ARGENTINA - Spanish course in Mendoza
Minimum Stay: 2 weeks
Start dates: Year round, every Monday
Price: from 2 weeks, 430 USD
SchoolThe language school in Mendoza is situated in a centrally located and safe area of the city, not far away from the San Martin Park, where the local zoo, green areas and a lake are located. Also just a few blocks away you find "Avenida Aristide Villanueva", which is famous for its nightlife and good bars, discotheques and restaurants.
The school itself is located in a friendly, bright and modern building. It stands out due for its nice atmosphere and the kind staff who always take care of the wellbeing of our students. Large common areas and a large patio invite you to relax and are often used for parties or barbecues. Moreover, all of our students have free access to WiFi computers at the school building.
The Spanish school in Mendoza belongs to a network of language schools across several Latin-American countries and features international standards and a long successful track record. All teachers have several years of experience in teaching Spanish to foreigners and look back at thousands of happy students.
Several times per week the school organizes free time activities, where you can easily meet other language students from all over the world also outside the classroom. The results are often life-long-friendships and a lot of fun alongside the Spanish study at the school. You can take part in city tours and cooking classes, visit wineries, use your Spanish skills in conversation classes, learn Salsa, go to the museum or just meet up for party nights. At the weekends excursions and sport activities (riding, trekking, kayaking) are offered.
CourseTo make sure that all students are taken care of perfectly, the language school uses a program of 12 levels to determine your Spanish skills, starting with absolute beginner to nearly fluent speaker. All students take a placement test at the first day of school to identify the current Spanish level and to do the group assignments. This system assures that you will be in a class with other students who have the same level of Spanish as you do.
All courses consist in the three central elements of a language: grammar, understanding and speaking. By means of exercises and role plays these elements are trained and consolidated. All teachers are Spanish native speakers and have several years of experience in the field of teaching. They do not only convey your linguistic skills, but also will give you exciting insights into the Argentinean culture, lifestyle, history and traditions.
The courses start every Monday all year long (except for national holidays). One academic hour lasts 50 minutes. There are three types of courses that you can choose from:
Group Course: There are between 3 and 8 students in one group, which allows a perfect support by the teacher for each student and a familiar learning environment. Although the maximum number of student is 8, there is an average of 3 students per group. The course consists in 20 academic hours per week and is available for all 12 levels.
Intensive Course: This course is a combination of the above described group course plus 5 additional one-to-one classes. The intensive course is a perfect match for students that want to deepen the language with the help of a personal teacher alongside the group course. Our experience shows us that students progress much quicker when combining the group course with additional private lessons.
Private Course: The most intensive way of learning is the private course. It can be booked with 10 hours per week. The classes take place on weekdays between Monday and Friday and can be scheduled individually according to your time plan. The full attention of the teacher to your language needs and topics of interest guarantees fast success in learning and a tuition that is 100% tailor made to you. Especially if you want to prepare yourself for a job in a Spanish-speaking country or you need to learn specific vocabulary, this course should be your first choice!
AccommodationTo make your stay in Mendoza as pleasant as possible, you offer our Spanish students in Mendoza two accommodation options. In a host family you will get to know the Argentinean everyday life, you can taste original dishes and will get an insight into the Argentinean culture and lifestyle. Not to forget that you will be able to practice your Spanish skills. You will have your private room and can share the common rooms with your host family.
Another possibility is living in a shared apartment, mostly with students or young professionals. This also means that you will have the chance to use your newly acquired language skills; moreover you will be directly in touch with young people who can show you the town and the best places to go out, eat and dance. You will also have your single room and all flat-mates share the common areas of the house or apartment.
|in USD || Group Course |
| Intensive Course |
(20 group+5 private)
| Private Course |
| Homestay |
|2 weeks||430.-||630.-|| 630.-
The school is closed the following days due to public holidays. 2013: Jan 01, Feb 11, Mar 29, Apr 02, May 01, Jun 20, Jul 09, Dec 25. The classes will not be rescheduled.
Further the school is closed on the following days and the classes will be made up by means of conversation clubs: Feb 12, Mar 28, Apr 01, Jun 21, Jul 25, Aug 19, Oct 14, Nov 25.
|Additional service||in USD|
- Orientation kit
- Local support
- 24h-Emergency Number
- Free internet access at school
- Quality Spanish Course
- Homestay with 2 meals/day
- Teaching material
- Evaluation test
- Free tutorial lessons
- Refreshments, coffee and tea at school
- Activity calendar
- Language Certificate
- Accommodation as booked
- Airport pick-up (if booked)
What’s not included:
- Medical Insurance
- Local Travels
LocationMendoza, capital of the correspondent province in the west of Argentina, is a large city with about 110.000 inhabitants and about 800.000 including the surrounding suburbs. It is located at the foothills of Andes Mountains near the Aconcagua, the highest mountain in South America. Mendoza is a perfect starting point for trips to other parts of Argentina and neighbouring countries: it only takes you 7 hours by bus to Santiago de Chile and about 13 hours to Argentina cosmopolite capital Buenos Aires. For those who like winter sports the near skiing regions can be highly recommended, but there are as well good possibilities for other outdoor activities like riding, hiking or rafting during the summer months.
Since it is the cultural and economic capital of the region, Mendoza itself has a lot to offer, too. Besides many museums, galleries, movies and discotheques you can find a lot of cafes and restaurants, where locals and tourists alike enjoy Argentinean dishes or specialties from all over the world.
The unquestioned highlight of the year is „La Vendimia", a big celebration on the occasion of the grape harvest, which attracts thousands of visitors every year. Everywhere in town you can find theater performances, dance and firework. The highlight is the election of the wine queen. Actually, wine plays a very important role in Mendoza, since viniculture is the biggest industry and the wine, which is cultivated on the hills outside town, is worldwide well known for its high quality.
This is remarkable mainly because Mendoza is located in a relatively dry area and the water supply is secured by artificial channels throughout town, which water green areas and trees.
The climate in Mendoza is clearly characterized by seasonal changes: the summer months are dry (December to March) and temperatures can climb up to 35 degrees, while winter months (June to August) are humid and day temperatures are around 12 to 20 degrees warm.
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Country Information Argentina
|Argentina, the second largest country in South America and eighth largest in the world has much to offer the passerby and long-term tourist alike. Argentina’s continental area extends west along the Andes mountain range, east along the Atlantic Ocean and neighbors the countries of Paraguay and Bolivia to the North, Brazil and Uruguay to the Northeast and Chile to the West. The total Argentinean coast is about 2,400 miles long from north to south and 870 miles from east to west. The country is home to over 40 million people, with the capital of Buenos Aires and greater surrounding district entailing 13 million inhabitants. These numbers enlist Buenos Aires as one of the largest cities in the world.
One can find a huge variety of climates and landscapes from the north sub-tropical regions to the south sub-polar conditions. Further, the Andes Mountains stoically border two climatic regions of humid Argentina and aired Chile. Argentina offers such diverse landscapes at such an immense size, that any South American tourist could find happy haven in its territory. From the infamous Patagonia region, northern highlands, rainforests complete with the Iguazu Waterfalls, there are limitless adventures to explore!
In addition to landscape and weather variety, Argentina is also a country full of abundant natural resources, diversified agricultural sector and laden with cultural hot spots. The most well known hot spot is Buenos Aires located in the mid-eastern part of Argentina. Moreover, the country has a rich history of excellent literature, film production, famous theaters and musical fame (¡especially in rock and tango!).
For those cultural, site-seeing, city buffs, we highly recommended the Argentinean spring (September-November) and fall (March-May). The summer months (December- February) hold hot and humid weather good for lazy days by the pool or temperate sleeping nights in the mountains. Attention back-country adventurers, summer is surely the best time to discover a mild and accessible Patagonia. Finally, for the skiers, snow begins to fill back into the mountains and resorts open again around mid-June to October.
We are sure you will find the Argentinean people warm, friendly and pleased to welcome and introduce you to their beautiful country!