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 …!

The course can start and end any time within the Spanish academic year, which typically runs from mid-September to the end of June, subject to acceptance of the host secondary school.

The course runs from a minimum of 4 weeks up to the whole academic year.

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 instalments between these dates. Please contact us for payment arrangements for the 2019/20 academic year programme.

There is fully assessed application process before payment of any deposit to determine abilities of the participant and to gauge 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.

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.

Yes. We offer a 10% discount for the second member of a family attending our courses, and 15% for third and subsequent students.

Payment is by bank transfer to the Centre of Spanish Studies account. Click on the “How to Book” page for more details.

No. There are direct fights on Wednesdays and Sundays from Dublin with Ryanair.

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.

The programme is open to students aged 13 to 18.

No. All course materials are provided by CSS.

The Spanish school day is typically from 9am to 5pm.

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.

We have detailed profiles on all our host families, and we do our best to match them with your needs as much as possible.

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.

No – the host family will provide you with everything you need.

We cannot guarantee you will have your own en-suite in your 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.

Our families are either in the area near the school, or conveniently connected via public transport from the school.

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.

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.

We will work with you to ensure that you will be catered for.

The course price includes the cost of food, accommodation and excursions so the only extra money you will need is pocket money.

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.

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.

All transfers are included in the price. Students will be transported from their host families to the airport on the day of departure.

Yes. The transfer fee is 150 euros.

Valencia has a magnificent public transport system consisting of Metro, Bus and Tram. All areas of the city are easily accessible.

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.

A representative from CSS will be available 24/7 for any eventuality in Spain.

In case of an emergency contact either +353 (0)83 808 4397 OR +34 693 509 062.

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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