any recommendations for a spanish language course, located on the coast for a couple of months over the european summer of 2009? which cities would be preferable for an english speaking student on a tight budget?
My son went to Malaga last year and studied for month...amongst all the parties 😊 He enjoyed it! Not sure of the exact name, he found it on google.
I went to Coruna, in Galicia and I really enjoyed it. Lots of activities and nice accomodation. Ask for Iolanda's flat, the best cooker!! We are three and she cooked paella, tipical galician dishes, seafood... Everybody from my school is going there again this year. The school is called "Escuela Paralaia". You can find it in google.
there is a company named cactus languages, i think their website is also cactuslanguages.co.uk or something like this, try searching on google, they couple language courses with tourism, means they will guide you about the city as well as the courses too and that will be packaged plan. I have tried them out, see if you can take advantage or if they give anything which suit you better.
I am also planning on studying in Spain, but for four months.
I am most probably going to study with Don Quijote, they are pretty famous so should be good. I am spreading out my time between Salamanca, Seville and Granada.
If you want the coast though, I think Malaga would be a good choice. There are many schools there. Just search on the internet.
Hi Darc, you can learn spanish in seville. You can enjoy the view and also learn the life style, not just the language. About the budget, you can handle it by making a tight budgeting plan.
I would definitely go for a coastal city if going to Spain in summer. Seville is too hot in summer! Barcelona, Valencia or Malaga are really good choices, and they have a great atmosphere.
I spent a summer in Barcelona a couple of years ago and went to a really cool school called Camino Barcelona.
I booked my programme (with accommodation and all) with a company called Estudio Hispanico, they are a language course agency and have really good prices, you should try contacting them for a quote in different places! Their website is www.estudiohispanico.com
I came to Malaga last year to study Spanish and had an amzing time. The company I did it with also organised my accommodation in a shared flat with other spanish students and students from the university (although they offered homestays too).
There website is http://www.epsmalaga.com/en/apartments-malaga.htm and the girl who helped me was Yuleanne.. Im not sure if she's still there but she was loads of help..answering all the questions i had before reserving etc.
Hope this helps
I cannot recommend any city's in Spain or any language courses, but I'd recommend studying Spanish in a region in which Spanish (or Castillian as they will all call it there) is the daily spoken language.
Catalonia (a region in Spain with the capital Barcelona and several big places including Valencia) speaks Catalan, which is as different from Spanish as Spanish and Portugese are. Of course it can be safely said that pretty much everybody in Catalonia speaks/understands Spanish/Castillian, but it wont be the language heard on the street (or seen on street signs etcetera).
^^ that's great advice! Wouldn't have thought about that otherwise...
So i see that a number of people here are interested in studying spanish in spain. Ive been thinking about this idea with quite a long time now and im hoping to go in June 2010. So if anyone can suggest a city that is very accesible by plain because i want this trip to be hassle free and not having to worry about taking the bus or train to get to my destination. I will most likely travel by myself and i have never been anywhere by myself yet, nor have i ever travelled outside of Canada or United states, so this experience should be very interesting for me and i feel a bit nervous, thats why i want to choose a destination that is very accesible by plane from Canada. Hopefully someone can suggest a good city to go to and not very expensive since im on a budget. Im planning to go for a month.
Also if anyone has travelled and studied in spain before for a month, please give me an advice of how much money i should bring with me and how much money you needed for your whole trip including the price of the school, accomodation, food...etc
Hi there Vanilla1! There are many Spanish language schools in Spain. If you don't want to travel too much, you probably should find a school right in Madrid or even in Barcelona (both are accessible by plain) although I must remind you that the language spoken in Barcelona is actually Catalan. I believe you shouldn't be nervous about traveling by yourself, see Spaniards are very warm hearted people and you can always ask for help in case you get lost. True they don't speak English very well but they will try to do their best, and then of course there are guide books and internet you can always use. Don't worry- Spain is full of internet cafes so in case you need an information you can simply use the one on the corner. Some schools offer packages including accomodation and organized tours. Obviously if you join one of these schools you won't need to be worried about anything and you will know to estimate in advance your expanses, but then again if you prefer to travel by your own...Spain is not cheap as it used to be before the Euro came along. Life cost over there as in any other european advanced country but you can always find small guesthouses which are less expensive. For some more information go in 😊
A great place that you could come to would be Granada. It is a city full of culture such as the Alhambra, the Albayzin, the Cathedral and yet is vibrant and modern. If you can fly to the Federico Garcia Lorca Airport then you would only be about 20 minutes away from the city centre!
Granada is a fantastic city and is also one of the few cities remaining throughout the whole of Spain that offers free tapas when you buy a drink which could make your trip over very cheap!
If you did fancy coming to Granada there is also a video competition being held by one of the language schools situated in the heart of Granada called Escuela Delengua, in which you could win a 2 week intensive Spanish course with free accommodation for 2.
Full details can be found here:
Hope that helps!
My friend go to Madrid to study Spanish. He said that the better way to study this language is an usual conversation with ordinary people 😉
Extremadura is a great place to learn Spanish, have a look
Hi everyone, i have read all the messages here...it's a great help for me cause i'm planning to study anywhere in spain....but i'm still on the stage of planning, no decisions yet. after reading this maybe i'll come up one soon. thanks for the tips.
To help make your trip easier to Spain next year, you could enter into a video competition being held by a Spanish school in Granada. You could win a 2 week intensive Spanish course with free accommodation as well!!
The Youtube video page is:
Full competition details can be found here:
I hope this helps make your trip easier!! :D
I would recommend his new site www.onlyspanishcourses.com they are specialized in Spanish courses, very nice customer service and good discounts.