San Sebastian or Donostia, is a town that effortlessly mixes cosmopolitan European style, Spanish and Basque culture, a world-famous culinary scene, a strong sense of history, and a surfer's flair. The Spanish school is located across from Cristina Enea Park, near the train station and just a few blocks from the historic areas and the beach. Beautiful, calm La Concha Bay is perfect for sun bathing, swimming, kayaking and more, while next door, the waves of Zurriola draw surfers from around the world. After class, students love to study on the beach, surf, or enjoy pintxos (tapas) and drinks around town. The recently refurbished building was designed to house a language school and the surrounding neighborhood is home to numerous bars, cafes, shops and banks. While on break between Spanish classes, grab an espresso on the terrace at DabaDaba, a hip bar and music venue next door to the school. Free WiFi is available throughout the campus. The school building houses 18 spacious classrooms with environmentally-friendly air conditioning, an open-air terrace with snacks, coffee and drink machines, and an expansive social area and library
20 lessons of group Spanish courses per week totaling 15 hours. Classes are broken into two, 1.5 hour blocks each morning. Small group courses are limited to a maximum of 10 students per class. Students with some Spanish knowledge can start any Monday of the year. Total beginners have specific start dates. (See registration tool for beginner dates)
Starts at €198 for one week
20 lessons of group Spanish plus 10 mini-group lessons totaling 22.5 hours. Group lessons are broken into two 1.5 hour blocks each morning, while mini-group lessons take place in a single block each afternoon. Students with some Spanish knowledge can start any Monday of the year. Total beginners have specific start dates. (See registration tool for beginner dates)
Starts at €278 for one week
Starts at €239 for one week
Starts at €273 for one week
Starts at €278 for one week
Starts at €350 for one week
Starts at €370 for one week
Starts at €620 for one week
(Private room, no meals) A great option for students who want to meet other students, or working adults in San Sebastian. Shared apartments include linens, a fully equipped kitchen, washing machine and bathroom. Common areas are shared and each resident is issued a private bedroom. Located 5-20 minutes from school. Utilities are included in the rent price.
Starts at €154 / week
(Private room, half-board) Staying with a local host family is the best way to maximize your Spanish learning during your time in Spain. The school accommodation staff has carefully selected a group of wonderful families to ensure your stay is as enjoyable as possible. Families are located in the city center or surrounding residential areas. Students may indicate preferences including dietary restrictions, smoking/non-smoking, and family makeup (age, children/no-children) in advance. Students will have a private bedroom and their own set of keys. Two meals per day (half-board) are included in the price.
Starts at €230 / week
(Private room, half-board) The premium student residence is located in Antiguo on the western side of San Sebastian. Antiguo is made up of large manor-like houses and apartment buildings as well as coffee shops, restaurants and boutique shops. Each private room is furnished with a study desk, wardrobe, small fridge, TV, Internet and private bathroom. Sheets and linens are provided. Rooms are professionally cleaned every two weeks. The residences also feature:
Starts at €314 / week
(Private room / no meals) Hotel Londres is a premium boutique, 4 star, historic hotel, located on La Concha Bay, in the heart of San Sebastian. It is the perfect hotel for families who have kids in Spanish Summer Camp, or parents in adult Spanish courses. Room includes daily maid service, A/C, WiFi, and concierge. Rates are based on 2 Adult / 2 Child, Superior Room, July rates, and are subject to change.
Starts at €2,400 / week
The school will be closed on public holidays. The following is a list of public holidays in Spain:
There are three main airports to fly into when traveling to San Sebastian.
San Sebastian Airport (EAS) - 19km away
Flights are available from Madrid and Barcelona to EAS and the school organize transfer from the airport to town for 54 Euro. There are also taxis available for around 50 Euro, and a public bus for only 2 Euro.
Biarritz, France (BIA) - 50km away Flights are available from all major European airports and Lacunza can organize transfer from the airport to the Spanish school for 80 Euro. If you prefer to save some money and take the train, the Biarritz train station is a 1 km taxi ride from the airport and trains leave to San Sebastian five times per hour. Check Voyages SNCF for more information. Additionally, there is a once daily bus from Biarritz to San Sebastian that leaves at 3:30pm (15:30).
Bilbao Airport (EAS) - 96km away Flights are available from all many cities Europe and Lacunza can organize transfer from the airport to the school for 120 Euro. There is also an hourly bus to San Sebastian from Bilbao that costs approximately 16 Euro.
From Madrid or Barcelona
Direct trains to San Sebastian with RENFE taking around 6.5hrs.
San Sebastian is on the Paris to Madrid line. The TGV from Paris (5.5hrs) also stops at Hendaye/Irun which is only 19 km from San Sebastian. From Hendaye you can take a local Euskotren train to San Sebastian. The station is next to the Hendaye train station and the train runs every 30 mins. Spanish train companies are RENFE or Euskotren. French train companies are SNCF or TGV
From Elsewhere in Europe
There are regular buses to and from Amsterdam, Brussels, Cologne, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hanover, London, Paris, Rotterdam, Warsaw, Geneva and Zurich as well as other major cities. ALSA is the main bus company operating on these lines. Please visit ALSA.es for more information on prices and timetables.
|Max Group Class Size:||12.0 students per class|
|Max Capacity:||180 students|
|Adjusted Price of INT 20:||€13.20 per class hour|
The school offers a rotating schedule of weekly activities made available to all students. Some activities have a small fee, but the activities director works to get group discount. At the beginning of each week, students will have the opportunity to sign up for activities of their choice. There is no need to sign up in advance. Example activities include:
All Spanish courses are fully accredited by Instituto Cervantes. All classes are taught by native speakers. Each student will take a placement test before beginning their program and be placed in one of the six 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 customize a program from a variety of lesson materials based upon the level of the participants in the class. Programs are offered starting each Monday.