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Learn Spanish in Spain, where the pace of life is a bit slower and the days are a bit longer. From a short holiday in Malaga to a semester improving your resume in Barcelona, we have Spanish courses in Spain for every goal and budget. Whichever program you choose, there's no better place to study Spanish than in Spain. Get in touch so we can discuss your options.

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EF Languages Abroad

13 - 16 years

2-24 weeks


Learn a language abroad in an all-inclusive group led by an EF Leader or on an individual, flexible-length course.

Destination: Spain

City: BarcelonaMalaga

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16 - 25 years

2-24 weeks

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Destination: Spain

City: BarcelonaMalaga

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EF Languages Abroad

25 + years

1-24 weeks


Boost your global career with personalised language courses in one of the world´s greatest cities. Designed for Adults and Professionals.

Destination: Spain

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EF Language Year Abroad

16 + years

6, 9 or 11 months


Combine language and academic studies abroad at an accredited EF school to prepare for an international career or degree.

Destination: Spain

City: BarcelonaMalaga

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Why learn Spanish in Spain?

Spanish is the second most widely-spoken language in the world and by far the second most widely-spoken in the US after English. Speaking Spanish will obviously help you in your daily life when interacting with folks who are native Spanish speakers, but Spanish is also a great asset in the business world. Speaking someone else’s language is key to building trust because the effort required to learn the language is a strong sign of respect.

Whether you’re planning an international career or you’d just like to interact more easily with Spanish speakers in the US, taking an intensive Spanish course abroad is the fastest way to learn Spanish.

Spain is an excellent choice for a Spanish immersion course, not only because it’s the home of the Spanish language, but also because it’s safe, packed with interesting stuff to see, and guarantees a good mix of nationalities in the classroom.

A typical day of your Spanish course in Spain with EF

You might wake up at 7:30, have breakfast while reading El Pais, then hop on a bike or a bus to head to school (unless you’re staying close enough to walk there).

Spanish classes usually start at 9:00. Your first class might review the uses of the subjunctive in Spanish. Your second class could be a discussion in Spanish about climate change. You’ll have a short break after the first two hours of lessons at 11:00. The third class of the morning might be in the computer lab, working on the conventions for writing professional e-mails. The fourth class could be a culture and vocabulary lesson about the upcoming Fiesta Nacional de España.

After your morning of lessons, you and your friends go to a café near the school and do some window shopping afterwards. You speak Spanish the entire time, because it’s the only language you all share. Afterwards, you go on a guided tour of Casa Mila organized by your Spanish school and take a quick dip at the beach.

At 7pm, you head back to your host family for a meal together, after which you do your homework for Spanish class the next day, watch a couple of episodes of Las Chicas del Cable, and go to bed.

Frequently asked questions

What are Spanish courses like in Spain?

Spanish language courses in Spain usually take place in a dedicated language school with between 10 and 15 students per class. Your teacher will be a native Spanish speaker, usually from Spain but sometimes from Latin America, with an SFL teaching qualification. Class time is split between instruction time and practice time. You can expect to study grammar, vocabulary, expressions, and Spanish culture.

Students who come all the way to Spain to study Spanish are usually quite motivated and they participate actively in class. They come from all over Europe and the rest of the world. The classroom atmosphere is relaxed and focused on the objective of improving everyone’s Spanish skills.

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How much does it cost to learn Spanish in Spain?

You can expect to spend at least 600 euros a week for a full-time Spanish course in Spain which includes accommodation, meals, and school books. That works out to 660 dollars per week as of this article’s writing, but please check current exchange rates. Add to that the price of your round-trip flight to Spain (about 1000$), and any travel in Europe that you expect to do before or after your Spanish course.

You should also budget 100 dollars a week for bus fare, meals out with friends, souvenirs, museum tickets, and shopping. Spain is not an expensive country as compared to the rest of Europe. Still, if you add it all up, you can expect a 1-month Spanish course in Spain to cost you about 4,000$ in total.

What’s the best city to learn Spanish in Spain?

We have Spanish schools in two very different cities: Barcelona and Malaga. Each has its own flavor and culture that makes it completely unique. One of Spain's largest cities, Barcelona, is home to breathtaking modernist architecture, the vibrant Catalan cultural scene, and gorgeous beaches for sunning and swimming. Secondly, consider quiet Malaga, with warm winters, lovely beaches, and easy access to the beautiful Andalusian countryside. Our schools are centrally-located in all three cities, so whichever you choose, you'll have an amazing time learning Spanish in Spain.

Where will I stay during my Spanish language course?

You have four accommodation options during a Spanish course abroad: a host family, a student residence, an on-campus residence, or arranging your own accommodation. Staying with a host family boosts your exposure to the Spanish language and Spanish culture, which is why we include host family accommodation in the price of all our Spanish courses in Spain.

There are lots of reasons why you might prefer not to stay with a host family, however, so you can stay with classmates in one of our student residences near the school, or in Malaga you can stay on-campus within our school itself. If none of those accommodation options meet your requirements, you can also always arrange your own accommodation with a friend, in a hotel, or in a rental apartment for the duration of your Spanish course.

How intensive are Spanish courses in Spain?

Spanish courses in Spain tend to be at least 10 hours of lessons a week. They are aimed at either student visitors who want to learn Spanish quickly or recent immigrants who need to learn Spanish urgently. Our Spanish courses begin with the basic course (summer only) with 13 hours of class per week and a focus on oral communication skills such as introducing yourself, handling common daily situations, and interacting with people in the street. Our more popular course options include 18 or 21 hours of instruction per week with in-depth instruction and practice on all Spanish skills (reading, writing, speaking, and listening).

Can I study Spanish in Spain as a beginner?

The short answer is yes. Signing up for a Spanish course in Spain as a true beginner is an exhilarating experience. During the time you’re in Spain, you’ll go from understanding absolutely nothing to speaking Spanish. However, it’s best, as a beginner, to stay in Spain for a while. If you only take a 2-week course, you’re likely to leave Spain frustrated. You’ll have just started to crack the code of Spanish when your course ends. Beginner Spanish courses are much more satisfying if you can stay in Spain at least 2 months. Four to six months will be even more gratifying because you will return home confident in your Spanish and able to speak quite fluently about a wide range of topics.

How will my Spanish language level be tested?

You’ll take a Spanish test online before you arrive in Spain to get a provisional placement level and then, when you arrive at school, you’ll do a short interview to confirm your level. It’s important that you be in the correct level of Spanish class for you to make efficient use of your time in Spain. Of course, every student has a unique language profile, with some students much stronger in writing or grammar and others much stronger in speaking. Our Spanish teachers have decades of experience testing and placing students. They’ll make sure you are in a Spanish course that’s the right fit for your level and goals.

Can I get an official diploma or certificate to prove my Spanish level?

Any Spanish school in Spain will offer to give you a school certificate attesting to participation in their course. If you successfully complete an entire course cycle (often 6 to 8 weeks), Spanish schools will also provide proof of that. Our Spanish courses include this type of standard certification as well. But there is a more effective way to prove your Spanish level, and that is with an official international diploma. Our schools offer specialized Spanish courses for those preparing for the Diploma de Español como Lengua Extranjera (DELE), the Diploma Superior de Español de Los Negocios (DSEN) and the Diploma Intermedio de Español de Los Negocios (DIEN). Depending on your objectives, passing one of these exams and receiving the Spanish diploma to prove it may be your best choice.

How long does it take to learn Spanish?

Spanish is not a difficult language for English speakers to learn. For a beginner studying full-time in a full-immersion environment, you can expect to be speaking Spanish well within 6 months, and within a year, you’ll have good enough Spanish for the workplace, otherwise known as fluent Spanish. Of course, if you are studying alone or from home, it can take much longer to learn Spanish.

Can I work in Spain during my Spanish course to help pay for expenses?

Only European citizens can work in Spain without a visa, but finding a part-time job that fits with a Spanish course schedule can be tricky. Some European students work in the evenings to help pay for their Spanish courses in Spain. American citizens don’t have the right to work in Spain, and it would be impossible to find a job if staying only a few weeks anyway. American students staying in Spain for 6 months or more can sometimes find babysitting or English tutoring jobs for children that are undeclared to help them earn pocket money. Unfortunately, we can’t help you find that kind of job (it would be illegal). The best option to fund your Spanish course in Spain is to save up money at home so you’re sure to have enough to cover your expenses while you study abroad.

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What's the quickest you can fluently learn Spanish? ›

If you start out as a beginner and spend an average of 1 hour per day working on your Spanish, you should able to reach conversational fluency within 8 – 12 months. That translates to roughly 250 – 350 hours of time spent.

How can I learn Spanish in Spain fast? ›

10 tips to learn Spanish while you are in Spain
  1. SIGN UP FOR A LANGUAGE COURSE. First, you should sign up for a language course in the city where you plan on living. ...
  2. READ A LOT. ...
  6. TALK, TALK, TALK. ...

What level of Spanish do you need to study in Spain? ›

The test is graded using the CEFR structure, meaning that no conversion is necessary. In general, a B2 score is required for acceptance to Spanish universities. Since Spain is famous for its language education, one option is to attend a summer intensive language program prior to beginning your studies.

How many hours until Spanish fluency? ›

How Many Hours Does it Take to Be Fluent in Spanish? If you start out as a beginner and manage to spend an average of 1 hour per day working on your Spanish, you should be able to reach conversational fluency within 8 – 12 months. That translates to about 250 – 350 hours spent.

Is it possible to become fluent in Spanish in 3 months? ›

It is possible to learn Spanish in 3 months, but it is true that to fully master the language to a native level, you will need more time. An intensive Spanish course covering all levels (from A1 to C2) consists of 62 weeks (about 15 months in total).

Is 30 minutes a day enough to learn Spanish? ›

Spanish is one of the most popular languages in the world and can be studied quickly with just 30 minutes of focused practice each day.

Can I learn Spanish in 3 months in Spain? ›

It is possible to learn to speak Spanish in three months. It's not going to be easy, and you won't be perfect at the end. But if you approach this challenge with the right mindset, dedicate plenty of time and keep your goals in sight, you can be speaking and understanding Spanish within twelve weeks.

Can I learn Spanish in 2 months? ›

Starting from the A2 level, you'll need approximately 150-180 study hours to reach B1. If you're following an intensive path, this amount of hours can easily be done in three months. At a normal pace (one hour of Spanish every day), six months should be enough.

How much Spanish can you learn in 100 hours? ›

Breakthrough > 90-100 hours:

It takes between 90 and 100 hours to reach a basic level of Spanish that allows you to use and understand common everyday expressions and basic phrases. At this point, you can introduce yourself and talk about some personal details about where you live, your friends and family, etc.

Can an American go to school in Spain? ›

American students may be able to study in Spain on a grant through the Fulbright US Student program. You can find information on scholarships to study in Spain on the Spanish Ministry of Education website as well as by looking at the scholarships and funding section on individual university websites.

How long do you have to live in Spain to learn Spanish? ›

Beginner Spanish courses are much more satisfying if you can stay in Spain at least 2 months. Four to six months will be even more gratifying because you will return home confident in your Spanish and able to speak quite fluently about a wide range of topics.

How much does it cost to learn Spanish in Spain? ›

To conclude, the average cost of studying Spanish in Spain is typically around €600 ($724) per week. This cost usually includes accommodations, school supplies, and meals. However, the actual cost can vary based on factors such as the duration of the course and the number of hours of instruction per week.

How long will it take the average person to learn Spanish? ›

According to an FSI study, i.e. the Foreign Service Institute, it should take a new learner approximately 600 classroom hours to achieve conversational fluency in Spanish. They also suggest an approximate 1:1 ratio between the time spent independently studying Spanish and the time spent in a classroom.

How long does it take to learn 1,000 words in Spanish? ›

In our research, we looked at 15 million questions over a period of six months, and we found that a user typically learns a word after 51 seconds of study, or about 9 question attempts. At this rate, a person will learn 1,000 new words in just under 15 hours of study.

How many words does a fluent Spanish speaker know? ›

Linguists do not agree on what it means to be fluent. If you think about native-level fluency, you'll need to master between 20,000 and 40,000 words, and as you can see the margin is quite large. If you want to have a basic conversation, experts say that you'll just need around 3,000 words.

Can you learn Spanish after 30? ›

No matter how old you are, you're never too old to learn a new language. However, because your brain's ability to adapt and change decreases over time, you'll probably have to practice more.

How long does it take to become fluent in Spanish as an English speaker? ›

How Many Hours Does it Take to Be Fluent in Spanish? The US Department of State says that it takes an English learner 575–600 class hours. That's quite a long time! In case you are doing the math at home that means you would need to work for a little over 10 hours a week for an entire year to achieve Spanish Fluency!

How can I become fluent in Spanish in one year? ›

The following is a simple, guaranteed formula that will teach you how to learn Spanish in one year or achieve language fluency in any language.
  1. Learn the basics using the free materials. ...
  2. Master a few conversation points. ...
  3. Use your conversations points with a native speaker. ...
  4. Surround yourself with Spanish. ...
  5. Go somewhere.

How many hours is B2 Spanish? ›

-Level B2: 500-600 hours, which are 25 or 30 weeks, depending on the different factors mentioned above. -Level C1: 700-800 hours, equivalent to 35 or 40 weeks. -Level C2: 1000-1200 hours, equivalent to 50 -54 weeks.

Is 2 hours a day enough to learn a language? ›

According to the research, the ideal amount of daily study time for rapid language learning is around 1 to 2 hours per day. This may seem like a small amount of time, but it's important to remember that quality is more important than quantity when it comes to language learning.

Is Duolingo actually good for Spanish? ›

Verdict: Should You Use Duolingo To Learn Spanish? All in all, there's a lot to like about Duolingo. This Spanish learning app is free, there's a decent variety of drills and exercises, and the digital platform is top-notch. However, there are certainly some disadvantages with Duolingo Spanish as well.

Where is the best place to learn Spanish in Spain? ›

If you want to learn Spanish in one of Spain's best cities, then we recommend studying Spanish in Barcelona, Málaga, Valencia or Madrid. These cities are quite international and you'll find yourself surrounded with other expats who're learning Spanish.

What is the easiest and fastest way to learn Spanish? ›

Speaking regularly is one of the fastest ways to learn Spanish without putting in too much effort. If you're not in Spain or Latin America, it can be difficult to find someone to practice speaking and comprehension with, but it's possible.

Can I learn Spanish at 60? ›

Are you ever too old to learn a new language? Well, the good news is that experts say you are never too old. Studies show that anyone at any age can learn a new language. In fact, it is even easier to start speaking in a foreign language now with all the advanced technology available on the market.

Can you self teach Spanish? ›

Wondering how you can learn Spanish on your own? You can can do it with a lot of determination and yes, some hard work. If you're ready to commit to self-guided learning you can absolutely become fluent in Spanish. We'll tell you about the fastest ways to become fluent in Spanish if you're looking to learn quickly.

Is B2 Spanish fluent? ›


Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party.

What is the 80 20 rule for learning Spanish? ›

The 80/20 rule in language learning means that most of your success is the result of only about 20% of the effort you make. It also means that only about 20% of the things you learn contributes to most (around 80%) of your improvement.

What is the 80 20 rule language learning Spanish? ›

It states that in most areas in life, roughly 20% of the input is responsible for 80% of the output. The same rule can be applied to language learning and teaching.

What is the hardest language to learn? ›

Across multiple sources, Mandarin Chinese is the number one language listed as the most challenging to learn. The Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center puts Mandarin in Category IV, which is the list of the most difficult languages to learn for English speakers.

Is it cheaper to study in Spain or USA? ›

Tuition fees in Spain vs the US

The cost of education in Spain is significantly cheaper than the cost of education in the US. US Tuition fees average between $5,000 and $50,000 per year in comparison to Spanish average annual tuition fees of between $880 and $2,450.

Is college free in Spain for U.S. citizens? ›

Spain. In Spain, Spanish and European students attend public universities for free. International students pay tuition at Spain's 50 public universities. However, the government covers 80% of international tuition, making college very affordable.

How long can an American stay in Spain as a tourist? ›

Spain is a party to the Schengen Agreement. This means that U.S. citizens may enter Spain for up to 90 days for tourism or business without a visa. Your passport should be valid for at least three months beyond the period of stay. You must have sufficient funds and a return airline ticket.

Can I live in Spain if I only speak English? ›

Can I live in Spain without speaking Spanish? Sure. If you're living in a major city, studying a course taught in English, interning or working at a company that requires English, or are living in expat areas such as Costa del Sol or Malaga, you can get by with just English in Spain.

Can I just up and move to Spain? ›

Anyone can move to Spain; however, the moving process is easier for certain groups of people: EU/EEA and Switzerland citizens can pack their bags and move to Spain without obtaining a Spanish visa. They can live and work in Spain for three months.

Do you need Spanish citizenship to live in Spain? ›

If you have lived in the country for 5 uninterrupted years, you can apply for permanent residency in Spain. This kind of permit grants non-Eu citizens the possibility to stay in Spain over the long run.

How many hours a day should I study to learn Spanish? ›

The more time you dedicate to studying and practicing Spanish each day, the faster you will get through those learning hours. If you're wondering how much time I think you should spend learning Spanish, I suggest you set aside at least 60-90 minutes each day for dedicated Spanish learning.

How different is Spain Spanish from Mexican Spanish? ›

One of the biggest pronunciation differences between the two languages are in z and c before an i or e. This sounds like s in Mexico, but “th”in Spain, for example, Barcelona. Additionally, Spanish from Spain tends to be more guttural, due to its Arabic influences, whereas Mexican Spanish is softer.

What is the easiest language to learn if you speak English? ›

Of these, Spanish and Italian are the easiest for native English speakers to learn, followed by Portuguese and finally French.

Can you learn Spanish fluently in a month? ›

And, let me be clear here, studying Spanish for 60 hours in one month is not something that you would enjoy. According to the US Foreign Service Institute (FSI), if you spend an average of one hour per day studying Spanish, you could achieve fluency after 480 hours of work. That's just over a year.

What is the most common Spanish word? ›

The 100 Most Common Words in Spoken Spanish
RankWord in SpanishMeaning in English
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What Spanish words should I learn first? ›

  • hola — hello.
  • buenos días — good morning.
  • buenas tardes — good afternoon.
  • buenas noches — good evening / good night.

How many hours is B1 Spanish? ›

Intermediate Level (B1-B2) – Spanish B1 takes 80 hours and B2 takes 100 hours to complete the intensive course. Advanced Level (C1-C2) – Spanish C1 and C2 levels takes duration of (180-200) hours each to complete the course and become pro at speaking Spanish.

What language has the most fluent speakers? ›

Mandarin Chinese – 1,107 million speakers

Mandarin Chinese is the language with the most native speakers.

Is Spanish actually spoken faster than English? ›

Spanish is in second place with around 8-9 syllables spoken per second, whereas, English is in eight place with around 6-7 syllables spoken per second. In other words, Spanish native speakers speak 25% more quickly than English native speakers.

How much of a language can you understand with 1,000 words? ›

These 800 -1000 words you should know will give you the understanding of 75% of the language as it is spoken in normal day-to-day life.

Can I be fluent in Spanish in 1 year? ›

If you're starting from scratch, you could reach this level of fluency in 1 year by studying for 2 – 3 hours per day. If you're already at an intermediate level, you could get there in about 6 months. If this sounds intense, don't worry – this doesn't mean hours of “school-like” studying from grammar books.

How long does it take to learn Spanish full time? ›

How Much Time And Energy Are You Willing To Spend Learning Spanish? The Foreign Service Institute—the people who train U.S. diplomats and foreign affairs officials—estimate that it will take 600-750 class hours for most native English speakers to learn Spanish.

Can I be fluent in Spanish in 4 months? ›

Spanish in 4 Months: Conclusion. By the end of four months, I had reached my goal. I was able to hold a comfortable conversation with a native speaker on a variety of subjects with little aid and I was able to consume news in Spanish without having to refer to a dictionary.

Is it too late to learn Spanish fluently? ›

As long as the reason you want to learn Spanish is compelling enough, you can do it at any age!

How many words do you need to know to be fluent in Spanish? ›

If you think about native-level fluency, you'll need to master between 20,000 and 40,000 words, and as you can see the margin is quite large. If you want to have a basic conversation, experts say that you'll just need around 3,000 words.

How long does it take to get to B2 Spanish? ›

The CEFR uses “guided learning hours” to calculate how many classroom hours you need to reach B2 (high intermediate) level. They estimate you need about 400 classroom hours, combined with 800 hours of independent study time. That's 1200 hours in total (source).

What's the hardest language to learn? ›

Across multiple sources, Mandarin Chinese is the number one language listed as the most challenging to learn. The Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center puts Mandarin in Category IV, which is the list of the most difficult languages to learn for English speakers.

What is the most spoken language in the world? ›

1. English (1,452 million speakers) According to Ethnologue, English is the most-spoken language in the world including native and non-native speakers. Like Latin or Greek at the time, English has become the world's common language.

How long does Rosetta Stone take? ›

Rosetta Stone states that it takes the average learner twenty weeks (or thirty minutes a day for five days a week) to master a level. Latin American Spanish, for example, has five levels. That means the average learner could complete all levels in less than two years. Do I need to download any software?


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