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Salamanca may be famous for its tradition of educational excellence as well as the fun-filled fiestas that ignite the city in February
Salamanca is renowned for its university, which was granted a royal charter by Alfonso IX of León nearly 800 years ago in 1218. Soon, it became one of the most significant and prestigious academic centers in Europe. Now, Salamanca is probably the most important seat of learning in Spain and attracts one in six of the country’s overseas students of Spanish language, creating a wonderfully diverse academic environment.
However, residents of the city and its local region also know how to celebrate, and every year, Salamanca offers a considerable calendar of events, including the Muestra Nacional de Jazz (National Jazz Festival) at the beginning of March, the Holy Week festivities at Easter, and the Corpus Christi festival in June — which is based around the Old Cathedral.
Another local event is the Romeria de la Virgen del Castanar in September, which is held in El Castanar and attracts thousands of visitors from the Salamanca area.
Somewhat surprisingly, the most popular festivals in Salamanca are the lively carnivals held in February. The events include parades, fancy dress, and open-air dances. Everything is street-based and suitable for any age, but it is best appreciated at night, when the stylish Casino de Salamanca and the bars in the Gran Vía or Calle Bordadores put on entertainment, allowing everyone to give free rein to their imagination whether or not they are in fancy dress.
• Las Candelas — early February, major folk celebrations in nearby Candelario, which stands around 72 km / 45 miles from Salamanca, with many local festivities, including a charity auction, gastronomic events and a vibrant atmosphere.
• Carnaval del Toro (Carnival of the Bull) — early February, a range of festivities involving young bulls, fancy dress and parades, in nearby Ciudad Rodrigo, around 89 km / 55 miles from Salamanca.
• Carnaval — early February, the popular Salamanca Carnival consisting of numerous parades and festivities in various regions of the city, together with concerts, dancing and plenty of evening entertainment.
• Las Calendas — early February, annual celebrations held in nearby Ciudad Rodrigo.
• Fiestas de San Juan — early February, with a varied program of events in and around Salamanca, including performances by magicians and general street entertainers, culminating in a fireworks display and evening bonfires.
• Muestra Nacional de Jazz (National Jazz Festival) — mid-February / early March, an impressive and extremely popular jazz event with concerts taking place all over the city. It features many international jazz musicians and attracts large crowds of visitors.
Schools in Salamanca
Founded in 1991 and located in the center of Salamanca, Mester’s mission is to develop students’ communicative and intercultural competency in Spanish so that they can express themselves in any Spanish-speaking country. Most of the students come to the school via recommendation from their Spanish teacher or from former students. Their enthusiasm and satisfaction is the best image of the school.
At Mester, education does not finish in class. The school organizes activities which offer the opportunity to see different aspects of Spanish life, such as visits to historic monuments, weekend excursions, salsa or guitar classes, and tapas tours. Staff are trained to help students find the most suitable program depending on academic, professional, or personal needs and objectives.
Tía Tula Colegio de Español
Tía Tula is a lovely Spanish school in the historical university center of Salamanca and accredited by the Instituto Cervantes as a centre of high-quality Spanish teaching.
Just like Salamanca — the city which is always referred to when talking about Spanish teaching throughout the world — Tía Tula combines its classical framework and facilities with the modernity of its people and their methods. Inside there are pretty and comfortable classrooms with views of the city monuments. Tía Tula also has excellent teaching staff with high qualifications and lots of experience and an amazing administrative team.
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Daniel Ward can hardly conceal his passion for this most Spanish of regions
Castilla y León is not only the largest region of Spain, but the historical land which gave birth to Castellano (Castilian Spanish), the legendary hero El Cid, and Saint Teresa of Avila. The elevated plain which boasts more medieval castles than anywhere else in Europe is defined by the mountain ranges Sistema Iberico to the east, Cordillera Central to the south, Cordillera Cantabrica to the north and by the River Duero towards Portugal.
History and legend have come together here to create a magical atmosphere so it is hardly surprising that Walt Disney used Segovia’s Moorish fortress as the inspiration for his famous fairytale castle. The ancient kingdom of Castilla (or Castile) was first united with the neighboring kingdom of León in the early part of the 11th century. It takes its name from the many castles built by the Christians as a defense against the Moorish invaders in the 8th and 9th centuries. In the early years of Arab domination, the region was at the vanguard of the centuries-long battle to oust the Moors. The most famous champion of the Christian reconquest was El Cid el Campeador who was born in Bivar near the city of Burgos and whose coffin lies in the city’s truly magnificent 13th century cathedral (yet another of the region’s many World Heritage sites).
Students from all over the world come to absorb the rich history of the region and benefit from its impeccable educational tradition.
The region’s capital, Valladolid, has one of the most important sculpture museums of all Spain, and the famous Easter week processions are of great tourist interest. The city itself is monumental, and it is surrounded by innumerable castles. It is also claimed that the city’s inhabitants speak the most pure form of Castilian Spanish. Valladolid began to become important from the 11th century, when Count Ansúrez came to govern the city in the name of Alfonso VI. It reached its peak during the reign of the Catholic Monarchs (15th C.), when the university became one of the most important in the country. And, as well as playing a leading role in key episodes in Spanish history, Valladolid has twice been the capital of Spain, firstly with Carlos I (16th C.) and later when Felipe III came to the throne (17th C.). Of particular interest to American students are the Casa de Cervantes, where the icon of the Spanish language gave the finishing touches to his masterpiece Don Quijote, and the Christopher Columbus House-Museum, where the navigator spent the last years of his life. Nowadays the palace exhibits various pieces and documents related to the discovery of America.
The golden city of Salamanca (so-called because of the yellowy-red sandstone used in the construction of many of its ancient and modern buildings) is home to Spain’s oldest university which was founded in 1218 by King Alfonso IX. It is a city of outstanding beauty and rich cultural heritage.
Segovia’s most famous monument is certainly its colossal Roman aqueduct which dominates the town. Additional attractions include the Alcazar and the Gothic cathedral.
The fortified medieval town of Avila, the birthplace of Saint Teresa, is one of the biggest tourist attractions in the whole of the region. It is still encircled by 11th century walls with nine gates and more than 80 look-out towers.
Besides its vast wealth of historic and cultural treasures, Castilla y León is also blessed with some of Spain’s loveliest scenery including dramatic mountain landscapes and protected nature reserves inhabited by the rare Iberian Lynx and brown bears. One of the most stunning protected reserves in Spain is the Sierra de Gredos.
University of Vallodolid
The history of the University of Valladolid stretches back over 700 years, making it one of the oldest universities in Europe and one of the leading centers of higher education in Spain. University of Valladolid therefore plays an important role as one of the key institutions for learning Spanish in Spain. Spanish courses are held in an open and friendly environment in the new Miguel Delibes University campus. The University offers a wide range of courses at all levels and the curriculum is wide-ranging, aiming to combine a practical knowledge of Spanish with immersion in various cultural aspects of the country through its history, art, and literature. Valladolid offers experience in teaching, historical heritage, and cultural traditions. The combination of these features offers a strong option for studying and experiencing Spanish culture in its natural environment. It is a medium-sized city that is safe and pleasant for walking around and boasts a hospitable atmosphere.
The Universidad Europea Miguel de Cervantes (UEMC) is a private and independent university created in 2002. It is characterized by its international focus, personal treatment of students, and aims to provide the best theoretical preparation and practice for future professionals. The UEMC is a certified testing center for the Cervantes Instiute DELE exam and offers the possibility of studying Spanish in a personalized way according to the different levels, in small groups and with a maximum of 15 students per classroom.
Tía Tula Colegio de Español
Tía Tula is a lovely modern Spanish language school in the historic center of Salamanca. It is a location bustling with student and tourist activity, surrounded by the main monuments of the city.
The teaching staff is composed of experienced instructors specializing in teaching Spanish as a foreign language. Staff meet continually to track each student’s progress. Classrooms are spacious and light, with big windows and balconies featuring views of the monumental center, all with the modern audiovisual tools (internet connection and wi-fi included) and air conditioning.
The administrative staff helps students to feel at home in Salamanca, assisting students in whatever they may need: information about life and cultural activities in Salamanca, planning trips, organizing extracurricular activities, and selecting accommodations according to the student’s needs.
Letra Hispánica attracts students interested in the wide array of Hispanic cultures. Students, as well as participants in other programs, are offered individual instruction that attends to special needs and requests. The teaching philosophy is based on the old motto “enseñar deleitando,” which in English means, “To teach so that learning is enjoyable.” Teachers strive for each student to acquire theoretical knowledge in the classroom as well as knowledge based on experience in the real world, which is why the school promotes personal contact with professors, intellectuals, writers, and artists, in addition to other students from Salamanca. The genuine regard for Hispanic cultures results in dedication, enthusiasm, and a staff committed to a vision without stereotypes. It is located near the center of Salamanca, which is full of monuments of great beauty and historical value. In addition to the quality of educational aspects, the school provides accommodation with carefully selected families, apartments, residences or shared flats. Cultural activities are available in the evenings and thematic trips are available on the weekends so that students may better understand the Spanish culture and landscapes.
Recognized by the Instituto Cervantes and situated in a historic building near the the Plaza Mayor in Salamanca, Colegio Delibes has been recently restored and equipped with the latest technology. The school features twenty air-conditioned classrooms, a video and conference room, an audio lab, library, and an IT room with free internet and wireless access. There is also an enclosed patio with a Castilian well where students can relax with a coffee and socialize during breaks. The college is best characterized by its international student body (3000 students from 55 different nationalities during last year) with a complete program of extracurricular activities, most of which are free of charge for students of the school. Accommodations vary between host families, student residences, shared apartments, studios, and hotels. Colegio Delibes is known for its intensive, wide-ranging courses, small class sizes, and personalized attention: the staff strives to help students feel at home while living abroad. The school works with U.S. universities and high schools and it is possible to obtain college credit.
Hispano Continental is located in the historic center of Salamanca, close to the famous Plaza Mayor and at the heart of the city: cinemas, bars, restaurants, and an immense variety of shops are all easily accessible. The school, founded in 1989 with the aim of creating a pleasant atmosphere in which to learn Spanish, has seen increasing numbers of students from all over the world in attendance. The school is characterized by personalized instruction, allowing students to progress easily and rapidly. Groups are small and students can begin courses every Monday of the year. Hispano Continental offers a wide variety of extracurricular activities and a full cultural program to all its students. The school also organizes specific courses and activities for individual groups. Many U.S. universities and high schools have formed study abroad partnerships with the school which it attributes to its ability to adapt to each school’s needs.
Enforex, a large and prestigious organization specialized in teaching Spanish as a foreign language, gives students the opportunity to integrate into the Spanish life. The school is located in the center of the gorgeous “Golden City” of Salamanca, home of some of the most fascinating architecture in Europe. A city with many students and vibrant nightlife, this European culture capital stands out with its stunning Old Town and beautiful Plaza Mayor. The school offers six different levels of Spanish which are divided into three sublevels, ensuring that there is an appropriate level available for each student. Courses start every Monday of the year in a renovated and modernized former convent with a large patio and salamantino adornment throughout. Enforex welcomes students to be a part of over 35,000 students from more than 72 countries joining its programs every year.
I.T.S. began operation in 1993 as a school specializing in courses on interpreting and translation. These specific and high-level courses were, and still are, geared towards future interpreters and translators and also towards professionals currently employed in this field. Since students who had not yet attained the level of Spanish required for interpreting and translation courses wanted language courses at lower levels, the school began to offer general courses in Spanish at six different levels. As the Spanish courses are divided up into modules, students can design their own course of study and tailor it to their needs. The modular system is particularly flexible at higher levels, where students can chose from eight different offerings. This way of organizing courses is appealing to a wide cross-section of ages ranging from 18 to 70. All teachers have ample experience in their specialization, whether it be interpreting, translating, or Spanish as a foreign language.
Since 1996, The Official Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Soria Province (EISORIA) has organized Spanish Courses and Practical Trainings. This is an accredited center of the Cervantes Institute, in collaboration with Valladolid University. The main target of the Chamber is offering Spanish studies that are linguistically and culturally focused, combining language lessons with games, sports and cultural activities. This year’s courses are July 4-29 or August 1-26. Students may live with local families, in residence halls, or in apartments. The Official Chamber of Commerce of Soria gives students the opportunity to fulfill professional training in local companies. Training positions can start at any time of the year and, while any length of time is acceptable, a minimum stay of three months is recommended.
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With prices dropping, Daniel Ward can’t find any reasons to put off a study trip to Spain
Up until 25 years ago, Spain’s popularity as a tourist destination among other Europeans owed much to the low cost of vacationing there. Since then, prices have increased but the world has woken up to Spain’s history, culture, gastronomy, and natural beauty thus enabling it to remain one of the world’s top tourist destinations. And recently, costs have dropped, making it much more affordable for students.
Spain has been hit particularly hard by the recession, which has led to the stagnation and even reduction of some prices, particularly rents as there is an excess of property on the market in some areas. This combined with the recent gains by the dollar against the euro (€) has made the country particularly attractive to American students.
In terms of basic articles (such as food, toiletries), Spain is one of the cheapest countries in Western Europe. If the average price in Europe is 100, the cost in Spain is 88.
Spain is also one of the European countries with the lowest price variation. The difference in price for the same food or toiletry product between the most expensive and the cheapest retail outlet is 19 percent. In Norway, however, the difference can be as high as 57 percent, in Sweden 47 percent, and in Italy and Portugal up to 41 percent.
For a university student, the comparative advantage of studying in Spain is considerable in financial terms. The average cost of tuition fees charged by universities in the U.S. ($30,000) would cover the entire cost of living in Spain for a year (a university residence in Madrid, including accommodation and meals, costs less than $1,000 per month, and average tuition fees in a private university are around $9,000).
For European Union (EU) students, enrollment fees for bachelor’s degrees (grado) at public universities in Spain vary between $750 and $1,600 per academic year. These fees are established officially by the education authorities in the Autonomous Communities (the regional governments). The amount to be paid each year is fixed by the Autonomous Community itself, within the limits proposed by the Conferencia General de Politica Universitaria (the General Assembly for University Policy) and set by the central government. The cost of official postgraduate studies (master’s and doctoral degrees) taught at both public and private universities is established by the education authorities. However, education in Spain comes under the jurisdiction of the regional governments, which are allowed to increase the amounts set by the central government for universities inside their territories.
Students from outside the EU generally have to pay more than double the EU fees but this is still very reasonable for Americans. For example, the University of Valladolid charges non-EU students 54€ ($71) per credit. Most undergraduate degree programs are based on 240 credits over four years so a year’s tuition works out at only $4,250.
At private universities, the registration fee alone for bachelor’s degrees studies varies between $750 and $1,500 per academic year, depending on the degree, the institution, and the student’s academic performance. The fees at private universities are established by the university itself.
Both at public and private universities, the amount that students pay varies according to the number of credits for which they enroll, the degree course chosen, and their academic performance (students repeating subjects must pay an extra charge when they enroll for the second time).
The fees for official master’s and doctoral degrees at public and private universities are regulated by the government. In the 2011-2012 academic year, the fees are within a range set between $20 and $40 per credit. Therefore, a master’s course comprising 60 credits would cost an EU national between $1,250 and $2,250.
Of course, fees for Spanish language programs at private schools and universities vary but are generally much cheaper than for comparable programs in the U.S.
Rents are estimated to be about a third of prices in the U.S. but expect to pay considerably more in the cool areas of popular cities like Barcelona and Madrid where the cost of living can work out to be double that of less well-known cities like Valencia, Salamanca, or Valladolid.
A recent study found that grocery prices in Spain were about 25 percent lower than in the U.S. but you may have to adjust your consumption habits to really save money. Eating fresh vegetables and fish like the locals works out to be much cheaper than steak and fries. Wine and beer are often cheaper than sodas.
Return flights to Spain can be found for as little as $600 (from New York) and last year, Iberia resumed its direct service from Los Angeles to Madrid (from $850 return). From the end of May until the end of October, Delta is offering direct flights from New York to Valencia.
Studying in Spain is the experience of a lifetime and well worth whatever price you have to pay. But, it’s always nice to get a bargain.
<strong>Daniel Ward</strong> studied at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.
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Audio Gil Spanish Institute focuses on the planning and development of Spanish for Foreigners for all levels and stands out for its teaching quality and the professionalism of its personnel. Their main activity is to spread Spanish culture and encourage international relationships.
It is located in the heart of Castellón, a lively town in the north of the Valencian Community, on the east coast of Spain, by the Mediterranean sea. Castellón grants warm weather all the year. You can enjoy a quiet and relaxing life, away from the hubbub of the big cities, but with a much to be desired cultural and touristic offer. They teach in accordance to the levels recognized by the Cervantes Institute: A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2.
They offer the following courses:
General Spanish: 15 hours / week
Intensive: 20 hours / week
Superintensive: 25 hours / week
One to one
Practical courses (3 or 6 hours / week).
Spanish for specific purposes (business, tourism, DELE…)
The institution also offers the possibility to combine the Spanish course with work practice. They are accredited by Cervantes Institute, and CEELE, Quality certificate granted by Alcalá de Henares University for quality in Spanish teaching. Spanish courses include guided visits to the most touristic places in town, the province (Columbretes Islands, Peñíscola, Morella, Benicasim), their community (Valencia, Sagunto) or the country (Barcelona, Madrid, Sevilla). Students can also practice sports or cultural activities.
Staying with a family is the most common option and the most suggested by them. They also offer the possibility of staying in a hotel, apartment or a students residence.
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Castilla y León
Spain’s largest region is home to many of its most ancient cities and landmarks, including Salamanca with its historic university, Segovia’s 2,000 year old Roman aqueducts, and Valladolid’s array of castles. With around 180,000 inhabitants, Salamanca is one of the most beautiful cities in Spain, with an impressive old city and numerous Renaissance buildings. Brimming with history, the city’s many university students add an extra spark of life, while many UNESCO world heritage sites can be found in the area, including Ávila’s old city and surrounding wall, and the Catedral de Burgos, a 13th century Gothic cathedral. The Camino de Santiago, or the Way of St. James, is a medieval Christian pilgrimage route that passes through the region and remains popular with modern travelers. With breathtaking mountain landscapes and abundant wildlife, the Gredos National Reserve attracts outdoor enthusiasts from all over the world with its hiking routes winding through charming villages on old roman roads and local shepherd’s trails.
don Quijote Salamanca
Salamanca is well-known for its educational institutions: The University of Salamanca was founded more than 700 years ago, making it one of Europe´s oldest. Its streets burst with life, its monuments are plentiful (Salamanca is a UNESCO-declared World Heritage Site), and it is recognized for the pure Castilian Spanish its inhabitants speak in what is considered the birthplace of the Spanish language. The don Quijote School in Salamanca is located in the heart of the city center and occupies a recently and beautifully restored 16th-century monastery. The school offers general intensive and super intensive Spanish courses from beginner to complete proficiency levels, as well as more specialized courses such as Business Spanish, Spanish and History/Art/Literature, D.E.L.E. preparation, and premium courses. Students can start any Monday; the schools are open year-round and class size is limited to a maximum of only eight students per group, guaranteeing a high level of personalized attention to each student.
For further info, visit www.donquijote.org
Ábaco is located in Salamanca in the city center, close to the Plaza Mayor, a popular meeting point for students and travelers. A team of enthusiastic professionals aims to teach students in an effective, enjoyable, and professional manner. Teachers are selected based on their enthusiasm, patience, and ability to listen, but most of all for their love of teaching. Courses combine education, culture, exciting trips and mind-expanding experiences — the perfect combination for language travelers. Variety and challenge are key elements in their courses. Accommodation is offered either with Spanish host families or in student apartments to facilitate real contact with Spanish culture.
Situated in a historic building five minutes walk from the Plaza Mayor in Salamanca, Colegio Delibes has been recently restored and equipped with the latest technology. The school features twenty air-conditioned classrooms, a video and conference room, an audio lab, library, and an IT room with free internet and wireless access. There is also an enclosed patio with a Castilian well where students can relax with a coffee and socialize during breaks. The college is best characterized by its authentic international ambience with a complete program of extra-curricular activities, most of which are free of charge for students of the school. Accomodations vary between host famlies, student residences, and shared apartments. Colegio Delibes is known for its intensive, wide-ranging courses, small class size, and personalized attention: the staff strives to help students feel at home while living abroad.
AmeriSpan Study Abroad
With programs in Salamanca, Madrid and elsewhere in Spain, AmeriSpan Study Abroad offers Spanish language programs by the week, month or longer. Lodging at homestays, dorms and shared apartments can be included in all locations. Why not try a Spanish and Flamenco, Scuba Diving or Cooking? A Running of the Bulls special program is offered in Pamplona every July. In addition, professional programs are available including Spanish for Business, Law, Healthcare, Engineering and Tourism. We even offer internships. Of course, we are happy to create group programs for any of these programs including special prices and inclusive tours and activities. More than 30,000 people of all ages have chosen to study abroad with AmeriSpan around the world for the last 15 years. AmeriSpan’s experience, client support and triple guarantee (price, money-back and satisfaction) allows students of all ages a worry-free language program.
Kate Sommers-Dawes is assistant editor for Language Magazine, and instituted a French and Art program for students in Los Angeles.
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The “Real i Pontificia Universitat Literaria de Mallorca” was created on 30th. August 1483 by the king Ferdinand the Catholic with the name “Estudis Generals”. In 1951 “Estudio General Luliano” starts again in the new building as a culturals and educational center.
In addition to cultural activities there are various courses like:
Foreign languages: Arabic, English, French, German, Italian and Russian.
Spanish for foreigners (Studies reward with a Barcelona University diploma).
Winter Course: From 05.10.2009 to 29.01.2010
Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 10:00 to 12:30 or 17:30 to 20:00
Tuition 400 €
Spring Course: From 05.10.2009 to 29.01.2010
Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 10:00 to 12:30 or 17:30 to 20:00
Tuition 400 €
Summer Course: From 12.07 to 30 of July 2010
Monday to Friday, from 9:00 to 13:00
Tuition 420 €
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Located in the south, Spain’s Andalucía region is home to such preeminent cities as Seville, Málaga, Córdoba, and Granada. Due to Andalucía’s history of hundreds of years of Moorish rule, its countryside is dotted with spectacular monuments. One such celebrated landmark is the Alhambra in Granada, a medieval palace built by Muslim rulers whose Arabic name means “the red fortress” and whose crimson walls are embellished with ancient Arabic poetry. Another of Andalucía’s architectural triumphs is the bell tower of the Cathedral of Seville, known as the Giralda. Originally built in the 12th century as the minaret of the mosque that once stood on the site, the Giralda endures as a synthesis of Almohad and Spanish renaissance architecture.
The Mezquita of Córdoba, another magnet for travelers, is an eighth century mosque of onyx columns and gilded ceilings that is today a cathedral and is characterized by architecture that has been slowly transformed over centuries of invasions and additions. Its belfry’s pinnacle offers a spectacular view of the Courtyard of the Orange Trees below and the city beyond.
The region’s climate and beaches have made it a popular European tourist destinations, but it still retains its mysterious, authentic flavor.
Schools in Andalucia
Carmen de las Cuevas
After traveling through alleys of Granada, visitors to this school reach an ancient gateway with a sign that reads Carmen de las Cuevas. On opening the door, students enter a maze of staircases, classrooms, a library, terraces, and patios. A subtle sound of Flamenco music from someone practicing the guitar accompanies the visit while Carmen, who has been running the school for 25 years, hosts the tour. Terrace views include the Alhambra, the centuries-old Moorish fortress. Carmen de las Cuevas is an Instituto de Cervantes-accredited school, and offers courses from a beginner’s first words to preparation courses for the official Spanish diplomas (DELE). The school offers an interactive and cross-situational learning environment, where students use their Spanish in activities such as guided visits in and around Granada, horseback riding, or cookery classes, and is also a renowned Flamenco school. Thus, students can combine Spanish classes with Flamenco, be it by dancing or playing the guitar.
Escuela de Idiomas Nerja
Nerja is a town of 20,000 inhabitants situated on the Costa del Sol near Málaga that still retains its traditional Andalusian character. It is surrounded by mountains and beautiful beaches. Its climate, with an average year-round temperature of 68ºF, is ideal. Farming, fishing, and tourism are its main income sources. Escuela de Idiomas Nerja, founded in 1980, is situated in the center of the old town in a typical Andalusian house with a large garden, terraces, and patio, only a few minutes walk from accommodations, shops, and beaches. The school has 16 comfortable classrooms and offers 14 intensive Spanish programs with four to six classes per day from one to 36 weeks. The student population is diverse, and the school has its own accommodation, Club Costa Nerja, which has 28 rooms with private bathrooms. Apartments and host family accommodations are also available. It is accredited by the Instituto Cervantes.
For further information visit www.idnerja.es
The school opened in 2002 and offers spanish courses for people from different countries. They offer Intensive Courses for adults and children but also preparation courses for the D.E.L.E. exam and business Spanish.
The school is situated in a very quiet area near the sea and therefore it is possible to hold classes in the garden. In the school’s garden there is a swimming pool which invites you to cool off while improving your tan. The Andalusian patio, with its shady trees and a barbeque provides an ideal opportunity to become better acquainted to other students.
In their Arabian style “bodega” we provide computers with free internet access as well as a TV with international channels and a library, where you can rent both movies and books.
The school building consists of seven tastefully decorated classrooms.
Excursions and activities: The Instituto Andalusi, offers a variety of excursions and activities, which focus on the Spanish language and culture, such as excursions to Cordoba, Granada, Seville and Morocco but also visits of museums, memorials and churches in Malaga. Moreover we are offering activities in the school building like cooking class of Paella or other Spanish specialities. At the beginning of the course (once in a month) our students are welcomed with a party and at the end of the course (once a month) they get a farewell party. It is also possible to rent cars, motor bikes and bicycles in the school.
For further information visit www.instituto-andalusi.com
Escuela Montalbán-TANDEM Granada has been teaching Spanish as a foreign language since 1986, is accredited by the Instituto Cervantes, and is also a DELE examination center. The school facility, with its Andalusian architectural style, friendly classrooms, and beautiful courtyard, retains much of the charm and intimacy of a family home. It is situated in a quiet location just ten minutes away from the city center. An extensive cultural program always complements Spanish courses. Over the last few years, Escuela Montalbán’s complementary cultural program for Body & Mind has gained great popularity among students. Students can choose five different options: Spanish traditional cooking classes, dance courses such as Flamenco and Tango, horse riding in the Sierra Nevada national park, or trekking in the Alpujarras. The school is a member of TANDEM International network of language schools. The Spanish in Spain Program gives students the opportunity to study in two different cities in one trip in collaboration with the other schools in San Sebastián, Barcelona, Madrid, Valencia, and Cádiz.
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Lacunza, based in San Sebastian, is part of the International House World Organization, a network of language schools around the world known for their quality language courses and dedication towards education and teacher training.
As such, Lacunza offers courses that cater to all levels and requirements. The most popular courses are the Intensive courses which, depending on what outcome the student desires, include 20 lessons of 45 minutes each per week as a basis and as many private lessons in the afternoon as requested by the student. Private lessons can also be taken independently of the Intensive courses. These give the students the opportunity to focus on specific fields of interest and topics of study.
Other popular courses include the Junior Summer Course and Lacunza Summer Camp for our younger students. The Spanish + surfing course is always a favorite with more adventurous students. Apart from time spent in the classroom, activities are organized daily so that students have the chance to live the Spanish life and get to know the city and all it has to offer. From museum visits and trips to the aquarium, to visiting the island just off the famous beach “La Concha”. Going for pintxos, similar to tapas, in the evening in the Old Town of San Sebastian followed by a night on the town is among the favorite night time excursions amongst the students.
For further information, visit www.lacunza.com
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With its impressive architecture, dynamic nightlife, and lavish museums teeming with the works of Goya, Dalí, and Picasso, Madrid offers ample cultural opportunity for the Spanish language student. As Europe’s highest capital at over 2000 feet above sea level, Madrid’s hot summer days give way to cool, clear winters in which snow is a rarity. The city’s distinguished Museo del Prado not only houses some of Spain’s preeminent 17th and 18th century paintings, but the building is itself a work of art, constructed in 1785 to house the Natural History Cabinet of Carlos III. The 250-year-old El Real Jardín Botánico exhibits over 30,000 species of plants and hosts courses for botanically-minded children and adults.A popular weekend destination, the city’s famed Parque del Buen Retiro dates back to the 17th century: its artificial lake is surrounded with imposing monuments, pastoral landscapes, and pathways that bustle with street performers.
don Quijote Madrid and Salamanca
The don Quijote Madrid school is located in the heart of this city’s lively and smart Argüelles District, just steps away from the Plaza de España. The school inhabits three floors of a luxuriously and tastefully renovated classical Madrid building dating back to the beginning of the last century. Salamanca is well-known for its educational institutions: The University of Salamanca was founded more than 700 years ago, making it one of Europe´s oldest. Its streets burst with life, its monuments are plentiful (Salamanca is a UNESCO-declared World Heritage Site), and it is recognized for the pure Castilian Spanish its inhabitants speak in what is considered the birthplace of the Spanish language. The don Quijote School in Salamanca is located in the heart of the city center and occupies a recently and beautifully restored 16th-century monastery. The school offers general intensive and super intensive Spanish courses from beginner to complete proficiency levels, as well as more specialized courses such as Business Spanish, Spanish and History/Art/Literature, D.E.L.E. preparation, and premium courses. Students can start any Monday; the schools are open year-round and class size is limited to a maximum of only eight students per group, guaranteeing a high level of personalized attention to each student.
For further info, visit www.donquijote.org
Centro Universitario Villanueva – Affiliated with the Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Their international programs are addressed to university students who want to perfect their Spanish and study different aspects of the Spanish and European reality –social, artistic, economic, etc- in depth. The courses take place in an international university environment, with students from different countries (Germany, France, Italy, Ireland, Latvia, United Kingdom, Russia, among others) as well as Spanish students. Although learning the Spanish language and culture are the main goals of our programs, Villanueva offers the possibility to acquire the language while studying topics of special interest and focusing on the professional world of the student’s specialization: Business, Art, Law, Communication and Fashion.
Their goal is to enable the student to learn as much as possible during his/her stay at Villanueva, surrounded by an agreeable environment and tutored by qualified and experienced professionals.
The courses take place in the city of Madrid. Located in the center of the plain, it is the capital of the kingdom of Spain. Madrid is a modern and cosmopolitan city, with an ancient history and impressive artistic wealth. Excellent public transport network which connects the nerve centre of the city with all its residential districts and historical surroundings.
For further info, visit www.villanueva.edu/english-year-abroad
Academia Actual Plus
Actual Plus is situated in a historic building minutes from Madrid’s most impressive monuments. The school has eight air-conditioned classrooms, free internet access, refreshments, and libraries. Experienced teachers guide students of all skills and levels with a maximum of eight students per class. The school has an authentic international ambience with an array of after-and-during-class activities. Books and movies are available to students to reinforce their learning.
Academia Madrid Plus
Situated in the heart of Madrid’s historic district, the academy’s courses are intensive, test preparatory, or recreational. The school provides varied opportunities to practice what is learned in class by encouraging students to experience every day Spanish life through cuisine, history, and art. The school is located in a a beautiful turn-of-the-century townhouse situated minutes from Puerta del Sol, the steps of the Royal Palace, and the El Prado museum. Theaters, cafes, restaurants, bars, shops, museums, and much more also surround the facility, which has a student lounge, computers, free internet access, a private study room, and seven classrooms.
For further information, visit www.madridplus.es
Classes are offered to adults ages 17 and over, and meet the needs of students, travelers, and professionals alike. The school is located in Calle Mayor, mere minutes from the center of Madrid. An extensive cultural activity program is offered to foster contact between students, teachers, and school staff, including guided city tours, museum visits, cooking workshops, and weekend excursions to local cities like Toledo, Salamanca, and Segovia. Classes are taught in small groups of eight students or fewer, and are offered as intensive Spanish group courses, individual courses, and exam preparation courses. The team of Spanish teachers consists of qualified native speakers who have considerable experience in working with foreign students.
Sprachcaffe Languages PLUS
The traditions of the past and the dynamics of modern civilization come alive in Madrid, and Sprachcaffe Languages Plus is located in the heart of the city in a beautiful turn-of-the-century building. Just minutes away from the Puerta del Sol, the Royal Palace, and the El Prado museum, students can appreciate their perfect location from the school terraces with views of the Opera, and the Royal Palace. Apart from the standard and intensive courses for all language levels, the school also offers long-term academic courses preparing students for the D.E.L.E. examinations, university placements, and internship programs with a variety of established companies in Spain’s exciting capital. All courses are underpinned by the philosophy that language learning goes beyond the classroom door, and are thus supported by an extensive and vibrant program of social and cultural activities and excursions.
Madrid has a wide range of theatres, music halls, museums, palaces and monuments, as well as a cheerful social life in its taverns and bars. It´s a city that never sleeps and is known worldwide for its unique nightlife. Its traditional and popular celebrations set off the demanding entrepreneurial, financial and business life of the city.
Kate Sommers-Dawes is assistant editor for Language Magazine, and instituted a French and Art program for students in Los Angeles.
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Along Spain’s northeasterly coast lies Cataluña, the region that, perhaps somewhat unfairly, lays claim to both the urban center of Barcelona and the Costa Brava, or “wild coast,” with its rocky coves and turquoise Mediterranean vistas. The autonomous region is also the birthplace of surrealist icon Salvador Dalí and located just outside Barcelona is the museum that honors him, a fanciful burgundy structure crowned with enormous egg sculptures.
Barcelona, Cataluña’s capital, is fêted as cosmopolitan and sophisticated, and evidence in support of these monikers abounds: its Park Güell is only one of Gaudí’s countless architectural marvels with its circuitous benches and slanting colonnades. Santa María del Mar, a medieval Catalan gothic cathedral, was commissioned in honor of the capture of Sardinia, and its construction lends itself impeccably to the occasional concert that takes place inside. The bustling boulevard Las Ramblas is an outstanding example of the spirit of Barcelona, where numerous stands selling flowers, newspapers, or birds and an abundance of street performers, cafes, and terraces enrich the landscape. The exceptional climate and its sandy beaches make Barcelona an attractive tourist proposition year round.
The Catalan language is the pride of its people despite the suppression of its use until the 1970s under Franco’s dictatorship. Thriving in spite of such historical subjugation, this romance language can be heard abundantly throughout the region and is an official language alongside Spanish — its success gives outsiders prime insight into the resilience and determination of the Catalans.
Schools in Barcelona
For two years in a row (2006, 2007), The Wall Street Journal picked ESADE’s MBA program as the best in the world. There is no question that the school owes its reputation mainly to its business programs. However in addition to the business school, tourism, and law schools, ESADE has a prestigious language center. ESADE’s Executive Language Center offers Spanish intensive language courses, not only to foreign students already enrolled in any of the law or business programs, but to anyone interested in Spanish learning. One strong selling point of ESADE-ELC is its Barcelona location. The building was initially meant as a language instruction facility and now hosts both the MBA programs in addition to the language school. Another key to the success of the ELC is the quality of the professors; Delia Castro, head of the Spanish Department, was formerly the Head of the Master’s Program for Teachers of Spanish as a Second Language at the Universitat de Barcelona. The school policy allows a maximum of 10 students per group, facilitating individual attention. ESADE is also open to establishing tailor-made summer programs for foreign universities, which could include Spanish classes, company and cultural visits, and business-related topics, taught in either English or Spanish. Foreign students at ESADE experience life in one of the most beautiful cities in the world while studying Spanish at a prestigious business and language school.
For further info, visit www.esade.edu/spanish/eng
The School of Modern Languages of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), offers intensive Spanish courses running all year with start dates every month and tailor-made programs for groups. Courses enable students to make rapid progress and use Spanish in an effective and practical way. They also introduce students to the cultural and social customs of the country. The school’s teaching method is based on a communicative approach with a special focus on practicing oral expression, which includes interactive activities to develop listening, speaking, reading, and writing. In addition, students learn strategies to continue studying the language on their own. Teachers are qualified and experienced language teaching professionals, dedicated to providing a successful learning experience. The school is in an impressive art nouveau building, part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the center of Barcelona. UAB Idiomes Barcelona also offers accommodation, visits to some of the many interesting local sites and events in Barcelona, and exchanges with local students. All courses are certified by the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and are valid for university credits.
For further info, visit www.uab.es/uab-idiomes
Students can take 20 or 25 lessons per week for as long as they like, starting any Monday. Classes are held from Monday to Friday during the mornings or afternoons, and have an average of eight students. abcCollege is located in a modern building, custom-built to guarantee effective and comfortable language learning. All classrooms are equipped with audio-visual facilities. The school also has a large conference hall and a computer room with free internet access, as well as a penthouse bar-terrace with panoramic views of Barcelona.
It’s location in the city center, near the Plaza Molina, is well-connected by major metro and bus routes.
Located in the center of Barcelona, Camino Barcelona provides on-site accommodation and offers a wide variety of courses in well-equipped classrooms with a maximum class size of ten. All classrooms are air-conditioned and it has a cafeteria, three sunny terraces, and free wireless internet connection. In the on-site student residence, students have the opportunity to enjoy en suite bathrooms, hydro-massage showers, balconies, modern kitchens, and flat-screen televisions in every apartment. The school is located in a lively street in the Eixample neighborhood, a ten-minute walk from Plaza Cataluña and Las Ramblas. Eixample is famous for its many shops, restaurants, and bars — where there are endless possibilities to meet people.
International House offers a wide range of top quality Spanish language courses in a number of Spain’s most exciting locations. These include Barcelona, Córdoba, Palma de Mallorca, Madrid, San Sebastián, Sevilla, Valencia, and Vejer (Cádiz). Apart from the language courses themselves, each school also provides a long list of other services including an airport meeting and transfer service, accommodation placement, engaging programs of social and cultural activities and opportunities to meet people from the local community. The details of the courses and other services on offer vary to an extent from school to school, but the quality of service is guaranteed by the fact that all the schools share the same rigorous and externally verified standards.
IH Barcelona is located in the center of that sensational city, within easy walking distance of all the most famous landmarks including the gothic quarter, the Ramblas, Gaudi’s most famous buildings, and the city’s sandy beach.
The school has an international reputation and is one of the largest teacher training centers in the world. Every year thousands of students and hundreds of trainee teachers take a course at IH Barcelona.
Students can follow an entire study program at IH Barcelona, or they can combine a period of study in Barcelona with a period spent in one of the other IH centers in Spain. In both cases, full time students from the U.S. can usually obtain study credits for the course from their own university or college.
At inlingua, students begin speaking Spanish from their first lesson. Spanish lessons use the inlingua method and focus on specific language skills such as speaking, grammar, listening, and pronunciation. Moreover, it is the only school within the inlingua network authorized to perform the DELE-exams, which are the only exams leading to official certification in the Spanish language. The inlingua Barcelona Spanish Department is located in an old, recently renovated building in the city center, and is equipped with all facilities necessary for a modern school of languages.
Kate Sommers-Dawes is assistant editor for Language Magazine.
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