A Languages for Life course in Salamanca
I could have easily gone to another city or picked another school, but I happened to end up in Salamanca, something I have never regretted.
I am trying to think about what exactly it is that made me come back for the third year in row now. First of all there is of course Salamanca itself: the city centre is absolutely gorgeous, its nightlife is no less than legendary and in summer the swimming pools are absolutely irresistible. More importantly however, I think it is the school’s atmosphere that I keep coming back to. All my life I hated studying languages more than anything, whereas at the Spanish school in Salamanca I discovered that learning a foreign language doesn’t need to be a complete bore.
16 weeks in Salamanca
The Spanish course experience for me is the perfect mix of social fun vs studying. Outside the classroom it´s non- stop partying with your class mates, which you would think would make lessons a drag. However at Isla I found the classes almost as entertaining as the nightlife(even with a hangover.) The teachers are such great fun and the relationship you share with them isn´t the traditional one of distance that I was used to England but more one of good friendship. This means that you learn loads but at the same time don´t really realize how much you´re taking in, it seems that with little effort your Spanish improves enormously (ideal for any lazy teenage gapper like myself.) As for being in Spain, the weather, culture and the school’s tapas tours make it seem more like a holiday, than a language course. I would recommend the Spanish school to anyone wanting to improve their Spanish, whilst having a ball socially.
Gap Year course in Salamanca
It didn’t take long to decide that a trip to Salamanca would be an excellent way to practice my Spanish before continuing my studies at university, and also a wonderful way to enjoy my year off; not to mention the tan I was hoping to show off to all of my friends when I got home! And I can say with all honesty that the trip has definitely lived up to all my expectations.
Coming from London, I almost fainted when I discovered that I could buy a glass of Sangria in a bar for 1 euro, it took me less than 10 minutes to walk to the beautiful Plaza Mayor and I had an incredible view of the cathedral from the balcony of my flat. In my opinion, Salamanca has a perfect combination of the relaxed Spanish attitude and the buzzing student night-life of a university town. Amongst the beautiful sandstone buildings, churches and monuments, there are hundreds of bars and cafés. There is always something to see or do, especially in such a friendly Spanish language school, where they plan activities almost every day, from film nights to paella nights, free tours of the city to a free trip to the tennis courts. The only thing you can’t find here is a reason to be bored.
12 weeks in Salamanca
I headed to Salamanca for a new lifestyle of 5 Spanish lessons a day, siesta & fiesta. Time flew by far too fast on the course, in a blur of an ever-changing student body at school and after-party exhaustion. Although as someone who is staying more permanently it´s sad to see people come and friends go, I love how international an experience the Spanish school offers, as it attracts everyone from everywhere.
Your facebook friends count will explode, if that gets you going. But I know these are not only cyber friends but people I will fly to another country to see when I next can! Read More
Extended Gap Year course in Salamanca
When planning to start learning Spanish again, (which I’d not studied since GCSE´s) I knew it would be best to start right from the beginning. Within my first three weeks as a student in Salamanca it became increasingly hard to leave (which really squashed my plans to go travelling in South America after my course), the relaxed friendly working environment in a great city, with great people.
Seven and a half months later I was still there, not only had my Spanish improved monumentally I had made lifelong friends not only with students but the whole school community. Not being a natural linguist I was really nervous about sitting the DELE. Salamanca and and the language school really MADE my Gap Year AND I passed the DELE!
1 week Standard Course in Salamanca
“I wanted to do the course to improve my Spanish a little and meet new people.
I learnt much more than I thought was possible in a week. The style of teaching was more interesting than I had hoped for and the teachers were all brilliant and used many different teaching techniques. I was also pleasantly surprised by the vast range of people of different nationalities, meaning I only communicated in Spanish!
I love the lessons. The teachers were fantastic as they were very friendly and made us feel welcome. They managed to teach Spanish in Spanish to a class all of whom spoke different languages as their mother tongue. The variety of techniques (oral discussions, essays, listening etc) meant I learnt a huge amount. Read More