FAQ

    • As an Instituto Cervantes accredited Spanish school, we are authorized to issue letters of acceptance for full time students, which are recognized as official proof of study by Spanish consulates and embassies. Once your enrollment is confirmed, we will send you your letter along with other documents required to start your visa process.

    • In order to benefit from a 10% discount and pay no enrollment fee (for courses of 9 weeks and more) it is necessary to pay for the entire course up front. If you don't need study visa, you just need to make a 200€ deposit, and the full payment can be made on your first day of classes.

    • The long term course is an extended version of the Intensive course, with the same 20 classes/week schedule. Those who join the course for 8 weeks or more at a time enjoy a reduced price of 153€/week instead of 170€/week and, after booking 9 weeks or more at a time, we waive the enrollment fee and include all textbooks as well.

    • With regards to your progress, you will have better results if you sign up for the long term course. In 8 weeks or more, you will become more fluent, improve your speaking ability, broaden your vocabulary, and see your grammar advance substantially. There is the added reward of enjoying a weekly discount as well: when booking 8 weeks or more, the price drops from 170€/week to 153€/week. If booking 9 weeks or more, the enrollment fee is waived and text books are included in the program.

    • With the Intensive (and Long Term) Course schedule, it usually takes between 10 and 12 weeks to complete a level, such as A1 or A2. That said, it is important to note that students’ progress depends on their learning style, aptitude for languages, and the time and effort they are willing to put into learning and practicing. It can also be influenced by their native language and the other languages they speak. If your objective is to learn as much as possible in a defined period of time, it’s important you dive deep into your Spanish studies: spend time revising class content, complete your homework, practice with natives outside class, listen to Spanish music, watch Spanish movies, read Spanish books and magazines, and watch yourself improve rapidly!

    • In order to enjoy the discounted price and special conditions, payment is required up front. We require a 200€ deposit at the time of reservation and the rest is due on your first day of classes.
      *Please note that this payment will be higher if you need a study visa to come to Spain and require AIL Madrid to send you a visa invitation letter

    • The Intensive Spanish Course includes 20 weekly group classes, while the Premium Spanish Course includes the same 20 classes in groups plus 5 additional private lessons that are completely focused on your needs and objectives. Your teacher will create a detailed needs analysis before the start of your course, in order to carefully tailor your individual study program.

    • The 20 weekly group classes have the same schedule as the Intensive course: 9.00-12.50 or 13.00-16.50 and your 5 private lessons will be scheduled and confirmed according to your group class schedule.

    • This course allows you to focus on elements you don’t fully understand or would like to practice more during your private lessons. If you advance in the general material as well, we can place you in higher level the following week after receiving your teacher’s evaluation of your progress.

    • AIL Spanish classes are dynamic, fun, and interactive, so you will never be bored or burned out in class. This is one of our most preferred learning options since our students feel it allows them to get the most out of their stay here in Madrid.

    • Before you start, you will be asked to provide us with detailed information on your current Spanish level and your objectives for your private classes. Based on that information, one of our fantastic teachers will create a 100% personalized study program, choosing the best learning materials and diverse exercises to ensure that your personal study objectives are met and exceeded!

    • You will never repeat the exact same material in any of your classes, though you may review similar exercises to solidify your understanding of certain items. If you stay consistently enrolled and attend all your classes, you (and the material) will advance week by week. Regarding activities, we have over 80 options that allow you to explore the city sights, museums, discuss interesting topics, and practice your Spanish.

    • All of our students who have chosen the course have taken it in their stride. There are breaks in between the different classes to give you time to unwind, with one for 30 minutes and another for 10. This allows you to get some fresh air, eat something or simply relax a little before the next class.

    • It completely depends on your objectives and your personal way of learning. Some students learn better being in a group, as they can share ideas with other students and interact with people. Other students prefer to combine group lessons with one-on-one classes to clear up any doubts they have under the individual attention of a personal tutor. You can also use the individual classes to focus on a theme that you have a particular interest in and build your vocabulary base related to it. So, as you can see, it really depends on you and how you as an individual learn best.

    • With this course, we offer 30 Spanish classes per week (6 a day from Monday to Friday). The classes are taught in two different groups (one group for 20 of the classes and another for the remaining 10). The class timetable will be from 9:00 to 14:40 or 11:10 to 16:50, depending on your level and our available groups. Bear in mind that the two groups will be at similar levels (for instance, lower B1 and intermediate B1), but they will not necessarily be the exact same level. The programme can be started any Monday of the year, so you can join whenever suits you best.

    • This course is typically only available from level A2 onwards. However, we may on occasion admit students of a lower level. For the Semi-Intensive Course, it is important to remember that students of both the Intensive and Semi-Intensive Courses take classes together and that Intensive Course students benefit from two additional hours of classes per day. As such, Semi-Intensive students will need to continue studying at home in order to keep up with their classmates.

    • Our academic coordinators are highly qualified and will analyse the Spanish level test and self-evaluation that we will ask you to complete before your arrival in order to find a group that matches your level of Spanish language skills and knowledge. However, if after your first day of class you feel as though the group you have been placed in is too easy or too difficult, let us know! We will test your Spanish once more to place you in a more suitable group for your level.

      • You can choose the timetable that best suits you from the following options:

      • 2 classes per day from Monday to Friday: 9:00-10:40 or 11:10-12:50 or 13:99-14:40 or 15:10-16:50
      • 4 classes over the course of 2 days (9:00-12:50 or 13:00-16:50) and 2 classes the following day (9:00-10:40 or 11:10-12:50 or 13:00-14:40 or 13:10-14:50).

    • It’s true that other students in your class will be taking two more hours of lessons per day, meaning that you will need to study at home to keep up with the rest of your classmates. However, as you will be given the same textbook as the rest of the group, your teacher can let you know what homework to do for the next class in order to keep up. They can also tell you what the rest of the class will be studying in their additional hours of lessons, so that you can self-study at home.

    • Your teacher will customize the lessons according to your objectives and, if one of those is to follow a book, then the classes will follow a book of your choosing. While the teachers often use books while planning the lessons, if you want to follow a specific book and be able to take it home, you will need to purchase it on your own or from AIL (if available).

    • Yes! The classes do not necessarily have to take place in the school. We are located next to Retiro Park, so some students prefer to take a class there or even in a nearby cafe. Other options include lessons in markets, museums or a particular neighbourhood of Madrid. Arranging exterior locations can require some planning so it is always best to book these types of private lessons in advance.

    • We do ask for the full payment of classes before they are given but, if you are booking many classes and do not want to pay everything at once, you can elect to pay a 100€ deposit initially. Once the classes commence you can pay for the rest in stages. However, 10 classes or more need to be paid for at a time (not in stages) to be eligible for the 5€/class discount.

    • There is no age limit for private classes: anybody of any age can take them.

    • Yes, the classes can be arranged whenever you want, as long as there is a teacher available. We have many teachers and can accommodate most schedules. When booking, please tell us your availability and preferred schedule so we can endeavor to find an available teacher who can teach you during those times.

    • Yes! If you want to join a group that has already started, we will not charge you for the classes you have missed. Please contact us for further information and available groups.

    • Yes! You can sign up for another 12 weeks and continue on without missing a beat!

    • This type of course is only offered once a week, either on Fridays or on Saturdays, so unfortunately your class cannot be made up at another time. If you have to miss a class, we suggest asking your teacher what material will be covered that week and so you can review it at home and stay up to date.

    • Our Weekend Course consists of 3 weekly Spanish classes either on Friday or on Saturday. We use an innovative communication-based approach, proven to be the most effective in learning foreign languages. You will learn the various linguistic skills you need to communicate in Spanish by really interacting in the language from day 1. Emphasis is placed on interactive activities such as role-play, discussions, interviews, current news stories, video and audio materials, games or pair-work, all backed up with a modern, colorful textbook. The groups are small (max. 10 and 6 students on average) which give you plenty of opportunities to step in and interact while having your teacher’s constant guidance and feedback. You will also learn how to fit in and feel comfortable in social situations in Spain. Oh, and of course, all teaching will take place exclusively in Spanish!

    • We currently have 30 groups in our Spanish Evening Courses in the following schedules and levels:

      Monday and Wednesday, 7pm - 8.30pm: A1.1, A2.1, A2.2, B1.1, B2.1, B2.1, C1.1

      Monday and Wednesday, 8.30pm - 10pm: A1.1, A2.1, B1.1, C1.1

      Tuesday and Thursday, 7pm - 8.30pm: A1.2, A1.2, A2.2, A2.2, B1.2, B1.2, B2.1, B2.2

      Tuesday and Thursday, 8.30pm - 10pm: A1.1, A1.1, A2.1, B1.2


      ** We are currently in the process of changing our timetables. Future classes will take place from 6.30 - 8.00 pm and from 8.00pm - 9.30 pm.

    • If you haven’t studied any Spanish before, then you will want to start from the very beginning. Unlike other schools, we do not say that complete beginners can start anytime and then just throw them with other students who have already studied: this approach is not best for the student and could cause a tense and unpleasant start to your Spanish learning adventure.
      Our policy is to have new complete beginner groups starting every two weeks.
      If you cannot make one of these dates, please do tell so we can send you all the appropriate learning materials to prepare before coming to Madrid (at no additional cost) and/or offer you private catch up classes on arrival.

      Start Dates for Complete Beginners: 2019
      4th March
      18th March
      1st April
      15th April
      29th April
      13th May
      27th May
      10th June
      24th June
      8th July
      22nd July
      5th August
      19th August
      2nd September
      16th September
      30th September
      14th October
      28th October
      11th November
      25th November
      10th December

    • The next complete beginners' Evening Course starts on February 26th, Tuesday and Thursday, from 8.00 to 9.30 pm. New groups for total beginners start every 3 weeks.

    • We realise that due to external commitments you won´t always be able to come to class. This is why we allow you to cancel Evening Classes and make them up at a later date! All you have to do is inform the Student Care Team by e-mail at least 1 working day / 24 hours before the scheduled time of the class (except on weekends or bank holidays that cancellations are not possible). We are the only Spanish school in Madrid that allows classes to be cancelled, meaning that you only pay for the classes that you come to!

    • If the connection breaks on your side, we will not be able to do anything as your personal Internet access is out of our control. However, if the connection fails on our side (an event that almost never occurs, except for rare issues such as general power cuts/ problems with the network provider), we will postpone the class to be resumed at another time that is convenient for you.

    • The Skype classes are individual lessons, meaning you can choose the schedule that suits your own personal preferences. Classes may be held from Monday to Saturday at any time between 8:30 and 22:00.

    • Your teacher will give you all the material that you need and we will send you links to exercise pages and resources that you can use to study with both during classes and in your own free time. As the Skype lessons are organised to meet your own personal flow and needs, you will get to decide whether you want to be given homework or not.

    • If for any reason you are unable to attend a class, it’s no problem at all. We are the only school in Madrid that will allow you to cancel a class and make it up at any other time.
      To cancel a class, you only need to email us with at least 24 hours of warning during the working week (from Monday to Friday; that is to say that a Monday class cannot be cancelled on Sunday).

    • As private classes are tailored to your preferences, you can choose whether to have them with the same teacher or not. In general, however, we advise that you book all your classes to be with the same teacher given that it is easier for one individual to organise a learning plan for you. You will also have better continuity with your classes and will see better results in a shorter period of time. However, if you want to have more variety and would like to have classes with multiple teachers, this is not an issue. You only have to ask!

    • You can take a trial class for €35 to see if you enjoy our teaching. If you do, you can then sign up for however many more classes you would like to take.

      • 4-week intensive TEFL course in Madrid (which is the recognized qualification for Teaching English as a Second Language and meets the standards set out by the British Council. It is also accredited by IATQuO)
      • 36 weeks of Spanish (10 hours p/w), cultural activities and workshops (10p/w)
      • One year student visa
      • Support throughout the year with legal appointments, advice and a home away from home

    • A TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) course is a 4 week intensive course that prepares you fully to teach English to children, adults and businesses. On completion of the TEFL course, the certificate is valid worldwide.

    • We always consider the fact that you are travelling with a friend or partner when scheduling your group classes and will endeavor to place you in classes at the same time. Though it is not something we can 100% guarantee, it is almost always possible thanks to the large amount of group classes available. The further in advance a course is booked, the easier it is for us to arrange (as we do for the vast majority of cases), allowing you to enjoy Madrid together in your free time.

    • The course can be booked right up to the week before the course starts, but it is always best to book as early as possible.

    • During this program, there will be a greater number of 50+ students than normal, so there is strong change there will be other 50+ students in your class. However, the group you are in will be determined by your Spanish level and not your age, so there will be a mix of ages in your class. The program activities, however, will be exclusively for 50+ students.

    • Yes: the cost to attend is 40€ for the week, plus the cost of entry if taking a dance class/attending a flamenco show.

    • All the activities are totally optional and you do not have to attend if you don't wish to.

    • As an Instituto Cervantes accredited Spanish school, we are authorized to issue letters of acceptance for full time students, which are recognized as official proof of study by Spanish consulates and embassies. Once your enrollment is confirmed, we will send you your letter along with other documents required to start your visa process.

    • We welcome many students who come to study for extended periods, including: gap year, work leave, working as au pairs, or simply coming to learn Spanish. It is very common for our students to join for months at a time in their quest to become fluent in Spanish.

    • Students with some previous knowledge of Spanish can start any Monday of the year. In case you have never had any Spanish classes before you should pick one of our start dates for absolute beginners you can check it here.

    • In case you need to interrupt your long term course for any commitment and you notify us in advance, we can pause your studies. For the conditions regarding your time off, please contact us.

    • AIL (Academia Internacional de Lenguas) has locations in Madrid and Málaga. We also have excellent partnering Spanish schools all over Spain, so we can arrange your classes anywhere you want!

    • You can combine as many cities as you’d like! The minimum stay in each city for a group course is one week. Taking your Spanish course in several cities gives you the opportunity to experience the idiosyncrasies of each region and to try delicious local food! Participate in walking tours through the beautiful countryside, get a suntan on Spain’s most stunning beaches, and visit the tremendous mountains with panoramic views that will take your breath away! Have you been thinking about any destination in particular? If you are not sure, let us know how many cities you would like to visit and we will suggest the best itinerary!

    • Yes, please contact us with your plans, including how long and where would you like to study and we will prepare a personalized quote according to your study and travel plans.

    • In order to book your Multi Location program, the full payment is required upfront.

    • Our partnering art teachers are experts in all styles of painting and drawing, so you can choose whichever one you like! Try your hand or hone your skills with pencil drawing, abstract art, oil painting, watercolors etc. We also offer pottery (ceramics) classes!

    • Art classes take place in an open studio where each student works on their own piece of art. The teacher provides individual instruction to each student over the course of the lesson, with the student working at their own pace. Students can make multiple works of art, or come back to one piece over the course of several sessions.

    • Group classes typically have between 3 to 7 students.

    • All our professors are native Spanish speakers and the classes will take place primarily in Spanish. That said, many of the teachers have at least a basic understanding of English.

    • Classes are available on Saturday mornings, but Saturday afternoon and Sundays will depend on the availability of the teachers and classrooms.

    • Morning dances classes are limited but there are a few specific classes available. Please contact us to discuss availability if you would prefer morning classes.

    • Group classes typically have between 5 to 10 students.

    • For dance classes, wear whatever you feel most comfortable in! For classes with a specific style of dress, feel free to dress up or create your own style!

    • Classes are available Saturday mornings.

    • Feel free to sign up solo or with a partner! Partners may be mixed and matched in class, but you’ll always have someone to dance with! Are there different levels available? We have courses available for beginner to expert levels!

      • 4-week intensive accredited TEFL course meeting British Council standards
      • Determine whether you need a study visa and if so, make sure you allow sufficient time to obtain one.
      • Be sure to make a copy of all of your travel documents and leave the copy at home.
      • Bring a couple copies of your passport with you and store them in a different place than your passport.
      • Bring enough money with you to cover both expected expenditures and emergency costs during your travel to Madrid.
      • Organize international health insurance and travel insurance.
      • See your doctor before you go.
      • Be sure to bring a sufficient supply of any prescriptions you require.
      • Think about what countries you may want to visit while you are here and be sure to obtain any recommended vaccinations/medications.
      • Be sure to familiarize yourself with local laws and customs – especially with regard to alcohol.
      • Do your research! A good guide book (such as Lonely Planet) can make a huge difference in your stay. Familiarize yourself with what you’d like to visit and see in the capital, as well as the places you’ll be studying, living, etc. You may also want to take a look at the metro map, or just pick one up at the school or metro station once you arrive.
      • If you want to get a head start, AIL also offers Skype classes so you can brush up on the basics before you arrive.

    • You can choose between a Latin Dance Program (Salsa, Bachata, and/or Lady Style), a typical Spanish Flamenco Program or our Tango Program. If you are interested in modern dances, we can also arrange this for you.

    • Internships are not paid. AIL Madrid organises internships for interested parties to gain first-hand experience into the Spanish job sector of their choice This is to allow the applicant to gain skills and build their CV.

    • You will need to have a minimum of an intermediate level of Spanish, or B1, to be able to communicate with your co-workers, employer and clients. In tourism companies and some other unusual cases, the level of Spanish required may be lower. If you do not have a B1 level of Spanish, we recommend that you enrol onto one of our General Spanish Courses or sign up to individual classes. This will boost your Spanish to the required level in the shortest time possible.

    • Unfortunately, this is not possible once the internships have started. We would recommend instead that you make the most of the unique opportunity to work in a job market different to your own home country.

    • You can have up to three interviews with three different companies, which may be from different work sectors. In the case that more than one company wishes to hire you, you may of course choose the internship offer than you like most.

    • If the company is very satisfied with your work, it is possible you will receive an offer. However, AIL Madrid is not involved with this external decision and we cannot guarantee you a permanent job offer from a third-party company under any circumstances. The decision falls entirely into the hands of the company you intern at.

    • The Business Spanish Course consists of specialised classes lead by a teacher qualified on the taught material. These classes may be one-or-one or taught in mini groups with students of a similar focus and level of Spanish. There is also the option for companies to enrol interested employees onto business Spanish classes held at offices or employee homes. For more information on this, write to us.

    • The course content is totally flexible and can be adapted to the specific needs of the student. You can choose to cover sector-specific language (banking, diplomacy, etc.) or language related to more general work situations (presentations, meetings, negotiations, formal text writing…)

    • The Business Spanish Course has been designed for professionals who need to use their Spanish knowledge in a commercial context, while a normal Spanish intensive course covers only general grammatical and cultural topics. Working one-on-one, in mini groups or in groups of a reduced size also accelerates the rate of learning and allows classes to be customised to meet individual needs as much as possible.

    • We offer all kinds of specialised Spanish lessons. For more information, contact us.

    • Of course. Our teachers can travel to the location in Madrid where you wish to hold your classes.

    • Please see below a typical 2-week itinerary.

      WEEK 1 CLASSES ACTIVITIES
      Monday Spanish classes  Guided walking tour of central Madrid + Welcome evening of tapas and drinks 
      Tuesday Spanish classes  Flamenco dance class 
      Wednesday Spanish classes  Workshop on Spanish gastronomy and flamenco show 
      Thursday Spanish classes  Tour of wine cellars and wine tasting 
      Friday Spanish classes  Visit to the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum 


      WEEK 2 CLASSES ACTIVITIES
      Monday Spanish classes  Welcome evening of tapas and drinks for students joining the program the 2nd week + Workshop on Spanish customs 
      Tuesday Spanish classes  Excursion to Alcalá de Henares 
      Wednesday Spanish classes  Visit to the Royal Palace + Salsa dance class 
      Thursday Spanish classes  Spanish cookery class 
      Friday Spanish classes  Visit to the Prado Museum 


      Please note the activities listed above may be subject to change and/or replacement by other similar activities Activities, including entrance fees, as well as the public transportation to/from Alcalá de Henares is included in the course fee. Transportation for activities taking place in Madrid is not included.

    • 2019 DELE Exams

        • 5th April

        - Levels:  A1, A2, B1, B2, C1.
        - Registration deadline until: 6th February.
        - AIL Madrid's DELE Preparation Course start dates: 11th March (4 weeks) and 11th February (2 weeks).
        - AIL Madrid's extensive DELE Preparation Course start dates: 14th January (12 weeks) and 11st February (8 weeks).

        • 24th May and 25th May

        - Levels:  A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2.
        - Registration deadline until: 27th March.
        - AIL Madrid's DELE Preparation Course start dates: 29th April (4 weeks) and 13th May (2 weeks).
        - AIL Madrid's extensive DELE Preparation Course start dates: 22th March (12 weeks) and 1st April (8 weeks).

        • 12th July

        - Levels:  A2, B1, B2, C1.
        - Registration deadline until: 16th May.
        - AIL Madrid's DELE Preparation Course start dates: 17th June (4 weeks) and 1st July (2 weeks).
        - AIL Madrid's extensive DELE Preparation Course start dates: 22nd April (12 weeks) and 20th May (8 weeks).

        • 13th September

        - Levels:  A2.
        - Registration deadline until: 24th July.
        - AIL Madrid's DELE Preparation Course start dates: 19th August (4 weeks) and 2nd September (2 weeks).
        - AIL Madrid's extensive DELE Preparation Course start dates: 24th June (12 weeks) and 22nd July (8 weeks).

        • 4th October

        - Levels:  A2, B1, B2.
        - Registration deadline until: 21st August.
        - AIL Madrid's DELE Preparation Course start dates: 9th September (4 weeks) and 23th September (2 weeks).
        - AIL Madrid's extensive DELE Preparation Course start dates: 15th July (12 weeks) and 12st August (8 weeks).

        • 22nd November
          23rd November

        - Levels:  A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2.
        - Registration deadline until: 9th October.
        - AIL Madrid's DELE Preparation Course start dates: 30th October (4 weeks) and 13th November (2 weeks).
        - AIL Madrid's extensive DELE Preparation Course start dates: 2nd September (12 weeks) and 30th September (8 weeks).

    • Once you have enrolled on the course, you will need to register for the exam. Please register through the Instituto Cervantes website at: https://examenes.cervantes.es/es/dele/inscribirse.

    • After you book your course, we will set up an interview with our Academic Coordinator to assess your current level of Spanish and advise you on which examination level to sign up for. We use an effective 3-step placement test consisting of a phone/Skype/in person conversation with our Academic Coordinator, an online grammar level test and a self-evaluation. With this information, we can make sure you are preparing for the right level and your chances of success are optimised!

    • We offer two type of DELE preparation course, the Extensive DELE course that takes place either on Mondays and Wednesdays or on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 20:20 - 22:00. The Intensive DELE course can be held between 9.00-10.40/11.10-12.50/13.00-14.40/15.10-16.50.

      Please note the schedule of the classes cannot be chosen.

    • Our DELE Exam Preparation Course is a great way to prepare for the most important Spanish exam that exists, one of the only official Spanish as a foreign language exam accredited by Spain’s Ministry of Education. The course focuses exclusively on DELE exam preparation; you will learn specific exam techniques, practice past exam questions and develop all four key skills tested: reading, writing, listening and speaking. You will concentrate on the essential things to pass your exam! Therefore it’s important to note that by the time you start your DELE preparation course you have to have the desired level’s knowledge acquired.

    • You can enroll for the exam through the Instituto Cervantes webpage: https://examenes.cervantes.es/es/ccse/inscribirse

    • The exam costs 85€, which is valid for two exam sittings in the case of:

      1. not being able to take the exam

      2. not passing the exam

    • The exams are on the last Thursday of every month except August and December. See the calendar below:

      EXAM DATE ENROLMENT PERIOD
      28th March 2019 From 10th September 2018 to 7th March 2019 
      25th April 2019 From 10th September 2018 to 4th April 2019
      25th May 2019 From 10th September 2018 to 9th May 2019
      30th June 2019 From 10th September 2018 to 9th June 2019
      27th July 2019 From 10th September 2018 to 6th July 2019
      26th September 2019 From 10th September 2018 to 5th September 2019
      31th October 2019 From 10th September 2018 to 10th October 2019
      28th November 2019 From 10th September 2018 to 7th November 2019

    • The test consists of 25 multiple choice questions, in the form of true or false, or with 3 different possible answers of which only one is correct. 60% of the questions will be related to government, law and civic engagement in Spain, the remaining 40% will be on Spanish culture, history and society. The test lasts for 45 minutes.

    • The certificate of completion of the Constitutional and Socio-Cultural Knowledge test (CCSE) is valid for 4 years.

    • AIL Madrid GCSE, AS A-Level and Scottish Higher Spanish Revision Courses are comprised of five components:

      1.1 Structured group learning in interactive Spanish classes

      20 general Spanish classes per week in small, well-organized groups with a maximum of 4-7 other pupils per class.

      1.2. Private tuition

      5 or 10 private lessons per week, which will allow you to:

      • Develop specific exam skills such as: presenting a topic, writing a letter, essay layouts, narratives, summarising, etc.
      • Go through past examination papers in order to improve answering style and technique
      • Practice the 4 linguistic skills tested during the exam: speaking, reading, writing and listening.
      • Revise grammar and widen your range of vocabulary
      • Work in detail on the topic that you need to prepare for your GCSE/AS/A-level/Scottish Higher Exam.
      • 1.3. Is there homework?

        At least 2 hours per day to be dedicated to homework and preparation for the following day´s class.

        1.4. Are fun after class activities included?

        5 tutor-led activities, each consisting of 2 classes, which allow you to practise Spanish in different contexts outside of the classroom.

        1.5. End of course examination and future study plan

        At the end of the GCSE / AS / A-Level / Scottish Higher Spanish Revision Course you will take an exam (which will be corrected by your teacher) and based on the results, you will receive a report for your parents including recommendations on areas of Spanish you need to work on for the future.

        1.6. Daily Schedule* - Spanish Revision Course in Madrid

        09.00 - 10.40: 2 group classes

        10.40 - 11.10: Break

        11.10 - 12.50: 2 group classes

        13.00 - 15.00: Lunch break

        15:00 - 15:50/16:40: Private tuition

        17:10 - 18:50: Fun After-Class Activities (optional)

        In the evening: Homework and revision

        * The schedules are subject to change.

    • Our preparation courses for the Spanish GCSE, AS, A-Level and Scottish Higher exam are taught by highly qualified, experienced native Spanish teachers, who will share with you their in-depth knowledge of the demands made upon examination candidates and show you how to best approach the exam. You will feel both encouraged and motivated by the techniques our teachers use, as they explain even the most difficult language issues in a fun and enjoyable way, making every lesson memorable.

    • Staying with a host family during your Spanish GCSE, AS, A-Level and Scottish Higher Revision Course will give you an excellent opportunity not only to experience all the Spanish norms and customs, but also to immensely improve your Spanish as you pick up new colloquial phrases and sayings which you can take straight into your exams!

      You will find your Spanish host families to be very friendly and welcoming, and in addition to all the help they can give you with regards to the language, you will taste the culinary delights of the traditional Spanish meals prepared by your host family.

      All our families have been carefully selected for their warm atmosphere and good facilities, and all are regularly inspected to ensure that high accommodation standards are maintained.

      They are located within 10-30 minutes travelling distance of AIL Madrid, and all are in safe neighborhoods with good metro and bus connections.

      Prior to your arrival, we will ask you to fill out a preference questionnaire, to find a host family that matches your expectations.

      The accommodation included in the package price of the programme is a single room with full board (breakfast, packed lunch and dinner).

      Should you require a different type of accommodation, please get in contact with us. If 2 pupils come together, accommodation can be arranged in the same family or in two different families that live close by. Accommodation is available from Sunday to Saturday. Extra nights are available upon request. Subject to availability Curfew: Should you require a specific curfew to be put in place, please let us know so that we can inform the host family. Please note, for students aged 17 or under, host families are the only type of accommodation that we offer.

      • Intensive tuition group and private classes
      • Accommodation in Spanish host family, single room, full board (breakfast, packed lunch and dinner)
      • All learning materials
      • 5 Fun After Class Activities
      • Student services help desk with multilingual assistance
      • Free access to our self study centre
      • Free access to the Internet from 9.00 am to 10.00 pm via WiFi or AIL Madrid’s modern interactive touch screen computers
      • Access to our library filled with level-based Spanish books
      • Free rental of a Spanish mobile phone
      • Language exchange service
      • 24h emergency number
      • End of course assessment certificate
      • At AIL Madrid you won't miss any classes due to public holidays. We are the only Spanish School in Madrid which makes up all classes and activities, independent of the course type, the length of booking, the number of public holidays in the week and the time of year.

        By taking your Spanish revision course in the country where the language is spoken you will not only greatly improve you general Spanish skills but also your all-round understanding of the language. You will learn about Spanish culture and customs and experience first-hand the Spanish way of life, gaining invaluable knowledge you can then apply during your exam.

    • Yes, parents can stay in host families with their children dependant on the family’s accommodation availability. It is important to note though that this may detract from the child’s learning curve, as they will most likely speak less Spanish with the host family than otherwise.

    • The teacher will create a study plan according to the objectives of the student and what areas of weakness they might have in Spanish. The more information they have about the students’ Spanish level the better, so that the teacher can plan to improve these areas. Some students opt for general GCSE/A Level revision, covering all the key areas (reading , listening, speaking, writing), while others prefer to focus on a specific area.

    • Yes, the course can be booked without accommodation included. The 1 week price without accommodation is 370€ with 5 private lessons or 520€ with 10 private lessons. The price for two week with 5 private lessons a week is 690€ and 990€ for 10 private lessons a week.

    • AIL host families are all in central Madrid with a maximum of a 30 minutes commute by public transport, though many are much closer to the academy.

    • The priority when deciding your children’s placement will be their level of Spanish, thus ensuring they get the most out of their classes. With 15-25 groups at all levels running year round, it is very likely we will have two groups available at the same time even if the students are different levels, though it is not something we can guarantee 100%. Having said this, as long as the course is booked in advance and this request is made on booking, this arrangement can be made in the vast majority of cases. If the students have the same level of Spanish, they should be in the same class anyway.

    • Parents are more than welcome to come with their son/daughter and take a Spanish course or simply enjoy Madrid. In such cases, we can offer you a variety of accommodation options, including host family, hostel or hotel. If this option appeals, please contact us for more details and prices.

    • Start dates for the Spanish BAC Revision Course:

      2019

      • 25 febrero - 1 marzo 2019
      • 4 marzo - 8 marzo 2019
      • 8 abril - 12 abril 2019
      • 15 abril - 19 abril 2019
      • 22 abril - 26 abril 2019
      • 29 abril - 3 mayo 2019
      • 6 mayo - 10 mayo 2019

    • Octobre 2020 University Start Date

       

      Spanish Course Start Date

      University Preparation Start Date

      University Entrance Exams 

      Prices


      Complete Program

      15/04/2019

      30/09/2019

      06/2020

      6.300€

      6 moths of Spanish classes (20 per week) + 8 months of university preparation

             

      Fast Track Program

      22/07/2019

      07/01/2020

      06/2020

      6.000€

      6 moths of Spanish classes (20 per week) + 5 months of university preparation

             

      Parrallel Program (start level B1)

      27/09/2019

      30/09/2019

      06/2020

      3.600€

      8 months of simultaneous Spanish (4 per week) and university preparation classes

      30/09/2019*

           

      Just Spanish**

      07/01/2020

      N/A

      06/2020

      3.600€

      6 months of Spanish classes (20 per week)

             

      Just Access 

      8 months of university preparation


      N/A

      30/09/2019

      06/2020

      2.800€

      5 months of university preparation


      N/A

      07/01/2020

      06/2020

      2.500€


      *Depending on choosen Spanish course.

      **Depending on your nationality, high school grades, and chosen university degree, you may not need to do the full entrance exam. Just Spanish focuses on Spanish language and administrative support. Please contact us for further advice.

      Note: Months refer to 4 teaching weeks.

      Octobre 2021 University Start Date

       

      Spanish Course Start Date

      University Preparation Start Date

      University Entrance Exams 

      Prices



      Complete Program

      20/04/2020

      5/10/2020

      06/2021

      6.300€

      6 moths of Spanish classes (20 per week) + 8 months of university preparation

             

      Fast Track Program

      27/07/2020

      11/01/2021

      06/2021

      6.000€

      6 moths of Spanish classes (20 per week) + 5 months of university preparation

             

      Parrallel Program (start level B1)

      02/10/2020

      05/10/2020

      06/2021

      3.600€

      8 months of simultaneous Spanish (4 per week) and university preparation classes

      05/10/2020*

           

      Just Spanish**

      11/01/2021

      N/A

      06/2021

      3.600€

      6 months of Spanish classes (20 per week)

             

      Just Access 

      8 months of university preparation


      N/A

      05/10/2020

      06/2021

      2.800€

      5 months of university preparation


      N/A

      07/01/2021

      06/2021

      2.500€

    • At AIL Madrid we know how important it is to be well prepared to pass the DELE exam. That is why we encourage all DELE exam students to do as many sample past DELE exam papers as possible.

      Click on the links below which will take you to the Instituto Cervantes DELE webpage where you can download the papers for your exam levels:  


      A1 DELE Exam Sample Past Papers

      A2 DELE Exam Sample Past Papers

      B1 DELE Exam Sample Past Papers

      B2 DELE Exam Sample Past Papers

      C1 DELE Exam Sample Past Papers

      C2 DELE Exam Sample Past Papers

    • Starting dates for 2 weeks courses: 08/04, 15/04


      Starting dates for 1 week courses: 18/02, 08/04, 15/04, 22/04, 27/05, 21/10, 28/10

    • No! We welcome groups of all ages and have housing options available that suite each group’s needs.

    • Students will not be accompanied to school each day: Madrid is an incredibly safe city with one of the best public transportation systems in the world! It’s easy to use and very intuitive. In addition, all our families live in central neighborhoods (within the area marked by the metro line 6), which a maximum distance of 30 minutes from the school by public transport.

    • To arrange a group trip, we ask that each group have 5 students or more. That said, if you have 2, 3 or 4 students, AIL Madrid can offer some fantastic discounts if you sign up together. Don’t hesitate to ask!

    • When all students in a group have a similar age and level, we create classes of 10 people comprised solely from your group. And the same goes for activities! However, if your students are over 16 years old and want to integrate into our regular courses and activities, we can arrange for them to join the general classes best suited to their level.

        • Sunday

      - Arrival in Madrid and meeting at AIL Madrid school with host families

      - 20:30-21:00 Dinner

        • Monday

      - Breakfast

      - 9:00-12:50 Spanish Course

      - Lunchbreak

      - From 15:00 Activities

      - 20:30-21:00 Dinner

        • Tuesday

      - Breakfast

      - 9:00-12:50 Spanish Course

      - Lunchbreak

      - From 15:00 Activities

      - 20:30-21:00 Dinner

        • Wednesday

      - Breakfast

      - 9:00-12:50 Spanish Course

      - Lunchbreak

      - From 15:00 Activities

      - 20:30-21:00 Dinner

        • Thursday

      - Breakfast

      - 9:00-12:50 Spanish Course

      - Lunchbreak

      - From 15:00 Activities

      - 20:30-21:00 Dinner

      • Friday

      - Breakfast

      - 9:00-12:50 Spanish Course

      - Lunchbreak

      - From 15:00 Activities

      - 20:30-21:00 Dinner

      • Saturday

      - Breakfast

      - Meeting at AIL Madrid

      - Transfer to the airport

      - Departure

    • El programa de 2019 se encuentra en elaboración y se hará público dentro de muy poco. No obstante, puedes ver el de 2018 para que te hagas una idea de cómo será el de la próxima edición:

      Lunes
      9:00-9:30 – Desayuno de bienvenida. Entrega de materiales e inauguración
      9:30-11:00 – Nearpod: un recurso en línea que cambiará tu vida
      11:30-13:30 – Los conquistamos con la mirada: infografías, fotos, vídeos…
      14:00-15:00 – Comida de bienvenida

      Martes
      9:00-9:30 – Participamos todos: Puesta en común de lo aprendido
      9:30-11:00 – Adolescentes en clase: cómo sobrevivir a la experiencia
      11:30-13:30 – Gramática en contexto: integrar estructuras trabajando todas las destrezas
      17:10-18:50 – Visita al Museo Reina Sofía

      Miércoles
      9:00-9:30 – Participamos todos: Puesta en común de lo aprendido
      9:30-11:00 – Las expresiones coloquiales: “Esto es pan comido”
      11:30-13:30 – SIELE: la nueva prueba de nivel rápida y cómoda
      14:00-15:00 – Pautas para la observación de clases
      17:10-18:50 – Visita al Círculo de Bellas Artes

      Jueves
      9:00-11:00 – Observación de clases
      11:30-13:30 – Cómo conseguir que nuestros alumnos hablen
      17:10-18:50 – Visita al Museo Sorolla

      Viernes
      9:00-9:30 – La enseñanza en inmersión: AIL Madrid
      9:30-11:00 – La cultura de la clase y una clase de cultura: contenidos y dinámicas interculturales
      11:30-13:30 – Presentación de novedades editoriales: Edinumen
      14:00-15:00 – Clausura del curso y entrega de diplomas

      • Dotar al profesor de los recursos necesarios para dinamizar sus clases a través de la tecnología.
      • Reflexionar sobre las necesidades de los adolescentes y mostrar herramientas para despertar su interés en clase.
      • Presentar las ventajas del nuevo examen SIELE y compararlo con DELE.
      • Destacar las mejores estrategias para fomentar la participación oral en el aula.
      • Considerar la importancia de la interculturalidad en el proceso de enseñanza/aprendizaje ELE.

    • Siendo breves: porque un profesor nunca debería dejar de perfeccionar y actualizar su conocimiento y técnica de enseñanza. Este curso también te pondrá en contacto con otros profesores de ELE de todas partes del mundo. De esta forma, ampliarás tus contactos y conocimiento de este campo. ¿Cuál es el perfil ideal de alumno de este curso? Los profesores de español con experiencia aprovecharán al máximo las lecciones ya que no se trata de un entrenamiento para “novatos”, sino más bien una oportunidad de refrescar tus conocimientos e intercambiar ideas.

    • No hay ningún título específico que te permita trabajar como profesor. Esto dependerá de los requisitos de la persona o institución que te contrate. Si hay una cosa de la que puedes estar seguro, es de que este curso actualizará muchos de tus conocimientos y te otorgará un gran plus, tanto a tu currículum como a tu nivel de experiencia.

    • Al finalizar el curso, todos los asistentes reciben un certificado propio acreditativo en el que se reflejan las horas de duración del mismo. Dependiendo de tus necesidades, tendrá cierto grado de oficialidad. Esto dependerá de los requerimientos de la persona o escuela que te contrate. Una de las cosas de las que puedes estar seguro es que el curso mejorará todos tus conocimientos y te dará un extra, tanto en tu CV como en tu nivel de experiencia.

      • Profesores de Español como Lengua Extranjera en institutos de secundaria, escuelas superiores o universidades.
      • Profesores de español nativos o no nativos con nivel de español C1.
      • Profesores de español sin experiencia docente que quieren compartir formación con otros compañeros con más experiencia en ELE y tener la oportunidad de observar clases reales.

    • El curso está compuesto por los tres módulos siguientes:

      Formación teórica ELE: 23 horas lectivas de lunes a viernes de 9.00 a 13.30/14:00.

      Se entregará a los asistentes un USB con archivos electrónicos que contienen material ELE libre de derechos para su consulta (artículos, libros, tesis doctorales, memorias de investigación, actividades didácticas), organizados en las áreas temáticas del curso de formación ELE (Nearpod, Observación de Clases, Actividades comunicativas, Modelo SIELE, etc). Se trata de una recopilación exhaustiva y actualizada de recursos para la investigación, la reflexión y la explotación didáctica en el aula.

      Observación de clases ELE (Este módulo está formado por tres elementos:):

      • Una sesión introductoria en la que se indicarán las pautas para la observación de clases ELE.
      • Observación de clases ELE con estudiantes reales de AIL Madrid.
      • Reunión para comentar y resumir la observación de clases ELE.
      • El curso incluye la observación de dos clases el jueves por la mañana, aunque los profesores que lo deseen, pueden optar por observar hasta cuatro clases más el jueves por la tarde.

        Programa cultural (opcional):

        AIL Madrid ofrece, en horario de tarde, visitas guiadas a destacados museos de la ciudad.

 

    • When selecting their housing, students can choose from a single or double room. The price will then include utilities (gas, light, water), WIFI, and a landline to receive and make calls within Spain. It also includes towels, sheets, basic cleaning products, and a weekly cleaning service in shared living spaces. Each bedroom also includes a fan.

    • Each one bedroom apartment has a double bed or two single beds. The price includes utilities (air conditioning, light, water), as well as WIFI, a weekly cleaning service, and towels and sheets that are cleaned weekly.

    • To begin, students should choose from single or double rooms. The price will then include full board (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) from Monday to Saturday, as well as towels and sheets that are washed weekly with your clothing. It also includes a daily cleaning service for bedrooms and bathrooms (except Sundays and holidays). Finally, it includes WIFI, a landline to make and receive calls, and a fan in each bedroom.

    • The price includes a daily halfboard (breakfast and dinner), WIFI, a landline to make and receive calls to and from other Spanish landlines, and towels and sheets that are washed weekly with your clothing.

    • Our shared flats are located in central neighborhoods of Madrid and are all well connected by public transportation (within 30 minutes of the center).

    • There is usually an average of 4 to 7 students living in each flat at once.

    • All of our flats, families, and residences have a high speed WIFI connection.

    • AIL’s host families are carefully selected to ensure that all students enjoy their stay and are treated as members of the family. Our families can be anyone from single people to couples or families with small or grown children.

    • The best part about staying with a host family is practicing your Spanish and immersing yourself in Spanish culture. With this goal in mind, our families only speak Spanish with our students.

    • The deposit has two purposes: to reserve your room and to guarantee payment. For security reasons, we require the deposit for the entirety of your stay: the student must leave the room in the same state they found it. If there is no damage found in the room/accommodation at the end of your stay, your deposit will be returned to you within 7 days of your departure. If damages are found, we will subtract the amount required for repairs from the deposit and return the rest.

    • In the event of cancellations prior to arrival, any upfront payments will be considered as a non returnable payment for accommodation (subject to a one month limit). In the event of cancellations after arrival, one month's notice of accommodation cancellation is required. Following this notice period, all additional accommodation amounts paid will be reimbursed in full.

 

      • General:

      • Emergency services in Madrid: 112

        Madrid City Council Information : 010

        Community of Madrid Information: 012

        24 hour Chemist: 098

      • Fire:

      • Madrid and Móstoles: 080

        Community of Madrid: 085

      • Police:

      • National: 091

        Municipal: 092

        Guardia Civil: 062

      • Public Health:

      • SAMUR (Accidents in public places): 092

        INSALUD (Urgencies): 061 or 112 (English or Spanish)

      • Red Cross:

      • Emergencies: 91 522 22 22

        Intoxications: 91 562 04 20

        Ambulances: 91 473 93 61 Madrid Emergency Number Health

      • Lost or Stolen Credit Cards:

      • Visa: 901 10 10 11

        MasterCard (Eurocard): 91 519 21 00

        American Express: 91 572 03 03

        Diner's Club Card: 902 40 11 12

    • Madrid is one of the top two safest cities in Europe, and its only getting safer! Each year Madrid law enforcement agencies review and improve their approach, ensuring that crime rates drop each year from their already very low numbers. While there is an occasional pick pocket, the majority of our students of all ages feel safer here than in their home towns- something their parents confirm after visiting! That said, things happen and AIL Madrid wants its university preparation students to feel comforted that if they need help they have someone to call at any time, day or night. In the case of any problem that should occur we ask our students to call our 24-hour emergency contact number: 607 959 887.

    • If your child is under 18 years old, we require them to live with one of our loving, native Spanish host families, to ensure they get the attention, care, and security they need. This provides a fantastic way for them to practice Spanish at home, immerse themselves in the culture, and have a strong support system during their stay here in Madrid If they are over 18, they also have the opportunity to live in a student dormitory or in a shared flat for student under 30. Either of these options will give your child a strong social network, with friends from all over the world, and as well as a secure home in a residential area of Madrid. All of our accommodation options are carefully vetted or provided directly by AIL Madrid, to ensure your child is always in safe hands!

    • The Mediterranean diet is one of the most popular in the world for a reason: with fresh, locally produced vegetables, fish, and meat, our students come to class with energy and a sense of general well being. If they’re staying with a host family, they have the added benefit of home cooked meals with the family, or, if they’re in the dorms, a fun dining hall atmosphere with friends. In the shared flats, they have the opportunity to select their food independently from Spain’s numerous supermarkets, cafes, and restaurants. No matter what you choose, they are sure to enjoy some of the country’s finest tapas and paellas!

    • Madrid has an incredible amount of dietary options: most supermarkets have gluten free sections (even the mom and pop shops on the corner), and all of them provide lactose free products. Most restaurants also provide allergy information, so your child is sure to be able to avoid upsetting foods. We will also make sure that their host families know about any dietary restrictions in advance.

    • A lot of parents worry about their children going a little wild when they leave home but, in Spain, drinking culture is more social and less binge focused. Your child is far more likely to learn to have a responsible glass of wine with dinner than anything else, especially if they’re staying with a host family.

    • Students have different spending patterns based on their interests and habits in Madrid, so it depends a little on what you’d like to provide them with. In recent years, prices in general have increased slightly, but the cost of living in Madrid remains lower than most other European capitals, especially with daily expenses such as food and public transportation. The cost of rent will most likely will be the most expensive factor of the student’s stay in Madrid but AIL provides several affordable accommodation options to help keep things reasonable.

      A few examples of standard Madrid prices:

      Coffee: 1.50€

      Lunch (3 courses): 9-15€

      Movie Ticket: 5-10€

      Monthly Metro Pass (Zone A, under 26): 20€

      Monthly metro Pass (Zone A, over 26): 54€

    • Your student can choose to enter almost any field of their choosing and our advisors are happy to help walk you through this decision. In Spain, students enter directly into one field of study, so the exams they are preparing for will be related directly to their chosen field. To begin the process, discuss your child’s interests with them, or get recommendations from their AIL academic advisor.

    • Each student should view our planning checklist in advance, but the 6 most important items to review are:

      1. Make sure your child has an up to date passport, valid for the entire duration of their stay (for university preparation, at least one year from the start of the program)

      2. Determine whether they need a student visa and if so, make sure you allow sufficient time to obtain one. Study visas are required for all non-EU nationals entering Spain for a period of greater than 3 months and for residents of certain countries no matter the duration of the stay. Please see our Study Visa page for more information about obtaining visas in Spain.

      3. Organize international health insurance and travel insurance.

      4. See your doctor before you go.

      5. Be sure to bring a sufficient supply of any prescriptions you require.

      6. Think about what countries you may want to visit while you are here and be sure to obtain any recommended vaccinations/medications.

    • The medical field in Spain is highly advanced and easily accessible: AIL Madrid offers travel and medical insurance to its students so that they may travel safely. We are happy to answer any questions regarding the terms and conditions of our student travel and medical insurance. Once you’ve purchased insurance, the company will provide you with a list of available doctors and services covered in Madrid.

    • In this day and age, it’s incredibly easy to keep in touch with your loved ones, no matter where you are! AIL Madrid offers smart phone rentals, so you can keep in touch daily via whatsapp, email, and skype. The Madrid airport is also incredibly well connected, offering direct flights to locations all over the world, so visiting is easy!

    • The transport network is divided up into various zones, formed by concentric circles spreading out from the heart of Madrid. Zone A is the most central, surrounded by zones B1, B2, B3, C1, C2 E1 y E2. The price of your ticket will increase as you move away from zone A, but with the help of the metro map (which clearly outlines the different zones) you will always know exactly what ticket you need.


      Unless you are planning an excursion to the nearby mountains, or to the neighboring towns (Alcala de Henares, Arranjuez, Toledo etc.), you are unlikely to ever venture out of zone A as all the main tourist sites, places of interest, AIL Madrid, and your accommodation (if we organize this for you) are located here.

    • Tuition

      Our tuition covers all courses offered in the Spanish University Preparation Program for the enrolled terms: General Spanish Language Course, Specialty Spanish Language Course, General University Preparation Course, and our Fun Afternoon Activities.

      Guidance and Tutelage

      The price of the Spanish University Foundation Course also includes the availability to the student of a personal advisor to help with university admission questions, preparation for admission exams, and any other student questions or concerns. In addition, the tuition includes academic progress tests and regular one-on-one meetings with the student’s professor in order to assess the student’s progress in the program.

      Accommodation

      All AIL Madrid accommodation (i.e. host families, shared flats and university residences) are screened by our accommodation advisor. For us it is important to maintain a trusting and honest relationship with our providers, so as to secure a convenient and comfortable living and study atmosphere for all our students. In addition, our advisor is always available if you have any questions or problems of any kind.

      Airport Pick-up Service

      When a student first arrives in a foreign country with all their suitcases, it can be a bit overwhelming. To make the first day a little easier, AIL Madrid has arranged a complementary pick-up service for our Spanish University Preparation Program students. We provide for student collection from Madrid’s Barajas airport and transfer the students to their accommodation or to our school.

      24-hour emergency phone number

      Things happen and AIL Madrid wants its university preparation students to feel comforted that if they need help they have someone to call at any time, day or night. In the case of any problem that should occur we ask our students to call our 24-hour emergency contact number: 607 959 887.

      Orientation week

      New culture, new rules, and a new language: we know the transition into a new culture can be a lot! In order to make your transition easier, AIL Madrid offers an Orientation Week Program for its university preparation students, to help make the adjustment that much easier. The Orientation Week Program includes a student welcome evening with tapas and drinks, which will give the student the opportunity to meet and get to know your fellow classmates. In addition, AIL Madrid will give their university preparation students a guided city tour around Madrid. We will also organize a get together at a local establishment, where all the students and teachers can introduce themselves. In addition, we provide all the information you need about transportation around the city, siestas, neighborhoods, safety etc. Local information

      Whether you decide to go abroad for a couple of weeks, a year, or more, it is incredibly important to have enough knowledge about the destination and to be well-informed about the cultural differences, local laws and local customs. AIL Madrid provides its students with information about Madrid e.g. the neighborhoods (barrios), services (shops, restaurants, etc.) things to do (sightseeing, museums, etc.), cultural differences, things to look out for and be careful about, as well as many other tips and useful local information.

      Learning Materials

      The grammar books that are used in our Spanish classes are included in the standard tuition as well as several additional learning materials.

    • To help you make the best possible and most relaxing start to your Spanish study holiday, AIL offers an airport transfer pick up service. An AIL representative will wait for you in the Arrivals hall and will be instantly recognizable as he or she will be holding a clearly labeled large marker with your name on it. Our Spanish and English speaking representative will already have your accommodation details and will take you straight there… and don’t worry, if your flight is delayed, our representative will wait! If you would like to reserve this please let us know at the time of booking and if you need a single journey or a return trip.
      One way: 75€
      Return: 125€

    • To secure your place on the course and book your accommodation, a 200 Euros upfront payment is required. This amount will be deducted from the total amount due. If you choose to stay in a student residence and/or require AIL Madrid to send you a visa invitation letter, the upfront payment required is higher. Please consult for details.

      Upfront payment

      You can pay your upfront payment through any of the following methods:

      1.  International bank transfer to our bank account in Spain

      Account holder 

      Academia Internacional de Lenguas Madrid, S.L.

      IBAN (International Bank Account No) 

      ES79 0081 5077 7000 0142 2545 

      BIC / SWIFT code

      BSAB ESBB

      Bank 

      Banco de Sabadell S.A.
      Address
      Núñez de Balboa 20, 28001 Madrid, SPAIN

      Please remember to clearly show your name on the bank transfer instruction and email us a copy of the transfer.

      AIL Madrid is not responsible for any bank transfer charges. Payment must be received in full – please instruct your bank to remit the full amount with additional funds to cover ALL bank transfer charges. 

      2. Visa or MasterCard

      Please either call or email AIL Madrid with the following details: 16 digit card number, expiry date and 3 digit security code.

      3. PayPal

      By clicking on the following link https://www.ailmadrid.com/alt-payment.php. Please note that we only accept PayPal transactions to settle the initial downpayment.

      4. Cash

      Payable at the school.

      Balance of fees  

      You can pay the balance due on your first day in Madrid in cash (Euros only) or by Visa or MasterCard. If you prefer to pay by bank transfer, please make the transfer at least 5 days before your start. For security reasons we do not accept cash payments by post

    • Why buy travel insurance?

      Whether you travel for business or pleasure, international travel involves risk. You may arrive at your destination to find that your luggage with personal items has disappeared, a personal emergency may necessitate your early return to your home country or a medical emergency may require hospitalisation or even air evacuation. Without appropriate travel insurance, you may be in jeopardy of significant financial liability.

      Key reasons to purchase the insurance from AIL Madrid - in conjunction with our insurance partner HCC Medical Insurance Services:

      1. Excess/Deductible : 0 USD
      2. Maximum Coverage: 2 million USD
      3. Available: to all ages
      4. Worldwide coverage
      5. User-friendly, secure booking through our website. 
      For more information on the policy, please click here .

      For a full list of all coverage and benefit limits please see the following PDFs 

        How to obtain the insurance?

        Please click on the following links to get a quote for your insurace:

      1. AIL Madrid is the only Spanish School in Madrid which makes up all classes and activities missed due to national or local public holidays, independent of the course type, the length of booking, the number of public holidays in the week and time of the year WITHOUT exception.


        Public Holidays in 2019: 


        • April 18 (Thursday) – Holly Thursday*
        • April 19 (Friday) –Holly Friday
        • May 1 (Wednesday) –International Labour Day
        • May 2 (Thursday) – Madrid Autonomous Community Day*
        • May 15 (Wednesday) – St. Isidro
        • August 15 (Thursday) – Assumption Day
        • October 12 (Saturday) – National Day Of the Kingdom of Spain
        • November 1 (Friday) – All Saints’ Day
        • November 9 (Saturday) – Our Lady of the Almudena
        • December 6 (Friday) –Constitution Day
        • December 9 (Monday) – Immaculate Conception Day
        • December 25 (Wednesday) – Christmas Day

        *Group classes take place in order to comply with the total number of hours.

        • Why open a bank account in Spain?

        For students who are planning on being in Spain for a long time, opening a bank account is a hugely advantageous way to:

        • effectively manage your finances
        • have 24 hour free access to your money via a network of ATMs
        • reduce bank charges and exchange commissions

        • How can AIL Madrid help?

        New bank account opening procedures in Spain are rigorous requiring the presentation of lots of documentation. Adding the potential linguistic barrier (you should not expect the bank staff to be able to speak any languages other than Spanish!), the task can be quite daunting.

        As one of our students, you will benefit from us holding your hand during the process, arranging appointments, making personal introductions and, if required, assistance with completing application forms.

        • What are the advantages of opening a bank account with Sabadell?

        After reviewing all available options, we recommend Banco Sabadell for the following reasons:

        • Their account conditions are extremely competitive. Opening a bank account with Sabadell through AIL Madrid is totally free of charge. This is an enormous advantage, as banks in Spain usually charge you to open a bank account.
        • The closest branch is just 50 metres from the school so visiting before or after class could not be more convenient.
        • We know their friendly staff and they even have some English speakers too!
        • And most importantly, our students have given us positive feedback on their experiences and the customer service.

        • Banco Sabadell Bank Account ("Cuenta Expansión") Features: 

        • No monthly maintenance / administration charges
        • Deposit cheques free of charge
        • National transfers in Euros are free of charge
        • Free cash withdrawals for amounts over 60 Euros- with 32,000 ATMs, you´ll always find one nearby!
        • Free debit and credit cards (and replacements within 72 hours if anything happens)
        • Check your account online at anytime
        • Option to receive text messages or email alerts about your account – high security is guaranteed!
        • 3% cashback on household bills - on Internet, telephone, gas, electricity and mobile phone bills (up to 20 Euros a month!)

        • How do I sign up?

        Speak to our Student Care Team for more information including the required documentation; they will happily accompany you to the branch if you would like to open an account!

      2. Internet

        When you are in Madrid it is important to have internet access to stay in contact with your friends and family at home. Most cafes and coffee shops have free wifi, which is usually made clear by a wifi sticker on the window or door. Inside, if the password is not posted clearly, just ask an employee and they’ll help you connect. If you’re traveling without your own device, try a “locutorio” (internet café) in the centre of Madrid where you can pay to use the internet by minutes or hours.

        Tip: Skype and Whatsapp are excellent ways to keep in touch with your family and they’re free!

        Telephones

        If you wish to adopt a Spanish number for your stay in Madrid, you can easily purchase a local SIM card from one of the many providers in the city. Movistar is the most popular company for its phone plans, while companies such as Vodafone and Orange are also widely available. You can also make calls from telephone booths in the street, bars or “locutorio”.

        Post Offices

        If you want to send a letter or postcard to someone, you can buy your stamps in the tobacco stores, all of which have the “tabacos” logo. You can post your letter or postcard in a mailbox or you can go to the post office (Correos).

        Tip: In the barrio Chueca you can find the Casa Postal (Libertad 37), they offer more than 500.000 different postcards!

      3. Protect yourself from unforeseen circumstances! Cancellation Insurance is available for 5% of the total sum of the full program invoice, provides coverage for the cost of your course and accommodation, and is valid from the date of purchase until the end of your course. The insurance fee must be paid in full at the time of reservation and does not cover the enrollment fee, services already used at the time of cancellation, the cost of the insurance itself, or your travel costs.


        Your cancellation insurance is personal, non-transferable, and can easily be applied to save you from stress in these situations: work, examination, proven illness by a Spanish doctor of the student following their arrival in Spain or proven illness in their home country prior to their arrival, pregnancy, or obligatory military service. Cancellation insurance will not take effect if the student has received the invitation letter for study visa application.


        Cancellation insurance will give you the security of knowing you will receive a refund within 15 days from date we receive your cancellation documentation, and will be transferred to the student’s account or account of origin (AIL Madrid will not refund this amount to any other person or account).

      4. At AIL Madrid we want you to be comfortable in your new environment while at the same time staying in touch with loved ones from home. This is why we offer all our students the following options:

        The free rental of a Spanish pay-as-you-go mobile phone choosing between a:

        - Samsung Galaxy Young (S6310) Smartphone, with a 3.2MP camera, video recorder, 3.27" screen and 4GB of memory
        - Alcatel BIC basic phone, with a 0.3MP camera, 1.08" screen

        The Orange SIM card with discounted fares appropriate for calling abroad. Two special tariffs are available:

        Mundo* Minimum 5€ top-up with national calls at 0 cent/min (call connection charge18,15 cents per call) and international calls from 1cent/min (call connection charge according to the country) and SMS costing 12 cent each. If you want to add internet you can pick among: paying 6€ for 500MB of data, or 9€ for a 1GB and 15€ for 2GB.**

        Ballena* Minimum 10€ top-up. Once activated, 8.95€ is deducted monthly, to give you national calls at 0 cent/min (call connection charge 18,15 cents per call) andincludes 1GB of Internet, for one month. SMS messages are
        12 cents each.**

        *Tariffs updated on August 2015.
        ** All fees inclued VAT.

        How does the service work?

        • Rental of a Samsung Galaxy Young or Alcatel BIC: 

        - Request your mobile phone at least one week before arrival
        - You will receive your phone on your first day of school in exchange of a deposit: 30€ for the Alcatel BIC, 60€ for the Samsung Galaxy Young
        - The mobile phone must be handed back on your last day of school. We will then return your deposit to you.

        • Buy my own Orange SIM card:

        - Request your Orange SIM card when you arrive
        - Our Student Care Team will help you activating the SIM card directly from the school
        - You can buy a 5€ or 10€ SIM card and you have 5€ or 10€ credit on your mobile phone
        - With the Orange Mundo SIM card you can call abroad from 1c/min. Enjoy it!

        Benefits of using mobile services:

        •  Receive calls from abroad for free – avoid expensive roaming charges
        •  Navigate and make calls in Spain at reasonable prices
        •  Use of the Smartphone or mobile phone during your entire stay in Madrid - receive the phone on your first day of class and return it on your last day

        *Terms and Conditions

        • Rental offer available to students enrolled on Spanish courses of 20 hours per week.
        • A deposit of 30 € for the Alcatel BIC or 60€ for the Samsung Galaxy Young is required when you want to rent the mobile phone. The deposit is returned when the phone is handed back. 
        • Buying an Orange SIM card offer is available to students enrolled on any AIL Madrid Spanish courses.

      • EU nationals are not required to obtain study visas to study in Spain.

        Visas are not required for courses of less than 90 days (i.e. 12 weeks) for nationals of the following countries: Albania, Andorra, Former Yugoslav Republic Of Macedonia, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, South Korea, Costa Rica, Chile, El Salvador, United States, Guatemala, Honduras, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, Nicaragua, New Zealand, Panama, Paraguay, Saint Kitts and Nevis, San Marino, Vatican, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Uruguay, Venezuela.

        Please read the guidance below very carefully if you are not a passport holder from one of the above listed countries or if you will be studying with us for more than 12 weeks.

        1. Consult your local Spanish Embassy or Consulate about Spanish study visa requirements for your country at least 120 days prior to departure.

        2. Enrol with AIL Madrid advising us of your nationality and your country’s specific study visa requirements, if any exist. [Please note prior to granting a Spanish study visa, your local Spanish Embassy will require AIL Madrid to confirm that your Spanish program and accommodation fees have been paid for in full.]

        3. AIL Madrid will send you a Certificate of Enrolment (Study Visa Invitation letter) by email and a hard copy by post on the same day (with a copy sent by email immediately).

      • This will be required by your local Spanish Embassy or Consulate prior to issuing a visa. The document is evidence that you are enrolled in a course and will state your name, the course details, your accommodation details, the dates of study and confirmation of the amount paid for the course and accommodation fees. It is signed by the AIL Madrid Director and is stamped with the school’s seal.

        As an Instituto Cervantes accredited language school, AIL Madrid's Certificate of Enrolment is a valid document for study visa purposes and will result in your application being approved if there is no other problem with the other documentation you present

      • Your visa application should be made at least three months before your departure date.

        Please note that although AIL Madrid will gladly assist you in the process of obtaining a study visa; we are required to work within the strict guidelines of your local Spanish Embassy/Consulate. It is the local Spanish Embassy/Consulate who makes all decisions regarding the granting of study visas and their decision is final.

        In the event that a Spanish study visa is denied after you have paid your course fees, AIL Madrid will reimburse the course fees, minus a 200 Euros administrative charge. However, should you subsequently successfully obtain a Spanish study visa and take an AIL Madrid Spanish course, your enrolment fee will be waived.

      • The following documentation is required to be submitted to your local Spanish embassy by you in person or by your legal representative:

        • Passport valid for a minimum of six months with three photocopies of the personal information and photo page

        • 4 recent pictures, passport size

        • Completed Spanish study visa application form

        • Proof of admission to AIL Madrid as a full-time student (provided by AIL Madrid)

        • Private health insurance policy – AIL Madrid can advise you on health insurance if required

        • Original certificate of good conduct issued by the police department of the city or cities where the applicant has spent 6 months or more in the last 5 years - a translation into Spanish must also be provided

        • Original medical certificate typed on doctor stationary verifying that the applicant is free from the following quarantine diseases: yellow fever, cholera, and the plague. The certificate must also certify that the applicant is free of drug addictions and mental illness. A translation into Spanish must be provided

        • Confirmation that accommodation details while in Spain have been paid for in full (provided by AIL Madrid)

        • Proof of financial means for the period of study in Spain. This could be:

        • Certificate of enrolment from AIL Madrid stating educational and living expenses have been paid for in advance, or

        • Notarized letter of parents/custodians, assuming financial responsibility while student is in Spain, or

        • Current statement of the student’s bank account with a minimum balance of $1000 per month of stay in Spain or $1000 worth of travelers cheques per month of stay in Spain.

        DISCLAIMER: Rules and regulations for visas change constantly. Whilst we make every effort to keep abreast of changes, we cannot guarantee that the information above is accurate or complete. We cannot accept any responsibility or be held liable for your visa application and we strongly recommend that you contact your local Spanish Embassy or Consulate as early as possible to ensure that you are aware of the requirements for your country and have all necessary documentation.

        • Who is considered a student?

        Foreigners coming to Spain with the only purpose of studying or undertaking research, training or a non-lucrative job in any Spanish educational or scientific, public or private, officially recognized centre.

        • How long does the student visa last?

        It is granted for the whole duration of the Spanish course, with a one year maximum duration.

        • When does the Spanish study visa expire?

        When the activity for which it was granted comes to an end or when the period for which it was granted is over.

        • Is the Spanish study visa renewable?

        Yes, the Spanish study visa is renewable.

        • Can foreign students’ relatives come to Spain?

        Students who have obtained a visa can apply for the corresponding stay visas for their relatives to enter and stay in Spain, during the period of their studies or research.