Cadiz

Modern Spanish Studies in the Arts, Language & Literature, Culture & Society

Language Immersion Programs


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El que lee mucho y anda mucho, ve mucho y sabe mucho.

Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote

Location

Cádiz, Spain

Dates

2 week option
4 week option July 1 - July 28
Barcelona (optional extension)
July 28 - July 31

Fees

$4,305 (2 weeks)
$6,095 (4 weeks)
(+ $785 optional extension to Barcelona)

Housing

Homestay

Levels

Grades 9-12, Intermediate to Advanced

Day Trips

Jerez, Conil, El Puerto de Santa Maria, Arcos de la Frontera

Optional Extension

Barcelona, July 28 - July 31

From joining an impromptu salsa dance circle in Plaza de Mina to organizing a cookout on the beach with your host family in Cádiz, you will have many opportunities to experience the infectious gaditano spirit of a carefree, warm approach to living (and loving) life. Located on the Costa de la Luz, Spain’s southern Atlantic coast, and famous for its enthralling culture, unique history, and glorious beaches, Cádiz is popular with young people and families from all over Spain. “Venga! Ven a bailar con nosotros!”

During your four weeks in Cádiz you’ll become a part of the local community by living with a homestay family — so be ready to practice your Spanish! This unique living experience complements the daily program itinerary of classes, activities, and excursions to ensure you have a diverse and authentic exposure to the Spanish language, lifestyle, and culture.

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Alexis R.,
Tennessee

Looking back, it feels fleeting – like it never happened. At first, I thought this was a little disturbing because, after all, it did happen. But eventually I came to terms with this because now I can always remember Spain as something beautiful. Almost from the start, I knew Abbey Road was a good choice. As early as the airport we saw several other group programs that were panicking and herding their kids, but Abbey Road kept us all together while allowing us enough freedom to explore on our own. Throughout the program, they ...

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Program Highlights

  • Live in the center of Cadiz with friendly, hospitable homestay families, carefully selected and screened by our staff (most have been with us for many years)
  • Enjoy fresh authentic food prepared by your homestay mothers (señoras)
  • Learn in a fun, interactive way, outside of the classroom, immersing in the local community (hence our Experiential Learning Method!)
  • Improve your Spanish in intensive small-group language workshops
  • Experience authentic cultural immersion
  • Option to receive college credit, studying with our local partner institutions
  • Community service elective with our Spanish partners
  • Be a savvy, sophisticated traveler. Go above and beyond the standard tourist checklist!
  • Meet local teens and make friends from all over the world
  • Included trips to Sevilla, Cordoba, Tarifa, Gibraltar, Conil, Jerez, Los Toruños, El Puerto
  • All inclusive 2 or 4 week sessions
  • Optional 3-day travel extension to Barcelona

Food

Your homestay mothers will make delicious food for you most mornings and evenings. Some of the local favorites include many varieties of seafood, puntillitas and tortillitas of various shapes and sizes, and, of course, tapas. Some days the group will also go on evening outings to local restaurants or outdoor picnics.

Homestay Life

No one will better introduce you to the Spanish culture than your homestay family. Their home, which is typically located a short walk from our language school in the city’s center, will be the focal point of your study abroad experience. Though you will live with your hosts for the duration of the program, you do not spend every afternoon and evening “at home.” The program itinerary balances time with your family and time with the Abbey Road group.

On average, you’ll spend 3-4 evenings per week at home enjoying dinner and activities with your hosts or attending family events; the remaining evenings are spent with the entire Cádiz program group.

You will be part of our Abbey Road family, making new friends, learning to be independent and self-reliant, to share responsibilities with your peers, manage your time, and getting ready for college years!

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Daily Schedule

Every student on the program chooses two classes as their academic focus in Cadiz: a major and an elective. The Spanish major class meets every morning Monday to Friday while electives meet three afternoons a week, Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Students interested in earning college credit will have the option of doing so via our local partner school, Melkart Academy.

Majors: Spanish language

Electives and Workshops: Spanish Conversation and Culture, Photography, Community Service, Drawing.

Students are placed in their Spanish class according to their level, we accept beginners, intermediate and advanced speakers. There is a placement test on the first day of class.

In addition, we offer individual tutoring and intensive small group workshops, for those who want to challenge themselves and see a dramatic improvement in their Spanish proficiency. Our language classes are taught in a fun, interactive, experiential way, maximizing intensive language and cultural immersion.

Some of our students’ favorite activities are:

  • Tapas night in Plaza de la Catedral
  • Kayaking in the Bay of Cadiz
  • Salsa dancing near Plaza Mina
  • Intensive Spanish conversation over coffee and churros in Plaza San Francisco
  • Flamenco night in La Cava
  • Community service workshops (optional)
  • Evening outings with local teens
  • Beach soccer on Playa la Caleta
  • Water rides in Aquatic Park
  • Trip to Castillo Santa Catalina
  • Beach time on Playa Victoria
  • Climbing to Torre Poniente and Torre Tavira with a stunning view of Cadiz
  • Visit of the Oratory of Santa Cueva (Holy Cave)

It's
If you were there...

  • Morning Activity

    Spanish class

  • Morning Activity

    Learning how to make Spanish fans

  • Afternoon Activity

    Fun in Aqualand

  • Afternoon Activity

    Tai Chi on the beach

  • Night Activity

    Flamenco show

  • Night Activity

    Tiramisu night

Weekend Day Trips

In addition to showing you all of the most celebrated and “lesser known” cultural sites in Cadiz, the program allows you to explore the most beautiful sites in Andalusia.

Some of the students’ favorites include:

  • Weekend trip to Sevilla and Cordoba and their spectacular sites (see below)
  • Sailing on the white sand beaches of Conil
  • Excursions to Puerto de la Villa and Casco Antiguo
  • Eco- trip to Los Toruños, a natural reserve in the bay of Cadiz
  • Tour of Jerez de la Frontera and Claustro Santo Domingo
  • Picnic and excursion to Gibraltar
  • Surfing in Tarifa, the surfing capital of Europe
  • Trip to Vejer and Pueblos Blancos, the beautiful white villages of Andalucia

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Included: A Weekend in Seville and Cordoba +

Optional: Three Day Travel Extension to Barcelona +

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Camarón de la Isla and Definite Integrals

This summer in Cádiz, in the south of Spain, I got used to a few things. For three weeks I would get out of bed and see this cathedral standing right in front of me, lit up with the morning sun just like this. This is the view from the apartment where I stayed with a roommate and a homestay mom during my time in Cádiz. The view’s not too ...

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