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Don Quijote / Academia Columbus, Quito, Ecuador

What we like about the school

  • Host families on average 7 minutes walking distance only!
  • Small class sizes
  • Top rated social activities
  • Apartment - shared / Residence accommodation very close to school
  • Rooftop terrace

Quito  

Don Quijote / Academia Columbus

The language school Don Quijote / Academia Columbus was founded in Quito, Ecuador in 2000. Our language school in Quito is situated in a quiet, modern, upscale neighborhood of the city. We are happy to offer our students the opportunity to take lessons on the terrace where you can enjoy the sunshine while studying Spanish. There is a beautiful view from our roof terrace which overlooks the whole city. There are numerous shops, restaurants and bars within walking distance from our school.

The school address is: Calle Francisco Arízaga Luque N 34-240 y Federico Paez, n/a - Quito (Ecuador).

Accreditations and Quality seals

AECEE, IEG, AATSP

School Size:

Facilities

  • Kitchen for student use

  • Microwave for student use

  • Fridge for student use

  • Lounge

  • Garden

  • Rooftop terrace

  • Balcony / terrace

  • Free coffee

  • Free water dispenser

  • Free WIFI

Classroom equipment

  • TV in some classrooms

  • Ample natural light in all classrooms

Number of classrooms:

9

Prices include

  • Organized activities
  • Wireless LAN zone at school
  • Free certificate of course attendance
  • Language level placement test at first day of classes
  • Language level placement test before arrival
  • 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: 30
  • Adult courses throughout the year: 24

Average age of students

  • in summer: 30 years
  • throughout the year: 32 years

Average number of levels

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

Minimum age of students

  • 16 years

Spanish teacher qualifications

  • 70 % hold a university degree
  • 50 % hold a recognised language teaching qualification

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

3
33
6
2
4
16
24

Airport transfer

Best arrival airport is Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO). It takes 90 minutes by car to school.

Language school closed

In 2016 (including national and regional bank holidays): 01.Jan.2016 - 02.Jan.2016, 16.Feb.2016 - 17.Feb.2016, 03.Apr.2016, 01.May.2016, 25.May.2016, 10.Aug.2016, 09.Oct.2016, 02.Nov.2016 - 03.Nov.2016, 25.Dec.2016

Courses

All prices in US$ (convert currency). Below the original school prices are displayed.
Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in US$ 185176 370352 555528 740703 800760 960912 11201064 12801216 15501473 18601767 155148
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 13:00
Required language level
Beginner (A1) - No previous knowledge required
Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in US$ 279266 558531 837796 11161061 12451183 14941420 17431656 19921893 23902271 28682725 239228
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 13:00
Required language level
Beginner (A1) - No previous knowledge required
Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in US$ 389370 778740 11671109 15561479 17451658 20941990 24432321 27922653 32903126 39483751 329313
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 13:00
Afternoon: 13:40  - 15:30
Required language level
Beginner (A1) - No previous knowledge required
Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in US$ 225214 450428 675642 900855 995946 11941135 13931324 15921513 18901796 22682155 189180
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 11:55
Required language level
Beginner (A1) - No previous knowledge required
Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in US$ 285271 570542 855813 11401083 13251259 15901511 18551763 21202014 24502328 29402793 245233
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 13:00
Afternoon: 13:40  - 15:30
Required language level
Beginner (A1) - No previous knowledge required
Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in US$ -- 470447 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
9:00–11:55 with 10 minutes break + activities in the afternoon.
Starting dates
Every first Monday of month .
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 11:55
Required language level
Beginner (A1) - No previous knowledge required
Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in US$ 325309 650618 975927 13001235 14751402 17701682 20651962 23602242 27902651 33483181 279266
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 13:00
Afternoon: 13:40  - 15:30
Required language level
Beginner (A1) - No previous knowledge required
Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 12
Price in US$ 280266 560532 840798 11201064 12751212 15301454 17851696 20401938 22502138 25002375 30002850
Intensive Course + 6 culture lessons per week.
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 13:00
Required language level
Beginner (A1) - No previous knowledge required
Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in US$ 370352 740703 11101055 14801406 16751592 20101910 23452228 26802546 31502993 37803591 315300
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 13:00
Afternoon: 13:40  - 16:55
Required language level
Beginner (A1) - No previous knowledge required
Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in US$ -- 495471 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Starting dates
2016: 04.Jul.2016, 18.Jul.2016.
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 13:00
Required language level
Upper intermediate (B2)
Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in US$ -- 558531 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 13:00
Required language level
Upper intermediate (B2)
Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in US$ -- -- -- 995946 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Exam fee not included.
To enroll in a DELE course, you must have at least the same level of Spanish you wish to take the exam in.
Starting dates
2016: 25.Apr.2016, 31.Oct.2016.
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 13:00
Required language level
Beginner (A1) - No previous knowledge required
Exam dates
15.Apr.2016, 20.May.2016, 21.May.2016, 15.Jul.2016, 21.Oct.2016, 25.Nov.2016
Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in US$ -- -- -- 10901036 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Exam fee not included.
To enroll in a DELE course, you must have at least the same level of Spanish you wish to take the exam in.
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 13:00
Required language level
Beginner (A1) - No previous knowledge required
Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 12
Price in US$ 280266 560532 840798 11201064 12751212 15301454 17851696 20401938 22502138 25002375 30002850
Intensive Course + 6 dancing lessons per week.
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 13:00
Required language level
Beginner (A1) - No previous knowledge required
Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 12
Price in US$ 280266 560532 840798 11201064 12751212 15301454 17851696 20401938 22502138 25002375 30002850
Intensive Course + 6 cooking lessons per week.
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 13:00
Required language level
Beginner (A1) - No previous knowledge required
Note: All courses offered by Don Quijote / Academia Columbus, Quito can be booked online with LanguageCourse.Net. In case a course is not listed above, just mention the course description in the comment field of the online registration form.
Lesson duration: 55 minutes
School's administrative fee: 55.00  US$
Individual classes Single individual lessons of tuition can be booked at 20 US$. The combination of group and individual lessons is highly recommended. Individual lessons will encourage you to actively speak the foreign language and will offer you the opportunity to discuss individual problems and weaknesses.
Comments about courses: Internships and Volunteering projects available. Mediation fee is respectively US$350 and US$150. Always in combination with a minimum of 4 weeks Spanish course with us.
The schedule is subject to changes.

Accommodation

weeks 1 2 3 4 Additional Week
Price in US$ 149 298 447 596 149
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
Price extra night:
25 US$ (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Distance from school:
7 minutes walking
Includes:
Bedding/linen, Weekly cleaning, Access to laundry service, Breakfast, Shared bathroom.
Age of students
Minimum age of students: 16
Maximum age of students: 0
weeks 1 2 3 4 Additional Week
Price in US$ 159 318 477 636 159
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
Price extra night:
25 US$ (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Distance from school:
7 minutes walking
Includes:
Bedding/linen, Weekly cleaning, Access to laundry service, Half board, Shared bathroom.
Age of students
Minimum age of students: 16
Maximum age of students: 0
weeks 1 2 3 4 Additional Week
Price in US$ 179 358 537 716 179
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
Price extra night:
25 US$ (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Distance from school:
7 minutes walking
Includes:
Bedding/linen, Weekly cleaning, Access to laundry service, Full board (breakfast + lunch + dinner), Shared bathroom.
Age of students
Minimum age of students: 16
Maximum age of students: 0
weeks 1 2 3 4 Additional Week
Price in US$ 139 278 417 556 139
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
Price extra night:
25 US$ (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Double room (only for 2 people travelling together).
Distance from school:
7 minutes walking
Includes:
Bedding/linen, Weekly cleaning, Access to laundry service, Breakfast, Shared bathroom.
Age of students
Minimum age of students: 16
Maximum age of students: 0
weeks 1 2 3 4 Additional Week
Price in US$ 149 298 447 596 149
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
Price extra night:
25 US$ (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Double room (only for 2 people travelling together).
Distance from school:
7 minutes walking
Includes:
Bedding/linen, Weekly cleaning, Access to laundry service, Half board, Shared bathroom.
Age of students
Minimum age of students: 16
Maximum age of students: 0
weeks 1 2 3 4 Additional Week
Price in US$ 169 338 507 676 169
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
Price extra night:
25 US$ (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Double room (only for 2 people travelling together).
Distance from school:
7 minutes walking
Includes:
Bedding/linen, Weekly cleaning, Access to laundry service, Full board (breakfast + lunch + dinner), Shared bathroom.
Age of students
Minimum age of students: 16
Maximum age of students: 0
weeks 1 2 3 4 Additional Week
Price in US$ 119 238 357 476 119
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
Price extra night:
30 US$ (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Double room (only for 2 people travelling together).
Distance from school:
15 minutes walking
Includes:
TV, Bedding/linen, Weekly cleaning, Kitchen, Access to Wifi in building (free WIFI), No meals, Shared bathroom.
Age of students
Minimum age of students: 18
Maximum age of students: 0
weeks 1 2 3 4 Additional Week
Price in US$ 169 338 507 676 169
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
Price extra night:
30 US$ (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Distance from school:
15 minutes walking
Includes:
TV, Bedding/linen, Weekly cleaning, Kitchen, Access to Wifi in building (free WIFI), No meals, Shared bathroom.
Age of students
Minimum age of students: 18
Maximum age of students: 0
  • Max. 1 student of each nationality possible? no
  • Single room: cannot be guaranteed

Leisure activities

Leisure activities activity possible course possible organized by school distance from school
Basketball 1 km
Cooking  
Dancing  
Football (soccer) 1 km
Horse riding 10 km
Volleyball 1 km

Reviews

City
3.5/5.0 
Organisation
4.0/5.0 
Facilities
3.5/5.0 
Social activities
4.0/5.0 
Course quality / Progress in language
4.0/5.0 
Value for money
4.0/5.0 
Accommodation
Host Family
3.5/5.0 
Shared Flat (apartment)
4.0/5.0 
Other
4.0/5.0 
Students liked about Don Quijote / Academia Columbus, Quito
Teachers were professionals.
Overall rating
5.0/5.0
Value for money
5.0/5.0
Detailed review
City/place
4.0/5.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
5.0/5.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0/5.0
School organization
5.0/5.0
Social activities
4.0/5.0
Accommodation
Host Family
4.0/5.0
Other
4.0/5.0
Shared apartment
4.0/5.0
Additional information
Other comments: Excellent

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