Learn Spanish in San Sebastian

San Sebastian

Population 190.000

San Sebastian is a classy city, with a nice old town, a regal new town, excellent beaches and the best tapas in Spain. The city offers a diversity of entertainments, rich cultural activities, internationally renowned cuisine, major music and film festivals...Ideally situated on an excellent spot on the Bay of Biscay.

Climate summer 26°C. Winter 13°C 
To see The Kursaal auditorium, the old town Parte Vieja, the Monte Urgull and La Concha Beach. Along the year the city offers diffferent atractions like exhibitions, concerts, popular fiestas, sports and international events  (Dance in May, Jazz in July, Semana Grande in August and the Film Festival in September.)
To do

Surfing at Biarritz beaches, winter sports in the Pyrenees, eating traditional pintxos (Bask tapas) in one of the 3000 bars, wine province Rioja, make excursions to Pamplona, Biarritz, Bilbao(Guggenheim museum) and much more.

CathedralSan Sebastian is also the capital of the Guipuzcoa province, the smallest province in Spain. Although small, it has managed to preserve its traditional Basque culture and you will have many opportunities to see Basque customs at work. Indeed, San Sebastian should be your first stop towards knowing the rest of the Basque country, as it gives you a superb introduction of the region’s offerings. 

San Sebastian is near the French border and the French influence can be seen in the romantic, atmospheric and simply beautiful.way the buildings and streets are designed.

San Sebastian also enchantingly mixes the new with the old and this is very much part of the city’s charm. You can take a step back in time and visit the Old Quarter or the charming fishing village, or meander through the Plaza de Gipuzcoa, or the Calle Prim, where there are modern houses and wide avenues. Indeed, the charming beachfront promenade has the Old Quarter on one end and a modern shopping center of the other end.La Concha beach

San Sebastian is also a gourmet’s paradise. There are sumptuous pinxtos (the Basque version of tapas), and local Basque cuisine which is said to be one of the world’s best.

San Sebastian, being a resort town, offers a wealth of watersports such as surfing, water-skiing and diving. Its three beaches - La Concha, La Zurriola and Ondaretta - offer great places where you can just relax while soaking up the sun. There is, actually, another beach, located at the Santa Clara Island. This small island sits in the heart of the La Concha Bay. You can reach this island via a ferry service from the harbor. 

San Sebastian offers an unforgettable holiday and an introduction to a world of fun, culture, history, sports and gastronomy. Truly, San Sebastian is a paradise in its own right.

The School

Our new premises in the centre of San Sebastian, which were opened in July 2000, have been designed to make it easier to communicate and learn Spanish in a pleasant atmosphere. Terrace, communal area with a library and multimedia computers, air conditioning, high-fidelity sound, video… We are open from 8.30 a.m. till 8.00 p.m., you can come whenever you want to make use of our installations

 Our school

Situated in the Centre of San Sebastian.
Next to the school there is:
The modern Mundaíz Gym. Our student card allows you to become a member at very attractive prices while following the course.
The Cristina Enea park, the most important of San Sebastian. Its green areas, trees and paths offer a great place to relax.
The district of Egia, with its numerous bars is where you can have a coffee during the breaks or eat something after classes. Pinchos, sandwiches, cheap menus…

Open-air terrace with snacks, coffee and drink machines
A wide reception area with couches
A wide social area and a library
10 spacious classrooms with non-polluting air conditioning
HIFI sound system in every classroom and in all common areas
Videos, overhead projectors and other aids to use in class
6 computers with ADSL access for the students
2 private parking lots
entrance facilities for disabled people
 Computer room

Spanish Courses


Get to know the characteristics, destinations and prices of all of our Spanish courses in Spain on these pages.


Suitable for any length of stay, from one week to a full year. Functional spanish courses oriented 100% at perfecting the use of Spanish in daily life. With the Intensive 20 you will increase your ability to communicate thanks to small groups with a maximum of 12 students. Intensive 20 focuses on themes used in daily conversations such as advanced expressions depending on your level of Spanish at the beginning of the program.


Add 1 "one-to-one" lesson each day to reinforce what you learn in the 20 group lessons a week comprised of a maximum of 12 students. Work on frequently used expressions to communicate in Spanish with the confidence of a native.


This spanish course is the ideal option for stays up to 8 weeks if your goal is to rapidly increase your level of Spanish. It consists of 20 weekly lessons in small groups (4-12 students) as well as 10 sessions per week in mini-groups (3-8 students).

This course is only available from June 15th to September 25th.

One to One

Learn the way you want. We will design a personalized course according to your needs, interests and pace of learning. This ensures that you learn what you want, when you want. Also available for you and your friends or family wishing to learn as a private group with a maximum of 6 students per class.

Spanish course 50+

One to oneFor those that enjoy their second spring, we have developed a special course of Spanish + Activities for the more mature student. This course is designed for students aged 50 and above. They will receive the INT 20 course in the mornings (minimum 6 students of same level to have their own class / if not, they will be mixed with other students) and in the afternoons they will enjoy cultural activities (museums, aquarium, activities at the school) as well as 1 full day excursion ( Bilbao, Rioja Alavesa). It is a 2 week course that will be offered in 4 specific starting dates for 2009:
May 4th
August 17th
October 19th



The following accommodations are available in Santander:

Host FamilyHost family

Living with a family has many interesting aspects to bear in mind. It allows you to get to know the way that people in the country really live from the inside, as well as their customs, their cuisine and the way they enjoy themselves.

It also allows you to practise Spanish outside school hours. If you want to be just another member of the family, you will need to adapt to their way of life and respect their social norms.

We have a large number of extremely responsible and trustworthy families with various lifestyles to enable you to fit in with the one that best suits your characteristics.


Student ApartmentsShared apartment

This is the most independent option. You will have your own room with a desk, and you will share the communal facilities: the living room, kitchen, bathrooms, washing machines…

The apartments are modest, and you will have to carry out your share of housework (cleaning, washing up, taking down the rubbish…) The school-spring cleans the communal facilities every two weeks.

Private Apartments

Private apartmentThe school can rent an entire apartment for yourself following these instructions. The process takes two months. Get in touch with us and we will send you further information about this option. PRIVATE APARTMENTS GENERAL CONDITIONS: This is a service provided only to our students, during the length of their course with us.
Prices stated are prices for full months and include general expenses (gas, electricity, community, local taxes) at normal consumption levels.
Apartments have to be paid in advance.
All apartments include, unless stated otherwise:
cooking facilities, dishes, forks, pans and frying pans, etc…
blankets, bed linen, …. But not always towels
fridge, washing machine and oven
Our apartments do usually not have: telephone, bread toasters, electric coffee machine microwave oven and vacuum cleaner. Understand that they have just the basic furniture.


Student Residence

We have found a very nice residence in the centre of San Sebastian, next to La Concha beach and 15 minutes walk from the school.

They have different types of rooms, individual and double, and offer full board accommodation.

This is a very good option for the juniors that come during these dates to our school to do the Junior Summer Course.

The residence is available in July only.



San Sebastian Activities

Our activities monitor knows everything about San Sebastian and its outskirts (surroundings). Moreover, she makes sure that students from different classes do things together during our activities.


Cultural CentersSurf
HOUSES OF CULTURE You have to get a membership card. (it’s free of charge) The cultural center GAU:ON will change your nights in San Sebastian. GAU:ON is an initiative of the council of San Sebastián who has as objective to offer you alternative fun, so that you enjoy your nights and weekends in an even more imaginative way.

In San Sebastian you can play all kinds of sports. Golf, tennis, horse riding… we'll help you to get in touch. Many surfers are attracted to our waves in Gros, Mundaka, Hossegor…

The Mundáiz Gym, next to the school, offers our students preferential rates. The Municipal Sports Council is very active, and if you become a member you can get into the sport centers and take part Excursionin the courses that they organize. In summer they run courses in 20 different sports, ranking from surfing, canoeing or sailing, to tennis, hang-gliding or climbing.

The school organizes sport activities such as football and volleyball games, horse-rides, bike rides, excursions to the mountains… PUBLIC SPORT CENTRES Local Sport Centres: Ask at the reception for locations.

Leisure program
Social and Cultural activities The school organizes "intercambio" parties, talks and lectures, video and much more.

This program offers students use of the Mundaiz Gym, located right beside the school.



Intensive Courses

Registration Fee : 60 €

Prices per week:

    Intensive 20 Intensive 20+5 Intensive 20+10 Intensive 30
  1 to 3 weeks 157 274€ 384€ 225€
  4 to 7 weeks 145 260€ 370€ 215
  8 to 11 weeks 135€ 250 360€ 203€
  12 to 19 weeks 125€ 240 350€ 189€
  20 or more weeks 115€ 230 340 189€

High Season Supplement: from June 29th to August 28th, 2009: 35 Euro per week

Winter Discount: from January 5th to Frebruary 27th and from November 2nd to December 18th: 20 Euro per week

Course Basics
Timetable: From Monday to Friday, from 9.30 to 11.00 & from 11.30 to 13.00 (sometimes from 14:15 to 15:45 & from 16:00 to 17:30.

Students: between 4 and 12. Average: 8.

General Spanish: All levels.

Beginners: check specific starting dates.

One on One Course

    Price per lesson
  1 student 31€
  2 students 20
  3 students 16
  4 students 15
Spanish course 50+

Price 2009: 490 € + 60 € Registration fee.

Accomodation Prices

Host Family
(prices per week)

    B&B Full Board
  Single room 165€ 209€
  Double room 120€ 154€

Placement Fee: 50€

Long term discount: Only applies when the accommodation is initially booked for a period of 12 or more weeks.

Shared Student Apartments (prices per week)

    Oct to May June to Sept
  Single room 108€ 139€
  Double room 70€ 92

Placement Fee: 50€

Long term discount: Only applies when the accommodation is initially booked for a period of 12 or more weeks.

Shared apartments – summer dates: From May 31st to September 27th we will apply the June-September prices. From January 01st to May 31st and from September 27th to December 31st we will apply the “October-May” prices.

Student Residences (accommodation available in July only)

Prices per week

    B&B Half Board Full Board
  Double w/bathroom 250€ 317€ 359€
  Individual w/bathroom 292€ 360€ 401€
  Individual w/shared bathroom 250€ 317 359€
  Cubicle w/o bathroom 209€ 275€ 317€

Placement Fee: 50€

The accomodation includes sheets, but students are required to bring their own towels.

Private Apartments
    Oct to May June to Sept
  2 weeks 980€ 1490€
  4 weeks 1585€ 2195€

Conditions of accomodation 2009

- Rooms are reserved from Sunday 14:00 p.m. prior to course starting date to Saturday 12:00 a.m. after the course ends. Additional days will be charge as extra days. Please let us know as soon as possible if you need extra days for scheduling reasons. In case a student exceeds the length of his/her stay without telling telling the school, he will be charged the extra days plus a €100 penalty.

-Shared adpartments: A damage deposit of 150 € (charged by credit card; visa or mastercard) will be required upon arrival, and will be returned at the end of your stay if no damage has occurred.

-The accomodation includes sheets, but students are required to bring their own towels.

-The location of the accomodation is within 5-30 minutes from school, walking or by public transport.

-Student not coming alone can reserve double rooms. Indicate the name of your companion on the application form.