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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.

Reviews

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Antonio
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

This is one of the most unique and incredible immersion/vacation that I have done. You will be totally immersed in the Spanish language, culture, food, and atmosphere. Everyone was incredibly nice, hospitable, and friendly. The classes were organized, fun and flexible. There were structured lessons in the morning tailored to your level. All the meals were fresh, home-cooked and delicious. In the afternoons, there are various activities which are again tailored to your interests. They are also very flexible with scheduling and can assist with any special requests like renting a car. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to fully immerse in Spanish life while having a good balance of learning Spanish, relaxing and sightseeing the beautiful Basque region of Spain.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
If you are looking for an authentic, enjoyable, relaxed and fun Spanish immersion this is it. Just go and enjoy!
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Tam
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Definitely, when booking the trip I was scared and anxious, but this trip taught me how to be independent and overall expose myself to new things. I'd definitely say this was one of the most memorable things in my life I've ever done. I'd say that the best thing about this program was the immersion within the culture and so much more room individuals of any Spanish level can still grow at Instituto Hemingway. One thing I wish could be changed would be adding more trips to parts around Bilbao, but still was very pleasing and I would really recommend! you will make friends from all over that will become some of your closest friends. I'd definetly say don't hesitate to take the trip and become a local for your stay it really creates an unforgettable experience. After taking a Spanish course for 4 weeks then I went for an internship and really enjoyed it. So much fun, so many things I learned..!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
This program is not only a great way to explore Spain, but also boosts language skills. The program balances language classes with explore the country and immersing students into the culture of Spain. Traveling with Instituto Hemingway also gives students the option to explore the city on their own terms. There isn't a strict traveling schedule everyone must follow, enabling students to do what they find most interesting. Overall, it was a great experience and I would love to go again.
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Louise
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I arrived Instituto Hemingway intending to improve my Spanish, but I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I was so happy to find that there is so much more going on than I had anticipated. I found myself a part of a beautiful and unique community that was made up of the staff, volunteers, and students in the program. I made close relationships and countless memories. The Spanish classes exceeded my expectations, and I improved so much!! I even was starting to get the hang of Salsa dancing by the end of it. I chose to spend, a more than conventional, four months with Instituto Hemingway, and honestly every second was worth it. I would travel outside the city some weekends or take advantage of really cool stuff happening in Northern Spain. By the end of my experience, I was leaving three families. My host family, who genuinely are like parents to me. My Instituto Hemingway family, all of the awesome people who I would say hi to every day and get support from often (including great teachers). And finally, the weird mixed up group of people I met along the way from air force groups to people on gap years like me to the Spanish friends I am going to miss so much. I will never forget my time in Spain, and what it has done for me, I owe a lot of that to this great program.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Come in with an open mind and heart! I believe that your experience is what you make of it, but you'll be in a great position to make it what you want. Take advantage of what's available to you, and trust yourself to make decisions and you will have so much fun!
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Salva
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I couldn't be happier with Instituto Hemingway service! I always wanted learn Spanish and visit Spain, but I never thought I would get to do both at the same time. I filled in the application to go to Northern for 6 months and Instituto Hemingway staff was helpful throughout the whole process. They helped me find a great sharedhouse, the classes at Instituto Hemingway school were great and I even had time to learn how to cook an original paella! I had looked at other companies that offer similar services, but this one beats them all without contest, because of the great cultural free options they give you and because it's free! I will definitely use their service again, I prepared for DELE exams level a2 and I passed it without any problems at all. In fact I took later on B2 and I also passed it. Thank you for everything!

What would you improve about this program?
It is actually perfect. I can not think of anything that you can improve more.
I will let you knwo if I come up with something.
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Jordan
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing experience, well beyond my expectations. Bilbao is the best place to study and spend a beautiful holiday! I really enjoyed traveling around Spain, discovering wonderful places and rich history. I sincerely recommend Instituto Hemingway to all those looking for a fun and productive language holiday experience. I will definitely be back! Big thanks to all the friendly staff, Hasta pronto!

I don't have a unique story to tell but a lot of thrilling moments that I did experience in those 3 weeks; it is so to say a patchwork of images that are in my mind whenever I think of Bilbao; even though I knew before arriving, that city would not disappoint my expectations , I was really touched not only for its huge historical heritage but mainly because of the friendly and marvelous Basque people I met and knew, who made my stay unforgettable and made my last day so sad when I had to leave from there ... I will come back for sure

What would you improve about this program?
I would have liked more clear information about our programme in advance of our arrival, although everything came as a very pleasant surprise!

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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Why did you choose this program?

I wanted an opportunity to change my career path from a dissatisfying corporate job to a rewarding career that can take me traveling around the world and enable me to gain cultural experiences in Spain
Instituto Hemingway had preplanned excursions included in the program that allowed me to do even more traveling and check off some things that were already on my bucket list, without the hassle of planning more things by myself. Not to mention, the pre-departure support, day of traveling support, and on-site support allowed me to be confident in my safety and ability to endure so a large adventure all on my own!!

What did your program provider (or university) assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

The Instituto Hemingwa provided me with top quality information travel assistance, support staff and teachers who were extremely knowledgeable and made the whole experience extremely worthwhile.

They organized my program and also the accommodation in a fantastic shared apartment next to school, and assisted with holiday and activity options.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

If I were to do the course again, I would definitely choose a professional organization that is well-credentialed and respected like Hemingway. It makes it so much easier having a strong support base and experienced team.

I would definitely allow for more travel time either before or after the course, so you can get to appreciate the country you are visiting.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

The program is very solid and lots to fit in every day, as it is a compact course.

Having said that, there were still afternoons off and a couple of free days to chill. And an average day consisted of about 4 hours at school with a mixture of theory and practical class observations and activities.

After school, you would generally need to do 2 hours of homework or reading.

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

I guess my only fear was not finishing the course or not being able to do the assignments and lesson plans in time. But the course structure and support of the teachers was a huge benefit in allaying my fears. This made a big difference in my ability to manage the course effectively and get everything done.

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.