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Learn Spanish in Alicante (Marina)
Nestled between the mountains and the sea on Spain’s eastern Costa Blanca, Alicante is an historic port-cum-holiday-resort that’s famous for its long, white beaches. With a wide selection of attractions and a history going back to the Bronze Age, there’s plenty to keep you busy here, whatever your interests! Alicante’s intriguing blend of Spanish and Catalan culture is unique, so studying here will give you a well-rounded understanding of modern Spain. As well as the central sights, the city is also within easy driving distance of some of the most dramatic landscapes in Spain, such as the Serra del Maigmó nature reserve. So why not learn Spanish in Alicante and see what this city can offer you?
During the Roman Empire, Alicante - then called Lucentum, meaning ‘bright place’ - was one of the most important ports in the country. If you’d like to learn more about this period in the city’s history, you can visit the Lucentum site today; it’s located just outside the city in the district of Albufereta and, at over 7 acres, it’s well worth a visit for any history buff! If you prefer more modern subjects, the Museum of Contemporary Art - which is less than 10 minutes’ walk from our Spanish language school - has a collection of over 800 pieces that offers hours of entertainment and lots of creative inspiration. Art fans wills also enjoy the nearby Museum of Fine Arts, which is often featured on our school’s activity programme and which houses around 500 works from Spain’s best painters and sculptors.
Don’t forget to try some of Alicante’s first-class food during your time here. The Central Market is the place to go to find local favourites and try out your Spanish skills. This impressive building was erected in the early 20th century and wouldn’t look out of place on a movie set! At a 10-minute walk from the school, it’s very easy to get to; on your journey, you’ll pass a host of reasonably-priced restaurants offering a wide variety of local fare, such as olla churra (meat and bean stew), salazones (salted fish tapas), and - of course - the national meal that originated in this region: paella. If seafood is your dish of choice, then certainly don’t miss a chance to visit Tabarca Island, off the city’s coast. Here you can go snorkelling, eat freshly caught seafood, and spend an afternoon walking round the centre - the whole island is just 1,750 metres long and 300 metres across at its widest point, so exploring it won't take you long!
As a popular seaside destination for both local tourists and international visitors, Alicante is well-equipped to provide entertainment and excitement. In summer, the port area is almost entirely taken over by theatre and dance shows, and open-air music concerts are ten-a-penny. Its annual calendar includes colourful celebrations such as the Moros i Cristians festival, a national holiday particularly observed in this part of Spain that commemorates the 400-year-long battle for rule known as La Reconquista. The festivities take place in December and include elaborate costume parades and dramatic street fights. Such events are a key part of Spain’s heritage and provide invaluable insight into Spanish culture. Book your Spanish language course with us today and see all this and more for yourself!
Our school in Alicante (Marina)
Learn Spanish in Alicante’s Marina school and find yourself right on the seafront, overlooking the iconic Explanada de España! The esplanade is almost a kilometre long and is made from over 6.5 million coloured tiles - it’s one of the most emblematic symbols of the city and, especially in the evening, is filled with locals taking a leisurely stroll down the seafront. Other nearby attractions of note include the Museum of Fine Arts, the famous Playa del Postiguet, and the Museu de la Llotja, a free art gallery with a selection of interesting exhibits. Around the corner is the Plaza de Gabriel Miró, a classic public square surrounded by foliage containing a fountain dedicated to the Spanish author. It’s a peaceful oasis within this lively city and is a feature for which Spanish cities are famous. Around it you’ll find various shops and restaurants, though we recommend simply sitting and watching the world go by, as the locals do.
Our Marina school has 8 air-conditioned classrooms, some of which are wheelchair-accessible. The building has modern décor and spacious common areas that are ideal for relaxing or socialising in between lessons. You’ll have access to a selection of student computers and the school’s conference room, which can be converted into a cinema for watching Spanish films. There is also a multi-media centre with a selection of resources that will supplement your classroom learning. The building has free Wi-Fi throughout.
Courses at this school are accredited by the Cervantes Institute and the Madrid Chamber of Commerce. The school is also a member of the National Federation of Schools of Spanish for Foreigners (FEDELE). These credentials mean that the tuition available is of a very high quality; we can therefore guarantee that you’ll benefit from a language course here! Because of its location so close to so many of the city’s main attractions, you won’t need to go far to experience all that Alicante has to offer. If you’d like to explore further afield, the nearest bus stop is just a minute’s walk away.
Courses in Alicante (Marina)
- Intensive (20)
- Intensive + Private Lessons (25)
- Super Intensive (25)
- Super Intensive (30)
- Private Lessons (20)
The standard Intensive course of 20 group lessons each week takes place either in the morning or in the afternoon. Morning classes are held between 09:00 and 13:00 every weekday, while afternoon classes are held between 15:00 and 19:00 every weekday. Your timetable varies based on your Spanish ability level and the number of other students of each level; your schedule can therefore only be confirmed on your first day, once all students have been assessed. You’ll be placed in a group according to your starting language ability, and there’s a maximum of only 10 students per class; because of this, you’re guaranteed to receive highly personalised attention from your tutor. You can start your Intensive course on any Monday, regardless of your starting ability level.
If you’d like to improve your language skills significantly during your time in Alicante, you can select a Super-intensive 25 course and receive a further 5 group lessons per week. Your additional classes will focus on conversation vocabulary and techniques and will therefore give you extra language practice. For an even more rigorous programme, select the Super-intensive 30 course and add 5 group lessons plus 5 semi-private lessons per week to your core tuition. Not only will you benefit from the additional conversation lessons, but you can also cover topics you would like to focus on or feel that you need extra help with in your semi-private lessons. There’s a maximum of just 2 students in the semi-private classes, so you’ll get highly bespoke attention from the teacher as well as significant language practice. The more lessons you take, the more you will progress, so either of the Super-intensive courses are ideal if you have specific targets for your language learning.
If you prefer, you can select entirely private tuition so that you can have the teacher’s undivided attention and extensive language practice. The standard package consists of 20 one-to-one lessons per week, though you can book more if you wish. The key benefit of private tuition is that your lessons can be fully customised to your specific requirements.
Though private lessons are extremely beneficial in terms of language progression, they don’t offer the same kind of social experience as group tuition. Fortunately, you can combine the best parts of both programmes with an Intensive + Private package! You can add 5 one-to-one classes per week to your core Intensive course; this allows you to make significant progress whilst still being able to experience the social side of a group language course.
On the first day of lessons, you should arrive at the school at 08:00. You will have a level test upon arrival to assess your starting ability and ensure that you are placed in a group that’s most suitable for your skill level. This methodology gives students the best possible opportunity to improve their Spanish, regardless of their language ability. After your course has finished, you’ll receive a certificate of achievement showing the language level the school judges you to have reached during your time in Alicante.
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- Host Family
- Shared Apartment
For a fully immersive experience, we recommend that you stay with one of our local homestay hosts! Since all hosts are native Spaniards, this type of lodging offers the opportunity for extra language practice outside the classroom. You’ll have a private single or double* bedroom and either 2 or 3 meals per day as part of your lodging package. Special diets can be accommodated for a small supplement (includes vegetarian, vegan, lactose-/gluten-free diets, etc.). Bed linens, towels, and one laundry load per week are included as standard. Almost all hosts can offer free Wi-Fi in their homes, though you should let us know if this is a firm requirement for you. You will have your own keys to come and go as you please, but you must respect house rules and schedules.
If you’d rather stay with other international students, then a shared apartment is the best option for you. A shared apartment is a cost-effective and social type of accommodation that is ideal for young pupils travelling on a budget. The size of available apartments varies, but all offer private single or double* bedrooms and communal areas including a fully equipped kitchen and shared bathroom facilities. Rooms are offered on a self-catering basis, allowing you to cook for yourself during your stay. Bed linens are included but towels are not, so you should bring your own. Many apartments have a washing machine but some may not, so you may need to use a local laundrette. Residents are collectively responsible for keeping the apartments clean and tidy. Please note that apartments incur a security deposit of €150, which must be paid in cash on arrival and which will be returned to you on departure providing the apartment is left in a suitable condition.
*Twin rooms are only available to students travelling together. If you select a twin room but are travelling alone, you will be swapped to a single room.
The school tries to ensure that all lodging is within walking distance of the school, though this may not always be possible. You may need to travel up to 20 minutes to the school each day. All accommodation is available between the Sunday before your course starts until the Saturday after your course finishes. Check-in and check-out times are usually very flexible. We may be able to arrange extra nights in your accommodation for you if needed - please contact us about this prior to making your booking.
To help you to experience the city, the school offers a range of social/cultural activities, which take place in the afternoons, evenings, and at weekends. These activities are held in Spanish, so you’ll get real-life language practice to supplement your learning.
The exact activity schedule varies throughout the year but may include:
- Guided tours of the city
- Spanish film screenings
- Free language workshops
- Visits to local attractions such as Santa Bárbara Castle or El Palmeral Park
- Visits to museums and/or art galleries
- Dance lessons
- Cookery workshops
- Picnics on the beach
- Trips to local markets
- Excursions to nearby locations such as Valencia, Barcelona, Elche, and Tabarca Island
- Plus seasonal activities available in the local area
Some activities will be provided free of charge, whilst others will incur an additional fee to cover entrance and/or transportation costs.
How to get there
The city has its own airport, Alicante-Elche Airport, which is around 20 minutes’ drive from the city centre. Flights are available from many European locations.
From here, you can either take public transport to your accommodation or we can arrange an airport transfer service for you for an additional charge. If you book this service, a driver will be waiting for you when you land and will take you directly to your accommodation. If you select this service on departure as well, you will be collected from your lodging on your last day and taken back to your chosen airport in time for your departing flight. A transfer service is also available at Valencia Manises Airport.
You should arrange to arrive in Alicante on the Sunday before your course starts and to depart on the Saturday after your programme finishes. We may be able to arrange extra nights on arrival and/or departure for you if needed.
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