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Don Quijote / Academia Columbus, Quito, Ecuador

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  • 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. The school is situated in a quiet, modern, upscale neighborhood of the city. Students have the opportunity to take lessons while enjoying the sunshine on the terrace. The school's rooftop terrace has is a beautiful view of the whole city. There are numerous shops, restaurants and bars within walking distance.

    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 2017 (including national and regional bank holidays): 01.Jan.2017, 27.Feb.2017, 28.Feb.2017, 14.Apr.2017, 01.May.2017, 26.May.2017, 11.Aug.2017, 09.Oct.2017, 02.Nov.2017, 03.Nov.2017, 25.Dec.2017

    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$ 285271 570542 855813 11401083 13251259 15901511 18551763 21202014 24502328 29402793 245233
    Starting dates
    Every Monday .
    Required language level
    Beginner (A1) - No previous knowledge required
    Special Offers
    Explore Latin America!: For enrolments of a minimum of 2 weeks - No registration fee. . Only valid for bookings at this website before 31.03.2017.
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    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
    Special Offers
    Explore Latin America!: For enrolments of a minimum of 2 weeks - No registration fee. . Only valid for bookings at this website before 31.03.2017.
    BOOK online at lowest price »
    Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
    Price in US$ 330314 660627 990941 13201254 16501568 19801881 23102195 26402508 33003135 39603762 330314
    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
    Special Offers
    Explore Latin America!: For enrolments of a minimum of 2 weeks - No registration fee. . Only valid for bookings at this website before 31.03.2017.
    BOOK online at lowest price »
    Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
    Price in US$ 250238 500475 750713 1000950 12501188 15001425 17501663 20001900 25002375 30002850 250238
    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
    Special Offers
    Explore Latin America!: For enrolments of a minimum of 2 weeks - No registration fee. . Only valid for bookings at this website before 31.03.2017.
    BOOK online at lowest price »
    Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
    Price in US$ -- -- -- 995946 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
    Exam fee not included. To formally register for the exam, payment must be completed at least 10 weeks prior to the exam date.

    To enroll in a DELE course, you must have at least the same level of Spanish you wish to take the exam in.

    Exam dates are according to language level:
    10.02 (A2), 07.04 (A1-C1), 13.05 (A1-C2), 14.07 (A2-C1), 15.09 (A2), 13.10 (A2-B2), 25.11 (A1-C2)
    Starting dates
    2017: 16.Jan.2017, 30.Jan.2017, 17.Apr.2017, 01.May.2017, 19.Jun.2017, 03.Jul.2017, 21.Aug.2017, 04.Sep.2017, 18.Sep.2017, 02.Oct.2017, 30.Oct.2017, 13.Nov.2017.
    Beginner level start only: 16.Jan.2017, 13.Mar.2017, 17.Apr.2017, 19.Jun.2017, 21.Aug.2017, 18.Sep.2017, 30.Oct.2017
    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
    Special Offers
    Explore Latin America!: For enrolments of a minimum of 2 weeks - No registration fee. . Only valid for bookings at this website before 31.03.2017.
    Exam dates
    10.Feb.2017, 07.Apr.2017, 13.May.2017, 14.Jul.2017, 15.Sep.2017, 13.Oct.2017, 25.Nov.2017
    BOOK online at lowest price »
    Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
    Price in US$ -- -- -- 13601292 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
    Exam fee not included. To formally register for the exam, payment must be completed at least 10 weeks prior to the exam date.

    To enroll in a DELE course, you must have at least the same level of Spanish you wish to take the exam in.

    Exam dates are according to language level:
    10.02 (A2), 07.04 (A1-C1), 13.05 (A1-C2), 14.07 (A2-C1), 15.09 (A2), 13.10 (A2-B2), 25.11 (A1-C2)
    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
    Special Offers
    Explore Latin America!: For enrolments of a minimum of 2 weeks - No registration fee. . Only valid for bookings at this website before 31.03.2017.
    Exam dates
    10.Feb.2017, 07.Apr.2017, 13.May.2017, 14.Jul.2017, 15.Sep.2017, 13.Oct.2017, 25.Nov.2017
    BOOK online at lowest price »
    Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
    Price in US$ 280266 560532 840798 11201064 12751212 15301454 17851696 20401938 25002375 30002850 250238
    Intensive 20 course + 6 weekly lessons in dancing and traditional culture.
    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
    Special Offers
    Explore Latin America!: For enrolments of a minimum of 2 weeks - No registration fee. . Only valid for bookings at this website before 31.03.2017.
    BOOK online at lowest price »
    Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
    Price in US$ 280266 560532 840798 11201064 12751212 15301454 17851696 20401938 25002375 30002850 250238
    Intensive 20 course + 6 weekly lessons in cooking local dishes.
    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
    Special Offers
    Explore Latin America!: For enrolments of a minimum of 2 weeks - No registration fee. . Only valid for bookings at this website before 31.03.2017.
    BOOK online at lowest price »
    Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
    Price in US$ 280266 560532 840798 11201064 12751212 15301454 17851696 20401938 25002375 30002850 250238
    Intensive 20 course + 6 weekly lessons in local art (painting, pottery, weaving).
    Starting dates
    Every Monday .
    Required language level
    Beginner (A1) - No previous knowledge required
    Special Offers
    Explore Latin America!: For enrolments of a minimum of 2 weeks - No registration fee. . Only valid for bookings at this website before 31.03.2017.
    BOOK online at lowest price »
    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: 65.00  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:
    27 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
    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:
    27 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
    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:
    27 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
    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:
    27 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
    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:
    27 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
    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:
    27 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
    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
    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
    • Max. 1 student of each nationality possible? no
    • Single room: cannot be guaranteed
    • Optional airport transfer
      Mariscal Sucre International Airport: for 59 US$ (one way); for 118 US$ (return trip)

    Leisure activities

    activity possible distance from school
    Basketball 1 km
    Cooking  
    Dancing  
    Football (soccer) 1 km
    Horse riding 10 km
    Volleyball 1 km

    Reviews

    City
    4.0/5.0 
    Organisation
    4.0/5.0 
    Facilities
    3.0/5.0 
    Social activities
    3.5/5.0 
    Course quality / Progress in language
    3.0/5.0 
    Value for money
    3.3/5.0 
    Accommodation
    Homestay
    3.0/5.0 
    Shared Flat (apartment)
    3.0/5.0 
    Other
    3.0/5.0 
    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
    Homestay
    4.0/5.0
    Other
    4.0/5.0
    Shared apartment
    4.0/5.0
    Additional information
    Other comments: Excellent

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