We know you have some questions and need a bit more information about us and what we offer. Below you will find a list of frequently asked questions about a variety of topics. If you don’t find your answer here, feel free to contact us directly and we would be happy to help.
How do I choose between the Spanish programs offered at Expanish?
Our intensive group courses Intensive 20 and Intensive 30, are the most popular options. They are great for those who like to learn in a group atmosphere, practice with their peers, and want to study in an intensive setting. For those seeking to focus on a particular aspect of the language or those who are unable to devote 20 hours each week, our individual lessons are the best option. Ask our student advisors for more information regarding what Spanish program in Buenos Aires is best for you!
What level of Spanish language classes should I take?
Our levels are matched to the Spanish Curriculum of the Cervantes Institute and adhere to the Common European Framework for languages which distinguishes 6 different language levels.
All students will sit for a placement exam on their first day which allows us to assign you to a group class with students of the same level. Do not worry if you do not speak a word of Spanish – many of our students have no prior Spanish knowledge before they arrive. You will, however, be speaking Spanish in the classroom from your first day.
What qualifications do Spanish language teachers have?
All of our teachers are native Spanish speakers and have extensive prior experience teaching Spanish to foreigners. In addition to their professional credentials, teachers are chosen for their ability to keep students entertained and effectively communicate with all students.
What is the focus of the advanced classes?
Advanced Spanish classes focus on learning the finer points of grammar, such as uses of the subjunctive and idiomatic expressions, as well as conversational and written skills. Discussion topics vary according to students’ interests.
Should I bring any materials to class?
All class materials, such as textbooks, are included in the cost of tuition. However, it’s always a great idea to bring basic school supplies, like a pen and paper and any other personal study materials to your first day of classes so that you can take notes.
When are the class start dates?
The official start date for all courses is every Monday, unless Monday falls on a national holiday. We realize that students cannot control flight schedules and that not everyone can meet these dates. If you will be starting later in the week, you could begin your studies with individual lessons and then join a group course the following Monday.
I would like to focus on business, health care, law, etc. Do you offer such programs?
If you wish to have specialized classes, choose one of our combination courses in business Spanish, medical Spanish or cultural classes. We can customize other types of content for individuals or groups upon request.
Do I get a certificate?
Yes, you will receive a course certificate stating the number of hours of lessons you completed and Spanish level as well as course dates and a signature by the Academic Director. You will receive it on graduation day (held every Friday afternoon for students leaving the school).
Why should I choose Expanish over other Spanish schools in South America?
Expanish has taken on the challenge of creating the context for an enriching, unforgettable experience for students seeking to study Spanish in South America. Unique among Spanish schools, our programs are meant to offer students a high-quality language education in Argentina. Each day we attempt to make Expanish synonymous with the chance to live, breath, and truly experience the Spanish language. We are convinced that all students who choose to study with Expanish will leave Latin America with improved Spanish language skills, an understanding of Argentine culture and wonderful memories involving the language in and out of the classroom. In 2012 we were award the Star Spanish Language School award by Study Travel magazine, which lets us know that our standards and quality stand out from other schools around the world. We are also members of IALC, International Association of Language Centres, an independent language school association with a well-respected vetting process for its members. Expanish is the only IALC school in Argentina.
What documents do I need to enroll?
You will just need to fill out a Registration Form with your personal information and that’s it.
Am I too old for a language school? Too young?
Expanish has a mix of ages between 16 and up! We welcome students who are 16 years and older to study Spanish at Expanish Spanish School in our intensive group classes. We also receive children younger than 16 who are travelling with family members. Our students come from very different backgrounds in terms of age, nationality, profession, and interests. The diverse group of Expanish students contribute to the unique learning experience at our Spanish Language School. Students of all ages will meet plenty of fellow classmates with common interests and a shared passion for international travel.
How will I meet other people and make friends in my destination?
You will begin your stay in Barcelona or Buenos Aires with a program orientation where you will have the opportunity to meet other program participants. You will also be able to meet other students in your classes, during workshops and weekly activities, in your homestay or shared apartment, and through the local Expanish staff.
Is there someone I may speak with about your Spanish school?
Of course! You can contact an Admissions Advisor with any specific questions you may have about classes, housing, Barcelona or Buenos Aires using the information listed on the Contact Us page.
How many weeks should I study?
Any amount of time learning Spanish will be beneficial; however, it generally takes four to six weeks of full immersion courses (20 to 30 hours of classes per week, plus a homestay) to advance to the next language level.
May I receive university credit?
Expanish School in Buenos Aires has partnered with a local Argentine university to offer university credit for any of our courses. For every 10 hours of group classes the university offers 1 credit and we emit a transcript for the student at the end of their program. There is an additional administrative fee for this. If you are interested in university credit, you can found more information on our University Credit Program page, or contact our staff for more details.
What activities do you have?
Expanish hosts a variety of activities each week that are free or low-cost. We have a range of things to do from social activities such as a language exchange at a bar to cultural activities such as a guided tour to a museum.