SSA provides learning experiences in Spanish-speaking countries, focused primarily on North American university-level students. Our history began in Seville, Spain in 1969, where we run the Center for Cross-Cultural Study in the historic, central area of the city.
SSA has a U.S. headquarters in Amherst, Massachusetts, and staff around the continent to work with our university and college partners.
Students choose to study with SSA – in both English and Spanish – to develop language fluency, experience new cultures, and obtain university credit. For university students, we offer academic years, semesters, and short programs of 4 weeks in January, May, and summer months. Most of our students live with local families for a deep immersion in the culture as well as for language fluency.
In addition to our standard academic offerings, SSA supports many customized faculty-led learning programs, including faculty-led trips and study tours. As of September 2023, we are proud to announce the inclusion of Panama (Panama City & Boquete) as a new custom-program destination.
The application process is simple. These are the steps you need to follow:
Browse our website and meet with your advisor and the Education Abroad Office.
Immerse yourself in Southern Spain’s culture – history, architecture, flamenco and tapas.
Surround yourself with big-city sophistication, culture, art, sports, culinary delights and a Mediterranean climate.
Enjoy an American-style university experience in this seaside, temperate paradise.
Study at the oldest university in Argentina while discovering the lifestyle of yerba mate, tango and gauchos.
Explore the Diversity of Life in Argentina’s Ecosystems from Cordova to Patagonia with a mix of theoretical and practical classes in this natural wonder.
Revel in the warmth of the hospitality and climate in this one-of-a-kind destination.
Dive into the culture and blue waters of the island’s largest city.
We have opportunities for high-school students too. Learn more
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