URUGUAY - Spanish Course in Montevideo
Minimum Stay: 2 weeks
Start dates: All year round
Price: from 2 weeks, 380 USD
The Spanish school is located in Uruguay’s capital Montevideo, and offers exclusively Spanish courses for foreign students with highest academic standards. It employs the best local teachers with university degrees in linguistics or other relevant disciplines.
The school is in the center of Montevideo in Parque Rodó neighbourhood, close to the main bus terminal and the city centre. You can find close by the National Library, bars, restaurants, shops and beautiful big parks. The district is well known as a quiet area to live and study. The school is located in a very nice old house. The school has fully equipped classrooms, kitchen, a recreation room with television, a terrace and a yeard where students can spend their breaks or meet after class. This will be the meeting point for the welcome drink on the first day, barbeques or paellas at the evenings. Furthermore it provides free Internet access and computers to their students.
The teaching methodology is based on three fundamental principles: Academic excellence, professional service and complete immersion. They receive students from all over the world making the class a diverse environment. This gives you the opportunity to get in touch with many other cultures and make international friends. The perfect mix of different nationalities forces you to speak exclusively Spanish inside and outside of the classroom.
Our Spanish school in Montevideo offers several types of courses and skill-levels to meet your personal needs and enhance your learning experience. All classes are taught entirely in Spanish and have been prepared specifically for foreign students. After taking a diagnostic test, you will be assigned to one of eight different levels of classes to meet special requirements and enhance the learning of each student. From “Beginner” to “Very Advanced”, every level has its own communicative, grammatical and pragmatic objectives. On each level, the teachers use a great variety of learning approaches, mixing verbal communication and listening comprehension using audio and video, texts for reading, etc. The content of each level is divided among material dedicated to social, cultural and political life in Uruguay and to Uruguay's and Latin America's history. To complete each skill level takes usually two weeks. Students can enter at any level.
Classes begin throughout the year. You choose the length of the course that best fits you. Each academic hour has 55 minutes. You can book one of the below courses or combine them.
Group course: The group classes are usually between 2 and 6 students. Groups are divided into different skill levels to ensure certain homogeneity necessary for faster learning. Group classes consist of 20 hours per week, 4 hours each day from Monday to Friday. The group course can be started always on Monday.
Intensive course: The intensive course takes also place in a group of between 2 and 6 students. It constist of 30 academic hours per week between Monday and Friday, which means 6 daily hours of Spanish study.
Private course: The private classes will give you individual tutoring and are a very intensive format and especially suited to students who either want to speed up the learning process or show special needs. Classes start every day, year round. The standard private course consists in 15 hours per week. It is up to you to add additional hours if you want to study even more intensivly.
Non-academic activities: Language and culture go hand in hand with the teaching programs. Therefore, the school also offers a free cultural program as part of its extracurricular activities. At least twice a week, students enjoy city tours, guided museum tours, movie showings, Tango classes, barbecue dinners and many more. Special occasions require special class subjects, so every once in a while one day of Spanish classes is taught around a particular current or historic event.
The perfect accommodation is an essential part of your experience. We provide you with various accommodation possibilities while you study at the Spanish school in Montevideo. It’s up to you to choose if you prefer staying in a shared apartment or with a Uruguayan host family. Keep in mind that living with a local family is a great opportunity to get to know the Uruguayan way of life including habits, food, daily schedules, traditions, hospitality, and much more. It allows you to practice your Spanish in everyday situations, to improve vocabulary, pronunciation and use Uruguayan expressions and phrases. You will get your own room and will receive half-board to share meals with your host family.
If you choose sharing your accommodation with other international and/or local people, a shared apartment will be the perfect fit for you. You will get a private room and share the bathroom with your flat-mates. The living and dining rooms and other common rooms of the apartment are also shared. Upon request and subject to availability we can also book a single room with a private bathroom for you.
Host families as well as shared apartments have been carefully chosen to make sure that you feel at home.
If you would like to practice Spanish through a unique experience, volunteer work will give you an opportunity that lies beyond the ordinary traveler’s reach. We offer you the possibility to combine Spanish courses with volunteer work. You can work in different organizations and projects in Montevideo, eleviating problems while helping people in many sectors of the city. Share your time, ideas and skills with Uruguayans and discover their culture in a unique way!
We consider volunteer work as an exchange where the volunteer offers their work while the organization offers a space to share experiences. Receiving a volunteer implies integrating them into daily routines and allowing them to get to know another way of life. Being a volunteer, is not just an act of charity, but also a very noble way of getting to know and to respect other cultures.
Our program is for all students, independent of their age or professional background, who are willing to share their energy and time for a period of at least four weeks on a project. There is really no better way to learn Spanish and live a full cultural immersion. According to your personal time schedule you can either request a half-day volunteer position alongside your Spanish course or full-day positions after your course is completed.
Please find out more about our Volunteer Work opportunities in Uruguay here...
Volunteers help educators in their daily tasks and responsibilities. Among you activities are teaching music, cooking, handcrafting, recreation, sports, taking care of the younger ones.
Volunteers are needed to teach English to children, teenagers and adutls in order so assure a certain level of education and additional skills like English.
Spanish Group classes take place in the mornings. Two to five days a week, in the afternoon.
Help improving the living conditions of poorer comunities by building houses, designing new programs of social work, run workshops, etc.
Spanish Group classes take place in the mornings. Volunteer work twice a week in the afternoon.
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School will be closed due to public holidays on the following days. 2013: Jan 01, Feb 08, Mar 29, May 01, Jul 18, Aug 23, Dec 25. Classes will not be rescheduled.
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Please see our Volunteer Work Programs in Montevideo / Uruguay that can be perfectly combined with your Spanish course. We offer either half-day or full-day position.
- Orientation kit
- Local support
- 24h-Emergency Number
- Free internet access at school
- Quality Spanish Course
- Teaching material
- Evaluation test
- Refreshments, coffee and tea at school
- Activity calendar
- Language Certificate
- Free dictionary
- Accommodation as booked
- Airport pick-up (if booked)
What’s not included:
- Medical Insurance
- Local Travels
Uruguay’s capital, Montevideo, is a smaller, more quiet and laid-back city, compared to its big sister, Buenos Aires. It is home to 43% of the country’s 2.9 million inhabitants. It offers a wide range of cultural activities all year round, ranging from museums, theaters, concerts, and popular festivities to international exhibitions and shows. The city’s location on the riverfront (Rio de la Plata) is spectacular with a local and visitor admired pedestrian walkway along the river (“rambla”). In the summer, beaches are crowded. Uruguayans are nature lovers and the city is full of enormous parks and green areas. The nightlife scene is concentrated in the old part of town, offering an ever increasing amount of pubs, restaurants, tango shows, discos, and bars with Brazilian music or even flamenco.Montevideo is one of the major ports of South America. Besides being the country’s biggest city it is the governmental, financial, and commercial center of Uruguay. Montevideo's origins lay in the colonial rivalry of the Spanish and Portuguese and visitors are amazed by the number of beautiful colonial buildings that give the city a very special charm.
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Country Information Uruguay
|Uruguay is one of the smallest South American countries encompassing only 68,000 square miles of land, just slightly bigger than Washington State in the USA. Located in the southeastern region of South America, Uruguay is bordered by Brazil to the north, the Atlantic Ocean to the south, and Argentina to the west. This country is home to 3.3 million people, with 1.5 million inhabitants in the capital city of Montevideo.
The country’s landscapes feature lush plains and rolling hills with fertile coastal lowlands. An estimated 90% of the population was formed by European descent, moreover Portuguese immigrants in 1680. However, the Spanish founded Montevideo in the early 18th century.
Uruguay’s capital of Montevideo is a smaller, quieter, and more laid-back city compared to its big sister of Buenos Aires about 124 miles away. Montevideo is home to 43% of the country’s inhabitants. The colonial buildings, built during the rivalry of the Spanish and Portuguese are what gives the city a very special charm. Though Montevideo is the largest city in Uruguay, the country fosters only about twenty urban towns.
Montevideo is one of the major ports of South America. Besides being the country’s biggest city, it is also the governmental, financial and commercial center of Uruguay. Uruguay’s economy is strongly dependent on agricultural products and its exportation. Surprisingly, Uruguay is one of the most economically developed countries in Latin America, with a high GDP per capita and the 47th highest quality of life in the world.
Montevideo has become quite the focal point of Uruguay due to the cities central location, income revenue, rich history, dense population and cultural activities. From museums, theatres, concerts, popular festivals, international exhibitions and shows, there is much to do during the day. This city also has an entertaining nightlife scene concentrated in the old part of town where the academy is located. Here you will find an ever-increasing amount of pubs, restaurants, tango shows, discos and bars with Brazilian music and even flamenco. Located on the riverfront of Rio de la Plata, Montevideo includes a spectacular pedestrian walkway along the river for locals and visitors alike.
Uruguay’s Atlantic coast and beaches are among the South American tourist hot spots, especially Punta del Este which has upwards of hundreds of thousands of tourists each year. Most commonly, you will find loads of Argentines and Brazilians who spend their summer vacations here at Punta del Este. It is also highly utilized by those looking for first-class hotels, elegant casinos and prestigious yacht clubs. Other unique luxuries of Montevideo, in addition to its beaches, are the enormous parks and green areas planted plentifully throughout the city!
Since Uruguay is home to world-class beaches, the summer months of December through February bring loads of vacationers. Along with warm sun, relaxing beach days and city explorations, be prepared for the Montevideo summer crowd! The average daily temperature for summer months can be extremely hot along the coast and slightly cooler inland. The months between April and November bring strong winds and cooler temperatures good for windsailing and paragliding!
Generally, Uruguay seems to have been greatly influenced from its neighbors, as you will find similarities in speech, food, culture and traditions as in Argentina and Brazil. Still, Uruguayans hold unique pleasant attitudes towards life and friendly foreigners. They enjoy talking about their country, and if you have the chance, use this opportunity to learn more about Uruguay and its culture first-hand.