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Course #1902
Course NameIntensive Spanish + Discover Mexico
Course TypeGeneral courses
Lessons per week23 lpw ( Standard )
Tuition TypeMini-group
Agefrom 16
CertificateCertificate on completion of the course
Entry Requirements
Required CertificateComment
Minimum level of Spanish: Elementary A1
Included in the price
  • Booking fee
  • Exam fee

    At the end of our intensive Spanish courses, we offer all our students the chance to take the Cambridge BULATS exam FREE of charge. (optional)

  • Activity and Excursion Program

    IH Riviera Maya organises a regular programme of social activities in the school including welcome cocktail parties, conversation exchange evenings with Mexican students studying English, lectures on different aspects of Mexican and Mayan culture, film projections with commentaries, etc.


1 – 4 weeks
20 lessons of Spanish + 3 hours of additional hours of Communication (afternoon classes designed to give students an insight into immensely rich Mexican culture).
Timetable of Spanish lessons: from Monday to Friday, classes normally take place from 09.30 to 13.30, with a 20-minute break taken halfway through the morning + 3 hours per week in the afternoons
Levels of Spanish: from elementary to advanced
The average number of students per group is 3 to 4, with a maximum of just 8.

The course includes a programme of cultural and social activities that take place in the afternoons and evenings.

On the first day of the course, if you have any prior knowledge of Spanish you have both an oral and a written entry test so that your level can be ascertained and you can be placed in the most appropriate group.  The test normally takes around 40-60 minutes (depending on your level).
At the end of your course, you will be given a certificate, which indicates the number of hours you have studied with us and the level of ability you have reached.

At the end of our intensive Spanish courses, we offer all our students the chance to take the Cambridge BULATS exam FREE of charge.
The Spanish BULATS test has been developed and is delivered by Cambridge English Language Assessment and the University of Salamanca (Spain). Results are linked to the Council of Europe's Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), the standard benchmark used internationally to describe language ability. BULATS (the Business Language Testing Service) is a system of tests that assesses the communication skills needed for real business situations.

The afternoon classes are designed to give you an insight into the immensely rich Mexican culture and class activities are designed primarily to help develop your communicative skills.
Topics covered include:
•    Travelling in Mexico: If you're planning to travel in Mexico, these sessions will provide plenty of ideas for your trip. You'll discover that Mexico is an incredibly diverse country which has an enormous amount to offer.
•    Mexico today: Explore how Mexicans see themselves in a world that is constantly changing. Mexican society is reflected in their everyday way of living. Ask the experts: the Mexicans who can truly answer all your questions.
•    Mexico from the past: In Mexico, history is present in everyday life. Perhaps nothing better illustrates this than Mexico's languages: the country is both the most populous Spanish-speaking country in the world and also home to the largest number of Native American language speakers on the continent.


School & Location

International House Riviera Maya

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Accommodation & Meals

Host family. Single room.
Residence. Single room.
Student Apartments. Exclusive use of 1-bedroom furnished apartment.
Student Apartments. Single room in shared apartment.
Tuition only.
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