All our exchange students attend public schools and enjoy the same rights and duties as their Spanish classmates.
InterKultur student exchange is responsible for enrollment at the schools before the start of the stay. The supervisors are responsible for this. However, the exchange students themselves have to pay for all additional school costs at school, such as schoolbooks, sportswear, food.
The exchange students must also have their own money in the event that class trips or excursions are carried out within the framework of the lessons. It is also possible to visit a state-recognized private school ("escuela concertada") or private Spanish school (see "state-recognized" or "private" schools).
The school year is divided into three periods ("evaluaciones"), the so-called trimester, at the end of each year, examinations or assignments are given in the respective subjects and build on each other and mutually complement each other. The grades are essentially based on the examinations and on the contrary to many other countries the grading scale ranges from 0 (very bad) to 10 (excellent). A "5" corresponds to a "sufficient", the minimum for the existence of a compartment. At the end of the school year, the students receive an average grade, taking into account the entire examinations and the partial evaluations they received during the year.
If the student does not pass one or more subjects, he / she gets a second chance at the end of the school year and is allowed to re-write all written examinations. These tests / examinations are known as "Recuperaciones" and are carried out together with the final examinations in early June or in September. Those students who have passed the school year will end in early June. Secondary year students "Bachillerato" (year 12) must complete the Spanish University Examination ("Selectividad") if they wish to continue their studies at the university. This entrance examination for the university takes place every year in June. For these students, the school year ends at the beginning of May so they can prepare for this exam.
On request (Contact us), we offer our exchange students the opportunity to visit a state-recognized or private school.
InterKultur also seeks and organizes the enrollment of the students at these schools. Any costs connected with this, in particular the school fee, must be included, however, by the student himself.
State-recognized and private schools differ from public schools, as teachers and school staff are more concerned about the students. Teachers tend to keep in touch with the students, and the way they deal is much more personal. This type of school is also more flexible and offers more possibilities when it comes to, for example, special certificates or occupancy of specific subjects during the stay. In such cases, we recommend visiting the option of such a school.
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