Learn Spanish in Barcelona

Your guide to the best language schools in the city

By Duncan Rhodes Barcelona Life

Join 570 million people worldwide by learning to speak español. And do it whilst having the time of your life, in one of the best cities in the world! We present some of the academies where you can make it happen.

There’s nothing like the full immersion effect to get you started in your journey towards learning a foreign language, and it goes without saying that the best place to learn Spanish is right here in sunny Spain. And although (as any Catalan will doubtless tell you, whether you ask them or not) Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia and has its own Catalan language, the city’s most widely used tongue remains Spanish, thanks to a large number of residents from other parts of Spain, as well as a sizeable population of South Americans and Spanish-speaking foreigners.

There’s nothing like the full immersion effect to get you started in your journey towards learning a foreign language […] whilst the beautiful city of Barcelona will make your studying feel like a holiday.

The benefits of being able to practice Spanish every day with barmen, waitresses, bus drivers, new amigos, your class mates and your new surrogate family (many language schools in Barcelona can arrange homestays), are huge in terms of supplementing the progress you make during lessons, whilst the beautiful city of Barcelona will make your studying feel like a holiday… hot beachesGaudi-designed architecturetasty tapas restaurants, and scores of hip and happening bars and clubs will prove a welcome distraction to grappling with your dictionary.

If you’re dead set on learning Spanish in Spain, then Barcelona has an appealing array of professional institutions to choose from. With a large selection of different courses – for beginners through to experts, and from private through to classroom tuition, some with homestay or other accommodation options – you’ll have no trouble finding a course that suits your needs.

Barcelona Language Schools

Please find below some of the very best academies in town, along with some details of what they offer. To find out more info on an individual place you can click on the title link, where we’ve got full review, photos, map and more. Or go straight to their own website, as you prefer.

Speakeasy BCN

A leading language school in Barcelona, Speakeasy offers a range of Spanish courses from intensive to extensive, and also offers private tuition and evening classes – all at very good prices (one of the cheapest in Barcelona to the best of our knowledge!). Run by a friendly team, with professional native-Spanish-speaking teachers and with a great location right in the heart of the city (5 mins from Plaça Catalunya), Speakeasy ticks all the right boxes for you to start learning Spanish in Barcelona. A forward thinking set up means they offer a communicative immersion approach to studying, backed up by modern facilities and services (such as digital interactive boards in classrooms and a student mobile app).
Ronda Universitat 7
www.speakeasybcn.com

Speakeasy Prices & Activities

Intensive courses

No. of hours per week: 20 hours
Price per week: €129  (discounts from 4+ weeks)
Enrolment fee and books: €80
Accommodation cost per week: €189 (host family, single room)
Max. number of students per class: 12

Extensive Courses

No. of hours of per week: 6 hours
Price per week: €49 (discounts from 4+ weeks)

Activities

Bike tours, weekend trips, winery tours, cultural events, boat trips, ski-trips, trips to parks, parties, cooking classes.

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Getting down to business at Speakeasy BCN

Ole Languages

Ole Languages is a young and highly professional language school centrally located on the left side of the Eixample district, close to the Passeig de Gracia boulevard. Small and friendly they offer an antidote to some of the larger schools, with more emphasis on closer individual attention. Ole’s classrooms are limited to just 9 students, and their teachers are highly qualified, experienced – and passionate about their job. The school has a range courses (intensive, semi-intensive, evening classes and private tuition) and some of the most competitive prices in Barcelona, and they pride themselves on their flexibility and customer service. Not only that but they are accredited by the Instituto Cervantes. WiFi is available throughout the school and all their classrooms have air-conditioning (very important in summer!) Put them on your shortlist!
C/Mallorca 201
www.olelanguages.com

Ole Languages Prices & Activities

Intensive courses

No. of hours per week: 20 hours
Price per week: €145 (discounts from 2+ weeks)
Enrolment fee and books: €55
Accommodation cost per week: €166 (single room, shared apartment)
Max. number of students per class: 9

Extensive Courses

No. of hours of per week: 4 hours
Price per week: 31.5 (discounts from 8+ weeks)

Activities

Meet ups, tours, movie sessions, wine tasting, football matches.

Ole’s professional team of teachers

Linguaschools Barcelona

Linguaschools Barcelona is a medium-sized school which pays great individual attention to each of its students. The school building is located on a car-free street in the city centre and has a pleasant garden and rooftop terrace for students to relax before or after classes. All their teachers are enthusiastic and highly skilled native speakers with university degrees. They offer many different courses for all levels, all year round and for a fair price. The longer you study the cheaper the classes become, and they are one of the few schools that don’t charge an enrolment fee (nice touch!). Definitely one of the better options to check out before you get out your credit card!
Pasaje Permanyer 17
www.linguabarcelona.com

Linguaschools Prices & Activities

Intensive courses

No. of hours per week: 20 hours
Price per week: €185 (discounts from 2+ weeks).
Enrolment fee and books: None
Accommodation cost per week: from €130 (single room, shared apartment)
Max. number of students per class: 10

Extensive Courses

No. of hours of per week: 4 hours
Price per week: €24.6 (price based on 12 week course)

Activities

Welcome Sangría, tapas tours, Salsa lessons, hiking, weekend excursions.

Linguaschools’ rather lovely building

Dime Language School

A young and innovative school, based in the trendy district of Gracia, Dime offers an innovative approach to learning Spanish here in Barcelona. For example classes consist of no more than nine students, and all lessons follow a communicative style of teaching, designed to help you get speaking in real life situations as quickly as possible. Courses on offer include intensive and extensive courses of all levels, as well as private conversation classes and even Saturday morning lessons – great if you’ve got a hectic work schedule. Dime also teaches Catalan (Barcelona’s other official language, spoken by around 9 million people).
C/Berna 5 – 7
www.dimebarcelona.com

Dime Barcelona Prices & Activities

Intensive courses

No. of hours per week: 10 hours
Price per week: €80 (discounts from 2+ weeks)
Enrolment fee and books: €20
Max. number of students per class: 9

Extensive Courses

No. of hours of per week: 4 hours
Price per week: €40 (discounts from 2+ weeks)

Activities

Free cultural lessons, free tours and vermuts

Brushing up on the way to class at Dime

Version Original BCN

Founded in 1998 by a team of young, qualified and professional teachers, and now with nearly two decades of teaching Spanish as a second language, Version Original has won the praises of students from all corners of the globe. They offer very affordable lessons (whether you’re interested in intensive, extensive or private tuition), small classroom sizes, and best of all they are located a stone’s throw from Placa Catalunya – so you won’t find a more centrally located academy.
Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes 636, 1/1a
www.versionoriginalbcn.com

Roleplaying games at Version Original

BCN Languages

Personal attention to every student and top quality teaching staff (minimum five years teaching experience) are the hallmarks of this well established academy that sits on a lovely green square in the picturesque and lively Gracia district. Their courses were designed using the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference) and the school is accredited by the Instituto Cervantes, ensuring that their students are on the right track from the first class towards advancing their Spanish. They can also sit for their DELE exams with the school if they so wish. All of their classes are very well priced and their friendly admin team can help with either student or homestay accommodation, as well as general orientation in the city.
Plaça de Gal·la Placídia 22
www.bcnspanishlanguage.com

BCN Languages Prices & Activities

Intensive courses

No. of hours per week: 20 hours (25 hrs also available)
Price per week: €156 (discounts from 4+ weeks)
Enrolment fee and books: €20-30
Accommodation cost per week: €166 (single room, shared student flat)
Max. number of students per class: 13

Extensive Courses

No. of hours of per week: 3 hours
Price per week: €26.5 (based on three month course)

Activities

Three hour excursion every Friday after class

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BCN Languages’ library and study area

Dinamo Barcelona

This small academy in El Borne district (just two minutes walk from Arc de Triomf metro) prides itself on their customer service and place a huge emphasis on honesty, transparency and simplicity – qualities that are reflected in their great value prices for lessons. For example their intensive course, where you study for 1.5 hours a day, is just €180 for a month (€45 per week), making them some of the cheapest classes we’ve seen in the city. They don’t even have an enrolment fee or additional cost for books and materials. The school itself is very chic, with stripped back styling and vintage blackboards: their classrooms feel more like a hip cafe or co-working space than a study room, so if you’re still bear the scars of school day trauma you can hopefully find a more relaxing space to study here. A small school, Dinamo don’t organise accommodation, rather they are the perfect choice for a more independent student who is happy to make their own flat arrangements, or else for someone already living in Barcelona. They also offer extensive classes and private tuition for those with less time.
Luis el Piados 9
dinamobcn.com

Dinamo Prices & Activities

Intensive courses

No. of hours per week: 7.5 hours
Price per week: €45
Enrolment fee and books: none
Accommodation cost per week: n/a
Max. number of students per class: 10

Extensive Courses

No. of hours of per week: 3 hours
Price per week: €25

Activities

Free cultural tours, wine tastings, collaboration with hiking and tour companies

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One of Dinamo’s chic classrooms in El Born

Barcelona PLUS

This well-established and reputable language school enjoys an enviable location right on the border between two central districts: the Gothic Quarter and El Born. Meaning you can enjoy some of the city’s foremost attractions, restaurants and shops on your doorstep. What’s more beach bums will be delighted to hear that Barceloneta is only a short walk as well, opening up the tantalising prospect of going for a dip in the sea after class. Talking about class, Barcelona PLUS offers professional teaching, accredited by the Instituto Cervantes, with a passionate, open and highly experienced team of profesores, whether you’re looking for intensive, part time or private lessons. They can organise affordable student accommodation or homestays with a Spanish family, depending on your preferences, whilst their school is bright, with modern facilities, including WiFi throughout.
Via Laitena 15, entlo
www.barcelonaplus.es

Barcelona PLUS Prices & Activities

Intensive courses

No. of hours per week: 24.5 hours
Price per week: €210 (discounts from 9 weeks)
Enrolment fee and books: €60
Accommodation cost per week: from €120
Max. number of students per class: 10

Extensive ‘Part-Time’ Courses

No. of hours of per week: 7.5 hours
Price per week: €95 (discounts from 9 weeks)

Activities

Free cultural tours, gastronomical activities, day trips to Montserrat and Sitges.

Taking a break from class at Park Guell.

Even More Schools…

Still haven’t found the perfect academy for you? Here are the best of the rest…

Oxford House

Founded in 1998 by two Englishmen, Oxford House has literally decades of experience when it comes to teaching Spanish to foreigners, and they do so from their lovely school near the Passeig de Gracia boulevard, focusing on oral communication. As the name and history suggests they also run English courses, as well as TEFL courses for those who want to become teachers themselves.

Camino Barcelona

Whereas most schools will be able to help you find a place to stay in Barcelona, Camino is the only academy in the city with its own onsite accommodation. Here on the premises, as well as light and airy classrooms, you’ll find ten fully-fitted student apartments. Not only that but all students can chill out and socialise on the three terraces, or take advantage of the library and work stations. Camino adopts a “communicative” style of teaching and courses available include intensive, business, private and evening classes.

Don Spanish

Setting up shop in the hip district of Poblenou, just a few blocks from the beach, this modern academy, with workspace, terrace and wifi, offers intensive courses of between 20 and 30 hours a week for students of all levels. They place a great emphasis on engaging with the local culture, and teachers often take students for walks around the city to practice the language and learn about the local customs, lifestyle and architecture at the same time as improving their español. For those that want to go further check out their action package that combines intensive lessons with regional activities like cooking and salsa dancing.

Hopefully this page has inspired you to sign up for some lessons and start your journey towards mastering a language spoken by over half a billion people worldwide. If you want a little head start check out our guide to Spanish, complete with listen and repeat phrases.

Location Map

All of the schools we recommend are situated centrally in Barcelona, and you’ll be able to take advantage of everything the city has to offer in between classes. Click on the purple place markers to reveal each individual academy.

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