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Instituto Hemingway


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 courses online and through skype, unpaid internships and School trips to Spain for graduate and undergraduate students.


Bailen 5, 2 Dcha
48003 Bilbao Vizcaya


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Yes, I recommend this program

I liked everything. The teachers at Instituto Hemingway are amazing and they really care about your success. They are always happy and friendly. I liked the social programs, because it help you to make friends.

The teachers are nice. I very appreciate them for giving such useful grammatical knowledges during the class. It helps me a lot. I like it very much because not only the perfect teachers but also nice facilities. I liked my classes because I could change my schedule from morning to an afternoon class in preparation for a test.
My teacher was a really nice guy and it was always fun with him joking around.
The location of the school is perfect for tube connections and lunch break.

The course is very well-designed and structured. The content of the course is interesting and informative. I liked that that there are video and audio clips, especially the video clips that showed how we could teach in the classroom.
Carlos was pretty much everything you’d want as a tutor; with his ability to give you his full attention to your inquiries, with his timely responses, his encouragement and understanding, I was able to complete the course feeling confident that I can do my job as teaching Spanish as a second language in my chosen country. Throughout the course, I enjoyed working in every module. There is so much interesting information, ideas for teachers etc.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Alfredo Orive for all the guidance and encouragement he gave me throughout this course. I’m thankful for the very detailed feedback, not just on what I’ve submitted but how I can improve.

Once again, I would definitely recommend Instituto Hemingway and I will be signing up for more courses in the future. I would highly recommend this course for anyone who wants to start or continue teaching and want to have more knowledge about teaching.

Jose, the director, is also very nice, always accessible and always trying to help the students. Rodrigo, the receptionist, is always available to help. I was very happy to have Carlos as my teacher, because he was always very professional, he is a great teacher but also very flexible and funny when needed.

What would you improve about this program?
I found this course to be well structured and easy to navigate. The assignments are relevant to the content covered during the course and it guides the student to put the newly acquired teaching knowledge into practice. This course equipped me with practical ideas on how to prepare a lesson plan, which assists me to give my students the best possible learning experience.

At the end of each module, there is a list of references to other websites relevant to the material covered during the module. As a teacher, I use many of these resources almost on a daily basis and I find it extremely useful.

If I have to improve something about this program would be using more real-life situations in class. Sometimes in my classroom in my country I have to deal with problems of discipline and is very difficult for me classroom management.
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Yes, I recommend this program

I liked everything. The teachers were very professional, rather strict to play with my children too. It was not allowed to use the phone during the lessons, to be late etc. They gave homework and were often tested. Every Friday gave feedback.
The school is located near the metro station Abando in downtown Bilbao. Also close is the budget supermarket Carrefour. It was perfect for packed lunch.

Wifi works at the school, there is a library where you can rent a book for children too.

My children had a very bad level of Spanish at the beginning but after 2 weeks the improvement was significant. Excellent teachers who made them learning Spanish something fun and rewarding.

On Fridays we went as a compliment to the nearest restaurant with the whole group, including the teacher. It was fun and informative to communicate in an informal atmosphere.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
The school was way over my expectations. Perfect!"

I had a great experience. The teachers explained everything in a way that was easy for my children to understand. I really admire the way that they make them interact with the other students to increase their Spanish and learn all together, and in a funny way . In a future time i will love to come back with my children, and I will talk good of you with my fiends to come and get their own experience. Every teacher was so kind, polite and artist. My children really loved every minute they spent together with them! If I had to change anything would be changing new chairs for students to make them confortable for everybody!
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Yes, I recommend this program

Size of class and level of participation and comprehension good. Our teachers were fine and the five sessions with Fran were especially helpful in understanding culture, politics and regional differences. We were quite pleased with our home apartment. Bilbao is a fantastic city.

I am 28 years old and it was my first "language school experience". I appreciated the professionalism of the teachers and the efficient structure of the lessons (with both grammar and conversational skills, associated in a way that you practice efficiently what is taught).

The staff are really friendly and all of the teachers put so much effort into their jobs and they can't be thanked enough for it. The activities run through the school are very fun and I am glad I had this opportunity to study in Instituto Hemingway.

The long talks with her (a lawyer practicing from home) really added a lot to improving our speaking ability.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Be relaxed and is not only time for studying but also for enjoying your vacation
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Yes, I recommend this program

The school is located conveniently in the heart of Bilbao,close to many bars and restaurants
Housing is in walkable distance from the school. The school administration did an excellent job in organising housing and allowing me to stay one week longer. Thanks so much for your help and your friendliness!

The school is incredible. Teachers are very engaging and work with you to ensure you have a positive experience. They are very flexible allowing for changes and extensions to stays. The school provides after school activities every weekday. They are well attended and engaging to show you Bilbao and use the Spanish you are learning! Highly recommend accommodations were great as well. Courses were VERY interesting and Teachers are young and friendly, students come from all around the world. Instituto Hemigway is a very interesting school to progress and discover Northern Spain, in an international environment.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would not change anything in this program. Everything was perfect!!
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Yes, I recommend this program

I spent a wonderful month with Jose, Eli, Guadalupe, Alfredo, Amaia etc. It's difficult to discribe..first at all I had a lot of fun with the teachers and the other students. I had an interesting experience. I met students from all over the world of different ages, younger and same age as me. The teacher was efficient and taught us the language very well.

It was the first time I had attended a language course and I enjoyed it so much! The one month every day and all day language class was very productive. Eli and Guadalupe are very professional and patient teachers, the lessons were tailor made and stress free. Everybody is very welcome.
They were more than just teachers, it was like staying with friends.
I enjoyed my stay so much, I have learned a lot and the activities were great: nature at its best and sightseeing to improve the use of the learned language.
I am considering arranging another visit!

Thank you for a wonderful month!
Muchas gracias y hasta luego

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
Everybody eats breadcrumbs, but maybe not as a standalone dish. Except for Spanish people. Traditional migas are eaten in central Spain accompanied with garlic, olive oil, pepper, and, to make it perfect, some grapes. So, if you’re a vegetarian and visit Spain, you can still eat authentically with migas and pipas.



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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.