Only people who have been to Valencia know what everyone else has missed - large spectacular beaches, incredible food, excellent nightlife and a fascinating city largely undiscovered and unspoilt by mass tourism, lying next to the warm Mediterranean Sea. Valencia effortlessly combines the historic (Gothic and Baroque buildings in its city centre) with the truly futuristic (Santiago Calatrava’s City of Arts and Sciences). Within the extensive historic centre is a wonderful range of towers, churches, ‘plazas’, markets and shops, plus many restaurants offering the world famous Valencian dish of paella.
Residents proclaim that Valencia has always existed with its ‘back to the sea’, meaning the main focal points of the city are not based around the beach, like with other popular Mediterranean destinations. However, recent times has shown that Valencia is turning around, creating an outstanding marina for the Americas Cup yacht race and a permanent street circuit by the beach that hosted the formula one grand prix for five years.
Fairs, fashion week, fiestas and ‘Las Fallas’: Valencia is a city of celebration and fireworks and visitors are very welcome to join in with the fun! Valencia is also a sporty, musical and theatrical city, hosting many internationally renowned events in the world-class facilities throughout the city. If it’s shopping you’re after then look no further! Valencia exceptionally caters to everyone from haute couture stores to the popular flea markets.
Winding its way across the city, from the North West corner to the marina is a converted riverbed that contains the Valencia Bioparc (the city’s amazing zoo), several riverbed gardens, together with Europe’s largest aquarium and the incredibly iconic City of Arts and Sciences. With so much to offer, more and more international students are choosing Valencia as the location for their Spanish course, experiencing the very best of Spain in this very ‘Spanish’ of cities.
Our school in Valencia
Our new-look Valencia school is situated in a stunning 153-year-old property in the heart of the city’s Old Town, the Carmen district. It is just a few minutes’ walk from the beautiful Saint Mary’s Cathedral, which is said to house the Holy Grail, and the Central Market building. The area – which is packed with shops, restaurants, and interesting street art – is a hotbed of activity during the day and one of Valencia’s best nightlife spots in the evening. At only 20 minutes by car from the beach, it’s also ideally located for catching some afternoon seaside sun!
The building – newly renovated and still containing segments of 11th-century Arabic walls from Spain’s Moorish occupation – boasts 28 spacious classrooms spread across two floors, a kitchen area for cooking workshops, and air-conditioning throughout. It also has an outside patio area, two terraces, and a café to relax in and enjoy a snack in between your Spanish lessons! Its central location makes it perfect for extra-curricular exploration, while its airy study areas and interactive whiteboards make it ideal for learning Spanish, whether you are a complete beginner or already have some experience.
The school employs highly qualified and experienced teachers used to teaching in a dynamic and immersive way, catering to each individual at every level. Students also benefit from a very dedicated student services team.
Courses in Valencia
Choose from a wide range of Spanish language courses in Valencia, including an Intensive Spanish course (20 lessons/week) a Super-Intensive course (20 lessons plus 5 conversation lessons/week) and a course of Intensive + Private Lessons (20 or 25 group lessons plus 5 individual lessons/week). Each lesson is a full 55 minutes long. The most popular duration on these courses is two to four weeks. Study on the Intensive course for 12 weeks or longer in Valencia for one of the best value Spanish language courses in all of Spain!
Like with the majority of our Spanish schools you can also choose Private Lessons only, receiving expert one-to-one tuition that can be tailor made to your exact requirements. Duo private lessons can also be arranged for two students of the same level travelling together.
If you would like to have an internationally recognised Spanish language qualification, take the DELE exam preparation course. You can also prepare for the Spanish Chamber of Commerce Exam in Valencia. Those who want concentrate on Spanish for business can take the Business Course (20 group plus 5 special business lessons/week).
Valencia is an excellent location for water sports and our school runs a special Spanish + Sailing course from May to September. Combine your Spanish lessons with six expert hours of sailing tuition each week, catering for all levels, using the school’s own private boat!
Recently added and becoming more popular with 17-30 year olds is the Au Pair programme. Nationals of Switzerland, North America, Australia, New Zealand and the European Union can study for two weeks followed by 20 or 30 contracted hours of childcare per week for one month (during the summer) up to one full year. Full board accommodation and some extra pocket money to spend are included. Please Contact us for more information on this programme.
Volunteer Work in Valencia gives students the opportunity to fully integrate themselves in the Spanish way of life. Help out people in need with several different available projects from social, environmental, health-care, cultural and educational. You must study for at least two weeks on an Intensive course, followed by four weeks of volunteer work on this very rewarding programme!
If you are a full-time student from the European Union our school offers a Work Experience programme of at least 12 weeks after a minimum of two weeks learning Spanish. A B1 level of Spanish is required for the work experience and interested students should ideally apply at least three months in advance, in order to give our school time to find the most suitable company in your preferred industry.
You can stay in a high standard residence (with private bathrooms in all rooms), self-catered shared or studio apartments or in a carefully selected Spanish host family.
The Student Residence, located on Valencia University’s campus, is just 20 minutes from the school by bus or tram. The residence building is shared with Spanish University students during the academic year. There is access to a basic kitchen but the majority of students use the in-house canteen. All meal options are available from bed and breakfast to full board. Alternatively you can use tokens to pay for extra meals.
For self-catering options stay in a shared apartment or private studio apartment. The Shared Apartments have complete facilities for responsible students who wish to share with other international students. Each apartment is located no more than 20 minutes away from the school and has three to four bedrooms, sharing up to two bathrooms. Studio Apartments offer private accommodation all situated very close to our school, within walking distance. The fully equipped studios can be booked for single or shared use (if travelling together). A €100 security deposit is required upon arrival for students staying in shared apartments or studios.
Carefully selected Host Families cater to students that would like the full Spanish living experience and as much practice with natives as possible. You will not be more than 20 minutes from the school by public transport and you can choose what level of board you require. The bedrooms can be booked for individual use or shared with another student from the school. All host families offer a comfortable and safe environment. You will have your own keys to come and go as you please, but you must respect the family’s standard rules and meal times.
All accommodation is available between 2pm on the Sunday before your course starts, until midday on the Saturday after your course ends. Let us know if you require any extra nights as it is normally best to book these as soon as possible. We can advise on suitable hotels and hostels if you don’t wish to take advantage of the school’s own accommodation.
To help you enjoy your time in Valencia, our school organizes an extensive cultural program which is specially designed to offer the best of the city and surrounding area whilst remaining as cheap as possible. If you want to familiarize yourself with the city as quickly as possible, join our school’s guided tour of Valencia and other visits within the city! You’ll also get to know the surrounding area on our school’s excursions, including the world-famous ‘La Tomatina’ - the annual tomato battle in nearby Buñol.
Sports enthusiasts will have plenty of opportunities to use the city’s impressive sports facilities, many of which are very close to the school. The school also organises sailing on their private boat as an activity for just 10 Euros.
Enjoy paella parties, cooking workshops, tapas tours, dance lessons, volleyball on the beach, picnics, dinners, conversation exchanges, language workshops and much more! At least four activities each week are completely free and all will help you discover more about real Spanish culture and the undeniable festive atmosphere of Valencia.
How to get there
Our school can arrange transfers from Valencia Airport (also known as Manises Airport) for students who want to be met on arrival and taken to their accommodation.
Valencia also enjoys great connections from nearby Alicante and a high speed train route from Spain’s capital, Madrid.
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