Spain is a land of opportunity, and for young people, it offers a wealth of reasons to visit. One of the most popular is via an exchange student program. Exchange student in Spain programs allow teenage students to travel to Spain and then live and study in the country for a pre-determined length of time. Stays can be for any duration, from a week to six months and some programs last for over a year.
So, how do you get yourself, or if you’re a parent, your kids, on an exchange student program in Spain?
Here are a few pointers to help you get started.
If you want to live and study in Spain, then starting to learn the language is an absolute must. While you will undoubtedly pick up more of the language during your time there, knowing the basics will help you go out, meet new people and have lots of fun experiences.
Also, your school’s Spanish teacher will be a really helpful source of information about exchange programs, so ask them about programs the school has run in the past, or ask them for a recommendation for places to go and programs to choose from.
Once you’ve started a Spanish course, maintain good grades as many exchange programs require that students have a 2.5 higher grade point average (GPA) and you may have to pass a written or oral Spanish exam before you are accepted on a program.
Research, research, research.
Once you’ve found a handful of foreign exchange programs, start researching them thoroughly. Find out where in Spain they will send students, find out how much they cost and check out what former students of the program have to say on their Facebook page, through testimonials or blogs.
Make sure that you are aware of all the costs involved before you board your flights to Spain so that you don’t have to deal with any unexpected bills, so make sure your passport is in date, find out if you need to apply for a visa before you travel (this will depend on your country of origin) and if so, where you need to apply for the visa, as some do require a visit to your nearest consulate building.
Sign up for a program
Once you’ve studied and done your research, now comes the fun part: signing up for the appropriate program. While this is quite simple, timing is really quite important, so remember to sign up for the program at least six months before the date of travel.
This will give you the time you need to pay for the program, save up spending money and work on your Spanish before you board your Spain flights.
Spain is a beautiful country that’s just perfect for an exchange student, so, what are you waiting for?
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