Exchange Program Spain
Following the 1990 reform, compulsory secondary education (ESO)
lasts for four years (from 12 to 16) divided into two two-year cycles
(from 12 to 14 and from 14 to 16) and leads to the Graduado en Educación
Secundaria Certificate. This certificate is required for a) Bachillerato
studies (16 to 18) and b) intermediate vocational training (Ciclos
Formativos de Grado Medio). Bachillerato students who have completed
all subjects successfully are awarded the Título de Bachillerato
(before the 1990 reform students had to complete the Curso de Orientación
Universitaria as well). To enter university, students must sit for
an entrance examination (Prueba de Acceso a la Universidad). In
intermediate vocational training (Ciclos Formativos de Grado medio)
students who successfully complete their training are awarded the
Certificado de Técnico in the relevant field. This certificate enables
them to work in areas related to their training, to pursue further
training or study for a Bachillerato.
Schools in Spain begin in mid-September and finish around
June 23rd. Students attend primary school (colegio) until 6th grade.
They then enter ESO for 4 years, followed by 2 years of university
preparatory courses called Bachillerato.
Students will be placed in one of the following three grades:
The Spanish tend to take more subjects in a week than most
Americans. Rather than have the same subjects 5 days a week, the
students' schedules vary from day to day. The classes are also more
theoretical, and students are expected to study quite a lot outside
of the classroom.
The students must
all take certain core classes, which include: Spanish Language,
Spanish Literature, Foreign Language, Philosophy, and Physical Education.
Additionally students must choose one optional area from within
four groups: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Natural and Health
Sciences, or Technology. More information about these classes will
be given to you once on program. Student Exchange Program Spain
Oct to: Jul
Languages of instruction:
Catalan, Spanish, Basque, Galician