High School Exchange in Spain

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  • study abroad All across Spain Spain
  • age from 15 to 18 1/2 years old
  • Language Spanish
  • dates September to June
  • length Term, Semester, Academic year
  • price from 6940 EUR

Be an exchange student in Spain

Join a unique High School exchange in Spain specifically designed for Native English Speakers: international students are hosted by a volunteer Spanish family and attend regular classes in a public or private High School in Spain. This is a full immersion program available only to students coming from English speaking countries. 

Students will be able to go for a full academic year from September to June (Public School), a semester or a Term (Private School), and even for short term programs. If you have a low Spanish level you can enroll in a non-mandatory intense Spanish course before the academic year starts in September (extra cost, 16+ students only) and also have access to a totally free online e-learning platform that will help you to improve those areas that might need reinforcement (listening, speaking, and writing skills).

Highlights of the program:

  • Best Immersion Experience in Spain: Students are living with a warm and welcoming Spanish host family while attending school like any other local student.
  • Guardianship and Support 24/7: Students will receive full support from the host family, the local coordinator and our professional team.
  • Free online Spanish preparation course: Nacel provides you with a free e-learning platform for you to start practicing your Spanish before your arrival.
  • Credited program: Based on your academic performance you will have the opportunity to receive transcripts at the end of the program (restrictions may apply, please contact our advisors for further information).
  • Competitive price: Our affordable prices open the doors for you to embark on an unforgettable academic experience in Spain.

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    Volunteer Host Families

    Within this high school exchange in Spain, students are hosted by volunteer families. Volunteer host families are carefully selected based on availability and also based on your interests and hobbies.  Spanish host families are known for being very welcoming and enthusiastic of getting to know the culture of our students. They also expect from their student to help them improve their English skills. This is thus a real exchange program in Spain.

    Students are required to integrate with the family activities such as trips and days out. It is also important that the student gets involved with housework responsibilities. Host families will offer a full board accommodation and packed lunches during school days. 


    Accreditation of Grades: 

    Students enrolled in an exchange program in Spain might be able to convalidate their transcripts as long as:

  •     Their local school in their origin country accepts the certified credits earned during their academic year in Spain.
  •     They succeed and pass their academic year with the minimum grades. 
    Each student is fully responsible to learn what the requirements are in order to complete a convalidation of transcripts. Even though Nacel is not responsible for this process we will provide professional advice at all times. 

    Application Process:

    The application to your high school exchange in Spain is done in six stages:

    1. An interview is carried out with you and your family to determine eligibility.
    2. Once you complete the booking, we will send you the application forms that will need to be carefully filled out and must be sent back to us via email in a PDF file. 
    3. Once you are accepted in the program, we will issue the formal acceptance and start working on your placement.
    4. Arrangements are made for your placement and communicated to you.
    5. We assist you in applying for your visa if necessary; we will send you a Visa application guide.
    6. You determine your travel arrangements and we organize your transfers upon your arrival. 

  • Prices

    High School exchange program in Spain (English native speakers)

    * Price in Euros per participant.

    ** Only available to native English speakers

    Not included : Application Fees (65 EUR)

    Price includes

    • Administration fees
    • Host school placement and local orientation
    • Host family accommodation with full board
    • Airport pick-up and transfers to host family, from the closest airport to the family
    • Support, assistance and 24 hour emergency phone number during the whole program
    • Medical, Liability and Emergency Repatriation Insurance

    Price does not include

    • International airfare
    • Travel insurance (luggage lost, flight delay etc.)
    • Visa, passport and medical exam fees
    • Private school extra fees, extra language courses
    • Books, lockers, laboratories, yearbook, class ring, letter jacket, student activities etc…
    • Local transportation from and to school
    • Extra activities such as sports, excursions, etc…
    • Airport pick-up and transfers outside the dates indicated or in another airport
    • Personal expenses and pocket money
    Apply at least 6 months before arrival.

    Exchange students must be interviewed in their home country before being accepted for a High School exchange in Spain (preferably in Spanish).
    A minimum of two years of Spanish study and good academic results are required to study in Spain.
    Students must be English native speakers.


    “Ellen had a wonderful time. Thank you for all your help. Ellen’s mother”


    Hola Nacel!

    No te he olvidado durante mi año aquí en España, y estoy totalmente enamorada con Asturias. He estado estudiando para 5 meses, y como dice mi padre de aquí, "si estas comiendo 3 dedos, ya acabaste dos y solo queda uno." Pero estoy muy triste que en 4 meses hay que volver a mi país y tengo que dejar a mi familia española.

    Pero bueno, no pasa nada. Ahora mismo, estoy muy contenta. smile emoticon Estoy estudiando mucho porque en un mes, vamos a Cádiz para Semana Santa. ¡Tengo muchas ganas! Así que estoy estudiando, en los fines de semanas voy al cine con Celia y nos dormimos en la casa de mi abuela. Cocinamos mucho, que me encanta. Ahora, sé cómo se hace la tortilla española, fabada asturiana y lentejas.

    Otra vez, gracias por todo. Sin vosotros, este viaje no habría sido posible, y ha cambiado mi vida.




    We worked with Nacel for 6 months to prepare our 15-year old daughter for a year of high school abroad in Spain. The staff were very responsive, answering all of our questions and addressing our concerns immediately. Emails and phone calls were responded to quickly, and the staff were always available by phone. Additionally the Nacel staff went above and beyond their role to problem solve with us when we experienced challenges and confusion in the bureaucratic process of the embassy requirements. Our host family selection was done with thought and care for our daughter’s age and experience level. It is obvious that a positive student experience is paramount at Nacel. We felt at all times that we were working with individuals who cared for our daughter's well-being (and ours as parents, too.) At the time of departure, we felt fully prepared, knowing where our child would be going, what she would need for the school system and life abroad, and we were put in direct communication with our fantastic host family to guide us into a successful year abroad. Thank you to all the Nacel staff involved in making our daughter’s dream a reality. Thank you! 


    Aidan is doing great and Marta is a sweetheart. He is very happy with his family. Marta and I talk back and forth she is doing wonderfully with her English. Thank you again for this amazing and life changing experience that you helped facilitate for Aidan. Brooke C. 

    Brooke C.

    I spent two weeks in July 2015 in the Barcelona, Spain homestay program living in the Sabadell suburb area. I traveled to Spain from U.S. and was the only American student in this program. My homestay family was a very nice, retired lady, Anna, who was very kind and nurturing. My roommate was a French student who I became very close to and enjoyed my time with her. We got along very well and had many common interests. This homestay program provided me with a great exposure to the Spanish culture. I got to spend time with my host family, which included a grand daughter who also became a goodf riend. I continue to be in contact with all the new friends that I made this summer. …Overall, I would highly recommend this homestay program to students who want to experience life in Spain. I made many good friends on this trip and hope to continue to stay in touch with them, including my homestay family and tutor.

    Eva A.
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