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Don Quijote / Academia Columbus, Quito, Ecuador

Among the Top 20% most popular Spanish schools in Ecuador in the last 12 months Average student rating for this school was the best or in the top 20% among all schools in 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. 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 minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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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 minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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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 minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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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 minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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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.
Absolute beginners start on: 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 minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
Exam dates
10.Feb.2017, 07.Apr.2017, 13.May.2017, 14.Jul.2017, 15.Sep.2017, 13.Oct.2017, 25.Nov.2017
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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 minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
Exam dates
10.Feb.2017, 07.Apr.2017, 13.May.2017, 14.Jul.2017, 15.Sep.2017, 13.Oct.2017, 25.Nov.2017
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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 minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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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 minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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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 minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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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, Breakfast & dinner, 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, 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, Breakfast & dinner, 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, 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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