Educational Opportunities

Learning Spanish

You can learn Spanish to meet your needs in Chile. There are short courses and other courses with up to four sessions per day.

Tuesday, August 04, 2009  
Aprender Español (Photo: Universidad Católica)

Chile has become a favorite destination for students who want to learn Spanish. The country is safe, politically and economically stable, and offers quality of life, as well as a large variety of schools, institutes and universities featuring a wide range of courses.

Taking an intensive Spanish course in a country where the language is spoken is much more efficient, and also helps to get to know the country. Depending on students' prior level of Spanish mastery, time available and prices, there is a wide range of options and language programs.

There are intensive courses with classes up to five hours per day, interactive, individual, group, conversation, and grammar classes with different levels. Some last two weeks while others run for several months and even several semesters. Other courses let the student plan his or her own schedule. There are programs for beginners and advanced students.

Before choosing a program, we recommend that the student look into why he or she wants to learn Spanish, for business, travel or simply to enrich his or her general culture. Tailor-made courses can be designed depending on how much time is available. Several courses also include sightseeing and cultural attractions which complement language teaching, such as guided tours of wineries, Isla Negra or Villarrica in Chile's south.
Prices vary depending on the school and length of the course. Many institutes also offer discounts depending on the day and timetable selected.

If a person has already registered at a university, it is convenient to ask about validation courses; some universities offer language courses for international students. At any rate, it is useful to remember that Spanish spoken in Chile and in Latin America evidences some pronunciation differences compared to Spanish spoken in Spain.

Some institutions where you can learn and practice Spanish:

Instituto Chileno Suizo de Idiomas y Cultura
Address: José Victorino Lastarria # 93, Santiago.
Phone: 56-2-6385414

Instituto de Idiomas Calbert
Address: La Concepción # 56 Office 702, Providencia. Santiago.
Phone: 56-2-3334924

International Center
Address: Casa Central, Montaña # 712, Viña del Mar. Valparaíso Region.
Phone: 56-32-2480301

Escuela Fronteras
Adress: Pérez Valenzuela 1503, Providencia, Santiago
Phone: 56-2-897 78 87

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso
Adress: Avenida Brasil 2950, Valparaíso
Phone: 56-32-2273252

Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María
Study Spanish
Adress: Avenida España 1680, Valparaíso
Phone: +56 32 265 45 99

Talca University
Spanish on road at Utalca
Adress: Campus Talca, Avda.Lircay s/n-Talca
Phone: +56-71-200390

Adress: Avenida Eliodoro Yánez 1593, 13th Floor
Phone: 800 215001

Interactive Spanish School Valparaíso
Adress: Elias 571, C° Cárcel, Valparaíso
Phone: 56 - 92864973

Latin Travel
Address: Padre Mariano # 310 Office 32, Providencia. Santiago.
Phone: 56-2-2055597

Chile Inside
Andrés de Fuenzalida 17, oficina 51, Providencia, Santiago
Fono: 56-2-3359072

Adress: Roman Diaz 297, Providencia,Santiago
Phone: 56-2-367 96 06

Escuela Bellavista
Adress: Calle del Arzobispo 0605,Providencia, Santiago
Phone: 56-2-732 34 43

Tandem Santiago
Adress: Triana 853, Providencia, Santiago
Phone: 56-2-236 42 41


Address: C/ Alberto Aguilera, 26  28015 - Madrid
Phone: +34 91 594 37 76

Chile Spanish
Address: Mirador # 160-A, Puerto Varas. Los Lagos Region
Phone: 56-9-83612500

Woodward Instituto de Idiomas
Address: Avenida Apoquindo # 4248, Las Condes. Santiago.
Phone: 56-2-4812240
Address: Padre Mariano # 305, Providencia. Santiago.
Phone: 56-2-235 2341

Center for Languages and Culture
Adress: Juana de Arco 2012, Office 42, Providencia, Santiago.
Phone: 56-2-481 66 25  / 481 6620 Fax: 481 6627

HelloChile (Spanish learning, internships, housing and tourism)
Address: Martín Pinzón 9421, Concepción, Región del Bio Bio.
Phone: +56-9-84330101