High school students: 16 / 18 years
Maravillas Programas Internacionales, a secondary school officially recognized by the Ministry of Education and Science of Spain, offers foreign students the possibility to attend the academic year on its premises in Benalmádena, on the Costa del Sol.
The Spanish education system is based on the following programme:
After the E.S.O. studies (compulsory for children up the age of 16) the students get a Diploma, which enables them to enter:
1st year of BACCALAUREATE Age: 17
2nd year of BACCALAUREATE Age: 18
At the start of the Baccalaureate school year the students must choose between Sciences or Humanistic studies. Depending on the course, the students have 30 or 32 lessons per week. The academic year starts around the middle of September till the 2nd week of June. The main school holidays in Spain are: 2 weeks at Christmas, one week at the end of February and another week for the Easter vacations. The school also closes on local and national bank holidays. The lessons take place from Monday to Friday, from 08:30 to 14:30, except in September and June when they start at 09:00 and end at 14:00 hours.
Maravillas Programas Internacionales has modern and bright facilities. In addition to the large and nice classrooms, there is a dining room, a bar-cafeteria, library, common rooms, teachers’ room, secretary offices, a laboratory for biology, for physics and chemistry classes, a computers room, a small theatre and a room for the drawing classes. In addition the school has a covered sports pavilion, more sport fields outside and a swimming pool. The new school building has been recently constructed – opened in September 2000 – and is located only few minutes walking to the beaches.
The accommodation is in selected host families, most of them are parents of our own students. The families live close to the town centre and approx. 20 minutes walking from the school. Accommodation is provided in double rooms and on full board basis: breakfast and dinner from Monday to Friday and all meals during weekends. Lunches are served in the dining room of the school, or with the host family. The host families will look after the foreign students at all times, will be in charge of their well-being, supervision, etc. They will also take care of their laundry.
Minimum requirements for all participants
Be between 16 and 18 years old. Have an average level of Spanish. Have obtained an average of “good“the last three years. Be in good health. Be able to adapt and to accept new customs.