WHY STUDY LANGUAGE THROUGH THE ARTS IN SPAIN?
From cave art to street art, architecture, and film, Spanish art is one of the largest cultural heritages in the world. Begin your Experiment in Spain’s capital, Madrid, exploring the famous sights, museums, and neighborhoods while trying authentic foods such as paella and pulpo. Take a day trip to Toledo, the “Imperial City,” known for its 2,000+ years of history, before continuing on to the province of Andalucía in southern Spain, where you will dive into art workshops taught in Spanish.
Your Spanish language immersion continues with a stay in an Andalusian town, where you will enjoy home-cooked meals and visit local markets, beaches, and cafés with your friends and host family. Experience Spain’s outdoors with activities in beautiful natural landscapes.
Your group will develop your Spanish language skills through exposure and practice in art workshops, experiential learning activities, homestay family engagement, peer-to-peer practice, and more in Guadix. You will improve your language through immersive arts training, delivered fully in Spanish. You will practice by doing, using Spanish skills in ceramics, theater, flamenco, or other art classes. Present what you have learned through a talent showcase presentation at the end of your program.
Engaging with local Spanish youth is an integral part of your learning journey, fostering cultural exchange and broadening your perspective on Spanish society. Through shared activities and dialogue, you will not only gain new insights, but also share your thoughts with your Experimenter group and local Spanish students.
Finally, return to Madrid for a final reflection with your group before departing for home.
LEARN BY DOING
The Experiment’s programs are designed to build skills that will help you succeed. In Spain, you will learn:
- Spanish language
- Intercultural communication
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
- Outdoor activities include hiking and water activities such as swimming.
- Temperatures and humidity can be very high in Spain during the summer.
- Students will explore urban life on foot (lots of walking!) and learn to navigate the public transit system.
- During this program, you will stay with a host family on weekends and at a student dormitory (residencia) during the week.
- Cities in Spain are increasingly vegetarian/vegan-friendly, and gluten-free options are not difficult to find.
- Access to the internet is limited and internet speeds and connectivity vary.
- The diverse personal and social identities of participants may, in part, shape their experience abroad. In-country partners will discuss cultural norms and the local context during orientation. Please read our approach to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for further information. All students will have a safe space within the program spaces and with the local staff and group leaders.
- The Experiment program structure is rooted in experiential learning and cohort-based learning. The participant group experience is a major source of learning for Experimenters and is facilitated by trained Experiment group leaders.