Dawson’s Language Immersion Program offers sophomores, juniors, and seniors the unique opportunity to immerse themselves in language and culture by living with a family and attending high school abroad as an exchange student. In Spring 2016, Spanish-language students can study abroad for four to five weeks in Seville, Spain, and Mandarin-language students will have the opportunity to study for two weeks in Chongqing, China. In Spring 2017, French-language students will have the opportunity to study in Tours, France.

Click on the links below for country-specific details, including downloadable applications.

SPAIN 2016               CHINA 2016


For more information on the Spain program, please contact Gia Upchurch, at gupchurch@dawsonschool.org or (303) 665-6679 ext. 612.

For more information on the China program, please contact Matt Carter, at mcarter@dawsonschool.org or (303) 665-6679 ext. 449

“This has been an incredibly rewarding experience for me, and I would do it again in a heartbeat. It’s a unique experience, and affects everyone in a different way. My language skills improved immensely, and I vastly expanded my knowledge of the Spanish culture and people. I would absolutely go. You’d be crazy not to.”
- Jake Blank ‘13

“Strolling through the city, taking trips to other parts of Spain, singing along at the soccer games, eating chocolate and churros, watching the Semana Santa parades, getting lost in the cobblestone alleys of Seville, eating tapas, and feeling like a Spaniard for five weeks was one of the best experiences I have ever had.”
- Emily Barrett ‘13

“At first I was really nervous about going to another country where I didn’t know anyone, but the people there were so welcoming. I found that the hardest part of the whole experience was saying goodbye to all of the wonderful people that I met.”
- Genna Clow ‘12

“Truly immersing yourself in a Spanish-speaking culture is the best way to really get an understanding of the language itself. I am glad to have made so many great friends and to have seen another country from a local’s perspective, rather than just taking a vacation abroad.”
- Sarah Niemeyer ‘10

“Studying abroad had a profound effect on me. I became a lot more independent. When you live in a different way, you gain a lot of insight, and how that changes you as a person is difficult to quantify.”
 - Kevin Mandagere ‘08

“I returned to Dawson and Spanish became one of my favorite classes. I went on to be a Spanish major at Davidson College. My Spanish-speaking abilities have made traveling the world easier and more enjoyable. You would be crazy not to do it. Challenge yourself by living in another world.”
 - Taylor McLemore ‘01

Important Dates

September 14 – Applications available (online or at the International Programs Office)

September 28 – Applications due

September 30 - October 7  – Interviews

October 14 – Acceptance notification

October 19 – Contract and deposit due