Don Quijote / Academia Columbus, Playa del Carmen, Mexico

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Don Quijote / Academia Columbus

The language school Don Quijote / Academia Columbus was founded in Playa del Carmen, Mexico in 1997. Located in a lively area only a few minutes walking from the beach. Classes take place in thatched roof cabins in a big exotic garden with palm trees. There is a large patio with a volleyball court, where students get together during the breaks. There is a school café which is open from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm each day.

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  • Cafeteria

  • Garden

  • Balcony / terrace

  • Volleyball court

  • Free WIFI

Classroom equipment

  • TV in some classrooms

  • Ample natural light in all classrooms

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Number of public workstations:


Prices include

  • Organized activities
  • Wireless LAN zone at school
  • Free certificate of course attendance
  • Free airport pickup for all junior courses (both ways)
  • Language level placement test at first day of classes
  • Language level placement test before arrival
  • For junior courses: every afternoon free organized leisure program
  • For adult courses: a minimum of one free organized leisure activity per week

Course material:

Generally course material is distributed free to students but has to be returned to the school at end of course.

Average number of students

  • Adult courses in summer: 50
  • Adult courses throughout the year: 25

Average age of students

  • in summer: 28 years
  • throughout the year: 31 years

Average number of levels

  • Adult courses in summer: 6
  • Adult courses throughout the year: 3

Minimum age of students

  • 16 years
  • 14 years for specific Junior courses

Spanish teacher qualifications

  • 80 % hold a university degree
  • 50 % hold a recognised language teaching qualification

Languages spoken by school staff (cannot be guaranteed by school):


Airport transfer

Best arrival airport is Cancun International Airport (CUN) . It takes 60 minutes by bus to school.



Leisure activities

activity possible distance from school
Diving 0.5 km
Horse riding  

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