Experience a culturally rich, historic and modern country that has shown its importance in world affairs. A love of food, big sports, openness and socialising make up the passionate Spanish spirit. Come join in!
High School Classic
High School Classic is the traditional high school exchange programme, chosen by most of our students. It is the perfect programme for those who long for a genuine high school experience abroad and who are willing to embrace all the surprises it can bring. Here’s how it works: based on your profile, we find you a suitable host family and school, and the best part is, it can be anywhere in Spain, from the vibrant and exciting cities to the golden Mediterranean coast! If you’re open to adventure and are willing to let yourself be surprised by your exchange experience, this is the programme for you.
High School 2-in-1
Experience two new countries in one year! The new High School 2-in-1 programme gives you the unique opportunity to spend each semester of your high school exchange in a different country. You can learn an extra language, gain insight into yet another culture and make even more international friends.
Order our brochure now and read all about STS High School, our destinations and a very special period abroad that could be the adventure of your life!
Right now you will get the Christmas edition of our inspiring brochure, complete with printable STS Christmas cards!
Spanish – a world language
Almost 500 million people around the world speak Spanish. To have this language on your future CV opens many doors. Previous studies in Spanish is not required to be an exchange student here, but some basic knowledge is strongly advised.
No matter how well you speak Spanish today, an exchange year in Spain will perfect your language skills through non-stop conversation and multiple high school classes that will reinforce your vocabulary in many different subjects.
Spain will leave you smiling
Whether it be the warm weather, friendly and talkative Spaniards, siesta time or late night tapas with your host family, Spain will captivate you and leave you smiling.
Population: 47 million Area: 504 782 km2 Language: 72 % Spanish, the rest Catalan, Galician and Basque Official name: Kingdom of Spain Capital: Madrid (3,2 million) Currency: Euro Country code: +34
School life in Spain
Some basic Spanish skills and a curious mindset; that’s all you need to apply to high school in Spain. Up until year 10, school in Spain is called ESO, short for Educación Secundaria Obligatoria. Year 11 and 12 are called Bachillerato. These two years are more university oriented and not mandatory for Spanish teenagers. Your placement as an exchange student will be decided by the school and depends on your previous grades and Spanish skills.
Spanish, literature, English, maths and sports are often compulsory subjects. Physics, chemistry, biology, crafts and music are examples of other subjects that may appear on your schedule
A typical school day in Spain
School hours vary between schools. One type of schedule would be classes from 9 am to 5 pm including a two hour lunch break. Another typical schedule would be classes from 9 am to 2 pm, with no lunch break. You will be seated in the same classroom all day, but the teachers will be different depending on the subject.
Your Spanish host family
Your host family will be an important part of your exchange year in Spain and if you are open, social and talkative you will have a great time. Even if that’s not really who you are today, that’s who you will become after living a year in a Spanish family. Our host families are carefully selected. They will open up their home to you because they are interested in people from other cultures.
Late and loud dinners.
Through your host family, you will get an interesting inside view of Spanish daily life, traditions and culture. Not the least around the tasty dinner table. It’s common to have long, late dinners, often as late as 9 or 10 pm. These are usually gatherings with a lot of high-volume and passionate discussions. Spaniards love to tell stories and all communication is straight-forward and sometimes temperamental. You will soon get used to it. And love it!
Spanish families have a typical Mediterranean lifestyle, however, there will be differences across the country. Spain is divided into different regions and they all have their unique traditions.
Who can go: 14–18 years on arrival
Departure month: January/August /December
Language requirements: Some knowledge of Spanish recommended
Choice of destination: Yes. 9 cities (including Madrid and Barcelona). Additional cost
Prep course: STS Welcome Camp included.
School year: September–June
School day: Usually 08.00 – 14.00
Subjects: No optional subjects
Trips in the country: Malaga, Madrid and Sevilla. Additional cost
It’s like living in a little bubble of happiness. If you want the adventure of your life, high school in Spain is the perfect choice / Johanna Dahl
Leisure in an inviting climate
The wonderful weather in Spain makes outdoor activities inviting. Many host families live near the sea and for those, water sports are of course a great alternative. Your local contact person and your host family will help you find a sports team or club you could join.
There are usually many options if you want to play soccer, handball or basketball. Another popular sport is golf and golf courses can be found pretty much everywhere in Spain. When summer ends, there are some parts in the country where you can go skiing!
Flamenco and being outdoors
Want to try something typically Spanish? If you like dancing you should definitely sign up for a passionate flamenco course. In general, social life takes place outside the home and you will soon learn from your new Spanish friends how to be spontaneous. Look forward to lots of fun times with your friends just hanging out on the square or at a café. This is arguably the best way to improve your Spanish!
See more of Spain
Take some time to travel. During your year in Spain, we will offer additional trips within the country to all our STS students. There are usually weekend trips, which is a perfect break from school. Follow us to the capital Madrid or to Seville or Málaga. The travel programme can differ. Therefore, you will get more information about prices and travel dates from your local contact person in Spain.
Get ready for your adventure
Our three day Welcome Camp in Barcelona is included and will be a great start to your time in Spain.
A world-class metropolis or a lazy beach town? Spain’s cities are as varied as they are exciting. If there’s a specific city that you want to spend you high school exchange in, let us know in your application.
Air fares to host family and back
Accommodation in an approved host family
Full board in a host family
School spot in a public high school
Personal assistance and contact person from home country and host country
STS Welcome Camp
Pre-departure orientation in your home country
Emergency support 24/7
Meetings and material to prepare you and your parents
STS bag and t-shirt
STS Ambassador Club
High School Classic
Don’t forget to check out our Video Scholarship Challenge. Send us a video explaining why you would be a great exchange student and get the chance to receive a scholarship for your high school exchange. Find all information and instructions here
Yes, no matter where you go, we have a local representative at your location. It is the local area representative who works to approve our host families, have contact with schools and will be your supporter and advisor during your exchange year.
The easiest way to apply is to visit the page of your favourite destination and click the "Apply now" button. Your application is not binding, and you make your final decision once you have been accepted.