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 five of the best language schools the city has to offer.
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Located in the city centre, Camino Barcelona claims to be the only language school in Barcelona with on-site accommodation. Certified by the Instituto Cervantes, the school that offers a wide range of Spanish language courses, all taught by fully qualified native-speaking teachers in classes with an average of 7 students per group. Facilities include 20 spacious, air-conditioned classrooms and there are also three student relaxation rooms, an Internet café, large patios and extensive roof-top sun terraces. Extra-curricular activities are provided by an Afternoon Club and include movie screenings, Spanish games and get-togethers, and a daily programme of cultural activities, including excursions to local sites and attractions.
More info at caminobarcelona.com
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Olé Languages is centrally located in the vibrant neighbourhood Eixample, a few minutes away from the famous Passeig the Gracia. The school is devoted to offering students a truly immersive Spanish experience. They have a wide variety of Spanish courses suitable for all abilities, from total beginners to fluent Spanish speakers. Courses are offered in the morning, afternoon and evening, so even if you’re working you can still attend. You can borrow books or movies from the school’s library and there’s a cosy recreation area for students to relax and chat in between or after classes. WiFi is available throughout and there are four computers for students to use. All courses are taught by dedicated, highly qualified native Spanish speakers. Classes are kept small with an average number of 5 students (maximum 9) per class, allowing teachers to focus on individual needs. The school arranges cultural activities, language exchanges, weekend excursions and evening programmes to help students improve their Spanish by interacting and communicating with each other and with local people. After completing your course, each student obtains a certificate that states the exact level of Spanish that they’ve reached.
More info at olelanguages.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.
More info at academiacontacto.com
This leading language school offers a range of Spanish courses, from super-intensive 30-hour classes to more laid-back evening classes. The team prides itself on an interactive approach based on the CASA Programme (Coherent and Active Spanish Assimilation), which teaches language in ‘building blocks’. Students can put their language skills to the test at a variety of activities, from rooftop parties and vineyard tours to Barcelona FC matches and weekend excursions to nearby cities. The high-spec facilities feature bright and airy classrooms with digital interactive whiteboards and students benefit from a mobile app loaded with handy resources. The school is located just five minutes from Plaça Catalunya too.
More info at speakeasybcn.com