The secret is out. Medellin is one of the fastest growing Spanish language destinations in South America and it’s really not difficult to understand why.
With great weather, super friendly locals and a cosmopolitan modern city that rivals any other in South America, everyone who comes to Medellin falls in love. In Medellin the Spanish students tend to be a mix of both travelers and professionals working here or taking a career break. As the “Innovative city” Medellin attracts many IT professionals and entrepreneurs coming here looking to expand their career horizons… or simply take a break from it. Medellin is a perfect place to mix living, working and studying. Travelers and backpackers also love Medellin because it has such a relaxed vibe you really feel like your on vacation. Most people are surprised how safe it feels and you’re 10 times more likely to get mugged in Barcelona than you are in Medellin.
Lastly we can’t ignore the fact that Medellin has some of the most beautiful women in the world. We’re not sure why some people use dating websites like Colombian Cupid because Colombian women are very friendly and easy to meet… but each to their own. We urge you to use common sense when someone says on an online dating site that they are a “Spanish teacher” – we’re pretty sure they’re more interested in giving your money a good time than teaching you good Spanish.
At the moment there are only a few schools to learn Spanish in Medellin but what the city lacks in quantity is certainly made up for in quality. EAFIT University for example is one of the most prestigious Universities in Colombia with a modern, state of the art Spanish Language faculty located in their beautiful campus. Medellin Language Academy also comes highly recommended with excellent reviews from past students. Because of the lack of schools and the higher disposable income of the students studying here there is a comparatively large number of private Spanish teachers in Medellin. You can reserve one of the best Spanish teachers in Medellin on the private Spanish Lessons page
Study Spanish COLOMBIA are not just the Spanish Language experts in Colombia but we’re based here in Medellin so we know all your options like the back of our hand. We guarantee the schools and teachers you see here are the very best in Colombia. How do we know? We ask every student that books a school or teacher via us to submit a review.
A number of Spanish schools have come and gone over the past few years. However Medellin Language Academy has stood the test of time and is now is the the leading Spanish language school in Medellin. Federico and his school always receive excellent recommendations from former students.
Read more about Medellin Language Academy.
The following two Universities have reputable Spanish Language Courses in Medellin, perfect for studying short term or long term:
EAFIT University is one of the most prestigious universities in Colombia so it’s only logical that their Spanish Language program is one of the most established and highly recommended in the country.
Read more about the EAFIT University Spanish Language Program.
UPB University has the second largest university-based Spanish Language course in Medellin. Read more about the UPB University Spanish Language Program.
Another couple of universities in Medellin claim to have Spanish courses within their languages department. These options are considerably smaller than EAFIT and UPB so we suggest checking them out carefully before making a decision. The University de Antioquia are notorious for the students being on strike for long periods of time.
Important: Please refer to the Colombian Visa Requirements section to learn more about the necessary visas for studying at a Colombian university.
If you don’t like group classes studying with a private Spanish teacher is another great way to learn Spanish.
In Medellin we have a large number of private Spanish teachers, all very highly qualified and experienced. You can read more about them on the private Spanish lessons page.
Many students coming to Colombia want full Spanish immersion, in other words Spanish classes combined with a Homestay. The main advantage of staying with a homestay family is that you have a lot more opportunity to practice day-to-day Spanish since the family typically does not speak English. It’s also undoubtedly the best way to experience real Colombian culture. The families welcome you into their homes, invite you to join in family events & outings and you get to taste great home cooked Colombian food that you probably won’t experience in any restaurant.
Although the Paisas (the people of Medellin) are very friendly people you may find it’s uncommon to get an invite into the homes of your friends. In Medellin nearly everyone lives with their parents until they get married, and some even stay after getting married. So when the Paisas want to meet their friends it’s more likely to be outside the family home. This is also another reason why it’s very difficult to find a house-share or apartment-share with Colombians in Medellin – very few people live independently. As such a Homestay in Medellin is one of the best ways to to access Colombian family life.
Even if your preference is to stay in a tourist apartment or hostel that’s great but why not consider staying a week with a local family. Our students tell us that their time with a Medellin Homestay family helped improve their Spanish significantly and added so much to their Colombian experience. They all leave Colombia not only having experienced the real Colombia, they also made new friends for life.
If you would like to arrange a Homestay in Medellin Study Spanish COLOMBIA are able to arrange both your language course and homestay family. You can read more on the Homestays Colombia page.
Many students are choosing to take Skype Spanish Lessons prior to landing in Colombia. It’s a great way to get to know your teacher before arriving and also a great way to get a head start with the language. Imagine spending an entire day on a plane just to arrive in Colombia and not know how to tell the taxi driver where to go or how to order a well deserved beer. That would be terrible.