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Reviews of Escuela Montalbán, Granada, Spain

Total number of reviews: 45
NOTE: All reviews are authentic. Only students who booked their course through us can publish evaluations here, and only after the end of their programme. These evaluations then are not manipulated in any way, neither by us nor by the school, and can be trusted as honest opinions about personal experiences with the school.

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Escuela Montalbán, Granada, Spain
4.5/5.0 
(45 reviews)
City 4.7/5.0 
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Social activities 4.0/5.0 
Course quality / Progress in language 4.6/5.0 
Value for money 4.1/5.0 
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Individual Reviews
29. Nov. 2016
1. (72 years)  -  Canada
1. Intensive Course - 1 week

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10. Oct. 2016
2. (43 years)  -  Australia
2. Standard Course - 4 weeks

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It was a great location and the teachers were really friendly, helpful and professional.
1. Mar. 2016
3. (65 years)  -  Germany
3. Standard Course - 2 weeks

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No real beginner class
7. Oct. 2015
4. (22 years)  -  Netherlands
4. Standard Course - 7 weeks

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The thing that I liked most about the school is that they managed to make learning Spanish fun. Normally during my classes in University the classes seem to take forever. But in Escuela Montalban time passes like no other. This is definitely because of the teachers the school employs. All teachers keep you engaged throughout the entire class with fun games, constantly asking questions, fun current topics to talk about.
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I would definitely recommend that you stay for a minimum period of 4 weeks so that you can really feel at home in the Spanish culture. Trust me, if you decide to take a language course here you will not be disappointed.
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Besides the awesome teachers Escuela Montalban has, they also make sure that you experience Spanish culture to the fullest. They plan cultural activities every day and on weekends they even offer scuba diving, hiking in the Alpujarras, and a weekend in Morocco. I cannot wait to go back!
14. Sep. 2015
5. (33 years)  -  United Kingdom
5. Super Intensive Course - 1 week

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Friendly atmosphere, pleasant staff.
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I had a great time at Escuela Montalban and only wish I had booked a longer visit.
29. Dec. 2014
6. (25 years)  - 
6. Standard Course - 2 weeks

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Very nice teachers with an approachable way of teaching
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My advice is concerning accommodation. When choosing a property, it is better to read the reviews!
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The school has a convenient location, learning is easy! The course materials are provided!
4. Nov. 2014
7. Prymachenko (25 years)  - 
7. Super Intensive Course - 2 weeks

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Just be prepared that nobody speaks Russian there and few people know English!;)
1. Oct. 2014
8. (52 years)  - 
8. Spanish + Flamenco or Tango - 2 weeks

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Excursion to Alpujarra
9. Jun. 2014
9. (42 years)  -  United Kingdom
9. Standard Course - 1 week

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Hiking with Paco was excellent. Staff were friendly.
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The walks are not suitable for beginners, unless they are with school staff (I felt very uncomfortable on my first walk because the guide did not know how to relate to someone who spoke very little Spanish).
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Broken kettle and shower in flat were repaired, but shower still did not work properly. Hallway outside flat was unlit.
25. Jun. 2013
10. (29 years)  -  Italy
10. Super Intensive Course - 1 week

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The familiar atmosphere, calm and quiet.
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One to one lessons are very powerful!
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I will never forget this wonderful experience!
9. Apr. 2012
11. (55 years)  - 
11. Intensive Course - 4 weeks

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the quality of lessons, the small groups, the individualized follow-up of progress, the nice atmosphere , the interesting cultural program, the flexibility.
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the cultural activities are good to discover Granada and Andalusia, as well as to build relationships with other students
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the school is small and has therefore a human dimension. Its location in the city center allows the students to reach all activities by foot.
8. Aug. 2011
12. (18 years)  -  Poland
12. Intensive Course - 4 weeks

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Great teachers, good learning-playing-remembering balance, nice atmosphere in school, very good organization and help.
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If you can afford to stay in a hostel (30-35 euro per day), do - it's really worth it. Very nice people, it's safe (locked every single moment) and you can try local food in restaurants.
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Quite expensive food in Granada; school is really nice. It is worth your money, try Baños Arabes! :)
26. Jul. 2011
13. (44 years)  - 
13. Espagnol Intensif - 3 weeks

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Atmosphere almost similar as at home - proximity and availability, professionalism and friendliness of the teachers and employees of the Secretariat
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A flamenco show, the Albaycin district, tapas, the Alhambra.
15. Nov. 2010
14. (27 years)  -  Australia
14. 4 weeks

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Teachers were very very nice.
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The school is quite small which is a huge advantage, but it can be a problem as you might end up in a class not exactly suited for you.
18. Oct. 2010
15. (58 years)  -  United States
15. Intensive Course - 1 week

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It was a good mix of both grammar and conversation. I feel like the conversation part of the course really helped me learn the language better.
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Granada is a wonderful city to visit. It doesn't feel like a big city and there are so many things to see. The overview of the first day was very helpful.
24. Aug. 2010
16. (36 years)  - 
16. Spanish & Cooking - 2 weeks

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The organization is excellent and even if most of the staff is youngand really at hand they do their job with extreme devotion
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Granada is exceptional and the Escuela Montalban is a perfect means to visit it.
5. Jul. 2010
17. (24 years)  - 
17. Standard Course - 2 weeks

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The teachers were very friendly and helpful, made us talk a lot and chose interesting topics. We were only 4 people in my class, which was great!
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Living in a shared flat is much better, often host families have their own lives and won't talk much Spanish with you anyway.
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Granada is amazing. I wish I could have stayed there longer.
9. May. 2010
18. (20 years)  -  Switzerland
18. Spanish and Tango dance lessons - 3 weeks

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teaching methods: learning with fun and games (Maria)
Insider tips about what future students should not miss
If they offer, do the Tapas tour offered by the school and the tour of the historical part/Albaicin(arabian area), it's a lot of fun and very interesting (especially tapas tour and albaicin)
24. Aug. 2009
19. Leonardo (49 years)  - 
19. Standard Course - 2 weeks

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All is very good for me. It was a fantastic experience.
25. Dec. 2008
20. Carmela (32 years)  - 
20. Intensive Course - 1 week

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11. Jan. 2008
21.  -  United States
21. General Spanish Language Course (4 classes per day) - 1 week

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If you travel in a slow season, ask the school to recommend excursions with other people.
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The teachers I had, Jose, Noelia, and Juan were excellent and made class the best part of my day.
17. Oct. 2007
22. (49 years)  - 
22. Standard-Plus 2 (Combi Spanish Language Course) - 1 week

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The competence of the grammar-class with José
13. Oct. 2007
23. (23 years)  - 
23. General Spanish Language Course (4 classes per day) - 4 weeks

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fantastic teachers
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alhambra, go to the beach one day, loads and loads of tapas in great little bars :)
19. Sep. 2007
24. (49 years)  - 
24. General Spanish Language Course (6 classes per day) - 1 week

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teachers, building,
19. Sep. 2007
25. (40 years)  - 
25. General Spanish Language Course (6 classes per day) - 1 week

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25. Jul. 2007
26. (48 years)  -  United States
26. General Spanish Language Course (4 classes per day) - 2 weeks

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4. Jul. 2007
27. (26 years)  -  Canada
27. General Spanish Language Course (4 classes per day) - 1 week

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Everything. One of my best and most memorable travel experiences ever.
Insider tips about what future students should not miss
Go on the trips with the the tour guide Juan. He is excellent.
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The school itself is pretty, with a nice courtyard, good amenities like clean bathrooms and many computers with internet. DVDs can be borrowed and watched at home. The people that work there, including the manager, his secretary, and all the teachers are extremely friendly, fun, warm, and knowledgeable. I had reserved for one week, then extended it to two weeks, and then the day before leaving reserved for a third week, I was enjoying myself so much. The apartment that we were assigned to was very big and had everything we could need, and we made friends and had a lot of fun while living there.
28. Jun. 2007
28. (26 years)  -  Canada
28. General Spanish Language Course (4 classes per day) - 1 week

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The tour guide (Juan) is very interesting
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This school is great.
30. May. 2007
29. (32 years)  -  Austria
29. General Spanish Language Course (4 classes per day) - 1 week

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communication with teacher; excursions and free internet access
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don`t miss the trekking trips with paco
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It was a very friendly, familiar atmosphere, I really enjoyed the courses (we changed from standard to intensive)and learned a lot there; I had a great time and really miss it now!!
21. May. 2007
30. (29 years)  -  Austria
30. General Spanish Language Course (4 classes per day) - 1 week

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30. Mar. 2007
31. (68 years)  -  United States
31. General Spanish Language Course (4 classes per day) - 2 weeks

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challenging placement
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take the pre test
28. Feb. 2007
32. (38 years)  -  United Kingdom
32. General Spanish Language Course (6 classes per day) - 1 week

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They only spoke in Spanish which really helped improve my spanish
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The introduction to Granada given by the school was very helpful. I was given tips re: buying tickets for the Alhambra
17. Nov. 2006
33. (20 years)  -  United Kingdom
33. General long-term Spanish Course (4 classes per day) - 8 weeks

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The relaxed and peaceful atmosphere
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Go in a host family. It's great for your Spanish and social life.
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It's great!
7. Nov. 2006
34. (37 years)  -  Germany
34. General Spanish Language Course (Standard-Plus 2) - 1 week

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Great teachers, nice atmosphere, very personal care
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Extracurricular activities, particularly cooking lessons and horseback riding in the Sierra Nevada.
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Very well-organized. Friendly, personal atmosphere. extracurricular activities are fun and also a good way to get some extra practice speaking. Teachers are well-qualified and committed to the school and the students.
12. Oct. 2006
35. (55 years)  - 
35. General Spanish Language Course (4 classes per day) - 1 week

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Having held a course for only two people, lively lesson
11. Oct. 2006
36. (55 years)  - 
36. General Spanish Language Course (4 classes per day) - 1 week

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small learning group
1. Sep. 2006
37. Claire (21 years)  - 
37. Spanish + horse riding+Flamenco - 2 weeks

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31. Jul. 2006
38. (29 years)  -  Romania
38. Spanish + Flamenco - 1 week

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well organized with friendly staff
28. Jul. 2006
39. (31 years)  -  Romania
39. General Spanish Language Course (5 classes per day) - 1 week

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the organization and the intensive, rigourous approach to lessons
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A great social and educational experience, gifting the opportunity to learn a lot and enjoy an enchanting city.
25. Apr. 2006
40. (37 years)  - 
40. General Spanish Language Course (6 classes per day) - 1 week

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very good organization, good teachers,who are motivating the students to speak. Small groups.
19. Dec. 2005
41. Hanne  - 
41. General Spanish Language Course (4 classes per day) - 6 weeks

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19. Dec. 2005
42.  - 
42. General Spanish Language Course (4 classes per day) - 6 weeks

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the nice and funny teachers
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well organized
19. Dec. 2005
43.  -  Germany
43. General Spanish Language Course (5 classes per day) - 4 weeks

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the teachers, nice athmosphere
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The tostada de tomate at the cafe around the corner
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good teachers, nice building, relaxed yet productive athmosphere, movie nights with interesting films,the only negative thing was that we sometimes had the impression that people from the school were coming to our appartment without telling us in advance.
3. Mar. 2005
44. (30 years)  - 
44. Super Intensive (+35h)

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very friendly
23. Sep. 2004
45. (22 years)  - 
45. General

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Teacher and students were friendly, It is easy to gain friends even if you travel alone.
Insider tips about what future students should not miss
The Alhambra is worth seeing as well as the flamenco show in theatre. If you want to go out at night I can recommend the disco "Granada diez". The disco opens at about 1 o´clock in the night, but don´t go there before 3 o´clock. There won´t be anybody before 3.

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