The Amancio Ortega Foundation Scholarship Programme selects 600 students in their fourth year of compulsory secondary education from educational centres throughout Spain to do their first year of upper secondary education in the United States and Canada. Since it was launched in 2010, the programme aims to boost participants’ mastery of the English language and to provide tools that will help them increase their ability to adapt to new social and cultural environments.
To encourage complete immersion in the destination countries—which both have extensive experience hosting international students—and to give impetus to participants learning English, the 600 scholarship holders who participate in the programme each year live with a host family and attend local schools. The age of 15 to 16 years old is perfect for soaking up vital knowledge and experiences. At the same time, this age ensures participants are responsible and independent enough to totally integrate.
Currently, there are already more than 2,300 students who have been part of the Amancio Ortega Foundation Scholarship Programme.