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Barcelona is the historical capital of Catalonia, and Spain's second largest city with a population of 1.510.000. Located on the northeastern coast of the Iberian Peninsula and the shores of the Mediterranean, it is the main gateway from Spain to the rest of Europe. The official languages spoken are Castilian (the official Spanish language) and Catalan; thus, all locals can speak both languages.

Barcelona's history dates back to the founding of a Roman colony on its soil in the second century B.C. Modern Barcelona experienced spectacular growth and economic revival at the onset of industrialization during the second half of the 19th century. The 1888 World's Fair became a symbol of the capacity for hard work and the international view projected by the city. Culture and the arts flourished in Barcelona and in all of Catalonia.

It's history is beautifully reflected in the famous 500-year-old Barrio Gotico, the old quarter known  as the Gothic Quarter because it is a treasure house of Gothic architecture, and where you can find both historic monuments and modern institutions.

Barcelona is a modern metropolis paradise and Spain's cultural Mecca for Modern art and theatre lovers. Here, you can admire the work of Picasso, Miro, and see Gaudi's famous Sagrada Familia, Güell Park and La Pedrera. The Picasso Museum houses a collection of paintings, drawings and sketches from the early years of Pablo Picasso's life.

Barcelona's location offers easy access to the beaches of the Costa Braa and skiing resorts in the Pyrenees.  Nearby are Sitges, Figueras, Empuries, and Girona all of which are worth a visit. Small, attractive beaches allow sunbathers to soak up the sun or provide water sports for the more energetic.

From the Military Museum at Montjuic one can enjoy a panoramic view of the city. Barcelona has a vast array of bars, cafes, clubs and discos providing music and fun for all tastes. Its international audience enjoys the lively street life, and extensive nightlife. Montjuic has become a popular nightspot well as having museums, parks and gardens. For a stroll, try the Parc de la Ciutedella - a romantic garden bordered by tree-lined paths and host to Barcelona's zoo.

Barcelona was the venue for the Olympic Games in 1992; a visit to the Olympic Village is a must do.

Shopping is also fun with its flea markets, department stores, and gift shops. Barcelona is home to the characteristic and popular Boqueria meat and fish market.

At the end of September, the most important celebrations of the city take place: the Merce (patron saint to the city). During this time, there are many rock, pop and folk concerts, street-theatre productions and sporting activities. It is four days of non-stop music, dancing, fireworks, bullfights and parades.

Barcelona is more than just a single city. It is really a collection of multi-faceted and diverse cities. To some, it might be a surprise that such a modern and enterprising city preserves its historic Gothic center almost intact, or by the curious contrast between the maze of narrow streets and the grid-like layout. It has style, allure and an unbelievable number of things to do, from art to music - Barcelona is an unique experience.

Schools Facilities

Don Quijote Centre: occupies an entire 5-story building and is located in the  heart of the center, just opposite to the 'Ritz Hotel' on the famous boulevard 'La Gran Via'. It has 65 spacious classrooms all with windows and balconies. The ground floor is dedicated to the teachers' room, multimedia classroom, central meeting and recreational area where you can watch TV, read the newspapers, have a coffee, with your fellow students or do your homework. There is also a roof terrace.

Babylon Centre: is centrally located in the heart of Barcelona, in a quiet street with spacious classrooms, a large common room and a beautiful big terrace. It is situated on the 1st floor of a typical ''Eixample'' building. High ceilings, French windows and original mosaic floors create a very special surrounding.  All the classrooms are air-conditioned to keep cool in Summer and warm in Winter. The large outdoor terrace is the heart of the school's social life and you can always find students and teachers talking and mingling here. There is also an indoor lounge area where you can get a fresh coffee, check the internet or read something.

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 Granada is situated in the South East of Spain (in the Andalusia region), at the foot of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. It is characterized by its diverse geography and landscape. The wide and fertile plains of the Genil has a temperate climate while its mountainous regions has a much colder climate, where stands the 3.481 meters of the Mulhacén. The mountain is great hiking in the summer or skiing in the winter. Its peak is the highest in the Iberian Peninsula. At the foot of the mountain, there is the Palacio de Verano called Generalife. It is here that stands the city, at the point where its two rivers, Darro and Genil, meets.The beautiful beaches of the Costa del Sol are less than an hour away while close by you can find other fascinating Andalusia cities, such as, Seville, Cordoba, Almeria, etc.

The hills in front of the Alhambra were the ancient Moorish casbah or medina, called the Albaicín. It's a fascinating maze of narrow and steep alleys, white houses with interior gardens known as "Carmenes" which actually gives shape to the city of Granada where the old districts of Albaicín an the Alhambra where founded. The new area of the city is situated in the plains, intertwined with the lengthy Gran Vía de Colón and Reyes Católicos, where you find the bustling streets around the cathedral.

Its unique history features the artistic greatness of the mixture of Moorish palaces and Christian Renaissance treasures. It was the final Moorish capital in the Iberian Peninsula, thus it has maintained a high symbolic value.

The Alhambra, residence of the Nazareth Kings, is a beautiful Arabian palace that merges architecture and nature to create such an authentic earthly paradise. Palaces, gardens, fountains, towers, murals, all wisely combined with the equally beautiful curtain background of the Sierra Nevada, to create one of the world's most gorgeous monuments. Lovely Granada has been sung of in multiple of occasions. Its conquerors, the Catholic Kings, wanted to make it the capital for the romantic travelers of the 19th Century. This is one place that you must visit, just to see its monuments, streets, plazas, its fountains of Moorish influence, and the view from the top of the Alhambra overlooking the city.

Granada is not only known for the Alhambra. It possesses a lot more other monuments, which makes it worthwhile to pass several days here in order to truly enjoy its wealth. The Catedral and the Capilla Real, the monasteries of San Jerónimo and the Cartuja, the Arabian palace of Daralhorra, the Moorish houses of the Chapiz,  are some of the many monuments that decorate the city.

This richly historic city is also a modern city with plenty of commerce. Plus, it is consider Spain's third-largest university city (over 60.000 students), with one of the largest University of Andalusia. It possesses a large variety of popular restaurants, stores, trendy clubs, bars and pubs to relax for the moments when you prefer doing something other than visiting monuments. One of the things that make the bars in Granada so famous in Spain is that with the purchase of whatever beverage, you can enjoy a free serving of 'tapa'. It is this offering; along with attractive decorations that draws the attention of customers to make one bar more popular than another.

Granada has it all: beauty, culture, and fun activities.

Schools Facilities

IMSOL Centre:  Located in the historic centre of Granada. The school is accessible to all of Granada's local offerings, and major landmarks. There are some spacious, fully equipped classrooms, and an air-conditioned library with books and films, free wifi, etc. The centre has a small terrace where students can enjoy their coffee breaks.

Don Quijote Centre:  located in a safe, quiet part of the city center, just in short distance from the cathedral, the Alhambra, the Albaicín and the Conference Center. Nearby, buses depart almost every hour for the Sierra Nevada or the Mediterranean coast. This five-story building is luminous and spacious, with many windows and balconies overlooking the street. It possess centrally heated and air-conditioned -both indispensable features in Granada, where summer and winter temperatures can be extreme. It is equipped with modern teaching aids such as computers and audiovisual equipment. It has a recreational room on the lower level where one can watch TV or a video, listen to music, read books or newspapers, play board games or darts, etc. The atmosphere is intimate and relaxed.

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 Madrid, capital of  Spain, is located in the heart of the Iberian Peninsula and in the center of the Castilian plain. It has Spain's largest population of approximately 5 million people. Besides being the home of the Spanish Royal Family, this cosmopolitan city is a business center, headquarters for the Public Administration, Government, and the home of the Spanish Parliament. It plays a major role in both the banking and industrial sectors. Most of the important textile, food and metal working factories are clustered in the city's Southern region.Madrid can trace its origins to the times of Arab Emir Mohamed I (852-886), who ordered the construction of a fortress on the left bank of the Manzanares river. In the 11th century, Alonso VI conquered it, after years of dispute between the Christians and Arabs. At the end of the 17th century, a defensive wall was built for the protection of the new outlying areas, outlining the roads of Segovia, Toledo and Valencia. The Paseo del Prado and Paseo las Acacias were designed in the18th century during the reign of Carlos II.

TPlaza - Mayor - SOLhe so-called "Madrid of the Austrians" gave a Spanish touch to the forms of Italian Renaissance. This influence can be seen in the neoclassical structures of the 17th and 18th centuries, such as the Plaza Mayor, (Main Square) Puerta del Sol, Plaza de la Villa, and the Plaza de Oriente, where you can visit the magnificent Palacio Real (Royal Palace). One should visit the Cibeles Fountain, where the beautiful Correos Building and the Bank of Spain are located. Further along is Puerta de Alcala which leads to the Retiro Park. This is one of Europe's most beautiful gardens and also includes the Crystal Palace and a large lake on which one can take boat rides.

At the beginning of the 19th century, Joseph Bonaparte undertook the reform of the Puerta del Sol and its vicinity. Thus, The commercial street known as the Gran Vía was built as an east-west avenue. In the 1950's the north-south boulevard called Paseo de la Castellana was extended and modern buildings were erected, housing the major financial institutions.

Yet, Madrid remains a city characterized by intense cultural and artistic activity and a very lively nightlife. Madrid seems to combine the very best features of any European city. To Europe, it is called the capital of joy and of contentment with its fully interactive atmosphere. With everything from world famous museums to high fashion shopping; one never runs out of things to do in Madrid.

Madrid has a remarkable collection of museums (The Prado, Thyssen Museum, the Reina Sofía Museum, etc) and art galleries. The Prado Museum, with great works of international and Spanish painters from the 12th century to the 18th century, houses Velasquez, Goya and El Greco as undoubtedly the three great attractions.

To relax, you can take a stroll through the most popular and authentic of Madrid's parks: the Retiro (119 hectares with 15.000 trees). If you enjoy shopping, Madrid has over 54.000 shops, where you can find everything you want. You will find plenty of boutiques and luxury shops in the Salamanca district. A Sunday morning spent in El Rastro (from 9:00 to 3:00), a picturesque flea market, is quite a unique experience, both entertaining and quaint.

Madrid has plenty of typical restaurants where the customer may try the tastiest and varied specialties of the traditional Spanish cuisine. Typical of Madrid is the cocido madrileño. There are also many modern restaurants where international cuisine is served. It is essential before dinner to go for a stroll and to have an aperitif. Ask for a "chato" (small glass of red or white wine), accompanied by "tapas" or "pinchos".

Madrid is quite different from any other European capital after dark. Besides theatres, shows, cinemas, concerts, operas, there are plenty of discotheques, music halls, nightclubs, and pubs etc. that go on throughout the night so you can literally "begin your day at night". At night, you can find hundreds of pubs and bars, traffic jams at 4 a.m. Around the city, there a many unique places for going out with its own style.

One should never get bored in Madrid, but if you do, remember, Madrid is conveniently located within a maximum of 5 hours by train or bus to any other city in Spain. Avila, Toledo, Segovia, and Aranjuez are only an hour away.

Schools Facilities

Don Quijote Centre: is located in the heart of Madrid, close to the famous Gran Vía, Alcalá and Cibeles, so it is easy to get to and from any other part of the city.  It has an administration office, computer room, Director of Studies’ office, a phone booth for incoming calls, a staff room, 13 large bright classrooms and 3 smaller classrooms for individual classes all with air-conditioning.

Babylon Centre: is centrally located in the "Barrio de las Letras" where most of Spain's famous writers from its Golden Age (16th and 17th century) used to live.
The building has six air-conditioned classrooms and also equipped with heating. There is a library with books and DVD, plus a lounge area for students to relax, have a refreshment or surf the internet. The building is located on one of the liveliest squares in the city centre called Plaza Santa Ana, where one can find lots of boutique shops, bars, restaurants and theatres that make Madrid such a special place. All of Madrid's central attractions such as the Puerta del Sol and the Prado Museum are a short walk away.

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Málaga, with its 600.000 inhabitants, is the second largest city of Andalusia and a genuine and typical Andalusian city. It is a thriving Mediterranean seaport at the center of the Costa del Sol in southern Spain, near by Gibraltar.

The city was first called MALACA (probably from the word malac - to salt) by the Phoenicians who landed there, 3,000 years ago. The harbor was used as an important center for salting fish, and trading port on the Iberian Peninsula. Malaca was at various times a Carthaginian, Roman, and Moorish colony. Under the Romans and the Moors, it developed into a strong military station. Rome's victory against Carthage, in 206 BC, made it a major port for Roman trade with Byzantium. It later fell to the Moors in 711 and became their main port serving Granada until the mid fifteenth century. In 1487, Spanish Christians recaptured it after a heroic and bloody resistance. The Moors who stayed behind were expelled after a rebellion.

Malaga's illustrious past has left its print on the historic center, with countless Moorish remains, as well as, a Roman amphitheater, the 12th-century Moorish fortress Alcazaba, a Muslim Fort, and the ruins of a Moorish castle on Mount Gibralfaro. The area radiates with the 16th-century Cathedral (note the wood carvings), which now houses the Museum of Fine Arts. It has a half-built second tower which was abandoned in 1765 when the funds ran out, thus, the reason for the cathedral's nickname: La Maquita (the one-armed one). It's also worth visiting the impressive park in the Calle de Alameda with one of the most celebrated botanical collections in Europe.Málaga's Museo de Bellas Artes has several fine paintings by Murillo, Ribera, Zurbaran and Morales, and a number of childhood sketches by Pablo Picasso. Picasso's house in Plaza Merced, where the famous painter and sculptor was born, has been turned into a historic building -- The Museum Picasso. It contains a large collection of the artist's engravings and archives of his life and works. Pablo Picasso is the city's famous son and there are several galleries showing his work.

Málaga is the Andalusian city with the most cosmopolitan character. It is primarily a commercial city and a hub for transport. By car, bus or train, you can easily reach Evilla, Seville, Granada, Madrid, Benalmadena, Córdoba and Cadiz. Even Portugal and Morocco can be reached within a few hours.

Yet the city is also known for its extraordinary mild climate, with an average temperature throughout the year of about 22 degrees Celsius and 330 sunny Mediterranean days. Up until the mild months of winter, you can enjoy sitting outside on the terraces at its many beaches. The city attracts students, professionals and scholars from around the globe. It offers unlimited leisure time activities. Sports fans will find top-rate facilities for golf, water sports, horseback riding, and skiing all within close reach.

The beaches in Málaga are generally on the touristy side, thus, you will find them very crowded. However, the Costa del Sol offers numerous and magnificently well kept beaches that stretch both to the west and east. The eastern beaches are rockier and marginally less developed than the western beaches. Nerja, a typical fisherman town surrounded by tourist pueblos, is located in this area. Westward, the coast is highly developed: Torremolinos, Fuengirola and Estepona are appealing resorts with clean sandy beaches, a wide choice of hotels and restaurants and unparalleled variety of entertainment. Marbella is a luxurious resort. The ultimate in coastal charisma is Marbella's Puerto Banus, it's the place to be pampered and relax.

The city sparkles year-round because of its temperament. This temperament is best illustrated in the folklore of Málaga: the Flamenco song and dance. Before and during Easter there are numerous festivities that show Malaga in its entire splendor, a joy to behold. During the summer, the "locos veranos" ("crazy summers") at its beaches, are famous in all of Spain. All year round, Malaga features a thriving nightlife - you'll find everything from flamenco performances and hospitable tapas bars to modern nightclubs and discos. Locals and tourists alike, leave home around midnight and cruise the bars and clubs till dawn. An ideal starting-point for a night-out is the beautiful seaside promenade of El Palo with its many fish-restaurants and fashionable hangouts. Another area to consider is La Malagueta, a more modern part of the town, with several fashionable hangouts for young people. While the Pedragalejo area offers many of the most fashionable pubs in town, plus  traditional bars and restaurants to enjoy classical Andalusian dishes.

The typically Andalusian tapas bars are generally the focal point for the city's nightlife. Don't forget to try the "pescaito frito" and tapas. Plus, the countless cozy bodega bars (wine cellar) in the old town are just the place to have a taste of Malaga's wine.

n Malaga, you will be able to meet many people and immerse yourself in the local culture, and enjoy the beautiful weather. It is ideal, if you wish to combine sun, sea, temperament and folklore with your travels.

Schools Facilities

Instituto Alhambra Centre: is located near the beach in one of the capital’s residential areas. From here, you have easy access to the commercial center, the castle, the alcazaba, the port, marina's square, the cathedral and all the important monuments of Malaga. The building is modern and all its fully equipped classrooms are also air-conditioned. There is a language laboratory, a free access internet laboratory, and a cinema room where Spanish films are shown throughout the week.

Don Quijote Centre: is located only 300 metres from the beach and promenade, in the center of the Pedregalejo district of the city of Malaga. "Pedegalejo" is only a 10-20 minute bus ride from the tourist center of Málaga, and there is a bus stop next to the school. The area is residential, so there will be plenty of opportunity to meet the locals and Spanish tourists. The many pubs in this part of town are among the most fashionable, plus you will also find here traditional bars and restaurants to enjoy classical Andalusian kitchen. The building has 20 classrooms, a courtyard, a covered terrace with a bar and facilities such as video and TV room, a computer laboratory with e-mail service and Internet access.

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"(Cádiz) ...the most beautiful town I ever beheld... and full of the finest women in Spain," gushed Lord Byron in 1809.

Cádiz is 2,851 square miles in area and has slightly over 1,000,000 people. Located on a peninsula that juts sharply into the sea, and consists of haphazardly heaped, Moorish-style houses, in the Southeastern tip of Spain, it serves as a bridge between Spain and Africa. To its north, there is the Bay of Cádiz, where its famous wines of El Puerto de Santa Maria, Sanlucar de Barrameda and Jerez de la Frontera (also home to the maginificent Carthusian horses) is produce; to the south, there are the Straits of Gibraltar and Morocco, to cities such as Tangiers, Casablanca, Fez, Marrakech; while the rest of Andalusia and the picturesque White Villages in the mountains, such as Arcos de la Frontera, Vejer, Ronda, stands to its east. This province also hosts nature reserves in a class of their own such as the Sierra de Grazalema or the Parque Natural de los Alcornocales. The province of Cádiz displays authentic Andalusian folklore, flamenco dancing and singing, and many ferias.

Cadiz was first named GADIR, by the Phoenicians who established it in 1100 B.C. It was home to the Carthaginians, Romans and Moors until the Christians finally conquered it in the thirteenth century. Present-day Cadiz boasts the most well  preserved city center in the whole of Spain, with its beautiful squares, narrow streets, small palaces, and stately buildings. Traces of its historical past can be found in the Roman amphitheatre, the remains of the medieval city walls, the many stone towers of the city and the Oratory of San Felipe Neri (where the first Spanish constitution was drawn up in 1812).

The old town is full of narrow, dilapidated alleys where flowers sprout from rusting  cans mounted on walls beside religious tile paintings. Markets pack into tiny squares, alive with the battering of fish and vegetables, and street vendors selling pink boiled shrimps in newspaper.

Cádiz enjoys pleasant temperatures all-year round, with clear blue skies and an annual average of 300 days of sun, which is perfect for beachgoers. Its landscape features 10 kms of attractive beaches in La Caleta, Playa de Santa María, Playa Victoria, and Playa Cortadura. Playa Victoria is one of the best urban beaches in Europe. Yet, Cadiz features some of Southern Spain's most beautiful undiscovered beaches.

Besides sunbathing, one can enjoy a variety of water activities, such as, scuba diving, sailing, windsurfing, plus, whales watching in the Atlantic or even boat riding to the Straights of Gibraltar to watch migrating killer whales and dolphins. Cádiz is fast becoming a sailing  capital, hosting the 2003 Olympic-Class World championship Sailing Competition in addition to two past Great Regattas. Still looking for more? There is horseback Riding on the cliffs and sandy beaches of Conil de la Frontera, golfing at El Club de Golf Valderrama or El Club de Golf Montecastillo, Football games at the Stadium; rock climbing, Sky riding along the Costa de Luz and around the mountain's of Andalusia.

Cádiz showcases a festival almost every month of the year. It may be religious, cultural or an artistic exposition, there is always something to celebrate. The major ones are, the Carnaval, Holy Week in April and the Latin American Theatre Festival in October. The pride of Cadiz is Los Carnavales in February, an explosion of festivities. Under the dictator Franco, Cádiz was the only city where the authorities failed to suppress the anarchy of carnival. It is the largest and most famous, combined with Semana Santa. During this time, thousands of visitors flock from all parts of Spain and the world to experience this street celebration filled with numerous parades and street fairs. People roam the streets all night in costumes singing and dancing till sunrise. The people of Cadiz, "gaditanos", are known throughout Spain for their friendliness and sense of humor. You can definitely enjoy their many festivals as one of them.

Cádiz offers a non-stop nightlife, which ignites the streets and beach spots with dance and music, attracts clubbers, dancers, and other fun-seekers. On the beach, in the parks, around plazas and in narrow alleys - there are many choices for bars, pubs, cafés and clubs at every turn. Numerous restaurants and tapas bars serve the masses some of the most authentic and tasty traditional Spanish dishes.

Schools Facilities

Gadir Centre: is situated in the district of the Bahía Blanca, only a few minutes away from the historic city center, cafés, bars and the beach. It has seven teaching rooms, a lounge, a library, a video library, a garden and a patio, all for the use of our students.

K2 Int'l Centre: is situated in the historic center in a beautifully renovated historic  3- story on the charming Plaza Mentidero just a few minutes from the beach and park. The centre has seven fully equipped and luminous classrooms.  There is a computer room with wi-fi access and a roof level courtyard  for lounging with a beautiful view of the city.  Plus, there is a meeting room with a library of books, music and videos to help your studies.

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 Salamanca is one of the oldest university towns in the world. It is a typical university city with an international atmosphere, attracting thousands of students from all over the world. Located in the mid-west of Spain (in the Castile-Leon region) with a population of 180,000, its residents speak the purest Spanish, which makes the city very popular for learning Spanish. The Spanish here is pure and without any regional accent, rather like the equivalent of Oxford English.Salamanca is large enough to be able to offer the advantages of a big city but, at the same time, it has the friendly atmosphere of a small town. It is home of the world's second oldest university. It receives about 30, 000 students every year, of which approximately 5,000 come from abroad. Salamanca was declare a UNESCO Human Heritage Site and is known as "La Dorada" - the golden city - because of its golden glow of its sandstone buildings. In  2002, it was named the European Cultural Capital.

The sierra de Francia and Sierra de Gredos (mountains) surrounding Salamanca offers the opportunity to get in touch with nature and to discover typical small villages. Salamanca's "La Plaza Mayor", is regarded to be one of the most beautiful baroque squares in Spain. Madrid is only at 200km away. By train, you can be in Portugal within an hour.

Salamanca is the perfect place to go out and have a good time. It offers numerous cafes, tabernas and the welcoming "bodegas". Its energetic vibe can be seen in the streets and in the many busy cafes and inexpensive restaurants. In September, the Ferias and Fiestas de San Mateo are spectacular.

School Facilities

Salamanca is not just a student city, though. It has an abundance of monuments, architecture and art here and the surrounding countryside is overwhelming. In actuality, it is a city where both young and old will really feel at home.

Don Quijote Centre: is located in the heart of the old city centre, 100 meters from the famous  University of Salamanca and just two minutes away from the magnificent Plaza Mayor. It is a recently restored 16th-century monastery with modern materials that creates a natural balance with the richness, style and class of previous centuries. The building has three floors, 13 classrooms, a recreation room (with computers, video, piano, sound system, etc.), a library, a courtyard, garden, a staff lounge and three offices.

Rua Mayor IA: located on the famous Rua Mayor, 2 - 3 minutes from the Plaza Mayor. It has all the technical equipment needed as well as lecture room and a multimedia-laboratory of languages, which are both welcoming and comfortable.

Mester Centre: is located in the center of Salamanca. This centre is a short walking distance from Plaza Mayor, close to the shopping district. It's three story building with 20 classrooms that provides more than enough room for learning and is equipped with air conditioning and heating for a comfortable atmosphere. It has a library, computer room, conference room, meeting room, assembly hall and a lounge used for study, meetings, and activities.

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Seville, the jewel of Andalusia, is the perfect place to immerse oneself in the extraordinary Spanish culture. It is Spain's fourth-largest city and the capital of Andalusia, with a habitant of approximately 700,000. It's full of narrow, twisting medieval streets overhung by balconies, grand churches, beautiful gardens, squares and parks, which is best illustrated in the historic center and Barrio Santa Cruz, the city's old Jewish Quarter. This historical capital of Andalusia is located the in the Southern West part of Spain where one can easily access the nearby cities of Carmona with its stunning Roman necropolis; Huelva, featuring one of the largest and richest wildlife refuges in Europe, Doñana National Park; San Lucar and Jerez de la Frontera, world headquarters for sherry; Cordoba, Malaga, Cadiz and Gibraltar, areas of Mediterranean beaches, as well as other countries in Portugal, and North Africa. Its mild Mediterranean climate offers mild winters and hot summers.

It is an extremely rich history of over 2500 yrs. The Cathedral, the third largest in the world, was built in the 1400´s (15th Century), and is maybe the most impressive gothic cathedral in the Christian world. It is adjoined to the Almohad Tower called the Giralda, which was originally the minaret of the Great Mosque that occupied the site before the cathedral was built. This 300 foot high tower offers a superb view of the city from the top. It is also the city's symbol.

Across from the Cathedral stands the impressive 10th century palace complex, the Alcazar, which possess impressive examples of both Moorish and Christian architecture. This magnificent royal residence that dates to the 1300s, shows the exquisite craftwork of Mudejar artisans (Moors working for the Christian rulers), the intricate details of the tile work, and an extensive complex of gardens graced by orange trees.

Here you will enjoy numerous cultural, social, and religious events celebrated during  the year.
Its two most famous festivals, Semana Santa (Holy Week) takes place just prior to Easter. It's an amazing display of elaborate parades with traditional floats and somber music. La Feria, which occurs during the last week in April, is a wonderful city fair, featuring plenty of food, wine, fun, sevillano, and flamenco. Cultural activities such as flamenco and bullfighting are readily available. Several spots in the Santa Cruz district present flamenco performances.

For entertainment and culture, one may try visiting the numerous monuments and museums around the city, theatres, Ethnic Music spots, Jazz bars, exhibitions at the many art galleries, and the many movie cinemas that features Spanish movies from Spain, Mexico, Argentinean and other Latin American countries. El Giraldillo, a free monthly arts leaflet, lists classical concerts, jazz, films, plays, art exhibits, and dance performances around town. The tourist office has a quarterly leaflet of events at municipal theaters ("Programación Teatros Municipales"), and more information on events can be found in the ABC Sevilla, Correo de Andalucía, Sudoeste, or Nueva Andalucía.

Seville offers one of the most interesting Spanish lifestyle, a wide variety of art, a lively street life, excellent transportation, countless stores, great restaurants and a teeming nightlife. Seville has the highest concentrations of bars in Spain. There are bars and cafes close to every square where one can participate in a ¨botellon¨ with local youths. Because most locals eat their main meal at lunchtime, Seville's bars are packed in the evenings with people enjoying tapas. The bars and restaurants in Barrio Santa Cruz are very active at night.

The Triana district, just across the river, is good area for nightlife. Its Calle Betis, along the waterfront, features a popular strip of trendy bars, pubs, clubs, cafes and restaurants. Around town, there are several Disco bars and discotecas, with music such as, Modern Spanish Pop, Hip-Hop, R& B, Salsa, Merengue, Samba, Funky, House, etc. Many of these can also be found in and around the city center, in areas such as Plaza Alfalfa, and Alameda Hercules. In the summer, the action moves to the huge clubs along the river, close by el Puente Alamillo.

In Seville you can purchase Andalusian souvenirs to commemorate your visit. Most such items are sold in the Barrio de Santa Cruz and on the streets around the cathedral. There are also several antique stores in this area. The main shopping area for Sevillanos themselves is Calle Sierpes, along with its neighboring streets Tetuan, Velázquez, Plaza Magdalena, Plaza Duque and Nervion Plaza. Fashionable boutiques abound here, and enough cafes and 'heladorias' to rejuvenate between stores.

Blessed with a magical ambiance and beauty of the people to match. You will be enchanted by Seville's captivating atmosphere. It will surely keep you coming back.

School Facilities

Conde de Ibarra Dq, Mateos Gago Giralda, Gloria Abanico are all located in the beautiful city-center of Seville's 'Barrio Santa Cruz', world famous for its white and yellow houses, ´tapas´ bars and narrow streets. Located minutes from the Cathedral, the famous Giralda tower as well as the Moorish Alcazar Palace and several city gardens.

Don Quijote Centre: building dates from 1919 and was designed by one of the most famous architects in Spain, Aníbal González, also creator of the "Plaza de España". This building is one of the most important monuments of Seville. It holds 12 very spacious air-conditioned classrooms, along with an office, teachers' room, meeting room and a multimedia classroom. On the rooftop you can relax after your Spanish lessons, sunbathing.

Mateos Gago Giralda: holds a maximum of 100 foreign students per month in a traditional and colorful house adapted to the needs of a modern school, offering several spacious classrooms, multimedia and library facilities to students.

Gloria Abanico: is situated in a typical 19th century Seville mansion, with its own particular history.

Plaza de San Fransisco IA: located opposite the Town Hall, plaza de San Francisco. A medium size building with a familiar and friendly atmosphere.

Peral TF: is located in the barrio Macarena in the Historic center of Seville. It is just minutes away from Alameda Hercules, home to one of Seville's most popular street market. It is an area filled with stores, hotels, bars, restaurants, and cafes spots that offers much to the Seville's nightlife. From Taller Flamenco, one has easy access to the River, the Promenade, Taxi points and bus points to get around the city.

Babylon Centre: is located in the historic centre next to the beautiful of Alameda de Hercules square in the neighborhood Macarena. The area has been completely renovated and has many cute bars, restaurants as well as original stores. All five classrooms are air conditioned. Plus, there is a lounge area with free internet access, a kitchen and a sunny outdoor patio. Our library offers DVDs and books to help you practice your Spanish and learn more about the culture.

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 Marbella is a cosmopolitan Spanish town located in the beautiful and vibrant area of the Costa del Sol in the Malaga Province, just a 30-minutes from Málaga's international airport and 40-minute from Gibraltar Airport. It is a luxurious resort town and a popular vacation spot for the rich and famous, as well as many ordinary folks who are willing to pay just a little bit extra. It is home to well-known and famous international artists such as Antonio Banderas & Melanie Griffith, Rod Stewart, Julio Iglesias, etc. With over 200,000 visitors each year, it is one of Spain's main tourist destinations.Its mild Mediterranean climate offers many sunny days, perfect for the beach. From Guadalalmina to Cabopino, the Marbella coastline stretches along some 27 kilometers of 24 sunny Mediterranean beaches where you can enjoy traditional fish and seafood favorites like sardines on a spit, fried fish and the incomparable paella. Marbella possesses a rich and varied gastronomy. Try local dishes such as, "Gazpacho, "Pescaíto frito & Marisco", tasty and filling tapas, Serrano smoked ham, and delightful wines of "Jerez & Manzanilla" as well as, the very famous "Sangría".

The town has a modern Arab flavor with narrow streets, lined with whitewashed buildings. Its narrow back streets feature homes and shops intermingled, creating the atmosphere of a small village instead of a cosmopolitan town. One of the prettiest places is the fabled 'Orange Square' (La Plaza de los Naranjos), which is located in the Old Town or 'Casco Antiguo' still partially surrounded by the ruins of an old Arab wall. The square dates back to 1485 and is dominated by three buildings of historic interest - the Town Hall, built in 1568, the Baroque style church of St Mary built in 1618 and restored after the Spanish Civil War of 1936-39, and the old Governor's House dating back to 1552. Here, you'll find tall trees, exotic tropical plants, stately buildings, small shops, art galleries, bars and bistros.

Towards the coast is the La Alameda Park where you can hire a horse and carriage or, stroll  towards the sea along the Avenida del Mar. There are several newly built fountains and thousands of trees grace the seaside promenade. This promenade is arguably one of the most delightful on the Costa, it is flanked by classy restaurants and bars.

Marbella has got excellent sporting activities, such as, world-class tennis, jet-skiing, balloon flights, cable skiing, sailing, windsurfing, horse riding, tennis, hang-gliding, volleyball, etc and it is only two hours way from the ski resort in Granada. It is also well known for being golfers' paradise, with its more than fifteen golf courses featuring modern facilities of the highest quality. There are also three pleasure craft harbors here.

Along the coast just south of Marbella is the jet-set resort of Puerto Banus (a small port full of yachts and expensive sailboats). It is the ultimate in coastal charisma. This is the place to be pampered yacht side, relax and watch the world go by. This growing port has a casino,  commercial shopping center, El Corte Ingles department store, marine observatory and a multi cinema with films shown in their original soundtrack. Its promenade is lined with restaurants, bars, outdoor cafes, arts-and-crafts stores and world-renowned fashion houses and boutiques.

The nightlife is buzzing here with alfresco bars, piano clubs, casino, multi cinema and discos that are open dusk until dawn. Puerto Banús plays host to an array of the most exclusive venues.

Marbella boasts a wide array of nightlife, with the famous "Golden Mile", illuminated with a glittering tiara of star-studded restaurants, street cafes, discos and nightclubs. The many swanky restaurants offer local dishes and international cuisine, such as, Lebanese, Thai, Polynesian, Greek, French, Italian, Moroccan, and Japanese.

All over town, you can pick from a huge range of spots for all night entertainment. There are sophisticated piano bars, flamenco shows, live cabaret, rock music, karaoke and some excellent discos. The Old Town of Marbella is a hub of activity day and night. It is a great area for a bar crawl.

There is much to see and enjoy here, whether day or night. Just enough to keep you entertained around the clock.

Schools Facilities

Spanish Language Centre: is located in one of the most emblematic and commercial area of Marbella. Situated in the very center of the city, 5 minute from the beach. It is also easily  accessible by bus. The school is situated on the top floor of a 3 story building. There is a very large and sunny terrace of about 1.000 m2 with wonderful views to the city and the sea, where students may take their Spanish lessons (especially in the summer months). It housed 8 bright classrooms, a very large reception area, common room with snack and refreshment machine, computer room with internet access, audio-visual room, etc. The rooms are all equipped with air conditioning and heating facilities.

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Valencia, is the capital of the autonomous community of Valencia and the third largest city in Spain after Madrid and Barcelona, with around 800,000 inhabitants in the administrative centre. Its urban area extends beyond the administrative city limits with a population of around 1.5 million people. Valencia is Spain's third largest metropolitan area, with a population ranging from 1.7 to 2.5 million. The city has global city status. The Port of Valencia is the 5th busiest container port in Europe and busiest container port on the Mediterranean Sea.

Valencia was founded as a Roman colony in 138 BC. The city is situated on the banks of the Turia, on the east coast of the Iberian Peninsula, fronting the Gulf of Valencia on the Mediterranean Sea. Its historic centre is one of the largest in Spain, with approximately 169 hectares; this heritage of ancient monuments, views and cultural attractions makes Valencia one of the country's most popular tourist destinations. Major monuments include Valencia Cathedral, the Torres de Serranos, the Torres de Quart, the Llotja de la Seda (declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996), and the Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències (City of Arts and Sciences), an entertainment-based cultural and architectural complex designed by Santiago Calatrava and Félix Candela. The Museu de Belles Arts de València houses a large collection of paintings from the 14th to the 18th centuries, including works by Velázquez, El Greco, and Goya, as well as an important series of engravings by Piranesi. The Institut Valencià d'Art Modern (Valencian Institute of Modern Art) houses both permanent collections and temporary exhibitions of contemporary art and photography.

Valencia is integrated into an industrial area on the Costa del Azahar (Orange Blossom Coast). Valencia's main festival is the Falles. The traditional Spanish dish, paella, originated in Valencia.

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New Year's DayEpiphany (Three King's Day) - Christian

Andalusia Day

Holy Week and Easter (Semana Santa)

Labor Day

Corpus Christi

Feast of John the Baptist

Feast of St. James the Apostle

Feast of the Assumption (Asunción de la Virgen)

Spain's National Day (Columbus Day)

All Saint's Day

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Christmas

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April 20th

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FESTIVALS

Festivals play a major role in Spanish life. They are eagerly awaited and planned well in advance. Each city and region has its own special fiesta, often in honor of a patron saint. Activities associated with fiestas include processions, fireworks, dancing, and the wearing of the regional costume, bullfights, and amusement attractions.

Here are a few

Three Kings Celebrations is an evening parade on January 5th. Often, on the eve of Three King's Day, the Christ child is placed in nativity scenes in local homes and stores. Men attired in Three Kings costumes ride on colorfully decorated floats & throw tons of candies to thousands of people lined up on the streets.

Location: Pretty much all-Spanish towns

Carnaval Celebrations takes place the week before Lent. The Spanish word "Carnaval" means "farewell to flesh." It is a period of feasting and revelry just before Lent. The church often refers to it as the "Devil's Feast." Most Americans know this celebration by the name "Mardi Gras", as it is called in New Orleans. Celebrations include wild masquerade dances, parades, fireworks, pinatas, and elections of nymphs, burning of witches, singing contests, street-singing parties, patio decorations and costume contest.

Location: Cadiz; El Puerto de Santa Maria; Rota; Chipiona; San Lucar de Barremeda and Jerez de la Frontera

Running of the Bulls, which takes place in the second week of July, is dedicated to Pamplona's Saint Fermin who was martyred when bulls dragged him through the streets. For over six centuries now, the Spanish have held gala festivals involving bulls, dancing and voluminous consumption of red wine. Pamplona, a small town in the northern part of Spain hosts the wildest and most famous of all these festivals -- La Fiesta De San Fermin -- which undoubtedly ranks as one of the most exciting and fun-filled weeks anywhere on earth. The celebration first gained world attention with Hemingway's classic, The Sun Also Rises. Today, thousands of people flock to Pamplona each year to be chased through the same streets by bulls. If you want to have a great time, go to Pamplona.

Location: Pamplona

"Ferias", take place from the end of April to end of May. The importance and popularity of a given fair depends on the size of the town. Not only the decoration, lighting of the fairgrounds, number of bullfights, rides, shooting galleries and "casetas" (booths), but also the idiosyncrasies of the local people and area wines are the determining factors in gaining fame for certain fairs. Fair activity programs usually include at least one bullfight. Late in the evening, after the bullfights, the fair activities regain new energy and last until dawn. Location: Andalusia's citiesLa Tomatina, takes place on the last Wednesday of each August. It is one of the Spain's most popular summer festivals - the annual tomato-throwing festival. Participants pelted each other with overripe tomatoes, turning the streets of this eastern Spanish town into red, juicy pools. It started in the 1940s when children started throwing their lunch at each other one day in a downtown square, at a time when the region's tomato exports were starting to pick up. They met again the following year, this time pelting passers-by as well and giving birth to the tradition. Every August, on the last Wednesday of the month, Bunol becomes an all out tomato fight between 11am and 1pm.

Location: Bunol

Horse Fair, takes place late April/early May. It is a week dedicated to horses. Jerez is famous for raising the best quality horses in Spain. Different competitions, including bullfighting on horseback, are held and awards presented. It also features the annual evening gala of the famous Andalucian Dancing Horses. Location: Jerez de la FronteraThe Mercè (patron saint of the city) is one of the most important celebrations in Barcelona. The main event is on September 24th, although various pageants, concerts and activities begin three days earlier. Three of the most traditional events around the Mercé celebrations are:
-'Els Castellets', building human towers. The 'castle' is deemed to be complete when the very smallest person is at the top and activities begin three days earlier.
-'El Correfoc', 'diablos y demonios', devils and demons armed with all sorts of fireworks go through the streets.
-The Celebration ends with the fireworks and music spectacle on September 24th', at 10 o'clock in the evening. Location: Barcelona
San Isidro, takes place in the second half of May, is in honor Madrid's Patron Saint. The celebrations are accompanied by typical Madrid folklore, including Fair and Dances that are organized on the meadow of San Isidro, where the people of Madrid sing, dance and enjoy themselves next to the Hermitage of their Patron Saint. There are also ballet and opera performances as well as the traditional bullfights at the bullring of Las Ventas. Location: Madrid
Ferias and Fiestas de San Mateo takes place in September. For two weeks, there is a fully organized program of concerts, parades, exhibitions, bullfights and markets. Location: Salamanca

"Semana Santa", takes place during Holy Week/Easter. There is Palm Sunday and Holy Week processions with a variety of colorfully decorated floats depicting Christ's Crucifixion, as well as other historically Christian statues. The participants in the processions dress in special robes and hoods, which add color and somberness to the event.

Location: Andalusia

Visa & Travel information for SPAIN

The following information below is here to assist travelers in understanding their options as they travel to and through Spain.

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Tourist visas
Citizens of the following countries, with an ordinary passport, valid for a minimum of 6 months, who wish to stay in Spain for tourist or business purposes for up to 90 days DO NOT NEED A VISA:ANDORRA, ARGENTINA, AUSTRALIA, BOLIVIA, BRAZIL, BRUNEI, CANADA, SOUTH KOREA, COSTA RICA, CHILE, ECUADOR, EL SALVADOR, GUATEMALA, HOLY SEE, HONDURAS, ICELAND, ISRAEL, JAPAN, LIECHTENSTEIN, MALAYSIA, MEXICO, MONACO, NICARAGUA, NORWAY, NEW ZEALAND, PANAMA, PARAGUAY, REPUBLIC OF CROATIA, SAN MARINO, SEYCHELLES, SINGAPORE, SWITZERLAND, URUGUAY, USA, VENEZUELA, HONG KONG (SAR), MACAO (EAR) and citizens of THE EUROPEAN UNION.Citizens of other countries must apply for a visa to enter Spain.
Student Visas
A student visa is mandatory for any foreigner wishing to study in Spain for 3 months or longer.  The visa is processed in your country of residence prior to your departure. You cannot get the visa in Spain, and you cannot have it sent to you. The visa is affixed in your passport before you depart your country, and must be presented at the border Officials upon your entry into Spain.All student visas are valid for a period of 90 days from your entry day into Spain, during which time the student must contact the local authorities to acquire a student residency card. This “Spanish Student Residency Card” is then valid for as long as the student is enrolled in the program in Spain.Please allow sufficient time before departure date for visa to be process. Contact Spanish Consulate on this matter.If you need more details on obtaining a visa to enter Spain click here.

Low Priced Airlines

These airliners provide inexpensive flights to and from Spain between other Europe cities. IT can help you mix your flight connection city or entry city into Spain in order to locate a lower cost trip.

Airport

Spain’s national airline is IBERIA (IB). Many airlines operate to Spain, including an increasing number of low-cost airlines from most European cities.
Spain boasts over 30 international airports. Information on the major airports follows; information on any of the others can be obtained from AENA (Aeropuertos Espanoles y Navegacin Aerea) Calle Arturo Soria 109, Madrid 28043 (tel: (91) 321 1000; fax: (91) 321 1440; website: www.aena.es), which is the organization responsible for running all of the Spanish airports.
Barcelona (BCN) (del Prat): The refurbished Barcelona’s El Prat airport consists of three terminals, A for international departures and arrivals, B for national and some EC flights, and C for the Puente Aereo or shuttle flights to and from Madrid and other major Spanish cities. Airport phone: +34 93 298 38 38 (in English after dialing 1; initial instructions in Spanish). It is 13km (8 miles) southwest of the city. Bus service to the city departs Mon-Fri every 15 minutes, Sat every 30 mins and Sun every 20 mins (0600-2400). Rail service is every 30 minutes (0613-2340). Taxi service is available.
Cadiz does not have its own airports. The closest airports servicing Cádiz are Jerez, Gibraltar, Seville, and Malaga.
Gibraltar Airport (GIB) is located about 2 Kilometers from the town center adjacent to the frontier with Spain. British Airways and Monarch Airlines serve it. There is a regular bus service to the town and taxis are available. Bus station of La Linea is located a few minutes from the airport, just across the border; here you may catch bus services to other parts of Spain
Jerez Airport (XRY) is located 5km north of the city on the NIV(highway). Affectionately known as an airport with Solera, after the famous method of producing Sherry. This is a modern, efficient, yet quiet airport with a future. Presently there are about 5 flights a day Mainly to Madrid, Barcelona and London Gatwick and Stanstead. Taxi service is available.
Madrid-Barajas (MAD) is 13km (8 miles) northeast of the city. Coach service departs to the city around every ten minutes (0445-0200) and underground services run every five minutes (0630-0130). Taxi service is available.
Malaga (AGP) is 11km (7 miles) southwest of the city. Buses run every 30 minutes. Train service runs every 30 minutes. Taxi service is available.
Salamanca does not have an international airport. You can fly into Madrid (Barajas) and take a bus or train, unless you are using the pick-up service.
Seville – San Pablo (SVQ) is 12km (7 miles) from the city. It is easily reached by air from other major European airports. International and domestic flights arrive at Seville’s Aeropuerto San Pablo. Taxis and buses are available to the city center. The bus EA runs a regular service to and from the city and the main railway station.
Approximate flight times:
  • From Barcelona to Frankfurt/London is 2 hours
    • From Madrid is 2 hours 15 minutes
    • From Malaga is 2 hours 40 minutes.
  • From Madrid to Los Angeles is 13 hours
    • To New York is 7 hours 25 minutes.

Taxis

All major cities in Spain have metered taxi service. Any extra charges must be posted in the vehicle.
TO BARCELONA
  • From the Barcelona airport to city center take about 25-30 minutes dependent on traffic and cost about EUR 15 to 20, including a supplement for each large piece of luggage placed in the car boot. Price: 17,50€
TO CADIZ
  • From Jerez Airport to Cádiz. Price: about 37,30 €.
  • From Seville Airport to Cádiz. Price: about 111,05 €.
  • From Madrid Airport to Cádiz. Price: about 499,00 €.
  • From Malaga Airport to Cádiz. Price: about 193,40 €.
TO MADRID CENTER
  • Madrid’s red-and-white striped taxis charge around 30 € from the Madrid airport to the city center (EUR 0.30 supplement for each piece of luggage) and take approximately 20 mins outside peak hours.
TO SALAMANCA
  • From Madrid Airport to Plaza Conde Bus Station : Duration: 20 minutes, Price: 17,50 € (See Bus from Plaza Conde to Salamanca)
  • From Salamanca bus station in Salamanca to the school or your accommodations: Duration: 10 minutes, Price; 2,90 €
TO SEVILLA
  • From Seville Airport to Center. This is your best choice. Duration: Less than 30 minutes Prices. 17.50 €

 Driving  in Spain

In order for None EU citizens to drive in Spain, they must have one of the following:
  • The driver must be 18 years of age or older
  • The driver must be a tourist or hold a residence permit for less than 6 months
  • An international Driver’s License
  • To rent a car, there are many rental agencies in Spain, some of which offer the opportunity of renting a car in one place and leaving it in another within Spain. International companies allow you, under certain conditions, to rent a car in Spain and leave it in another European country. There are other smaller companies, which offer local rentals.
Traffic Offences – On the spot payment of fines (reduced by 20%) is compulsory for non-residents.
The main route from the EU countries is via France. Main motorways to Spain from France are via Bordeaux or Toulouse to Bilbao (northern Spain) and via Marseille or Toulouse to Barcelona (eastern Spain). A number of coach operators offer services to Spain.
TO MADRID
From Barajas Airport take the NII in the direction of “Madrid Centro” (well sign posted at the exit of the airport). Parking facilities are situated close to the terminal buildings.
TO BARCELONA
El Prat airport is approximately 12 kilometers from the city center. The route is well sign posted as you leave the airport.

Spain By Bus/Railway

Public bus service in Spain is comfortable and efficient. Although there are many lines, which cover long distances, buses are specially recommended for short trips and for excursions from major tourist centers. Local tourist offices can provide you with schedule information.
TO BARCELONA
From Barcelona Airport shuttle bus service which stops outside each terminal and goes to central Plaça Catalunya( 10 minute walk from the school) every 15 minutes. The “Aerobus” is the most comfortable and easy way to travel between the city center and the airport. Duration: 30 minutes.Price of the ticket 3,20 €
TO CADIZ
  • From Jerez
Departures of the buses Jerez-Cádiz: 9:00, 11.00, 12:00, 16:30, 20:00, 21:00, 23:15. Price of the ticket: 2,37 €
  • From Seville
Departures of the buses Sevilla-Cádiz: 07:00, 09:00, 11:00,12:00, 13:00, 15:00, 16:00, 17:00, 19:00, 20:00, 21:00 and 22:00.Price of the ticket: 9 €. Duration: 1:45 hours
  • From Madrid
Departures of the buses Madrid-Cádiz (from Estación Sur): 08:00, 10:00, 14:00, 16:00, 22:00 and 24:00. Price of the ticket: 20,50 €. Duration: 8:00 hours
  • From Malaga
Departures of the buses Málaga-Cádiz: 06:45, 07:30, 11:30, 13:00, 15:30 and only on Sundays: at 20:00. Price of the ticket: 17,25 €. Duration: 5 hours
TO MADRID from Airport
  • A special Airport Bus operated by the Municipal Transport Company (EMT) leaves from the airport every 15 mins to the centrally located Plaza Colon terminal (takes about 30 mins) where taxis are waiting. Price of the ticket 2,40 €.
TO SALAMANCA
  • From Madrid Airport
From the airport a metro leaves daily from 6.30am to 2.30 am every 7 minutes. Line 8 (pink) to Mar de Cristal, and then change trains to Line 4(brown) to Avenida de America, change trans to Line 6 (gray) to Conde Casal. Duration: 50 minutes, Price: 0,90 €.
From Bus Station “Auto Res” located at Plaza Conde Casal in Madrid, there is an express bus that leaves daily from 8am -9.30pm every hour. Duration: 2.5 hours, Price of the ticket: 12€
  • From Madrid Airport:
This bus leaves the airport daily from 7:00am to 22:00 every 10 minutes from terminal T1, T2, and T3 to the city center. Bus stop Avenida de America. Metro Connection with Line 6 (gray) to Plaza Conde Casal. Duration: 30 minutes. Price; 2,90 €
From Bus Station “Auto Res” located at Plaza Conde Casal in Madrid, there is an express bus that leaves daily from 8am -9.30pm every hour. Duration: 2.5 hours, Price of the ticket: 12€
TO SEVILLE
  • From Seville Airport to Sevilla Center
Runs every 45-60 minutes from Arrivals of the airport to center. Price of the ticket: 2.10 €
  • From Malaga
Take DIRECT bus for 2.5 hrs to Seville (run by Alsina Graells). Price of the ticket: 12.50 €. There are 10 departures a day.
  • From Madrid
Buses runs 11 times per day to Seville (by Damas) at a cost of 15.40 € and takes 6 hrs.
  • From Lisbon, Portugal
Buses runs 2 times per day to Seville (by Damas or Eurolines) at a cost of 28.25 € or 32 € and takes 4.5 or 7 hrs
  • From Faro, Portugal
Buses runs once per day (except Sunday) to Seville (by Damas) at a cost of 10.45 €
There are direct trains between Madrid – Paris and Madrid – Lisbon, as well as Barcelona – Paris, Barcelona – Zurich or Milan and Barcelona – Geneva. These services are called Talgo, Estrella or Train-Hotel.On other international services to and from Spain, a change of train is necessary. However, work on the AVE (high-velocity train) route between Madrid and Barcelona and is expected to be completed in 2006, after which the French border connection is expected to be fully operational in 2010 and it will be possible to connect with the French TGV (high-velocity route) and the rest of the high-velocity routes in Europe. Motorail services run between Paris and Madrid. For more information, contact the Spanish Rail service (tel: 0207 629 4543; fax: 0207 409 0379.Spain has an extensive railroad system with fast and comfortable trains, offering some of the best fares in Europe. The national network is known as RENFE.One of Europe’s most luxurious sightseeing trains is the AL ANDALUS EXPRESS with classic cars restored and refurbished in modern “grand luxe” style. There is 5-stars accommodation in the bedroom/salon cars. All excursions and meals are included. The AL ANDALUS EXPRESS has several itineraries, although it usually goes from Madrid south to Andalusia.The TRANSCANTABRICO, another sightseeing train, covers the northern and north-western parts of Spain know as Green Spain, from San Sebastian in the Basque region to Santiago de Compostela in Galicia. The trains are air-conditioned and have showers, a bar and live music. All excursions and meals are included.AVE, Spain’s sleek bullet train is the rail link between Madrid and Seville, going through Ciudad Real and Cordoba. This ultramodern train, which travels at a speed of up to 185 miles per hour, makes the Madrid-Seville run in 2 hours 30 minutes.TALGO is an ultramodern, fully air-conditioned train operating throughout Spain. New fast and sleek trains called EUROMEDS are going along the Mediterranean Coast, significantly cutting your traveling time from Barcelona to Valencia. Tickets can be purchased through RAIL EUROPE: 1-800-361 RAIL, which sells special rail passes only for Spain. Train Passes, such as EUROPASS and FLEXIPASS can also be purchased through RAIL EUROPE.
TO BARCELONA
  • The airport train into the city, is just a walk out and cross the long overhead bridge (with moving walkway) between Terminals A and B. Train goes to Paseo de Gracia, which is located just a few minutes from the school. Trains run every half hour and the journey only takes 20-25 minutes. Duration: Half the price of the bus, just 1,72€.
TO CADIZ
  • From Madrid
Departures of the trains TALGO Madrid/Puerta de Atocha-Cádiz: 10:05, 15:56. Price of the ticket: 61,00 €, 50,50€. Duration: 5:00 hours.
  • From Seville
Departures of the trains Sevilla-Cádiz: 8:15*, 09:00, 10:56, 13:19, 13:58, 15:25, 17:00, 18:00, 19:26** 20:02 and 21:35.Price of the ticket: 8,25€, (*22€), (**14,50€). Duration: 1:44 hours
  • From Malaga
Departures of the trains Málaga-Cádiz: 07:45, 10:40, 14:00, 16:35, and 18:55. It is necessary to change the train in Dos Hermanas (Sevilla). Price of the ticket: about 25 €. Duration: 5:40 hours
  • From Jerez
Departures of the trains Jerez-Cádiz: 06:45, 07:15, 07:46, 08:15, 08:45, 09:15, 10:15,11:15, 12:15, 13:15, 13:45,14:20, 14:45, 15:15, 16:10, 17:15, 18:15, 19:15, 20:10, 21:15 and 22:15.Price of the ticket: 2,75 €. Duration: 45 minutes
TO MADRID
  • Line 8 (pink) links Barajas Airport terminal 2 to Mar de Cristal Station where you take Line 4 (brown) to get to the city center. Duration:45 mins Price: 1,10€.
TO SEVILLE
  • From Malaga Airport to Seville
Take the Aeropuerto bus from the Malaga Airport or the Metro (at 0,90€) to the Malaga Renfe station on Calle Explanada de Estacion. Train to Seville leaves at 7.50am, 10.50am, 2pm, and 7.47pm, 8.10pm Duration: 2.25hrs
  • From Madrid
There are at least 11 daily departures from the Atocha RENFE station. You can take the AVE, which takes 2.5 hrs and costs 60.70 €. There are 15 per day and usually leave on the hour. The TALGO takes 3.5 hrs and costs 49.88 €

Travel insurance

Medical Insurance: We advise all citizens/Residents of the EU to bring the E111 documents to Spain. If you require medical treatment, with this document and the medical bill you will be able to reclaim the medical expenses from your country of origin. Everyone else is also advised to take out insurance to cover health.

Travel Insurance: We advise all travelers to take out insurance to cover personal property.

Ship

Travelers who wish to visit the Spanish Islands may depart from the mainland using the COMPANIA TRANSMEDITERRANEA. This national carrier has regular scheduled ferries from Barcelona and Valencia to the Balearic Islands and from Cadiz to the Canary Islands. TRANSMEDITERRANEA also offers inter-island service. The same company offers service to North Africa: from Almeria and Malaga to Melilla and from Algeciras to Tangiers and Ceuta. For reservations please call the headquarters in Madrid. Tel. : 011-341-431-0700, fax: 011-34- 431- 0804. Click here to go to Website.

Modern Hydrofoil ships are now linking Mainland Spain to the Balearic Islands, Algeciras to Tangier and between the Canary Islands. Inquire in our Office for more details about ferries.

Maps

Spain route planner: www.guiacampsa.com

City plan of Seville: http://www3.paginas-amarillas.es/PAM4/CALLEJERO2/

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Intercambios Connection

A program arranged by the school for students to meet local Spanish speakers with similar interests in order to share conversation in Spanish. The plus, is you improve your Spanish even while at leisure, and you may also learning other interesting nuggets of life in the city your visiting. Take full advantage of this...

Start Dates

Non-Beginners can start any Monday of the year. Beginners may start on the first Monday of any month, in some location, twice a month. Contact us for appropriate dates.

Holidays

School will be closed during Holidays. Holidays are not made up. Please view the holiday section to understand to help decide your travel time.

LANGUAGE PROGRAMS

Spanish, the 2nd official international language has experienced a growing importance in the developing global community. Learning Spanish in Spain is well worth the experience. Classes are taught at all levels by highly qualified Spanish teachers in small groups, from beginners to advanced. Classes are taught in Spanish only and our teachers use a practical and communicative approach. Students learn the language as well as, the grammar structures in a stimulating atmosphere.

Spanish Semi Standard

Group instructed 10 classes of Spanish Language and culture per week from Monday to Friday.  In Seville, the classes ideal when combining language courses with Flamenco classes. In Malaga, it is 15 classes/wk

Location: Barcelona, Cadiz, Madrid, Marbella, Malaga, Seville, Granada, and Salamanca

Spanish Standard

Group instructed 20 Classes of Spanish Language and culture per week from Monday to Friday with a variety of different teachers. In Cadiz, this course runs a minimum length 8 weeks up to twenty-four weeks in university term-time between October and June. This course is recommended for students who wish to combine language learning with a real life experience of the Spanish culture, thus, it allows enough time for students to get fully acquainted to the city and the Spanish cultures surrounding it. Classes challenge students apply their knowledge of theory by means of various methods ranging from situation and role-playing activities to debates about current issues.

Location: All

Spanish Super Standard

Consists of 20/hours/week standard Spanish + 6 hours/week practice in mini-groups (1-4 students). This is an alternate class options for highly motivated students.

Location: Seville

Spanish Standard Plus

Consist of 25 Classes of Spanish Language and culture per week from Monday to Friday. Especially for highly motivated students who wish to learn as much Spanish in the shortest time possible. This course consists of 5 classes daily in which students apply their knowledge of theory by means of various methods ranging from situation and role-playing activities to debates about current issues.

In Seville and Salamanca, classes consists of 20 group classes and 5 private lessons per week.

Location: All

Spanish Intensive

It is of similar nature to the classes described above. It consists of group instructed 30 Classes of Spanish Language and culture per week from Monday to Friday with a variety of different teachers. Designed for people with little time and the need to practice even more in little time, thus, the courses encourages quick progress in Spanish communication.

Location: All

Spanish Super Intensive

Group instructed 30 +5 Classes of Spanish Language and culture per week from Monday to Friday with a variety of different teachers. Just for that student that wants a little more Spanish. Designed to effectively achieve the most learning in the least amount of time.

Location: Seville, Granada, Salamanca, Malaga, Madrid, and Barcelona

Individual (One to One) Spanish

Tailor-made private classes for highly motivated persons who need to advance rapidly in a specific area of study but in little available time. You decide how many classes you want and what you wish to study.

Location: All

Combined Cities

This program attracts the voyagers in students. It allows for students to choose from the list of courses that we offer in our schools and distribute the learning experience among the different locations. By combining a course from among these different cities, one will learn Spanish and have the opportunity to know the rich variety of Spanish cultures at the same time. Plus, it makes for great city hopping.

Location: All

Group Programs

  • For groups of 5 or more persons traveling together on the same package to the same destination, please contact our Group Department for a group discounted price quote at: group@nik-las.com
  • With a group of 5 or more persons, you may organize a program that fits your interests and trip desires. Contact our Group Department for more information.

Location: All

FLAMENCO & FOCUS PROGRAMS

Business Intensive Spanish

If you want to work in a Spanish-speaking work environment or aspire to an international career, then, this is a good course for you.

Course is designed for students in the business world. You will familiarize yourself with the relevant jargon, increase your knowledge of the field and learn specific skills of the trade.It is 20 lessons of Spanish classes +8 lessons/week specializing in the field of business. The courses begin once monthly.  In Seville, it is 20-hours/week Standard Spanish +6 hours/week business Spanish in mini-groups (1-4 students). In Marbella, it is 10-hours/week Spanish + 10 hours/week business Spanish in private class.

Optional: Official exam course for the Madrid Chamber of Commerce.

Starting Dates:  Jan 7, Feb 4, May 6, Jun 3, Jul 1 & 29, Sept 2, Oct 7

Location: Barcelona, Granada, Madrid, Malaga, Marbella, Seville, Salamanca

Commercial Spanish 

Two-classes a day (10 classes/wk) course aimed at students who already have a good knowledge of the Spanish language and includes such themes as commercial mail, economic terminology, knowledge of the present-day economic situation in Spain, etc. The course last for 2 weeks, and is given once in the month of April, July, August, and September. Contact us about start date (info@nik-las.com)

Location: Cadiz, Granada

Tourism Intensive Spanish

It is designed for people wishing to learn or perfect their Spanish with a specific focus on the world of tourism. If you are working (or would like to work) for a travel agency, tour operator, hotel, congress organizer or any other sector of the tourism industry? Well, this is the program for you.

The course is divided into two (2) fortnightly parts. In each fortnightly block you will have 20 hours of classes over 2 weeks in which you will learn aspects of the tourism world. We recommend combining this course with the Spanish Standard Plus course, ending with an exam to obtain the Basic Spanish Certificate in Tourism of the Madrid Chamber of Commerce. On completion of the course, the possibility exists of doing an internship in hotels, travel agencies, etc due the fact that we have an agreement with the Granada Chamber of Commerce.

Topics covered in the course:

  • The Spanish tourist trade.
  • Tourist Management (Public Relations, Marketing, Production, Logistics, Accommodation Providers and Travel Agents).
  • Organization of conferences.
  • Visits to and guest speakers from various tourist organizations and agencies (both profit and non-profit making) in Granada and Andalusia.

Starting Dates:  Jan 25,  Apr 19, Jun 7, Jul 5, Oct 4

Location: Granada, Cadiz      Language Level:  Intermediate

DELE (Diploma Espanol como Lengua Extranjera) Preparation

This is a course specially designed to prepare DELE certification Course offered for each level of exam (inicial, básico, superior).

Course is designed for those students, both university and professional, who want to be able to include the only official diploma of Spanish on their curriculum. It prepares students for all three levels (Initial, Basic and Advanced) of the official DELE exam of the Cervantes Institute. It is the only exam recognized by the Spanish Ministry of Education. Course may lasts 2, 3 or 4 weeks and exams take place in May 23, August 22 and November 21.

Location: All

Spanish For Teachers

"Curso de Repaso" for teachers of Spanish. The main purpose is to support teachers of Spanish by bringing their theoretical knowledge and their teaching methods up to date. Emphasis is to revitalize linguistic and didactic abilities and refreshment of your social-economic and political-cultural knowledge. The group program meets the requirements for a LINGUA grant that teachers of Spanish within the European Union can take advantage of.

Starting Dates:  Salamanca (Jul 7 & 21), Madrid (Aug 4),  Barcelona (Aug 18), Granada (Jun 9 & 23, Jul 7 & 21, Aug 5)

Location: Granada, Seville, Malaga, Salamanca, Madrid, and Barcelona             Language Level:  Advanced

Spanish Cooking

Learn how to make popular authentic Spanish dishes, such as, omellete, paella or sangria, from one of the local chefs. It's one more thing to take back home besides Spanish and a suntan. This program should be taken with a Spanish language program. In Salamanca, you take 2 weeks (3 cooking classes per week), which begins once a month.

2014 Start Dates: January 6th & July 7th (Barcelona and Salamanca) | Sevilla (Every week)

Location: Salamanca, Barcelona

Christmas Spanish Programs

Have you always wanted to know what Christmas is like in Spain? And how Spaniards celebrate New Year's Eve? This is your chance to spend an unforgettable time during these days with us! How? Take part in the Christmas courses in Seville.

Have you always wanted to know what Christmas is like in Spain? And how Spaniards celebrate New Year's Eve? This is your chance to spend an unforgettable time during these days with us! How? Take part in the Christmas courses in Seville.

This 2-week program is geared at people who seek to study during their free time in the winter.. It is held at all levels and it is a good way to get to know and to enjoy the way Andalusia celebrate these special dates, while you practice your Spanish.

Each day you will have 4 Spanish classes + a free optional subjects each day, in groups of a maximum of 8 students. This is available for all levels: from beginners to the most advanced. In addition, you will 16 other intensive classes per week (morning classes).

Location: Barcelona, Cadiz , Marbella, Salamanca, Seville, Granada, Madrid (December 22 - January. 2)

SPANISH during the HOLIDAYS - CARNIVAL & EASTER

This 2-week program consists of 6 classes a day and is held only during the holiday periods of Carnival and Easter (Holy Week). It is good ways to get to know and to enjoy the way Andalusia (Cádiz) celebrate these special dates, while you practice your Spanish.

Location: Cadiz (February 16, March 29, April 5)

Salsa Dance and Bailes Latinos

5 hours of Salsa dance classes and Bailes Latinos per week. The course combines 2 hours of Salsa classes with 3 hours of dance classes on Merengue, Bachata, and Rueda Cubano. Beginners start on the 1st Tuesday of any month.

Location: Seville

Flamenco Dance

7.5 hours Flamenco dance classes per week. The course focuses exclusively on the staging of choreography for different flamenco styles (seguiriyas, soleá, soleá por bulerías, alegrías, etc.). You may learn perfect zapateados, marcajes, braceos, and cierres of the different palos of flamenco with an expert flamenco dancer.

Location: Cordoba, Seville, Cadiz, Malaga

Flamenco Technique

7.5 hours Flamenco techniques classes per week. These courses deal with the coordination of movements of different parts of the body and consolidation of concepts, which are fundamental for the flamenco dance.

Location: Seville

Flamenco Dance & Technique

This course is especially design for students who have never danced before. It is 7.5 hours per week of class time that mixes of Flamenco Technique and Flamenco Dance lessons explained above.

Location: Seville

Flamenco Guitar

Covering all aspects of flamenco guitar, methods, exercises, falsetas, playing for singing and dancing. The one-to-one nature of the classes' guarantees that each student can work on the aspect that he/ she wishes to learn, improve, or perfect. 90 private minutes each day, from Monday thru Friday.

Location: Cordoba, Seville


WORK & STUDY SPANISH PROGRAM

This Work & Study program combines a Spanish course (4 weeks minimum) in several NIK|LAS destination with a job placement after your course in the coastal regions of Spain.

We offer young student travellers the opportunity to experience the Spanish culture firsthand. Learn or improve your Spanish language skills with an in-country course, and later put your new skills to good use while you work in a 4 or 5 star hotel.

After your Spanish course (Standard ), you will have the opportunity to work, allowing you to practice your Spanish while financing your stay in Spain.

Candidate's Profile

This program is designed exclusively for full-time university students from the European Union, Canada, USA, Australasia, Brazil, and Russia.

Age between 18-35 years. Participants are expected to be motivated, independent, flexible and open-minded.

Structure of the Program

The NIK|LAS Study & Work Program consists of 2 phases:

1st: Minimum 4 weeks of Standard Spanish language (available in Barcelona, Cadiz, Malaga, Seville, Salamanca, Madrid, Granada, or Marbella).

2nd: The Work placement may last 2 months or more (available only in Coastal areas of Spain).

I Part - Course

The program is designed to help improve your effectiveness as a Spanish Speaker, so you can be more efficient in your work post. With a higher level of Spanish, you’ll be more likely to land a more interesting position. Arrangements can be made to take extra courses before you start your work placement. In order to qualify for the work placement you must have an upper intermediate level of fluency.

Location: All

II Part: The Work Placement Period

Spain has many popular tourist destinations. You may work in the coastline of Costa Del Sol (Malaga/Marbella), Balearic Islands, Canary Islands, Costa Brava (Barcelona), Cadiz and some of the Spanish islands.    The area's mild climate is the root attraction that makes it possible to enjoy the beaches and a wide variety of outdoor activities year round. Work placements are in the hospitality industry.

Type of Positions:  Bartender, Waiter/Waitress, Kitchen assistant, room maid, Assistant (Runner), Hostess, reception, laundry personnel, animator, maintenance staff, general assistant, restaurant employee, etc.

Minimum wage: 200€ - 400€ including full board accommodation in the hotel

The work period will be:   2 months to 3 months.

On-site Language Skill exam fee: $150 USD (For non-beginners, who skip the language course phase)

Start Dates: March - November

Placement Fee: $965 USD

Location: Marbella, Barcelona, Costa del Sol, Spanish Islands

APPLICATION: required documents

  • Résumé in European Spanish CV Format.
  • Short essay (1 page): Detailing specifically the kind of experience the student wants to have, what kind of work placement is preferred, and why.
  • Enrollment Form
  • Send the documents by e-mail to: info@nik-las.com
  • Registration Deposit of $250 USD (Registration cannot be accepted without this payment )
  • Send documents at least 2-3 months before arrival date (Late Application accepted on a case by case basis)

SEVILLE INTERNSHIP

Seville is a great place to live or visit due to its inhabitants, infrastructures and Mediterranean weather not to soft winters and hot summers.

We offer work experience programs, Spanish classes at all levels and also socio-cultural activities for the participants to get the most of their experience. Many of our European participants get internships funding from programs such as Leonardo da Vinci, Socrates, Comenius & lingua, youth for Europe and tempus III or other European or private funds, some of our participants rather pay in full for their experience.

Candidate's Profile

This program is focused to help improve the skills of job seekers, students, apprentices, young professionals and new graduates. The age range goes from 18 and above.

Objectives of the Internship Program

This program has been developed to help participants with an alternative training and background so they can be better candidates for future jobs. We develop all, the intensive language programs and the work placement in many of our companies inside our broad database. The duration range of the program may go from 3 months to a year. Depending on how long the participant will live in Seville, we organize different cultural programs and visits so he/she will get the most of this city, its business and inhabitants.

Structure of the Program

The SEVILLA Internship Program consists of 2 phases:

1st: minimum 2 weeks of Intensive Spanish language (Seville).

2nd: the internship placement, lasting a minimum of 3 months (Seville).

I Part - Course

The program is designed to help improve your effectiveness as a Spanish Speaker, so you can be more efficient in your internship post. The better you speak the language, the more you will get out of your Internship Experience. Arrangements can be made to take extra courses before you start your Internship.

Location: Seville

II Part: The Internship Period

Professional practice internships are offered in private sector companies, governmental organizations, NGO's, schools, colleges, and universities. The work period will be at least 3 months in duration. Placement is made and progress is monitored through our program office in Seville. The internship portion of the program may not combine different companies or different cities.

Placement Fee:  $875 USD

Location: Seville

Spanish Preparation/Refresher Course

The most important factor is language skills. The more limited the student's language abilities, the more flexible s/he will have to be in terms of placements.

All participants will attend a Spanish intensive course for at least 40 hours in over 2 weeks in order to improve their communications skills, so they can be more effective functioning in a Spanish work environment. All courses are taught by qualified and experienced Spanish as second language teachers that already understand the necessities for our participant and teacher adequate courses material for their needs.

Company Assignment

We try very hard to match the students' educational background, professional experience, and professional plans, to the internship placement. This helps us ensure appropriate placement.

We require a minimum of three-month stay in order to make the appropriate arrangements with our cooperative companies. The participants will work the same hours and use the same timetables as their co-workers, normally 7 hours per day schedule.

Depending on the internship focus, the requirements and work pattern of the chosen company, the work hours may be vary. The participants will not be paid by the company therefore they will sign an agreement (, not a contract) that will establish their rights and duties. There will have regular meeting with both the participant and the companies to check the progress of the program.

Work placements can be offered in many areas of Seville, and its surroundings.

Specialized training programs are provided in several companies in Seville. Work placement are provided with companies in the following sectors:

Legal Services, Wood Products, Transport, Logistics, Telecommunications, Multimedia, Motor Vehicles, Automobile Sales, Metal Products, Metallurgy, Media, Communication, Mechanical Engineering, Machinery, Installation, Maintenance, Repair, Information Technology, Computers, Software, Graphic Industry, Publishing, Printing, Environment, Entrepreneurship, Electrical Engineering, Automation, Crafts and Design, Construction, Building, Marketing, Biology, Hotel & Tourism, Theater, Handicraft Restoration, Social Work… (Other sectors available also)

Services Include

  • Spanish Course (minimum 2 weeks)
  • Requesting and receiving background information on all internship candidates providing guidelines for the preparation of the professional résumé in Spanish, interviewing each candidate, and drawing up a list of possible internship placements;
  • Conferring with the candidates via e-mail or telephone to confirm area of interest and counsel on professional experience options;
  • Approaching the sponsoring institutions and achieving placements;
  • Maintaining contact with both the candidates and the sponsoring organizations to ensure that the internships run smoothly;
  • Intervening to resolve any difficulties or misunderstandings between the clients and the corporate sponsors, to assure mutual satisfaction

APPLICATION: required documents

  • Résumé either in Spanish or English, depending on the student's stronger language. (Example Provided)
  • Short essay (1-2 pages): the student has to focus on the kind of experience he/she wants to have, what he/she wants to learn, what kind of internship the student prefers, and why.
  • The student has to send the documents by e-mail to: intern@nik-las.com
  • Deposit of $250 USD
  • Send documents at least 2-3 months before arrival date

We suggest that the participant provide their own student insurance (medical/civil liability), because usually it is easier to get it in the country of origin nevertheless, we can provide participants with an insurance policy that covers civil liabilities. Insurance coverage for each individual is compulsory.

dQ INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

Within the broad range of educational opportunities at home and abroad work internships, provide one of the best ways to learn about the job you hope to have. An internship will acquaint you, in a practical way, with the career options in your field of study and offer first-hand opportunities to test your knowledge and examine your career plans.

The traditional view of business education for both students and professional is under the microscope as Universities and companies world-wide look for the most effective ways to train people to work in today's global markets. The rational Higher Education program alone cannot fully prepare you fro what you will face on-the-job. International business skills and second language competency are now a necessity.

Whatever your area of study might be, through the NIK|LAS organization you may have the opportunity to gain real-life experience abroad. You will experience for yourself the very different Spanish business protocols, learn to do business in a completely different culture, and gain fluency in both formal Spanish/Castellan as well as local and profession-specific jargon. These factors which may well mean the difference between business success and failure.

Objectives of the Internship Program

The principle objectives of the combined language and internship program are twofold. (1) To promote acquisition of high-level Spanish language skills and (2) to provide candidates with professional working experience in a full immersion Spanish-speaking environment. Another feature of our program is highly important: to provide students the most realistic experience possible. All aspects of the program are real-life. Entrance requirements are high and each step is competitive with high-levels of performance expected.

Structure of the Program

The dQ Internship Program consists of 3 phases:

1st: minimum 6 weeks of Intensive Spanish language (in Cadiz*, Seville, Salamanca, Madrid or Barcelona).

2nd: the Professional Orientation course (in Cadiz*, Madrid, or Barcelona).

3rd: the internship placement, lasting 3 months (in Cadiz*, Madrid, Seville or Barcelona).

I Part - Course

The length of the Spanish-language portion will depend on your starting point and how quickly you can acquire the needed fluency. Written skills test and additional ones will be used to monitor your progress administered to judge readiness for the work period. In order to qualify for the internship placement you must have a high intermediate level of fluency. The minimum length for the Spanish course is 6 week.

Location: Cadiz*, Seville, Salamanca, Madrid, and Barcelona.

II Part: Professional Orientation Course

The professional orientation portion takes places in Madrid or Barcelona to facilitate placement interviews. It is a 2-weeek course aimed at learning about the Spanish business world. Having a working knowledge of business argot is an important step towards success in the interview and work phases: This is why both the language study and the professional orientation courses are required before work placement.

You can choose among the following dates in Madrid and Barcelona: 2 weeks Professional orientation course (2 hours/day, 2 weeks)

  • Madrid starting dates 2014: Jan 20, Feb 10, Mar 10, Apr 14, May 26, Jun 23; Aug 4, Sep 22, Oct 20, Nov 10.

  • Barcelona starting dates 2014: Jan 27, Feb 10 & 24, Apr 21, May 12, Jun 16, Jul 7 & 21, Aug 11, Aug 25, Sep 15 & 29, Oct 27, Nov 17.

Location: Cadiz*, Barcelona, Madrid

III Part: The Internship Period

Professional practice internships are offered in private sector companies, governmental organizations, NGO's, schools, colleges, and universities. The work period will be of 3 months. It may be possible to extend placement if both the employer/sponsor and the inter are in agreement and if there are no legal considerations that would discourage the extension. Placement is made and progress is monitored through our program office in Madrid. The internship portion of the program may not combine different companies or different cities.

Placement Fee:  $1500 USD

Location: Cadiz*, Barcelona, Madrid

Company Assignment

The most important factor is language skills. The more limited the student's language abilities, the flexible s/he will have to be in terms of placements.

We try very hard to match the students' educational background, professional experience, and professional plans, to the internship placement. We contact the student (by e-mail or in person in Madrid) with one or more possibilities, and descriptions of those internships, and ask the student for comments and to rank the possibilities in order of preference. This helps us ensure appropriate placement. The interviews can take place during the time the student is studying (usually during the Professional Orientation course)

Minimum required Spanish level: intermediary - high

Services Include

  • Spanish Course (minimum 6 weeks): Standard Plus or Super Intensive

  • 2 Week Professional Orientation course

  • 3-Month Internship

  • Requesting and receiving background information on all internship candidates providing guidelines for the preparation of the professional résumé in Spanish, interviewing each candidate, and drawing up a list of possible internship placements;

  • Conferring with the candidates via e-mail or telephone to confirm area of interest and counsel on professional experience options;

  • Approaching the sponsoring institutions and achieving placements;

  • Maintaining contact with both the candidates and the sponsoring organizations to ensure that the internships run smoothly;

  • Intervening to resolve any difficulties or misunderstandings between the clients and the corporate sponsors, to assure mutual satisfaction.

APPLICATION: required documents

  • Résumé either in Spanish or English, depending on the student's stronger language. (Example Provided)

  • Short essay (1-2 pages): the student has to focus on the kind of experience he/she wants to have, what he/she wants to learn, what kind of internship the student prefers, and why.

  • The student has to send the documents by e-mail to: intern@nik-las.com

  • Deposit of $250 USD

  • Send documents at least 2-3 months before arrival date

Please, make sure your medical insurance covers you during your stay in Spain; otherwise we can make arrangements for you to receive in this case at ( about $30.00 USD per month)

*The Cadiz program requires 8 wks Spanish Minimum, and all 3 phases of the program should take place in Cadiz.

 

WORK & STUDY SPANISH PROGRAM

This Work & Study program combines a Spanish course (4 weeks minimum) in several NIK|LAS destination with a job placement after your course in the coastal regions of Spain.

We offer young student travellers the opportunity to experience the Spanish culture firsthand. Learn or improve your Spanish language skills with an in-country course, and later put your new skills to good use while you work in a 4 or 5 star hotel.

After your Spanish course (Standard ), you will have the opportunity to work, allowing you to practice your Spanish while financing your stay in Spain.

Candidate's Profile

This program is designed exclusively for full-time university students from the European Union, Canada, USA, Australasia, Brazil, and Russia.

Age between 18-35 years. Participants are expected to be motivated, independent, flexible and open-minded.

Structure of the Program

The NIK|LAS Study & Work Program consists of 2 phases:

1st: Minimum 4 weeks of Standard Spanish language (available in Barcelona, Cadiz, Malaga, Seville, Salamanca, Madrid, Granada, or Marbella).

2nd: The Work placement may last 2 months or more (available only in Coastal areas of Spain).

I Part - Course

The program is designed to help improve your effectiveness as a Spanish Speaker, so you can be more efficient in your work post. With a higher level of Spanish, you’ll be more likely to land a more interesting position. Arrangements can be made to take extra courses before you start your work placement. In order to qualify for the work placement you must have an upper intermediate level of fluency.

Location: All

II Part: The Work Placement Period

Spain has many popular tourist destinations. You may work in the coastline of Costa Del Sol (Malaga/Marbella), Balearic Islands, Canary Islands, Costa Brava (Barcelona), Cadiz and some of the Spanish islands.    The area's mild climate is the root attraction that makes it possible to enjoy the beaches and a wide variety of outdoor activities year round. Work placements are in the hospitality industry.

Type of Positions:  Bartender, Waiter/Waitress, Kitchen assistant, room maid, Assistant (Runner), Hostess, reception, laundry personnel, animator, maintenance staff, general assistant, restaurant employee, etc.

Minimum wage: 200€ - 400€ including full board accommodation in the hotel

The work period will be:   2 months to 3 months.

On-site Language Skill exam fee: $150 USD (For non-beginners, who skip the language course phase)

Start Dates: March - November

Placement Fee: $965 USD

Location: Marbella, Barcelona, Costa del Sol, Spanish Islands

APPLICATION: required documents

  • Résumé in European Spanish CV Format.
  • Short essay (1 page): Detailing specifically the kind of experience the student wants to have, what kind of work placement is preferred, and why.
  • Enrollment Form
  • Send the documents by e-mail to: info@nik-las.com
  • Registration Deposit of $250 USD (Registration cannot be accepted without this payment )
  • Send documents at least 2-3 months before arrival date (Late Application accepted on a case by case basis)

"Where foreigners make friends"

'Intercambios Connection' is a place where native speakers and foreigners meet to share language and culture in a friendly atmosphere. It is an effective and fun way to learn or better your knowledge of any foreign language, meanwhile making new friends with persons from different parts of the world.

This program connects you to locals at your travel destination, who wish to meet foreigners for language exchanges in social setting. It is an additional opportunity for you to practice the foreign language that you may be studying.

QUESTIONS

What is an Intercambio?

An intercambio is a language exchange for two or more people who speak different languages practicing each other's language. You get to practice their native language in exchange for language practice in your native language. It is also a good way to get properly introduced to your travel destination and the hidden gems they have - you may also learn about the DO NOTs of that destination. An Intercambio may serve as a vital source for information on things to do around the city.

How does it work?

The most typical form is that you are provided with 1 - 5 persons that are interested in language exchange. After signing up, you are given the contact information for a few interested locals, such as, email, name, etc. You may then contact them by email, telephone, Skype, Messenger, Facebook, or Whatsapp to get to know them before meeting.  Some suggestions on where to meet: Coffee shops, Pubs, Restaurants,  Beach,  Museums, or other social activities.

In a few locations, the program is orchestrated as a weekly Meetup, at a local spot. Upon arrival, a session of 30 minutes or more is arranged with a person that speaks your chosen language. In that timeframe, you are expected to converse in your language as well as the language of your partner for the evening. The format is flexible, so you may talk as little as 30 minutes or as long as 2 hours if you wish to, and about any topic that comes to mind. You may break out in groups to discuss the designated theme or you may have different individual partners for each session, so you can meet others, and improve your ability to understand the language you wish to practice when speaking with different persons.

What will I gain from this experience?

After several encounters you will notice an improvement your conversational language skill. Plus, the experience also gives you the opportunity to meet and establish bonds with someone very familiar with your travel destination.

What language level is needed to participate?

Don't worry! Everyone who participated in the Intercambios Connection is there to learn. Studying a bit before attending each session will help a lot.

What languages are exchanged?

There are participants from across the globe, so you can find speakers of all every popular languages. You may practice French, Italian, German, Portuguese, Spanish, English, etc.

How long are each Intercambio session?

That would depend on yourself and your practicing partner. You may arrange for 30 minutes, or longer. Many times, a session may last up to 2 hours or more. Some may choose to meet for coffee, or visit a museum, or you may get invited to go to the beach, join an all-day excursion, visit an interesting site in a close by city, attend a barbeque, join your Intercambio and his/her friends for a night out, etc.

Location: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Portugal, Spain, United Kingdom, United States

APPLICATION:

How to Join? Send contact information, details of languages that you speak, and the one you wish to practice, along with your location. Send email to intercambios@nik-las.com

If you have any questions or suggestions feel free to let us know.

CULTURAL COURSES PROGRAMS

Spanish Cooking

Learn how to make popular authentic Spanish dishes, such as, omellete, paella or sangria, from one of the local chefs. It's one more thing to take back home besides Spanish and a suntan. This program should be taken with a Spanish language program. In Salamanca, you take 2 weeks (3 cooking classes per week), which begins once a month.

Location: Salamanca, Barcelona, Seville

Salsa Dance and Bailes Latinos

5 hours of Salsa dance classes and Bailes Latinos per week. The course combines 2 hours of Salsa classes with 3 hours of dance classes on Merengue, Bachata, and Rueda Cubano. Beginners start on the 1st Tuesday of any month.

Location: Seville

Flamenco Dance

7.5 hours Flamenco dance classes per week. The course focuses exclusively on the staging of choreography for different flamenco styles (seguiriyas, soleá, soleá por bulerías, alegrías, etc.). You may learn perfect zapateados, marcajes, braceos, and cierres of the different palos of flamenco with an expert flamenco dancer.

Location: Cordoba, Seville, Cadiz, Malaga

Flamenco Technique

7.5 hours Flamenco techniques classes per week. These courses deal with the coordination of movements of different parts of the body and consolidation of concepts, which are fundamental for the flamenco dance.

Location: Seville

Flamenco Dance & Technique

This course is especially design for students who have never danced before. It is 7.5 hours per week of class time that mixes of Flamenco Technique and Flamenco Dance lessons explained above.

Location: Seville

Flamenco Guitar

Covering all aspects of flamenco guitar, methods, exercises, falsetas, playing for singing and dancing. The one-to-one nature of the classes' guarantees that each student can work on the aspect that he/ she wishes to learn, improve, or perfect. 90 private minutes each day, from Monday thru Friday.

Location: Cordoba, Seville

TEACH ENGLISH IN SPAIN

Teach your English to a Spanish family or a group of people. Help them to improve their grammar and oral skills in exchange for room and board. Teach ONLY 15 hours weekly and enjoy the rest of your time exploring Spanish cities and culture. Having the opportunity to tutor is itself a learning experience. Learn more about Spain, the language, and discover new things about yourself!

Host families are carefully selected. Besides their deep desire to learn a new language, they are also very interested to learn more about a different culture and to share their habits too!

Become a Tutor

The teaching English experience is offered in many different cities and its surroundings.

Locations: Seville.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES

This program was designed with the objective of placing foreign university students in Spanish families who wish to improve their language skills.

The host families will provide room and board to the students who, in exchange, will give conversational lessons in their native language to all or any family member. Having the opportunity to tutor the members of a family is in itself a learning experience. The sessions may be a time for exchanging information about languages, customs, and cultures.

The tutor will spend up to 15 hours per week helping their host family to improve their English skills, who will accommodate the student for a period de 4 , 8 or 12 weeks.

Duration:  4-12 weeks

Why choose Teach English program in Spain?

  • Tutoring a Spanish family is a different way to experience the country, being close to the community

  • It is an opportunity to teach, learn, share and promote intercultural exchanges

  • Spain is rich in culture, heritage, history and tradition, and continues to become more relevant in the global market

  • We have many years local expertise of Education and Cultural Programs

  • The program includes an extensive package including placement, counseling and support

  • This Spanish experience offers a wide range of host families to suit the different needs of each tutor

  • Program Length and Start Dates 4, 8 or 12 weeks

  • Start dates vary according to availability of the host families and tutors preferred start.

Location and Organization

Choices for the locations and host families are primarily based on availability, student background and preference as stated at the time of booking. We have many years experience of placing overseas students. We feature years of expertise in Intercultural Education and therefore we are better able to match a tutor application to a family than a student or parent. It cannot be guaranteed that a tutor can be placed in a chosen location; however, we will always try to accommodate the preferences of the early applicants when making our selection.

If an prospective tutor has specific requirements, please consult with us before confirming acceptance of the booking: teach@nik-las.com

Services Included

  • Placement in a Spain host family

  • Airport pick up and transfer

  • Room and board provided by the host family (breakfast, lunch and dinner)

  • Total assistance and full-time support during stay in Spain provided by a local representative

  • Visa documents to be sent to you

  • Cultural Exchange

  • Language tutoring training

  • Counseling provided

  • Arrival Orientation upon arrival

NOT Included

  • Travel to and from Spain

  • Internal flights and weekend trips

  • Visa fees

  • Travel Medical Insurance

  • Pocket money

APPLICATION: required documents

  • Résumé in Spain or English.  (Example Provided)

  • Application Form - Click here!

  • Short essay (1-2 pages): the student has to focus on  relating who he/she is, and the kind of experience he/she wants to have.

  • Applicant has to send the documents by e-mail to: teach@nik-las.com

  • Deposit of $250 USD

  • Send documents at least 2-3 months before arrival date

Please, make sure your medical insurance covers you during your stay in Spain; otherwise we can make arrangements for you to receive in this case.

EXCURSIONS

Various activities and excursions are offered during the year at the various locations. You may participate in short walks around the historic center or at the Welcome party during your first days. While some excursions may be free, for some excursions, students are required to sign-up and pay in order to participate. Excursions may include visits to beaches, local monuments, museums, theatres, performances and concerts, while other's may include trips to other nearby cities. The destinations vary among the different cities where classes are given. Here are examples of possible excursion destinations:

From Seville

Matalascanas Beach, Alicante, Córdoba, Granada, Jerez, Madrid, Malaga, San Lucar, Portugal and even to Morocco.

From Cadiz:

El Puerto de Santa María, Jerez de la Frontera, (world-famous for their wine cellars), White Villages (such as Arcos de la Frontera, Vejer de la Frontera, Medina Sidonia, Zahara de la Sierra etc., the Costa de la Luz, Tarifa, Gibraltar, the Parque Natural de Grazalema, the Parque Natural de Doñan, Seville, Córdoba, Granada, Morocco and Portugal.

From Salamanca:

the Sierra de Francia and Sierra de Gredos (mountains),  Avila, Toledo, Madrid, and Portugal.

From Madrid:

the Prado Museum, The Thyssen Museum, Reina Sofía Museum, art galleries, Escorial monastery, Avila, Toledo, Segovia, and Aranjuez.

From Barcelona:

Olympic Village; Gothic Quarter; the beaches of the Costa Brava; Pyrenees; Sitges, Figueres, Empúries, and Girona.

MOBILE TELEPHONE RENTAL SERVICE

Provide mobile telephone and active number. You just have to charge the phone number and use. You are provided an active number where you can receive calls and after charging you may make calls. Deposit is required at time of reservation and is returned to mailing address by mail upon the return of telephone and accessories in same condition at completion of rental term.

Location: Seville, Cadiz

PICK-UP

Bus Station, Train Station, Airport

This optional service is offered at a cost for One-way from/to arrival or departure spot in Spain. A representative meets and takes the student to accommodation or departure point. Please forward travel information at least 3 weeks in advance

Location: All

LODGING OPTIONS

NIK|LAS offers lodging during your stay in Spain while you are taking part in one of our courses.

Accommodations are generally a 15 - 25 minutes walk/bus from the school/center. Shopping facilities are a short distance away. Electricity, gas and water are included.

Single Room (SR) - Private room.

Double Room (DR) - Shared Room between two students traveling together.

Suggestions: Take extra care with your behavior; keep common areas clean; moderate noise to a low level at night; respect apartment mates schedule and customs. In short, be responsible for yourself.

Shared Apartments

Apartments are furnished in simple Spanish style with a fully equipped kitchen with washing machine, living room with television, iron and 1 or 2 bathrooms. There are no telephones available in apartments. These 2, 3, or 4 Bedroom apartments are shared with other international students and/or locals so students can cook their own food and manage food budget. Bed linens are provided. However, you will need to bring towels and own personal toiletries. Room in an apartment shared with Spanish people, with access to all communal areas of the house (kitchen, bathroom and living room) and, together, keep the place clean. Single or double rooms options. More details...

Private One-Bedroom/Studio

Private one bedroom apartment or studio for 1 or 2 persons who require a little more privacy. These Units are limited, so early registration is suggested to fill needs. They are furnished in simple Spanish style with a fully equipped kitchen with washing machine, living room with television and 1 bathroom. Bed linens are provided. However, you will need to bring towels and own personal toiletries.  More details...

Location: Seville, Cadiz

Homestay/Host Family

Staying with a Spanish Family is rewarding, in that, it encourages the natural use of every-day Spanish. This helps to improve your language skills. Room with a Spanish family with a meal option of half board (2 meals/day) or full board ( 3 meals/day). Spanish families are renowned for their hospitality, and enjoyment of life. You are made to feel completely at home with their families and enjoy the unique opportunity to fully integrate oneself into Spanish family life. Though, you will be free to do what you wish, you will be expected to adjust a bit to the rules of the house. you will receive your own house-key so you may come and go as you please. During your home-stay you will be able to receive phone calls. Bed linens are provided. However, you will need to bring towels and own personal toiletries. Single or double rooms options.

Location: All

Student Residence

The residence is either located in the same building as the school or in short distance of it. The residence houses several rooms with students also studying Spanish. You have access to communal area of the fully equipped kitchen, dining room, living room with TV, video, as well as washing machines. It has an international atmosphere, so English can easily become the common language. Try to speak Spanish as much as possible. Bed linens are provided. However, you will need to bring towels and own personal toiletries. Single or double rooms options.

Note, Student Residence is only available with some courses, not all.

Location: Granada, Seville, and Barcelona

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