Program Fast Facts

Arrival Date:
Students can arrive any time on the arrival day listed on their invoice - this day is usually the Sunday before the first day of class.  If you will need to arrive earlier, please advise your program coordinator as early as possible.  Additional nights of lodging and insurance, if any, will be at an additional cost.

More information about the arrival day, arrival transfer procedure, etc will be sent prior to departure.

Departure Date:
Lodging typically ends the Saturday after the last day of class.  If you will need to depart later, please advise as early as possible.  Additional nights will be at an additional cost.

Travel Documents:

  • Valid Passport
  • A minor (under 18 years old) traveling alone must carry notarized permission signed by both parents. In the event of death, divorce or non-marital status, substantiating and notarized documentation must be carried, (i.e. Death Certificate, divorce decree, legal guardianship, etc.), with the legal guardian signing the notarized permission.

Airline Ticket:
Two resources for discounted student air tickets are:

  • Exito Travel:  800-655-4053
  • Student Travel Association:  800-781-4040

Orientation - First day of Class:
On Monday morning, the first day of classes, students will all attend an orientation session.  At the orientation, students will take a tour of the campus and learn more about the resources of the NRCSA Center and city, go over schedules and procedures, meet all the staff, take language placement exam to determine class placement, and do activities to help build a sense of community within the student body and help students to get to know each other.  Since the first week in a foreign country is always the biggest adjustment, it is best that all students arrive in the foreign country in time to be able to attend the orientation and first day of classes - late arrivals are not recommended.

The established curfew is 11:30 pm during the week (Sunday to Thursday) and 12:30 pm on Fridays and Saturdays. This curfew is obligatory and no exceptions can be made.  Please remember that the host family is obliged to report any delays to the School for the student own safety and wellbeing.

Smoking & Alcohol:
Under Spanish law it is forbidden to sell alcoholic beverages and cigarettes to persons under 18 and so smoking  and drinking alcohol are not permitted on this program.

Parental Permission:
This form must be carried with the student as part of his/her traveling papers. BOTH PARENTS MUST SIGN. If through death, divorce or non-marital status there is only one parent, a substantiating document must be carried (i.e. Death Certificate, legal guardianship, or divorce papers).

Pocket Money:
Students should bring with them (via traveler's checks or ATM card for bank withdrawals) an allowance for personal expenses, local transportation, shopping and other miscellaneous expenses.  The teen programs include  3 meals per day. The family provides breakfast, lunch and dinner.  On the days of the excursion are planned, the host family will give the student a packed lunch. This means additional money for food specifically is not needed, unless students want to buy snacks, bottled water while on an excursion, etc.  Parents are free to give their children any amount of money they consider appropriate, as a guideline, $100-150 USD per week is recommended and typically more than enough to cover the average students needs.

Meals are served in the homestay or cafeteria. Vegetarian options are always available, but please let us know in advance if you will require a special diet, have food allergies, etc.

Visitors and Telephone Calls:
Overnight visitors in student lodging is not allowed.  If parents, friends, etc will be visiting, please contact your program advisor for help with alternative lodging for them.  Students may receive telephone calls in their lodging at reasonable hours, unless there is an emergency in which case students can be contacted at any time. Phone calls can be received, also, for students at the school.  Parents should keep in mind that the teen programs have very active schedules, and you may not be able to reach your teen at all times.  It is better to set up occasional "phone dates" and to rely on more frequent communication by email - which is always available to students at the Center or at local internet cafes.

Most of our programs give you the opportunity to have a roommate close to your age, and typically they are of another nationality. We recommend that two or more friends attending the program together opt for separate homestays, even if in homes close to each other, to allow for the unique  exchange opportunity of having a roommate of another nationality, and also to encourage speaking the local language while in your homestay.  Two or more friends can request lodging together, if they wish.

Linens and Laundry:
Bed linens and towels are provided, but you may want to consider bringing a  beach/pool towel. In some countries, bath towels are very small and students may prefer to bring one of their own.  Once a week the host Mother will wash the student clothes.

What to bring / pack:
We recommend that students do not bring large or heavy luggage that they cannot comfortably carry themselves. Also, students should leave some space for souvenirs and presents - very few students don't go home with more than they came with!