IH Lacunza

Learn Spanish in San Sebastián, Spain

The Area & School

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

Spanish Courses

Standard 20 Spanish

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

Intensive 30 Spanish

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

International Language Summer Camp

Camp Details The 1/2 Day International Language Summer Camp is the perfect summer course for girls and boys between the ages of 7 -15 years old who are looking to enjoy a unique and fun filled bilingual summer Spanish immersion experience! The Spanish school campus is surrounded by mountains, beaches, and rivers, all within close proximity of San Sebastian ultimately providing all participants the perfect mixture of nature adventures and city exploring in a safe and controlled environment...

Starts at €239 for one week

Surf & Spanish Course

Zurriola Beach (Playa Gros) in San Sebastian, is one of the most unique places to learn to surf in the world. Surfers can gaze back at the green mountains behind the city as they surf the turquoise waters of the Atlantic Ocean, just blocks from the city center. San Sebastian is a great place to learn how to surf, offering conditions for all skill levels. The left side of Zurriola Beach offers a beginner friendly break, and on bigger days, novice surfers can surf at nearby La Concha Bay. The surfing course is taught in addition to 20 lessons per week of Intensive Spanish courses...

Starts at €273 for one week

DELE Exam Preparation (B1-C1)

This 4 week course is specifically designed to prepare students for the official DELE Spanish Exam. Students should enroll in the course for the four weeks leading up to their assigned DELE test date. All classes are taught by native speakers in an immersion style. Students will take the Standard 20 (small group) Spanish program from 9:30 to 1:00pm each morning, and DELE specific courses from 1:15pm to 2:45pm each afternoon...

Starts at €278 for one week

1:1 Private Spanish (10 lessons / week)

This course consists of 10 lessons per week of private 1:1 lessons (one student, one teacher). Each lesson is 45 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 teach certificates in the Spanish language.

Starts at €350 for one week

Spanish & Gastronomy Classes

Course Overview A one week course consisting of immersion Spanish lessons and cooking classes in San Sebastian (Donostia), Spain. Spanish classes are taught at Lacunza Spanish School, while cooking courses are taught by the masterful chefs at the Basque Culinary Center. The Basque Country (or Pais Vasco) is located in northern Spain and is world renowned for its unique gastronomy culture. The region is home to a number of Michelin starred restaurants and famous culinary schools...

Starts at €370 for one week

Teens Summer Spanish Program

This immersion course is designed for 14-17 year olds looking to study Spanish during the summer months. The program price includes: *Full board accommodation (3 meals per day) with a local host family * Small group classes * 25, 45 minute lessons per week * Spanish level test * Course materials * Course completion certificate * Instruction by a dedicated team of instructors, all native speakers with university degrees * 24 hour dedicated program coordinator * A robust activity program

Starts at €620 for one week


Shared Apartment

(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

Host Family

(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

Premium Student Residence

(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:

  • Free WiFi throughout
  • Basketball court
  • Gym
  • Coffee room
  • Rec center with ping pong, foosball

Starts at €314 / week

Hotel Londres - Superior Room

(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

Additional Details

The school will be closed on public holidays. The following is a list of public holidays in Spain:

  • January 1st, 6th
  • April 18th, 21st
  • May 1st
  • June 9th, 24th
  • August 15th
  • September 11th, 24th
  • October 12th
  • November 1st
  • December 6th, 8th, 25th, 26th

Arriving to San Sebastian by Air

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.

Arriving to San Sebastian by train or bus

  • From Madrid or Barcelona
    Direct trains to San Sebastian with RENFE taking around 6.5hrs.

  • From Paris
    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:

  • Salsa classes
  • Museum tours
  • SUP - Stand Up Paddleboarding
  • Beach Volleyball and Football
  • Bilbao Excursion
  • Pamplona Excursion
  • Biarritz Excursion (France)
  • San Juan de Luz Excursion (France)
  • Restaurant and pub tours
  • Local festivals (film, jazz, horror, surf films)
  • Live music and concerts
  • Tapas
  • Cycling

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.