UNITED STATESAcademic year
Why the USA?
You’ll love the impressive, sprawling cities, and the openness of the people.
Discover cultures from all over the world, and see the wildly diverse geography. From the Colorado Springs mountains, to the California surf beaches. Freeways that cross deserts, and natural wonders like the Grand Canyon, Niagara falls, or Yosemite national park.
Celebrate a real halowe’en, thanksgiving, and independence day. Enjoy Spring Break, the barbecues and the parties. Meet Americans of your age, learn about the culture. Meet a real-life cowboy or a cheerleader. And of course, you’ll get to see some great sports action: basketball, american football, baseball, and ice hockey.
So many students come back and say it was the best year of their life. Don’t miss out!
WHEN CAN I START?
The school year begins in August or September. Students will leave Spain between the 1st of August and the 6th of September, depending on the calendar of the school they have chosen.
How are the schools?
All of the American schools, public or private, are accredited institutes that meet the highest of standards. They offer a great quality academic experience. And, international students have even more options, including extra credit activities like sports, art or theatre.
CAN I CHOOSE MY SCHOOL? ARE THERE OTHER STUDENTS FROM SPAIN?
In both cases, it depends on the program you choose. In the J1 program, for example, you can’t choose the school. In the F1 program, however, you can choose the region (and in some cases even the school) where you want to study. Whether or not there are other students from Spain also depends on the area you are in. Most of the large cities in the states are very multicultural and it’s possible that you’ll have classmates from all over the world!
HOW ARE THE HOST FAMILIES CHOSEN?
Ours families go through a rigorous selection process. First, they go through a detailed application, and then we verify their references, and make a home visit. We understand how important a good host family is, and we make sure that your placement will be somewhere homely, safe, and comfortable.
WHAT DOCUMENTATION DO I NEED?
First, you must complete an application form, an English test, and a personal interview. After that, you must apply for your visa (either a J1 or an F1) via an online form which we send to you. You will also need two passport photos, a school report, your medical and vaccination records, and a recommendation from your school (either your headteacher, or your English teacher), as well as an ESTA document (Electronic System for Travel Authorization), which you can get from this address: http://www.esta.us/espanol.html. You will also need to do an interview at the US Embassy in Madrid, where you will have to take all the necessary documentation.
HOW OLD DO I HAVE TO BE?
For the J1 program, you must be between 15 and 18 years and 6 months. For the F1 program, you must be between 14 and 18.
WHAT LEVEL OF ENGLISH DO I NEED?
For the J1 and DASH programs, you must pass a simple exam to prove your English is good enough for you to be able to benefit from the program. Our team will help you to work out the level you have. For the F1 program, there is no minimum.
WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THE PRICE?
Matriculation in your school, accommodation with your host family, half board during the week and full board at the weekend, and in certain cases, student residency. A level test, personal interview, orientation before leaving from the Enseñalia team, guidance and help during your time in the states, local co-ordination in the USA, and help with the documentation and visa process.
WHAT ISN’T INCLUDED?
Flights, spending money in the US (including any charges for extra-curricular activities that are not provided for free by the school), food from the school, visa processing fees, school books, costs associated with the convalidation process.
WHAT OTHER CHARGES ARE THERE?
Generally, students spend around €150-200 per month on things like food outside of the home, public transport, and school material.
CAN I VISIT MY FAMILY IN SPAIN?
It depends on your visa. With the J1 visa, you are not permitted to visit your family during your stay in the USA. With the F1 visa, you can visit whenever you want, as long as your passport is valid and it’s compatible with your academic plans.
CAN I VISIT MY FAMILY IN THE USA?
It depends on the visa. With the J1, it is not guaranteed. With the F1 and K1 programmes, it is possible, and many parents visit their children whilst they are abroad. It can be a great experience for everyone, because it gives the students a chance to show their family everything they’ve learned.
WHAT WILL I DO IN THE SCHOOL HOLIDAYS?
With the J1 program, you’ll have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to experience the typical US holiday traditions.