Santiago is one of the few metropolises in the world where you can ask yourself: “Should I go to the beach today and ski tomorrow, or vice versa?” It takes the same amount of time to reach amazing beaches on the Pacific coast as it does to reach the breathtaking ski slopes in the Andes during the winter months.
Santiago de Chile is located almost in the middle of the country, and divides Chile’s fertile south and its dry north. The capital has just about everything you could wish for. On the one hand, you will find beautiful places to relax, old colonial-style buildings, and small markets, while on the other, you can experience the city life of a hustling metropolis. In addition, Santiago is also the economic and political hub of the country.
Due to its wide range of opportunities, it’s not a surprise that around 40% of all Chileans live in the capital, Santiago. The “Santiaguinos” (as well as the rest of the Chilean population) are very friendly and helpful. As a foreigner, it is easy to make friends here. Santiago has many internationally recognized and prestigious universities, which has led to a lively student life and parties in recent years.
Santiago offers something for everyone, whether you are seeking a huge city with shopping-malls, modern skyscrapers, and a lively hustle and bustle, or simply looking to relax in one of the many parks and admire the old buildings in the historic center.
Our Spanish school in Santiago de Chile is located in the neighborhood of Providencia in the beautiful and popular district of Bellavista, easily accessed by metro and bus. There are numerous bars, cafes, restaurants, shops, museums and theaters in the vicinity for students to enjoy in their free time.
The language school has existed for over 25 years, guaranteeing international standards of high-quality courses in a comfortable setting. The school is located in a large and beautiful home remodeled to consist of 12 classrooms with a capacity for over 70 students. The building is also equipped with an amplified common area and a computer room with free internet access. During the breaks between classes, all students join in the common areas in order to get to know one another while enjoying a refreshment and light snacks.
The school atmosphere is very friendly and international, welcoming students to Chile from all over the world including Brazil, Europe, Asia, USA and Canada.
The language school regularly organizes extracurricular activities allowing students the opportunity to explore Chilean culture and the beautiful country for a small additional cost. The excursions typically include day trips to the coastal cities like Viña del Mar, Valparaíso and Isla Negra; however, others include ski trips to the mountains, wine tours, trekking and horseback-riding.
Free afternoon activities take place regularly in the language school. Students may watch a movie and then have a discussion about it, learn Chilean dances or assist in making typical Chilean dishes. All these activities are for the benefit of the student to deepen their language and cultural knowledge.
The Spanish school offers top quality Spanish lessons. All teachers have a university degree and many years of experience teaching Spanish as a foreign language. They all speak at least two different languages and/or have spent time living abroad.
The courses are divided into different levels: basic, intermediate and advanced. Each of the levels is sub-divided into four additional levels in order to create groups of students with similar language knowledge and academic needs. The grouping is arranged based on a short evaluation test taken on each student’s first day of class.
The course material is provided by the school at no additional cost. Each student will receive a notebook with the class activities containing numerous exercises complemented by worksheets and examples provided by the teachers.
The classes focus on three different areas of language comprehension: learning the fundamental grammar rules, deepening their meaning and applying them through written and conversational exercises. This teaching method ensures that students practice and apply the principles they have learned to improve their everyday skills in real life situations.
Outside of the classroom, the teachers encourage students to converse in Spanish to facilitate the integration of new students. During breaks, coffee, tea, water and light snacks are offered for students in the common areas. Students also have the opportunity to browse the internet or sing karaoke with their classmates and teachers. These breaks and additional activities form an important part of the learning process for students as they become more comfortable in their settings speaking a new language amongst new friends. Students can choose between three different types of Spanish courses:
• Group Course:
Consists of 20 lessons per week (45 minutes each) and contains a maximum of 9 students (on average 6 students) in each class to guarantee individual attention and fast progress. The classes take place in the mornings from 10:00 to 13:30. In exceptional cases, class may take place in the afternoon.
• Intensive Course:
A combination of the Group Course plus 10 additional private classes (45 minutes each) every week. This option allows students to expand on the material learned in the Group Course while focusing on preferred material and personal weaknesses. The private classes can be scheduled in the mornings before the Group Course or in the afternoons.
• Private Course:
Consists of 10 one-on-one lessons per week (45 minutes each) allowing for individual assistance. The material is adapted to the student’s abilities and expectations. Student can also request specific themes and address material that they prefer to focus on.
• Spanish & Volunteer Work (part-time):
Especially for our Spanish students, we have created a program that allows students to become immersed in the Chilean culture by becoming part of the society. This program combines a Spanish course in the mornings and a volunteer work position 2 to 4 afternoons per week. This gives participants the opportunity to perfectly balance their free time between volunteer work and other extracurricular activities. Students have the advantage of practicing newly acquired Spanish skills in real life situations; probably the most efficient way to learn a foreign language!
An important part of our cultural programs in Chile is a nice place to stay that makes you feel at home even when you are far away from your country. We accommodate our students in the homes of carefully selected Chilean host families or in shared apartments.
You will always have your own room (single room) and access to the common areas of the house or apartment. Double rooms are also available upon request for couples or friends traveling together. If you want to stay with a Chilean host family, you can choose between receiving half board (two meals per day) or self-catering (shared use of the kitchen). We make it our priority to try to locate your "Chilean home" close to the school or easily accessible by public transportation.
In particular Chile’s capital Santiago has a good infrastructure. Internet access (WIFI) is part of the standard equipment of 95% of our housing options. In case you unexpectedly don’t have access to the internet at your host family’s home or in your spared apartment, there are various internet cafes in Santiago. You can also use the free Internet access at your language school.
The above mentioned prices include:
• Personal and professional consultations regarding your program
• English-speaking contact person in Chile
• Useful information about your stay in Chile
• Country Handbook Chile
• Santiago City Map (copyright by Chile Inside)
• Santiago City Guide (130 pages, copyright by Chile Inside)
• Free internet access in the school
• Class material
• Language evaluation test
• Refreshments and light snacks during the breaks
• Cultural activities calendar
• Accommodation (if booked)
• Airport pick-up (if booked)
• Language course completion certificate
• 24/7 emergency number
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(20+10 hrs / week)
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(10 hrs / week)
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Prices are subject to change. School enrolment fee 40 USD.
|Airport Transfer||35 USD
• One week Spanish course lasts from Monday to Friday
• New courses always start on Mondays (all levels)
• Each lesson has 45 minutes
• The Group Course includes 20 lessons per week
• The Intensive Course consists of the Group course and 10 private lessons per week
• The Private Course includes 10 individual lessons per week
• All Group Courses are expected to have a minimum of 3 students per class. In case there are just 1 or 2
students, class hours will be reduced by 50%.
• Accommodations are arranged in single rooms with a host family or in a shared apartment. Half board is
only available with host families.
• Accommodation prices consider check-in Sunday before the course starts, check-out Saturday after the
course has ended (extra days can be booked).
• The volunteer work is carried out part time, 2 to 4 afternoons per week (if booked)
• Airport pick-up is only available within Santiago
• The half-day volunteer work takes place on 2 to 4 afternoons per week. It can only be booked together
with a Spanish course during the same period of time.
Public Holidays 2018:
Jan 01, Mar 30, May 01, May 21, Jul 02, Jul 16, Aug 15, Sept 18 + 19, Oct 15, Nov 01, Nov 02, Dec 08, Dec 25. Classes will be rescheduled.
How are students assigned to the right language course?
Before starting a language course, each new language student takes a placement test. This test must either be submitted by email beforehand or taken on the first day of school before the course starts. Based on this test, students are evaluated regarding their language skills and are assigned to the right group. In case a student wishes to take private lessons, the test helps the Spanish school determine the right course material.
Where are the other language students from?
The language students represent a diverse range of nationalities, typically originating from Germany, Switzerland, Austria, the USA, Canada and Brazil. Every now and then the courses are attended by students of other nationalities, primarily Asians and French.
Can I do the DELE test in Santiago de Chile?
We are happy to inform you about the possibilities of doing a DELE preparation course in Santiago. We can also assist you with the enrolment for the DELE test (Diploma de Español como Lengua Extranjera) itself.
Does the language school also offer leisure activities?
Learning Spanish should be an enjoyable experience. The school makes sure you also have fun in your spare time by offering cultural activities in the afternoons as well as excursions on the weekends. Cooking classes, salsa lessons, city walks or movie afternoons are among the most popular activities. The weekend activities are generally day trips to the surrounding area and include visits to places such as vineyards, coastal towns, national parks, museums, etc. In addition, the schools offer outdoor sports activities (rafting, horseback riding, hiking, skiing etc.).
Will I receive a certificate from the school upon completion of the course?
Yes, upon completion of the course, the language school will issue a certificate stating the level achieved.
What kind of insurance do I need for my stay abroad?
In order to participate in our exchange programs, you need to at least take out travel health insurance. This is important as it will cover you against every possible case of illness or accident. For this purpose, we cooperate with STA Travel, with whom we have negotiated special rates. Chile Inside and STA Travel offer various advantages, the biggest of which is overall insurance coverage (illness, accident, third party liability, and baggage) for a reduced monthly fee. For more information read here.
Will I be picked up at the airport?
We are happy to organize pick-up at the airport. This way you won’t have to go through the hassle of looking for a trustworthy taxi driver and won’t need to explain where exactly you’re staying in Santiago. We make sure that the driver knows where to drop you off.
What should I do if I have a problem?
In the unlikely event that you experience problems during your stay in Chile, we are available to provide assistance. No matter whether you encounter these problems in your language course or whether they are of a different nature, we are always happy to help. You will find our 24-hour emergency number on your reservation confirmation. It ensures that we are reachable also outside office hours.
Will there be an English-speaking contact person in Chile?
Our office staff in Santiago is friendly and multilingual. Almost all of us speak at least three languages, amongst others English, and are available to answer any questions you may have, or give you further information in your mother tongue.
Where will I be staying?
Our language students in Chile either stay with a Chilean host family or in shared accommodation. Unless requested otherwise, you will be allocated a single room (instead of a double room or dormitory style rooms). If staying with a host family, you can request half-board. In shared accommodation everyone is responsible for their own meals. All participants have access to a fully equipped kitchen where they can store and prepare food. Double rooms are available upon special request for friend or couples traveling together.
Will I have access to internet where I’m staying?
In particular Chile’s capital Santiago has a good infrastructure. Internet access (WIFI) is part of the standard equipment of 95% of the accommodation we offer. In case you unexpectedly don’t have access to the internet, there are various internet cafes in Santiago (and other cities).