Granada is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and atmospheric cities of Spain and is, therefore, an ideal location in which to learn Spanish. The magnificent palaces and gardens of the ‘Alhambra’ are breathtaking, as are the views from the old Moorish part of the city, ‘El Albaicin’ with its winding streets, white-washed walls and Arab-style tea shops.
However, Granada is also a modern, vibrant city, with an exhilarating atmosphere and a charm of its own.
Nestling below the snow-capped peaks of the Sierra Nevada – the highest mountains in mainland Spain – yet at the same time a little over an hour’s drive from the warm beaches of the Mediterranean, Granada has a unique location, and offers the visitor a wonderful mixture of old and new, East and West, mountain and beach.
Our Granada (Old Town) school is located in the heart of the ‘Albaicin’, the oldest and most beautiful part of the city. There are 8 classrooms, a student cafeteria and a magnificent garden with orange trees. Views from the school look directly at the ‘Alhambra’, over the Albaicin. There is a maximum of just 7 students per class.
As our Spanish courses are conducted in Spanish from the outset, you will be able to totally immerse yourself in the language, which will not only maximise the progress you are able to make, but should also boost your confidence when speaking! All of the teachers are native Spanish speakers and are both fully-qualified and experienced in teaching Spanish as a foreign language to students of all levels (from complete beginner to advanced).
On arrival at the school, you will take a level test (unless you are a complete beginner), which will then allow our colleagues to place you in a suitable group, with students of a similar level to yourself. Of course, if you are a complete beginner, you will not have to take this level test, as you will automatically be placed in a group with other beginners.
For improving your general level of Spanish, you cannot beat one of our group courses, such as the ‘Intensive’ course of 20 group lessons per week, or ‘Super-Intensive’ course of 30 group lessons per week. If you do really need to focus on one particular aspect of the language, then private lessons would be a better choice for you.
Prepare yourself to pass the DELE exam at our school in Granada! The ‘DELE Exam Preparation’ course will work on your overall level of Spanish, as well as the skills required to pass the exam.
Granada is also an excellent location if you are active and want to team your course with something a little bit different! Our school offers skiing and horse-riding in conjunction with a Spanish course.
Why not improve your skiing/snow boarding as well as your Spanish? You will ski in the Sierra Nevada, the most southern ski station in Europe, which is just 30 minutes from the city by public transport! The staff at our Granada (Old Town) school will be pleased to advise you with regards to accommodation, ski-hire, transport etc.
In Granada, skiing conditions are normally good from the end of November to the end of April or even mid-May. So, it is usually possible to combine skiing with a Spanish language course at our school in Granada during these 6 months of the year.
If you require accommodation during your course, our range of options should mean that there is one suitable for your requirements. One advantage of taking a course at this school is that all accommodation is usually within 15 minutes’ walk.
If you really want to give yourself the best opportunity to improve your Spanish oral skills, a stay with a host family, on a half or full board basis, is highly recommended.
Alternatively, stay with other students (either international or local) in shared apartment or student residence accommodation, which are both offered on a self-catering basis. These accommodation options are usually comfortable but fairly basic, so they do tend to be most popular amongst students in their twenties. The main differences between these two types of accommodation are the number of students sharing the kitchen/bathroom, and the facilities offered.
Shared apartments usually accommodate 2-4 students, whereas the residence has around 16 rooms (single and double). Many of the rooms in the residence do offer a private bathroom, though not all. In terms of facilities, the shared apartments offer central heating, air-conditioning and wireless Internet access, a fully-equipped kitchen, TV and washing machine. There is usually access to a terrace or garden. The residence offers a common room with Internet and TV, a large shared kitchen, laundry facilities, a traditional internal patio and even a roof terrace with views of the Alhambra.
Our Spanish school in Granada offers a fantastic activities programme, which is open to all students taking a course at the school and is completely optional. Please note that some activities may incur a small additional charge, payable directly to the school. Some examples of typical activities arranged include tapas evenings, Spanish film screenings, swimming, tennis, skiing in the Sierra Nevada, trips to the beach and many, many more!
Most students fly to Malaga from where there is direct express coach service to Granada. There is also an airport in Granada, but this is less well served by international flights. You could also fly into Almeria Airport. If you prefer, we can arrange an airport transfer for you from any of these three airports, although there is an additional charge for this service.