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Embark on a transformative study abroad experience with Spain Abroad Academy. Spend your entire junior or senior year of high school immersing yourself in Spanish culture while continuing your online high school curriculum.

About Us:

Spain Abroad, founded by Lillian Ortiz-Self, John Tock, and Leanna Woodley, offers a groundbreaking study abroad/coaching program. Representative Ortiz's advocacy for dual language legislation in Washington State ensures a supportive environment for teens and young adults. Johnny, a licensed clinician, and Leanna, a certified life coach, provide personalized support for students.

Cultural Immersion Experience


At Spain Abroad Academy, cultural immersion goes beyond the classroom, offering students a rich and diverse experience that encompasses art, history, language, cooking, volunteering, music, and more.


Art and History:


Explore Spain's rich artistic and historical heritage through guided tours of iconic landmarks, museums, and galleries. From the majestic architecture of ancient cathedrals to the vibrant colors of contemporary street art, students will gain a deep appreciation for Spain's cultural legacy.


​Language and Communication:


Immerse yourself in the Spanish language through daily interactions with locals, language classes tailored to your proficiency level, and language exchange opportunities with native speakers. Whether ordering tapas in a local café or navigating the bustling markets, students will develop practical language skills while gaining insight into Spanish culture.


Cooking and Cuisine:

Delve into the culinary traditions of Spain with hands-on cooking classes led by expert chefs. Learn to prepare traditional dishes such as paella, gazpacho, and churros con chocolate, using fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Through gastronomic exploration, students will discover the importance of food in Spanish culture and create lasting memories around the dinner table.

Music and Dance: Experience the rhythmic beats and vibrant melodies of Spanish music and dance. From flamenco performances to traditional folk music concerts, students will immerse themselves in the captivating sounds of Spain, learning about the cultural significance of music and dance in Spanish society.



Cultural Festivals and Celebrations: Participate in traditional festivals and celebrations that showcase the diversity and vibrancy of Spanish culture. Whether joining in the festivities of Semana Santa (Holy Week), or local fiestas in  León, students will witness firsthand the spirit of celebration and camaraderie that defines Spanish life.

Through these immersive cultural experiences, students at Spain Abroad Academy will not only deepen their understanding of Spanish culture but also foster connections, friendships, and memories that will last a lifetime.


Life Coaching

Enhancing Personal Growth Through Cultural Immersion


At Spain Abroad Academy, our program is meticulously designed to integrate life coaching into a rich cultural immersion, providing a holistic education experience in Leon, Spain. We focus on nurturing personal growth, developing executive functioning skills, and preparing students for future academic and professional success.


Personal Growth and Empowerment

Our life coaching approach targets personal growth by empowering students to explore and understand their own identities within the vibrant context of Spanish culture. Through interactive workshops and one-on-one coaching sessions, participants are encouraged to set personal goals, develop self-awareness, and cultivate resilience, all while experiencing Spain’s rich traditions and social dynamics.


Executive Functioning

We place a strong emphasis on enhancing executive functioning skills essential for both academic success and everyday life. Our program helps students improve organization, time management, and strategic planning skills. These competencies are developed through structured activities that also engage students with the local community, promoting practical application in a real-world setting.

College Prep and Future Planning

Recognizing the importance of academic and career planning, our coaches provide personalized guidance in preparing for college. This includes selecting the right institutions, understanding application processes, and aligning career goals with educational opportunities. Students are equipped with the tools to navigate these challenges, informed by their experiences within a broader cultural and global context.


By weaving these elements seamlessly into the fabric of daily life in Spain, Spain Abroad Academy ensures that students not only achieve their educational objectives but also embark on a journey of personal discovery and growth.

Program Highlights:

  • Scholarship Offers From Our Partnership Programs!

  • Program Dates: The Fall Semester runs from September 4th to November 24th, while the Spring Semester is from February 23rd to May 15th.  All in beautiful Leon, Spain.

  • Ages and Demographics: The program welcomes students aged 16-18 of all genders, fostering diversity and inclusivity.

  • Weekly Coaching: Students benefit from weekly individual and group coaching sessions focusing on personal growth, executive functioning skills, and college prep, enhancing their overall development.


León, Spain

Immerse yourself in the historic city of León and have the opportunity to earn college credit from the University of León. Students are carefully placed with homestay families, selected through rigorous screenings by the university, ensuring a safe and enriching living experience.​


Why Leon?

Nestled in the heart of Spain, Leon offers the perfect blend of rich heritage and modern amenities. As a bustling hub for education and cultural exchange, this enchanting city attracts students from every corner of the globe, making it an ideal destination for your study abroad or gap year experience.​

Immerse Yourself in Spanish Culture

From its awe-inspiring Gothic architecture to its lively tapas bars and picturesque plazas, Leon invites you to immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, and flavors of Spanish culture. Wander through ancient cobblestone streets, explore historic landmarks like the awe-inspiring Cathedral of Leon, and indulge in authentic Spanish cuisine as you connect with fellow students from around the world.

A Global Community of Learners

At our study abroad program in Leon, you'll join a diverse community of learners from diverse backgrounds, creating an enriching environment where you'll broaden your perspectives and forge lifelong friendships. Whether you're pursuing online high school courses, a semester abroad, or simply seeking a transformative gap year experience, Leon welcomes you with open arms.


Leon is supported by a dedicated team comprising resident advisors, a life coach, and a program coordinator, providing round-the-clock support and guidance to students.



Explore the best of Spain's neighboring sites with weekly excursions, offering students the opportunity to discover the country's rich history, diverse landscapes, and cultural heritage.



  • 5,000 dollar Scholarship off of yearly tuition for new enrollments

  • Free Registration

  • 10% Scholarship off of yearly tuition

  • 10 % Scholarship on Laurel Springs Tuition

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  • 10% Scholarship off of yearly tuition

  • 10% Scholarship off of yearly tuition

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