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.
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.
Situated in the heart of the city, Sprachcaffe’s Barcelona school offers a diverse range of Spanish language courses of different intensities and durations, and for all levels, from absolute beginners to advanced linguists. There are standard and intensive courses, part-time courses and academic/exam prep courses, among others. Through an initial language assessment test, your Spanish level will be determined so that you can be placed in the appropriate class. The school employs qualified and native Spanish-speaking teachers who use current and topical material as well as fun and creative teaching methods designed to encourage discussion and participation from day one. Teachers also assist students outside as well as inside the classroom, accompanying them on sightseeing tips as well as offering language advice for day-to-day situations. The school can also arrange accommodation for students, including in its official residence, in private apartments or with local host families.
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.
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.
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. Located around 20km north of the city centre, 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.