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BABEL International Language Institute, Cartagena, Colombia

BABEL International Language Institute

The language school BABEL International Language Institute was founded in Cartagena, Colombia in 2010. Cartagena is a city on the edge of the Carribean Sea, in the North of Colombia. It was the first Latin American city to be colonised by the Spanish and in order to avoid future invasion, after an attack in 1586 by Sir Frances Drake, the port was heavily protected by the construction of a wall around the city, which is still present in some areas today. Babel International Language Institute is found nestled within the historical wall in what is known as the old town. There is plenty to do and see in the old town with restaurants, bars and shops dotted around this brightly colored neighborhood. The main attractions of the city are all within walking distance of the school including Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas fort and Iglesia de San Pedro Claver so students can learn more about the history of the city during their free time. The school is close to The square of the Trinity, which is used by locals as the real heart of the borough of Getsemaní. Students can really immerse themselves in local culture and experience firsthand the vibrancy of Getsemaní’s inhabitants, with trips and excursions planned by BABEL International Language Institute.

The school has excellent facilities within the building for its students to make the most in the classroom as well as during their spare time. The classrooms are all equipped with air conditioning units and have ample natural light. BABEL International Language Institute has a cafeteria, a computer lab, a library, a copy machine, free wifi, free coffee and most noteworthy are the two terraces on the top floor of the building which provide excellent views over the old town and surrounding neighbourhoods. The staff have all obtained University degrees and are very experienced in teaching the Spanish language to foreign students. The class sizes are designed to hold a maximum of 8 students per class, allowing a real focus on the individual needs and language desires of each student. 80% of the students at BABEL International Language Institute are between the ages of 18 and 35, with the average age throughout the year being 25 years old. The class options available are intensive courses, private classes or a combination of both. The school feels that to really immerse yourself and understand the cultural diversity within Colombia and Latin America as a whole, students need an intermediate level of Spanish and with the class structure designed at BABEL International Language Institute gives students the opportunity to meet this target.


The school address is: Avenida Carlos Escallon, 8 – 85 edificio Banco Santander. Third floor, office 301., 130001 - Cartagena, Colombia (see on map)

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School Size:

Facilities

  • Cafeteria

  • Microwave for student use

  • Drink vending machine

  • Computer lab

  • Library

  • Balcony / terrace

  • Copy machine

  • Free coffee

  • Free water dispenser

  • Free WIFI

  • Free parking

Classroom equipment

  • Air conditioning in all classrooms

  • Ample natural light in all classrooms

Number of classrooms:

5

Number of public PC workstations:

2

Our price includes

  • INCLUDED Organized activities
  • INCLUDED Internet access and use of school computers
  • INCLUDED Wireless LAN zone at school
  • INCLUDED Free certificate of course attendance
  • INCLUDED Language level placement test at first day of classes
  • INCLUDED Language level placement test before arrival

Course material:

Generally course material is distributed free to students and will stay in student property.

Average number of students

  • Adult courses in summer: 15
  • Adult courses throughout the year: 18

Average age of students

Average number of levels

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

Minimum age of students

  • 16 years

Spanish teacher qualifications

  • 100% hold a university degree

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

1
1
20
1
60
17

Optional airport transfer

Aeropuerto Internacional de Crespo:
20 US$ pick up
40 US$ return (both ways)

Days without class

In 2020 (including national and regional bank holidays): 01 Jan. 2020, 06 Jan. 2020, 23 Mar. 2020, 09 Apr. 2020 - 10 Apr. 2020, 01 May 2020, 25 May 2020, 15 Jun. 2020, 22 Jun. 2020, 29 Jun. 2020, 20 Jul. 2020, 07 Aug. 2020, 17 Aug. 2020, 12 Oct. 2020, 02 Nov. 2020, 16 Nov. 2020, 08 Dec. 2020, 25 Dec. 2020.
School policy regarding bank holidays:Full number of lost classes are made up

Spanish Courses

General Language
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Price in US$ 202 192 382 363 573 545 720 684 900 855 1080 1026 1260 1197 1272 1209 1590 1511 1908 1813 159 152
Starting dates
Every Monday.
General course schedule
4 daily lessons of 50 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  - 12:45
Afternoon: 14:00  - 16:40
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Price in US$ 297 283 572 544 858 816 1104 1049 1380 1311 1656 1574 1932 1836 2040 1938 -- -- 255 243
This course includes 20 group lessons and 5 private lessons per week.
Starting dates
Every Monday.
General course schedule
5 daily lessons of 50 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  - 12:40
Afternoon: 14:00  - 17:00
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 9 10 Additional Week
Price in US$ 393 374 764 726 1146 1089 1484 1410 1855 1763 2226 2115 2597 2468 2800 2660 -- -- 350 333
This course consists of 20 group lessons and 10 private lessons per week.
Starting dates
Every Monday.
General course schedule
6 daily lessons of 50 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  - 12:40
Afternoon: 14:00  - 17:00
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Private
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Price in US$ 212 202 404 384 606 576 784 745 980 931 1176 1118 1372 1304 1528 1452 -- -- 191 182
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 9 10 Additional Week
Price in US$ 424 403 806 766 1209 1149 1572 1494 1965 1867 2358 2241 2751 2614 3056 2904 -- -- 382 363
Starting dates
Every Monday.
General course schedule
4 daily lessons of 50 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  - 12:40
Afternoon: 14:00  - 17:00
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Lesson duration: 50 minutes
Individual classesSingle individual lessons of tuition can be reserved at 22 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:The school is associated with Crazy Salsa dance academy so every Babel student has unlimited group classes of salsa, bachata, and champeta.

Accommodation

weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in US$ 325 650 975 1300 1625 1950 2275 2600 3250 3900 325
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Sunday
Price per person
Price extra night:
57 US$ (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Distance from school:
25 minutes walking
Includes:
TV, Phone, Daily cleaning, Towels, Bedding/linen, Weekly cleaning, Access to laundry service, Access to Wifi in building (Free WIFI), Air conditioning, Breakfast, Private bathroom.
Age of students:
Minimum age of students: 0
weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in US$ 215 430 645 860 1075 1290 1505 1720 2150 2580 215
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Sunday
Price per person
Price extra night:
40 US$ (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Distance from school:
25 minutes walking
Includes:
TV, Phone, Daily cleaning, Towels, Bedding/linen, Access to laundry service, Access to Wifi in building (Free WIFI), Breakfast, Shared bathroom.
Age of students:
Minimum age of students: 0
weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in US$ 185 370 555 740 925 1110 1295 1480 1850 2220 185
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Sunday
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:
25 minutes walking
Includes:
TV, Phone, Daily cleaning, Towels, Bedding/linen, Access to Wifi in building (Free WIFI), Breakfast, Shared bathroom.
Age of students:
Minimum age of students: 0
weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in US$ 180 360 540 720 900 1080 1260 1440 1800 2160 180
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
Price extra night:
40 US$ (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Includes:
Access to laundry service, Access to Wifi in building (Free WIFI), No meals, Shared bathroom.
Age of students:
Minimum age of students: 0
weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in US$ 165 330 495 660 825 990 1155 1320 1650 1980 --
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
Price extra night:
52 US$ (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Double room (only for 2 people travelling together).
Includes:
Access to laundry service, Access to Wifi in building (Free WIFI), No meals, Shared bathroom.
Age of students:
Minimum age of students: 0
weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in US$ 185 370 555 740 925 1110 1295 1480 1850 2220 --
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
Price extra night:
52 US$ (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Double room (only for 2 people travelling together).
Includes:
Access to laundry service, Access to Wifi in building (Free WIFI), Breakfast, Shared bathroom.
Age of students:
Minimum age of students: 0
weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in US$ 215 430 645 860 1075 1290 1505 1720 2150 2580 215
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
Price extra night:
40 US$ (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Includes:
Access to laundry service, Access to Wifi in building (Free WIFI), Breakfast, Shared bathroom.
Age of students:
Minimum age of students: 0
weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in US$ 110 220 330 440 550 660 770 880 1100 1320 110
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
No extra nights bookable.
Room Occupancy:
Shared room (multiple beds).
Includes:
Access to laundry service, Access to Wifi in building (Free WIFI), No meals, Shared bathroom.
Age of students:
Minimum age of students: 0

Leisure activities

activity possibledistance from school
Ballet1 km
Baseball4 km
Basketball2 km
Cooking3 km
Dancing0.2 km
Diving10 km
Football (soccer)3 km
Horse riding10 km
Mountainbiking10 km
Music1 km
Sailing5 km
Swimming5 km
Tennis5 km
Volleyball5 km
Windsurfing5 km
Yoga1 km

Reviews

4.3/5.0

Rating: 4.3/5.0

City

Rating: 4.5/5.0

4.5/5.0 
Organisation

Rating: 3.9/5.0

3.9/5.0 
Facilities

Rating: 4.0/5.0

4.0/5.0 
Social activities

Rating: 3.8/5.0

3.8/5.0 
Course quality / Progress in language

Rating: 4.9/5.0

4.9/5.0 
Value for money

Rating: 4.5/5.0

4.5/5.0 
Accommodation
Homestay

Rating: 3.0/5.0

3.0/5.0 
Shared Flat (apartment)
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Other
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Students liked about BABEL International Language Institute, Cartagena
The atmosphere and teachers' quality.
Overall rating
5.0/5.0
Value for money
4.0/5.0
Detailed review
City/place
5.0/5.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
4.0/5.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0/5.0
School organization
4.0/5.0
Social activities
4.0/5.0
Accommodation
Additional information
Other comments: Building to be renovated, we can't see BABEL's poster from the outside...
The teacher was very nice and we had fun and laughed a lot (in addition to learning, of course;) )
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
4.0/5.0
Social activities
5.0/5.0
Accommodation
Homestay
5.0/5.0
Other
5.0/5.0
Shared Flat (apartment)
5.0/5.0
Additional information
Other comments: Especially for Cartagena. A sign at the entrance would be very helpful for the first day to find the school
Teacher, methodology
Overall rating
4.0/5.0
Value for money
4.0/5.0
Detailed review
City/place
5.0/5.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
3.0/5.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0/5.0
School organization
3.0/5.0
Social activities
1.0/5.0
Accommodation
Additional information
Other comments: Lessons on the 1st day were lost due to a bank holiday! Unfortunately no leisure activities were offered - too bad!
My teacher Luis, who was very good and knowledgeable!
Overall rating
4.0/5.0
Value for money
5.0/5.0
Detailed review
City/place
4.0/5.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
3.0/5.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0/5.0
School organization
4.0/5.0
Social activities
4.0/5.0
Accommodation
Standard Homestay
5.0/5.0
Other
5.0/5.0
Shared Flat (apartment)
5.0/5.0

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    FAQ about BABEL International Language Institute, Cartagena

  • Spanish courses at BABEL International Language Institute start at 192 US$ for Intensive Spanish Course course with 20 lessons per week. When booking here you benefit from an exclusive discount.
  • The accommodation Premium Homestay is the most popular among all our clients of BABEL International Language Institute
  • Yes. The school offers pickup from Aeropuerto Internacional de Crespo (20 US$)
  • Depending on the chosen course, the maximum number of students at BABEL International Language Institute varies from 1 students (Private Lessons 10) to 8 students (Intensive Spanish Course)
  • 100% of teachers at BABEL International Language Institute hold a university degree.
  • The highest Nationality percentage at BABEL International Language Institute comes from Switzerland with a 60% representation, followed by students from Germany (20%) and USA (17%).
  • Yes, there is an exclusive discount that only applies when booking online here.
  • BABEL International Language Institute offers courses from 16 years to 99. Average age is 25 during the summer and 25 for the rest of the year.
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