any airline. You can choose to travel on flight itineraries that include the designated flights listed below, or book travel on any flight that arrives to Madrid between 6:30 A.M. and 10:00 A.M.

Designated flights are likely to have others who you can meet before the program. All students, regardless of flying on a designated flight, are in contact with a dedicated staff member who tracks flights on travel days and are met by a program director when they arrive abroad.

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  • Option #1: United Airlines

    Outbound: United 260

    Departs Washington Dulles (IAD) at 6:05 P.M.
    Arrives Madrid Barajas (MAD) at 8:05 A.M. (+1 day)

    Return: United 261

    Departs Madrid Barajas (MAD) at 11:30 A.M.
    Arrives Washington Dulles (IAD) at 2:10 P.M.

  • Option #2: Delta Airlines

    Outbound: Delta 108

    Departs Atlanta (ATL) at 5:50 P.M.
    Arrives Madrid Barajas (MAD) at 8:30 A.M. (+1 day)

    Return: Delta 109

    Departs Madrid Barajas (MAD) at 11:30 A.M.
    Arrives Atlanta (ATL) at 3:15 P.M.

  • The departure and arrival times are subject to change. Please reference the times listed on each airlines' official websites for the most up to date information.

    If you'd like more information on designated flights, booking other flights, or dropping-off / picking-up abroad, please don't hesitate to contact a program director at or by calling (888) 512 - 2470.