Many travelling to Spain to learn Spanish don’t blink twice before picking Madrid as their preferred destination.
And how could one blame them?
After all Madrid is the beautiful, prosperous and magnificent Spanish capital, the residence of the Spanish monarchy, the largest city in Spain and one of the great European capitals, boasting historical and cultural riches second to none.
Madrid is patently royal.
The Royal Palace, the Royal Theater with its Opera House, the Prado and Reina Sofía Museums, the National Library, the Buen Retiro Park - former royal gardens-, are just a few of the national jewels that beckon the over six million national and international tourists that make Madrid the fourth most visited European City by tourists from around the world.
The wide array of museums and art galleries in the city, with the “Golden Triangle of Art” : The Prado, the Reina Sofia and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museums at the head of the list, enrapture art-lovers from everywhere with their unmatched collections of paintings by Velazquez, Goya, El Greco, Rubens, Raphael, Tintoretto, Picasso, Dali and Miro, among many others.
Madrid’s musical scene is also rich and covers the gamut of musical genres: the classical, the traditional Spanish and a full range of the alternative currents. Opera, symphonic concerts, zarzuela, flamenco theater, jazz concerts, tapas’ bars, bohemian cafes and contemporary music are all represented.
As is to be expected, Madrid hosts the most important institutions devoted to the Spanish language itself and to its teaching, including: the “Real Academia de la Lengua Española”, the “Instituto Cervantes”, the “Fundéu - Fundación de Español Urgente” and the "Asociación de Academias de la Lengua Española".
And quite naturally, it's one of the top destinations of foreign students of the Spanish language.
Our personal recommendation for anyone wishing to attend Spanish courses in Madrid is to enrol at the Center for Hispanic Studies at the Antonio Nebrija University, or for those who would prefer a private school, at Enforex.
The Antonio Nebrija University in Madrid is a small distinguished private university known for its academic excellence and its international orientation.
One of the top ten universities in Spain, it’s that with the highest percentage of foreign students, contributing its part to the fascinating, multicultural stage-set of the Spanish capital.
Nebrija gives a special emphasis to the study of the Spanish Language. It devotes a whole center to Hispanic studies, which not only imparts high quality language instruction to foreigners, but also trains teachers of Spanish as a foreign language.
The University also offers post-graduate (doctorado) programs in linguistics, applied to the teaching of Spanish as a foreign language.
In recognition of Nebrija’s outstanding accomplishments in the teaching of Spanish, the “Instituto Cervantes” has given Nebrija the status of official examination center, evaluation entity, and center for the training of EL/E [Spanish as a foreign language] professors in Madrid.
The setting of the University campuses is extraordinary. The campus Dehesa de la Villa, which hosts the Hispanic Studies center, along with the Schools of Business, Technology and Architecture as well as several postgraduate programs, is located in downtown Madrid within the University District and inside the Dehesa de la Villa park.
The satellite campus “La Berzosa” is in the suburbs, exquisitely embedded within a natural reserve in Hoyo de Manzanares. This campus hosts the faculties of Social Sciences, Communication Sciences and Art and Literature.
Foreign Spanish language students at Nebrija enjoy full access to the University’s infrastructure including computer facilities, libraries, rest areas and cafeteria.
Anyone of 18 years or older can participate in the programs.
For students wishing to study Spanish in Spain’s capital in a small, exclusive university setting with lots of personalized attention from the faculty, Nebrija is an excellent choice.
The University can arrange for you to stay with a host family for the duration of your course or courses, in which case you can choose between half-board and full board. Half board includes breakfast and your choice of either lunch or dinner, whereas full board includes three meals a day.
It’s worthwhile knowing that the Spanish breakfast tends to be light and that the main meal of the day is lunch. In case you are opting for half board you might want to choose lunch rather than dinner.
If you are participating in the July program you can request accommodation at the University residences which are beautiful, but availability is limited.
The programs are open to students of all levels.
The study of Spanish culture is emphasized along with formal language acquisition. Lessons are conducted by highly trained and experienced teaching professionals in small groups.
A placement test is given on the first day to allocate each student to one of six levels of proficiency: A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 and C2.
Students at the two highest levels can choose, aside from Spanish Language and Culture courses, others courses such as Advanced Grammar and Written Expression or even Art, Cinema, History of Spain, Spanish Literature, Business Spanish, etc.
Each program includes 6 cultural activities such as walking tours of Madrid, visits to the Prado Museum, the Reina Sofía Museum, the Royal Palace, the Senate, the Parliament, lectures, etc..
Nebrija also offers many optional extra-curricular activities such as workshops, shows, dance classes and excursions at an additional cost.
Spanish courses are held all year around, except for the month of August, in seven different programs. Students can choose among the following, singly or in combination:
Intensive Spanish Course in September
Fall Spanish Course
September and Fall Spanish Course
Intensive Spanish Course in January
Spanish Course Spring I
Spanish Course Spring 2
Academic year program
Spanish Course in June / July
Spanish course June + July
In this program language lessons are complemented with classes in conversation as well as in Spanish literature and culture. The program is open to students of all levels.
This program extends the Hispanic Studies program, adding modules in other fields such as Art, History, Business and European Studies, these are given in English.
Each program offers three guided long-day excursions. Possible destinations are Toledo, Segovia, Salamanca and El Escorial. They take place on Saturdays.
Round-trip bus fare, tour guide and sightseeing are included in the cost.
Activities in these two clubs help international students integrate into the Spanish university environment.
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