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Learn Spanish in Valencia

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 city centre residences in Valencia are new for 2019! Get a €25 discount off each week of single room 'Student Residence La nave' accommodation. Applies for all stays until the end of August 2019.

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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.

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Courses in Valencia

Available courses

  • Intensive (20)
  • Intensive + Sailing (26)
  • Super Intensive (25)
  • Super Intensive (30)
  • Private Lessons (20)
  • Business Course (25)
  • DELE Exam Prep (20)
  • Volunteer Work (20)

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.

Special courses in Valencia

Accommodation

Available accommodation

  • Host Family
  • Shared Apartment
  • Student Residence
  • Student Residence La nave
  • Studio Apartment
  • Summer Residence

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.

Activities

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.


Location of our school in Valencia

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4.6 / 5
Average score for our school in Valencia based on 79 previous client reviews.

Student reviews & feedback

The course was well organised, structured and fun. The teachers were extreamly profesional and approachable; fun and engaging. The school provided a fabulous book for us to work from, with each chapter leading on from the other. Every leasson was connected to the last and was fun and interactive!

My accommodation was in a fabulous position, big and comfortable. It was a little tired and there were a few things that needed to be replaced and fixed, but overall it was great.

I can not rate the school and teachers higher. It really was a joy to have attended and would definitely attend this school again and in fact will again next year!!!

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The course was pretty clear to me, teachers really knew how to teach the students. Made big steps, started as beginner and really recognize topics on the streets.

I only had bed and breakfast in a host-family, this had some advantages, breakfast every morning and not the struggle with doing groceries. However, the advantages of a host-family is to speak as much as possible Spanish but when you don't eat dinner with them you will lose this advantage. Altogether, the host-family was nice. The house looked good and everything was clean.

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Great teachers, very patient, very helpfull. The lessons were perfect, alternate, write, listen and speak, The first week I had my lessons in the afternoon. It was easy to convert them from noon to morning. My accommodation was great!! Lots of space, very clean and quiet.

Everything was just perfect! I had a great time in Valencia.

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I attended the course as a recap for Spanish as I haven't spoken it in the last 2 years and not in a way to learn a lot of new things. As a recap the 2 weeks were perfect I got an overview of all the grammar and refreshed my vocabulary a little bit.

The accommodation was fine. I had some issues with the heat as the ventilator wasn't sufficient to get that much fresh air into my room as I had an inner yard window with no wind but despite that it was good.

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The teachers very nice - helped understand and break down the material. I felt very comfortable and at home in my host family, host family was very caring and sweet.

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Very well organised and taken seriously, it has definitely improved my Spanish. The residence is perfect for young students who need nothing else but a comfortable room and somewhere to cook/eat meals. Very secure and ideal for students.

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I absolutely loved the course. It was challenging but I'm a positive way and the teachers were amazing. I was only there for 2 weeks but I felt like I learnt a lot and have definitely boosted my confidence. I took part in a number of extra activities which were all great except one which was disappointing. However the staff were very apologetic and handled it well.

The lady I stayed with was so lovely. I was a bit nervous when I found out she spoke no English but I think it was a good thing as it made me focus a lot more. She was so flexible which meant I could spend time with the people I met as well as her. She was also a fantastic cook which is always a bonus!

Thank you for all your help prior to departure. I had a lot of questions and not once did you make me feel like I was being a pain.

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Overall, I was delighted with the course I chose. As I booked an intensive course, the classes were quite challenging at times but I feel like I learned so much in the space of three weeks. The conversation classes really helped me to improve on my oral work for my exams next year. I had such a good experience and I hope that one day I will return to Valencia again!

My friend and I couldn't have asked for a nicer host family. They were so nice and accommodating to us. They only spoke Spanish so it was really good for us as we had to really push ourselves to speak in Spanish. We were very lucky we were put with a nice family as it made our experience all that more special!

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I took a 4 week intensive course and the course was really good! This was my 2nd time at the school, the method of learning is as always the best! Fun and easy, the teachers adapt easily to your needs.

I lived with with a host family and overall it was really good. They are so kind and the stay with them has been enjoyable! I took half board with breakfast and dinner, but the best thing living with the family is that you can always practice your spanish and get really close to the spanish culture!

Be happy, live life and learn spanish in one of the most dynamic and beautiful city in Spain!! You'd love it!

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The course was intensive and solely in Spanish,10 students, there was no hiding place. 2 teachers Patricia and Carla both excellent.1 one/one teacher Pau gives everything. I would go back in the morning unfortunately I have to work, but my desire to learn has been immeasurably stimulated and its thanks to the wonderful teaching. My classmates, who were strangers at first, were kind and helpful, generous. I think about them and the whole experience very positively.

You can't do any better than provide excellence and that was what I experienced.

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My course was fantastic. 4 hours a day 5 days a week and many long weekends (because spain loves holidays). i did this for 15 weeks and it went by to fast. the teachers were great and enthusiastic (they even took us out at night sometimes and we would have dinners arranged), and the school was in an ideal location in the middle of valencia, spain.

If you have the opportunity to go to spain to learn spanish, Valencia is ideal.

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I just did 10 hours of one to one Spanish in two & a half hour sessions over 4 days, which was probably a bit too intense ie to keep up my concentration for that long each day, but otherwise it was great & i enjoyed it, & have hopefully learned quite alot.

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I thought the course was excellent! All the staff were very friendly and made learning spanish great fun!

I chose to stay in university accommodation which was generally fine- the only drawback was that is was quite far away from the language school/where my friends in host families lived.

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The course lived up to it's name and was truly "super-intensive". Hard work but very enjoyable. The course structure and organisation was excellent and the all the teachers were highly committed and very professional. I enjoyed all the classes but especially the private ones which were superb. The course objectives were clearly stated and all achieved. I can thoroughly recommend it.

A warm welcome awaited my arrival to a spacious apartment only a 10 minutes walk from the school. My casera was warm, friendly and couldn't do enough for me. My room was comfortable and my host was very flexible about meals. She also spent a lot of time with me conversing in Spanish. It was like having 2 or 3 additional private lessons every day!

Because of hearing difficulties I struggled in the first class I attended but was quickly moved to an easier level where all the teachers both recognised my problem and went out of their way to make the task of learning easier for me. I could supplement the learning in the conversational and private lessons so that my own personal objectives were all achieved. As much as I enjoyed the mixed age group classes I think it would be great if the Valencia school offered courses for the over 50s as they often have different learning objectives and learn at a slower rate than the youngsters.

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I took the super intensive 25 lesson course and as well 1 private lesson. The course is very good for those who can only stay 1 week which is very little, but to get the most out of it. And after few days I could speak fluently with of course knowledge of the language before I arrived.

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My accommodation was indescribable, I couldn't be more happier and satisfied with the quality and I want to go back.

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If you consider to take a course, do it! You will not regret! You will see a language with new eyes and as well have a well deserved little vacation when you are there! I loved it, and want to do this again!! I will definitely go back to Valencia!

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My course was well run and taught by experienced and friendly staff. Nuria and Carla were the better teachers of the three that I experienced. Course materials provided were good, and as the text book (with CD-rom) is mine to keep, I can continue with the course at home. The emphasis on speaking was great, the class gave a safe environment to practice the language without fear of making mistakes. Conversation and discussion around the textbook topics was encouraged, and allowed a variety of vocabulary to be learned. The extra curricular activities organised by the school were varied and interesting, including educational, cultural and fun social events for students.

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The only negative is I could only stay for 2 weeks :(

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Course was excellent! Learned a lot more than expected and met a lot of good people.

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The accommodation was good, I enjoyed my roommates. If i were to stay for more than a month I would find my own accommodation.

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Very organised and professional school. Competent, friendly teachers and interesting course content. Valencia is an ideal city to learn Spanish and the locals are so friendly and encourage you to practice your language skills outside of the classroom.

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I thought the school was very organized and the facilities were beautiful. The teachers were very personable. I am at a B1 level and was enrolled in the intensive 20 course. I would like the courses much more if they would concentrate more on conversation rather than grammar, as the hardest part of learning a language for me is to be able to speak.

The course focussed on communication, which was great. Although grammar was covered, making yourself understood was the focus, which was excellent. The accommodation itself was very good,

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The classes were well structured and the teachers were very helpful, fun activities were integrated into important lessons so it made the classes enjoyable. Great atmosphere in the building. My accommodation was very central, 15 minutes walk from the school and along the bus line so basically everywhere was within access.

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Really enjoyed it. The teaching was much more stimulating than my teaching back at school in the UK and I was encouraged to join in a lot more. The lady I stayed with was very nice to me and cared for me in a very kind and motherly way. I do thank her.

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Excellent teaching standards, good exercises and friendly staff. Good accomodation, great view, double bed, had the apartment to myself for a week which was nice, but also had other people there for the rest of the time. Great! Valencia is a great city and it is sooo easy to make friends at the school. I would recommend a trip to anyone looking to learn spanish.

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Good school, great fun class made up of all ages and nationalities. Two excellent teachers in Bea and Violeta. The location of the host family accomodation was good with easy access to all Valencia. The host couple were lovely and made me and the other student feel very welcome. The flat was quite small but clean and tidy. Valencia is a great city with lots of things to do, good transport and friendly locals. As a complete beginner I thoroughly enjoyed the course and would recommend it to others of any age.

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It is nice to hear the different opinions of your classmates from all over the world. I stayed with a very friendly family, they did everything they could to make you feel at home, It's not a 5* hotel, but I would not like to exchange it.

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It was a very cool experience, I enjoyed a lot, I liked everything the school, the city!

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S. Goodall

The teachers at the school were on the whole very professional and had a good teaching style. The accommodation I thought was excellent! It was extremely clean and very modern. Transport to the school was very good and regular.

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J. Johnson

The course was good and the accommodation was great, clean, comfortable, and in a good location.

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The course was very good - programme well-suited to my interests and level of language. Excellent accommodation, clean and well-designed. We were very pleased with the location of the school and the accommodation just a short walk away.

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The school was very well organised with enthusiastic and helpful staff. The teaching was first rate. A welcome folder was awaiting us on our first day and as well as giving us a written test, we were asked to converse on a on-to-one basis as well. A lovely family who made us very welcome and provided superb meals, they lived in a (very comfortable, spacious) flat.

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The tutors and staff at the school were excellent and very supportive. The course materials were also good. My accommodation spotless and well organised.

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C. Blundell

The course was top notch and exactly what I needed. The accommodation was brilliant, being immersed amongst Spanish neighbours and potential friends was excellent for practicing my second language. I would strongly recommend this course or one similar and definitly have thoughts of returning to further myself and enjoy it once more.

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P. Carmen

I found the course really stimulating. The atmosphere in the group was good with lots of stimulation from both of the teachers. My accommodation was very clean, tidy and comfortable. Overall, it was a very enjoyable experience and one to be repeated.

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The course was very good and the standard of teaching was excellent. Accommodation was first class. The host was very friendly and welcoming.

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I was glad I knew some Spanish as I think I would have felt out of my depth slightly, even for complete beginners it does help to have some vocabulary. The professors were great, they made it fun and also when we were outside of school there were just as friendly. My host lady was lovely, she always checked if I liked the food and if not she would always buy the things I did like. I had a set of keys and I could come and go as I pleased. Washing was also done for me and anything I needed I just had to ask her. The city of Valencia is beautiful and I have made so lovely friends. I would be happy to book another course in the future.

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N. Fox

The course was good and the teachers were excellent.

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A good mixture of oral and written practice. I would have liked more grammar but this is probably due to my own teaching background and learning methods. Very dynamic teachers, always ready to answer questions, generally helpful and friendly. A great experience. My accommodation was very conveniently situated within easy walking distance of the school and town centre. Comfortable room, though basic, with shared bathroom, all very clean. My host was very welcoming, likes the company of students, and specially likes to talk. Good practice for anyone studying Spanish.

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R. Cunningham

The course was well led, the content was interesting, and Spanish was maintained throughout grammar. All of the staff were very helpful.

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J. Rohde

Valencia is a great place to learn Spanish. The teachering staff is young but experienced, motivated and helpful. The school offers cultural activities for every day of the week and most of them are free ! I can only recommend the school to anybody else. I stayed in a quiet spacious apartment with 4 bedrooms and 5 beds, located near the center of the city (for stations by Metro) it took on average 15-20 minutes to get to the school.

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My course had a very welcoming atmoshere and the teachers were amazing and very friendly and the staff were able to sort out my problems as well. It was an experience that benefited and made me confident when speaking spanish.

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C. Dube

The private classes were particularly good for learning grammar and the group classes were very useful for conversation. The accommodation was a very spacious, fully equipped, clean and conveniently located flat.

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The course was excellent in every respect. The school organisation was first rate. The staff were extremely competant and the teaching methods successful and revolutionary. My host family was very Spanish, friendly and offered everything I needed.

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A good introduction to my (introductory) Spanish course by excellent teachers. Nice clean classrooms and good location of school in the centre of Valencia.

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The course was very well run and I have come back with much more Spanish than I ever thought I would. The accommodation was very clean, the towels were changed regularly and the staff were very friendly. I am hoping to go back next year for the next level.

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I enjoyed the course and learnt a lot. My accommodation was excellent.

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I loved the variety of people attending the courses. Such a great mix of ages and nationalities. I would definitely recommend the course. It was nice to be able to walk downstairs to attend classes.

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School statistics

Nationality (%)


American (11)
British (3)
Chinese (13)
Dutch (4)
German (5)
Italian (8)
Japanese (10)
Russian (12)
South korean (12)
Swiss (7)

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Average ages (June - Aug)

* Statistics considered correct at the time of publishing

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New school in Valencia

As you may have seen from some of our social media posts, our Spanish school in Valencia has moved! Now situated in a gorgeous building in Valencia’s Casco Antiguo, the school – one of our most popular destinations for adults and juniors alike – couldn’t miss the opportunity to celebrate all its hard work. Staff invited agents and teachers from across the world to come and see the new building, take some pictures, and share anecdotes over some delicious Mediterranean food. Read more...

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