Academia Latinoamericano

Learn Spanish in Sucre, Bolivia

The Area & School

Bolivia is of the most traditional and preserved countries in South America, so studying Spanish here is truly a cultural immersion. The country, located in the Andes Mountains, has remained fairly untouched by tourism and is a great place to partake in outdoors adventures. The town of Sucre itself is charming, safe, as well as inexpensive. In addition, the Spanish spoken in this progressive, university town is clear and slow; a perfect learning environment! A great city to travel by foot and filled with quaint shops, restaurants, bars, museums, and markets, student's experiences will be authentic to the core. The Academia Latinoamericano school in Sucre is located close to virtually everything you could want to visit in the city. The two-story building includes a beautiful cafe as well as an interior patio to soak up the sun. Voyaging to Sucre will no doubt leave you not only with a multitude of unique travel memories, but a surprising amount of fluency in the Spanish language!

Spanish Courses

Students studying at the library

Bolivia Standard 20 Spanish

20 lessons of group Spanish courses per week totaling 18 hours and 20 minutes. Small group courses are limited to a maximum of 5 students per class, and are broken into two, 1 hour and 50 minute blocks each morning.

Starts at $180 for one week

Hard at work at Academia Latinoamericana

Bolivia Intensive 30 Spanish

20 lessons of group intensive Spanish courses plus 10 private one-on-one courses totaling 27 hours and 30 minutes each week. Group courses are taught each morning and one-on-one courses each afternoon.

Starts at $310 for one week

Learning in a small class environment

Bolivia Private 1:1 Courses (20 lessons / week)

This course consists of 20 lessons per week of private 1:1 lessons (one student, one teacher ratio) per week taught in small groups. Each private Spanish lesson is 55 minutes in length and can be tailored to the exact learning goals of each student. Private lessons are a great way to progress quickly in a short amount of time, get intensive conversation practice, and work on specific topics that may not be covered at length in other courses. All tutors are native speakers with teaching certificates in the Spanish language.

Starts at $300 for one week


Homestay / Sucre, Bolivia

Host Family Bolivia

(Private room, half-board) Living with a local Bolivian family in Sucre is the best way to learn a lot of Spanish in a short amount of time. Students are given their own key to the outside door so that they can come and go as they please. Families are generally located within a 20-30 minute walk to campus. It is important to note that although host families are among the middle class in Sucre, living standards are lower in Bolivia and it might take some getting used to the customs and way of life. Feel free to discuss many things with your family, but certain topics such as religion or politics are best not to be brought up unless by the host families themselves. It is also very appreciated and a nice gesture to bring your host family a small gift or souvenir from your home city or country when you arrive!

Starts at $210 / week

Additional Details

These Ecuador National Holidays are observed by Academia Latinoamericano:

  • January 1st, 2016
  • February 8th, 2016
  • February 9th, 2016
  • March 25th, 2016
  • May 24th, 2016
  • August 10th, 2016
  • November 2nd, 2016
  • November 3rd, 2016

There is one airport located in Sucre, the Juana Azurduy de Padilla International Airport (more information can be found here).

In case of severe weather conditions, planes will land in La Paz or Santa Cruz, and the airline will set passengers up with hotels if necessary and arrange transfers to Sucre.

  • If deciding to travel on weekends, flights out of the country are generally $25.
  • A Tourist Visa will be needed for US citizens to enter Bolivia and can be obtained at the Bolivian Embassy in the US. Academia Latinoamericano will help you arrange this once enrolled at the school.
  • Non-US citizens can stay in Bolivia for a maximum of 30 days without a Visa.

Note: Always check online for the most updated information when it comes to flight costs/details and Visa requirements before departing on your trip.

A tip from a former student: "Bring 75% less than you think you need".

Max Group Class Size: 5.0 students per class
Max Capacity: 70 students
Adjusted Price of INT 20: $9.82 per class hour

Participating in cultural and social activities in Sucre is encouraged within the language program at Academia Latinoamericana. The school offers two to three organized activities per week so that students can become fully immersed in their surroundings. Aside from exploring Sucre, activities include outside travel to other beautiful Bolivian locations! A few examples are...

  • Cooking classes
  • Dance classes
  • Visiting local areas of interest
  • Fiestas (parties!)
  • Watching Spanish films
  • Seminars and group discussions
  • La Florida and Glorieta Castle
  • Tarabuco Indigenous Market
  • Potolo
  • City tour by night

Note: Students are responsible for "out-of-pocket" expenses (bus fare, entrance fees, etc.)

The methodology at Academia Latinoamericano is focused on communication skills. By using a natural, language-experience based approach to teaching, students will integrate quickly into the academic and cultural environment. Directed reading, writing, and thinking activities further help to reinforce vocabulary and advance students' learning. Academia Latinoamericano Sucre boasts an incredible diversity among its students, so learning from fellow classmate's experiences contributes to the positive atmosphere!