Spanish Immersion in La Antigua, Guatemala

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Cerro de la Cruz
Cerro de la Cruz
Casa 1
Casa 1
First Spanish Lesson in Antigua, Guatemala
First Spanish Lesson in Antigua, Guatemala
Mary was our first teacher.
Mary was our first teacher.
Me and my teacher
Me and my teacher
Me and my teacher
Me and my teacher
Housemother and Housemate
Housemother and Housemate

About

Maximo Nivel offers our unique Native Spanish Program for intensive Spanish language training. Situated in beautiful Guatemala, Maximo Nivel is not a typical Spanish School. We are an executive language center offering the most intensive and effective Spanish courses in Latin America. We employ only the most experienced native Spanish instructors, all of them actual teachers—either certified in teaching Spanish as a foreign language or with their Bachelors and/or Masters in Education.

Please visit our website to learn more about our Native Spanish Program in Guatemala, and to apply directly online.

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Popular Programs

Small Group Spanish Language Classes in Guatemala

Small group classes are designed to facilitate interaction among all learners in the group. These groups help provide a “safety net” and take the pressure off, everyone’s in it together! Other learners may ask questions that you have not thought of and help to bring more clarity to each lesson. Small classes also foster a fun social environment in which it's always easy to make friends and find study partners.

Private Spanish Classes in Guatemala

Move through material at your own pace in our private classes that allow you to focus on material that is especially relevant to YOU. All teaching and feedback will be 100% personalized and you'll enjoy uninterrupted attention from your teacher. We'll tailor the lessons to you and your personal learning style forms the basis for every lesson. We offer private classes that are very flexible in terms of organizing your time in-country

Intensive Language Program in Guatemala

Combine daily small-group and private Spanish classes for a total of 6 hours of language learning per day! In this program, you'll have the added bonus of one-on-one attention to focus on areas specific to you. Maintain structured group classes while remaining flexible with your private classes to help advance your Spanish level more quickly.

University Spanish in Guatemala

Maximo Nivel offers a wide variety of university Spanish courses ranging from 100 to 400 level courses. These programs may be grouped or 1-on-1 private lessons. University courses are 60-80 hours and require 3-4 weeks to complete in order to earn academic credit.

Spanish for Special Purposes

Spanish for Special Purposes (SSP) includes courses in Medical Spanish and Spanish for Business. SSP teachers are some of our most experienced instructors and have additional expertise in Business and Healthcare. SSP programs are intended for medical students, traveling doctors and nurses, and business people who need specialized Spanish for their careers. SSP Classes are best taught in a 2-hour per day format.

Questions & Answers

Hello! It depends on which country you are interested in but generally speaking we recommend $50-$70 per week for spending money on daily lunches, snacks, and transportation. If you are interested in buying souvenirs or doing tours, we recommend more than this ($100-$200 per week depending on the tours you are interested in).

Yes, it’s certainly worth it. You could opt for a program where you have classical (approx. 4 students per class) lessons in the morning (9AM-1PM) and return in the afternoon for individual classes (2PM-4PM), which would still leave you plenty of time to explore the town and its surroundings in the evenings and weekends. I did a 6-week stay in the summer of 2015 with only the classical lessons in...

My class size varied a bit during the six weeks I took Spanish lessons there (June/July 2015), but it was either 3 or 4 people including myself. The school itself is split up in two different buildings which are very close to each other (about 100m apart) and contain roughly 20 classrooms in total. One building has a nice garden, while the other one has a pleasant roof terrace. The atmosphere is...

In our Native Spanish Program, all of our classes are taught by experienced, certified, native Spanish instructors.

Reviews

9.6 Rating
based on 63 reviews
  • Instruction 9.5
  • Support 9.7
  • Fun 9.4
  • Housing 9.4
  • Value 9.3
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Cecelia
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Go to Guatemala ASAP!!!

The native Spanish program at Maximo Nivel was awesome!! My teacher Evelyn was so great, and very patient with me when I made errors. Antigua is my 2nd home and I encourage everyone to come check it out! The staff at Maximo Nivel was so kind and helpful whatever I had questions. I didn't have any issues at all while I was there, but it was great knowing that Maximo was available 24/7. Go! Study Spanish! I 100% recommend this program.

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Katrina
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Come to Antigua, aprende español!

My friend and I have had a blast studying with Maximo Nivel in Antigua. The housing is secure and the family is beyond sweet. The staff has been more than helpful, and they communicate frequently about weekly activities and class schedule updates. Our teacher Evelyn has been amazing planning lessons that work for both my friend and I as we are different learners. Definitely consider Maximo Nivel in your Spanish learning adventure!!

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Jolene
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Learn Spainsh with Maximo Nivel

Maximo Nivel has done an amazing job facilitating a safe learning space for their students. My friend and I came together and were welcomed by our amazing host family. They have been very patient with us practicing our Spanish and they actively talk to us about our day, plans we make and share funny stories. The teachers here are helpful and give you voice in guiding topics that you find to be your weakest. My friend and I are taught by Evelyn and she tailors her lesson towards our strengths and weaknesses as they are not always the same. The staff has been incredibly helpful and knowledgeable about the program and Guatemala as a whole. If you have the opportunity to study abroad, you should definitely consider Maximo Nivel in Antigua.

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Jolene
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great Experience in Antigua

Maximo Nivel offers a great immersion program and the staff is wonderful! My friend and I were placed in a home with the most loving family and they are so patient while we stumble over Spanish words (mostly conjugations) The house is conveniently located and getting to school is easy. Our teacher Evelyn is superb! She has tailored the class for my friend and I because we have different learning styles and have different strengths/weaknesses. We both leave class at the end of the day feeling accomplished in learning new skills or in refreshing previously covered topics. The staff is knowledgeable and friendly. They can assist you with any questions or placement. If you have the opportunity to learn Spanish in a Spanish speaking country, you should seriously consider Maximo Nivel in Antigua.

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Jolene
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Come to Antigua, aprende español!

My best friend & I came to Maximo Nivel to learn Spanish and immerse ourselves in the culture of Guatemala. We studied in Maximo Nivel for 4 weeks. We felt safe in our housing, the family was amazing! We also fell in LOVE with our teacher, Evelyn! She is creative, fun, light-hearted and excellent at meeting the needs of various types of adult learners. Furthermore, the entire staff is helpful, supportive and very kind.

What would you improve about this program?
Perhaps giving more options to take tours with various companies.
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Brianne
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Poco a poco!

Poco a poco is what my spanish teachers at Maximo Nivel in Antigua Guatemala often told me. Little by little, step by step, that is how you learn. I studied Spanish through Maximo Nivel for 6-ish weeks this year. I started off doing 4 hours of group and 2 hours of 1:1 every day with two different teachers. However, as I was also volunteering at times and traveling during other times, Maximo Nivel worked with me in creating a more flexible schedule to accommodate my studies and my adventures. In fact, a few of these adventures were hosted by the school! Their flexibility and group trips are just a few of the perks they offer. As I mixed up my hours and my teachers, I finally found a good mix of study and play for my daily routine. To make it better, I got to know many of the amazing teachers who all have something unique to offer. Struggling with listening? Work with Sandra. Need to practice more conversation in real-life settings around town? Visit Aracely. Want to fine tune your grammar? Talk to Margarita. And this is just to name a few of them! As flexible and knowledgeable as the teachers were, so were the front office staff. Always there to help for anything you need. It also doesn't hurt that casa 1 and casa 2 are nice buildings with beautiful gardens and stunning rooftop views. I arrived with basic Spanish and left intermediate. I want to be fluent and plan on going back next year to continue my studies with Maximo Nivel! This trip left a special mark on my heart and I don't know that I would have had the same experience with a different program.

Iva
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Antigua Guatemala

It was great time here with very friendly and healpful team and the teacher was amazing. She try to do the best for help me with spanish. The class was very small which means that the teacher had a lots of time to explain us everything and also she took us on trip to macadamia farm where we had tour in spanish as well. So we could practice in real life. I have to say that I have only great experiences.

Audrey
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

First Time Studying Spanish Abroad from Fort Lauderdale/Miami, Florida

There are no words to describe how awesome this program is, as well as the location in Antigua, Guatemala. This was by far one of the best language and cultural learning experiences of my life. My only regret was that I did not book for a longer stay but since this was something I was doing for the first time and I came by myself I opted for a short time frame. I did the one week intensive Spanish Immersion Program with 4 hours of private instruction every day. 2 hours in the morning and 2 hours in the afternoon. In addition, I opted to stay with a local Guatemalan family to futher enhance my learning and I was truly blessed with the most wonderful family. Finally, the school also offers many other daily activities and tours that you can sign up for to really experience the beauty of this country. I took a Salsa and Guatemalan cooking class. The school has a very well run and organized progam. The staff and teachers are AMAZING and willingly tailor to meet the needs of every single student. I highly recommend Maximo Nivel in Antigua. I plan on returning for a longer stay next time.

What would you improve about this program?
Everything was excellent. 100 STARS