Learn Spanish in Viña del Mar
Spanish course in Viña del Mar
Our partner language school in Viña del Mar is located in the center of the city just a few blocks from the beach and the famous Quinta Vergara Park that is home to the Palacio Vergara (now the Museo de Bellas Artes) and the open-air amphitheater where the annual International Music Festival of Viña takes place.
The city offers many activities during the day as well as at night. There are many restaurants, cafes, bars and shopping malls to spend time in. You will also find a huge variety of outdoor activities such as water sports, horseback riding and excursions to nearby national parks. At night, you can go out to explore the exciting pubs and clubs that are full of students from the large concentration of university campuses in Viña del Mar and neighboring Valparaíso. During the summer months between November and March, Viña del Mar is bustling with many Chilean and international tourists enjoying the beautiful coast..
The Spanish school in Viña del Mar belongs to a network of Spanish schools found in many countries in South America. The courses are top-quality and correspond to international standards of teaching. The classes focus on grammar as well as listening and oral comprehension. The teaching techniques were created by the Spanish school and reflect the many years of experience of each individual teacher.
The Spanish classes are taught year-round and new students begin on Monday. There is the option to choose between three different courses that are divided into 12 different levels of difficulty. There are four subdivisions in each level of beginner, intermediate and advanced to ensure fast learning for all students. To make sure your knowledge meets the corresponding class level and to determine your current language skills, you will take a brief placement test before starting the lessons on your first day.
Each lesson lasts 50 minutes. At the end of your Spanish Course, the school provides you with a certificate of completion.
Students choose from the following three course options:
Group Course: If you want to be in contact with other international students and share your language studies with them, then you would enjoy the Group Course. It consists of four (4) Spanish lessons each day, twenty (20) lessons per week. Each group has a maximum of seven (7) students (the average is four students) to ensure an effective learning approach. The course takes place in the mornings from 9:00 to 13:30. In exceptional cases, the course may take place in the afternoon.
Intensive Course: The Intensive Course is perfect for students who want to learn Spanish faster. The course is a combination of the Group Course and five (5) or ten (10) additional private lessons per week. This schedule allows students to repeat certain topics and eliminate personal weaknesses. The private lessons take place in the afternoons.
Private Course: For personalized attention, private lessons should be your choice. The classes are adapted to the needs and priorities of each student. Private lessons are excellent for professionals or students who want to learn fast or focus on specific vocabulary. The course consists of 10 lessons per week, arranged according to your schedule.
The school in Viña del Mar offers many extracurricular activities allowing you to interact and get to know other students, experience new adventures and dive into Chilean culture. Some of the activities include city tours, cooking classes, visits to vineyards and museums, conversation classes, Salsa dancing classes, picnics at the beach, surf classes and parties. Other popular activities include excursions to Isla Negra, La Serena, Santiago, La Ligua and Mendoza or to the surrounding areas of the city for fishing, hiking or kayaking. (A minimum amount of people must sign up for an activity in order for it to occur.)
Special Offer: Spanish Course and Part-time Volunteer Work
There is no better way than “learning by doing”. Especially for our students, we have created a new program that allows students to apply their recently learned Spanish skills in a volunteer position. In the morning language course students learn the theoretical base of Spanish, while in the afternoons they are able to practice their listening and speaking abilities in real life situations.
The combination program consists of a Spanish Course (Group Course or Private Course) in the mornings and volunteer work in the afternoons. The volunteer work takes place two to four afternoons per week, leaving enough time for your homework and other activities. Students combine the theory with the practical application of Spanish while lending a hand to a social cause. The volunteer work usually takes place in children's homes, day care centers, elderly care homes, homeless shelters or similar social institutions.
We want you to feel as comfortable as possible while you are staying in Viña del Mar. Living with one of our carefully chosen host families gives you the opportunity to practice your Spanish, explore the local culture and get to know the Chilean way of life. The family provides you with a private room, bathrooms are mostly shared. You will also have access to the kitchen and common rooms. Upon request, you can book you room including half board (breakfast and dinner). Keep in mind that you are never too old for a home stay as many students are older than their host “parents”.
If you want to stay with other international students in a student residence or in a shared apartment instead with a host family, we can arrange this for you as well. You will have your own room, sharing the kitchen and bathroom with the other residents. There are no meals provided.
Viña del Mar is located to the northwest of Santiago (1.5 hours by car) and has about 300.000 inhabitants making it the fourth largest city of Chile. The city is famous for its palm-lined and picturesque bays, sandy beaches and attracts thousands of national and international tourists all year round because of its glamorous beach flair.
When you are in Viña you shouldn’t miss the flower clock at the entrance of the city. And you should definitively make a trip to the neighboring city of Valparaíso. It is the complete opposite of chic Viña del Mar, but the UNESCO city is definitely worth exploring.
The combination of city, beach and countryside provides Viña del Mar with a very unique character. You can lie out and relax or go for a swim at the sunny beaches of the Pacific coast or participate in some of the outdoor sports such as water-skiing, horseback riding and trekking through one of the nearby national parks. There are plenty of restaurants, cafes and a big shopping mall as well. If you love entertaining nightlife Viña del Mar is your place. There is a little bit of everything including cabarets, pubs, piano bars, discos, etc.
The prices include the following services:
Enrolment fee 75 USD. Please note that all prices are subject to change.
Public holidays: The school is closed for public holidays. 2013: Jan 01, Mar 29, May 01, May 21, Jul 16, Aug 15, Sept 18 +19 +20, Oct 31, Nov 1, Dec 25.
(Classes will not be rescheduled. However, classes on the following holidays will be made up with extra conversation classes: May 21, Jul 16, Aug 15, Sept 20, Oct 31)
Application fee of US 100 for the volunteer placement. Prices are subject to change.
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