Common Queries and Questions

Answers to frequently asked questions about our Transition Year programme duration, class sizes, minimum ages, language lessons, teachers, facilities, host families, excursions, etc.....!

  • When does the course begin and end? +

    The course can start and end any time within the Spanish acacdemic year, which typically runs from mid-September to the end of June, subject to acceptance of the host secondary school.
  • How long is the programme? +

    The course runs from a minimum of 4 weeks up to the whole academic year.
  • I want to return from Alicante airport. Can you accompany me to the airport? +

    Yes. The transfer fee is 150 euros.
  • How much does the course cost? +

    The cost depends on the length of stay - see "Prices" page for more details. The typical stay of 6 weeks costs €2900.
  • Is there a savings scheme for the programme? +

    Yes. The deposit (€500) is payable by 2 months before the start of the programme start date. The balance is payable on the 2 weeks before the start date. You can, if you wish, pay in installments between these dates. Please contact us for payment arrangements for the 2017/18 academic year programme.
  • How do I enrol for the course? +

    There is fully assessed application process before payment of any deposit to determine abilities of the participant and to gage the suitability of the participant for the programme. We will set up a Skype meeting in which we can explain the course to both parents and participants and also, crucially, to find out what the prospective course participant expects to get out of the programme. Studying abroad for a period of time can be a daunting experience but the good news is that we are here to help you get over the initial adjustment to the new environment, but it is essential that the course participant approaches the programme with a positive mentality and we want to make sure that the adolescent is ready for this challenge. If this programme is not the best option at this point, there is always the option of the Summer Programme.
  • Where will I be studying? +

    Course participants will be studying at a secondary school in Torrent, a suburb of Valencia - the school is a small, mixed-sex primary and secondary school with excellent sporting facilities and a very welcoming character.
  • Are there discounts available for brothers and sisters? +

    Yes. We offer a 10% discount for the second member of a family attending our courses, and 15% for third and subsequent students.
  • How do I pay for the course? +

    Payment is by bank transfer to the Centre of Spanish Studies account. Click on the "How to Book" page for more details.
  • Are flight prices included in the course fee? +

    No. There are direct fights on Wednesdays and Sundays from Dublin with Ryanair.
  • What is the refund policy? +

    Any amount paid up to two weeks before the beginning of the course is refunded in full. After this time, the deposit (€500) is non-refundable. The remaining course fee, however, will be refunded.
  • Is there a minimum age requirement to enrol in the programme? +

    The programme is open to students aged 13 to 18.
  • Do I need to purchase a textbook? +

    No. All course materials are provided by CSS.
  • How many hours of classes are there? +

    The Spanish school day is typically from 9am to 5pm.
  • How do you select your host families? +

    The families also have children attending the same Spanish secondary school and are selected by the secondary school in order to be the best fit for the course participant. We also visit each family to ensure the quality of the accommodation.
  • How do you find a host family that suits me? +

    We have detailed profiles on all our host families, and we do our best to match them with your needs as much as possible.
  • Can I be in the same family as my friend? +

    We have a policy of only one English-language speaking student per family, and so it isn't possible to share with your friend. But you will have time to spend with your friend during the school day.
  • Do I need to bring sheets and towels? +

    No - the host family will provide you with everything you need.
  • Will I have my own bathroom (en-suite) in my host family? +

    We cannot guarantee you will have your own en-suite in your host family.
  • Can you guarantee me a smoke free host family? +

    Yes. If you request a smoke free host family we will make sure this is taken into account when assigning you your host family.
  • Can I stay in a host family really near the school? +

    Our families are either in the area near the school, or conveniently connected via public transport from the school.
  • What if I don't like the food? +

    If you have any special dietary requirements, please mention these at the time of booking and your host family will take your needs into account. If there are particular things that you just don't like eating, just let us or your host family know. We want you to enjoy your time here and you don't have to eat things that you don't like.
  • What happens if I am homesick? +

    We are an Irish-run company and will be here to help you in the first few days to help you adapt to the new environment. As with everything, it can take a few days to get used to your new surroundings but we are sure that within a few days you will be loving the programme and everything Valencia has to offer.
  • What if I have special needs and cannot do an activity? +

    We will work with you to ensure that you will be catered for.
  • How much spending money do I need? +

    The course price includes the cost of food, accommodation and excursions so the only extra money you will need is pocket money.
  • Should I bring much cash with me? +

    CSS does not recommend you bring much cash on arrival. We recommend you bring an ATM card and use it when appropriate. Make sure you can use your ATM card on mainland Europe.
  • How do I get from the airport in Valencia to my host family in Spain on the day of arrival? +

    All transfers are included in the price. Students will be transported from the airport to the school on day of arrival, where they will be met by their host families.
  • How do I get from my host family to the airport in Valencia on the day of departure? +

    All transfers are included in the price. Students will be transported from their host families to the airport on the day of departure.
  • What is public transport like in Valencia? +

    Valencia has a magnificent public transport system consisting of Metro, Bus and Tram. All areas of the city are easily accessible.
  • How can I get around Valencia? +

    All students are provided with a Valencia Móbilis card on arrival. This entitles students to go on all public transport (Bus, Metro and Tram) for the duration of their stay.
  • What if I have a problem and I need to speak with someone in Spain? +

    A representative from CSS will be available 24/7 for any eventuality in Spain.
  • What number do I ring in case of an emergency? +

    In case of an emergency contact either +353 (0)83 808 4397 OR +34 693 509 062.
  • What if something happens and I have to return to Ireland during the course? +

    In the unfortunate event of somebody having to return home during the course of the programme every effort will be made to get students on the next available flight. Every situation will be handled sensitively on a case by case basis.
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