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IH Barcelona

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Trafalgar 14 , Barcelona (view map)

About IH Barcelona

Quality language teaching in quite possibly the world's most amazing city.
Pick what suits you best from our full range of Spanish courses in Barcelona or try one of our online Spanish courses.
Founded in 1972, IH Barcelona is one of Europe's leading language and teacher training organisations.
More than 3,000 students learnt Spanish with us last year, on the different courses that we offer. As we also have a large out-going programme, (we send more than 200 students to study language courses in different countries each year), we know from experience what sort of issues tend to concern students most, and this helps us to ensure that the students who come to study Spanish with us are given the necessary help, care and attention.

IH Barcelona currently has around 1,200 local people studying English, German or French in the school, so there is plenty of opportunity for our students of Spanish to meet native Spanish speakers, make friends and improve their fluency outside the classroom, in the bar, at social events like our very popular Friday Club, etc.

The quality of our teaching is guaranteed by the fact that we only use fully trained native speakers who have been carefully selected to match the high standards we set ourselves.

Regular courses and seminars held in the school, combined with frequent visits to and from other schools, help to ensure that these standards - and our reputation - are constantly upheld.

International House Spain

Seven of the 23 International House language schools in Spain (IH Barcelona, IH Cadiz, IH Madrid, IH Palma de Mallorca, IH San Sebastian, IH Seville and IH Valencia) specialise in teaching Spanish to students from all over the world.

All seven language schools comprising IH Spain share a common philosophy: we all want to offer courses which exceed our students' expectations, and we all want to maintain high standards of efficiency when dealing with agents.

Working together means we can also offer students the opportunity of combining a Spanish course in one city in Spain with a similar course in a different city.

The Viva Group

Spanish courses in 5 great destinations

IH Barcelona is part of the Viva Group of language schools offering quality Spanish language courses in choice destinations.

Our other centres in Spain are in Mallorca and Tarragona; in the Caribbean we have courses in Mexico; and in South America we run Spanish courses in Colombia.

The International House World Organisation

Founded in 1953, International House World is a network of more than 150 schools around the world, all committed to the highest standards in education and business. A key aim of International House is to raise the standards of language teaching around the world.

One important way in which we do this is through Teacher Training courses for which International House has a world-wide reputation. We train our own (as well as many other schools') teachers to enable language students to learn the language of their choice simply, quickly and efficiently in a rich linguistic and cultural environment.

To ensure that every school maintains the high standards that are specified in the Affiliation Agreement, an external assessor visits each school every two years and conducts a thorough investigation into all aspects of the school's activities. These visits ensure that the unparalleled reputation International House enjoys for the quality of its services is safeguarded.

Additional Services

  • Airport/Station transfer
  • Facilities for students with disabilities


  • Cultural tourism (theater, museum, etc.)
  • On campus events
  • Local cultural events (festivals, etc.)


General Spanish

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This course is for students aged: 16-70

Levels: Basic, Intermediate, Advanced

Intensive Spanish courses

Our most popular, 'standard' Spanish course is taken by 90% of our adult students...

Course details

Duration Enrol for as many weeks as you like
Timetable Monday to Friday, 09.30 to 13.30, with a twenty-minute break.
Classes 4 hours a day, giving 20 hours a week
Class size 7 average, with a maximum of 10 students
Levels All levels, from complete beginners to very advanced
Ages 16+

Combining an intensive course
It is also possible to combine an intensive Spanish course with a DELE exam preparation course, a business Spanish course, an arts and crafts course or an online Spanish course.

Spanish and Spanish culture:

Combine your 4-hour intensive Spanish course in the mornings with an additional 1.5 hours of Spanish on different aspects of Spanish culture and history, making a total of 26 hours of class a week.

We look at a different aspect of Spanish culture each day. Subjects regularly covered include:

Spanish social customs: An insight into the Spanish way of life and how it and its customs compare with those in your own country
Flamenco: A course which looks beyond the music and dance to the culture of flamenco
Architecture in Barcelona, including Gaudí
Spain's cultural diversity: The languages, gastronomy, geography and folklore of each of Spain's regional cultures
Spanish music
Ferran Adriá and Spanish nouvelle cuisine
Spanish 20th century art: A look at a range of artistic styles including those of Picasso, Dalí, Miró and Tapies
The Spanish media: Press, radio, television and the Internet and the language that is characteristic of each
The Spanish Civil War: the causes, most important episodes and many consequences of the war
A brief introduction to the history of Spanish literature, from the Middle Ages to the present day
Spain's most popular fiestas: The Easter Processions, the Fallas, San Fermin, etc
Spanish cinema

Course details

Duration Enrol for as many weeks as you like.
Timetable Intensive course: Monday to Friday 09.30 to 13.30, with a twenty-minute break
Spanish culture course: 14.30 to 16.00, Tuesday to Friday
Classes 7 average, with a maximum of 10
Levels Minimum Spanish level recommended: Lower Intermediate
Ages 16+

Spanish and creative arts:

Barcelona is undoubtedly one of the world's most beautiful and inspiring cities. The following two course programmes combine your Spanish course with the opportunity to explore your creativity and develop your artistic techniques and skills at one of Barcelona's longest established art schools.

Intensive Spanish course + Creative Arts workshops

This course combines an intensive Spanish course in the mornings with a series of four 2-hour workshops, each of which introduces you to a different set of artistic skills, as used by such world famous Spanish artists as Gaudi and Picasso.

Painting Ceramics workshop
This workshop consists of decorating a porcelain dragon figure (designed by Gaudi) which has previously been fired at 1200º C. The decorative mosaic technique often used by Gaudi is also explained in detail.

Glass-fusing workshop
You will study the many amazing possibilities of working with molten glass and produce your own a plate or bowl, decorating it as you wish.

Pottery workshop
Following a demonstration of the art of 'throwing' a pot on a wheel, you will have the opportunity to produce a bowl, plate or jug of your own.

Sculpture workshop
This workshop focuses on how to make sculptures appear well balanced and less static than is often the case. You will then have the opportunity to make a Picasso-style Spanish bull.

Course details

Duration Minimum 1 week
Timetable Monday to Friday
Classes 4 hours Spanish each morning + approximately 2 hours for each workshop
Levels Minimum Spanish level recommended: Lower Intermediate
Ages 16+

Spanish and soccer coaching:

There's a lot more to being a successful soccer coach than just shouting! Come to Barcelona and find your vocation...

Intensive Spanish + Football Coaching programme

In collaboration with our partners PreSoccerTeam, we offer this amazing programme in Barcelona (possibly, given the runaway success of Barça in recent years, the best place in the world to learn how to coach a winning soccer team).

The programme includes an intensive Spanish course and a Spanish for Football course (both at IH Barcelona) and a vocational training football coaching programme (at a Barcelona sports college).

The football coaching course combines theoretical content with practice sessions at some of the best local sports companies and clubs.

See below for details of accreditation for the coaching course.

Starting dates and duration

Option A (18 months)

36-week Spanish course
January 5–September 10, 2015
Football coaching program (9 months, one academic year)
September 2015–June 2016
Option B (21 months)

42-week Spanish course
September 14 2015–July 1, 2016
Football coaching program (9 months, one academic year)
September 2016–June 2017
Option C (Express programme)

If you already have a sufficient level of Spanish, you can enrol in the express programme. Before starting the coach course in mid-September, you will do a two-week Spanish course followed by a two-week Spanish for Football course.

To be accepted to start the football coaching program, you need to:

present a validated secondary education diploma, translated into Spanish
be at least 18 years old
have attained level B2 in Spanish while studying at IH Barcelona
have passed our Spanish for Football course
hold health insurance with coverage for accidents and illness
What's included

Included during the Spanish course
Registration, classes (General Spanish + Spanish for Football), level test, all course materials, education counseling service, certificates, program of social and cultural activities (approx. 6-10 hours/ week), access to all the school facilities, free online Spanish courses.

Included during the Football Coaching program
Tuition and practice sessions at local sports companies and clubs.

Spanish + Language tutor programme:

Live with a family in Barcelona and improve your Spanish in exchange for teaching them YOUR language!
The programme is designed for young people who want to spend 1-3 months in Barcelona, living with a local family in exchange for providing the family members with basic language tutoring.

During the first 3 weeks of the programme participants take an intensive Spanish course at IH Barcelona. (If you wish to take Spanish classes for a longer period, you are of course welcome to do so!)

To be able to participate on this programme you must:

Be aged 18-30
Be a native speaker of English, French, German or Italian (other languages may be considered upon request)
Have a University degree
Be single, with no dependents
A teaching qualification or some experience teaching a language is an advantage, but not a requirement. (IH Barcelona can offer tips and advice to people who have little or no teaching experience.)

The language tutor's duties are to spend 15 hours a week providing formal or informal language training to the host family members, which may include young children.
Tutoring normally takes place from Monday to Friday, at times to be agreed with the host family.

Spanish + Au pair programme:

Live with a family in Barcelona and improve your Spanish and cultural knowledge!

During the first 3 weeks of the programme, you will take an intensive Spanish course with us in the mornings (09.30 to 13.30) and work 20 hours a week as an au pair. Once your Spanish course has finished, au pairs will be expected to work for 25-30 hours per week.

Duties will involve looking after young children and doing light housework. The exact timetable and duties will be agreed with the host family but you must be prepared to fit in and be flexible.


3-week Spanish intensive course (or longer) followed by 1–3 months working as an au pair, if you come in the summer, or 6–12 months if you come at another time of year.

Start dates

As for our intensive Spanish courses -- at any time of the year, in other words.

Please note that we normally require a minimum of 3 months in order to organise an au pair placement in or around Barcelona.


To be able to participate on this programme you must:

Be aged 18-28
Be single, with no dependents
Have some previous experience looking after young children
Have no criminal record

Spanish courses for the over 50s:

Learn and practise Spanish on a fun course with people of similar needs and interests to your own.

About the course

If you are a mature student, you are of course always welcome to join any of our Spanish courses.

However, if you prefer to study and socialise with people of your own age, and are over the age of 50, we have Spanish courses specially designed for you.

Course details

Duration 2 weeks
Timetable Monday to Friday, 10:00 to 13:00
Classes 3 hours a day, 15 hours a week
Class size Average 7-8, maximum 10
Levels All levels, from complete beginners to very advanced
Ages 50+

Social programme

The course also includes a special programme of visits to places of interest inside the city, a full-day excursion to the Costa Brava, Figueras and the Dalí Museum, and a meal in a typical Barcelona restaurant.

A typical social program is as follows:

Week 1

Monday: Welcome cocktail and introductory city tour
Tuesday: Guided tour of the Gothic Quarter
Wednesday: Visit to the City of Barcelona Museum
Thursday: Visit to Gaudí's Sagrada Familia
Friday: Evening visit to a flamenco show
Saturday: Full-day excursion to the Costa Brava and Dalí museum
Sunday: Free day
Week 2

Monday: Guided tour of Montjuïc and the Miró Foundation
Tuesday: Visit to Gaudí's Park Güell
Wednesday: Visit to the Picasso Museum
Thursday: Evening visit to the theatre or cinema
Friday: Lunch at a local restaurant

Immersion Spanish courses:

Our five-day "Executive Plus" immersion Spanish course includes:
30 hours of one-to-one tuition during the programme
Working lunch with Spanish tutors every day
Guided individual project work (students work on their own in the library or Internet room)
Extensive use of up-to-date, authentic materials
Visits to Spanish companies (arranged on request)
Two dinners during the course with teachers
Optional evening social programme (to be arranged by agreement)
These features combine to produce a course which provides an intensive personalised language learning experience, enabling the course participant to make real progress in those areas which are most important to the individual concerned, while spending only a short time away from work.

Each 'Executive Plus' course is designed from both a level test and a detailed needs analysis; each course is therefore 'tailor-made' for each individual student and his or her particular needs, designed to enable you to communicate more effectively.

Duration Five-day course
Timetable Monday to Friday, 09.00 to 18.30 (see sample timetable, below)
Classes 30 hours of one-to-one tuition
Levels All levels
Ages 18+

Part-time Spanish courses in Barcelona:

Our part-time Spanish courses are designed for people who are living and working in Barcelona and don't have the time available to take the more intensive course.

The extensive course consists of 4 hours of class per week with each course lasting 10 weeks (a term).

The minimum age is 16, clases sizes are on average just 7 or 8, with 12 being the maximum.


You have a choice of days, either Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday, with a choice of times for your classes.

Spanish Exam Preparation

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This course is for students aged: 16-70

Levels: Advanced, Intermediate

Class Sizes: Large, 11-20 students, Medium, 6-10 students, Small, 2-5 students

DELE exam preparation courses

The courses focus on preparing you to take the DELE exams. You have access to past papers and the opportunity to develop and practise specific exam techniques.

During the first week of the course, we advise you which level of the exam we think you should register for, in order to ensure a successful outcome.
You can register for the exam at IH Barcelona.

Course details

Duration 4 weeks
Timetable Monday to Friday, 09.30 to 13.30, with a 20-minute break.
Classes 4 hours a day, giving 20 hours a week
Class size 7 average, with a maximum of 10 students
Levels All levels, from complete beginners to very advanced
Ages 16+
NOTE The minimum level of Spanish required to take the course is Intermediate

Intensive Spanish course + DELE Preparation Course

If you do not yet have Intermediate Spanish, you can take an intensive course and a DELE preparation course afterwards.

The intensive course will provides with the opportunity to develop your overall level of competence and the DELE preparation course will provides the skills required to ensure a successful outcome in the exam.

For beginners, the combination should be a minimum 8-week intensive course, followed by the 4-week DELE course, to ensure that you pass the DELE "Inicial" exam successfully.

Business Spanish

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This course is for students aged: 16-70

Business Spanish courses

If you need your Spanish for work, you may find it interesting to combine an intensive Spanish course with one or two hours of extra private classes in the afternoon with a focus on Business Spanish.

The aim of the Business Spanish classes is to help improve your level of competence in many typical work-related activities such as participating in meetings, using the telephone for business, negotiating and selling, making presentations, etc.

You are also introduced to a wide range of business vocabulary and gain an insight into the sort of cultural differences that you may encounter while working or doing business in a Spanish-speaking country.

Chamber of Commerce exam option

Optionally, you can also take the Madrid Chamber of Commerce exam.
If you do wish to take the exam, you should have a minimum level of B1 or above, and will need a minimum of 20 hours of private classes.

Spanish online

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This course is for students aged: 16-70

Online Spanish courses

Tutored courses:

Each online Spanish course (or level) consists of 120-150 hours of study materials and includes individual tutorials with qualified language instructors, most of whom are themselves IH teachers.

The interactive materials (which you can study online or download and study offline at home) allow you to improve all your language skills. You can practise your grammar as well as your reading, listening, writing and speaking.

Every module includes emails and voicemails to your personal tutor - who provides corrections and comments on your progress.

You can also chat to other students, post messages and use all the other additional resources of the virtual language school.

Untutored courses:

Our online Spanish courses are also available without a tutor, which gives you full access to all the interactive course material.

Note that while you're taking a face-to-face Spanish course with us in Barcelona, you also have free access to our untutored online courses in our computer room, giving you hours of extra practice for your Spanish!

Tailor made Spanish courses

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This course is for students aged: 16-70

Levels: Basic, Intermediate, Advanced

Class Sizes: One-to-One, Small, 2-5 students, Medium, 6-10 students

Individual, one-to-one Spanish tuition:

Our individual Spanish tuition courses consist of 1, 2, 3 or more hours of one-to-one classes per day.

The contents, times and starting dates of these private classes can be arranged to suit your individual needs. For example, courses can be designed for people who need to develop negotiating skills, presentation skills, telephone skills, writing skills, etc.

You can either study entirely in this way or, if you prefer, combine an intensive course in the mornings with 1, 2 or more hours of individual tuition in the afternoons.

More than one student:
We also offer similarly tailor-made classes for two students studying together, providing you have similar levels and linguistic needs.

If you want to take individual classes together with a friend, the price increase is just 20%.

Course details
Levels: From beginners to very advanced
Ages: Any

Bring your own group to Barcelona:

For special, closed groups of younger students, including school parties, or for groups of adult students with particular language needs, at IH Barcelona we can design "made-to-measure" Spanish courses at any time of the year.

Prices obviously depend on the nature of the services requested, but we're happy to send you quotations for any specific course programmes you may require.
For a tailor-made number of lessons (our full 20-hour a week intensive course, for example), our different accommodation options or your own activities programme please request a quote.

You can have as many hours of Spanish class as you wish.



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