Our ultimate guide to the Best Spanish Language Schools in Spain just got even better!
In fact, thearticle has proved to be so popular that we have decided to extend our Top 5 list to include the Top 8 Best Spanish Language Schools in Spain. That means that finding a Spanish language school to suit your individual requirements should now be even easier!
How did we compile the list?
We have drawn up a list of eight of the best Spanish language schools from all over Spain. To compile the list, we considered a range of factors including the following:
- Student feedback
- Official accreditations
- Teaching staff experience
- Quality of facilities
- After-school activities
Of course, this list is by no means exclusive. The schools and universities that have made it on to the list have scored highly in many categories and offer a high standard of academic excellence. However, all of our courses offer a high level of service, are government-approved and provide a fantastic learning experience.
Whatever school you choose from the 40+ available, we are sure that you will not be disappointed!
The Top 8 Best Language Schools in Spain
So here it is, a complete rundown of the top 8 Spanish language schools in Spain, in reverse order:
#8 Malaga University
First on our list is Malaga University, based on the Costa del Sol in Andalucía. The university offers long and short-term Spanish language courses from 2 weeks to a full semester or calendar year.
In addition, more advanced students can opt to study additional subjects including:
- Spanish literature
- Spanish history
- Spanish cinema
- Spanish art
- Physical and political geography
- Commercial Spanish
- Colloquial Spanish
- Society and Politics
- Spanish American culture.
Intensive Spanish language courses are available each month and students can choose how many weeks they wish to study. The university also offers a DELE preparation course, preparation for the Business Chamber of Commerce exam and a Spanish for Language Teaching Course.
The port city of Malaga is based on the southern coast of Spain on the Costa del Sol. The area is known for its warm climate and fantastic beaches. The city has plenty to offer in terms of art, culture, shopping and cuisine, and students can also enjoy the lively nightlife.
The Spanish language classes are held in the small village of El Palo, just a 20 minute bus ride away from the city centre. The facility is located near to the beach and the Paseo Maritimo where students can enjoy a wide choice of restaurants and tapas bars.
Although the Spanish classes are not held at the main University complex, the students still have full access to all the campus facilities including the swimming pool and sports pitches. The university complex is just a 15 minute bus ride from Malaga city center.
All the university teachers are educated to degree level and have previous experience in Spanish language teaching. Due to the wide range of courses available, Malaga University attracts language students and professionals from all over the world.
In addition to the language classes, the university also arranges other activities for the students including trips to other towns and sport tournaments at the university campus.
More information about the Spanish courses on offer can also be found on the Malaga University website.
#7 Salamanca University
Salamanca University dates back to 1218, making it the oldest and most prestigious of its kind in Spain. Thanks to its political, cultural and artistic influence, the university has played a large role in shaping the history of the country. Today, the university remains one of the most respected educational institutes in all of Europe.
The university offers short and long-term Spanish courses from two to 52 weeks for students aged 17 years or over. A wide choice of accommodations options are also available either on-site or away from the university campus.
Salamanca University is one of most beautiful in Spain and attracts students from all over the world. The very first language courses for foreign students were offered more than 30 years ago and the university is now regarded as one of the best language schools in the country.
Students who attend the Spanish language courses in Salamanca will study in air-conditioned classrooms at the full-restored university building. In addition, they will have full access to the center’s modern facilities including the library and sports grounds.
Additional free-time activities and excursions are also organised by the university staff and include visits to museums and other cultural activities.
For more information about the university and courses offered see the Spanish courses Salamanca University website.
#6 Hispania Valencia
The Hispania Spanish Language School has been offering language course to students from all over the globe since 2002. This popular destination has since grown in stature and is now recognised as one of the most popular language schools in the city.
A range of courses from two weeks to 52 weeks in duration are available to students aged 16 or over. Programs include:
- Standard classes for all levels
- DELE Exam preparation courses
- Private lessons
- Vacation courses
The school maintains small class sizes to ensure that every student get the full attention of the fully-qualified teachers.
The Hispania Valencia language school is based in a traditional Spanish-style house with modern-yet- homely décor. The classrooms are light comfortable and the facility also benefits from outdoor terraces with views of the city. Students also have access to a spacious and well-stocked library.
The region of Valencia is famous for its extensive orange groves and is the home of the famous rice dish known as paella. Students will get plenty of free time to enjoy the lively streets and may even get to enjoy one of the many festivals that are held in the city each year.
To help the students get a feel for the local culture and to practice their language skills, the school also arranges many day tips and excursions. This could involve a visit to a nearby
#5 Sampere Madrid
Estudio Sampere is part of an international network of language schools offering Spanish courses to foreign students in various countries. Due to its fantastic location in the heart of Europe, the Estudio Sampere language school in Madrid is one of the largest and most popular schools in the group. The center offers a wide choice of short and long-term language courses including:
- Intensive for all levels
- Super intensive
- One-on-one lessons
- Teacher training
The school is ideally located in the prestigious Salamanca district of Madrid just a short walk from the Retiro Park and Prado museum. Madrid has great transport links making it the perfect base from which to explore the rest of Spain.
The school benefits from being part of a larger network and has a strong reputation for excellence in the industry. The teachers have decades of experience and are fully-qualified to teach Spanish at all levels. All the language lessons are held in air-conditioned classrooms and students can also enjoy full use of the facilities which include a TV room and library.
The school also offers a range of accommodation options to suit all tastes and budgets, from hotels and hostels, to apartments and host families. The course fee also includes free WI-FI service and variety of social events.
During their stay, attendees will get the chance to enjoy all the delights that Spain’s capital has to offer including the local tapas bars and cafés, the many museums, theatres and galleries, and of course the famous Madrid nightlife.
#4 Barcelona University (UAB)
Barcelona University, or the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), is one of the best-run universities in Spain, where an excellent academic program is complemented by diligent administration and organisation.
The university also boasts some of the best facilities in Spain and has a team of highly-qualified and experienced tutors available to teach students of all abilities. Intensive courses from 2-48 weeks in duration and a choice of accommodation options are available to students aged 18 or over.
The UAB was founded in 1968 and has grown to become Barcelona’s second largest university. Its School of Modern Languages is located just a few minutes away from the world famous Sagrada Familia cathedral, and has been welcoming foreign language students to Catalonia for more than 25 years.
The school is situated in a grade-listed art nouveau building, which benefits from high-speed Wi-Fi and technology-packed classrooms. All the UAB’s teachers hold degrees and postgraduate Spanish language qualifications.
In addition to the language classes, there are a number of free-time activities available, although the choice is perhaps not as extensive as at some of the smaller, privately-run institutions. However, students will never be short of things to do in the fascinating city of Barcelona.
#3 Camino Barcelona
Situated in the heart of the city, just a stone’s throw from Barcelona’s famous Plaza Cataluña, Camino Barcelona is the only school in Barcelona that can provide students with on-site accommodation as well as alternative lodgings such as a shared apartment. In addition, the option of staying with a host family gives participants the chance to improve and practice their Spanish outside of the classroom.
As well as offering intensive Spanish classes for all levels, the school also offers the opportunity to embrace Spanish culture and history by learning traditional dances such as Latin, flamenco or salsa.
The school building itself boasts a large internet café, air-conditioned classrooms and a rooftop terrace, where students can enjoy the beautiful Spanish weather and get to know their classmates.
Furthermore, the school puts a lot of effort into organising different events and activities to encourage the students and native Spanish teachers to meet up, chat and bond with one another. This social interaction, helps to make the experience a lot more enjoyable for everyone involved.
To make the most of what Barcelona has to offer, students can also take part in further excursions including:
- Trips to the beach
- Festivals and fiestas
- Film Nights
- Sport Activities
- Visits to Museums & Monuments
- Cultural Activities
- Food Nights & Eating Out
- Welcome Party
- Excursions and Weekend Trips
As well as being recognised as one of the best Spanish language schools to study at, Camino Barcelona is also one of the cheapest Spanish language schools in all of Spain. As a result, it has made it into the Top 3 of our list.
#2 Malaca Instituto
Malaca Instituto has been operating in Malaga since 1971 and can claim to have some of the most impressive facilities of any language school in Spain. The internationally-certified establishment develops their own teaching tools and ensures that all of their hand-selected teachers are engaged in on-going training.
The school offers language learning for all levels and the classes only have a maximum number of 8 students per teacher.
Many different course types are on offer including:
- Short-term intensive courses for two weeks or more
- Specialised Spanish business course
- Full-term courses up to a full year
- Courses for mature students
Located about a 15-minute bus ride from Malaga’s historic centre, the school is built on a hill overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. The main school building boasts its very own multimedia learning centre complete with internet access, a language lab and a mini cinema.
The school also has its own on-site residence halls, plus a restaurant and bar, large sun terraces and a swimming pool. The community atmosphere at Malaca Instituto is boosted even further by the inclusion of a range social events that can include trips to local fiestas as well as fun activities such as paella cooking lessons.
#1 CLIC Sevilla
CLIC Sevilla receives consistently high reviews from our language students, year after year. As a result, we had no choice but to rank it at No. 1 in our list. As one of the best language schools in Spain, it is no surprise that CLIC Sevilla is also one of the most popular.
The center offers foreign language courses to both Spanish and international students giving them a great opportunity to interact – both at the school and during the many free-time activities that are included. This feature also gives the school a unique international atmosphere, similar to that of a university.
The school takes only 10 students per class and has an extremely varied selection of courses including but not limited to:
- General Spanish
- DELE exam preparation
- Business Spanish
- Summer course for teenagers
- Group courses
- Senior Courses
- Private classes
- Medical Spanish
- University credit programs
- Spanish for teachers
The school, teaching staff and facilities are all of the impeccable standard you would expect from a top-ranked location.
The center is equipped with a computer room (with internet access and audio-visual equipment), a library, sun terrace, cafeteria, garden and pool.
The teachers at CLIC are not only degree holders in Spanish, but have also been trained as Teachers of Spanish as a Foreign Language. They also receive continuous training, which further allows them to teach business Spanish, culture, history and literature.
The school puts great weight on cultural activities and creates plenty of opportunities for the students to meet each other, practice Spanish and explore the incredible city of Seville. There are tours of the city, art classes and excursions to other towns as well as various social events and a possibility to sign up for a conversation exchange.
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*The prices quoted reflect those available in July 2016 and may be subject to variation