COLOMBIA - Spanish Course in Cartagena de Indias
Location: Cartagena de Indias
Minimum Stay: 2 weeks
Start dates: all year round
Price: from 2 weeks, 400 USD
SchoolOur Partner School in Cartagena de Indias is an internationally known Spanish school with alumni from across the globe. Its programs are structured to provide ample opportunities to enjoy the culture and spirit of the Latin American culture. All of the teachers have a professional degree in modern languages and several years of experience in teaching Spanish as a foreign language.
The school building is located in the historic district "Getsemaní", which was declared World Cultural Heritage by the UNESCO back in 1984. Close-by the Spanish school you can fine the old town´s landmark, the "Puerta del Reloj". Spanish classes are given in a gorgeous old house in Colonial style where you can experience the history and culture of Cartagena at first hand.
CourseIn Cartagena, we offer a wide variety of different courses. We are sure that one of them will fit your individual plans and purposes. Spanish courses in Cartagena de Indias always take place from Monday to Friday. They can be started on any Monday of the year (unless it is a national holiday). One academic hour of Spanish classes lasts 50 minutes.
Make sure you check at the combination of Spanish and Diving classes and the dance courses!
The Group Course is a half day course, making it easy to combine classes with sight-seeing, work or social life. This course focuses on the improvement of your communication skills, working on your listening, conversation, grammar, vocabulary, reading and pronunciation. The Group Course includes 20 hours per week consisting in 15 hours of Spanish instruction (9:00 a.m. – 12:00 m.) and 5 hours of cultural activities with other Spanish students outside the classroom (on 2 afternoons). Groups are kept small and have an average of 4 to 6 students in one class.
For students who want to learn more intensively we recommend the Intensive Course. It has the same methodic focus as the Group Course but offers a longer daily schedule. It includes 25 hours per week consisting in 20 hours of Spanish lessons (8:00 a.m. – 12:00 m.) and 5 hours of cultural activities on 2 afternoons per week. Cultural activities take place outside the school together with other Spanish students.
The Private Course offers you the opportunity to have individual attention through private lessons. Your teacher will focuses on your personal goals and needs. Together with your teacher you will set your study schedule always keeping in mind the most important aspects of a language - communication skills, listening comprehension, conversation, grammar, vocabulary, reading and pronunciation.
Give back to society while studying in Cartagena de Indias! The Spanish & Volunteering Course gives you the unique chance to work after your language classes in an orphanage, a hospital, a charity organization or at the university. This combination has a weekly schedule of 32 hours, consisting of 15 hours of Spanish lessons, 12 hours of volunteer work and 5 hours of cultural activities. Language lessons take place in the morning, volunteer work and cultural activities are scheduled for the afternoon.
Don't miss your chance to learn how to dance like the Colombians! The Spanish & Dance Course consists in the Intensive Course in the morning followed by a tour of dancing classes in the afternoon. This exclusive package gives you the opportunity to switch off from the language lessons dancing to tropical rhythms. Move your hips to traditional Latin American dances such as Salsa, Tango, Merengue and others typically Colombian dances such as Cumbia and Vallenatos.
Cartagena de Indias not only is known for its amazing historic center but also for its breathtaking underwater world! The Spanish & Dive Course is a combination of Spanish and diving lessons and can be booked for various levels (as to the Spanish as well as diving). You can choose among the mini dive course or the various Scuba Dive certification courses. In general you will take Spanish lessons in the morning and dive in the afternoon.
For each type of course, in order to determine your current language skills you will take a short test on the first day of classes. According to your Spanish skills you will be grouped in one of the 6 learning levels.
Note: Additional costs for bus tickets or entrances during the cultural activities must be paid by the student.
AccommodationThe best way to learn the language and the culture of your host country is to live with a local family. This is why you will be accommodated in carefully chosen host families in Cartagena de Indias. You will sleep in a single room and can book either with breakfast only or half-board (breakfast and dinner). Make sure you try all the delicious dishes that are typical for the Caribbean region. Your clothes will be washed once a week by your host family. All families live in quiet and nice neighborhoods. Public transports are within easy walking distance.
VolunteeringGive back to society while studying in Cartagena de Indias! The Spanish & Volunteering Course gives you the unique chance to work after your language classes in an orphanage, a hospital, a charity organization or at the university. This combination has a weekly schedule of 32 hours, consisting of 15 hours of Spanish lessons, 12 hours of volunteer work and 5 hours of cultural activities. Language lessons take place in the morning, volunteer work and cultural activities are scheduled for the afternoon.
The volunteer program takes place in the beautiful region of Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. Volunteers are placed in different small rural schools in the areas of Minca, Guachaca and Palomino.
Enrolment fee 50 USD. Airport pick-up 30 USD. One week accommodation = 7 days.
The school is closed due to public holidays on the following days. 2013: Jan 01, Jan 07, Mar 28 + 29, May 01, May 13, Jun 03, Jun 10, Jul 01, Aug 07, Aug 19, Oct 14, Nov 11, Dec 25. Missed classes on these days will be rescheduled.
Spanish & Volunteer
Spanish & Dance
Spanish & Dive
|3 weeks||--||690.-||1,320.-||see above|
|4 weeks||1,000.-||920.-||1,760.-||see above|
Enrolment fee 50 USD. Airport pick-up 30 USD.
- Orientation kit
- Local support
- 24h-Emergency Number
- Laundry service (when homestay booked)
- Free internet access at school
- Quality Spanish Course
- Teaching material
- Evaluation test
- 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
LocationCartagena de Indias is a beautiful city on the Caribbean Coast in the North of Colombia. It is the capital of the Province of Bolívar with 1.2 million inhabitants. Cartagena is located in the tropical zone, therefore it is a damp and hot area, the yearly average temperature is 27ºC.
Without any doubt, Cartagena has a lot to offer: beautiful white sandy beaches, turquoise blue and warm sea, dreamlike coral islands, and many well-preserved historical and architectural treasures – no surprise that it is the most visited city in Colombia! In 1984, the completely walled-in old city center was declared World Cultural Heritage by the UNESCO. Its most important sources of income are: fishing, tourism, cargo and oil industry.
The ramparts and walls were built around the city in order to protect it from pirate attacks. The forts of San José and San Sebastián and the castles of San Felipe de Barajas and San Fernando y Las Bóvedas are still standing today. Now, nearly 500 years old, this majestic city on the South-western Caribbean, retains much of the charm, history, architecture, romance and adventure of days gone by.
The Carribean nightlife is legendary and you will see why! Among a lot of tourist party attractions like the „rumba en chiva", a party bus, you will find a great variety of music and dance bars as well as a lot of delicious restaurants.
Whatever parts of the city you will discover you won't be able to resist its Afro-Carribean charm reflected in the cheerful music and open nature of its inhabitants.