The Best Spanish Language Schools in Barcelona

by Paul Joseph  |  Published September 27, 2017

From its sun-kissed beach to its mouth-watering tapas bars, Barcelona is a city full of temptation. But a number of people come here with more studious intentions, driven by the promise of learning to speak Spanish.

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Barcelona has a huge number of language schools that teach Spanish, with all kinds of courses available, including evening courses, fast-track courses and even specialised courses for children. We’ve dug deep and picked out three of the best language schools the city has to offer.

Barcelona University

One of the region’s most prestigious educational institutions, The Autonomous University of Barcelona offers a number of Spanish language courses at the Casa Convalescència campus in the heart of the city. Ranging from 2-week intensive courses to 42-week semester-long courses, there’s certain to be an option that suits both your time and budget constraints. The university also offers an All-Inclusive Package Course that combines language courses with a variety of services including pre-departure support, visa assistance, medical and travel insurance coverage, airport pickup, quality accommodation, Spanish mobile phone, and a variety of social and recreational activities and excursions.

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Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Another Barcelona university that runs language school classes is Univeritat Autònoma da Barcelona, which has over 25 years’ experience teaching Spanish to foreign students. The university offers a wide range of intensive courses and holds the CertAcles quality seal awarded by the Association of Higher Education Language Centres (ACLES), which is officially recognised by a number of important institutions across Spain, including the Catalan Employment Service. Students are required to take a level test, which is free of charge, to determine which course to take. As well as Castilian Spanish, the university also offers courses in Catalan Spanish.

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Academia Contaco

Certified by Instituto Cervantes, the Academia Contaco language school (which also has a partner school in Madrid) is located in a beautiful 19th century house in the city centre, a short walk from the iconic La Rambla boulevard. A large choice of group and one-to-one courses are available, with lessons taking place across twelve spacious and modern classrooms, each fitted with interactive technology. Other amenities at the school include a terrace, WiFi access, a library, computers and a comfy sitting room with sofas where students can relax and socialise together. The school also arranges local accommodation for students, with either Spanish families or shared flats, and runs a regular programme of events, activities and excursions such as wine-tasting, guided bike tours and theatre trips.

Photo: Academia Contaco