Where to Study Spanish in Colombia?
Colombia is known as a country with a great literary and linguistic tradition: from the novels published in the nineteenth century, the role of literature in journalism, to the great academic work in the faculties of Literature throughout the country. Although we can’t say that those who brag that the Colombian Spanish is the best in Latin America are right, we can affirm that the language and teaching of Spanish are key to the country. For this reason, there are countless programs and courses for foreigners to learn Spanish with great teachers and, for a better understanding of Colombian culture, great experiences. These are the places where you can study Spanish in Colombia, if you want to learn during your stay.
Spanish In Colombia
Technically, this is not a single place but a government program that includes many places. The Spanish in Colombia program, led by the Caro y Cuervo Institute -an institute that specializes in the study of literature and linguistics-, focuses on the dissemination of university courses on teaching Spanish. Among these courses, if you’re in Bogota, we recommend those given by the National University, the Universidad de los Andes, the Javeriana University, and the Caro y Cuervo Institute. If you’re interested on other study Spanish in Colombia in other cities such as Medellin, Cali, Pereira, Cartagena and more, we invite you to see the complete list.
Personalized Spanish Schools
If you are not interested in taking a university class, which can be a bit more intensive and longer than you expect, you can go to a specialized center. Usually, this type of school mixes theoretical classes, grammar exercises and so on, with other types of experiences, a little more entertaining, such as cultural outings and immersion activities. In addition, you usually have the option of taking one or two weeks of classes, which allows you to learn without the need to plan a long stay. We recommend the following schools to study Spanish in Colombia:
– Toucan Spanish School: It has offices in Bogota, Medellin and Cartagena. Here, in addition to face-to-face classes, you have the option of taking Skype classes. Its main offices are in Medellin, so if you visit this city and want to improve your Spanish, this is a must.
– Centro Catalina Spanish School: It has offices in Cartagena and Medellin. This school, in addition to its classes and cultural immersion activities, offers a stay for its students. For those who visit Cartagena, this is a school that focuses on the cultural experience (trips, bike tours, dance classes and film club).
Cultural Exchange Programs
Although you can surely find them all over the country, we recommend two events that take place in Bogota. One is “Dame tu lengua”, a series of events where foreigners and locals meet -usually in cultural centers or restaurants- and practice Spanish, English, French and German. The other one is “Gringo Tuesdays”, a night organized by the bar La Villa, where the conversation is mixed with the party. These meetings are the perfect complement for those who are already taking courses during the day.