Tandem Madrid

Learn Spanish in Madrid, Spain

The Area & School

Tandem is a fantastic school in a picturesque setting. While it is one of the pricier programs in Madrid, the quality curriculum, atmosphere and staff, make it worth every penny. The school is housed in a 19th century mansion, tucked away in the Art Triangle area, a few blocks from the main drag of Madrid. The school has 14 air-conditioned classrooms, a garden courtyard, multimedia room, library and catering area. It is located within walking distance of Parliament, the Retiro Park, the Prado Museum, the Reina Sofía Modern Art Museum and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Gallery.

Spanish Courses

Standard 20 Spanish

20 lessons of group Spanish courses per week plus 2 bonus cultural lessons totaling 16 hours and 30 minutes. Small group courses are limited to a maximum of 10 students per class, and are broken into four 45 minute lessons each morning.

Starts at €215 for one week

Intensive 30 Spanish

30 lessons of group intensive Spanish courses and 2 bonus cultural lessons per week totaling 24 hours. Group courses are taught each morning and cultural activities each afternoon.

Starts at €375 for one week

DELE Exam Preparation

This 4 or 10 week course is designed to prepare students to take the official DELE exam. It is recommended that students enroll for the weeks leading up to their designated test date, but it is possible to take the course starting any Monday throughout the year. All classes are taught by native speakers using an immersion method. Students will attend four, 45 minute classes each morning, Monday through Friday for four or ten weeks. All aspects of test preparation will be covered including grammar, reading, writing, listening, comprehension and speaking...

Starts at €352 for one 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. Your host family will be composed of parents and children, couples without children or individuals living alone, all of which enjoy the company of others and look forward to the opportunity to share their culture. 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. Most host families will be able to offer an Internet connection with WiFi.

Starts at €218 / week

Studio Apartment

For the more independent traveler, the studio apartment has a double bed, living room, bathroom, kitchen and terrace with views of Madrid. The apartment is located in the heart of Madrid in the Barrio de las Letras. This is a 5 minute walk from the “Puerta del Sol” and a 10 minute walk from the school. All apartments have fully equipped kitchen with refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker and kitchen, plus everything you need for cooking. Price includes daily cleaning.

Starts at €462 / week

Additional Details

*Spanish Public Holidays *

Please note: There are no classes on national and local holidays. These classes are not recoverable. The school closes for one week at Christmas. Classes are held from Monday to Friday. The school is closed on Saturdays. If a holiday falls on Monday, the courses will start on Tuesday and Sundays. The school will be closed the following days:

  • 1st January
  • 6th January
  • 19th March
  • 2nd April
  • 1st May
  • 2nd May
  • 19th June
  • 15th August
  • 12th October
  • 2nd November
  • 7th December
  • 8th December
  • 21 December 2015 – 01 January 2015

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 one-way - 75€
Max Group Class Size: 12.0 students per class
Max Capacity: 100 students
Adjusted Price of INT 20: €13.03 per class hour

Tandem offers one of the best cultural programs in the industry. Designed to complement daily course material, the program gives students a hands-on deep dive into the spectacular culture of Madrid and Spain. Cultural activities are scheduled each week, and there is no need to sign up in advance, though many activities require a small fee, usually for entrance tickets or materials. Some popular activities include:

  • Spanish lessons in the Café Gijón or the Café Gaudeamus
  • Visits to the market of San Miguel
  • Cuisine of the World potluck
  • History of Madrid through Museums
  • Visit to the Prado
  • Paseo del Arte
  • Visits to the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (MNCARS)
  • The Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza
  • The Caixa Forum
  • Gastronomy and cooking classes
  • Madrid At Night Tour
  • Legends of Old Madrid
  • The Madrid of the Austrias or the Bourbons
  • Medieval Madrid
  • El Retiro: A Park For Kings

All Tandem programs are fully accredited by the Instituto Cervantes. The school places particular emphasis on good class preparation, goal setting, using a variety of teaching methods and promoting fundamental skills. All teachers are university graduates with many years of teaching experience and are highly motivated and student-oriented. 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. The following programs are offered starting each Monday for all levels.