The best Spanish language schools in Granada

by Paul Joseph  |  Published February 19, 2018

With its beautiful landscape, great food and vibrant student communities, Spain is a hugely popular destination for studying abroad. And of all of the cities in Spain, Granada, nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains in Andalusia, is one of the most attractive for those seeking to learn Spanish – in part because only speak Castellano is spoken here, rather than Basque or Catalan, dialects spoken in much of the north.

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Another reason for Granada’s popularity among students is that it is a pretty compact city, both geographically and population wise, with around 300,000 residents, and you can cross the city by bus in about an hour. It is also home to the largest university in Spain, ensuring the city is teeming with young people, including a healthy number of European exchange students. To help you plan your studying adventure, we’ve selected three of the best Spanish language schools in Granada.

Instituto Mediterraneo Sol

Located in the centre of Granada, Instituto Mediterráneo Sol organises stays for those who want to, learn Spanish while immersing themselves in Andalusian culture. An accredited Teaching Centre, the school is a DELE examiner and offers Spanish courses throughout the year covering the four language skills: listening, oral expression and interaction, reading comprehension, and written expression and interaction. Teaching is carried out entirely in Spanish and without any other language support, developing a direct, situational and communicative method of language acquisition. All ages are catered for here, with courses tailored for teenagers, University students, professional workers across various sectors, seniors and groups. Other school services and amenities include regular activities and excursions, a study room, tutorials and student guidance, airport transfers, and help with finding accommodation in Granada, including with local host families.

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ELECE Centro de Idiomas

Elece Language School offers several courses of varying intensity and tailored for different age groups, interests and goals. There are classes for companies, exam preparation for DELE exams and Spanish for business, plus history, culture art and literature classes too. Lessons are taught in small groups of no more than eight students and follow a communicative methodology, combining grammar, vocabulary and oral communication adapted for real life situations such as reading newspaper articles, practicing telephone conversations and watching Spanish films. All of the school’s teachers have a university degree in philology and extensive experience in teaching Spanish as a foreign language. To complement your course, the school also hosts a wide range of activities including tapas tours, a movie club, cooking classes and field trips. They also help with accommodation needs by sourcing your preferred choice, whether it’s a homestay with a local family or a shared or private apartment.

Photo: ELECE Centro de Idiomas

Language Courses at Granda University

Part of the University of Granada, the Modern Languages Centre is accredited by the Cervantes Institute Network and is widely considered one of the leading institutions in Spain for language learning. Open to anyone (not just students of the university) the centre boasts a wide range of services, a wealth of learning resources, and endless extracurricular activities designed to reinforce students’ cultural and linguistic immersion. General Spanish language courses for foreign students and academic Spanish courses are all offered. Native Spanish students and international students can also interact via a language exchange service, allowing you to practice the language you’re learning outside of class time. Facilities include a library specially stocked with teaching and learning materials, free WiFi access throughout the CLM and University buildings, and several refectories and coffee shops. CLM also has its own Accommodation Service, offering wide range of options including hotels and hostels, living with a local family, student residences, apartment and flat-shares.

Photo: Universidad de Granada