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EIU Spanish Immersion Camp for High School Students

Enjoy some pictures from our 2016 EIU SPANISH IMMERSION CAMP!

33 campers from all over Illinois spent 5 days on our campus. Directed and led by Dr. Kristin Routt and our camp counselors: Paisley Adams, Rose Cloud, Jaime Escatel, Christina Farley, Alison Stangel, Gladys Valentin, Matthew Wilkie, and Lauren Dowd (assistant in Klehm). Photos were taken by Bev Cruse (Media Services) and also by our counselors.


EIU Spanish Immersion Camp

June 24-29, 2018


View 2018 Spanish Summer Camp brochure


A limited number of Camp Scholarships is  available. 

Apply now! 


All of your favorite camp activities . . . in Spanish!

What would YOU like to do during your residential summer camp experience?  Play some soccer or basketball?  Do some arts and crafts?  Cook a new dish?  How about doing all of these fun activities in Spanish while living on a college campus?  Join us June 24-June 29 for a week of Spanish language immersion and cultural experiences you will never forget on the campus of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois!  All students who will be in the 10th, 11th, or 12th grade in fall 2018 and who have had at least one year of high school Spanish are welcome. 


Your typical day at camp

Camp activities are centered on student interests while encouraging an immersion environment.  Activities are supervised by EIU faculty, aided by Spanish-speaking counselors that also live with you in the dorm.  Formal classroom instruction is limited to allow you to use your language skills in real-life situations.  Activities we might enjoy include:

  • getting a lesson on the drums playing Caribbean rhythms
  • creating a detailed and meaningful alfombra (“rug”) on the ground with colored sawdust like the ones used for processions in Central America. 
  • exercising our culinary skills by making a tortilla from Spain—the ingredient list may surprise you! 
  • checking out the rock wall at the gym on campus
  • roasting marshmallows around a fogata (camp fire)


Application and Rates

Download and fill out the  ***camp application*** or contact us at (217-581-5995) for a paper application.  Follow the instructions on the application to pay your deposit and reserve your spot.  Residential camper rate of $395 includes full room and board, tuition, supervision, and program materials. See brochure and application for discounted commuter rate.

**Payments can be made online at***

Contact Dr. Kristin Routt at or 217-581-5995 with any questions.


Can a week make a difference in my Spanish? 

Language teaching experts agree that living a language in an immersion setting is the most effective way to learn.  A week of full immersion can make a difference you will notice.  As you carry out your daily activities while speaking Spanish with your counselors and fellow campers, you will gain confidence and lose your fear of expressing yourself.  You will feel the satisfaction of getting your Spanish outside the walls of your high school classroom, and into the real world with hands-on activities. 

Your camp staff

Learn from EIU’s Spanish faculty with decades of experience using communicative, task-based teaching methodologies who have lived and worked abroad.  Creative and energetic camp counselors with diverse backgrounds who are fluent in Spanish will join you in many of your activities, and live with you in the dorms right here on campus.


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Coleman Hall, First Floor
Fax: 217-581-3113

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