Barcelona is full of Spanish language schools where you can learn Spanish. Most of them offer intensive courses that run during the day; from one week or for as many weeks as you require.
If you’re working in Spain, then you will need to find an evening course to learn Castellano (Spanish). There are fewer options here but I found several that all seem suitable (the four language schools listed below also offer daytime intensive classes).
All these evening courses run over two evenings a week, and range between 3-6 hours a week. The prices are approximately €330-€400 for 10-12 weeks of lessons.
You’ll find a list of schools here which also offer Catalan classes if you prefer to learn Catalan.
Spanish Language Schools in Barcelona
Dime is located in the heart of Barcelona between the neighbourhoods of Gracia and Sant Gervasi, 200 metres from Lesseps metro station. It is a young and innovative Spanish school founded by two professors. The founders, along with their great team of teachers, are passionate about their work and take pride in helping newcomers to the city integrate into the city life through language and culture.
Spanish is taught in small classes (3 to 8 students) using the communicative method of teaching and through practicing the language in real-life context. They also organise various extracurricular activities each month (tours, walks, special classes) in order to further expose the students to the culture and the city. They offer Intensive (10 hours per week), Super-Intensive (20 hours per week) and Extensive courses (4 hours per week) for all levels, also Saturday mornings courses – ideal for those who are busy during the week-, private lessons, business Spanish, pronunciation classes, courses for kids and teenagers. If you can’t find a Spanish course that suits you, contact Dime now and you can start your own group! firstname.lastname@example.org
Linguaschools Barcelona is situated in a quiet, car-free street in the centre of the city. The school is in a 19th century listed building and has a beautiful garden where you can relax after classes and hang out with fellow students.
They offer Spanish lessons for all levels. Courses start almost every Monday of the year. The intensive courses take place during the day (10, 20 or 30 hours per week). Alternatively you can take a 4 hour per week evening course (Monday & Wednesday or Tuesday & Thursday from 19:00 – 20:50h) or private lessons.
If needed you can book a host family or shared apartment within walking distance from the school.
Cultural activities are being organised by the school every week. Linguaschools Barcelona is accredited by the Instituto Cervantes and official DELE exam centre.
International House, I attended the intercambio club that is held at International House on Friday evenings and found it a good way to practise my Spanish. I’m now (May 2011) taking a course at International House in the evenings two days a week. They are very professional, and the course is going well.
Speak Easy offer a 12 week course of 6 hours per week. They are situated in Ronda Universitat 7, very near to Plaza Catalunya. There are courses giving six hours per week (three hours per day). You have the choice of Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday. The teachers tended to get changed at the end of every term here, which I found rather disruptive.
Don Quijote is an international organisation with language schools in several locations in Spain and South America. The Barcelona school is a large establishment and runs a whole range of courses from super-intensive to part-time and individual courses, so you are sure to find a course to suit.
The advantage of using Don Quixote if you are visiting Barcelona, rather than living here, is that they will organise your accommodation for you, and that can be a home stay with a local family or premium accommodation (with various options in between).
The school has recently moved its location, but is still centrally situated in Barcelona. From their website you can download a PDF of the current year’s course dates and prices:
The following is a list of other language schools in Barcelona (of which there are many). I have no experience of these schools but list them to give more choice.
Camino Barcelona are unique in Barcelona in that they are the only Spanish language school which offers on-site accommodation in central Barcelona. Students (mostly aged 20-35 and from all over the world) can live on-site in the school building in self-catering apartments. Private bathrooms available, single or shared rooms, with air conditioning and balconies. The school is a member of FEDELE and fully accredited with Cervantes accreditation.
COINED, are located in Eixample Right, close to Parc Miró and have Spanish courses starting every Monday. They are a large organisation with schools in several countries and offer a wide range of courses that can be mixed with learning other subjects such as Spanish & Business and Spanish & Culture.
Estudio Hispanico sends international students from around the world on Spanish language courses in Spain! We are based in Barcelona and offer Spanish language courses in major cities and popular locations throughout Spain.
Study Spanish at Version Original in the centre of Barcelona, with native Spanish teachers, small language study groups, all levels: Intensive Spanish, Extensive Spanish, One-on-One, D.E.L.E. Preparation. German courses are also offered.
Linguaschools Barcelona is situated in the centre of the city, in a quiet, car-free street. The school is in a 19th century listed building and has a beautiful garden where you can relax after classes and hang out with fellow students. Shared apartments or host family accommodation can be arranged, and there is an extensive after class activity programme.
Olé Languages a small school located in the centre of Barcelona, is characterised by a young and friendly environment, offering quality courses for all levels of Spanish at a cheap price.
A good way to improve your Spanish is to find someone for a language exchange:
Intensive Spanish Language Courses
Of all the intensive language courses listed here, I only have feedback on Don Quijote. I know of several students who have studied at the Don Quijote school in Barcelona all of whom were very happy with their courses.
Many people come to Barcelona just to take a Spanish language course abroad, where the teachers are native Spanish speakers and you can enjoy the city, its nightlife and restaurants. Many of these schools will also help you find accommodation and include extra curriculum activities aimed at improving your language skills and building relations with your class mates.
The Escola Oficial d’Idiomes Barcelona was recommended to me, but they don’t do evening classes.
Escola Oficial d’Idiomes Barcelona
Kingsbrook Spanish School
One-to-one Spanish lessons
Spanish and Catalan school in Barcelona that gives one-to-one lessons. Native teachers and a flexible timetable. From beginners’ lessons to advanced levels. There are two schools in Barcelona – one on Passeig de Gràcia 26 and the other on Avinguda Josep Tarradelles 15 (close to Sants metro stop).
Spanish Language classes with culture
Spanish courses and culture