Southern Spain & Barcelona 2016

Group Immersion program in Spain—summer Study Abroad opportunity for high school students

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In Detail

Dates and Fees 2016

June 29 – July 27

$7995 + airfare

Am I eligible?
You must be between the ages of 14 and 18. You must have completed a minimum of one year (or equivalent) of high school Spanish. Exceptions possible based on individual circumstances.

Program Structure

Four Program Components

1. Madrid
Your program gets off to a great start with three days in Madrid, visiting the major sites and staying in a high quality hotel in the heart of the city.

2. Nerja
Two weeks living in a centrally located residence. Enjoy daily morning classes and fun afternoon activities, including kayaking, beach volleyball and a full-day excursion to Granada.

3. One week of individual immersion
One week living individually with a volunteer family in Seville. An incredible opportunity to improve your Spanish. Spend a whole week totally immersed in Spanish family life. There are no ECI group activities, but your chaperones will be on-hand throughout.

4. Barcelona
One of the most popular cities in all of Europe. Modern, vibrant and fabulous, Barcelona is a great place to end your Spanish adventure and experience the final four nights. See all the sites past and present, from Gaudi’s spectacular Sagrada Familia to the famous Barcelona FC soccer stadium, Camp Nou.

Classes and Activities


Earn university credit by taking two weeks of classes in small groups at our partner Spanish language school. Take part in daily lessons with a focus on conversation and getting as much practice as possible in spoken Spanish.

Language Partners

To enhance Spanish language learning we developed our unique Language Partner program – structured conversational sessions with Spanish teens and university students.

Cultural activities

Nerja is an ideal study location, but also a wonderful town for beach activities such as kayaking and volleyball. It also has many places of local cultural interest, including the famous Nerja Caves. Included are a range of fun, hands-on activities such as a cooking class and salsa dance session.

Immersion Week

Unique Individual Immersion in Seville

We are the only high school Study Abroad organization that offers this amazing opportunity. There is no more effective way to improve your Spanish than to live in total immersion with a volunteer family.

This component is what sets ECI apart from other Summer Study Abroad organizations. You will live with a volunteer Spanish family in the historic Andalusian city of Seville. No classes, no group activities, no English. Simply one week of Spanish culture, Spanish family life and Spanish language.

This is true language immersion.

In their own words

Student Testimonials

ECI Student Rebecca GolubThe language school teachers were a blast and were creative, helping us to learn better. I really enjoyed the activities with our language partners because they were fun and easy to relate to. The chaperones were enthusiastic, fun, and easy to talk to.
Rebecca Golub

ECI Student Zachary GoldblattI really loved the trips to Seville and Granada, kayaking, and the Nerja Caves. It was a great experience and I am glad I partook in it. Be open and willing to try new things. Have a good attitude!
Zachary Goldblatt

ECI Student Alisha RajendranI felt welcomed by my host family. They always cooked homemade meals for us. I feel like I gained a better understanding of the culture by staying with a family.
Alisha Rajendran

ECI Student Delilah DavisLiving with a host family in Southern Spain is where I improved my Spanish the most.
Delilah Davis

Need more information?

  • Every detail of the trip is in our Southern Spain and Barcelona  Program Brochure. Please download, print and read.
  • Many common questions, from travel and accommodation to host families and cultural differences are answered in our FAQs section.
  • You can see previous ECI trips to Southern Spain, plus travel tips and advice on adjusting to new cultures on our blog.

Want to to talk to someone at ECI?

  • 510-261-8182 
  • Send us an email 

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