We are thrilled that you are interested in embarking on a cultural and linguistic immersion experience in Spain. Apart from the excitement of spending time in a foreign country, we understand that you have many questions. In this section of our website we will attempt to clarify as many of your questions as possible. However, we believe that one of the reasons why thousands of parents and students have chosen us for the past 22 years has been because of our personal and individual attention to our clients. Do not hesitate to call us about any questions that you may have. Ad Astra will provide the care, safety and quality experience that any family participating in a program of this nature should require. Our extensive experience, professional team and deep knowledge of study abroad programs will guarantee that you have an unforgettable experience.
Spain is much more than bull fighting and flamenco dancing. From the Moorish influence in Andalucía to the Celtic heritage in Galicia and beyond, Spain is rich with a mixture of modern and historic culture. Ad Astra invites you to close your Spanish history book and come to immerse yourself in Spanish language and culture in the city of La Coruña, Galicia. By walking on the paseo maritimo, engaging in conversations with native host families, and participating in an academic experience at a Spanish High School, you will be able to fully understand and appreciate the Spanish way of life.
Transfer to and from the airport
Orientation upon arrival
Homestay with breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided
Ad Astra supervision
Cultural Excursions around the city of La Coruña (guided tour, museum visits, local cultural events)
Day trip to Santiago de Compostela
Two day trip to Madrid
Periodical reports and updates
Medical Insurance (optional)
Spanish Language Course
Transportation to and from school (responsibility of host family)
In our high school exchange program, the security and well being of the participant comes first. That being said, AD ASTRA aims to develop flexible and complete programs so that students can make the most of their experience and take part in as many cultural experiences as possible. Students will be attending classes at a prestigious secondary school in the city of La Coruña. They will be able to choose from a list of pre-selected courses that they can participate in along side native Spanish students. In addition to mainstream classes, AD ASTRA students will be taking a Spanish language class with a professor from the Spanish High School. Students will have the opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities in the afternoons throughout the duration of their exchange program. Activities will include a guided tour of the city of La Coruña, museum visits, and excursions to surrounding areas in the region, like Santiago de Compostela, known for its cathedral, the ending point for the pilgrimage of St. James’ Way.
La Coruña is a historic city located on the northwestern Atlantic coast of Spain. It is a city of about 250,000 inhabitants. The city is comprised of the “Old City” and the “New City.” The Old City is home to a Romanesque collection of streets, squares, and medieval churches. Where the Old City ends, at the tip of the peninsula on which the city sits, you will find the oldest working Roman lighthouse in the world, called the Tower of Hercules. Closer to the New City, The Aquarium Finisterrae, the Domus and the Science Museum are some of the places that show the more modern, recreational side of the provincial capital. You can talk a stroll along the 13 kilometer maritime boardwalk which borders the city as well as the famous Riazor and Orzán beaches. All this is completed with cuisine recognized throughout the country, marked by the excellence of its seafood and meats coming from the inland parts of the province.