Medellín offers a variety of Spanish classes for foreigners throughout the city, and among different types of groups and organizations. Below is a list of schools and websites.
Free Language Exchange
UPB Conversational Classes
Conversation Club: Mondays from 2 – 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 12 – 2 p.m.
Writing Club: Mondays from 4 – 6 p.m.
Grammar Club: Fridays from 2 – 4 p.m.
Location varies between two different buildings, six and 12 and classrooms.
Speak with Gustavo, the Director of the language center at UPB in Building 6 (Gustavo.email@example.com, 574-354-4564). Remember to bring an ID with you to get onto the campus.
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Free language exchanges usually take place on Wednesday or Thursday evenings in a very relaxed environment, like at a park or pub. People get together, eat, drink and talk.
Three major universities offer Spanish classes, as well as help you get a student visa to allow you to stay in the country for up to six months at a time.
Has an expanding language center run by Gustavo Jaramillo Cardona (Gustavo.firstname.lastname@example.org, 574-354-4564).
They have 14 levels of Spanish classes and offer group classes at 17,000 pesos, semi-private 26,000 pesos and private lessons 44,000 pesos.
The drawback is that there are not enough students to offer group classes at every level. As I’m writing this post, they only have enough students for level 3 and level 8 so everyone must fit into one of these levels or wait until more students come.
University of Antioquia
Recently cut back on their Spanish as a foreign language department and currently only offer private classes for about 44,000 pesos.
Offers four levels of Spanish programs with 12 courses in total, with no more than eight students in each class.
All three universities offer help with finding housing, getting a student visa, and providing orientation to Colombian culture through the ability to sit in on certain classes for no credit.
Furthermore, there are many language centers that offer English, German, French, Italian, Japanese and Portuguese as well as Spanish for foreigners. Many of them can be found by browsing the web.
Additional Spanish Programs
Located in Envigado, Colombia Immersion focuses on teaching functional Spanish to get you speaking fluently with locals as quickly as possible. They offer three options for learning Spanish.
- The Spanish Immersion Program includes 16 hours of class, unlimited tutoring, field trips, furnished housing, breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday, and more. The cost is $1,550 per month.
- Group Spanish lessons are available at a cost of 280,000 pesos per week for 10 hours or 500,000 pesos per week for 20 hours.
- Private lessons cost 40,000 pesos per hour.
El Dorado Spanish School
El Dorado is an Envigado language school was founded by a Colombian-Polish couple, Robinson and Ewa, both language educators. Their schools focus on English and Spanish for foreigners and have been open in Envigado for about three years and in Poland for about eight.
El Dorado is prepared to teach these kinds of foreigners the “most usable” Spanish that will be useful to them while they’re here and as they continue their travels, what they call “survival Spanish” to get you out of a bind.
You can partake in:
- group classes
- online classes
- private classes
Prices per program are as follows.
Intensive Program 240,000 COP per week (aprox. $76) includes:
- 3 Daily Classes
- Speaking Clubs
- Salsa Lessons
- Envigado Walking Tour
The Semi-Private programs (Small groups) for 680,000 COP ($215.00) and 1250,000 COP ($396.50) depending on the package you choose both include:
- 12 classes a week
- Salsa lessons
- Speaking clubs
- Envigado walking tour
Or private programs for 770,000 ($244.00) and 1450,000 ($460) depending on the package which all include the same.