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10 Great Short-Term Spanish Courses Around the World

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Stephanie is a writer with a love for travel, languages, and exploring other cultures, including her time studying abroad in Madrid, Spain.

10 Sweet Short Term Spanish Courses Abroad

The longer you’re immersed in a language, the better you learn it, but unfortunately life doesn’t allow us to fit in lengthy jaunts overseas whenever we want. Luckily, there’s a lot you can accomplish in even a short amount of time when you’re willing to put in the effort. There are excellent language schools around the world that have short-term options for adults of all ages.

If you’re looking to improve your Spanish and travel, you can find short-term programs in multiple countries. We’ve narrowed down your many, many options to 10 great programs. They all offer week-long programs, but you can sign up for longer lengths of time, too. Even a short stint is enough time to make progress – and probably motivate you to keep learning!

1. Go! Go! España: Madrid, Spain

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  • Program Offered: Year-round
  • Duration: Starts at 1 week
  • Cost: Starts at $220 for week-long, 20-hour course

Go! Go! España has programs throughout the year in various parts of Spain, including Madrid. The beautiful capital city is packed with museums, historical sites, and plazas, so the program offers activities every day in addition to language classes. Examples include tapas tours, museum visits, and dance lessons.

You’ll have 20 hours of class time per week, and you can elect to take them in the morning or the afternoon. You can also choose between private or group classes. Housing choices include shared houses, apartments, and host families.

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2. Na’atik Language and Culture Institute: Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Mexico

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  • Program Offered: Year-round
  • Duration: Starts at 1 week
  • Cost: Starts at $599 for week-long, 18-hour course

The Na’atik Language and Culture Institute makes it easy by including a homestay and three meals a day in participants’ program fee. Students spend their time in Felipe Carrillo Puerto, a small Maya city. There, you’ll take 18 hours of classes per week and immerse yourself in the language and culture.

You’ll have the use of a bike during your time in Felipe Carrillo Puerto, and you can take free cooking classes if you sign up for at least two weeks of language study. The program also includes a city walking tour, a welcome dinner, and a trip to a nearby Maya lagoon for kayaking and swimming.

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3. IW Languages: Buenos Aires, Argentina

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  • Program Offered: Year-round
  • Duration: Starts at 1 week
  • Cost: Starts at $200 for week-long, 20-hour course

Spain and Mexico may be two of the most popular destinations for Spanish learners, but Argentina has a lot to offer, too. IW Languages’ program in Buenos Aires will set you up in the lively and beautiful city. You’ll be able to take in Argentina’s rich culture and history while you take 20 hours of Spanish classes per week.

As an IW Languages student, you’ll have the option of living with a local family in a homestay or staying in a hostel. Additionally, you’ll be able to fill your free time with activities of your choosing, including cultural activities, tours, or excursions organized by the program. Examples include a winery visit, a day trip to Uruguay, and an excursion to Iguazu Falls.

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4. Maximo Nivel: Cusco, Peru

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  • Program Offered: Year-round
  • Duration: Starts at 1 week
  • Cost: Starts at $140 for week-long, 20-hour course

Peru is considered an excellent place to study Spanish given that locals speak in a way that tends to be easier for Spanish learners to understand. You can take advantage of this through Maximo Nivel’s program in Cusco. Plus, you’ll be in a gorgeous setting, surrounded by fascinating history.

The language school itself happens to be located across from the sacred Inca site Q’oricancha. You’ll be enrolled in a program tailored to your skill level and goals, and you’ll also get to participate in free salsa and cooking lessons. If you wish to further enrich your experience, you can sign up for service learning and internship programs.

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5. Speak Chile: Pucón, Chile

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  • Program Offered: Year-round
  • Duration: Starts at 1 week
  • Cost: Starts at $230 for week-long, 10-hour course

Speak Chile’s Spanish school is located in Pucón, a city surrounded by natural beauty. Not only is it on the shore of Lake Villarrica, there are forests, rivers, and mountains nearby. You can fit outdoor activities in around your Spanish classes, either on your own or as part of the program.

The language school offers week-long courses of 10, 15, or 20 hours, but you can sign up for private one-hour classes if that’s all that fits into your schedule. For those who are around for a full week, the activity packages allow you to practice your Spanish while doing things like zip lining, horseback riding, and whitewater rafting.

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6. Intensa: San José or Heredia, Costa Rica

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  • Program Offered: Year-round
  • Duration: Starts at 1 week
  • Cost: Starts at $265 for week-long, 20-hour course

Costa Rica is another perfect place to work on your Spanish and have access to incredible scenery and outdoor adventure. While Intensa Language Institute’s programs are located inland, in San José and Heredia, you’ll be within reach of the beaches and rainforests. You can even customize your program to include guided trips and excursions.

As for your Spanish course, you’ll be taking classes where the approach is to achieve conversational proficiency through intensive oral practice. You’ll also have a homestay, giving you additional opportunities to hone your improving language skills.

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7. Colombia Immersion: Medellín, Colombia

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  • Program Offered: Year-round
  • Duration: Starts at 1 week
  • Cost: Starts at $90 for week-long, 10-hour course

Colombia Immersion is located in Medellín, a beautiful metropolis in the Andes mountains. It has a nice climate that has earned it the nickname of “the City of Eternal Spring.” You can take between 10-20 hours of Spanish class per week, giving you plenty of time to appreciate the coffee, music, and stunning landscapes Colombia is known for.

In terms of academics, the program boasts “a relaxed learning environment with interactive speaking-focused classes and lots of practice.” You’ll be able to continue working on your Spanish in a homestay. There are also cultural activities three days a week that are included in the program fee.

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8. Cuernavaca Language School: Cuernavaca, Mexico

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  • Program Offered: Year-round
  • Duration: Starts at 1 week
  • Cost: Starts at $250 for week-long, 15-hour course

Cuernavaca Language School is located in another city known as “the City of Eternal Spring.” It will be the backdrop to your 15-25 hours of Spanish class per week. In your free time, you’ll have the chance to participate in optional activities to complement your classroom learning, such as round-table discussions led by the academic director and “Intercambio” conversations with locals.

On weekends, there are still more activities. For an added fee, you can choose to explore some of the area’s cultural and historic sites. Excursions include day trips to Mexico City, the nearby silver-mining town of Taxco, and the Pyramids of Xochicalco.

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9. Spanish Abroad: Lima, Peru

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  • Program Offered: Year-round
  • Duration: Starts at 1 week
  • Cost: Starts at $560 for week-long, 20-hour course

Lima boasts a bustling and historic city and coastline views. With Spanish Abroad, you’ll take classes in an upscale neighborhood and be able to explore the surrounding areas in your time off. You’ll have at least 20 hours of class a week, either small-group or private, depending on your preferences.

The program fees include housing, and you can choose between a room in a shared apartment with other students or living with a host family. There’s the also the chance to add on weekend excursions get to know parts of the country beyond Lima.

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10. CESA Languages: Granada, Spain

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  • Program Offered: Year-round
  • Duration: Starts at 1 week
  • Cost: Starts at $320 for week-long, 20-hour course

Granada is known for its beautiful architecture, blend of cultures, and views of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Located right at the heart of it in the old Moorish quarter is CESA Languages’ school. You’ll be able to learn both in the classroom and by exploring the charming city.

Classes at the school are kept small to facilitate conversation and progress. Other learning opportunities include guided excursions and activities. Some of those options are visiting the Alhambra, a walk in the Sierra Nevada National Park, and Spanish film nights.

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Spending time in a Spanish-speaking country and taking classes is an invaluable experience. However long you go overseas, you’ll likely see huge progress in your language skills. Before you know it, you’ll be speaking Spanish better than ever!

This article was originally published in October 2014, and was updated in May 2019.