If you already have a basic understanding of Spanish you can start at any given Monday throughout the year. Please make sure to enrol as early as possible since the groups fill up quickly especially during the summer. If you have not studied Spanish before and you would like to participate in a course for absolute beginners, we offer you the possibility to start every other Monday. Check our course calendar.
You are free to extend the course at any time. You can start with a two or three weeks course and add on one or more weeks at a later date. The price is the same whether you book the weeks at once or start with one week and extend your course at a later date. The only risk you take is that the group with your level is fully booked. During the high season (June to September) extending the course at short notice is often not possible.
If you need to travel and would like to continue the course afterwards, please indicate so in your enrolment form. It is generally possible to take a break without paying a surcharge if you warn us two weeks in advance and as long as we have a group with your level available upon your return.
If you initially enrol for an intensive course but choose not to complete the entire period you can change to a semi-intensive course for a surcharge of 30 Euros. However, if you finished the initial period you booked and then prolongue the course, you may choose any other course option we offer without surcharge.
You can study as long as you want but for any particular booking the period has to be from 1 to 50 weeks. For periods longer than 50 weeks several bookings are required.
You can mention your preference but it will depend on availability, levels, etc.
The enrolment fee is 55 € including the first study book and the study materials and it's valid for a 12-months period. This means that you can return to the school as many times as you want during the year and you only pay the enrolment fee once!
Our semi-intensive and intensive courses start every Monday all year except for absolute beginner students who can start every second Monday
Intensive and semi-intensive courses are held from 09:00 to 10:45 or 13:00 (morning lessons) or from 14:00 to 15:45 or 18:00 (afternoon lessons). Evening lessons are held from 19:00 to 21:00 on Mondays and Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Thursdays.
There is a detailed level test online that will take you between 10-30 minutes to complete depending on your level. This is not a multiple choice test, hence you will not receive your level straight away. It is very important that you take the level test BEFORE your course starts since we cannot guarantee you a placement in the right level otherwise.
All courses run all year round except the evening course that takes place from January to June and from October to December. The Evening course is not available at summer ( July, August, September ).
The minimum course period for the Intensive and Semi-intensive course is 1 week and 4 weeks for the evening course..
One lesson in our evening course is 60 minutes and for the intensive and semi-intensive course is 52,5 minutes.
20 lessons/ week for the intensive course, 10 lessons/week for the semi-intensive course and 4 lessons/week for the evening course.
At Olé follow a stricly immersive programme which means that from the first day of the course there is no other language than Spanish spoken in the classroom. Step by step you will learn the vocabulary and the grammar needed to express yourself in Spanish. There are Spanish - Spanish as well as Spanish - English/ French/German/Portuguese etc. dictionaries available for you in our library.
Catalunya is officially bilingual and both Spanish and Catalan are spoken here but everyone understands Spanish even though you might hear some people speaking in Catalan in the streets. Barcelona is an incredibly multicultural city, a babelonia where many different cultures and people meet.
What the IELTS or TOEFL are for English is the D.E.L.E for Spanish. D.E.L.E stands for “Diploma Español como Lengua Extranjera” (Diplomas of Spanish as a Foreign Language) and it is an official accreditation (accepted worldwide) of the level of fluency and command of the Spanish Language. The D.E.L.E exams are issued by the Instituto Cervantes on behalf of the Spanish Government. More information about the D.E.L.E. is available on the Instituto Cervantes
Olé offers D.E.L.E. preparation courses three times a year. Please consult our
on course options for more details.