Learn Spanish in Malaga

The language school is based on a luxurious campus Private swimming pool and sun terrace will help you relax after a day of studying Spanish Dedicated and qualified teachers will allow you to make the most of your language lessons

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Location

Malaga

Malaga, situated on the southern coast of Spain, is an increasingly popular choice as a place to study Spanish. It is a historic Mediterranean city with compelling architectural heritage and a flourishing cultural tradition.

Despite its connection to the Costa de Sol, Malaga is not a tourist destination. The people you will meet in Malaga are Spaniards, enjoying their beaches, bars and restaurants - at their prices!

With its international airport and modern motorway network, Malaga is easy to get to and perfectly located for visiting other cities in Andalucía such as Granada, Sevilla, Cádiz and Nerja, or even for a weekend excursion to Africa!

Culture

Art: As the birthplace of Picasso, Malaga now houses the Picasso Gallery as well as several other important exhibitions of modern and traditional art.

Flamenco: Andalucía is the home of Flamenco. Go to a show or find it in the streets and bars of Malaga. Our Malaga school teaches Flamenco (Spanish & Flamenco) and Flamenco shows (Activities) are organised on the campus.

Music: besides numerous operas and concerts in the Cervantes Theatre and in a cathedral at Malaga Rock, you’ll also find pop concerts in the Bull Ring and other venues.

History

Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans and Arabs have all left their mark on Malaga and Andalucía. Just in the city of Malaga you will be able to visit:
  • The Roman amphitheatre
  • The Alcazaba and Castillo de Gibralfaro: a large Moorish palace and castle stretching from the city centre to a hill top, giving fabulous views over Malaga
  • A huge Christian cathedral and hundreds of churches
  • The Arabic/Moorish architectural influence is found throughout the narrow streets in the historic centre

Mediterranean Lifestyle

In Malaga, you will find genuine Mediterranean lifestyle. Andalucians live life to the full, making the most of their beaches, climate and music. The beach front restaurants and the many tapas bars and clubs to be found in the city are full of friendly local people, making it easy to make friends.


Spanish Food

Hundreds of wine bars, tapas bars and "chiringuitos" (simple fish restaurants) help to retain Malaga’s totally Spanish atmosphere and flavour – all at low Spanish prices!

Andalucia is particularly famous for its fish and seafood, olives and olive oil, almonds and the renowned "Mediterranean diet" in general.





Climate

The Mediterranean climate of hot (but not too hot!) summers and mild, fairly dry winters provides the perfect environment for both relaxation and study.

Ideal for sunbathing by the side of the school’s terraced pool in the summer (July, August and September), the temperature is generally in the upper 20s and lower 30s. It's rarely above 35ºC.

Malaga is famous for having one of the best climates in Europe and our students can be sunbathing by the pool for most of the year.

Countryside

Malaga has a stunning combination of Mediterranean beaches and mountains. The beaches are famous but not everyone knows that, within half an hour by car from the city centre, you can go walking on trails in the foothills of the mountains.

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School

With almost 40 years’ experience, this school is one of the longest established Spanish language schools.

School highlights

  • Mini-campus: everything on-site; a unique language school setting in Spain
  • Total Quality: the school has an average ratio of 1 staff member for every 3 students. You will feel extremely well-looked after
  • R&D department: the school produces its own text books and other teaching materials
  • Quality guarantees: regular inspections by EAQUALS, IALC, Instituto Cervantes and the University of Alcala (CEELE) guarantee high standards
  • Complete service: Spanish courses, accommodation, activities, student services and much more
  • City of Malaga: Mediterranean, historic, cultural, passionate - candidate for European Capital of Culture 2016 - ideal destination for learning Spanish
  • LTM Star Award: voted the Best Spanish School worldwide in 2007, 2009 and 2010 by language travel professionals

Academic facilities

As befits a Star Award School of Spanish, the school has excellent academic facilities:
  • Classrooms: 25, air-conditioned, equipped with comfortable classroom furniture, whiteboards and audio/visual equipment
  • Reference library: graded readers, dictionaries, encyclopaedias, reference books on Spanish culture, self-access worksheets covering all areas of grammar, vocabulary development and reading/listening comprehension
  • Computer centre: 11 broadband connected computers for studying and internet/e-mail access
  • Audio visual centre: you can choose from a wide range of feature films, documentaries about Spanish politics and culture, and language learning methods
  • Wi-Fi: in the Study Centre and the bar, on the terraces, in the reception of the Club Hispánico, in all the bedrooms and the Student Lounge, you have access to free wi-fi. Obviously, you’ll need to bring your own laptop to take advantage of this facility, though!

Leisure facilities

The extent and quality of the leisure facilities is the main reason students hang around after class and create a very friendly multi-cultural environment. It also allows all our students to find their own space and enjoy and benefit from the school in their own way.

The facilities include:

  • Terraces: there are three large terraces: The main terrace outside the bar perfect for drinking, eating, socialising and studying; The pool terrace perfect for sun-bathing; The “quiet” terrace: a level down from the pool - this is where you find our executives, diplomats and anyone else wanting to study or work quietly outdoors; All have Wi-Fi (hotspots), so don’t forget your laptop!
  • Swimming pool: the perfect place to cool off during the heat of the day
  • Salon Andalucia: a large multi-activity room with a piano, a large screen for video presentations, a pool table and a practice kitchen. This is also the venue for occasional live music events (flamenco, classical, latin and pop) and weekly cultural talks
  • Dance studio: a superb dance studio with parquet flooring, full air conditioning, music system, practice bar and mirror where dance classes take place – both Salsa and Flamenco
  • Student lounge: this 70sqm lounge is open 24 hour per day (supervised from the reception of Club Hispánico) and is a perfect place to watch TV, use the Wi-Fi, read a book and just chill out
  • Club Hispánico reception: open 24 hours per day providing security and services. This is also our emergency contact point

School's bar

The school’s bar is the students’ favourite meeting point. Open all day (except Sat & Sun) from 07.45 till 22.00 (till midnight in high season) – you can be sure to make a lot of friends here.
  • Breakfast (choice of coffee, chocolate and tea, fresh oranges, stuffed rolls or pastries) is served at the bar and can be booked in advance or paid for upon ordering
  • During the day, the bar is open for drinks of all kinds and light snacks (rolls, yoghurts, fruits, ice creams, cakes, chocolates etc)
  • Please, remember that Spanish law prohibits the sale of alcohol and tobacco to anyone under the age of 18

School's restaurant

The restaurant offers a balanced and interesting range of meals at reasonable prices. Every day, you will find a choice of starters, main courses and a dessert. Vegetarian options will always be available.
  • You can choose to eat indoors or “al fresco” on the terrace and, in the evenings, the chefs will sometimes light up the barbecue, especially on party nights
  • Meals can be paid for in advance by booking a meal plan (breakfast only, half board or full board)

Included extras

The following are included in the price of all our courses:
  • 5 cultural activities per week (Flamenco (= Sevillana) lessons, a Salsa class, a cultural talk, movies on our large screen)
  • Course books and supplementary materials
  • Use of the self-access centre and multi-media lab (free Internet)
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Welcome aperitif
  • Live show - on average, every 3 wks (dinner extra)
  • Tour of Málaga
  • Use of the swimming pool
  • Certificate of Attendance

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Accommodation

The choice of the right type of accommodation for you is one of the most important decisions to make with regards to your stay in Malaga: to study effectively, you need to be relaxed and comfortable in your surroundings.

The school offers a wide range of accommodation options enabling each student to choose the one that suits them best:
  • Residential accommodation on the mini-campus in the Club Hispánico: 102 en-suite rooms, from standard to Executive Studios suitable for diplomatic and executive clients
  • Two types (A and B) of shared student apartments offering an independent lifestyle at very affordable prices
  • Host family accommodation providing the maximum opportunity to get to know the Spanish way of life and practise your Spanish
Important notes:
  • Arrival day Sunday, departure Saturday morning, therefore 2 weeks = 13 nights, 4 weeks = 27 nights, etc.
  • No price reduction for less nights
  • Extra nights may be requested. In the case of Student Apartments extra nights must be in the Club Hispanico
  • It's possible to book to share a twin room with another (unknown) student
  • Twin rooms for sole use are not available in the high season
  • You are required to present a credit card or € 100 in cash against extras or possible breakages

Club Hispánico residence

The Club Hispánico is situated in the school building and forms part of the mini-campus. It is probably the most popular school residence in a School of Spanish in Spain and is one of the school’s main distinguishing features. It is the ideal accommodation for those students who want to be at the centre of everything, either from the point of view of social contact or for the convenience of living where you are also studying. Club Hispánico offers standard single rooms, twin and triple rooms, executive rooms and executive studios.

The mini-campus offers a very special environment and everything you need as a student can be found in your immediate surroundings:
  • A warm and welcoming atmosphere that is naturally created when educated people from all over the world enjoy living together and getting to know each other
  • A supportive environment provided not only by the teachers but also by all the staff (receptionists, the activities department, chefs, bar staff, chamber maids, and gardeners); there are altogether between 60 and 90 employees dedicated to providing top quality service for overseas students
  • You can dedicate your time to your studies as all the facilities are close at hand: the classrooms, the Multi-media Study Centre, the student lounge, the conference rooms, etc.

Club Hispánico facilities

  • Excellent communications systems: direct dial phones in all rooms. Wi-Fi in practically all parts of the grounds and buildings (terraces, lounges, bar, bedrooms, etc), computers with free broadband in the Study Centre and Student Lounge
  • 24-hour reception (a member of staff is on duty 24 hours, 7 days a week) provides a high degree of security for the guests and allows them constant access to staff. This is also the emergency contact point for all students
  • To put you in the right frame of mind for studying, you can relax by the pool or on the terrace, making the most of the fabulous Mediterranean climate of the south of Spain – not to mention enjoying a cool beer or a glass of Rioja

Host Families

All host families have been selected according to very specific criteria and regularly visited by appropriate members of staff. Most of them have been receiving students for many years and therefore have a great deal of experience in dealing with problems that can arise when cultures come face to face. They have also successfully passed the most important test – they continue to receive a high satisfaction grades in the feedback questionnaires the students are asked to complete concerning their stay with host families.

When selecting the right host family for you, specific requests will be taken into account, for example:
  • Vegetarian and other diets
  • With or without pets
  • Smoking/non-smoking families
You can choose a single room or to share a twin room with another student.

The accommodation is on a half-board basis, which usually consists of a light, “continental” breakfast and a substantial lunch. An evening meal can sometimes be offered instead of lunch by arrangement with the family. However, you should remember that lunch is traditionally the main meal of the day and the time when the family tends to get together – your best chance to practise your Spanish!

The host family will be happy to do your laundry for you and have the right to charge a reasonable extra fee for this service. On the other hand, you might prefer to use the self-service laundry at the Club Hispánico.

By choosing to stay in a host family, you will benefit from the maximum level of contact with day-to-day Spanish as spoken by a typical family and gain a unique insight into the Spanish way of life.

However, every good thing comes at a price. Living in someone else’s home requires a great deal of tact and flexibility. After all, you want to get to know the Spanish way of life, not have the Spanish family adapt their lifestyle to yours - even if they could! If you are prepared to make the effort, the rewards can be great.

If you have any special preferences, you must state these at the time of booking. At the same time, please, try to understand that we will not always be able to meet all your preferences, especially if your booking is made at the last moment.

Student Apartments

This is the preferred choice of accommodation for longer stay and younger students who prefer to be able to prepare their own food, live their own way and who appreciate the extremely reasonable prices.

You must be at least 18 to stay in these apartments and we strongly suggest that if you are between 25 and 35 you should choose Type A (see below) accommodation and older students either Club Hispánico or host families.

You can choose between a single room and sharing a twin room with another student. You can also request a single sex or mixed-sex apartment.

The students are responsible for the day-to-day cleaning and tidiness although our staff will make a supervisory and maintenance visit once every 2 weeks. Between visits, any maintenance problems, breakages or any other problems with an apartment can be reported to the school office or the Club Hispánico reception and they will be dealt with by the maintenance team as soon as possible.

Type A apartments *****

Among the best available from Spanish language schools!
  • Within a 10 minutes’ walk from the school
  • Air conditioning
  • Higher level of furnishings and facilities
  • Access to the swimming pool (usually from May to October only)
  • Single or twin rooms, self-catering
  • Shared bathroom(s), living room and kitchen
  • Safe deposit box in each bedroom
  • Sharing with up to 6 other students
Type B apartments ***

Ideal for the younger (min. 18 years), long-stay students.
  • Within 30 minutes’ travel time to the school
  • Easy access to public transport and shops/services
  • Comfortable furnishings
  • Single or twin rooms, self-catering
  • Shared bathroom(s), living room and kitchen
  • Sharing with up to 6 other students
All the apartments are guaranteed to have the following minimum standards and services:
  • Kitchen – gas or electric cooking rings and a micro-wave or conventional oven
  • TV and a washing machine
  • Maintenance – unlike privately rented apartments, maintenance service is provided at no extra cost
  • Services – there is NO extra charge for electricity, gas, water, etc. The general area and bedrooms (as and when possible) are cleaned once every 2 weeks. Sheets are changed each week. Otherwise, the students are responsible for keeping the apartments tidy
Bookings for apartments are accepted for periods between 2 and 8 weeks. There will never be a refund if a student leaves this accommodation early. If students want to extend their stay in an apartment, they need to give a 4 weeks’ notice.

Executive Studios

These are brand new, top-of-the-range rooms within the Club Hispánico. They are spacious, modern, very tastefully decorated and offer a standard of accommodation rarely, if ever, encountered in a language school residence. They offer the following facilities:
  • 2 single or 1 king-size bed, a full-size bathroom with shower and toilet, a kitchenette for preparing breakfast and small meals: micro-wave oven, fridge, electric cooking rings, air conditioning, Wi-Fi and direct dial phones
  • Flat-screen TV
Go on, spoil yourself - you won't regret it!

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Directions

From Malaga International Airport (AGP)

  • Request a transfer: the cost of a 2-way transfer currently costs € 80. A driver will be waiting for you in the arrivals lounge. The transfer to Club Hispánico (the school’s onsite residence) takes approximately 20 minutes, while to a host family or student apartment a little longer

  • Take a taxi: Outside the arrivals hall you will find a taxi rank. If you are staying in the school residence (Club Hispánico) or in a shared student apartment (you need to pick up the keys at the Club Hispánico), you should ask the driver for “Club Hispánico en el Cerrado de Calderon”. Otherwise, you should have the host family’s, or the other address, clearly written out to give to the taxi driver. The driver should ask whether you prefer to go “por autovia” (on the motorway) or “por el centro” (via the town centre). The former is usually faster (20 minutes) but a little more expensive: €28-35 according to time and day. Going via the town centre takes on average 5-10 minutes longer and costs €26-30

  • Take the airport shuttle train, which takes you to the central railway station. The first train is at 6:50 and the last at 23:50. The trains leave every 30 minutes. From the main railway station in town, we strongly recommend you take a taxi. The train ticket currently costs € 1.35 and the taxi from the train station €8-10

  • Take the airport bus, which takes you to the town centre. The first bus is at 7:00 and the last at 00:00. The buses leave every 30 minutes. From the town centre, we recommend you take a taxi (50 metres from the airport bus stop). The airport bus ticket currently costs € 1.10 and the taxi from the town centre € 7-9

From Malaga railway station

From the main railway station in town, we strongly recommend you take a taxi. This should cost around € 8-10.

Arriving by car

From the airport – brief instructions:
  • On leaving the airport follow the signs for Malaga
  • After 5 minutes, take the turning signposted “Ronda de Malaga” to the direction of Sevilla, Granada and Almeria
  • After approximately 10 minutes, after passing through 2 tunnels, take the exit marked Pedregalejo [immediately after exiting the 2nd tunnel called “tunel de Cerrado de Calderon”]
  • At the end of the motorway slip road, turn right and continue until you come to a roundabout and an area with shops (2 minutes). Go straight on through the roundabout, and, 100 metres after the roundabout, take the first turning right. Drive on for about 100 metres and you can see the school and Club Hispánico on the left.

Airport transfers information

Malaga International Airport (“Aeropuerto Pablo Picasso, Málaga”) is the main airport for the south of Spain, one of Europe’s major tourist destinations. It is only 20 minutes drive from the school and the point of arrival for most of the school’s students.

Your transfer driver:

If you book a transfer, a driver will be waiting for you. AutoSol is the company contracted to provide our airport transfers. He will be holding a sign with the name of the school, the student’s name and flight number, and he will be dressed in a light blue shirt and dark grey trousers.

Terminal 1: you will find the AutoSol driver waiting in the arrivals area just outside luggage collection point.

Terminal 2: you will find the AutoSol driver just outside the first set of glass doors (after collecting your luggage) in the area reserved for “meet and greet” services.

Flight delays: if your flight is delayed, it is most important that you call the taxi company’s emergency number (see below) to let them know your new arrival time.

Non-arrival of luggage: if your luggage does not arrive with you, you must complete a form in the lost-luggage office in the baggage collection hall. This process can take some time and it is extremely important that if this happens, you either phone us to advise us that you have arrived but are delayed, or make contact with the driver waiting for you on the other side of the glass doors.

If you cannot find the AutoSol driver:
  • Please, go to the information desk in the arrivals hall and ask them to call the AutoSol representative over the loudspeaker system
  • If you still cannot make contact, please phone the school’s 24-hour emergency number (689 773 753). The multi-lingual reception staff will give you precise instructions
  • Please, note that if you decide to take a private taxi from the airport, this is at your expense unless otherwise authorised in advance by the school staff at the reception of the Club Hispánico (tel. 689 773 753)

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