About the Spanish Schools in Spain.

Over 100 Spanish schools in Spain offering Spanish language classes, Spanish culture courses, and more!
 

Before we say another word about the particulars of the Spanish schools listed on our site, we have to say that studying Spanish in Spain, whether you study at a Spanish school or one of the many Spanish university language programs specially designed for foreigners, is one of the best things you can do in life!

First of all, it's fun--a lot of fun! Secondly, you will learn more in a month or two (spend an entire summer or semester if you can!) studying Spanish at a Spanish language school or Spanish university than you learned in all of high school or college. You will likely learn more in a summer or semester abroad in Spain than you will in your entire college career—including grad school, if you go!

You will also change your perspective on the world outside of the US (or Canada, or Australia, or New Zealand, or wherever you are from) and you will see your home country in a different light for years to come.

When you study Spanish in Spain you are really studying abroad. It's a genuine a study abroad experience as you can get. You will be living everyday in a foreign country, learning about its culture, it's history, it's traditions, it's political outlooks, and more.

In addition, you will meet people from all over the world in your Spanish classes. The interaction with students from all corners of the world is both fun (we always met great people at language schools) and extremely educational.

About the schools

Most of the schools listed on our site offer "intensive" Spanish classes for foreigners: 4 hours of class a day, Monday to Friday. Classes usually start at 8am or 9am and go until 12pm or 1pm in the afternoon, with a break or two in between classes. This is a "standard intensive" course. In one month you complete 80 class hours of class (4 credits on a US semester system). In two months you complete 160 class hours of class (8 credits), and in three months 240 class hours (12 credits).

The classes consist of Spanish grammar, Spanish vocabulary, Spanish conversation, and writing. The classes are taught entirely in Spanish, but in such a way that you actually understand what's going on (most of it, anyway!) and you end up learning tons.

Depending on the school or teacher, you may find yourself reading and commenting about articles on Spanish history, art, culture, current affairs, or a myriad of other topics. It's more than just learning Spanish!

In addition to the core Spanish classes listed above, most Spanish schools give you the option of taking electives. For example, you might have your regular 4 hours of class a day, Monday through Friday, but also sign up for an elective class "Spanish Art History," which meets for 1 hour everyday in the afternoon. This combination might be referred to as "Standard + 5," or something similar. This means you will take the standard intensive Spanish class, which consists of 20 class hours per week, and then have an addtional 5 hours (that's the "+5") per week. The additional class will cost something, but it's usually reasonable cost.

What Spanish electives can you take at a Spanish language school? Here are some examples:

  • Art History of Spain
  • Spanish literature
  • History of Spain
  • Latin American literature
  • Business Spanish
  • Spanish for DELE (Diploma of Spanish as a Foreign Language)
  • Contemporary Issues in Spain
  • Spanish Culture & Traditions
  • The Economy of Spain
  • Spanish Culinary/Cooking classes

The core courses at most of the Spanish language schools and Spanish universities are usually similar. Different Spanish schools and Spanish universities, however, may offer different electives (and maybe even at different times) so if you have a particular Spanish elective class in mind, research the schools in the city in Spain you want to go to. Description of the classes offered by a Spanish school will be on the Spanish school's website.

A typical Spanish school program (daily, Monday - Friday)

  • 09:00 - 11:00am - Spanish grammar classes
  • 11:00 - 11:30am - Break
  • 11:30am - 1:00pm - Spanish vocabulary class and Spanish conversation class
  • 1:00pm - 2:20pm - Lunch
  • 2:20 - 3:15pm - Spanish Elective class (may meet 2x, 3x, or more times per week)

Before you get there

After you apply to a school and before you arrive in Spain, the Spanish school will contact you with your housing information. If you wanted a homestay, the school will provide you with the name, phone number and address of your Spanish host family. If you selected a student apartment, the school will provide you with the address of the apartment and the owner's name and phone number.

In either case, you should contact your host family or the owner of the apartment where you will stay to let them know when you can be expected to arrive, so that someone is on-hand when you get there.

Note that most accommodation types allow you to "move in" on the Sunday before your class starts, and your stay continues until the Saturday following your last day of class.

Remember, if you are planning to learn Spanish in Spain and want to get credit for the Spanish courses you take at a Spanish language school in Spain, be sure to meet with either your Spanish professor, the head of the Spanish department, or your school's study abroad office. Even if you enroll directly in a Spanish school in Spain, your professors and other school admin staff can guide you through the pre-approval and study abroad transfer credit process.

When you get there

Most classes start on Mondays. On your first day of class you will be required to take a placement exam (unless you are an absolute beginner with no knowledge of Spanish whatsoever). Typically you take your placement exam, meet a few people from all over the world, and then have a coffee or cappuccino while all of the placement exams are graded. Later in the day (in some cases the next day) you will be placed into a class that fits your level of Spanish and you begin your adventure!

Additional school services / features

  • Airport transfers
  • Free internet access
  • Cultural activities (some are free, some have to be paid for)
  • Certificates of attendance