Current & Future AP® Spanish Students
June 21, 2020 – July 4, 2020
May 15, 2020
Picture yourself spending your next summer in one of the most beautiful, historic, and culturally vibrant cities in Europe. You’re living in the 2,200-year-old capital of southern Spain, where a single walk will take you past the largest Gothic cathedral in the world, a scenic river, elegant palaces, ornate churches, gorgeous gardens, and cobblestone streets lined with outdoor restaurants, local shops, and charming old buildings clad with wrought-iron balconies.
Now picture this: you’re making friends, having fun, and discovering the best of Spain through guided tours, flamenco lessons, tapas nights, kayak adventures, excursions to other cities, and more!And at the same time, you’re enjoying all of the comforts of home, living in a safe and friendly environment, getting ready to score a 5 on the AP® Spanish course, and taking your Spanish to the next level through natural language immersion and engaging, interactive classes.
Well, you don’t have to just picture it. Our pre-AP® Spanish program in Seville offers high school students all of the above and more!
Boost your Spanishanddeepen your knowledge of Spanish culture by studying abroad in the 2,200- year-old city of Seville.
Explore historic sites and learn about Spanish culture via organized tours, activities and excursions.
Enjoy your time in Spain via kayaking, bike riding, tapas nights, concerts, dances, sports games and other social activities.
Fully immerse yourself in the Spanish language and culture by livingwith a friendly, carefully- selected Spanish host family— delicious, home-cooked Spanish meals included!
Prepare to excel on the AP® Spanish course through natural immersion and fun, interactive classes that cover all of the course’s main themes.
Feel safe and secure with 24/7 adult support and supervision from our experienced staff and host families.
In Seville, you’ll be living in the gorgeous, vibrant, and sun-drenched capital of Andalusia, the southern region of Spain.With 2,200 years of multicultural history, three UNESCO World Heritage Sites, ten palaces, and numerous attractions, which include both the largest gothic cathedral and the largest wooden structure in the world, the city is one of the country’s top destinations, and it’s the perfect place to practice your Spanish and learn about Spanish culture through first-hand experience. As you walk down its narrow, cobblestone streets, you’ll find a seemingly endless parade of charming old buildings, outdoor restaurants, local shops, elegant fountains, antique street lamps, fragrant orange trees, flower-filled balconies, lively plazas, bustling markets, and tranquil gardens.
Dating back to the 12th century, this magnificent buildingis the largest Gothic cathedral in the world, the burial site of Christopher Columbus, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Situated right in the heart of Seville’s historic city center, it’s just a five-minute walk from Centro MundoLengua’s classrooms. Inside, you’ll find a massive nave (or central hall) that’s lined with 80 side chapels, featuring a variety of artwork, tombs, carvings, and altarpieces.
Soaring more than 340 feet above Seville’s historic district, this dramatic bell tower is one of the city’s most iconic landmarks. It was originally built as a minaret near the end of the 12th century, as part of the immense mosque on which the Seville Cathedral was built. From the top of the tower, you can enjoy breathtaking views of the city below.
Dating back to the 14th century, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is both a majestic palace and a fairy tale-like complex of royal gardens. In thepalace, you’ll see one of the world’s finest examples of Mudéjar-style architecture, which combines Moorish and Renaissance-era influences. In thegardens, you’ll stroll through a peaceful array of courtyards, fountains, pools, and paths lined with orange trees, flowers, andhedges—along with the occasional peacock!
Providing a picturesque filming location for one of the Star Wars movies, this massive, semi-circular, palace-like building is surrounded by a wide-open plaza, a spectacular fountain, and a scenic canal that is spanned by arched bridges and traversed by rowboats. Right next to the Plaza, you’ll also find Parque de María Luisa—a 100-acre park that features beautiful gardens, elegant fountains, horse- drawn carriages, and peaceful ponds that are home to a variety of birds. Here, we and our students often go on bike rides and scavenger hunts!
Situated just a three-minute walk from Centro MundoLengua’s classrooms, this historic neighborhood is full of narrow, winding, cobblestone streets that weave through enchanting old buildings and orange tree-dotted plazas, where you’ll find charming little shops selling handicrafts, ceramics, tea, and other local goods. Also known as the Old Jewish Quarter, the neighborhood used to be the part of the city where Seville’s Jewish inhabitants lived. Today, it’s the perfect place to walk around, soak up the ambiance, and feel like you’ve stepped back in time!
Built atop an underground archeological site that preserves the ruins of an ancient Roman settlement, this modern landmark is the largest wooden structure in the entire world. Because of its uncanny resemblance to a bunchof giant mushrooms, the structure is also known as Las Setas de Sevilla (the Mushrooms of Seville). After seeing the underground ruins, you can visit the top of the structure, where you’ll enjoy breathtaking, panoramic views of the surrounding city.
The above list only scratches the surface of Seville’s many attractions. Other highlights include the following:
and Traditions—the list of museums in Seville goes on and on!
• Discover Spain’s rich heritage through guided tours of historic attractions,
such as a royal palace that dates back to Moorish times and the world’s largest Gothic cathedral.
• Immerse yourself in Spanish culture through a variety of organized group activities, such as salsa, flamenco, and Spanish cooking classes.
• Spend time with old and new friends alike at dances, concerts, and dinners for the program’s high school students.
• Unwind with movie nights, tapas nights, and afternoon free time for hanging out with friends, exploring the city, or taking a siesta!
• Enjoy the outdoors together on a kayak trip down a scenic river, a bike ride through a beautiful park, and sports games with Spanish high school students.
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• Savor home-cooked Spanish meals—daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner included!
To give you the flexibility to meet your particular needs, we leave your flight up to you. Everything else is covered and arranged by us—airport transfers to and from the nearest airport, housing, meals, Pre-AP® Spanish classes, activities, etc. That being said, we’d be more than happy to provide you with advice or guidance, so don’t hesitate to contact us about making travel arrangements; we can help you find the option that works best for you!
Here’s what a typical day will look like on weekdays. (For weekend days, see the answer to the next question below.)
8:45 AM to 9:30 AM: Breakfast With Your Host Family
Enjoy a delicious, home-cooked breakfast with your host family. Perhaps you’ll have some classic Andalusian breakfast fare, such as tostada con tomate, aceite, y sal!
9:30 AM to 10:00 AM: Go on a Scenic Walk or Ride to Class
Take advantage of Seville’s walkable streets or accessible public transportation system, and enjoy all of the sights and sounds of the city along the way. You’ll be sure to see some shops, restaurants, or attractions you’ll want to check out later!
10:00 AM to 1:30 PM: Attend Class
Level up your Spanish, prepare for the AP® Spanish course, and have a fun time with your fellow students and teacher while you’re at it. Our engaging, interactive Pre-AP®Spanishclasses run for 3 hours during this time, with a half-hour break in between.
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM: Return Home
Head home for lunch with your host family—perhaps poking your head into one of those shops or taking photos of that beautiful building that caught your eye on the way to class!
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM: Lunch With Your Host Family
Share a home-cooked Spanish lunch with your host family. Perhaps you’ll have some gazpacho or a “Spanish omelet” (known here as “tortilla”). The meal will vary from day to day—and don’t worry: if you have any special dietary needs, we’ll make sure they’re met!
3:00 PM to 4:30 PM: Enjoy Some Free Time
Embrace the Spanish lifestyle by taking a siesta—or use this time to hang out with your friends, explore the city, or talk to your host family—a great chance to practice your Spanish in an authentic setting!
4:30 PM to 6:30 PM: Attend the Afternoon Activity
Head to the meeting point for the activity and get ready to have a blast. Today, it could be a salsa lesson. Another day, it could a tour of a historic attraction. And another day, it could be a bike ride through a beautiful park. Every day is different!
6:30 PM to 9:00 PM: Enjoy Some More Free Time
Enjoy another chance to relax, talk to your host family, hang out with your friends, and/or explore the city together. And don’t worry: you probably won’t have any homework to worry about; you should be able to get all of your work done in class!
9:00 PM to 10:00 PM: Dinner With Your Host Family
Savor some more Spanish cuisine with your host family. Perhaps you’ll have some paella tonight—or maybe some croquettes! This is also a great chance to talk to your host family about your day—providing you with yet another natural opportunity to practice your Spanish in an authentic setting!
10:00 PM to 12:00 PM: Attend the Nighttime Activity
Unwind from your adventure-filled day and have some fun with your friends from the program. Tonight, it could be a concert, a dance, or a dinner. Another time, it could be a tapas or movie night. Some of these activities are optional, so if you want to just go home and chill, you’ll have a chance to do that too!
On the weekend, you’ll go on organized, daylong trips to a pair of fantastic destinations in Spain and Portugal. Transportation, meals, adult guidance, and tours are included, so you’ll be able to enjoy hassle-free, worry-free travel. Here are the destinations:
With our classes, you’ll be able to turbocharge your Spanish, ace the AP® Spanish course, and have fun with other high school students at the same time. Here are some of the key features of the program’s classes:
Little or no homework; you should be able to complete most, if not all, of your work in class!
It’s like home away from home—with a few added benefits: enjoying homemade Spanish meals, making new friends, and practicing your Spanish in a natural, real-life setting!
Your host family will live in a middle-class home (most likely an apartment), where you will find all of the standard amenities of modern life. You’ll probably share a bedroom with a friend or another student from the study abroad program. You’ll also probably share a bathroom (European homes tend to have fewer bathrooms than those in the US and Canada).
All meals are included with your stay. Special dietary needs can be met; all you need to do is inform us about them in advance. On top of meals, your host family will also take care of your laundry!
Like families everywhere, each of our host families is different, so it’s difficult to generalize about them. For example, some have children and/or pets; others do not. However, you can rest assured that each of our host families has been carefully selected by our housing staff, and each of their homes has been personally visited by our housing director to make sure it will provide you with a comfortable, enjoyable place to live, relax, dine, and gain first-hand experience of Spanish culture and hospitality.
We maintain a network of host families with whom we’ve been working for many years, so it’s not like we’ll be putting you with some random Spanish family; you can feel confident that you’ll be in good hands! If you need any assistance during your stay, our housing director will be available to provide support.
On your summer abroad adventure to Spain, you’ll be joined by about 12 to 15 other high school students who are planning on taking or are currently taking the AP® Spanish course. Our students come from all over the US and Canada, so you’ll meet an interesting mix of people. Some of them will be coming to Seville alone; others might be coming with a friend or two. Either way, you’ll be sure to make some lasting friendships!
You’ll have at least 3 hours per day—sometimes up to 6. It’ll just depend on what we’re doing that day, how much time you have to factor in for travel time, and whether you’re attending the nighttime activity, which will sometimes be optional. On most days, you won’t have to worry about any homework, because you should be able to complete your work in class!
You’ll have 24/7 adult supervision and support while you attend our program. That being said, the word “supervision” makes it sound kind of oppressive, and that’s not what it’s like at all. We’re just here to keep you safe, make sure you have a good time, and help you out if you need any assistance, not to breathe down your neck! Thanks to our extensive, experienced, and knowledgeable network of teachers, directors, coordinators, and host families, you’ll feel very well-
supported during your time with us here in Spain. Every day, there will be someone to check in with you and make sure you’re okay during your classes, activities, and excursions (all of which are adult-led), and you’ll be able to contact someone from our staff for assistance 24/7.
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