I can still remember my first Spanish lesson in Spain. After months of evening classes, books, cds, and flashcards, I decided that a truly immersive experience was what would give my Spanish the push it so desperately needed. I was in Valencia, where I’d decided to move for a couple of years fresh out of university. In that first lesson, my teacher said something along the lines of “I’m Maria, and I’m your teacher”. At least, I think that’s what she said, because at the time I had no idea! …CONTINUE READING

Here at UniSpain, we love the film Ocho Apellidos Vascos! It is one of those movies you’ll want to see again… and again, and again. This rip-roaringly fast and funny comedy took Spain by storm this year. Many critics were surprised—after all, it was supposed to be just a low budget, national rom-com. But as mouth-to-mouth recommendations spread and more and more people flocked to see it, the movie turned into a landslide box office hit. Why? What is it about Ocho Apellidos Vascos? Well, here are some very good …CONTINUE READING

Want a last-minute summer deal on a Spanish course in Spain? Maybe you’ve been searching the web already? If so, you’ll have noticed it’s difficult to find any summer language course deals in Spain right now. This is because 80% of the yearly foreign students studying Spanish in Spain come here in the summer. But, there are a few tricks you can try to get a cheaper deal… How to find a cheap summer Spanish course in Spain In general, Spanish courses cost the same all year round – in …CONTINUE READING

If you want to learn Spanish at a Spanish University, you may be wondering what that will be like. Is the quality of tuition good? Will there be many people in each class? Is it easy to make friends, or get involved in activities? What about finding accommodation? In this article, we’ll try to give you an all-round idea of Spanish courses at Spain’s public universities. Who can study at a Spanish University? The great news is, almost anybody can take a Spanish university language course, as long as you …CONTINUE READING

If you’re a mature student thinking of combining language learning with an exciting trip abroad, Spain offers many excellent Spanish language immersion courses aimed at students in their 50’s and beyond. Below you’ll find five excellent 50+ Spanish courses in Spain that also include cultural and social activities designed for mature learners. Located in four major cultural cities – Madrid, Seville, Malaga and Barcelona – we’ve also included some useful information about each one, to help you choose the right destination. 1. DESTINATION: MADRID Madrid Sampere 50+ Course   The …CONTINUE READING

If you start studying Spanish language at beginner level, how long will it take for you to become fluent? Well, it’s hard to give an exact timeframe, but you can work out an approximate answer for yourself by using the checklist below. The factors you’ll need to consider are: 1. How difficult is Spanish compared to other languages? 2. How often do you study? 3. How well do you study? 4. How motivated are you? 5. How much immersion learning are you engaging in? Let’s consider each of these points …CONTINUE READING

Northern Spain is sometimes ignored as a language study destination, with Madrid and Barcelona, or the sunnier southern cities getting most of the attention. But Spain’s north provides a culturally rich, fascinating setting for learning Spanish. From historical, cobble stoned cities, cathedral spires and beaches, to some of Spain’s best tapas, here’s a rundown of the top Spanish schools in Santiago de Compostela, San Sebastian and Pamplona. DESTINATION #1: SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA Santiago is probably one of the most picturesque and seductive cities in the whole of Spain. Imagine the …CONTINUE READING

2014 may still be seeing the effects of the global economic crisis. But there’s good news, because along with tight budgets, come some excellent discounts. This has also been noticeable in the language-teaching sector in Spain and UniSpain is in a unique position to pass onto you some excellent, big offers at some of Spain’s top language schools. Here are our Top 5 favourites right now… 5 – Learn to surf and speak Spanish for only 290€! Why not combine your Spanish language studies with a cool activity? And it’s …CONTINUE READING

Kilometro zero is where it all begins. Did you know that Madrid’s famous Puerta del Sol square is the exact point from where the length of every motorway in Spain is measured? Hence the name, “zero kilometres”, and the reason why we’re starting our journey through Spain’s cheapest and best city language schools right here… 1. Madrid Madrid is Spain’s cool and chilled out capital city – think grand old buildings and classical art museums like the Prado, combined with fashionable outdoor café terraces, rambling street markets, and vast green …CONTINUE READING

Bored of cramming irregular verbs? Shuddering at the thought of another Spanish vocabulary exercise? Then it’s time to change tack. How about watching some quality TV in Spanish and letting the language wash over you? Make some popcorn while you’re at it. We’ve chose five top programmes, from five different categories for you to watch: News, Soap Operas, Documentaries, Internet Series and Drama. Check them out. Learning Spanish will never be boring again. #5 – NEWS: BBC Mundo BBC Mundo is the Spanish-language news service belonging to BBC World Service. …CONTINUE READING