Studying Spanish in the U.S.
Find more information about various
possibilities for studying Spanish in the U.S. included below. For more
details, see the Education Office
The Cervantes Institute is a public
institution founded by Spain in 1991. The institute promotes Spanish, other
languages spoken in Spain, and the cultures of Spanish-speaking countries. Initiatives
by the Institute are found in 77 cities in 44 countries on all continents.
In the U.S., there are Cervantes Institutes
in Albuquerque, Boston,
Chicago, New York City, and Seattle.
Spanish Language and Cultural Education
Spain’s Ministry of Education, via it’s A.L.C.E program provides free language and culture classes to the children of Spanish
citizens who study in American elementary or middle schools.
Classes, which take place outside of school
hours, are taught by Spanish teachers. Classes are offered in various locations
in and around New York City and Washington, D.C.
Educational Equivalencies of Studies in
See the Education Office’s website
for more information.
More Information about Studying in the
Attending school is mandatory in the U.S.
beginning at 5 years of age. Students attend Elementary School, Middle School,
and then High School. Upon finishing High School. students can choose to attend
college/university, or pursue another type of professional training. Universities
are either public or private. Public Universities tend to be less expensive,
especially if students reside in the same state as the University.
After graduating University with a Bachelor’s
Degree, students can pursue further education if they so choose. Options for
further education include Masters, Doctorate, Medical, or Law programs.
As always, before committing to attending
any school or university, do detailed research of legal and financial
implications that may result as part of attendance.
Healthcare in the U.S.
The Social Security agreement between Spain
and the U.S. does not cover healthcare. For information about healthcare during
temporary stays outside of Spain, see this link
For more information, visit the Social
Security and Employment Office’s website
More information about Health Care in
In the U.S., public healthcare is
unavailable until age 65. That means that individuals must choose from plans
offered by various private health insurance companies. In 2010 however, the
Affordable Care Act was signed into law. Among other changes, this means that
people with lower levels of income can receive tax credits for their health
insurance if they register for health insurance through the Affordable Care
Act. To get more information, and see if you qualify, visit www.healthcare.gov.
Temporary Health Insurance Coverage in
If your stay in the U.S. is short term, look
into a travel-health insurance policy. Be sure to research the details of the
coverage, and the terms and conditions before purchasing the policy.