Please visit our website for more information. Study Japanese, live with a host family, and explore the cultural and historical sights of Tokyo, Sapporo, and Kyoto on this immersive high school summer abroad program. While in Sapporo, receive 32 hours of formal Japanese language instruction — provided at three language levels — in small-group, interactive formats. Practice reading and writing hiragana and kanji with Japanese teachers. Have language exchanges with local students. Focus on communication skills for everyday life and your upcoming homestay. Take time to sample local delicacies, order gyoza and sushi at local restaurants, explore Japan’s natural beauty, and learn about the indigenous Ainu culture of Hokkaido. Visit the homes of local college students to learn about Japanese home life and cook together. Further enhance your Japanese and deepen your understanding of culture and family life in Japan through the program’s homestay. Learn to cook homemade soba noodles or to roll your own sushi with your host parents and hang out with your host siblings. Take advantage of opportunities to learn the art of Japanese flower arrangement or the tea ceremony. Activities during this time could also include visiting a local school, practicing Zen meditation, or participating in a traditional festival. Your exploration through Japan continues as you spend several days exploring the temples, markets, and shrines of ancient Kyoto. Hike to Nijou Castle, home to the ancient imperial court, and visit the golden-walled Kinkaku-ji temple. The program begins and ends in Tokyo, where you and your group explore the famous sites, museums, and diverse neighborhoods of one of the world’s most populous cities. Language Certificate: At the conclusion of this program, each participant will earn a language certificate noting how many hours of language classes s/he completed. Orientation: Tokyo, 3 days Homestay: Bihoro, Nanae, Tomakomai, or Otaru, 7–9 days Other Accommodations: Hotels, hostels, pensions, and/or temple stay
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Experience the differences in regions and cultures across Spain on this high school summer abroad program. Your journey begins with an immersive orientation in Spain’s capital and largest city, Madrid. Immediately begin practicing your Spanish as you navigate the city’s medieval streets, visit the Prado Museum on Madrid’s “museum mile,” order tapas and other Spanish cuisine in local cafés, and visit the Habsburg district. Take a full-day excursion to historic Toledo as your knowledge of Spain’s history and culture deepens.
Then, experience an entirely different region of Spain as you and your group travel from Madrid to your homestay location. Spend two weeks immersed in a Spanish community as you come to experience Spain’s regional differences. Your Spanish language skills grow through study and daily interactions with your host family. Take day trips to explore the surrounding area with your Experiment group. Participate in flamenco classes, attend workshops with a local NGO that works with youth, and learn how to cook regional specialties. The homestay community varies each year.
Your exploration of Spain’s cultures and regional differences continues as you and your group travel to Barcelona — Spain’s second largest city and the capital of Catalonia. Visit Barcelona’s numerous World Heritage sites, parks, the Picasso Museum, and the Olympic Harbor. See the architecture of Gaudí, taste tapas on La Rambla, and get introduced to the regional language of Catalan. Return to Madrid for a final day of exploration and reflection.
Orientation: Madrid, 3 days
Homestays: Valencia, Vilagarcia (Galicia), Ubeda (Andalucía), or Logrono (La Rioja), 13 days
Other Accommodations: Hotels and apartments
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