Known as ‘Europe’s Orchard’ thanks to its bounteous supply of fruit and vegetables, Murcia is one of the best places in which to learn Spanish. This vibrant and historic city perfectly balances culture and antiquity with youthful vigour and modernity. Being neither too large nor too small, with its largely-pedestrianised centre and collection of green spaces, Murcia is both safe and exciting and is guaranteed to leave you reluctant to return home!
Sandwiched between hills and surrounded by the vibrant Huerta, or ‘Garden’ – which has grown produce for the city and the rest of Europe for hundreds of years – Murcia is an ideal centre-point for your Spanish adventure. The region itself has 18 natural parks, over 250km of coastline, and mountains and valleys galore, meaning students can enjoy sailing, horse-riding, rafting, and even hang-gliding during their stay. As part of the Costa Cálida – ‘Warm Coast’ – Murcia is one of the sunniest regions in Spain, allowing you to top-up your tan while you study!
Its university is the oldest in Spain and, as such, draws visitors from across the world. Compared to other cities in Spain, Murcia is less popular with tourists, meaning you are more likely to hear authentic Spanish whilst studying here than English or any other European language. Easily one of the most impressive sites Murcia has to offer is the Castillo de Monteagudo, an 11th-century castle sat high atop the surrounding valley just 5km north of the city proper. A towering sculpture of Jesus above the castle, arms open wide, has welcomed visitors to the city since 1951. This spectacular monument can be seen from almost anywhere in Murcia and the Huerta.
Our school in Murcia
Located in the heart of the city and within walking distance of sites such as the Santa Clara Museum, the Plaza de Santo Domingo, and the 17th-century Palacio de Almodóvar, our school is ideally placed to give you a feel of the culture and history of this southern Spanish city. Close by are other main attractions including the impressive Baroque cathedral, the Malecón Botanical Gardens, and the Plaza de las Flores, with its beautiful central fountain and many restaurants and cafés.
With a maximum of just 9 students per class, the school offers highly personalised tuition to students of all ages and backgrounds. Our tutors have 18 years of experience teaching Spanish to foreign students of all ability levels, so are well-versed in the delivery of fun and engaging lessons.
The school boasts several bright classrooms, welcoming study spaces, and a library complete with multimedia and audio-visual equipment. The building is air-conditioned throughout and boasts high-speed wireless Internet. The whole facility is accessible for those with reduced mobility and those who use a wheelchair.
Courses in Murcia
Our school in Murcia offers a wide range of Spanish courses to suit every need. You can choose from 20 or 25 intensive group lessons per week, private tuition, and combined packages of group and one-to-one classes. Lessons are held entirely in Spanish and therefore focus on improving conversational proficiency and developing students’ knowledge of Spanish grammar. If you have specific areas of interest or weakness that you’d like to concentrate on during your stay, private tuition would be best – take 20 lessons per week with a native tutor and notice your skills quickly increase.
Students wanting to learn commercial terminology can take a 1- or 2-week Business Spanish programme in mini-groups, which are specifically designed to give personalised tuition whilst retaining the dynamic, social aspect of group classes.
If you’re looking to be able to work or study in a Spanish-language country then you’ll need to sit a DELE examination, and our school can help. We offer 2- to 4-week preparation programmes covering all the topics likely to appear on your test, giving particular attention to written and spoken proficiency. We can also help prepare you for your A Levels, with 2- to 4-week courses of 25 lessons per week running throughout the year. In these sessions, you can smooth out any areas of weakness you might have and get some practice before your examination.
Our school also offers a great Work Experience programme for speakers with intermediate proficiency and above. You’ll study in the morning and work at the school in the afternoon, helping with marketing, product promotion, writing and translating, search-engine optimisation, and IT. Contact us for more information!
If you need lodging during your studies, we recommend that you stay with one of our school’s specially-selected hosts. Hosts can be families with or without children, married couples, or single hosts with rooms to spare. They’ll provide you with a private bedroom on a half- or full-board basis, meaning you’ll receive 2 or 3 meals per day as part of your accommodation package.
All families are located within a maximum of 25 minutes’ walk from the school, which gives you the opportunity to get to know the city as a whole. Hosts are encouraged to speak Spanish to their guests, thereby allowing you to practice your skills with local natives in a natural setting. You’ll also gain great insight into authentic Spanish homelife and culture, and maybe even make life-long friends!
If you would prefer, you can arrange a course-only programme and source your own accommodation for the duration of your studies.
As well as high-quality tuition, our school also arranges a selection of social and cultural activities each week. Held in Spanish these activities are designed to supplement your learning and help you get to know both the city and your fellow students. Examples include:
- Guided city tours
- Art workshops
- Trips to music concerts or sports games
- Dance shows
- Local produce tasting
- Hiking tours of the local countryside
- Exchange afternoons in local cafes
- Beach visits
- Spanish film screenings
- Evenings in a local bar or restaurant
Many activities are included in the cost of your programme. Some may incur a small charge cover entrance and/or transportation costs.
How to get there
The closest airport is Murcia-San Javier Airport, though flights into Alicante-Elche Airport are more regular. We can arrange a transfer service on arrival and/or departure at either one of these locations for an additional fee.
Students should arrange to arrive in Murcia on the Sunday before their course starts and to leave on the Saturday after their course finishes. We may be able to arrange additional nights in your accommodation on arrival and/or departure to fit in with your flights.
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