Combining daily lessons with the experience of living in Spain is a unique opportunity to learn Spanish. As a Spanish student in one of our centers, you will get to know Spain’s wide cultural diversity, its gastronomy and the extensive range of leisure activities that the different points of the Spanish geography can offer you. Studying Spanish in Spain also makes it easier for you to get to know the European reality, both in its political and educational dimension, as well as in its social and cultural dimension.
Spanish, a universal language
The Spanish language has more and more influence on the study, business and finance field. With more than 572 million Spanish speakers, Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world. Spanish is the official language in 21 countries, the second in international communication and the third in internet communication.
Additionally, it is experiencing a growth: more than 20 million people are learning Spanish and it is estimated that for 2050 there will be 754 million Spanish speakers. According to the report “Spanish, a living language” carried out by Instituto Cervantes, the Spanish speaking countries contribute 6.4% to the world’s GDP and sharing a language doubles the trade exchanges between countries.
A country of cultural freedom and diversity
Spain offers a stable and consolidated political democratic framework, supported by the 1978 Constitution that guarantees fundamental rights and public freedoms. Spanish society is one of the most open to social changes in Europe and stands out for its embracing spirit, respect for sexual freedom, and coexistence between religions. As a result of the coexistence for centuries of different cultures, the Spanish personality is open, cheerful, tolerant, and respectful. Citizens from other countries feel welcomed, and over 80% of the children adapt without problem to Spain, one of the highest rates of integration in the world.
Each Spanish region has its particularity, and there is diversity among its people. The climate and the customs of each region have been shaping its inhabitants’ character. Far from being something that causes separation, it must be admired as a cultural richness for benefit of the students.
Quality of life
Spain is the second OECD country with the highest life expectancy.
According to the Bloomberg Index, Spain’s health system is the third most efficient in the world (behind Hong Kong and Singapore). According to the Index published by the medical journal The Lancet, in terms of quality, Spain is in the eight position with the best health system in the world and the third in the European Union, after Sweden and Finland.
Landscape diversity, unique weather and the best beaches
The weather is one of the main attractions in Spain. With more than 3,000 hours of sunshine per year, Spain is one of the warmest countries in Europe and has a territory full of contrast.
From the leafy mountains of the north with extensive valleys to the southern beaches, the landscapes are as varied as they are surprising.
The natural environment is one of the greatest attractions in the country, being the first country with the highest number of Biosphere Reserves.
Large and extensive beaches of white or golden sand, hidden coves, beaches surrounded by forest… run along all the Spanish coast, from Costa Brava in the north to the Costa del Sol in the south.
For many years, Spain has lived in tourism. The Spanish hotel industry is unrivaled in Europe and has very few in the world.
The same occurs for restaurants, diversity and quality of the attractions and leisure offers.
The Spanish infrastructure network is one of the best on the planet. Spain has the second high-speed network in the world and the first in Europe and owns the most modern and technologically advanced train fleet in the continent. Besides, it is the ninth country in the world in air connectivity and has the largest highway map of Europe.
Healthy, varied, and tasty gastronomy
The Spanish gastronomy is made up of fresh products and quality raw materials such as fruits, vegetables, meat, and fish.
Iberian ham, olive oil, chesses, and wine are part of the Mediterranean Diet. From the most traditional recipes: tortilla de patatas, paella, salmorejo… to the most avant-garde cuisine, Spanish gastronomy is synonymous with quality.
And we can’t forget our most universal elaboration: the tapas.
Spain has one of the lowest crime rates in Europe. It is the third safest country in the European Union, behind Luxembourg and Slovenia. According to the Legatum Prosperity Index, Spain would be the 15th country in the world in national and personal security.
Historical and monumental legacy
Spain is an authentic cultural, historical, and monumental melting pot difficult to find in any other country in the world.
Spain has emblematic monuments such as Palaces: La Granja de San Ildefonso in Segovia; Cathedrals: in Burgos or Santiago de Compostela; medieval castles: in Xátiva; Roman ruins: in Mérida; and museums: Prado in Madrid or Guggenheim in Bilbao.
Spain is the third country in the world with the higher number of UNESCO World Heritage declarations. In addition to the treasures as the Alhambra in Granada or the Camino de Santiago, Spain can boast of being home to many talents, as Cervantes, Goya, Velázquez, Picasso, Dalí or Gaudi.
Sports: a model of success
Thanks to the coordinated work of the Administration, Federations, Clubs, and private organizations, Spain is among the best countries in the world to practice sports, and to host large competitive events.
Sport is a great way to promote cooperation, integration, and cultural exchange between Spain and the rest of the world.
Spain is one of the best counties in the world to enjoy life and its national and local festivities.
During your stay, you could enjoy some of our interesting and fun festivities: Semana Santa, Carnivals, Ferias…