FAQs for exchange students

Respuestas sencillas y claras a las preguntas más habituales realizadas por estudiantes y padres.

1. How do I get started?

You apply first online ( Apply now). We will get in touch with the applicant immediately.

2. When should I apply?

We recommend that you apply as early as possible, taking into consideration our deadlines.

3. Are Spanish skills required?

No. Spanish is not a requirement. You do not need to have Spanish in the school. However, we strongly recommend you to take a language course before departure. The more Spanish beforehand, the easier things will be for you.

4. What are the requirements for participation?

  • Good physical and mental health
  • Some basic Spanish is recommended
  • Good passing grades
  • Interest in learning Spanish and being in Spain
  • Mature, flexible, social and open-minded students

5. How do I apply for a particular program?

During the application phase, the applicant should inform us that he/she would like to apply for a specific program in Spain.

6. Do I need to apply for a student visa?

If you’re an EU citizen planning to study in Spain, you do not need to a visa. If you come from outside of Europe, you will need to apply for a student visa. This only applies to longer periods of international study; if you’re participating in a shorter exchange, last three months or less, a tourist or visitor visa may sufficent.

7. What happens after I have sent the application?

Upon receipt of the application, we will create an application confirmation and send it by email. The application confirmation is also the invoice for the program.

8. What’s included in the program fee? What’s not included?

The program fee includes accommodation with a host family, your enrollment in a publich school, orientation before and during your program, visa support and assistance, and 24 hour emergency assistance should anything come up while you’re on program.
You’ll need to take care of your visa and passport fees, your round trip international airfare, medical insurance and spending money while you’re in Spain. Most students spend between $100-$250 per month.

9. How is payment made?

The payment is made after receipt of the invoice (confirmation of application). All important information is contained in the letter.

10. Can I request a region for my stay in Spain?

Yes. You can choose during the enrollment process 2 regions for your stay.

11. Where will I live while I’m in Spain?

All students are placed in Spanish host families, which are screened and accept to host the student as another member of their family. Host families ask that the student be interactive and social. In host family accommodation, all meals are included that are eaten in the host home.

12. How long after sending the application and paying must I wait for the information of my host family?

Some host families choose very quickly, while others need a bit more time. Sometimes this also depends on the region. It can take up to 8 weeks.

13. Is there an orientation for an exchange year?

Yes. At the beginning of the stay, we organize an orientation course. The orientation always takes place in Barcelona.

14. Is there any help on site?

Yes. Our local coordinators are responsible for the search for the guest family and school. They also support the students and the host families throughout their stay. InterHispania places exchange students but ONLY where a local coordinator is on site.

15. Are there host family changes?

If conflicts arise between the host family and the exchange student that cannot be resolved, the host family may change. This is not a TABU for InterHispania. Sometimes there are no similarities or the chemistry is not at all present. In such situations, and before the situation escalates, a family change is carried out.

16. What are the costs for me?

Apart from the program price only the pocket money, school books (and uniform for private schools), local transportation and telephone costs come.

17. I still have many questions. Who can help me?

Our Staff is always ready to help: Contact us