Spanish courses in Spain
How to choose the right Spanish course in Spain: 6 key questions to ask yourself before choosing your destination
Spain might not be the largest of countries but it is the third largest in Europe, and despite its relatively small geography it offers an incredible diversity of culture, atmosphere, climate, and scenery. Before deciding which Spanish courses in Spain you’d like to undertake, you’ll need to select your destination wisely based on your student profile and your expectations. Here is a list of 6 questions you should ask yourself to help you decide where to study Spanish in Spain.
1. What type of city am I looking for?
Am I looking for a big city, a medium sized city, or a destination slightly off the beaten tracks and the most popular destinations in Spain (they do exist!)? If you’re the type of person who wants to “rock the big city”, you may be set on losing yourself in Spain’s most vibrant cities Madrid or Barcelona and enjoying the thousands of things happening every day in each city. Or maybe you’re the type of person who would rather “chill out under the palm trees” in Ibiza or in Nerja? Of course, you might be looking for a medium-sized city such as Seville or Valencia with enough cultural events and monuments to visit to grasp the essence of Spain’s culture, traditions and character. If you’d like a fun-filled stay in Spain complete with sports and adventure, why not try a Spanish + surf course in Cadiz or hiking in Granada?
2. How much am I ready to spend on living expenses?
Yep, an important question for sure. As you can imagine, the cost of living in a shared flat in the centre of Madrid has little to do with the cost of renting accommodation in Cadiz or in Granada. The same applies to restaurants, public transports, etc. It may be useful for you to do a little research on cost of living in your selected destination in Spain. Smaller cities are generally thought to be cheaper than the large cities metropolitan areas, but this isn’t always the case! You’ll find that some of Spain’s small coastal towns can be more expensive than central Barcelona in peak seasons.
3. Am I looking for a destination that is easily accessible?
Upon arrival at your destination’s closest airport, how far are you prepared to travel to reach your Spanish language school? Your answers to questions 1 and 2 on this page may help shape your answer to this question and judge whether or not it’s worth your while travelling to a less frequented destination in Spain. For reference, Malaga, Valencia, Madrid or Barcelona are the best-connected cities in Spain with quick access to city centres.
4. Do I want to mix with or avoid my fellow citizens?
Yes, Spain counts a number of tourist hotspots for different nationalities! French tourists, for example, can be found in large numbers in the Costa Brava, British tourists in the Costa del Sol, German tourists in Mallorca, etc. Undertaking a Spanish language course in Spain should be an opportunity to meet foreign people who also share your passion for learning Spanish. However, there is no harm in preferring to keep in contact with your fellow citizen, especially if you plan to stay for a prolonged time in Spain and if you are travelling from a distant country such as China, for example.
5. Am I worried about the local accents?
Spanish is like English. It’s impossible to unanimously decide upon a “standard” Spanish accent when over 500 million people from more than 20 different countries around the globe speak the language. As with English, you may prefer to learn to speak the language with a pure Castilian accent – the one you hear on the radio or on television – in this case Salamanca might be a good choice for you. Nevertheless, it’s still recommendable to get used to popular accents, in particular, because in the future you may be confronted to Spanish speakers from anywhere including the USA.
6. Am I still uncertain after all these questions?
If you are still uncertain which destination to pick for your Spanish course in Spain, why not choose a combined itinerant course that takes you to several cities around the country? Yes, when selecting to study for 2 weeks or more, you could be looking at the chance of rocking the big city, chilling on the beach, learning flamenco, surfing, and more!