If you’re looking for a fun, affordable and incredibly sunny place to study Spanish, Valencia is a good choice. Though the city has its own local dialect (Valenciano, which is derivative of Catalan), residents primarily speak Castellano, better known to most of us as Spanish, and there are plenty of modern language schools to choose from with courses often priced lower than in other Spanish cities. We’ve rounded up Valencia’s best Spanish classes, most of which even offer the DELE—the only internationally-recognised Spanish language diploma.
This young, fun language school aims to immerse students in their new Spanish-speaking world with a changing weekly programme of social and cultural events alongside classes. The Taronja school is located right in the heart of Valencia’s historical centre in a 19th century building but has sunlit classrooms brightly decorated by young Valencian artists. The school offers everything from general to intensive courses for all levels.
What could be better than learning Spanish right by the beach? Soleã is a small, family-owned school run by enthusiastic, well-qualified teachers who use a communicative approach and really seem to love what they do. Class sizes are kept to no more than six students and accommodation is offered with local families who live in the historic maritime district of El Cabanyal, giving you further chance to practice your Spanish skills in between beach trips. For more independent types, apartments are also offered.
If you want to study with one of the big names in Spanish language learning, the Cervantes Institute has a modern school in Valencia’s university El Carmen neighborhood set amid palm trees and green gardens and just a short tram ride from the beach. New courses start every Monday and can last anywhere between one to 36 weeks depending on what pace you want and how much time you have. The school also organises student accommodation plus weekend activities and trips.
In the trendy Ruzafa district you’ll find this English and Spanish language school where an emphasis is placed on making learning enjoyable. Understand Valencia offers four- and five-week intensive Spanish courses, exam preparation and more—through its teaching, the school aims to give you a look into local culture and traditions, too.
This well-known chain of Spanish language schools has locations around Spain and Latin America, and its Valencia location is popular with both expats and students coming from abroad. With its unbeatable location in the historic El Carmen neighbourhood, Don Quijote has 18 classrooms housed inside a renovated 15th century palace that was once home to the Círculo de Bellas Artes (Fine Arts Centre).
This popular language school is designed to make students feel at home. Set in a renovated villa surrounded by flowers and palm trees, its library has welcoming lounge spaces where students can relax and meet other students between lessons. Hispania offers courses of various lengths for all levels and has a teaching style with an emphasis on tolerance, positivity and learning about Spanish culture along with the language.
If you already know a bit of Spanish and prefer a more informal way to keep your skills sharp, why not try one of Valencia’s many language exchange programmes? There are plenty of events organised in bars and cafés around the city, with some of the best at Café Berlin, Ubik Café and Tyris on Tap.
Ubik Café and Bookshop, Valencia | Courtesy of Ubik Café and Bookshop