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Spanish education system

The high quality of the Spanish education system is internationally recognized. In general terms, three different kinds of schools exist: “escuelas públicas” (state schools), “escuelas privadas” (private schools) and “escuelas concertadas” (semi-private schools). The program hereby presented by theIEX is carried out in private or semi-private schools with host family accommodation or, in some cases, residential accommodation.

The Spanish school system is structured in four levels: “Infantil” (3-5 years), “Primaria” (6-11 years), “ESO – Enseñaza Secundaria Obligatoria” (12-15 years) and “Bachillerato” (16-18 years).

Generally, the school timetable in Spain until the ESO is from 9.00am until 1.30pm and from 3.00pm until 5.00pm in the afternoon. Exceptionally in some schools, the timetable would be from 8.00am until 3.00pm. The school year usually runs from the beginning of September until the end of June, with two weeks breaks at Christmas and Easter, and some long weekends spread along the year.

Lunch break at school is quite different from other countries because the time for lunch in Spain is usually around 2.00pm. Lunch is the main meal of the day and will be a 2-3 course hot meal with the family or at the school cafeteria. Packed lunches are not usual in Spain.

Spain offers a fun environment day in and day out so living the “student life” in Spain is something that you no doubt will find quite enjoyable. You only need to look a bit around you and will find all kinds of options to choose from. Whether you are a guy or a girl, all schools offer an array of activities for students to participate and engage in.

Spain has an extraordinary artistic and historical heritage: painters -like El Greco, Velazquez, Goya, Picasso, Dali-, writers -like Cervantes, Calderon de la Barco, Lope de Vega, Garcia Lorca, Juan Ramon Jimenez, Unamuno-, architects, movie makers, sculptors… The cultural brand “España” is now internationally recognized and the country is also home to 44 sites listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Programs in Spain

  • 18-+18 years

Spanish Gap Year with DELE Certificate: Madrid, Barcelona & Granada

This program brings you the opportunity to certify your knowledge of the Spanish

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  • 18-+18 years

Spanish Gap Year Travel & Learn: Madrid & Barcelona

Combining the acquisition of a foreign language with getting to know the cultures

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  • 50-+18 years

+50 Spanish Program in Spain

They share their stories, liven up classes laughing and joking

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  • 18-+18 years

Dance & Spanish Classes Program in Spain

It is a way to make the study holiday more interesting and enjoyable.

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