From the big city excitement of Madrid and Lisbon to the small-town charm of Toledo and Lagos, you will have a blast exploring all that these two countries have to offer. You and your fellow travelers will sample the most delectable cuisine, explore ancient cities and enjoy thrilling canyoning, kayaking and surfing! This small group adventure will bring you off the beaten path and provide you with memories to last a lifetime.
You Will Visit, Travel Dates & Grades
You Will Visit
Spain & Portugal- Madrid, Toledo, Salamanca, Porto, Peneda Geres National Park, Lisbon, Belem, Sintra, Algarve, Seville
This trip enables you to visit many unique local cultures throughout Central Europe. Experience firsthand why Croatia’s Adriatic Coast has been a secret kept by the Europeans, get your adrenalin pumping in Slovenia’s Julian Alps, check out many monuments of Prague and see why Vienna is considered one of the most livable cities in the world. Our small group experience allows us to maintain flexibility and spontaneity and to solicit group input within our well-planned European adventure!
You Will Visit, Travel Dates & Grades
You Will Visit
Croatia, Slovenia, Austria & the Czech Republic – Prague, Vienna, Lake Bled, Ljubljana, Split, Dubrovnik
There is no better city in Spain to spend a summer in than Barcelona! It offers the rare combination of sophistication, vibrancy and culture along with unique architecture and the charm of a Mediterranean beach town. College is a time of growth and personal choice; why not get a head start? You’ll leave Barcelona and your unforgettable summer feeling more independent and better prepared for college while making great friends, seeing incredible sites and falling in love with Spain along the way.
Improve your Spanish while spending your summer in one of the most beloved cities in Spain. Barcelona is a sophisticated, vibrant city with unique architecture and the charm of a Mediterranean beach town. Spanish Language is one of the most popular major course choices. The main objective of this high school student program is to improve your Spanish communication skills. Emphasis is on the development of both conversational and written skills. You’ll leave Barcelona and your unforgettable summer feeling more independent and better prepared for college while making great friends, seeing incredible sites, and having improved your Spanish along the way.
As part of the Pre-College Enrichment Barcelona program, Community Service is available as both a morning major or as an afternoon elective. Give back to children and families in need as you participate in educational and recreational programs with Barcelona’s Martí-Codolar Youth Center, or welfare improvement projects with the community of Sant’Egidio. Preview college life as you stay at Residence Collegi Major Sant Jordi and take advantage of the impressive fitness spa & pool club around the corner. In addition to discovering the best Barcelona has to offer, enjoy exciting excursions to Madrid, Figueres, Girona and more!
Study and live this summer in one of Europe’s most beautiful cities, Florence, Italy. Filled with amazing art, world class restaurants and breathtaking scenery, Florence is known as the birthplace of the Renaissance. During your Major course, choose to learn Italian, create a digital photo portfolio, cook like an Italian chef or become next season’s Versace. Our afternoon Florence activity highlights enable you to discover the workplaces of famous artisans, visit the workshop of a leather designer and appreciate the role of food in Italian culture. Florence has changed very little from its inception; it is a small, largely pedestrian city, overflowing with culture, making it one of the preeminent destinations for study abroad. This program prepares you for the academic and personal challenges that come with entering college. When the three weeks are over, we promise that you will never want to leave!
Improve your Italian while living in one of Europe’s most beautiful cities, Florence, Italy. Develop conversation, reading and writing skills. Equal focus will be given to grammatical structures, vocabulary and conversation skills. Students will develop a vocabulary that will enable them to engage in simple, but useful, everyday conversations thus enhancing and supporting their Italian experience. Our Cultural Workshops enable you to discover the workplaces of famous artisans, learn about designers in the Italian fashion industry and appreciate the role of food in Italian culture. Live like a Medici in our private residence located steps away from the Duomo. The city of Florence itself has changed very little from its inception; it is a small, largely pedestrian city, overflowing with culture making it one of the preeminent destinations for students to study abroad. When the three-week program is over we promise that you will never want to leave!
Discover quaint, cobblestone streets, enchanted Medieval castles, thatched cottages and old stone walls. Add incredible adventures such as underground ziplining through caverns, and sledging – imagine half a kayak, no paddles and using your legs to help navigate the river. Explore scenic valleys, waterfalls and Ireland’s majestic Cliffs of Moher, a geological wonder facing the Atlantic for over 350 million years. Sample pub food, boxty, Irish Soda Bread, or bangers and mash. Listen to Irish folk music and try Scottish dancing all alongside new friends!