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:
Adress: Avenida Eliodoro Yánez 1593, 13th Floor
Phone: 800 215001
Address: Padre Mariano # 305, Providencia. Santiago.
Phone: 56-2-235 2341
HelloChile (Spanish learning, internships, housing and tourism)
Address: Martín Pinzón 9421, Concepción, Región del Bio Bio.