Academia Columbus

Learn Spanish in Oaxaca, Mexico

The Area & School

Oaxaca City, Mexico is a stunningly beautiful place, rich with heritage and culture, and is a great place to study Spanish. The city has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, due in large part to its preservation of colonial architecture and ancestral influences. Oaxaca brims with color, sounds and smells, and presents an unrivaled mix of Mexican tradition, food, music, and artisanal crafts.

The Oaxaca Spanish school campus is located in the center of the Historic District of Oaxaca City. The school is constructed in the traditional colonial style of the region so it stays cool year round. It features 12 classrooms, free WiFi, conference room and an internet room.

Spanish Courses

Standard 20 Spanish

An immersion Spanish course consisting of 20 group lessons per week totaling 18 hours and 45 minutes. Classes focus on a range of topics including conversation, grammatical concepts and real-world applications.

Starts at $205 for one week

Intensive 30 Spanish

A more intensive immersion course consisting of 30 lessons per week totaling 28 hours and 20 minutes. The Intensive 30 Spanish program is ideal for students wanting to progress quickly, or those short on time. Classes focus on a range of topics including conversation, grammatical concepts and real-world applications.

Starts at $355 for one week


Shared Apartment

(Private room, no meals) Shared flats are located throughout town within a 20 minute walk from the Spanish school. Students will enjoy a private bedroom while sharing common areas, kitchen and bathrooms. Cleaning is provided once a week and includes a change of bedding. Students will be required to make an $80 fully-refundable damage deposit upon move-in.

Starts at $215 / week

Host Family

(Private room, half-board) Staying with a Mexican host family is a great way to take an immersion experience to the next level by gaining extra exposure to native speakers each day. Homestay students will be given a private room with their own keys so they can come and go as they please. Breakfast and dinner will be provided by the host family each day. Host family homes are located between 10 and 30 minutes from the school. Please indicate any allergies or special preferences on your registration form.

Starts at $225 / week

Additional Details

No classes will be held on the following public holidays. No refunds will be given for classes missed due to holidays. If two public holidays fall in the same week, one day will be made up. Private one-on-one lessons will always be made up.

Public holidays in Mexico in 2015:

  • January 1st
  • February 5th
  • March 16th
  • April 3rd
  • May 1st
  • September 16th
  • November 2nd
  • November 16th
  • December 25th

The school recommends that students fly into Xoxocotlan International Airport (OAX). Flights from the US and Europe can be booked through Mexico City to Oaxaca Airport, from which the school can organize a transfer, or students can find their own way to their chosen accommodation.
Please note that if you book accommodation through the school but not the transfer service, you are expected to arrive at the accommodation 1 to 1 1/2 hours after the official arrival time of your flight.

  • Private transfer from OAX Airport (organized by school) – $25 / 30 minutes
  • Taxi from OAX to Oaxaca City – $35 / 30 minutes (Estimate)
Max Group Class Size: 8.0 students per class
Max Capacity: 96 students
Adjusted Price of INT 20: $10.93 per class hour

A variety of activities are organized each week by the Spanish school staff. Many activities are free, but some require a small payment for entry fees, materials or supplies. The school also arranges fun weekend excursions that range in price from $20 to $70 USD. There is no need to sign up for school activities in advance, as students will be given the chance to indicate interest at the beginning of each class week.

Activities examples:

  • Dance lessons (salsa, meringue)
  • Cooking lessons
  • Lectures
  • Fiestas and movie nights
  • Sports (soccer, basketball etc.)
  • Intercambios (language exchanges with locals)

Excursion destination examples:

  • Monte Alban
  • Monte Alban, Cuilapam, San Bartolo and Arrazola
  • Benito Juarez
  • San Bartolo, San Martin and Ocotlan
  • San Bartolo and San Martin (clase de alebrijes)
  • Tule, Teotitlan del Valle, Mitla, Fabrica de Mezcal and Hierve el Agua
  • Tule, Teotitlan del Valle, Fabrica de Mezcal and Tlacolula

Academia Columbus uses a comprehensive approach to teaching Spanish, using the ´Prisma Latinoamericano´ study materials as a base for all programs. This method has been specifically developed to cover the latest aspects of Spanish immersion education for foreign students in Latin American countries. The method follows the guidelines developed by the Instituto Cervantes in Spain.

Classes are taught by native speakers and focus on conversational Spanish, as well as grammar, reading and writing. Each student will take a placement test upon arrival and be placed in one of the 6 core levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (A1-C2). Classes consist of a combination of exercises, role-playing, conversation, and grammar. There may be a small amount of independent study and homework required.