Sol Education Abroad recognizes the importance of knowledgeable, friendly, and well trained onsite staff. Our onsite directors and staff are available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week to assist you with any needs. Our goal is to ensure you are as comfortable as possible while abroad.
Each of our programs involves homestay with a local host family. Living and sharing your experience abroad with a host family is one of the important highlights of studying overseas. In fact, this can be the most enriching and lasting aspect of studying in a foreign country. Many students often maintain relationships with their host families well beyond the conclusion of the program. Our host families make up an important part of our team. They are carefully selected and interviewed, and have extensive prior experience.
Breakfast and dinner are provided on weekdays and on weekends breakfast is included and dinner is included on Sundays. Meals are a great way to spend time with your family and experience the local cuisine. We can accommodate any dietary requirement, such as kosher, vegan, and vegetarian. While traveling on weekend excursions, your host family will prepare you a snack or lunch. Your onsite director will inform you which meals are included during your excursions.
Travel outings are fundamental and included in all programs. We carefully choose weekend excursions that allow you to discover more about the country in which you are studying. We select trips based on cultural and educational importance or sites of natural beauty. All entrance and transportation fees are always included.
Cultural activities are also an integral part of the Sol Education Abroad experience, providing you further exposure to the language and cultural facets of the country. Several cultural activities are planned each week; examples include cooking and dance classes, city tours, hiking and horseback rides, and much more!
We offer several unique volunteer opportunities at each site, such as assisting at nutrition centers, teaching English, or any other local service-oriented program. Community service is one of the best ways to give back to the community.
When you arrive at your study abroad destination, our onsite staff will provide you with a welcome orientation. This will cover important topics such as health, safety, academics, host families, and cultural awareness, and end with a tour of your host city. We will help you exchange money and get a phone card as well.
We welcome you to your host city with a reception meet other participants and your directors. And, of course, a farewell event is provided as a chance to say goodbye to friends and celebrate your new experience.
Interaction with locals is an important aspect of our language program. We strive to create cultural and language exchange opportunities at each of our sites. For Argentina, you will participate in a language exchange through "Maté Club".
We accept any financial aid or scholarships and will assist you with any necessary paperwork. For more information on the process and a complete list of scholarship opportunities, please see our SCHOLARHIPS page.
Your language level is evaluated upon arrival at all program locations. We measure your ability by a written placement exam or an oral exam with local professors. The language assessment is intended to ensure you get the best Spanish training possible while attending our program. For some sites, a written placement exam may be given prior to your departure overseas
Through a partnership with Cellhire, Sol Education Abroad covers the rental fee for a local cell phone should you decide to rent a local phone through Cellhire. The details for this are sent approximately 4 weeks prior to program start date. You are responsible for any usage (from texting or calls).
About half of our families provide laundry service and the other half do not. If you family does not, please budget $10-$20 USD per month for laundry service. They will let you know the day you arrive.