The Best Spanish Language Schools in Buenos Aires

by Roisin McAuley  |  Published September 14, 2020

The vibrant capital of Argentina, Buenos Aires is packed with history. The buzzing city welcomes students with its exciting food scene and passion for dance; recreational activities available outside the classroom mean learning Spanish in Argentina is a real adventure.

Buenos Aires is a popular choice for students learning Spanish (Photo: Rodrigo Paredes via Flickr/CC by 2.0)

Buenos Aires is a popular location for international travellers and students keen to immerse themselves in the Spanish language. Students in Buenos Aires will experience a different type of Spanish from that learnt in school, in neighbouring Latin countries, or Spain, with the Argentinian accent being noticeably different, as well as the presence of colloquial words and vocabulary. Language schools have a variety of Spanish courses available, including evening courses, intensive language classes, and exam preparation courses. We’ve researched what’s on offer, and selected five of the best language schools Argentina’s capital has to offer, taking into account course pace, teaching style and testimonials from previous students.

Casa Spanish Academy
Casa Spanish Academy welcomes travellers and language learners to what will become their second home. The language academy aims to give travellers complete cultural immersion and ensures they make the most of their experience in Buenos Aires by hosting and organising extracurricular activities. Intensive, group and private classes are offered, as well as long term residents’ programmes and DELE preparation classes for those aiming to certify their Spanish skills. The school also helps organise students’ accommodation, offering homestays, shared residences, hostels, hotels, and private apartments, catering for differing budgets, lengths of stay, and other preferences and needs.

Students get language skills certified at Instituto de Español Rayuela (Photo: Instituto de Español Rayuela)

Instituto de Español Rayuela
This independent language school has been teaching Spanish to foreign students in Argentina’s capital for over 25 years. The school is located in one of the oldest and most charming barrios in Buenos Aires, near to the city’s popular landmarks. Programmes and teaching methods are based on practices established by the University of Buenos Aires; they utilise small class sizes and tailor class activities to the characteristics and needs of each particular student or group of students. Intensive and semi-intensive classes are offered at beginner through to advanced levels, taking place in the morning and early afternoon. Classes are taught by professional Spanish teachers, all of whom have studied at the University of Buenos Aires. There’s no registration fee, nor any extra charges for the study materials.

DWS Spanish School
DWS Spanish School offers students customisable Spanish courses at a variety of levels, on a flexible schedule that fits their needs. DWS is located in a modern building in the neighbourhood of Recoleta, providing students with a quiet and relaxed learning environment. The friendly teaching staff are all graduates from Argentinian universities, with class sizes limited to just six students to help students develop confidence and ensure active participation. The school can also organise accommodation prior to students’ arrival. As well as language classes, the school arranges a variety of activities that help foster an authentic academic, cultural and social experiences for students.

Vamos Spanish Academy’s offers a variety of Spanish courses (Photo via Vamos Spanish Academy)

Vamos Spanish Academy
Vamos Spanish Academy is located between the city’s elegant Recoleta district and its buzzing downtown, nestled among plazas, historic buildings, bars and cafes. It offers a huge range of Spanish courses catering to students’ budgets, availability and language proficiency. Classes are offered throughout the week, as well as at weekends and evenings, and have the option of group classes or private one-to-one sessions. Courses are also available for children or families who want to learn together. The school can arrange local accommodation for students in the school’s student residence, with local Argentinian families or private central apartments. It also hosts a range of workshops and activities, including dance classes, film screenings and sports activities. 

Centro Universitario de Idiomas
The Centro Universitario de Idiomas (CUI) is part of the School of Agronomy of Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA). With over 20 years of experience teaching languages, the school’s Spanish classes are run with a strong academic focus. The official certifications offered at the language centre also enable students to gain credits for University courses. CUI is a SIELE (Servicio Internacional de Evaluación de la Lengua Española) Exam Centre, so students can certify their language skills here too. At CUI, different types of accommodation are available that meets students varying budgets and needs, with lodgings in student residences, homestays and hostels.