The New Cathedral of Cuenca

Learn Spanish in Cuenca

Learn Spanish in Cuenca, a colonial city with cobbled streets, pre-Hispanic ruins, churches and colourful Indian markets.

6 classrooms
Multi-media resources available to rent
Video room for watching Spanish films
Student common room
Course materials included
Wi-Fi throughout the building
Accredited by the Cervantes Institute
Member of IALC and the FEDELE organisation
Approved for Erasmus+ and Bildungsurlaub programmes

Our school in Cuenca

Our Spanish language school in Cuenca is ideally located, in the centre of the city, in an attractive detached building, with gardens overlooking the Barranco River. There are 7 comfortable classrooms, a library and video room.


Learn Spanish in Cuenca
Spanish lesson at our school
Sampling the local cuisine
Exploring Cuenca


Cuenca, Ecuador, is a wonderful location in which to study Spanish, a colonial city with cobbled streets, pre-Hispanic ruins, churches and colourful Indian markets. Cuenca lies in a high Andean valley (6,700 feet), 440 kilometres to the south of Quito, the capital of Ecuador. Though Cuenca is also a modern university city of 250,000 inhabitants, the city retains its colonial charm and is an ideal location for total immersion in the Spanish language and Ecuadorian culture. Our school in Cuenca, located in the centre of the city, offers Spanish language courses with a maximum of just 5 students per group. The best way to learn Spanish is to study abroad, with total immersion in the language and students undoubtedly learn faster when they study in small groups. In Cuenca, Ecuador, the small group size and the friendly nature of this historic city mean that students at our school learn Spanish quickly and thoroughly enjoy their time in Ecuador.

Courses in Cuenca

Available courses

    You can learn Spanish on an ‘Intensive’ Spanish Course of 20 Spanish lessons/week, or else on an ‘Intensive Plus’ Spanish course, which is a combination of the ‘Intensive’ course and 10 private lessons/week.

    As the maximum group size at our school is just 5 students, everyone on the course receives lots of personal attention, which naturally helps when learning a language.

    Our school in Cuenca also provides 4 additional ‘Culture’ lessons/week, to help students learn about the history and culture of Ecuador, as well as to provide extra language practise. All lessons are given in Spanish, providing total immersion in the language.


    Available accommodation

      Our Cuenca school can arrange accommodation in carefully selected Spanish speaking Ecuadorian host families, or in private studio apartments, or local hotels. The families that our school uses all provide comfortable and welcoming accommodation in middle and upper class houses.

      If you want to learn as much Spanish as possible, we would advise you to stay with a host family, as then you will get lots of extra practise with the Spanish that you learn in class.


      Our Spanish language school in Cuenca offers an extensive program of after class activities to ensure that you enjoy your time in Cuenca, as well as to help you practice out of the classroom the Spanish that you learn in class. These activities include a guided tour of Cuenca, film evenings and parties, visits to Indian markets and various historical sites within Cuenca, as well as excursions to nearby national parks and hiking in the Andes. Our school in Cuenca also helps students organise trips to the incredible Galapagos Islands, just 2 hours by plane from Quito.

      How to get there

      Our school can arrange an airport transfer for you from Quito Airport, where you will be met on arrival at Quito Airport and taken to a hotel, picked up from the hotel next day and taken back to the airport for your onward flight to Cuenca. Hotel accommodation, and one-way flight to Cuenca are all included in the transfer fee.

      Location: San Blas, Cuenca
      Nearest convenience store: 750 m
      Nearest café: 190 m
      Nearest metro stop: N/A
      Nearest bus stop: 750 m (El Estadio)
      Distance from train station: N/A
      Distance from airport: 197 km (Guayaquil José Joaquín De Olmedo International Airport)

      Location of our school in Cuenca


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      4.2 / 5
      School Staff

      4.6 / 5
      Average score for our school in Cuenca based on 5 previous client reviews.

      Student reviews & feedback

      Intensive 20 with Host Family
      School Staff

      I was a complete beginner and had 3 hours tuition a day for 2 weeks. I think I learned some Spanish but I had a great all round experience.

      Lori, my host was perfect for me. We got on very well and I learned a lot about Ecuadorean life which for me was as important as learning the language.

      Fantastic experience, I would do it again in a heart beat. Home stay is definitely the way to go.

      Intensive 20 with Host Family
      School Staff

      Being back home from Cuenca, I would like to share my enthusiasm about my journey in general, the exceptionally pleasant and clear classes that were taught with much enthusiasm, my host family was absolutely hospitable (Fabiola Ordoñez), and I experienced a most friendly welcome at my volunteering job. It couldn’t have been any better!

      Intensive 20 + Private lessons with Host Family
      School Staff

      Absolutely excellent teachers full of wisdom and some with great humour such as Lupe in Cuenca

      Thank you for the great choice of my host family

      School Staff

      Everything was outstanding, the school, the accommodation, everything!

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      Student stories on our blog

      Cuenca – ‘The Athens of Ecuador!’

      Cuenca, Ecuador is the most amazing place to study Spanish! It was such a welcoming city, I found I could learn, study, make friends, and practice my Spanish, all with ease. It’s a unique part of Ecuador with history so special that it has been chosen as a Unesco World Heritage Trust Site! There are so many things to see and do in Cuenca, including admiring the amazing views of the Andean Mountains which surround the city! Cuenca is also a bustling university city, so I was always sure to find both international and local students amongst its streets mingling among the locals. The city had an awesome atmosphere – a real mix of old and traditional and youthful and modern everywhere I went. Read more...

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