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FAQ Spanish Courses

Frequently Asked Questions before/during your Spanish course

When was Alhambra Instituto founded?
What does Alhambra Instituto do?
What kind of progress can I expect to make at Alhambra Instituto?
The progress learning Spanish sounds great, but isn’t it expensive?
Does Alhambra Instituto take care of the flight?
How can I get to the school?
What is an airport transfer?
How far is my homestay from the school?
How will I get to school each day?
Will I be given a key to my homestay?
Will I be able to do my washing?
If I don’t like my family, can I change?
How long does a complete course take?
When can I start?
Is the school open on holidays?
Can I book a course for next week?
How can I book a course?
How does the payment work?
I don’t live in Europe, can I still book a course ?
Do I need a visa to come to your country?
Does Alhambra Instituto charge an enrolment fee?
How can I pay?
What is the duration of one lesson?
Will I get a certificate from the School?
What is the D.E.L.E. Diploma?
What if the level of my group is too high/low?
Who are my class mates ?

When was Alhambra Instituto founded?
In July of 1980 in Malaga – Spain

What does Alhambra Instituto do?
Alhambra Instituto (since 1980) provides Spanish language courses in Malaga and other cities of Spain. We offer top quality Spanish intensive courses and teacher training in Malaga, in our main building. Our main school is in Malaga, and we have partner schools in other Spanish towns. Our partener schools are similar in their system of learning, organisation and linguistic background. If you want to do a Spanish course in Spain, you can make a booking through us. Alhambra Instituto arranges the course, accommodation and (if required) the transfer service from the airport to the accommodation.

What kind of progress can I expect to make at Alhambra Instituto?
Our students tell us that they make as much progress in two weeks at Alhambra Instituto as they would have made in 2 semesters at a university. But let’s be realsitic about this: We guarantee a 50% higher progress rate than other private schools that specialise in intensive Spanish courses.

The progress sounds great, but isn’t it expensive?
No. Not at all. Our prices are very competitive, certainly in comparison with other intensive language schools. Alhambra Instituto offers Spanish courses for comparatively little money. Some people think they will receive better teaching and learn Spanish quicker if they opt for a bigger and more expensive school. Alhambra Instituto delivers the same quality of teaching as any of the larger, more expensive Spanish schools

Does Alhambra Instituto take care of the flight?
You should book your own flight. We can give you advice about good or cheap airlines to Spain. Please contact us if you have any inquiries.

How can I get to the school?
Before your trip you will receive all the information you need in order to get from the airport to your homestay (host family), apartment or directly to our school. You can book an airport transfer (as described below) or we can explain where you can get the Airport-Bus (very easy). For specific inquiries, feel free to contact.

What is an airport transfer?
You can book the airport transfer in advance. An employee of the school will pick you up at the airport and drive you to your apartment or directly to the school.

How far is my homestay from the school?
Normally you will live no further than 20 minutes on foot and 10 minutes by bus form the school.

How will I get to school each day?
Most students walk every morning, some have a bicycle and some go by bus.

Will I be given a key to my homestay and bedroom?
Yes. Your host family will give you a key for the main entrance of the house/apartment, but normally bedrooms are not lockable.

Will I be able to do my washing?
Yes, this is no problem if you live in a shared flat as you will have a washing machine; in the case of a Spanish family please speak with your host family first and ask when it is convenient.

If I don’t like my Spanish family, can I change?
Yes. This is possible, but at busy times of the year, you may have to wait.

How long does a complete course take?
You are free to choose the duration of your course. You can book from 1 or 2 weeks minimum up to half a year or even longer. If your preferred course duration isn’t mentioned in the price list, please contact us for a quote.

When can I start?
All courses begin on Mondays and end on Fridays. Your accommodation will be booked from Sunday to Saturday. If you already have some knowledge of the Spanish language, then you can start your course any Monday. If you are an absolute beginner, please take a look at the starting dates under ‘Spanish courses’.

Is the school open on bank holidays?
No, during official holidays the school is closed. This can be national as well as local holidays. Check out our page of “Prices”, here you will find the official holiday dates.

Can I book a course for next week?
In order to guarantee yourself a place in one of our courses, you should enrol at least 2 weeks before the first day of the course. If you would like to start within 2 weeks time or less, please contact us by phone/email and we can check the availability and give you an answer inmediately.

How can I book a course?
You can book by clicking the ‘book now’ button and filling in the Form. You can also book by giving us a call between 9.00h to 17.00 p.m. on +34 952 204 877. Or you can send an email with the request to call you at a time that suits you best.

How does the payment work?
You pay a down payment of € 200 to Alhambra Instituto. The remaining amount (the full balance) must be paid 2 weeks prior to the beginning of your Spanish Course.

I don’t live in Europe, can I still book a course ?
You can book a course from anywhere in the world. Please be sure to have the right papers (study visa, etc.) to be able to come and study in Spain. If you have specific questions about this, please contact us.

Do I need a visa to come to your country? Will you write a letter for me?
If you are a citizen of the EU, you do not need a visa. All citizens from other countries must apply to the Spanish Embassy in their country for a visa. This visa is only valid in the country where you stay. We will provide you with a visa support letter for your course in Spain, as soon as you make a payment of the course you have chosen.

Does Alhambra Instituto charge an enrolment fee?
Alhambra Instituto in Malaga charge 40€ enrolment fee: it covers 1) Study books and materials for the first month, b) An entry level test (if required), c) An end of course exam and certificate/diploma, d) Free internet access and wifi, e) Access to book and DVD library… and many more services.

How can I pay?
You can pay the down payment by international bank transfer, or by credit card. If you choose to pay by international bank transfer, you will receive instructions by email. Your enrolment will be completed when we receive your payment. You can pay by credit card. We accept Visa, MasterCard and American Express. Your enrolment will be processed immediately.

What is the duration of one lesson?
Lessons in Alhambra Instituto in Málaga last 55 minutes. In our partners-schools they last between 45 – 55 minutes; this depends on the school.

Will I get a certificate from the School?
Yes, at the end of your course you will receive a certificate of attendance. If you have taken an examination on the last day of the course, the school will send you the Examination Certificate.

What is the D.E.L.E. Diploma?
The ‘Diplomasde Español como Lengua Extranjera (DELE)‘, issued by the Instituto Cervantes on behalf of the Spanish Ministry for Education and Science, are official qualifications accrediting levels of competence and command of the Spanish language. There are 4 certificates/levels: Elemental, Intermedio, Avanzado and Superior. You can book a course that will prepare you for the exam and then you will take the exam.

The level of my group is too high/low, what can I do ?
If you are in a group where the level is too high or too low in comparison with your level, contact the secretary of the school.They have the best insight into the possibilities of transfering you to another group. If this doesn’t work, please call us and we will help you find a solution.

Who are my class mates ?
The students vary. If you are a student or you haven’t studied for the last 10 years, the school atmosphere makes you feel at home immediately. In July and August there areusually more young people (students) then during the rest of the year. Our students are from all over the world. We have people from USA, Japan, Italy, Germany, Sweden, The Netherlands, England, etc.