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Don Quijote / Academia Columbus, Quito, Ecuador

Among the Top 20% most popular Spanish schools in Ecuador in the last 12 monthsAverage 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

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
School policy regarding bank holidays:
Private classes are recuperated or refunded. Group classes not.

Courses

All prices in US$ (convert currency). Below the original school prices are displayed.
Weeks123456781012Additional Week
Price in US$28527157054285581311401083132512591590151118551763212020142450232829402793245233
Starting dates
Every Monday .
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Price in US$18517637035255552874070380076096091211201064128012161550147318601767155148
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
4 daily lessons of 55 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class 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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Weeks123456781012Additional Week
Price in US$33031466062799094113201254165015681980188123102195264025083300313539603762330314
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
4 daily lessons of 55 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class 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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Price in US$2502385004757507131000950125011881500142517501663200019002500237530002850250238
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
3 daily lessons of 55 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Morning: 9:00 - 11:55
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Price in US$------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
4 daily lessons of 55 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class 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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Weeks1234567891011
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
4 daily lessons of 55 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class 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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Price in US$28026656053284079811201064127512121530145417851696204019382500237530002850250238
Intensive 20 course + 6 weekly lessons in dancing and traditional culture.
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
5-6 daily lessons of 55 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class 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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Weeks123456781012Additional Week
Price in US$28026656053284079811201064127512121530145417851696204019382500237530002850250238
Intensive 20 course + 6 weekly lessons in cooking local dishes.
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
5-6 daily lessons of 55 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class 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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Weeks123456781012Additional Week
Price in US$28026656053284079811201064127512121530145417851696204019382500237530002850250238
Intensive 20 course + 6 weekly lessons in local art (painting, pottery, weaving).
Starting dates
Every Monday .
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Lesson duration: 55 minutes
School's administrative fee: 65.00 US$
Individual classesSingle individual lessons of tuition can be reserved 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

weeks1234Additional Week
Price in US$149298447596149
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
Price extra night:
27 US$ (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
weeks1234Additional Week
Price in US$159318477636159
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
Price extra night:
27 US$ (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
weeks1234Additional Week
Price in US$179358537716179
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
Price extra night:
27 US$ (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
weeks1234Additional Week
Price in US$139278417556139
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
Price extra night:
27 US$ (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
weeks1234Additional Week
Price in US$149298447596149
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
Price extra night:
27 US$ (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
weeks1234Additional Week
Price in US$169338507676169
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
Price extra night:
27 US$ (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
weeks1234Additional Week
Price in US$119238357476119
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
Price extra night:
30 US$ (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
weeks1234Additional Week
Price in US$169338507676169
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
Price extra night:
30 US$ (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 possibledistance from school
Basketball1 km
Cooking 
Dancing 
Football (soccer)1 km
Horse riding10 km
Volleyball1 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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