Learn Spanish in South America
Spanish Immersion Schools in Chile, Argentina, and Peru
Enhanced Spanish Immersion that Gets You Fluent Quickly
A hybrid on-site small group classes with private online flex lessons
  • Small Group Classes  Learn the language at top Spanish schools in Argentina, Chile, and Peru.  Classes are small (max 8 students) for lots of conversation practice. 
  • Private Online Flex Lessons  We help you with your unique needs thru private sessions before, during, or after your program.
  • Certified Spanish Level  Your abilities earn you an official "smart certificate" (for LinkedIn) and a college transcript for formal education use.

Multi-Culture Option

Schools share common schedules so you can easily "school hop" between destinations
Spanish School Locations

Travel Your Way to Spanish Fluency:  Create Your Own Adventure

Santiago (Antonio Varas 514)

Viña del Mar (Alvarez 1720)

Buenos Aires (Pringles 1441)

Mendoza (Paso de los Andes 1235)

Lima (Alfredo Benavides 2848)

Cusco (Alfredo Yepez Miranda C-6)

Spanish Program Structure

Each program module advances you one level and consists of:

  • Two Weeks Spanish Immersion:  You can study at any Ecela school(s) in any order.  There is no extra charge for "school hopping" if you want a multi-city experience.
  • 20 Online Flex Lessons (Private):  Use these individual lessons before, during, or after your trip.  (or a combination).  
  • Free Exchanges:  You may "swap" Spanish immersion weeks with flex lessons.  One Spanish immersion week = 10 individual lessons.  For example,  if you want to study an extra week in Buenos Aires, just exchange 10 private online lessons to receive an extra school week.

Certificate:  At the conclusion of your program you will receive a formal certificate (online and digital) to verify your achievement for LinkedIn and other job sites and applications. (see details below)

"For the first time in my life I woke up looking forward to class...and dreaded days off."
Certification Levels
Verification of your success (N-1 thru N-10).  Ecela "Smart certificates" are suitable for LinkedIn placement and school/job applications

Beginner

Principiante I (N-1) Able to have basic conversations when the other person speaks slowly and clearly.
Principiante II (N-2)  Know how to describe aspects of your past and surroundings in simple terms.

Intermediate

Intermedio I (N-3) Able to describe experiences and aspirations as well as briefly justify your opinions or explain your plans.
Intermedio II (N-4) Can understand the main ideas of complex texts whether they are about concrete or abstract topics

Advanced

Avanzado I (N-5)  Can interact with native speakers with some fluency and spontaneity, communicating using a wide range of vocabulary.
Avanzado II (N-6)  Able to understand a wide variety of long and demanding texts as well as recognize their implicit meanings.

Superior

Superior I (N-7) Can produce clear, well-structured, and detailed texts about complex topics
Superior II (N-8)  Can express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, with no syntactical errors in his/her written or spoken production.

Professional

Dominio (N-9) Has communicative competence approaching that of a native speaker.
Maestría (N-10) Know how to navigate difficulties with enough discretion that the other person barely notices.

Classroom Previews

Observe typical group classes

Level:  Beginner    Instructor:  Alejandra

Level:  Avanzado    Instructor:  Roberto

Laura (Ecela Buenos Aires) describes the teaching atmosphere

Beyond the Classroom:
Activities & Excursions
Your experience goes far beyond language classes and includes a full calendar of cultural and social activities.
 
Bastiaan Baeten (Holland):
 
"I really like the activities that Ecela offers..nice variety and a great way to get to know fellow students and the local way of life."
 
Outside of class:
  • Barrio Visits Get to know the local area below the surface with tours of non-tourist barrios.
  • Bond With Students and Staff  Spend time with students not in your class and be with teachers in another setting
  • Acquire New Skills   Learn to prepare empanadas, dance Salsa or Tango, practice local artisan customs
School after-class activities and weekend excursions let you experience more than just language classes.
"Who Else Learns Spanish at Ecela?"
Total students: 21,500+ since 2001 
 
Most Represented Countries:
1. United States
2. Germany
3. Brazil
4. Switzerland
5. United Kingdom
 
Median Age: 25
Note: 20% are 55+
 
Spanish Level: About half are Beginners
 
Length of Stay: Average program is 4 weeks
(minimum: 1 week, maximum: 6 months)
Student Reviews
Spanish Learners of All Ages & Backgrounds Welcome...

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Pricing & Dates

How fluent should we get you?
One course (one Spanish level) = 3 weeks any school(s) + 15 private online lessons
 
Use the red 'check availability' button to inquire about a specific start date.

audit
$
9o
+ $900 per course
  • Spanish Course(s)
  • Free School-Hopping
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standard
$
59o
+ $900 per course
  • Spanish Course(s)
  • Free School-Hopping
  • Ecela Certification (Digital & Print)
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  • Alumni Club
credit
$
1,29o
+ $1,200 per course
  • Spanish Course(s)
  • Free School-Hopping
  • Ecela Certification (Digital & Print)
  • College Transcript
  • Alumni Club
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