FAQS

1. Why should I study abroad?

2. What is an open program?

3. What is a closed program?

4. How can I view my school's program?

5. How do I apply to a YES program?

6. What is "my account'?

7. How do I register on the site and set up my personal account?

8. How much Spanish will I learn?

9. What is a typical day like?

10. How much free time will I have?

11. How are host families chosen?

12. What if I already have a particular host family in mind?

13. Can I room with a friend?

14. Will my host family speak English?

15. Will my host family have children?

16. When will I find out about my host family?

17. What if I have a problem with my host family or want to change?

18. At what level will my classes be taught?

19. How many students will be in each class?

20. Will my teachers speak English?

21. How can I get high school credit?

22. Do I need a passport?

23. Do I need a visa?

24. Will I need to purchase travel or medical insurance?

25. How much money should I bring with me?

26. How should I bring money?

27. What kind of assistance and support will I have in Seville?

28. How safe is Seville?

29. What rules and regulations will I have to follow?

30. How will I contact home?

31. What happens in case of an emergency at home or in Seville?

32. Can I drink the water in Seville?


1. Why should I study abroad?

By studying abroad, you will gain personal independence, travel, learn about new and different cultures, learn a foreign language, and form relationships with people in others parts of the world. Having studied abroad shows that you are flexible, and are able to adapt and conquer complex and diverse challenges. Recruiters for higher learning and employers alike are looking more and more for candidates who have set themselves apart with international experiences. There are countless benefits of studying abroad.

2. What is an open program?

An "open program" is open for anyone to join. Individuals and groups coming on open programs may have classes and scheduled excursions with students from other schools.

3. What is a closed program?

A "closed program" is reserved for a particular school or group. Individuals or groups may not join a closed program unless invited by the initial party.

4. How can I view my school's program?

To view details of your school's program, simply click on the blue "my program" link under Group Study and enter the password designated for your program.

If you do not have the password, you can get it from the teacher or administrator at your school who is in charge of the YES program. If you are coming as an individual (not with a school) on an open program, you can write to us at info@yesinspain.com to obtain the password for the appropriate program.

5. How do I apply to a YES program?

Application Materials can be found and filled out online in the "my account" section. To access "my account", you must first register on the site. How you do so depends on the particular program you are applying for and whether you will be participating as an individual or as part of a school group.

If you are an individual whose school is currently NOT sponsoring a YES program:

First, contact a YES representative who will inform you of the various programs available to you. Once you decide which program is best for you, the representative will provide you with instructions on how to apply for that particular program. To contact a representative:

Email: info@yesinspain.com
Call: (317) 489-YES1
or fill out a form online by following the "Contact & Location" link.

If your school IS participating is a YES program, you will need to apply for that specific program. To view your school's program, please see "How do I view my school's program?" To set up an account on the site, please see "How do I set up my account?"

6. What is "my account'?

The "my account" portion of the site is where you will fill out your Application Materials online and track your program payments. It can be accessed by following the "my account" link in the upper right-hand corner of the screen.

7. How do I register on the site and set up my personal account?

If you are not yet registered on the site, go to "my program" and enter the code for your specific program. Follow the "sign up now" link at the bottom of the page and fill out the simple form to create your account.

Once you are registered on the site, you can access your account by clicking on "my account" in the upper right-hand corner of the screen.

8. How much Spanish will I learn?

The amount of Spanish learned will vary from person to person. It has been proven that complete immersion into a native environment accelerates the pace at which a second language is learned. Taking full advantage of the opportunities to learn as part of the YES immersion program will yeild significant progress. And, in addition to learning the language faster, you will also be enjoying Spain while you study and have a life-changing cultural and developmental experience.

9. What is a typical day like?

Daily schedules can vary from program to program, so in order to see what a typical day will be like for you, go to "my program" and type in your school's special code. At the bottom of the page, there will be a download entitled "Sample Weekday Itinerary". This file can also be found under "Group Study Description".

10. How much free time will I have?

How much free time you have depends in part on how much you want. There is always a lot to do between classes, excursions, and other afternoon and weekend activities. You will have daily blocks of free time during "siesta" and in the evenings. Also, some excursions and activities are optional. So, you can choose to sign up if you are looking for something to do or are interested in the particular event. But, if you'd rather use the extra free time to explore the city with your new international friends, it can be your time to do so.

11. How are host families chosen?

We use a proven process to match each student with an appropriate host family. To find out more about this process, simply go to your program's page or the general Group Study page and click on the "Host Family Selection Process" link.

12. What if I already have a particular host family in mind?

If you are already in contact with a particular family in Seville which is interested in hosting you, it is possible that we can arrange this. To request a particular family, you must make a note of this preference upon filling out the Housing Questionnaire section of your Application Materials. The last question in this section, "Do you have any other specific concerns relevant to your host family placement?", provides space for this. List any and all contact information you have for the family. We will do our best to accommodate your preference. However, please note that all host families must meet minimum requirements to be eligible and thus not all requests can be granted.

13. Can I room with a friend?

As long as your school does not have a rule against program participants rooming together, we can almost always accommodate preferences to room with a friend. Make a note of your preference upon filling out the Housing Questionnaire section of your Application Materials. The last question in this section, "Do you have any other specific concerns relevant to your host family placement?", provides space for this. Provide the other person's name and contact information and we will to our best to accommodate your request!

14. Will my host family speak English?

Students are placed with host families as part of the immersion program in order to maximize language exposure and participation and thus accelerate language learning. For this reason, English is not to be spoken in the host family setting. While some host family members may have some knowledge of the language, English fluency is not the norm in southern Spain, and participating host families will be instructed to speak only Spanish with program participants. Being forced to communicate in a foreign language is undeniably a challenge, but also proves to be a very rewarding experience. We encourage you to take full advantage of this opportunity to advance your Spanish language skills.

15. Will my host family have children?

Host family structures are diverse. You may have one or two host parents, and there may be young children, grown children or no children in the household. The type of family you are placed with depends on availability and the preferences you list on your Housing Questionnaire.

16. When will I find out about my host family?

Basic information about your host family will be provided to you at least one week before your departure date.

17. What if I have a problem with my host family or want to change?

Participants are usually content with the host families they have been matched with. If you are unhappy with your placement or are having problems in your homestay, you are encouraged to talk about this with your Program Director who will evaluate the situation. If there is a problem that cannot be remedied with the assistance of YES staff, students will be placed with a new host family.

18. At what level will my classes be taught?

If you are coming on an open program, you will be placed in classes which correspond to your level of Spanish. Students will be evaluated during orientation and divided into smaller groups based on their determined level.

If you are coming on a closed program, your Spanish language skills will still be evaluated at orientation. Your teachers will be aware that there may be a range of levels in your group, and will teach accordingly.

19. How many students will be in each class?

YES believes that smaller class sizes provide a better learning environment for students. Our classes are interactive and personal attention is priority. Most classes have a maximum of 10-15 students, giving everyone a chance to actively participate.

20. Will my teachers speak English?

All YES teachers are native Spanish speakers. All will have a basic level of English and some speak English fluently. However, your classes are an important part of your immersion into the Spanish language and culture, so only a minimum of English will be spoken in the classroom.

21. How can I get high school credit?

YES works with individual schools to offer course credit based on specified criteria and guidelines. To see if your school offers credit for participation in YES programs, ask the teacher or school administrator in charge of the YES program at your school.

22. Do I need a passport?

Yes, any and all travel outside of the United States requires a government-issued passport. If you do not already have a passport, visit:

www.usps.com/passport/welcome.htm

for up-to-date instructions on how to apply.

23. Do I need a visa?

Probably not. If you are coming to Seville on a high school Summer Study program, you will not require a visa because your stay will be well within the 90 days granted to all tourists. If you are participating in a collegiate semester-long program, you may require a student visa. If this is the case, specific instructions will be provided to you upon application.

24. Will I need to purchase travel or medical insurance?

No, both travel and medical insurance is purchased on behalf of all YES program participants.

25. How much money should I bring with me?

The amount of extra money you will need largely depends on your personal spending habits. YES programs are generally very inclusive, so it is not necessary to spend a lot of extra money. If you will be staying with a host family with full board, all of your meals are included in your program cost. However, you will be responsible for money spent eating out (if and when you choose to do so). You may also choose to go on extra excursions and purchase gifts/ souvenirs. Other expenses may include toiletries and over-the-counter medications.

26. How should I bring money?

ATM Debit Cards:

The easiest and cheapest way to get euros in Spain is to use an ATM debit card. There are countless ATM machines throughout the city, and many do not charge a fee for withdrawing cash. Make sure to advise your bank before going abroad so that your account activity in Spain does not look suspicious to them, as they might temporarily freeze your account. Also, be sure that you know the 4-digit PIN associated with the account.

Cash:

It is also a good idea to bring 50 to 100 euros in cash just in case you have problems withdrawing money, as it can take a few days for your home bank to remedy problems with your account.

If you bring US Dollars to exchange here in Seville, you will need your passport to do so. Please keep in mind that banks have limited hours (weekday mornings) and that most banks have a limit of 200-500 euros.

Traveler's Checks:

Traveler's checks are less and less common, and it may take a couple of days to process them for cash at designated locations in Seville. You can obtain traveler's checks from your home bank. NOTE: Traveler's checks must be ordered in advance. Talk to your home bank for specific procedures.

Credit Cards:

Major credit cards such as VISA and MASTERCARD are accepted in Spain. However, it is very important to note that credit cards are not used as frequently, and not all restaurants and stores accept credit cards. It is not common for merchants to accept credit cards for purchases under 10 euros. In Spain, you must ALWAYS present some type of official picture ID when using a credit card. Be sure to advise your credit card company ahead of time if you plan to use your card while in Spain. As a security feature, most accounts are set to freeze automatically if used abroad without prior notice and authorization.

27. What kind of assistance and support will I have in Seville?

In Seville, there will always be someone available should you need assistance or simply have a question. The Program Director is always on-call and can be reached at any time of day. YES faculty, including teachers and guides are excellent resources for general questions about Spanish and Seville. And of course, school chaperons and host families will also be around to help.

28. How safe is Seville?

Seville is known for being very safe, especially when compared with the average US city. Violent crime is extremely rare. However, students should take measure to avoid becoming the victim of non-violent, petty crimes such as theft. Students can find useful tips on how to avoid being pick-pocketed in their Welcome Pack. The topic will also be discussed at orientation.

29. What rules and regulations will I have to follow?

Prior to departure, all students will sign a Code of Conduct and will be responsible for adhering to it. These guidelines are in place for the safety and security of program participants and staff and are taken very seriously. Any student who refuses to follow the Code of Conduct runs the risk of being sent home at their parents' expense.

Our general Code of Conduct can be downloaded by following the Group Study link. However, please note that individual schools sometimes add additional rules and thus the Code of Conduct can vary somewhat from program to program.

30. How will I contact home?

Contacting home while in Seville is easy and inexpensive.

Internet:

The school has free WIFI internet available, so students who bring laptops can be connected at anytime. WIFI is also a common amenity in homestays and in cafes throughout Sevillle. Students who do not bring a laptop or other device with internet capabilities will still have internet access during designated hours in the school's computer lab. Outside of these hours, students can use public computers throughout the city for a small fee. YES faculty can recommend a public computer location near the student's homestay.

Phone calls:

Parents will be given the phone number of their child's homestay and are free to call during designated hours. However, the easiest and cheapest way to communicate on a regular basis is via Skype. Skype is a free internet service which allows users to make free video and voice calls when both users are connected to Skype. The program also allows users in Spain to call telephone numbers in the US for less than 2 cents/ minute! Detailed instructions on how to use Skype will be included in the Welcome Pack.

31. What happens in case of an emergency at home or in Seville?

Prior to your departure, your parents will be given the contact information of your host family and your Program Director. Should they need to reach you quickly in case of an emergency, they can call your Program Director at any time.

YES staff will also have an emergency contact for every student on file. In the event that someone needs to be contacted on your behalf, your Program Director will call your emergency contacts.

32. Can I drink the water in Seville?

Yes! Tap water in Seville is just as safe as the tap water at home. It is NOT common for tourists to have stomach problems in Spain as a result of drinking tap water. Bottled water is also commonly sold in grocery and convenience stores.