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Language Schools for Expats in Spain

Submitted: July 2013

Being the home of the Spanish Language and the center from it was exported to other countries, it is no surprise that there are a number of language schools which cater to persons who want to learn Spanish. Thousands of people visit Spain each year with the intention of learning Spanish. Its many cities each have Spanish schools; however, if you have minimal exposure to Spanish, Madrid and Salamanca are often strongly recommended as starting locations due to the clarity with which the natives speak.

It is difficult to give a definite range in terms of cost for Spanish courses in Spain language schools as they vary greatly depending on the number of lessons, level of the pupil, accommodation and in some cases location.  However, course fees are usually calculated on a weekly basis with starting prices typically being between £ 250 – 350, some schools have starting prices which are below £ 100; then there are those with starting prices of over £ 1,000. The following link provides an overview of prices for several language schools in various cities:


Most language schools also help students to find accommodation while here, with some even going as far as meeting you at the airport. Accommodation may vary from shared student slats to Spanish home stay accommodation in order to gain an opportunity to fully accelerate your learning.

In selecting a language school either for yourself or your family, there are several key factors which you should consider which includes:

In additional to these, you should be sure to ask about their teaching quality standards e.g. are the teachers natives who are qualified with a recognized body? Language schools are not easily ranked since most of their students may not go on to write international examinations. However, you should ask the school to put you in touch with past or current students who would be able to testify to the strength of the school. Most language school incorporate some form of site-seeing into their teaching programmes which allows students to get an insight into Spanish culture and history. You should also enquire as to whether your prospective school offers such excursions.

Another indicator of more established and reputable Spanish schools is association membership. Common associations in Spain include FEDELE, IALC, ALTO and EAQUALS. To become a member of an association such as the FEDELE and gain their accreditation, schools have to comply with required high standards of teaching, facility maintenance, accommodation and other areas. Typically member schools are inspected by their associations and avail the students a chance to make direct complains to them, bypassing the school. Choosing a school which is associated with several of these associations ensures higher quality and removes some of the risk that may be associated with being enrolled at just any school.

For a comprehensive list of Spanish language schools which are available to you in Spain, please refer to the following link:


Additionally, this following ‘school-finding resource’ may be useful:


However, do not wait until you get to Spain to improve your Spanish. There is a wealth of free resources on the internet to aid you on the journey. Particularly useful is the BBC Learning Spanish website -


If you are in Spain and wish to learn a foreign language (i.e. a language other than Spanish), there are a number of language schools which offer such tuition. Additionally, most universities in particular tend to have a Department of Modern Languages. For example, ‘Universidad Complutense de Madrid’ Modern Language department (https://www.ucm.es/centro-superior-de-idiomas-modernos) is known for offering over 30 languages and is open to those who are willing to be enrolled.



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