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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.

Photo: Joan Garcia Ferre via Flickr

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
www.barcelona-university.es

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.

Photo: Barcelona University

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
www.uab.cat/

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.

Photo: Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Academia Contaco
www.academiacontacto.com

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