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Spanish course in Salamanca

Known as ‘La Dorada’ - ‘the Golden City’ - for the glow of its sandstone buildings under the setting sun, Salamanca is a wonderful location in which to learn Spanish. It boasts the oldest university in the Hispanic world, which was widely considered to be the ‘temple of European knowledge’ during the Spanish Golden Age. The intellectuals in the city at this time devised the first Western concepts of morality and human rights, and some of the most eminent historical figures have studied here, including Miguel Cervantes, Miguel de Unamuno, and former Prime Minister Adolfo Suárez. Many of the university’s buildings are both beautiful and iconic, and many of them can be visited all year round, including the chapel, the famous courtyard, and the Old Library - which boasts over 900,000 volumes! Despite its reputation for educational excellence, Salamanca is also home to its own brand of mysticism. A popular legend surrounds the infamous Cave of Salamanca, which is just a few minutes’ walk from the University and where the Devil is said to have taught black magic to specially selected followers. This story is so enduring in Hispanic culture that, in South America, a dark cave or a mysterious place is called ‘una Salamanca’!

Many people visit Salamanca for its history; in fact, it has so much to offer in this regard that its Old Town is a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site. Perhaps one of the most famous attractions is the cathedral complex, since Salamanca is one of a handful of cities worldwide to boast two cathedrals! The Old Cathedral dates back to the 12th century and, though arguably not as beautiful as its more modern counterpart, it has a lot of history. One such example is the Chapel of the Oil, with its painted murals that are thought to be the oldest of their kind in Europe. The altarpiece here is also a must-see: it has 50 intricately painted tableaux lined with finely carved golden arches below a breath-taking fresco. Even more impressive, it was made in 1430 and has been lovingly preserved for nearly 600 years by the clergy. Literally next door to the Old Cathedral - they actually share a wall - is the New Cathedral, a beautiful building in Classical Plateresque style boasting the tallest bell tower in Spain. Built during the Golden Age, the New Cathedral was intended to showcase Spain’s power, wealth, and status - and it certainly still impresses! When you visit, look out for the stone astronaut on the façade - subject of many conspiracy theories, the little space explorer was added during renovations in the 1990s.

Salamanca is not just a city for history buffs, however. Though you will find stores in the Old Town, shopaholics should head outside the main centre to find the best boutiques and retailers. Foodies will love the unique Salamantine cuisine, which is rich and delicious and combines elements from northern, southern, and western Iberia. The best tapas bars are outside the main tourist track, so you’ve got even more of an excuse to explore the city! Salamanca has a truly extraordinary atmosphere: though it has all the facilities of a large city, the character of its people and the narrow streets of its centre give it a distinctly small-town feel. With average year-round temperatures of 20° - 30° C and very little rain, it’s also a delightful location for a course abroad! What’s more, the locals mostly only speak Spanish, so it’s the ideal place for maximising your immersion in the language.

Our school in Salamanca

11 classrooms
Library with books and DVDs
Language lab
Dance studio for flamenco classes
Conference room used for watching Spanish films
Student common room and study areas
Accredited by the Cervantes Institute
Course materials included
Fully air-conditioned building
Wi-Fi available throughout

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Salamanca
Learning together
Salsa class
Sitting on steps of the Church Clerencia

In the commercial outer ring of Salamanca’s beautiful Old Town lies our Spanish language school. Located in a safe and interesting pedestrian area, the facility is surrounded by shops and cafes offering insight into daily life in the city. It’s also within walking distance of some of the most popular attractions Salamanca has to offer, including the famous Plaza Mayor, the focal point of the city and one of the most beautiful public squares in all of Spain. Near here you’ll also find La Clerecía, the towering former Jesuit college, with its impressive Baroque façade and its vast golden altarpiece, which was made in the 17th century. It’s worth a look even if you’re not religious! You can also walk La Clerecía’s towers for an excellent bird’s-eye view of the city.

With 11 classrooms and a maximum of 14 people per group, our Spanish language school in this area offers its students bespoke attention and expert language instruction that is tailored to their individual requirements. Established in 1991, our school has taught Spanish to international visitors of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds for nearly 30 years. It boasts a library, a language lab for extra-curricular study, and a conference room that’s used for supplementing your linguistic and cultural learning by watching popular Spanish films. There’s also a dance studio where students learn flamenco and other national dance styles, as well as a student common room and various study areas.

Accredited by the Cervantes Institute and the National Federation of Schools of Spanish for Foreigners (FEDELE), we can guarantee that the immersive tuition here is of the highest quality. The nearest café is just next door to the school, so you won’t need to travel far for refreshments, and there’s a bus stop less than 100 metres away, so you can also easily explore other areas of the city once your lessons have finished.

Location: Salamanca Old Town
Nearest convenience store: 58 m
Nearest café: next door!
Nearest metro stop: n/a
Nearest bus stop: Avenida Mirat, 300 m
Distance from train station: 1.5 km
Distance from airport: 213 km (Madrid Barajas)

Courses in Salamanca

Available courses

  • Intensive (20)
  • Intensive + Private Lessons (25)
  • Private Lessons (20)
  • A-Level Revision (25)
  • Academic Year (20)
  • Business Course (10)
  • DELE Exam Prep (20)
  • Mini-Group (20)
  • Teachers Course (15)

The most popular course at this school is the standard Intensive programme, which consists of 20 group lessons per week. Classes normally take place in the morning from 09:00 to 13:00, though in high season classes may also run in the afternoon. Your placement will depend on your starting ability level and the number of other students at the school; your exact timetable can therefore only be confirmed by the school on your first day. The Intensive course can also be tailored to focus on Medical Spanish or DELE preparation; please contact us for more information about these options.

If you’re looking to achieve notable progress but still want the dynamic, social aspect of group classes, we recommend booking mini-group lessons. These classes work on the same basis as the standard Intensive sessions, but have a maximum of just 6 students. The small size of these mini-group classes means that you’ll get more personal attention from the teacher than you would do in a larger group, helping you to rapidly advance your language skills.

If you want to increase the educational benefits of your programme, you can add specialised cultural classes to your Intensive course and receive 5 extra lessons each week covering communication, Spanish literature, history of Spanish art, or modern Spanish History. You can swap your additional topics each week to get a well-rounded understanding of Spanish culture.

For students who want to study specific topics, or for those who feel they need extra assistance during their studies, we recommend private tuition. On this course, you’ll receive expert tuition that can be customised to your exact requirements. You’ll have 20 one-to-one lessons per week on the standard package, but can book more if you wish. If you think that private lessons would be beneficial for you but still want to experience the social aspect of group classes, you can combine your Intensive tuition with an additional 5 one-to-one classes each week. Kindly note that afternoon sessions may clash with the activity programme.

This school also offers several specialist programmes designed for students who are studying Spanish for a particular purpose. One such programme is the Business Spanish course, which is used to prepare students for the Diploma de Español de los Negocios, a qualification that helps you to demonstrate your Spanish proficiency as it relates to commercial enterprise. You’ll have 10 lessons per week focusing on business-related terminology and practicing for the examination. You can add this course to a standard Intensive or mini-group programme to maximise the benefits of your stay. Please note that you must have B2 or higher Spanish proficiency to be eligible for this course.

Students preparing for A Level examinations can attend the school’s A Level Revision course, which is available throughout the year and consists of 25 weekly group lessons. This programme focuses on developing grammar with relation to A Level topics, consolidating the four key language skills (with specific focus on reading and listening comprehension), and deepening students’ knowledge of Spanish society. This course is also available as AP Preparation for US students.

If you’re training to be a language teacher or are an established Spanish tutor who wants to develop their pedagogical practices, you should select our Teachers’ course! This programme consists of 15 lessons per week for up to 4 weeks and provides a general overview of grammar as well as sociocultural and political subjects that are relevant to the instruction of Spanish outside Spain. The course is available throughout the year and can be combined with the standard Intensive or mini-group programme; it will help you develop your communicative approach via practice tasks and work with various academic papers.

Whichever course you select, you’ll receive a free city tour on your first day and a daily lecture or film included in the course price. Lectures cover topics such as art, history, literature, and culture. Please note: if you have no prior experience with Spanish, you will need to start your group course on a specific beginners’ date - contact us to find out more about available dates for beginners.

Don’t see what you’re looking for? Contact us today to see if we can arrange a bespoke package for you!

Special courses in Salamanca

Accommodation

Available accommodation

  • Host Family
  • Shared Apartment
  • Student Residence
  • Studio Apartment

If you want to get the maximum benefit from your time in Salamanca, you should select homestay lodging! This option is highly recommended as it enables you to practice your language skills with your host(s), meaning you can maintain your immersion in Spanish and therefore continue to learn outside the classroom. Carefully selected native hosts offer private single or twin rooms and provide 1, 2, or 3 meals per day as part of your accommodation package. You can select a twin room even if you’re travelling alone; if you book this option, you’ll share your room with another international student of the same gender and of a similar age. Hosts all offer a comfortable and safe environment in which to stay during your language course, and they provide bed linens, towels, and a weekly laundry service. Hosts can also accommodate special diets such as vegetarian, vegan, halal, kosher, etc. You will have your own keys to come and go as you please, but you must respect house rules and schedules.

If you prefer to spend your time in Salamanca with other students, the school residence is a great option. There are single and twin* rooms available on the 3rd and 4th floors of the school building that each have a television, Wi-Fi, and air-conditioning. Laundry is included for students staying for 2 or more weeks. The building has a 24-hour reception desk, so there will always be someone on hand to provide assistance if needed. If the rooms in the school building are fully booked, you’ll stay in one of the school’s other residences in the city - these all have private bedrooms, a shared living area with a television and DVD player, and Wi-Fi access. In these city residences laundry is not included, though you will have laundry facilities available (or be located close to a launderette). Regardless of which residence you stay in, rooms are offered on a half-board or full-board basis, meaning you’ll have 2 or 3 meals per day as part of your lodging package. When staying in the school’s residence, meals are served in the café next door; the city residences have on-site canteens where students eat their meals. Bed linens are provided in all residences, but towels are not so you should bring your own. Students are responsible for keeping their rooms and the common areas clean and tidy.

For more independence, stay in one of the school’s shared apartments with other international students of the school. You’ll have a single or twin* bedroom, a fully-equipped kitchen with a washing machine (or access to a nearby launderette), and a lounge with a television and comfortable seating. You’ll share bathroom facilities and the other communal areas with your fellow residents. The common areas are cleaned weekly, but you are responsible for keeping your own rooms clean and tidy. Bed linen is provided but towels are not, so you should bring your own. Wi-Fi access is available in most apartments. Please note: these apartments are only available for students over the age of 18, and are not recommended for students over the age of 25 - though they are clean and comfortable, they are an economic option so are most recommended for younger students looking for a social travel experience on a budget.

We may be able to arrange accommodation in a private apartment for you (depending on availability). This is provided on a by-request basis, and the apartments available vary significantly in size, location, and cost. The prices listed on our quotation tool are based on an average estimate - if you’re interested in this lodging option, please contact us with your specific requirements so we can provide you with the relevant details and an accurate price.

The school aims to provide accommodation within 20 minutes’ walk of the school, but please note that this may not always be possible. All accommodation is available after 14:00 on the Sunday before your course starts until 10:00 on the Saturday after your course ends. 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.

*Please note that twin rooms in shared apartments and the residences are only available to students travelling together. If you book one of these options and select a twin room but are travelling alone, you will be swapped to a single room. The only exception to this is in the home of a local host; if you select this option, you can choose a twin room even if you are travelling alone.

Activities

As well as tuition, our school arranges a variety of social and cultural activities that are especially designed to be entertaining and educational and to help you get to know your fellow students. Each activity is conducted in Spanish and thus helps to complement your classroom learning with experience in real-life scenarios. The school always offers 4 lectures and 1 film screening each week. Other activities are also available for an additional fee, which covers entrance and/or transportation costs. The exact schedule changes throughout the year but may include:

- Guided tours of the city
- Visits to local museums, art exhibits, and attractions
- Spanish film screenings
- Tapas ‘caminas’
- Cookery classes
- Workshops with local artisans
- Lectures on topics such as Spanish literature, art, history, and contemporary culture
- Group games like bowling or football
- Language exchange evenings with local Spanish students
- Dance classes in the school’s on-site studio
- Half- and full-day excursions to Valladolid, Sierra de Francia, and Segovia
- Plus seasonal activities as per events happening in the city during the course period

How to get there

The nearest international airport to Salamanca is Madrid Barajas. It takes around 2.5 hours to drive from the capital to Salamanca, so you should plan the times of your flights accordingly.

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.

If you’re arriving from another Spanish city, you may be able to fly to the closer Valladolid airport. The most common flights to this location are available from Barcelona and Seville.

Students should arrange to arrive on the Sunday before their course starts and depart on the Saturday after their course finishes. We may be able to arrange extra nights on arrival and/or departure for you if needed.


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Average score for our school in Salamanca based on 77 previous client reviews.

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The beginner's phase was harder than I expected, but well worth it, very nice teachers, Sandra and Consu

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Great teaching, just so much paper used each day. Although I went there as an individual, I received a very warm welcome and soon felt comfortable in the new environment.

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The course was naturally very good, as was the 'setting' achieved by the pre-arrival test. I had the added bonus of the A-Level revision section which was useful, but maybe perhaps lacked in covering all the areas available on my course (that said, with new A-Levels coming in its rather harsh to judge this).

My family were lovely, and they offered me a pleasant room in their flat. It was a 15 minute or so walk to the school, which was often quite a lot longer than other students. However the amble was all rather beautiful so I shouldn't complain. I was cooked some lovely food whilst there.

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The course was well run and I was placed - appropriately. - in the lowest group as I was a beginner to learning Spanish. The grammar part in the first session was possibly the weakest link as it felt as though it was dominated by irregular verbs, but the conversation in the second part was excellent.

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I followed a 4 week superintensive course then a 10 week DELE preparation course, both of which I was very satisfied with. The standard of the teaching was high and my Spanish has improved enormously. I was extremely pleased with the teaching, I now speak Spanish almost fluently and will definitely be coming back in the future.

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The school in Salamanca was amazing. The building very modern and well equiped. Very well organised in both the aspect of teaching and activities. The director gave 100% to his job, he made sure every student was happy etc... There really was a sense of community spirit within the school. I have attended language courses in France and Germany and they have never been as excellent as Salamanca.

My host mother, Julia, was an absolute darling, extremley friendly. She made a genuine effort to sit at the table at lunchtime to chat to her students. Cooking not great but not everything can be perfect. Appartment clean etc.. Location excellent less than 5mins walk to school.

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Brilliant course, helped a lot speaking in spanish all the time. Good teachers, although would have been good to have more teachers. Will definately be returning next year. Brilliant accommodation, very clean, lovely woman, very welcoming and nice thoroughly enjoyed staying with her. Good distance from the school and centre of town. Would love to stay with the same lady next year.

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I thought that the course was very helpful and good for my spanish. Unfortunately my friend and I were only in Salamanca for 1 week however we plan to go back next summer for longer. The teachers were good (especially Maria who taught grammar) and always nice. We stayed with Genoveva Martin Garcia and she was so lovely. She was kind, helpful and very welcoming! If/when we return we would like to be placed with her again as we had such a nice stay with her this summer. I recommend her!

I thought that the school was well organised and I was surprised that there was so much on offer such as cinema trips, tapas tours, trips to other cities, We had a really good time there.

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Very helpful with the grammar, and conversation lessons were interesting and enjoyable to do as they were quite informal. Lessons were quite long, maybe could be a little shorter as concentration was difficult to hold for an hour and a half. Very good way of meeting friends, lots of fun and an experience i shall never forget.

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Good mixture of grammar work and conversation. I liked the fact that it was all conducted in the native language. I also liked the extra activities arranged.

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Brilliant, I was never strong at languages and although I still dont call myself strong at spanish in anyway I have been given the confidence in conversation to give it a go. The teachers were great and full of enthusiasm. Language school is great to do just for a few months in a year out, you make so many good international friends and the night life was amazing where I was which helped.

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Generally very good, the teachers were all extremely friendly and helpful. I stayed with an elderly couple who took very well care of me, from providing me with food even when I went away to other cities all day (they prepared a packed lunch) - and vegetarian food at that - to answering my questions about local places and ensuring the room was comfortable and clean. Their generosity was obvious as they made me feel like part of their family even though I was only staying there for 2 weeks. It was excellent!

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Thoroughly enjoyed all of the course in Salamanca, everybody was extremly friendly and welcoming. The student residence in Salamanca was excellent. Full-board is a more popular option that half board.

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The teachers are enthusiastic, motivated and have an acute sense of exactly what each individiual is looking to get out of the course.

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The course was good, the teachers have lots of patience and are friendly and helpful. Salamanca is such an easy city to get around and its friendly too. The family was very good, food was good and plentiful, the Spanish mother was very nice too.

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I learnt a lot, but i also had a lot of time to discover the city or meet other people, the school also have such a lot of activities - you will never be bored. I lived in a shared flat and it was so nice to live with other students from other countries, I really discovered a lot about other cultures and others way of life.

I really think to go to a country to learn a language, it's the better way to learn. Its also such a nice experience, you grow up a lot, you learn a lot about yourself and you open your mind!

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Very useful and I learnt a lot. The school provided excellent facilities and resources, and were available to help at most times. The teaching was excellent and the extra activities provided were varied and interesting. Cannot be faulted.

Brilliant- very clean and tidy, the family were lovely and could not do enough for me. The other students were friendly and welcoming and the food was impecable. I was very happy to live there for two weeks and sad to leave.

I very much enjoyed my trip and course in Salamanca, it haas given me a lot of confidence and I cant wait to do something similar in the future.

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I thought it was extremely beneficial and the lessons were well constructed. I enjoyed the lessons a lot and would love to do a similar course in the future.

The accommodation was brilliant. It was a clean, friendly environment with fantastic cooking! I would highly recommend it to anyone, and I would return there without any hesitation.

The extra-curricular activities provided by the school were very good, such as the various films they showed, free of charge. This was great.

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I was amazed at how different the teaching was from England - it was absolutely great! The teachers were extremely friendly and very patient in the lessons, making every lesson as fun as possible with an informal attitude to teaching. I met so many incredible people in Salamanca, i miss it so much! The school was very welcoming and organised many activities which you could take part in such as the tapas tour, salsa classes or even art lectures. The city itself was beautiful and buzzing with people without being overcrowded. Overall it was an fantastic experience which I'd recommend to anyone and which i hope to do again in the future.

The accommodation itself was nice and there were other students living with me too. it was great fun as i was able to make friends even before starting the course and improved my Spanish a lot too. i would definitely recommend staying with a family as they give you a lot of independence and you can quickly make friends and improve your Spanish to an extent that you wouldn't in a student flat.

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I thought that it was really good and I really enjoyed it. The teachers were lovely and i liked how the lessons were split into two, conversation and grammar.

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It was a brilliant re-cap of bits of my spanish that had become rusty and really made me understand the spanish language in greater depth. The tutors were friendly and accommodating to our needs.

Our accommodation was good, the host family were amazing and the food was fantastic. It was the perfect location and the trip could'nt have been better because of it.

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My course was brilliant and an amazing opportunity to improve my Spanish. The teaching was very good and helpful from people who mostly only spoke spanish! The staff were all really friendly and the location of the school was perfect.

My accomodation was amazing! The family I stayed with were very welcoming, friendly, relaxed and experienced in having a foreign student as a guest. The food was fantastic as was the location and I loved the fact that there were other students from my course with familys near me.

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I really enjoyed my course. It was intensive but each day the class was taught by three different teachers with an emphasis on a different aspect of language learning which prevented it from becoming boring. The teachers were approachable and friendly and covered a lot in a short space of time whilst constantly checking that everybody understood concepts before moving on.

My accommodation was great and I would strongly recommend a student residence to anybody thinking of studying in Salamanca. The residence was very central making it the safest option for returning home in the evenings. The flat was cleaned every day and the residence owners were friendly and very patient with me as my spanish was very basic upon arrival. The room was well furnished with a huge wardrobe, 2 sets of shelves and a desk and it had a great view over the city. The bathroom was also only shared between two people which was great.

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Very pleased over all with school. Particularly impressed with amount of extra activities on offer including History and History of Art lectures and film viewings which were all at no extra cost. Teaching standards extremely high.

Very pleasant and interesting family who were well used to and seemed to thoroughly enjoy welcoming foreign students into their home. There were several other students of various nationalities so it ended up being a real 'Auberge Espagnole'! I am aware that not all experiences of living with host families are as positive. My own room was within separate flat within the family's own flat which meant I had the best of both worlds ; the support and security of a family and meal times with them but my own personal space and separate entrance so I was able to come and go as I pleased.

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Enjoyed the course. Great teachers, good fun. I stayed with a lovely lady, very nice food.

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I really enjoyed the whole language course, it really does help to improve your language in vast amounts.

Our accomodation was great, the rooms were good and the food was excellent. The family was very friendly and I would be happy to stay there again.

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I really enjoyed the course and being mixed with people we hadn't met before was nice. The teachers were really friendly and the additional activities on offer were helpful to fill the time.

I loved staying with Maria Jose and Juan. They were really friendly and welcoming and I liked the fact that there were a lot of people there. They encouraged us to talk more, and I felt very at home there. The meals were lovely and the bedroom and bathroom were absolutely fine. I liked it how Maria Jose didn't actualy speak English so you had no choice but to speak Spanish around her.

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I thought the teaching was very good and the assessment of level seemed spot on. I liked having a very structured gammar lesson and then more conversation. I only registered for the 20 hours and another time I think I would do the 25 as other students said the 3rd lesson they had was very good and taught them more about Spanish culture as well as language. I also very much liked having the opportunity to watch films and have lectures in Spanish too.

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The course was excellent. Made especially so by the teachers who were very capable and able to integrate all levels of Spanish within their classes. I am looking forward to continuing my studies with them.

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The school was clean, well kept and very welcoming -all the teachers were fantastic and the lessons were effective and enjoyable! I would thoroughly recommend Salamanca as a city and Mester as a school for both beginners and experienced speakers alike! The family I stayed with was lovely, the accommodation was clean, the food was delicious and we plan to keep in contact! The overall experience was very positive and I would highly recommend it.

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The course consisted of two hours of Spanish grammer followed by two hours of conversation. Within that time there were two breaks of 15 minutes. The teaching was at a very high level of competence. My own two teachers could not have been better. Very very helpful, well educated, very professional and fun. I lived with a family who were very kind and helpful. The woman of the house had the patience to listen and correct my Spanish. I found I suffered a culture shock. My room was adequate, the room was a bit small and the bed more suited to young students. The flat is very conveniently placed across the road from the school.

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The course was really good. There were excellent resources and the staff were enthusiastic and helpful. All classrooms had interactive whiteboards and access to the web. Lessons were interesting and encouraged students to debate and use grammar in conversation. I feel much more confident about my speaking and my level of competence generally.

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I really enjoyed the course and was surprised how much I was able to learn in only 3 months. The teaching was of a very high standard and all the staff were incredible friendly. I found that working towards an exam every 4 weeks was beneficial and I would have even been happy to sit an exam every 2 weeks. My host family were very accommodating and friendly and I couldn't have wished for anything more in terms of the family. The only downsides to my accommodation were the lack of wifi and the location which was not as central as I hoped it might be. The positives of living with a family far outweighed the negatives though. I believe my Spanish improved much more quickly because I was living with a host family too. I would definitely recommend doing a long-term language course in Salamanca as it's a great way to make friends and learn a new language.

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Excellent teaching and resources. Lively, stimulating lessons with interesting tours and talks. Comfortable, modern, clean and high standard accommodation, friendly, kind and hospitable host.

The course was very good. I found the formal grammar sessions very thorough and helpful. The structured conversation sessions were also challenging and supportive. My studio apartment was very comfortable and as a mature person it suited me to be independent. I liked being able to cook for myself and to watch television in the evenings.

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My course was absolutely brilliant, I learned so much and my level of Spanish definitely improved. Couldn't have asked for better accommodation, It was clean and tidy with tasty Spanish food and about a two minute walk from the school.

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J. Finney

The course was excellent - just what I wanted - intensive. The course books were very very useful with lots of exercises for practise. The staff at the school are very helpful and approachable. The facility was good, computer use was free. I must applaud all the teachers especially the teacher who taught us Spanish Grammar. She was patient and her teaching method was excellent. The lessons were very fast paced which was good so I learned a lot in the three weeks I was there. I have enjoyed my course and my stay.

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A. Jackson

The course was well delivered, fun and educational. There was a really good mix of nationalities and different cultures in the class making for a great six weeks in Spain. I was fortunate enough to have really nice accommodation with some fantastic flat mates. It was very central, within minutes walking distance from the school and ideal for just about everything. I would just like to thank Language Courses Abroad once again for a fantastic time and good choice of school and accommodation. I will be sure to go again some time in the future.

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E. O'Brien

I liked the class size and the teachers. I loved the accomodation and the family were lovely, I don't think I could have asked for a better experience. It was brilliant!

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L. Willoughby

The course was really well organised and the teachers were brilliant. They taught in a fun way, but I also learnt loads of new things in just two weeks. I could not have hoped for anything better. My accommodation was clean and the food provided was brilliant. The family were also welcoming and helped with any problems I had.

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S. Owens

I thought the school was excellent. All the teachers were very helpful. I enjoyed the grammar classes with the lively teacher. Our conversation classes gave us the opportunity to meet people from all over the world. It was a really good experience. We stayed with a Spanish family. There were other students living in the same house. Two were from Holland and one was from Germany. I got really friendly with the other students. The family was lovely and it really helped me develop fluency in my spoken spanish. I got used to hearing them speak fast and by the end of the stay I could understand a lot of spanish.

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A. Dean

I enjoyed my classes, especially the conversation sessions. Very clean, room regularly tidied, central location. Really impressed! Thanks for a great time: I made so many new friends and would recommend Salamanca to anybody wishing to learn Spanish, be they beginner or advanced. The balance between socialising and learning couldn't have been better, and I'll never forget the fortnight I spent in this beautiful city... see you next summer!

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G. Evans Jones

I chose the individual study option, as I wanted to focus on some specific areas. The tutors certainly did a good job in covering the areas that I had asked for, but covered a lot more besides. The standard of teaching was very high. The accomodation was of a high standard, and the meals were delicious, everything was home made, and the family were very kind towards me - I'm sure that what I received was beyond what was expected from a host family. There were plenty of opportunities to practise the language at the appartment as well. In the school I used the 'tu/vosotros' forms to speak to the tutors and other students, but the 'usted/ustedes' form at the house as the host family were a retired couple. This was a good experience, as it allowed me to familiarise myself with both types. I felt that the school had an excellent programme of activities in addition to the language classes, such as cultural conferences, and evening activities such as tapas crawls and language exchanges (intercambios). Any activities that had a cost were very reasonable. I also felt that the staff at the school genuinely cared for the students and attended well to any concerns or welfare issues. Other students from were also great fun to be in their company, and made me, as an individual traveller, feel part of a group.

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