Learn Spanish in Quito, and walk through the cobblestone streets of the old city. One of the best preserved historic centres in the Americas, it was declared a World Heritage site in 1985. As a dynamic capital city, there’s always plenty to see and do in Quito, including museums, nature trips, beautiful architecture and theatres, as well as a raft of street performers, and yet it still retains the welcoming atmosphere of a small town.
Quito is a captivating Spanish speaking location. An ancient Inca city and modern-day capital, lying over 9,000 feet in a valley at the foot of the Pichincha volcano, it is surrounded by the snow-capped peaks of the Andes. In fact, its altitude makes Quito the highest capital city in the world!
Our Spanish language school in Quito is centrally-located, in the Carolina district, with 21 classrooms and a sun terrace.
The ‘Intensive’ course of 20 group lessons per week and the ‘Super-Intensive’ course of 30 group lessons per week will work on improving your overall level of Spanish. On arrival you will take a level test which our colleagues will then use to make sure you are placed in a suitable group with students of a similar level to yourself. The emphasis will generally be on the everyday, practical usage of the language, although, naturally, you will cover all elements.
Private lessons are also available and these are a fantastic choice if there is something very particular you wish to focus on during your course.
If you take a Spanish course for a minimum of 2 weeks and already have a good level of Spanish, then you may like to consider adding a period of volunteer work. This can usually be taken at the same time as the course.
Our Spanish school in Quito also offers a very special ‘Cloud Forest’ programme. Students wishing to take part in this programme are required to take a Spanish course for a minimum of 1 week prior to starting the ‘Cloud Forest’ tour. The Cloud Forest is located approximately 2 hours from Quito by bus and boasts much of the same flora and fauna that is found in the Amazon Basin. However, the altitude means that this can be enjoyed without the same heat, humidity or level of rainfall. The tour lasts one week and during this week students stay in shared rooms on a full board basis in log cabins. Students take part in activities such as forest treks and assist in helping to preserve the natural area.
You can choose from two accommodation options for your stay in Quito (if accommodation is required): host family or student residence.
In our opinion, host family accommodation really does complete the experience, in that it gives students more opportunities to speak Spanish with native speakers and also gives a unique insight into the local culture. Therefore, this is normally our recommendation. Of course, the host families are very carefully selected and are well known by our colleagues at the school who visit them on a regular basis to make sure that the accommodation continues to be suitable for students. Your hosts will provide you with your breakfast and evening meal. Most hosts live within 20 minutes’ of the school either on foot or by bus.
Student residence accommodation in Quito is located right next to the school. This is the perfect option if you prefer to stay with other students and wish to prepare your own meals (as this accommodation is offered on a self-catering basis).
Activities are generally offered 2-4 times per week at our school in Quito. All are completely optional, although taking part is a great way to meet your fellow students, get further practice in speaking Spanish and, of course, will help you to explore the city and its surrounding areas! Examples of typical activities arranged include: visits to museums and markets; trips to the ballet; soccer games; a trip to the Equator; and excursions to places like the Galapagos Islands and into the rainforest. Please note that most activities will incur a small additional charge to cover costs.
Most students fly into Quito Airport. From here, either take a licensed taxi to your accommodation or we can arrange an airport transfer for an additional cost. If you do fly into Lima, you can either take a connecting flight onto Quito, or you can take a bus (the bus journey takes over 24 hours).