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Spanish for Teenagers: San Sebastian

Open to 14 – 17 yr old students     

Update: 15th March 2021

Sadly the San Sebastian school have decided to cancel the Teenage Programme for 2021. 

Students aged 16/17yrs+ this summer, can join the school’s adult course with a curfew arrangement in place (if of interest, please discuss with CESA staff)

or students can wait until Summer 2022 to participate in this very popular programme.

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The best way to improve your Spanish is to practise, practise, practise! Why not also enjoy the fabulous summer sunshine of San Sebastian, try surfing or kayaking, whilst learning Spanish with native speaking teachers AND meeting people from all over the world?

Levels offered Beginner to Advanced
Course duration 1 to 4+ weeks 
Age range 14/17 yrs
Group lessons/AM 25 lessons
Lesson duration 45 minutes
Maximum per class 12 students
Supplementary options Surfing, Paddle-boarding or Kayaking

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Teenage Course Fees
1 wk 2 wk 3 wk 4 wk
€ 410.00 € 760.00 € 1100.00 € 1460.00
CESA Fee: € 60.00 per person
 Supplementary course options/pr week
Surfing: € 70.00 Paddle-board: € 55.00
Kayaking: € 55.00
Accommodation Fees
1 wk 2 wks 3 wks 4 wks
Single rm
€ 376.00 € 702.00 € 1028.00 € 1354.00
Shared rm (friends only)
€ 298.00 € 546.00 € 794.00 € 1042.00
Dietary supplement € 25.00 per week: Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten free, Lactose intolerant, Halal, Kosher


Course Start Dates 2021

June 2021
07, 14, 21, 28
July 2021
 05, 12, 19, 26
August 2021
 02, 09, 16, 23

Public holidays: 31st July 2021. Beginners are welcome: 5th July & 2nd August. Final week of programme: 23rd/27th August

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Course Content:

San Sebastian is an ideal destination to study Spanish for teenagers (14-17 yrs). San Sebastian offers the best of all worlds: a wealth of cultural opportunities, fantastic beaches, a beautiful coastal landscape, it is also small enough to be safe, comfortable, and less overwhelming than many cities.

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During the summer this Spanish course takes advantage of everything that San Sebastian has to offer; combining sports, excursions, culture, history and events. Teenagers are supervised by a school monitor who coordinates teachers, host families, organisation of activities, and the overall well being of the students. However, students will have two free afternoons (unless a supplementary option is booked) as well as all day Sunday to get to know their host family and become familiar with Spanish traditions and culture.

Programme details:

5 classes a day, Mon/Fri groups of 4-12 students 3 or 4 language level classes 3 afternoons per week – organized activities Saturday – full-day excursion
Generally 25/35 students present each week

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Duration: One to Twelve weeks
Generally students stay for two to four weeks
Supplementary activities offered on Tuesday and Thursday (at extra cost) to be booked in advance.


Monday to Friday:
08:00 to 9:00: Breakfast with family
09:30 to 14.00: Classes and breaks
14:00 to 15:00: Lunch with monitor
15:00 to 19:00: Mon, Wed, Fri supervised activities
19.30 to 20.30: Homework and revision
20:30: Dinner with the family

Plus the option to surf, kayak or paddle-board: Tuesday & Thursday PM (at extra cost).

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Saturday: 10:00 to 18:00: Full day excursion
Sunday: Free day with the family

Curfew Rules:

Hosts eat at around 8.30/9.00 pm, so students won’t be free to go out until around 9.30pm.
Some choose to go out for a walk or an ice cream for a short while, others decide to stay at home.

14/15 yr old students – Will not be allowed out after the evening meal

16 and 17 yr olds can go out in accordance with the following curfew limits:
They must be in by 11.00 pm Sunday to Thursday nights,
& 1.00 am on Friday and 2.00 am on Saturday nights


Two week sample:
Monday: 2 hr bike ride to explore the city
Tuesday: PM Surf lesson (must be booked in advance – at extra cost)
Wednesday: Climb Urgull Montaun & explore the paths and ruins of Mota Castle + visit the giant Oceanarium
Thursday: PM Surf lessons (must be booked in advance – at extra cost)

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Friday: Salsa class – learn the salsa and merengue!
Saturday: Visit the famous Guggenheim museum and walk through Bilbao’s Old quarter
Monday: Visit the amazing Koldo Michelena Biblioteca
Wednesday: Picnic on Sta Clara Island (travelling over by boat)
Friday: Visit Fuenterrabia, with a guided tour around this typical fishing village
Saturday: Explore the French Basque countryside, visiting St Jean de Luz & Biarritz

If the weather turns bad, alternative activities are arranged such as visiting the shops, viewing a Spanish film or going to the public swimming pool.


With Spanish hosts
or in a Student Residence

Spanish hosts: Each student will be placed with a family with whom they will live during their stay here. Breakfast and dinner will take place with the family (hosts will also provide a picnic lunch). Students receive the support of the family structure and will be looked after when not participating in school functions.

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Students are placed in single rooms, or shared rooms (if travelling with a friend).
The families are carefully chosen with the Teenager programme in mind. The student will receive a warm welcome and become another member of the household. Students must respect the programme schedule and inform the family of any outings they have during the designated free time periods.

Student residence: Offered for peak summer dates only (July).
Students are placed in single rooms (with shared bathrooms) with adult supervision.

Travel & Transfers

Students can fly to one of the nearby airports, and book the school arranged taxi transfer to San Sebastian, at additional cost:

San Sebastian airport
Bilbao airport
Biarritz airport
Irun/Henaya train station
Prices are quoted on the CESA Course Finder and PDF

Unaccompanied Minor Service:
Arranged for students 15 yrs or younger
Arrival: EUR 20.00
Departure: EUR 50.00 per person