ISA established its first study abroad program in Salamanca, Spain in 1987 and currently offers study abroad programs in 9 cities and at 15 universities throughout Spain. With programs in Barcelona, Bilbao, Granada, Madrid, Málaga, Salamanca, Santander, Sevilla, and Valencia, ISA has sustained a reputation as a leader in study abroad in Spain, one of the most popular study abroad destinations for American students. ISA's Spain study abroad programs offer a unique blend of academics, excursions and cultural experiences whether studying abroad for a semester, year, summer or even just for a month.
Not only does Spain have a rich cultural heritage, a majestic blend of topographies, and internationally recognized museums and cathedrals, Spain's universities are world famous for their foreign language centers, making it an ideal country for Spanish language immersion. Spain has something to offer for everyone studying abroad, whether you want to experience the mountainous northern region of Cataluna, the rich beauty of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in the south, or the beautiful beaches of the Costa del Sol.
Southwestern Europe, bordering the Bay of Biscay, Mediterranean Sea, North Atlantic Ocean, and Pyrenees Mountains; southwest of France
Because of its large size, Spain's climate varies tremendously, with the most temperate weather falling between April and October, also known as the high travel season. Generally, Spain's climate can be characterized by hot, dry summers and mild, rainy winters, which vary with the topography.
The coastal areas tend to be more moderate with rain in spring and fall, and heat haze being common in the summer due to the increased moisture in the air. With winter comes increased rainfall and mild temperatures.
Moving inland, the summers become hotter and drier with temperatures reaching into the 100's. The winters are chilly with temperatures just above freezing, but feel colder with the usual wet weather that accompanies the season.
In the central plateau, the winter is drier, but can be bitterly cold, with temperatures cooling dramatically at high altitudes.
Moderate rainfall accompanies fall and spring, and the summers tend to be mild, with occasional heat waves that carry the temperatures to the upper 90's and into the 100's.