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Spanish course in Seville
Once the financial and cultural centre of Spain, Seville is an exciting and energetic city that boasts hot, dry summers and mild winters, making it an ideal location to learn Spanish whatever the time of year. With something for everyone - whether you’re a culture vulture, a shopaholic, a foodie, a music-lover, a sunbather, or a festival-goer - you’ll be spoilt for choice for things to do!
Though the area has been inhabited by several different cultures since at least the 8th century BC, as a city it started life as a key Roman port called Hispalis. A segment of an ancient aqueduct, built during Caesar’s reign, can be found less than a kilometre from our school, and you’ll also find Roman stones here and there amongst the extant sections of Arabic walls. Emperors Hadrian and Trajan were born just 10 km away in the city of Itálica, one of the largest and best-preserved Roman settlements in the world. Less impressive but still worth a look are the Roman columns on Calle Mármoles; they once held up a 2nd-century temple and are thought to be the oldest man-made structures in the city.
It’s the legacy of the Moors, however, that is most abiding in Seville; we can thank this civilisation for some of the city’s best attractions, such as the beautiful Alcázar Palace, the Macarena Walls, and the Torre del Oro. Another striking example of Moorish architecture is the cathedral’s 104m-tall bell tower, known locally as ‘La Giralda’. Once the minaret of the mosque that stood on the same site, La Giralda has been standing since the 12th century and has long been emblematic of the city. When (not ‘if’) you visit the cathedral, don’t just walk around the outside - you must see the breath-taking golden altarpiece in the main chapel!
From here you can take a horse-drawn carriage around the city; or, if you prefer, you can take a cruise down the Guadalquivir River and view the city from the water. Undoubtedly the best way to explore Seville is by bicycle; 2,600 Sevici bikes are available for rental at various spots around the city, and they couldn’t be easier to use - simply pay for your time at the access terminal and return the bike to the closest docking station when you’re done. Before you leave the city, be sure to eat chocolate con churros by Triana Bridge or visit Plaza de Cabildo, a beautiful, secluded plaza that holds a weekly Sunday market bursting with curiosities!
All these amazing attractions can be found in or around the central district of Santa Cruz, Seville’s Casco Antiguo (‘Old Town’). It’s here that our Spanish language school is located.
Our school in Seville
This language school is located on the eastern edge of the Jardines de Murillo Park, a huge city-centre oasis which houses the world-famous Royal Alcázar Palace, of the finest examples of Mudéjar architecture in Spain. Once a defensive fort, the vast complex is now used by the royal family as their official Sevillian residence and features the Patio de las Doncellas (‘Courtyard of the Maidens’) - which fantasy fans will recognise as the Water Gardens of Dorne from TV’s Game of Thrones - and the Hall of Ambassadors, the most richly decorated room in the entire palace. With its intricate coloured tiles and beautiful domed ceiling, the Hall was specifically designed to show off the Moorish Caliphate’s wealth, skill, and power.
Also in this area is the University of Seville. The main building was the Royal Tobacco Factory in the 18th and 19th centuries, which was the largest industrial building in the world at the time. Once home to the biggest female workforce in Spain, it’s worth even just a passing visit to see its striking façade. A short walk from here is María Luisa Park, site of the 1929 World’s Fair and location of many of the city’s most famous attractions. Here you’ll find the impressive Plaza de España - complete with its Venetian-style canals and tiled depictions of each of Spain’s 48 provinces - the Museum of Popular Arts and Traditions in Seville, the Science Centre, and the Archaeological Museum. The whole park is one huge botanical garden, and you’ll find educational plaques dotted around to give you more information about its history and composition.
Established in 1983, our school has taught Spanish to international students of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds for over 30 years, so its immersive teaching is of the highest quality. The centre is accredited by the Cervantes Institute and Español en Andalucia; it’s also a member of the Spanish Federation of Associations of Schools of Spanish as a Foreign Language (FEDELE) and the International Association of Language Centres (IALC). As an approved centre for DELE, Bildungsurlaub, CSN, and Erasmus programmes, this school can definitely cater to your needs, whatever you’re looking for and wherever you’re coming from!
With 18 classrooms and a maximum of 12 students per group, the facility offers its students bespoke attention and expert language instruction that is tailored to their individual requirements. It also offers foreign-language tuition to local Spanish students, so you’re guaranteed not only to make friends during your time here but also to have the chance to practice your Spanish skills with native speakers! For extra-curricular study you can use the school’s computers or one of the spacious study areas, but the best place to do your homework is on the school’s rooftop terrace, which directly overlooks the Murillo Gardens and the fantastic Alcázar Palace!
The nearest café is just two doors down from the school, so you won’t need to travel far for refreshments. With two bus stops on the street and the nearest metro station just a 5-minute walk away, you can also easily explore other areas of the city once your lessons have finished.
Courses in Seville
- Intensive (20)
- Intensive + Business Course (26)
- Intensive + Mini-Group (24)
- Intensive + Mini-Group (28)
- Intensive + Private Lessons (28)
- Private Lessons (20)
- DELE Exam Prep (30)
A standard Intensive course at this school consists of 20 group lessons per week. Classes normally take place in the morning from 09:00 - 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. If you want to increase the benefits of your programme, you can add specialised mini-group sessions to your Intensive course. By selecting this option, you’ll receive 4 or 8 extra classes each week in groups of up to 4 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 make significant progress in your studies. The extra lessons follow a similar structure to the general Intensive lessons, with a particular focus on communication skills. Please note: if you have no prior experience with Spanish, you will need to start your group programme on a specific beginners’ date - contact us to find out more about available dates for beginners.
If you regularly encounter Spanish speakers in a commercial setting or want to study Spanish vocabulary relating to a particular profession, you should combine your Intensive course with business Spanish. When you select this programme, you’ll attend the standard Intensive course plus 6 one-to-one lessons focusing on your chosen topic. As well as general commercial Spanish, our school can offer specialised tuition on subjects such as law, medicine, translation, and more. These courses are not open to beginners and are available for up to 4 weeks.
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 teaching 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 8 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. Kindly note that afternoon sessions may clash with the activity programme.
To get the most out of your stay, learn more about Spanish life, and have as much fun as possible while you’re at it, why not attend one of the Spanish & Culture programmes? Combine your general Spanish classes with 5 flamenco classes on the exciting Spanish & Dance programme, or learn about Iberian cuisine with the Spanish & Cookery course, which offers a 3-hour cooking class followed by a wine-tasting session as you eat the food you’ve cooked! Flamenco classes are taught by professional bailaores and cookery workshops are led by a leading chef from the Nouveau Spanish Cuisine School. Both programmes are available all year round and can be combined with or added onto any other type of course offered by the school.
If you want to achieve a Spanish-language qualification that is recognised around the world, you should book one of this school’s DELE exam preparation courses. If you’re flexible about when you sit your exam, you can choose the Intensive + DELE programme, consisting of 20 general Spanish classes aimed at developing your overall language skills plus an extra 6 mini-group sessions focusing on DELE-specific vocabulary and examination techniques (available all year round). If you’re looking to sit your exam on a certain date, you should select the specialised DELE preparation course, which consists of 60 classes spread over a 2-week period. The advantage of this specialised programme is that is lower in price than the combined programme, though do note that this course is only available at certain times of year. Please contact us if you would like further information. Both courses will give you the best possible chance of passing your examination with flying colours - our colleagues at the school will also be happy to help you schedule your test after your course has finished.
Do you need to undertake a foreign work placement for your university or college studies? If so, then our work experience programme is perfect for you! Quickly improve your Spanish skills and expand your resume by working in a local Spanish company in the industry of your choice. Applicants must be 18 or over and need to attend at least 2 weeks of Intensive tuition at our school in order to ensure that their language ability is sufficient; please note that some companies require a high proficiency level. You can work for 6, 8, 10, or 12 weeks in sectors such as tourism, law, communication, marketing, design, architecture, teaching, and more (longer internships are available on request). 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. Kindly note that the work experience offered is an unpaid internship.
Don’t see what you’re looking for? Contact us today to see if we can arrange a bespoke package for you!
- Host Family
- Host Family Plus
- Shared Apartment
- Shared Apartment Plus
The best way to make the most out of your time in Seville is to select homestay lodging! Carefully selected native hosts offer private single or twin rooms* and provide 2 or 3 meals per day as part of your accommodation package. Hosts all offer a comfortable and safe environment in which to stay during your language course. Bed linens and towels are provided as standard - ‘plus’ hosts can offer a higher quality of lodging, with private bathroom access and air-conditioning and Wi-Fi guaranteed. You’ll also be the only student staying in the home, ensuring maximum conversation time with your host(s). 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 with either local Sevillians or 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. Bed linen and towels are provided, and Wi-Fi access is available in some apartments. The apartments available vary significantly - we therefore need to be advised of any requirements (such as the age of your fellow students, specific facilities needed, distance from school, etc.) before you make your booking in order to give us the best chance to secure your desired lodging. As standard, you will share living, kitchen, and bathroom facilities with your fellow residents - ‘plus’ apartments are also available, offering a higher quality of lodging, with private bathroom access and air-conditioning and Wi-Fi guaranteed. Students are responsible for keeping the apartments clean and tidy. Do note that, even if you stay with a local Spanish speaker, this type of accommodation does offer less opportunity for immersion as you’ll have less guaranteed social time with your ‘host’.
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 from the Sunday before your course starts until 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.
To help you make the most of your time in Seville, our school arranges an extensive social and cultural activity programme specially 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.
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 the city
- Visits to local museums, art exhibits, and seasonal attractions
- Cycling tours
- Spanish film screenings
- Tapas ‘caminas’
- Cookery workshops
- Tutorials on Spanish literature, cinema, and contemporary culture
- Evenings at a flamenco show
- Supplementary grammar workshops
- Half- and full-day excursions to the nearby Itálica ruins, Córdoba, Granada, and more
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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