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BABEL International Language Institute, Cartagena, Colombia

4.3

Rating: 4.3/5.0

Avenida Carlos Escallon, 8 – 85 edificio Banco Santander. Third floor, office 301. - 130001 Cartagena - see on map

What we like about the school

  • Great location, situated between the popular Plaza de la Trinidad and Calle de la Media Luna.
  • Sunny rooftop terrace, with an excellent view of the wall, the Castillo de San Felipe, the Cerro de la Popa and church domes.
  • Excellent rating of teaching quality (4.9/5.0)

What we dislike about the school

  • Nationality mix could be more balanced. 60% of students are from Switzerland

Location: 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.

Local attractions: 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.

School facilities: 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

Course structure: 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 language school BABEL International Language Institute was founded in Cartagena, Colombia in 2010.
  • Legal name / parent company: Cultura Caribe S. A. S.
  • Tax registration ID: 900612173-7
  • Covid-19 Status: School currently open

Spanish Courses

General Language
Private
Information for all courses offered by BABEL International Language Institute
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.
Lesson duration
50 minutes
Level test
A test to assess your exact language level takes place at the school on the first day of the course.
Individual classes
Single 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.
Days without class
In 2022 (including national and regional bank holidays):
01 Jan. 2022, 06 Jan. 2022, 23 Mar. 2022, 09 Apr. 2022 - 10 Apr. 2022, 01 May 2022, 25 May 2022, 15 Jun. 2022, 22 Jun. 2022, 29 Jun. 2022, 20 Jul. 2022, 07 Aug. 2022, 17 Aug. 2022, 12 Oct. 2022, 02 Nov. 2022, 16 Nov. 2022, 08 Dec. 2022, 25 Dec. 2022.
School policy regarding bank holidays:Full number of lost classes are made up
Course material
Generally course material is distributed free to students and will stay in student property.

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
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BABEL International Language Institute

Accreditations and Quality seals
Preferential Terms in Case of Visa Refusal
Spanish teacher qualifications
100% hold a university degree
Languages spoken by school staff (cannot be guaranteed by school)
First day of course
Written and oral level test is performed. Students should arrive at 8:30
School Size
Offer for returning students
You will be refunded/waived the school's administration fee If you already attended previously a course at BABEL International Language Institute and you book here.
Payment methods accepted for payments made directly to the school
Visa - logoMastercard - logoAmerican Express - logoDiners Club - logoBank Transfer - logo

General school 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

  • Facilities for islamic students

    • Available area to pray at the school

    • Facilities to wash feet before praying

  • Classroom equipment

    • Air conditioning in all classrooms

    • Ample natural light in all classrooms

    Number of classrooms: 5
    Number of public PC workstations: 2

Student Age / Nationality

Average number of students
In summer:15
Throughout the year: 18
Minimum age of students
16 years
Average number of levels
Adult courses In summer: 6
Adult courses Throughout the year: 6
Average age of students
In summer: 25 years
Throughout the year: 25 years

Top student nationalities

Age of students

Airport transfer

Optional airport transfer
Aeropuerto Internacional de Crespo:
20 US$ one way
40 US$ return (both ways)

Visa Documents

Nationals from USA do not require a visa to study short term courses up to 180 days.
Check visa requirements for nationals from other countries.
Nationals from countries that require a visa will receive documents from the school, related to booking confirmation, which is required for the visa application.
Full payment of all fees required before school dispatches documents required for visa application
No
Preferential cancellation terms in case of visa refusal
School agreed that students booking online on this site will benefit from preferential cancellation fees in case of visa refusal, and in this case will never exceed EUR 180.

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

Accommodation

Reviews

4.3

Rating: 4.3/5.0

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BABEL International Language Institute, Cartagena
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Rating: 4.9/5.0

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What students liked about BABEL International Language Institute, Cartagena
Quality teacher - had one-to-one lessons, my wishes regarding topics and learning content was very well addressed. Location of the school - very central; relaxed, casual atmosphere. I felt very well taken care of
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Insider tips about what future students should not miss: The Spanish yoga lesson
Other comments: We had not received any information about the location and starting time. But we could have asked. So, everything is great!
Tania, my teacher was great! I learned a lot from her, including about cartagena and life in Colombia.
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Insider tips about what future students should not miss: Crazy Salsa
Other comments: Note the school location, near the Torre del Reloj, not in Gethsemane

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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 Homestay is the most popular among all our clients of Babel
  • Yes. The school offers pickup from Aeropuerto Internacional de Crespo (20 US$)
  • Depending on the chosen course, the maximum number of students at Babel 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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