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International House - Tarragona, Spain  


Program Description


The main Barcelona school was founded in 1972 and has since grown into a major centre for language teaching, teacher training and related activities. The Junior Summer Program is run as a joint venture between the Barcelona center and the affiliated school in Tarragona, which has extensive experience organizing teen courses and dealing with younger students. The quality of the teaching is guaranteed by the fact that the school employs only fully trained native speakers who have been carefully selected to match the high standards the school sets themselves.

Students study Spanish 15 hours per week from 10.00 to 13.30(1:30PM) in small groups of a maximum of 12 students. A full social program is included every week. The main objective of the program is to improve communicative skills. The emphasis of classroom activities is therefore the development of the student's ability to speak and understand spoken Spanish. For this reason, classes are conducted in Spanish and students are given plenty of opportunity to practice the sort of language they are likely to need outside the classroom.


The school is on two floors, with a cafe and reception area on the first floor where students can buy refreshments during lesson breaks. The school has satellite TV and a computer room with free access to the Internet available for students.

The Junior Summer Program takes place in Tarragona, a pleasant coastal resort city approximately 100 km south of Barcelona (86 km from the airport). Tarragona is a provincial capital and has a population of around 115,000. It is situated on the Costa Dorada and is an ideal location for a teen program of this kind.

The town is lively, but not too big. It has its own sandy beaches within walking distance of the school, it is very close to Port Aventura, one of Europe's largest theme parks and it is only an hour from Barcelona by bus or train.




The school carefully selects all host families and all undertake to provide students with a full range of accommodation services including three meals per day. Students with dietary restrictions or any other special needs are requested to make these known in advance. The majority of host families live in flats, almost all with balconies and some with terraces, and most have teenage children. Lunch is normally eaten at about 14.00(2:00PM), and dinner at about 20.30-21.00(8:30-9:00PM).

Some of the host families live within walking distance of the school. However, in many cases it will be necessary for the students to take a bus from their family to the school. A 30-day student bus pass, which allows four journeys per day, is included in the course fee.

Students must comply with a curfew of 23.30(11:30PM) from Sunday to Thursday, and 01:30 on Friday and Saturday.

Student Residence
The student residence is located in the city centre, less than 15 minutes walk from International House. The residence, which provides accommodation throughout the academic year to students from the University of Tarragona, was opened in 1998 and is very well maintained.

Accommodation is available in spacious double or triple rooms with sheets and towels provided. Rooms with private bathrooms are also available for group leaders. The bedrooms are equipped with wardrobes, writing desks and chairs, desk lamps, bookcases and mirrors. Accommodation includes all meals.

Facilities that are available free to students include a TV lounge, a computer room, separate study rooms, and a gymnasium. Washing machines are also available for a small charge. Students are provided with a key to their room only. There is a 24-hour reception service.

Curfew policy The school operates a policy which ensures that all students are back at their accommodation by 23.30, except on Friday and Saturday, when the deadline is extended until 01.30. This policy is strictly enforced both by the host families and the monitor at the residence.


Program Features

Features Included
  • 3 hours of Spanish classes per day in multinational groups of up to 12 students.
  • Student residence accommodation in single or double rooms and full board (3 meals daily with packed lunches on weekdays and excursions). Prices vary between standard and upscale residence lodging.
  • Full Social Program (see below for details).
  • All teaching materials, tests and certificates.
  • Free internet and e-mail access.
  • Arrival and departure transfers from the Barcelona airport. Arrival on Sunday and departure on Saturday.
  • Local bus pass.
  • NRCSA Emergency insurance (during dates in the foreign country).

Features Not Included
  • Pocket Money


Sample 4 Week Social Program

 Week 1
 Orientation walk around Tarragona and welcome party
 Sports/crafts afternoon
 Visit to the Cathedral
 Talk and Film afternoon
 Free afternoon for shopping
 Full-day excursion to Barcelona
 Day with the host family
 Week 2
 Games and sports on the beach
 Theme party
 Afternoon in Reus
 Treasure Hunt
 Free afternoon for shopping
 Full-day excursion to Port Aventura
 Day with the host family
 Week 3
 Afternoon at the water theme park
 Talk and
Film afternoon
 Visit to the local archaeological museum
 Sports and/or crafts afternoon
 Free afternoon for shopping
 Full-day excursion to the mountains with adventure sports
 Day with the host family
 Week 4
 Games and sports on the beach
 Visit to the Roman ruins and the old city wall
 Local excursion to Loreto
 Free afternoon for shopping
Farewell Party


  •   The precise details of the social program are subject to change, but any modifications will be in terms of scheduling rather than content.

  •   Additional activities (tennis, golf, horse riding, etc.) can be arranged on request, but all costs involved will have to be paid by the students taking part. It is recommend students bring between 60 - 100 Euros per week for pocket money, etc.


Dates & Fees


View the start dates and program fees for the Junior Summer Program

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Student Residence
Program Features Included
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Sample Schedule

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