Instituto Hemingway

Learn Spanish in Bilbao, Spain

The Area & School

Bilbao, located in the Basque country of Spain, is a large city filled with vibrant culture. With its coastal climate beaches are abundant, making it a great place for surfing, sailing, or lounging shoreside. Don't expect to find a lack of amazing restaurants (tapas anyone?), markets, and nightlife in Bilbao. Additionally its rich history makes it a great place to learn the Spanish language and its close access to France increases the opportunities for adventure. At Instituto Hemingway students will be able to immerse themselves in their studies, as well as experience cultural opportunities in and outside of the city. Small, intensive classes at Instituto Hemingway allow for students to acquire the language quickly and easily.

Spanish Courses

Standard 20 Spanish

Four hours of class per day, totaling 20 hours per week. Meant to offer a quick and balanced learning progression, this standard course provides students with the opportunity and accessibility to improve their Spanish skills. Taught in the mornings Monday-Friday.

Starts at €170 for one week

Intensive 26 Spanish

This course is the standard course + two 3 hour afternoon classes per week, totaling 26 hours. Meant to offer a quick and balanced learning progression as well as additional practice during the extra class time. The course provides students with the opportunity and accessibility to improve their Spanish skills and reach fluency at a more rapid pace. Taught in the mornings and afternoons Monday-Friday.

Starts at €220 for one week


Host Family

(Private room, half board) Living with a host family in Bilbao will allow students to connect on a deeper level with their surrounding culture as well as transfer the skills they learn in the classroom to their outside life. Linen, towels, laundry and all cooking is included.

Starts at €150 / week

Additional Details

The following public holidays are observed:

  • 1st January, 2016
  • 18th April, 2016
  • 21st April, 2016
  • 25th July, 2016
  • 31st July, 2016
  • 15th August, 2016
  • 8th December, 2016
  • 25th December, 2016

By Train:

  • The Abando Train Station is the closest to the school (less than 5 minutes on foot) and the largest in Bilbao. More information on prices and tickets found here.

By Plane:

  • The Bilbao Airport has multiple flights that come in from all over Europe. More information on prices and tickets found here. Note: If coming from another continent, you will transfer in either Madrid or Barcelona. Instituto Hemingway offers a transfer service from the airport upon request.
Max Group Class Size: 10.0 students per class
Max Capacity: 60 students
Adjusted Price of INT 20: €8.50 per class hour

Many free leisure activities are available in and around Bilbao. Some examples are...

  • A tour of tapas and pintxos
  • Visit the Guggenheim Museum
  • Excursion to Guernica or San Juan de Gaztelugatxe (Basque Coast)
  • Wine tasting
  • See a show of dance, flamenco, or opera at the Teatro Arriaga

Other activities include...

  • Surfing, sailing, skiing, scuba diving, parachuting, horseback riding, golfing, Rioja tour, cider house visit, cheese tasting, bike tour, architecture tour, bullfighting excursion, and much more!

The school is recognized by Instituto Cervantes as an accredited center for learning Spanish. Experiences teachers help to further students progress and lead them on their way to fluency. Building confidence and improving reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills is the goal. Interactive lessons help pinpoint weaknesses and capitalize on strengths. Students will experience a positive and engaging learning atmosphere at Instituto Hemingway.