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About SSA

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.

Since then, we have expanded to other interesting cities including Alicante and Barcelona in Spain and Havana, Cuba; Córdoba and Patagonia in Argentina; and San Juan, Puerto Rico

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-term programs in January, May, June, and July. 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 programs. As of September 2023, we are proud to announce the inclusion of Panama (Panama City and Boquete) as a new custom-program destination.


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Why Send Your Students to SSA?


Find contact information for your university study abroad department. Learn more

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Join some of the most famous universities across the United States by designing a customized program for your institution. Learn more

Are you a Spanish teacher looking to develop your linguistic skills? Check out our professional development programs. Learn more

We have opportunities for high-school students too. Learn more

Download our student handbooks. They’re the complete guide on how to not only survive, but thrive on your stay abroad. Learn more

We’ve awarded scholarships to hundreds of students. See if you match the criteria. Learn more

Find out how to manage your all-important visa application. Learn more

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