Program Overview by Course Type
At UniSpain we know how important it is to choose the right type of Spanish language course and the right location, not only for future benefit in academic or professional environments, but also to make your experience as pleasurable as we can.
In order to make it as clear as possible which type of Spanish language courses are available through UniSpain, here you will find a quick and clear overview of each type of Spanish course that UniSpain offers in different parts of Spain.
If you have as many questions about the different locations where UniSpain offers Spanish language courses, you can have a look at our Destinations Overview page, which will give you a clear overview of all our destinations and their advantages and disadvantages.
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Standard Spanish Language Courses
Standard Spanish courses are one of the most popular and common Spanish courses requested by students, and they are provided by most private Spanish language schools as well as Spanish universities. A standard Spanish language course typically offers around 20 Spanish classes per week and a number of free-time activities outside class hours. These activities range from Spanish cultural activities, like guided visits to Spanish museums, to welcome parties and weekend excursions.
On average each class has around 6-12 students, which allows the Spanish language teacher to give personal attention to each student. Many of the teachers also participate in the free-time activities, which creates a very good relationship between the Spanish language course teachers and Spanish language course students.
The 4 hour Spanish language classes per day focus on Spanish grammar, Spanish vocabulary and understanding of the Spanish language and Spanish culture and are based on the active participation of all students.
Intensive Spanish Language Courses
The intensive Spanish language courses are also very popular amongst students staying in Spain for a shorter, more efficient study Spanish period. This Spanish language course is naturally more intensive, where it offers at least 25 Spanish language classes per week and also a number of free time activities outside class hours such as guided visits to museums to welcome parties and weekend excursions.
The average class also has less students compared to the standard Spanish language course with around 4-10 students per group, which allows each teacher to give more personal attention to each student. Like in the standard language courses the classes focus on grammar, vocabulary and understanding of the Spanish language.
The extra hours per week will be spend on optional subjects that are mostly topic related, presentations or spending more time to work on the most difficult parts of the grammar. You might also read newspaper articles or watch Spanish movies after which these will be discussed.
University Spanish Language Courses
University Spanish courses are another way to efficiently study Spanish. The Spanish courses at public universities are popular among students between 18-30 years old who study Spanish in Spain for a longer period.
Traditionally Spanish language courses at public Spanish universities have been long-term Spanish courses following the academic year in either 2 or 3 semester language courses and with few options to choose from. This has changed as nowadays many universities offer both short-term Spanish language courses as well as Spanish courses during the summer.
Many of the universities might have improved their services, but are usually still far from perfect. Students should for example be aware of the few free-time activities arranged, the many students per class, lack of published information about the Spanish courses, a complicated reservation process and, you should not be surprised if there is no one who speaks any other languages besides Spanish in the main office at the Spanish courses.
There are of course also many positive facts about choosing a university such as being part of campus life, meeting Spanish students, having access to university facilities and you will also get a diploma from a university (and not from a private school that might not be known back in your home country).
Teenage Spanish Language Courses
We are also able to arrange Teenage Spanish courses specifically for youngsters. These Spanish courses are popular during summer months and are targeted at youngsters between 13 and 17 years old; these summer youth Spanish language courses are arranged by many of the private Spanish language schools in Spain that offer normal Spanish language courses during the rest of the year.
A typical Spanish course offers around 15-20 Spanish classes per week and a number of afternoon and weekend activities. The summer camps are arranged so the students have a great time both during classes and after with a number of organised free-time activities, from cultural activities such as guided visits to museums to sports activities and weekend excursions.
The average class has around 10 students and the teachers are experienced in teaching Spanish to youngsters. The Spanish classes are done in a very interactive and communicative way to make it more fun for the students while they are learning.
Summer Spanish Language Courses
We are also able to arrange Summer Spanish courses which are arranged by many of the private Spanish language schools in Spain that offer normal Spanish language courses during the rest of the year. A Summer Spanish course is an ideal way to combine holidays and pick up or improve your Spanish.
The Summer Spanish Courses we offer are for all levels from beginner to advanced and have a minimum age requirement of 16/17 years. The course structure is the same as in the Intensive courses that are given throughout the year. Lessons consist of Spanish Grammar and Conversation, and at some Universities you can also choose extra subjects like Spanish Art, History, Literature, etc., depending on the amount of lessons you have chosen and/or your level of Spanish.
It is possible to attend these courses from 2 weeks to 4 months during the months of June, July, August and September (not at all Universities).
Mature Spanish Language Courses
For the older student (usually 50+), we offer Mature Spanish language courses, where the free-time, social and cultural activities are also a major focus. These activities could include Spanish cooking lessons, Flamenco dancing classes, visits to museums, etc.
The average mature Spanish language course class has around 10 students and between 15-20 classes per week, which allows for the teacher to get the whole class involved. The 3-4 Spanish classes per day focus on grammar, vocabulary and understanding of the Spanish language and culture and are based on the active participation of all students.
We would recommend the special mature student Spanish courses for people who prefer studying only with people of the same age. It can also be highly recommended for the many special free-time activities arranged which is the principle difference between this Spanish course and a standard Spanish language course.
Business Spanish Language Courses
We also offer Business Spanish language courses for young business professionals or business students, where the vocabulary is more Spanish business and corporate Spanish culture related.
There are two different types of business Spanish courses. A general business language course and a business language course where students afterwards can take the Madrid Chamber of Commerce Exam, which is a recognised examination for Spanish business vocabulary and arranged in collaboration with the Madrid Chamber of Commerce and Alcala University. The main difference between these two courses is that the Chamber of Commerce Spanish language course will also focus on preparing for the exam whereas the general course have more time for specialized subjects.
Most young business professionals or international students who take this Spanish language course are either doing business in Spain, are planning to establish business contacts in the Spanish speaking world or wish to further expand their Curriculum for future use.
Online Spanish Language Courses
The online Spanish language courses are a good and popular way to prepare your self before coming to Spain to study Spanish and are also popular amongst people that just need to know the basics of the Spanish language for travel reasons or just have an interest in learning Spanish.
The Spanish course offered by UniSpain has been created by the U.S. Institute of Languages and is one of the most popular and effective self learning Spanish courses available. The online Spanish language course is called Visual Link Spanish™ and has been taught to corporations and individuals from all over the world since 1996.
The complete online Spanish language course includes more than 200 interactive Spanish lessons in CD Rom’s including interactive learning lessons, Spanish vocabulary review lessons, review games, verbal Spanish quizzes, written Spanish practice quizzes and Spanish pronunciation lessons. Apart from this is also includes 10 audio CD's and a conversation manual.
DELE Preparation Courses
Another possibility is to take a DELE Preparation Spanish language course. DELE is the official test in Spanish as a foreign language and stands for Spanish Diploma as a Foreign Language (Diplomas de Español como Lengua Extranjera). The Instituto Cervates (the official governmental organization who promotes the Spanish language) is the organization in charge of the DELE Spanish language exams although in practise the exam is set and corrected by Salamanca University.
The DELE Spanish language test is also internationally recognised as the official Spanish language exam for none native Spanish language speakers (like the TOEFL test is for the English language), a nice way to study Spanish in Spain.
There are three different options available at the DELE Spanish language exam depending on the level of the students who want to study Spanish in Spain.
The first level is the basic level (Nivel Inicial) which is for students with a elementary knowledge of Spanish. This level is for students who have studied Spanish language for short a period, with a basic understanding of the Spanish grammar and who understand and communicate in situations that requires minimal Spanish language skills.
The second Spanish language course level is the intermediate (Nivel Intermedio) which is for students who are able to understand and speak the Spanish language in every day situations and who have a good knowledge of the Spanish grammar.
The third level is the advanced (Nivel Superior) and is for students who have studied Spanish for a longer period and have a full understanding of the language and the Spanish culture and who are able to communicate in an advanced level in all situations.
Please see DELE Preparation Spanish Courses for more information on this type of course. Otherwise, you may be ready to Register for a DELE Exam Preperation Spanish Course.
Services Offered by UniSpain
For further information about the services offered by UniSpain, check the links below.
Why UniSpain - find out why you should book your Spanish course with UniSpain! Information about the discounts offered by UniSpain, guarantees available, official collaboration letters from all the private Spanish language schools and Spanish Universities.
Destinations in Spain – General information about the destinations available through UniSpain, what these locations offer, for whom they are best suited and more. Including the popular destination like Alicante Spanish Courses, Barcelona Spanish Courses, Cadiz Spanish Courses, Granada Spanish Courses, Madrid Spanish Courses, Malaga Spanish Courses, Salamanca Spanish Courses, Sevilla Spanish Courses, and Valencia Spanish Courses.
Spanish Courses Available – Info about the Spanish language courses available through UniSpain, for whom they are best suited, where you can study these types of Spanish language courses including popular courses at University of Alicante, University of Madrid, University of Malaga and much more…
Student Accommodation Spain - all about the accommodation service offered by UniSpain including descriptions and photos for student flats, Spanish host families or individual apartments throughout Spain.
Useful Info & Links - the Spanish weather, currency, academic credits and a link section with the best web sites about Spain.
Help Choosing – Do you have doubts which type of Spanish course to select or where in Spain to study. In this section you can find helpful information and guidance.
Contact Info and Questions - questions about our Spanish courses, the Spanish language schools, Spanish universities or anything else.