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Instituto Hemingway

About

Our Spanish School offers Spanish courses in Bilbao and other cities in Spain with excellent reviews all year round starting from one week on, internships in culinary arts in Spain, jobs in hospitality management in Spain, Spanish online courses, unpaid internships and School trips to Spain for graduate and undergraduate students.
Our teachers are energetic, bubbling over with enthusiasm, and spontaneously combust from laughter on a daily basis. Instituto Hemingway is welcoming, friendly, happy, excited, Cervantes accredited, and so fabulous it's out of this world!

Get out of your comfort zone and study in Northern Spain. Instituto Hemingway will give you more friends than Facebook, more professional skills than LinkedIn, more family than you can count to embarrass you on holiday, and will make your heart explode from loving your life too much.
You the student are the center of our universe. Like your new friends you come from all over the globe, are of all ages.

Founded
1999
Headquarters

Bailen 5, 2 Dcha
48003 Bilbao Vizcaya
Spain

Reviews

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Lee
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Studying abroad in Bilbao was one of the most enlightening experiences in my life and for my children. The city has such charm and history and there is always more to explore. You are in the heart of spanish culture, and although one of the main tourist attractions is in Bilbao you would never know how touristy the city really is. The businesses and people do not accustom to the touristy, English lifestyle, but will speak English with you if you need. This allows you to fully immerse yourself in the spanish culture and learn all that you can. It is great that the city is smaller because you can walk anywhere in a short matter of time- anywhere in the city, to getting lost up in the mountains and hills behind Bilbao. The staff of Instituto Hemingway were fantastic. They are all so nice and will do anything to ensure you have the best experience. Overall this studying with this program in Bilbao was the best decision I have ever made and recommend it to anyone who is looking for a true spanish experience

What would you improve about this program?
I would have liked to have more Spanish classes every week.
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pat
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Instituto Hemingway staff was so knowledgeable and helpful during the entire program abroad, phenomenal experience that I would definitely do again if I had the opportunity. Our professors were so sweet and ensured that we had meaningful discussions

All of the places that we visited during our excursions were spectacular and unique in their own way and I really loved being able to know that we were visiting small villages and other excursions we took part in.I don't think my core values have changed. I still want our students to push themselves, and discover their limits, and fully engage with the people and environment here

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
If you are not an outdoorsy person, then don't fear! I was not very active prior to this trip but I had so much fun being able to go hiking, swimming or just sightseeing around Spain, I did ziplining twice as well as bungee jumping and scuba diving (:
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Luis
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I chose Bilbao mainly because of the excitement of the unknown. Before this, I had never been so far away for such a long period of time. The farthest time zone I had been was three hours ahead, and so I decided to jump into an 18 hour change.

I have lived in a small town my entire life and Spain was the perfect way to open up and jump (quite possibly fall) out of my comfort zone. If beautiful nature isn't enough, I was lucky to find a program that fits my needs. The Uni gave me so many course options that fit requirements for my home university. This was really important in deciding where to go and, fortunately, it worked out well.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
Though Spain is more famous for its red wine than white, the majority of its vineyards have white grapes and that was surprising for me.
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Sam
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I developed a lot of interpersonal skills and meet lots of wonderful people." First of all, I would like to say that it was truly an amazing opportunity. The conditions offered by the company were very good, the office is a modern place with a welcoming atmosphere. The team was very nice, mostly international people very kind. Everyone was sharing their culture, this way making the workplace more interesting.

The colleagues were super nice, I felt very accepted, and could always rely on them. The apartment they gave me was superb apartment, they also provided me with good food in the hotel.

It was my best internship experience so far, if I would have a possibility, I would definitely apply through your company again, thank you for everything

What was your funniest moment?
I was in Spanish class and made a confusion in class La and El in a serious discussion in Spanish class about the death penalty. Long story short do your best to use the right article for the given noun. La Pena de Muerte =Death penalty. El Pene De Muerte=The Penis of Death.
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Ron
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I can’t say enough good things about this trip! The country and all the sites we visited were amazing but what really brought the whole experience together was the tour director. I was really impressed by his knowledge and willingness to accommodate everyone to the best of his abilities. I came with 30 students. I have been on tours before and enjoyed them but I have never had a tour director that took such a personal interest in the group. There was a really good balance of scheduled time versus free time and everything was very well timed and organized. I would definitely do another tour, especially if I could get the same tour director!

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
With such a dedicated culinary culture – and so spicy a one at that! – it’s considered the height of bad form to ask for ketchup to go with a Spaniards carefully prepared dishes.

Programs

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Instituto Hemingway
Spanish Course in Bilbao, Northern Spain
Spain
10 •12 reviews

No matter how long you have been learning Spanish, we will help you...

Instituto Hemingway
Culinary Arts Internship in Spain
Spain
10 •4 reviews

This program is designed for those who would like to learn and live...

Instituto Hemingway
Paid Internship Working at Top Hotels
Spain
9.75 •4 reviews

Why just visit Spain…live Spain instead! Do exactly that with our...

Instituto Hemingway
Teaching English in Spain
Spain
10 •3 reviews

A job teaching English in Spain is one of the best ways to live abroad...

Instituto Hemingway
Spanish Course for Children in Spain
Spain
10 •3 reviews

Our Spanish courses for children are specially designed for children...

Instituto Hemingway
Business Spanish Course in Bilbao, Spain
Spain
10 •3 reviews

The Spanish Business Course was created with a specific objective: to...

Instituto Hemingway
School Student Trips to Spain
Spain
10 •3 reviews

Fun, motivating and inspiring trips and study tours for students...

Instituto Hemingway
Spanish Course for Seniors in Northern Spain
Spain
10 •3 reviews

This special course is designed for senior students, aged 50 and up...

Instituto Hemingway
Spanish Course for Teachers of Spanish in Spain
Spain
10 •2 reviews

This is a training program for Spanish teachers with an emphasis on...

Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Jose Lopez

Jose has worked in Instituto Hemingway since 1999 looking after the study abroad programs . He has traveled all around Europe and spent two years living in USA, an incredible life changing experience. He enjoys helping students and making things easier for everybody. His aim is to make sure that everybody is satisfied with their experience. He is a reachable accessible person.

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What position do you hold at Instituto Hemingway? What has been your career path so far?

I am the director and I also hold a bachelor degree in psychology. I have a passion for traveling around and making things easy and enjoyable for everybody. I honestly think that having experiences overseas has a deep impact on personalities of all types and upgrades the resumes of each one. I think that the world is small but the only thing we need to do is get some motivation and leave fears aside. We only have one life to enjoy. We will have time to stay at home when we get old.

Why is language learning and cultural immersion important to you?

Jose: I think it is important because you get another soul, you open your heart and have more confidence in your self and tolerance. It is the fastest way to understand culture and people. Otherwise you will always be a tourist with the eyes of an adult but not with the eyes of the child you have inside that has an interest and curiosity for everything. Nowadays we live in multi cultural ethnical religious societies and the more languages you know the richer you are, more complex and adaptability in terms of learning life.

What was your favorite traveling experience?

Jose: I have learnt from my wide range of visits to different countries all over the world, unique experiences that took place in cities that are not promoted so much in terms of marketing. At the end of the day many tourists go to places they have seen or read on media. Why not going to places that are not so crowded with foreign tourists?

This is what I do when I travel, not going to places where other foreigners like me would go because, one thing is where foreigners go and a different issue is where local people go and that does not fit in. In massive touristy cities everything is more expensive, less authentic and less dedicated to you as a tourist.

What unique qualities does your company possess?

Jose: Fantastic prices for everybody, irrespective of age, time of the year or academic background. We open all year round, answer questions in 24 hours max. and guarantee a unique experience. We also have Skype interviews before coming to our programs to avoid all problems of adaptation.