Spain’s third-largest city, Valencia’s boasts one of the country’s best climates. Located on the Mediterranean coast, the city’s year-round sunshine and warm weather coupled with its diverse architecture and culture, create the ideal location to learn Spanish.
Valencia is a popular location for international travellers and students keen to immerse themselves in the Spanish language. Language schools have a variety of Spanish courses available, including internship programmes, intensive language classes, and exam preparation courses. We’ve researched what’s on offer, and picked out five of the best language schools available in Valencia taking into account course pace, teaching style and testimonials from previous students.
Españolé International House
Situated within the historic Palacio de los Fernández de Córdova building in the heart of Valencia’s old town, Españolé is a medium sized Spanish school and part of the International House World Organization that focusses on communicative-based teaching methods. With 28 fully equipped classrooms, each boasting interactive whiteboards, natural light and air-conditioning, the school combines a friendly atmosphere with personalised attention for every student. A wide range of courses are available, including General Spanish, Spanish for Business, exam preparation, as well as many specialised courses. There are plenty of amenities onsite including a student café, patio, terrace, sun loungers, BBQ and kitchen, while a busy social programme offers at least 4 free activities per week, such as city tours and cooking classes.
Hispania, escuela de español
Hispania offers students the option to study online or in classrooms, in the school’s unique free-standing chalet building, located in the university area of Valencia, close to both the University of Valencia and the Jardines de Viveros. The school offers a variety of courses that differ according to the students’ Spanish proficiency and availability. Spanish teachers are all native Spanish speakers with experience teaching Spanish as a foreign language. The school has connections with student apartments and host families, so they can assist students in their search for accommodation during their course.
AIP Language Institute
AIP Language Institute is an Instituto Cervantes accredited language school, offering Spanish classes from beginner (A1) to advanced (C1) level. Course style varies: students can immerse in Spanish through intensive, super-intensive, conversational and grammar specific courses. The school has recently introduced dynamic outside classes, available during the summer. This course brings Spanish to life as students discover the city’s main tourist attractions, culture, history and gastronomy whilst learning technical aspects of Spanish. Classes are led by experienced, native-Spanish teachers. The language school has modern, fully-equipped classrooms and facilities: complete with library, free internet and computer areas. Outside of the classroom, AIP Language Institute hosts weekly activities and weekend excursions that complement Spanish language learning.
Taronja Language School is another school on our list that is accredited by the Instituto Cervantes. The school offers Spanish language courses at a variety of paces, at beginner through to advanced levels. Taronja’s activity programme is highly rated by previous students as it immerses students in different aspects of Spanish culture and organises weekend trips to beautiful towns surrounding Valencia. The centrally located school is surrounded by restaurants and cafes, with great transport connections across the city. The school is also able to help students find accommodation during their course, offering homestays, private or shared apartments.
Located in Valencia’s city centre, EUROACE (European Association for Cultural Exchange) offers Spanish language courses, Internships and Gap Year opportunities. Spanish courses are delivered in small groups, one-to-one and online by native professionals. Internship placements provide key career experience for students and professionals in top Spanish companies. Gap year programmes are available for those looking to stay for 3 months or more, offering the perfect balance of an academic, cultural and professional experience. EUROACE seeks to not only provide high quality study abroad experiences but also cultural immersion too. They host a variety of activities including cultural excursions, historical visits, city tours, sports activities and much more.
Cervantes Escuela Internacional
The Cervantes Escuela Internacional is part of the network of Cervantes Institute’s network of Accredited Centres, based in the El Carmen neighbourhood of the city. Spanish language courses start every Monday and cater to students’ language level with classes given from A1 to C2 levels. Courses run between one to 36 weeks depending on what pace you want to learn at and how much time you have available for classes. The school’s team of teachers are all native Spanish speakers and hold graduate degrees in Spanish Language and Literature as well as experience in teaching both Spanish to foreigners. In addition to classes, the school organises weekend activities and students’ accommodation.