The fifteen-day Spanish language program will allow high school students (rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors) to immerse themselves in the target language and advance further along their path to proficiency. In addition to classroom learning, students will be able to use the target language they learn in the classroom while exploring the 13,000 acres of natural beauty surrounding the university. We encourage everyone from novice to advanced language level learners to join the camp. Classroom learning will be separated based on language skills, while most activities will be in a completely immersive environment. 

Most mornings students will engage in immersive language learning in the classroom. In the afternoon, students will continue to excel their language skills through project-based activities (e.g. hiking, organic gardening, biking, caving, etc.) while maintaining as much of an immersive environment as possible. The theme of “Environmental Stewardship” will provide ample opportunities for communication about food, geography, and culture; learning about the cultures and environments of Spanish-speaking communities; connecting to art and history. There will also be opportunities for connecting with local Spanish-speaking communities. By the end of the program, students will not only advance their speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills, but will also build confidence in their language skills. 

The anticipated cost per student for Sewanee's Spanish Language Camp is $2500. This will cover all tuition, lodging, meals, and transportation associated with the program once students arrive on campus. Limited scholarships are available.


The exact dates of the Spanish Language Camp are from July 7 to July 21, 2023. Students will live in a residence hall on campus for the entire time, with the possibility of an overnight camping trip.

Campers should plan on arriving to campus between noon and 3:00pm on Friday, July 7th, and then depart campus by noon on Friday, July 21st. For more information on traveling to campus, please visit here


Any current rising sophomore, junior, and senior in high school that will be under 18 years of age at the time of the camp may apply. A strong interest in learning the Spanish language is highly encouraged. 

Application Requirements

  • Students must be between 14 and 17 years old during the camp. 
  • Students are required to have one year of prior Spanish language experience.
  • Students should be prepared to participate in moderate outdoor activities, including potential hiking, biking, swimming, farming, and caving. 

Expected outcomes for our students include:

  • Improved language proficiency.
  • Increased intercultural communication skills, including knowledge of products, practices, and perspectives through their experience with the target and local culture. 
  • Furthered interest in the learning of Spanish, outdoor experiences, and environmental studies. 

Participating students will develop a more nuanced view of their local environment, Spanish-speaking cultures, and the globe, as well as an appreciation for other cultures. Students will be better prepared to excel in a global society and to care for their local environment.