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Study Spanish in Andalucia
Spring time at Escuela Castila.
Photo courtesy of Andalucian Association of Spanish Schools.

There is a place where women still whisk away the heat with daintily embellished fans. A place where just about everyone takes a long midday siesta to enjoy a leisurely lunch with their family. A place where the strains of guitar—sometimes melancholy, sometimes joyous, always emotional—break the silence. A place of twisting cobblestoned pathways, and tiled rooftop gardens, intricate Moorish archways and palaces, of the intoxicating fragrances of jasmine, roses and magnolias, and the seductive aromas of garlic, shrimp and olives. A place where tropical golden beaches, superb diving, and lush palm trees are just a short distance from snow-capped peaks and world-class skiing. This magical place is the province of Andalucía in southern Spain.

For those interested in studying the Spanish language, Andalucía might seem like a long way to go. After all, in North America one can learn Spanish across the border in Mexico, in a host of other Latin American countries, and even right in our own cities in immersion programs. Why Spain? Andalucía, particularly, attracts an enthusiastic international student body, perhaps due not only to its natural beauty and cultural richness, but for many other reasons as well.

Here, your fellow students will be of many different nationalities, not only from North America, which is typically what you would find in Latin American language schools. You will be learning Spanish in its motherland, and while some of the grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation are not typically utilized in other Spanish-speaking nations, the language you will learn is the pure, unadulterated form. The Spanish spoken is understandable everywhere, and you will understand other accents and permutations without difficulty. You will not only come to know the gloriously diverse region of Andalucía, but if you like, you can easily visit the rest of Spain and many other countries in Europe due to proximity. Perhaps most importantly, the high quality accreditation of Andalucían language immersion schools is impeccable and unsurpassed, and the range of school sizes, locations, and offerings is immense.

There are 33 member schools in Andalucía, located in the provinces of Cadiz (seven,) Granada (seven,) Malaga (thirteen) and Seville (six.) Part of the umbrella group of the Spanish Federation of Associations of Spanish Schools for Foreigners (FEDELE), all of the member schools are accredited by the Instituto Cervantes (an organization based in Spain which promotes the teaching, study and use of the Spanish language, and/or CEELE (Quality in the Teaching of Spanish as a Second Language), both highly respected and internationally accepted certifications of language schools.

FEDELE holds its member schools to rigorous common guidelines, ethics and standards, and inspects and maintains them regularly. Andalucía’s member schools have their own specific criteria as well, including:

  • class size (ten student maximum)
  • teaching credentials (highly educated and qualified native teachers)
  • complementary activity programs (including cooking, Flamenco dance, music, and much more…)
  • accessible student materials (libraries, computers, etc.)
  • a wide range of accommodations
  • specified lengths, timetables, differentiation, and structure for Spanish language courses, all of which must involved total immersion.

Here’s a sampling of Andalucía’s locales and their programs:

CADIZ (population 155,000) is the site of ancient Phoenician city known as “Gadir,” surrounded by water on three sides. With a tropical feel and climate, the province of Cadiz offers beautiful warm Atlantic Ocean beaches as well as lively, friendly plazas, ancient Moorish architecture, picturesque “white villages,” vineyards, the renowned sherries of the Jerez region, nature parks and a wide variety of recreational activities--including scuba diving and wind surfing. Cadiz also experiences less international tourism than the other locations mentioned here, consequently encouraging students to engage in even more Spanish language and cultural immersion.

Students in Cadiz, Andalucia
Students enjoying a lunch break on a rooftop in Cadiz.
Photo courtesy of Andalucian Association of Spanish Schools.

Academia Andaluza
Director:  Isabel Tomé Jiménez
C/ Confederación, 13
11140 Conil de la Frontera, Cádiz
Tel.: +34 956.44.05.52
Fax: +34 956.45.60.41
spanish@academia.andaluza.net
www.academia.andaluza.net

Caramba Languages
Director: David Fugelsoy
Batalla de Cardela s/n Edif. Siena
11405 - Jerez de la Frontera
Tel: +34 956.08.18.04
Fax: +34 956.05.90.50
info@carambalanguage.com
www.carambalanguage.com

Gadir, Escuela Internacional de Español
Directors: Antonio Aguilera y Cristina Sáinz
C/ Pérgolas, 5, Box 31 - 11001 Cádiz
Tel & Fax: 956.26.05.57
info@gadir.net
www.gadir.net

K2 Internacional
Directors: Ángeles Castro Sánchez, Yolanda Castro Sánchez
Plaza Mentidero, 19 – 11003 Cádiz
Tel. & Fax: +34 956.21.26.46
info@k2internacional.com
www.k2internacional.com

La Janda IH Vejer, Colegio de Español
Director: Francisco Herrera
C/ José Castrillón Shelly, 22 - 11150 Vejer de la Frontera (Cádiz)
Tel: +34 956.44.70.60 - Fax: +34 956.44.73.78
info@lajanda.org
www.lajanda.org

MELKART, Centro Internacional de Español
Director: María del Mar Peñalver Gómez
C/ General Menacho, 7 P.O Box 417 – 11004 Cádiz
Tel & fax: +34 956.22.22.13
info@centromelkart.com
www.centromelkart.com

Trinity School
Directors: Ian Walsh y María López
C/ Ave del paraíso, 6 - P.O.Box 720 - 11500 El Puerto de Sta. María (Cádiz)
Tel: +34 956.87.19.26 - Fax: +34 956.54.19.18
info@trinitylanguageschool.com
www.trinitylanguageschool.com

Students studying Spanish on terrace of Carmen de las Cuevas
Students on the terrace of Carmen de las Cuevas.
Photo courtesy of Andalucian Association of Spanish Schools.

GRANADA (population 273,000) was where the Islamic and Christian cultures joined together to form a spectacular, multicultural city full of monuments and treasures, including the World Heritage site of the Alhambra. Granada’s town center is incredibly vibrant and enchanting, with its twisting cobblestoned paths, its exotic Moorish quarter, ubiquitous outdoor tapas bars, and a glorious glow of pink, sienna, and gold in the skies above. Within an hour or less, residents can ski on high snowy peaks or opt for an afternoon in the azure, palm-fringed seaside.

Carmen de las Cuevas
Directors: Nacho Martín y Carmen Linares
Cuesta de los Chinos, 15 - 18010 Granada
Tel: +34 958.22.10.62 - Fax: +34 958.22.04.76
 info@carmencuevas.com
www.carmencuevas.com

Castila
Director: Antonio Perales
C/ Aljibe del Gato, 1 - Carmen de los Gatos - 18010 Granada
Tel: +34 958.20.58.63 - Fax: +34 958.27.72.40
info@castila.es
www.castila.es

Don Quijote Granada
Director: Antonio Illescas
C/ Azhuma, 5 - 18005 Granada
Tel: +34 958.25.42.12 - Fax: +34 958.26.51.58
infocentral@donquijote.org
www.donquijote.org

Instituto Mediterráneo Sol
Director: Javier Torres
Enriqueta Lozano, 17, 1ºB - 18009 Granada
Tel & Fax: +34 958.29.37.32
info@inmsol.es
www.inmsol.es

Escuela Montalbán
Directors: Margret Fortmann, María Rodríguez,
Francisco Guirado
C/ Conde Cifuentes, 11 - 18005 Granada
Tel & Fax: +34 958.25.68.75
info@escuela-montalban.com
www.escuela-montalban.com

Proyecto Español Granada
Director: Steffen Schmid
C/ Fuentezuelas, 32 – 18002 Granada
Tel: +34 958.52.35.42
Fax: +34 958.25.15.46
info@proyecto-es.com
www.proyecto-es.com/en/courses-granada

Tropical Coast Languages
Director: Juan Carlos Martínez
Plaza del Teatro, Edificio G - 18690 Almuñecar
Tel: +34 958.88.19.14
Tel & Fax: +34 958.88.05.84
info@tclanguages.com
www.tclanguages.com

Malaca Institute, Andalucia
Malaca Institute.
Photo courtesy of Andalucian Association of Spanish Schools.

MALAGA (population 532,500) is the second largest city in Andalucía, and a busy port as well. Another Moorish stronghold, Malaga is host to various palaces, fortresses and monuments, and is also famed as the birthplace of Pablo Picasso in addition to various institutions that honor him. With a gorgeous mild climate, a festive and exquisite town center, cultural wealth and close proximity to the mountains and the beach (this is the heart of the Costa del Sol), students can also travel easily to the famed towns of Ronda and Antequera with their intact artistic and architectural heritage.

Alhambra Instituto Internacional
Director: Joaquín Chacón
Avenida Juan Sebastián Elcano, 78 - 29017 Málaga
Tel: +34 952.29.15.09 - Fax: +34 952.20.16.00
alhambra@alhambra-instituto.org
www.alhambra-instituto.org

Cervantes, Escuela Internacional
Director: Paola Moreno
Avda. Juan Sebastián Elcano, 69 - 29017 Málaga
Tel: +34 952.29.53.78 - Fax: +34 952.229.90.47
info@escuelacervantes.org
www.escuelacervantes.org

Colegio Maravillas
Director: D. Francisco Pérez Navarro
Avda Salvador Vicente, 9 - 29631 Benalmádena (Málaga)
Tel: +34 952.44.70.00 - Fax: +34 952.44.73.77
info@maravillas.es
www.maravillas.es

Debla
Director: Kirsten Steensbjerre
Camino del Monte, 23 – 29016 Málaga
Tel: +34 952.60.38.85 - Fax: +34 952.60.21.97
info@debla.com
www.debla.com

Escuela de Idiomas Nerja
Director: Luis Carrión Cobaleda
C/Almirante Ferrandiz, 73 - 29780 Nerja (Málaga)
Tel : +34 952.52.16.87 - Fax : +34 952.52.21.19
www.idnerja.com

Instituto Internacional de Idiomas
Director: Julio M. Morales Jiménez
C/ Califa, s/n. Conjunto Las Lolas, Blq. D - Local 2
Telephone: +34 952.90.85.58 - FAX: +34 952.90.85.58
info@iiischools.com
www.iiischools.com

La Brisa, Escuela de Español
Director: Ida Willadsen
C/ Eugenio Selles, 4 - 29017 Málaga
Tel & Fax: +34 952.29.97.40
labrisa@malacainstituto.com
www.labrisa.es

Malaca Instituto
Director: Ida Willadsen
C/Cortada, 6 - 29018 Málaga
Tel: +34 952.29.32.42 - Fax: +34 952.29.63.16
espanol@malacainstituto.com
www.malacainstituto.com

Málaga Plus
Director: Lucía Arcas
Pasaje Antonio Barceló Madueño, 8 - 29017 Málaga
Tel: +34 952.29.93.30 - Fax: +34 952.29.70.00
office@malagaplus.com
www.malagaplus.com

Málaga Sí
Director: Javier García
Avda. Juan Sebastián Elcano, 23 - 29017 Málaga
Tel: +34 952.29.47.00 - Fax: +34 952.29.86.65
info@malaga-si.com
www.malaga-si.com

Quorum, Centro de Idiomas
Directors: Mari Carmen Cid Jimena, José Moreno Infantes
C/San Miguel, 25 - 29780 Nerja (Málaga)
Tel & Fax: +34 952.52.37.88
info@quorumspain.com
www.quorumspain.com

Spanish Language Center
Director: Tetske de Sánchez-Apellaniz
Avda. Ricardo Soriano, 36 - Edificio Maria III, 3ª Planta
29600 Marbella (Málaga)
Tel: +34 952.9.015.76 - Fax: +34 952.86.56.20
promotion@spanishlanguagec.com
www.spanishlanguagec.com

Flamenco Dancer in Andalucia
Flamenco Show.
Photo courtesy of Andalucian Association of Spanish Schools.

SEVILLE (population 719,600) is not just a city, it is truly a work of art. Considered by many to be the most beautiful city in Spain, Seville is famed for such architectural gems as the incredibly intricate Alcazar palace dating from its Moorish regime, the Giralda tower, and the Cathedral. Safe, walkable, and bikeable, wherever one roams there will be juicy Seville oranges hanging from trees and tapas served on open-air terraces. Sevillanos are a lively lot, thriving on their sunny warm climate and strolling along the cobblestoned paths until the wee hours. Their festivals are world-famous for their emotion and pageantry, and flamenco is everywhere—a living, essential part of the Sevillano culture.

Babylon Idiomas Sevilla
Contact: Amy Crawford
C/ Amor de Dios nº 50-52 - 41002 Sevilla
Tel.: +34 954.90.26.98 - Fax: +34 954.90.26.98
amy@babylon-idiomas.com
www.babylon-idiomas.com

Centro Norteamericano de Estudios Interculturales
Contact: Nicholas W. Guidera
C/ Harinas, 16-18 - 41001 Sevilla
Tel.: +34 954 224 107 - Fax:+34 954 229 204
admin@cccs.es
www.spanishstudies.org

Clic IH Sevilla
Director: Bernhard Roters
C/ Albareda, 19 - 41001 Sevilla
Tel.: +34 954.50.21.31 - Fax : +34 954.56.16.96
clic@clic.es
www.clic.es

Enforex Sevilla
Contact: Antonio Anadón
C/Conde de Ibarra, 2 – 41004 Sevilla
Tel.: +34 954.21.03.00 - Fax: +34 954.56.14.24
info@enforex.es
www.enforex.com/school-sevilla.html

Giralda Center-Spanish House
Director: Eduardo A. de Cienfuegos
C/ Mateos Gago, 17 - 41004 Sevilla
Tel.: +34 954.21.31.65 - Fax: +34 954.22.13.46
info@giraldacenter.com
www.giraldacenter.com

Linc, Escuela de Español
Director: Michael Warwick
C/General Polavieja, 13 – 41004 Sevilla
Tel.: +34 954.50.04.59 – Fax: +34 954.21.19.49
mike@linc.es
www.lincspanishschool.com

For More Information

www.spain.info
www.Andalucia.org
www.fedele.org

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