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When you study abroad in Spain, the friendly atmosphere and rich blend of cultures will teach you how to make the most of life. Immerse yourself in Spanish languages and cultures by living with a host family and attending a local high school. This is the best way to develop fluency in Spanish languages and customs.

People live life to the fullest in Spain. But, not in a hurried way. Instead, Spaniards tend to take their time, deliberately, to appreciate the world and people around them. You’ll savor long, multi-course meals (of some of the most delectable dishes, like pisto, paella, patatas bravas, and gazpacho), and wander vivacious villages and charming cities.

Whether it’s the middle of the day or night, you’re sure to find vibrant street culture. Imagine neighbors strolling around their blocks, older people playing checkers on the sidewalks, and teenagers hanging out in plazas. And, with such abundant art, architecture, literature, cuisine, history, and more to explore, you’re sure to find a wealth of cultural experiences to enjoy. You’ll be quoting Don Quixote in no time.

Depending on the region, locals might speak Catalan, Basque, Galician, or Valencian along with Spanish. The ethnicities and nationalities associated with these other languages offer a diverse range of cultures to appreciate. Still, what all people in Spain tend to have in common is their affectionate nature. You might find that Spaniards take some time to open up, but you’ll see that the bonds they form are strong and long-lasting. And, orientations and events with other AFS exchange students will allow you to make life-long connections and memories with people from around the world. Expand your cultural horizons and rewrite your high school experience in Spain.