AIL Madrid

Learn Spanish in Madrid, Spain

The Area & School

Madrid is a city that bustles, 24 hours per day, and is a wonderful place to learn Spanish. Between enjoying drinks at the Mercado Central, enjoying the city's numerous breathtaking parks, or taking in the sights at The Prado Museum, you'll never get bored in Madrid. The Spanish school campus is located in the Barrio Salamanca, one of Madrid’s most fashionable neighborhoods. The school welcomes students of all ages and ability levels. All students will have the opportunity to participate in up to 10 free cultural and social activities lessons each week, applying what is learned in the classroom in fun, real-world situations. Free WiFi is available throughout the school and students will have the option of renting a Spanish cellphone for free from the school.

Spanish Courses

Standard 20 Spanish

20 lessons of group Spanish courses per week and 10 bonus cultural lessons, totaling 25 hours. Small group courses are limited to a maximum of 8 students per class, and are broken into four, 50 minute lessons plus two 50 minute cultural course. Classes will be scheduled in either the morning or afternoon depending on level and time of year.

Starts at €170 for one week

Intensive 30 Spanish

30 lessons of group intensive Spanish courses and 10 bonus cultural lessons per week totaling 33 hours and 20 minutes. Group courses are taught each morning and cultural activities each afternoon. The first 20 Spanish lessons will be with one group of students while the 10 extra lessons and 10 cultural lessons will be taught with another group (always of similar levels). Classes will be scheduled in either the morning or afternoon depending on level and time of year.

Starts at €250 for one week

50+ Master Class

At a Glance This course is open to adult students aged 50 years and up who would like to meet other travelers and Spanish learners, in their age group, from around the world. Spanish Classes Courses are taught each day (morning or afternoon depending on level and season), Monday through Friday. Students will attend four lessons per day, for a total of 20 lessons per week. Classes are limited to a maximum of eight students to maximize student-teacher interaction...

Starts at €220 for one week


Shared Apartment

(Private room, no meals) The school also offers shared apartments in residential areas near the city center and close to metro. Students will have their own bedroom with common living areas. The apartments are outfitted with a common room with TV, shared bathrooms and a kitchen. These simply furnished apartments offer great value self-catering accommodation and the opportunity to meet other international students, travelers and working people. The kitchen is fully equipped for cooking but no meals are included in the price. Check-in begins at 12:00pm on the Sunday before your program begins. Students must check-out by 12:00pm on the Saturday after their program ends. Students staying in apartments must leave a deposit of 60€ on the first day of class.

Starts at €175 / week

Host Family

(Private room, half-board) Living with a local Spanish family is the best way to learn a lot of Spanish in a short amount of time. Host family students are given a private room and their own key so they can come and go as they please. Half board (daily breakfast and dinner) is included in the price of the host family. Families are hand selected by the accommodation staff and are very accustomed to hosting students from around the world. They can accommodate virtually any diet, allergy or preference. If you have any special preferences or dislikes (such as smoking, pets, young children), please indicate them on your registration form. A damage deposit of 60€ is required for stays in host families.

Starts at €210 / week

Additional Details

Programs are offered starting each Monday for those with some Spanish experience. Total beginners have specific start dates. (See registration tool for exact dates)

The school makes up all classes and activities missed due to national or local public holidays, independent of the course type, the length of booking, the number of public holidays in the week and time of the year without exception. The following is a list of public holidays in Madrid:

  • 1st January (Wednesday) - New Year
  • 6th January (Monday) - Epiphany
  • 17th April (Thursday) - Maundy Thursday
  • 18th April (Friday) - Good Friday
  • 1st May (Thursday) - Labor Day
  • 2nd May (Friday) - Local Holiday Madrid
  • 15th May (Thursday) - San Isidro
  • 19th June (Thursday) - Corpus Christi
  • 15th August (Friday) - Feast of the Assumption
  • 13 October (Monday) - National Day
  • 1st November (Saturday) - All Saints' Day
  • 10th November (Monday) - Almudena's Day
  • 6th December (Saturday) - Constitution Day
  • 8th December (Monday) - Immaculate Conception
  • 25th December (Thursday) - Christmas Day

Students are encouraged to fly into Madrid Barajas International Airport (MAD). Students are required to inform the school about their arrival details, including day, time, and flight number at least one week before their arrival date. This is very important in order to ensure that someone will be waiting for the student in the accommodation. The school can arrange airport transfers for students directly to their accommodation on the Sunday before their program begins. Departure transfers can be arranged for the Saturday after the program ends.

  • Arrival transfer - 75€
  • Arrival and departure transfer - 125€
Max Group Class Size: 8.0 students per class
Max Capacity: 100 students
Adjusted Price of INT 20: €6.80 per class hour

Every student is encouraged to participate in a completely complimentary program consisting of 10 classes each week dedicated to learning about the culture and customs of Spain and getting to know Madrid. The program consists of two classes from Monday to Friday, usually in the afternoon and it is included at no extra cost. The Cultural and Social Activities Program includes over 60 activities and is composed of linguistic, historical, cultural and social activities such as the following: Excursions are organized at no extra cost except for the transportation, drinks, food, entrance fees.

Cultural activities

  • The Don Quijote Route
  • Visit to the Prado Museum
  • Visit to the Reina Sofia Museum
  • Visit to the Royal Palace of Madrid
  • Visit to the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum
  • Spanish Gastronomy
  • Spanish Customs - Stereotypes or Cultural Behaviors

Social activities

  • Language Exchange Meetings
  • A walk through Retiro Park
  • Flamenco show
  • The Spanish Comic

Linguistic Activities

  • Pronunciation and Orthography
  • Spanish Songs Workshop
  • Proverbs Workshop
  • Practical Spanish – CV/Resume and cover letter
  • Colloquial Spanish and Nonverbal Language
  • Reading Workshop

Historical activities

  • Camino de Santiago
  • Visit to Alcalá de Henares
  • The Spanish Civil War
  • Guided walking tours of Madrid

The school uses a total immersion approach to teaching Spanish both in and out of the classroom, encouraging maximum conversation and student interaction. All programs are fully accredited by the Instituto Cervantes and classes are taught by a dedicated team of native speakers. Each student will take a placement test before beginning their program 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, reading, conversation, and grammar. Each Spanish teacher will then customize a program based upon the level of the participants in the class.


Is the school accredited by Instituto Cervantes?

Yes, the school is accredited by The Instituto Cervantes in Spain. The Instituto was formed by the Spanish government in 1991 to govern, promote and regulate Spanish language education around the world, and administer DELE (Diplomas of Spanish as a Foreign Language) exams on behalf of the Spanish Ministry of Education.

How will my starting level be determined?

To determine your exact level, you will take a written and oral placement exam before your first day of class. Then the academic director at the school will place you into one of the sub-levels of the official DELE levels (A1-C2) designated by the Instituto Cervantes. The academic directors are very good at placements (they do thousands per year) and the levels get really prescriptive. At the end of each week you will be evaluated, and if you are progressing faster than the rest of the group, you will be bumped into another class. If you are struggling to keep up, you may be bumped down to a lower level.

I took Spanish in high school or university but I've forgotten everything. Is this program appropriate for me?

Yes! You will be placed in a level group initially based on your placement test. It is likely that if you have taken a lot of prior Spanish, it will come back to you quickly as you begin to work through the program. If it happens that you progress more quickly than the others in your group, the academic director may bump you up an extra level at the end of a given week.

I need to practice Spanish to work or live in Latin America, will the Spanish I learn in Spain be applicable?

Yes, while specific vocabulary will vary from region to region around the world, the Spanish you learn in Spain will be very applicable in Latin America and vice versa. The accents are a bit different, but as a beginner to intermediate speaker, you probably won't even notice. A good comparison is the difference between the English spoken in Georgia, New York, London, and Sydney. Regional terms and expression differ, the accents differ, but people from each place can communicate easily and effectively with one another in both casual and professional environments.

Are these courses considered Spanish immersion programs?

Yes, these are intensive Spanish immersion courses. While you are in the classroom, or participating in school activities, you will be exposed only to Spanish, and no other languages will be spoken. You can take the immersion experience to another level by purposefully interacting with locals around Madrid, and especially by electing to live with a host family.