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Learn Spanish in Seville
Known variously throughout history as ‘Very Noble’, ‘Very Loyal’, ‘Very Heroic’, and ‘the Invincible’, Seville is an ideal place to learn Spanish. A city of plazas, fountains, and festivals, it is renowned for its strikingly ornate architecture and its rich and delicious cuisine. The city has highly religious roots, with many of its modern-day traditions deriving from Christian practices, though it has also long been a leading centre for science and exploration. It was here that Columbus planned his voyages to the Americas, and from here that Magellan and Elcano set sail on their circumnavigation attempts.
First settled by the mysterious Tartessians, Seville has been home to Celts, Phoenicians, Romans, Moors, Germanic tribes, African Berbers, and Christian Castilians. Each one of these cultures has left its mark on the city and helped to contribute to the varied customs and traditions of this part of Spain. Seville is not just a city of history, however. It also boasts modern attractions like the monumental Metropol Parasol, a huge canopy offering shelter from the summer sun and spectacular views from its 30m-high walkways (locals call it ‘Las Setas’: ‘the Mushrooms’!). Science fans will love the Casa de Ciencias, which houses the first and largest DNA bank in Spain and contains the city’s only planetarium.
A key port city for over a thousand years, Seville’s relationship with the sea made it a mighty European power right up until the 18th Century. The riches it gained from trade with the New World contributed in a large part to Spain’s ‘Golden Age’, and it was during this time that art and architecture flourished in the city. The Sevillian school of sculpture became known the world over for its intricate wooden figures, and native artists such as Murillo, Velázquez, and Zurbarán joined the ranks of some of the most famous and skilled painters in history. The factories in the district of Triana were - and, in some cases, still are - renowned for their soap, silk, and ceramics; this district is also regarded as the birthplace of flamenco, and boasts more practicing bailaores than any other Spanish city.
Today Seville is arguably most famous for its festivals. Key events on the calendar include: Feria de Abril, a celebration of everything Hispanic that, somewhat counterintuitively, usually takes place in May; Easter’s Semana Santa, which dates back to the Middle Ages (some of the wooden sculptures carried through the city are over 500 years old!); and La Bienial, a vibrant flamenco festival that lasts for nearly a month and is thought to be the biggest celebration of this artform in the world.
A people-friendly city, Seville has more miles of bike lines than any other city in Spain, and its main historical centre is almost entirely pedestrianised. It enjoys hot summers and mild winters, so it’s perfect at any time of year!
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Our Premium school is located just a short walk from the main historical centre of Seville, with its winding alleyways and narrow ‘kissing streets’. The Museum of Fine Arts, showcasing some of the best examples of European paintings and Sevillian sculptures in a splendid 17th-century palace, is less than 10 minutes’ walk away. History buffs will also love the Roman mosaics in the beautiful Lebrija Palace, and the extensive ruins in the Antiquarium, located beneath the contrastingly futuristic ‘Setas’ Parasol. Just across the river in Triana, you’ll find the Ceramics Museum, which takes visitors on a whistle-stop tour of the long history of pottery and tiles made in the city. Triana is also the best district for local markets; here you’ll find delicious foods and hand-made crafts most days of the week, especially on Sundays.
Accredited by the Cervantes Institute, a member of the International Association of Language Centres (IALC), and approved for DELE, Bildungsurlaub, CSN, and Erasmus programmes, this facility offers high-quality, personalised tuition to all students who attend. The school has been welcoming international pupils for over 30 years, so its highly qualified teachers are accustomed to providing dynamic, immersive tuition to students of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. With 35 classrooms and a maximum of 10 students per group, this school is able to offer its students bespoke attention and language instruction that is tailored to their individual needs. It’s a very popular facility, especially during the summer months, so you’re guaranteed to make friends during your time here!
Throughout your programme you can make use of the student lounge to relax, socialise, or catch up on schoolwork. There is a ground-floor patio with its own café, so you can get snacks and refreshments in between lessons without even needing to leave the building. If you want to catch some sun after class, look no further: the school has its own rooftop terrace, complete with a small pool! For those looking for quiet study, the school also has a library offering free textbooks and video resources to all students, and a self-study room.
The area surrounding the school is packed with cafes, bars, and restaurants serving local fare, as well as plenty of shops to keep you busy! The nearest bus stop is just around the corner, meaning you can easily explore other areas of the city during your time at our language centre.
Courses in Seville (Premium)
- Intensive (20)
- Intensive (25)
- Intensive + Private Lessons (25)
- Intensive + Private Lessons (30)
- Super Intensive (30)
- Private Lessons (20)
- Academic Year (20)
- Club 50 (20)
- DELE Exam Prep (30)
- Teachers Course (15)
The most popular course at this school is the standard Intensive programme of 20 group lessons per week. Classes usually take place in the morning between 09:15 and 13:00, though in high season the school may need to open additional sessions in the afternoon. Your group placement will depend on your starting ability level and the number of other students at the school; your exact schedule can therefore only be confirmed by school staff on your first day. If you want to increase the benefits of your programme, you can select a Super-intensive course of either 25 or 30 weekly group classes. The extra lessons will follow that same format of the Intensive lessons and cover the same materials; they generally take place after lunch but may be in the morning if you have an afternoon core schedule.
If you regularly encounter Spanish speakers in a commercial or medical setting or are preparing to start work in one of these sectors in a Spanish-speaking country, you should combine your tuition with medical or business Spanish. When you select one of these programmes, you’ll attend the standard Intensive course plus 10 additional lessons focusing on your chosen topic. These courses are not open to beginners, and are available for up to 4 weeks.
If you have specific topics you’d like to cover, or feel that you need extra attention during your studies, we recommend that you select private lessons and receive expert one-to-one tuition that can be customised to your exact requirements. You’ll have 20 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 book a combined package of 20 group lessons plus and additional 5 or 10 one-to-one classes each week. The combined package is ideal for students wanting to make significant progress during their time at the language school.
For those wanting to earn an internationally recognised Spanish-language qualification, we can help with the revision process by offering our DELE exam preparation courses. You’ll have 20 lessons per week to develop your language the skills, as well as 10 weekly lessons focused on practice questions and past papers. This combined approach gives you the best possible chance to pass the exam of your choice - and to pass well! Your teachers will also be happy to help you arrange your test after your course has finished. These courses are only available at certain times of year; please get in touch with us if you would like further information.
If you’re over the age of 50 and prefer to study with like-minded mature students from across the world, our Club 50+ classes are perfect for you! You can find detailed information on this specialised programme here.
If you’re looking to become a Spanish teacher, or if you’re already a teacher and you want to develop your pedagogical approach, why not take our specialised teachers’ course? This 2- to 4-week super-intensive programme consists of classes between 09:30 and 17:30 each weekday, covering topics such as lesson planning, creation and use of teaching materials, and techniques for determining students’ ability levels. You’ll also undertake dynamic projects to help you create exciting group activities and engage students through varied use of technology. At the end of the programme you’ll submit written and oral reports and receive a certificate of achievement after assessment. Please note that this course is only available to students over the age of 18 with minimum C1 Spanish proficiency. These courses only run at certain times of year; please get in touch with us if you would like further information.
Our school also offers work experience in a local Spanish company. This programme provides the opportunity to quickly improve your Spanish skills and expand your resume by working for 8 to 16 weeks in a local Spanish company. You’ll need to study for 2 to 4 weeks at our school and demonstrate at least A2 proficiency after these 4 weeks in order to be eligible for this programme (some companies require a higher proficiency level). Our tutors can guide you on how to create your CV, find a placement for you in a company in your desired industry, and give you tips and techniques for your placement interview. You’ll also have regular progress reviews to ensure that your placement is running smoothly. Kindly note that the work offered is an unpaid internship. Applications should be submitted at least 8 weeks in advance (non-EU applicants should allow longer).
Whichever course you select, you’ll receive a welcome kit on arrival that includes a map and information about the city. On your first day you’ll have a welcome meeting that will help you to get to know the staff and your fellow students. You’ll also be able to purchase your course materials (textbooks, worksheets, and any other resources). You’ll already have submitted your Spanish level test prior to arrival, so you’ll be placed in a group suitable for your starting ability.
Special courses in Seville (Premium)
- Executive Studio Apartment
- Host Family
- Shared Apartment (with Spaniards)
- Student Residence
- Studio Apartment
If you want to get the maximum linguistic benefit from your programme, then homestay lodging is the choice for you! Carefully selected hosts offer private single or twin rooms* and provide 1, 2, or 3 meals per day as part of your accommodation package. Do note that we can accommodate special diets (e.g. vegan, lactose-/gluten-free, etc.) for a small additional fee (vegetarian diets do not incur a supplement). Hosts all live within 25 minutes’ walk from the school and all offer a comfortable and safe environment in which to stay during your language course. Bed linens and towels are provided as standard, and some hosts can offer access to a private bathroom (subject to availability; incurs an additional charge). You will have your own keys to come and go as you please, but you must respect house rules and schedules.
For more independence, stay in one of the school’s shared apartments. This type of lodging is similar to the homestay experience, in that you’ll be staying with native Sevillians (or, in some cases, other students). Since rooms are offered on a self-catering basis, this type of accommodation does offer less opportunity for immersion as you’ll have less guaranteed social time with your ‘host’. You’ll have a private single or twin room*, a fully-equipped kitchen with a washing machine, and a lounge with a television and comfortable seating. Bed linen and towels are provided, and Wi-Fi access is available in some apartments - please note that we need to know at the time of booking if this is a requirement for you. Each apartment is located no more than 30 minutes’ walk from the school. Students are responsible for keeping their areas of the apartment clean and tidy.
Located in the centre of Seville and no more than 20 minutes’ walk from the school building, the student residences are ideal for younger students (aged 18 - 25) who are travelling on a budget and looking for a highly social experience. Here you can select a single room or, if you prefer, a twin room; if you choose the latter, you will be partnered with another international student of a similar age and of the same gender, giving you plenty of opportunity to practice your Spanish skills together. Communal areas include the kitchen, bathroom(s), and living facilities. If you prefer not to share a bathroom, you can select a single room with an en-suite bathroom (subject to availability; incurs an additional supplement). Bed linens and Wi-Fi access are included but towels aren’t, so you should bring your own. Students are responsible for keeping the residence clean and tidy.
If you prefer complete privacy, then an apartment would be the best option for you. You’ll have a private, self-contained studio within walking distance from the school, complete with its own bathroom and fully-equipped kitchenette. There are two types of apartment to choose from: a standard studio or an executive studio. Standard studios are available for single or double use* and are approximately 30 m²; they have air-conditioning, Wi-Fi, and heating. Executive studios are slightly larger, at around 60 m², and boast a double room as standard and a separate lounge area on top of the other amenities listed above. The apartments are located in the Santa Ana complex, which is just 10 minutes’ walk from the school. Bed linens and towels are provided in both types of studio.
All accommodation is available from 16:00 on the Sunday before your course starts until 12:00 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 are only available to students travelling together. If you book a twin room but are travelling alone, you will be swapped to a single room. The only exceptions to this are the student residences and the executive studio, which you can book even you are travelling alone.
As well as tuition, our school also arranges an extensive social and cultural activity programme specially designed to help you experience life in Seville. Each activity is conducted in Spanish and thus helps to complement your classroom learning with experience in real-life scenarios. The activities are designed to be entertaining and educational, and to help you get to know your fellow students.
Many activities will be offered free of charge, whilst others will incur an additional fee to cover entrance and/or transportation costs. The exact schedule changes throughout the year but may include:
- Guided tours of various areas of the city
- Free seminars on Spanish pronunciation, literature, and cultural customs
- Visits to local museums and attractions
- Cookery workshops
- Spanish film screenings
- Tapas ‘caminas’
- Dance classes
- Ceramic workshops in Triana
- Tasting sessions of local produce such as jamón ibérico and regional cheeses
- Half- and full-day excursions to locations like the Roman settlement in Italica, Vejer de la Frontera, and Córdoba
How to get there
Seville San Pablo Airport is located just over 12 km outside the city and is easily accessible 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.
The city enjoys extensive Metro links to other European cities, if you prefer not to fly.
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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