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Reviews of Escuela Bellavista, Santiago, Chile

Total number of reviews: 51
NOTE: All reviews are authentic. Only students who booked their course through us can publish evaluations here, and only after the end of their programme. These evaluations then are not manipulated in any way, neither by us nor by the school, and can be trusted as honest opinions about personal experiences with the school.

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Based on 51 reviews of former students of Escuela Bellavista
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Escuela Bellavista, Santiago, Chile
4.5/5.0 
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Course quality / Progress in language 4.5/5.0 
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Shared Flat 4.2/5.0 
other 4.2/5.0 

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Escuela Bellavista
10. Dec. 2018
1.  (26 years) - 
101. Course:  Intensive Group Course - 8 weeks

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27. Nov. 2018
2.  (60 years) - Chile
102. Course:  Intensive Group Course - 7 weeks

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27. Nov. 2018
3.  (28 years) - 
103. Course:  Intensive Course [Spanish] - 1 week

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19. Aug. 2018
4.  (25 years) - 
104. Course:  Superintensive (20 group + 10 individual)  - 1 week

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11. Jul. 2018
5.  (30 years) - Finland
105. Course:  Superintensive (20 group + 10 individual) [Spanish] - 2 weeks

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24. Apr. 2018
6.  (29 years) - United States
106. Course:  Intensive Group Course [Spanish] - 4 weeks

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19. Apr. 2018
7.  (29 years) - 
107. Course:  Superintensive (20 group + 10 individual)  - 1 week

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2. Apr. 2018
8.  (36 years) - United Kingdom
108. Course:  Intensive Group Course - 1 week

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12. Feb. 2018
9.  (56 years) - Canada
109. Course:  Individual course [Spanish] - 2 weeks

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16. Mar. 2017
10.  (35 years) - Australia
110. Course:  Intensive Group Course - 4 weeks

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The teachers were really friendly and very knowledgeable. I felt like I learnt a lot in a very short time. The classes were relaxed and fun and the small number of students meant that you felt comfortable participating in class and that you got enough individual attention.
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It's good to know the very basics before commencing classes (even if you are starting in the most basic class) such as numbers, as there is a little bit of assumed knowledge and/or some things not covered in the classes (nor should they be as I think that would be a waste of time)
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Really nice place to learn Spanish, the environment and staff were wonderful. I really enjoyed my time here, however I did think the price of private lessons was a bit too expensive (and unfortunately this prohibited me from taking these, although I would have liked to).
3. Feb. 2017
11.  (51 years) - United Kingdom
111. Course:  Superintensive (20 group + 10 individual)  - 2 weeks

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Super friendly atmosphere.
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Complementary communication classes in the afternoon.
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Fantastic teaching, focused yet flexible. Kind, warm, supportive environment.
2. Sep. 2015
12.  (65 years) - Denmark
112. Course:  Intensive Group Course - 2 weeks

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I only met nice people
2. Sep. 2015
13.  (28 years) - Chile
113. Course:  Intensive Group Course - 2 weeks

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The class size was perfect. The teachers were wonderful and made us feel comfortable speaking and making errors in Spanish. Having a little party for a departing student on the last day was a nice touch.
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I recommend the school. I did not participate in the free extra activities, but I am sure that would've helped my language even more.
25. Feb. 2014
14.  (25 years) - Australia
114. Course:  Intensive Group Course - 2 weeks

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18. Nov. 2013
15.  (17 years) - United States
115. Course:  Intensive Group Course - 5 weeks

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host family
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I would have liked more homework. I understand that you are leaving time for people to explore the city but I think people can devote more than 10 minutes a night to improving their Spanish if they have chosen to take Spanish classes in the first place.
15. Oct. 2013
16. Katrin  (42 years) - Germany
116. Course:  Intensive Group Course - 4 weeks

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Compare Thomas Thewalt
15. Oct. 2013
17.  (64 years) - Germany
117. Course:  Intensive Group Course - 4 weeks

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The teachers were very enthusiastic about teaching and they always helped with questions and supported their students all the time.
Insider tips about what future students should not miss
Visit the museo de la memoria.
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More exercises in the book that students can practice for themselves would be helpful.
8. May. 2013
18.  (22 years) - Switzerland
118. Course:  Superintensive (20 group + 10 individual)  - 4 weeks

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The private lessons are the best. They really help you advance very quickly. You don't have to wait for any other student to catch up, you'll be taught at your own level and pace.
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Take private lessons!
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The people are all very nice. Make sure you feel comfortable in your class or otherwise ask for a change.
26. Nov. 2012
19.  (32 years) - 
119. Course:  Intensive Group Course - 1 week

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The teachers and staff were really great, really friendly and helpful, and the extra conversation classes were very useful.
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Do the extra conversation classes, they're so helpful on top of the regular classes.
15. May. 2012
20.  (42 years) - 
120. Course:  Superintensive - 1 week

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I was lucky as all group courses were actually private tuition as I was the only one. The teachers were very friendly and the atmosphere was good.
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downsides : - no information given that the school would close on 01/05 - it was too cold in class rooms - the coffee was very bad (it is important when following an intensive course)
21. Apr. 2012
21.  (67 years) - 
121. Course:  Intensive Group Course - 1 week

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The relationships with the staff, the homogeneous levels and the small number of students per lesson, even though one is sometimes only with English and Portuguese which is not the objective.
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The activities organized by the school in the afternoon.
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Very satisfied.
13. Mar. 2012
22.  (24 years) - 
122. Course:  Intensive Group Course - 2 weeks

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Very nice teachers, free excursions, free conversation courses
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Excursions on Wednesdays
20. Jan. 2012
23.  (43 years) - 
123. Course:  Intensive Group Course - 2 weeks

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I had an amazing time
15. Sep. 2011
24. Elena Katrin (22 years) - 
124. Course:  Intensive Group Course - 3 weeks

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2. Mar. 2010
25. Ben (63 years) - 
125. Course:  Group course - 1 week

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7. Dec. 2009
26.  (53 years) - Switzerland
126. Course:  Group course - 4 weeks

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Attend all the social events
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The teachers are wonderful and really keen on ensuring that students get a cultural as well as linguistic experience. That all adds up to very good value for money
6. Apr. 2009
27.   - Australia
127. Course:  Group course - 4 weeks

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the teachers!!
19. Nov. 2008
28.  (39 years) - Ireland
128. Course:  Group course - 10 weeks

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amazing teachers, they are fantastic!
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I love Valparaiso, so don't miss to go there.
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I love Santiago a lot, so I came already back again. The quality of the school is very good, you learn a lot, and you can practice also in the afternoon, they have loads of things going on for free like extra grammar lessons, excursions etc. For me the best school in South America, I also was in schools in Peru and Argentina, but Bellavista hits the top!
14. Nov. 2008
29.  (28 years) - 
129. Course:  Group course - 2 weeks

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very nice and funny teachers! great athmosphere
31. May. 2008
30.  (47 years) - 
130. Course:  Group course - 8 weeks

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los profesores
21. May. 2008
31. Authié (37 years) - 
131. Course:  Individual course - 2 weeks

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7. May. 2008
32.  (23 years) - 
132. Course:  Group course - 3 weeks

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28. May. 2007
33. Jessica (27 years) - 
133. Course:  Group course - 4 weeks

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2. May. 2007
34.  (66 years) - United States
134. Course:  Group course - 6 weeks

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friendly atmosphere, good instruction
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Do your homework. If doing a homestay, try to stay with Sra. Angelica Fontecilla. Her home is warm and comfortable and she is wonderful. 15 minutes from the school by walking.
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It was a very friendly and fun place to study. The instructors were all very friendly and highly competent.
19. Nov. 2006
35.  (39 years) - Brazil
135. Course:  Group course - 3 weeks

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Study a little bit before going-basic.
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I've never felt so comfortable in any place I've been before. They are very warm, the way of teaching is fantastic. And the environment of the school is wonderful.
22. Jun. 2006
36.  (57 years) - Australia
136. Course:  Group course - 2 weeks

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Get involved early in extra-curriclar activities
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It was a warm friendly place and even though we worked hard on the language, it was always most enjoyable. I would go back if I had the opportunity.
27. May. 2006
37.  (28 years) - 
137. Course:  Group course - 5 weeks

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Combination will really make possible to everyone to learn the most on their own level! They´re good at assessing individual levels.
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Go for a weekend to Pucon!! If you have a day, go to Baños Morales!!
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Very good school, good value for the money, very nice teachers, director and administrator!!
16. May. 2006
38.  (26 years) - United States
138. Course:  Group course - 1 week

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private lessons are fantastic and staying with Boris and Lidia is amazing
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I had such a great time there, I extended my studies. The support from the teachers and the personal attention was amazing and really enabled me to learn a ton of spanish in only two weeks.
9. May. 2006
39.   - Usa
139. Course:  Group course - 1 week

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Excellent teachers!
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A great school with very good teachers and a relaxing atmosphere, good mix of students from all over the world, a lot of fun during and after class, well-organized trips! I highly recommend this school to anyone interested in learning Spanish in Santiago.
27. Apr. 2006
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140. Course:  Group course - 4 weeks

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the teaching program was very good and the teachers as well. I learnt a lot in just 4 weeks
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if you are looking for a home stay, try to stay with Boris and Lidia. They are two teachers of the school and have a lovely house.
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The only negative point was the organization. Not the classes, they were excellent, but there was someone to pick me up from the airport, but did not know where to bring me!! But in the end everything worked out fine.
25. Apr. 2006
41.  (29 years) - Germany
141. Course:  Group course - 2 weeks

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I refreshed my Spanish during two weeks.
24. Apr. 2006
42.  (23 years) - 
142. Course:  Group course - 4 weeks

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There were various students that i could talk to.
9. Feb. 2006
43.  (26 years) - 
143. Course:  Group course - 2 weeks

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8. Feb. 2006
44. Susan (29 years) - 
144. Course:  Group course - 3 weeks

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most of the students are in holiday and don`t want to learn very fast. If yoy want to learn very fast, it`s not the right school - it`s for the group-courses. If you have an individual class, it`s better, I guess.
19. Dec. 2005
45. Kris  - 
145. Course:  1 week

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The school was very understanding given my short notice and inflexible schedule. I learned so much in the short time I was there and I am inspired once again to continue my studies. Thanks so much for making my experience so fulfilling!
19. Dec. 2005
46.   - Usa
146. Course:  Group course - 1 week

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very friendly and fun atmosphere
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try to get the homestay with Boris & Lidia , the instructors, they are so cool!
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Very nice people, small classes, personal attention, nice location,the instructors are knowledgeable and attentive as well. The school may be lacking some organization as far as how classes progress, etc.
19. Dec. 2005
47. Alexandra  - Sweden
147. Course:  Group course - 2 weeks

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19. Dec. 2005
48. Eva  - 
148. Course:  Group course - 2 weeks

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26. Jun. 2005
49. Anonymous  - 
149. Course:  General Course

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14. Jun. 2005
50.  (25 years) - 
150. Course:  General Course

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the teachers and the team are very nice, the atmosphere is very friendly and familiar
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take part in the excursions and don`t be shy with talking in Spanish
31. Mar. 2005
51.  (26 years) - 
151. Course:  General Course

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The whole team (it´s like a big family)
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The excursions (that takes you into the family)
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It´s a good price, nice staff, professional teachers, good location (close to bars), excellent sparetime activities - simply great

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