Situated in Andalusia, at the foot of the Iberian Peninsula’s highest mountain peaks, the city of Granada is truly one of the pearls of Spain! Learn Spanish with us in Granada to have the very best of mountain landscape, in addition to long sandy beaches! Ideally located, next to the Sierra Nevada and still only an hour away from the Mediterranean coast, Granada is a fantastic destination for any time of the year! The city has been the long time capital of Moorish Spain and offers the most breathtaking reminders of this period in Spanish history, with the world-famous Alhambra palace at the very top of the list of attractions.
After discovering the Alhambra and the beautiful gardens around the fortress, you can walk through the charming narrow streets in the unique world of the ¨Albaicin¨, taste Granada’s famous traditional tapas, or watch a Flamenco show. The surrounding picturesque villages, stunning landscapes and important monuments provide exciting excursions or day-trips and the lively nightlife of Granada, with its cafés, restaurants and attractive fiestas will no doubt have you staying up until the early hours!
The school building is situated just 5 minutes’ walk from the Alhambra, in a renovated house with an inner courtyard and a terrace offering views overlooking the city! There are 7 classrooms, a well-stocked library, a computer room with free internet access, multi-media facilities and WiFi throughout the school. Plaza Nueva and Calle Elvira, which is famous for its lively nightlife scene, is just a few minutes walk away from the school and the rest of the city can very easily be explored on foot.
The school is relatively small and independent, but exercises a big impact on the local community, thanks to its commitment to sustainable tourism and all that the school does to help to preserve the local environment and the traditional community of Granada! The school is involved in many projects and charities to encourage environmental sustainability. Our students are often inspired and enriched by the additional experience and insights into the real Granada. Some of the activities included in teaching Spanish and uncovering the real community at the same time, will take you, for example, on visits to local guitar makers and potters!
The Intensive course consists of 20 general Spanish classes each week, in groups of just 8 students maximum and this is our most popular course. As with the majority of our schools in Spain, our school in Granada uses the six level framework of language proficiency provided by the European Council of Languages and offers our students all of the levels with this course. If you have some prior Spanish knowledge, then you will take the placement test, in addition to having an informal conversation on arrival at the school, to ensure that your level is assessed correctly and that you are placed in the correct class. You will progress automatically, according to the length of your stay. In case you have any concerns about your level, or any questions at all, then you can just speak with your teacher at any time. All of the course material is included in the fees and there are extra resources available in the school’s library as well!
Students who have a limited amount of time available to study in Granada, or who are simply looking to make as fast progress as possible, are welcome to combine their group classes with some one-to-one tuition by choosing the Intensive course plus Private Lessons. The 5 or 10 additional individual lessons each week are totally catered to your own needs and requirements and you can cover any specific topics, or problem areas, on discussion with your teacher. Alternatively, you can take a course of Private Lessons only, if you need a flexible timetable, or if you are looking for a tailor-made programme entirely.
There is a Business Spanish Course, also complimentary to the Intensive programme, for all students looking to improve their Spanish skills for Business purposes. In addition to the 20 general Spanish group classes, you will receive an additional two classes every day, focussing on the vocabulary, skills and topics related to international commerce and work in Spanish companies. The Business Spanish classes are made up of small groups of 1 to 5 students maximum, allowing for a great deal of individual attention. If you are a student of Business, interested in economics, or a working professional then this programme could be of interest to you. You will gain insight into the Spanish economy, as well as lots of practical skills and new vocabulary. The course includes at least one visit to a local business or official organisation in Granada.
If you are looking to obtain an official certificate of Spanish as a foreign language, then you can choose the special DELE Exam Preparation course, consisting of 30 classes per week. You will follow the Spanish intensive programme for your particular level, plus an additional 2 DELE preparation classes each day, in small groups of just 5 students maximum! The examinations take place at the end of the course , which provide you with a qualification that is recognised by all kinds of companies, further education institutions and organisations throughout the world!
Learn to dance Flamenco in Granada with the Spanish and Flamenco course! The programme is available from any Monday of the year and is usually combined with the Intensive course, of Spanish language lessons in the mornings, with dance or guitar classes in the evenings! There are 8 classes per week in total, from Monday to Thursday and each class is 45 minutes in duration. Andalusia is the very best place to learn Flamenco and Granada in particular offers regular shows and sessions in many of the cosy taverns of the old town and in the gypsy neighbourhood of the city!
Students can choose to stay in self-catering accommodation in shared apartments, or with Spanish host families in Granada, on a half-board basis.
There are different options with regards to the shared apartments, as you can request to be placed with a Spaniard, as long as you are studying for a minimum of 6 weeks or more! This gives you the ideal opportunity to get to know the local people, to gain insights into Spanish life and culture and to practise your Spanish skills as much as possible! Availability is limited, so please contact us for further details. Otherwise our school offers single or shared rooms in apartments together with other international students from the school. Here you have the chance to make many new friends very quickly. Bed-linen is provided, but you will need to bring your own towels with you.
Undoubtedly the absolute ideal way to get to know the local people and to experience everyday life in Granada is to stay with a host family. The native hosts are carefully selected by the school for their experience and for the levels of comfort and facilities offered. You will receive breakfast and the evening meal each day and this total-immersion option is guaranteed to help you improve your Spanish skills, the more you practise! All of the hosts live close to the school and you will have your own room and share the bathroom facilities and living areas.
The school offers a weekly programme of activities, visits and excursions that will leave you spoilt for choice! The extra-curricular programme not only gives you the chance to get to know each other and to relax whilst on holiday, but you will obtain a deep insight into the Spanish way-of-life, as well as endless new knowledge about Granada and its surroundings and the chance to practise your Spanish.
Regular activities on offer include guided visits of the Alhambra and Generalife, of the Cathedral, the Sacromonte Abbey and the Albaicin, visits to the market in the town centre, to the cinema and evenings in the Tapas bars, or enjoying a traditional Flamenco show! There are both Sevillian and Flamenco dance classes available in the city, as well as plenty of opportunities for swimming, tennis, horse-riding, hiking, skiing and mountain-biking!
There are weekend excursions to the Sierra Nevada and other places in the surrounding countryside, or to other towns and cities such as Seville, Malaga and Cordoba, as well as trips to the beaches of the Costa Tropical!
Fly to Granada or to Malaga airport. Airport collection is available from either airports for an additional fee.