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Centro CatalinaCartagena, Colombia

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4.7

Rating: 4.7/5.0

Overall school rating of Centro Catalina, Cartagena
Ranked #2 of 5 Spanish schools in Cartagena
School
Location of the school
4.9 

Rating: 4.9/5.0

Facilities
4.3 

Rating: 4.3/5.0

Social activities
4.1 

Rating: 4.1/5.0

Organisation
4.6 

Rating: 4.6/5.0

Course
Quality of teaching
4.6 

Rating: 4.6/5.0

Value for money
4.5 

Rating: 4.5/5.0

Accommodation
Homestay
4.6 

Rating: 4.6/5.0

Shared Flat (apartment)
4.3 

Rating: 4.3/5.0

Overall school rating by student age group
Students < 18 years
0.0 

Rating: 0.0/5.0

(0)
Students 18-30 years
4.5 

Rating: 4.5/5.0

(4)
Students 31-49 years
4.6 

Rating: 4.6/5.0

(9)
Students 50+ years
4.9 

Rating: 4.9/5.0

(10)
What we like about the school
  • The only school in Cartagena de Indias and Medellín, that can help students prepare for the DELE exam.
  • Located in one of the most secure parts of the old city center.
  • Small class sizes
How we create the points regarding what we like/dislike about a school

Location: Centro Catalina Cartagena is located in the historic port city of Cartagena, Columbia. A popular coastal destination, Cartagena is ripe with colonial buildings, seaside entertainment, culture, colour, art and vibrant nightlife. The school is housed within the city centre, in a large and comfortable renovated home. The school's central location is close to several eateries, cafes, shops, amenities and sites of historical and cultural interest. Such attractions within walking distance of the school include the Monumento Torre del Reloj, Santo Domingo Square, the Naval Museum of the Caribbean, Centenario Park, the Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas and much more.

Getting around: Many of the city's attractions and sites of interest are within walking distance of the school. Alternatively, taxi services are available throughout the city.

Social and cultural: The school actively promotes opportunities for social and cultural interaction for students to enjoy. In taking full advantage of the Caribbean location, excursions can include trips to Rosario Island, Santa Maria, and Tayrona. Activities can include guided tours around the Old Town, water sports, movie nights, dance classes, bike tours, and nights on the Chiva Party Bus!

Course selection: In addition to General Spanish tuition taught over various schedules and intensities, the school also provides private tuition. Private tuition is available in conjunction with or independently from any other course. The school also provides DELE Exam Preparation programmes.
  • The language school Centro Catalina was founded in Cartagena, Colombia in 2010.
  • Legal name / parent company: SL SARL
  • Tax registration ID: RUC1144337-1-570302DV40

Spanish Courses

General Language
Private
Exam PreparationWhy exam preparation courses are excellent for optimum progress

Information for all courses offered by Centro Catalina

Lesson duration
50 minutes
School's administrative fee
60.00 US$
Course material
Generally course material is distributed free to students and will stay in student property.
Days without class
In 2024 (including national and regional bank holidays):
01 Jan 2024, 08 Jan 2024, 25 Mar 2024, 28 Mar 2024, 29 Mar 2024, 01 May 2024, 13 May 2024, 03 Jun 2024, 10 Jun 2024, 01 Jul 2024, 07 Aug 2024, 19 Aug 2024, 14 Oct 2024, 04 Nov 2024, 11 Nov 2024, 25 Dec 2024.
If a bank holiday falls on a weekday there is no refund nor are missed lessons recuperated. This is the case for the majority of language schools.
Level test
A test to assess your exact language level takes place before the start of the course via an online form.

Lessons needed per Spanish language level

Level (CEFR) LESSONS needed per level WEEKS needed
(20 lessons per week)
A1 Beginner A1 to A2 80 4
A2 Elementary A2 to B1 160 8
B1 Intermediate B1 to B2 180 9
B2 Higher Intermediate B2 to C1 200 10
C1 Advanced C1 to C2 220 11
C2 Proficiency
Data above gives some guidance. For more details consult our page How long does it take to learn a language or reach a specific level.

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
Note: All courses offered by Centro Catalina, Cartagena can be reserved online with LanguageCourse.Net at a lower price than what you pay when booking directly at the school or at the school's website. In case a course is not listed above, just let us know.

Photos

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  • School building
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  • Working together
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  • Private lesson
    Private lesson6/25
  • Centro Catalina school building
    Centro Catalina school building7/25
  • 8/25
  • Fruit tasting
    Fruit tasting9/25
  • 10/25
  • Dance
    Dance11/25
  • 12/25
  • City at night
    City at night13/25
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  • Group Course
    Group Course23/25
  • 24/25
  • One-to-one lesson
    One-to-one lesson25/25

Centro Catalina

“Come to Colombia and especially to Centro Catalina, you will start living an amazing experience and share it with people from around the world”
– 
Nicole Chacon
Director of Centro Catalina
Accreditations and Quality seals
ALTOWYSE/FIYTOPreferential Terms in Case of Visa Refusal
Spanish teacher qualifications
100% hold a university degree
100% hold a recognised language teaching qualification
Languages spoken by school staff (cannot be guaranteed by school)
First day of course
Students should arrive at 8:00
Student gender mix
50% male / 50% female
Offer for returning students
You will be refunded/waived the school's administration fee If you already attended previously a course at Centro Catalina and you book here.
Payment methods accepted for payments made directly to the school
Visa - logoMastercard - logoPayPal - logoBank Transfer - logo

General school facilities

  • Cafeteria

  • Microwave for student use

  • Computer lab

  • Library

  • Student support desk

  • Copy machine

  • Free water dispenser

  • Free WIFI

  • Smoking zones (outdoors)

  • Tourist information

  • Assistance with reservations for restaurants, bars, clubs

  • Assistance with organizing transportation

  • Classroom equipment

    • TV in some classrooms

    • Air conditioning in all classrooms

    • Heating in all classrooms

    • Ample natural light in all classrooms

    Number of classrooms: 6
    Number of public PC workstations: 4

Student Age / Nationality

Average number of students
Adult courses - In summer: 52
Adult courses - Throughout the year: 35
Junior courses - In summer: 15
Junior courses - Throughout the year: 10
Minimum age of students
18 years
5 years for specific Junior courses
Average number of levels
Adult courses In summer: 6
Adult courses Throughout the year: 6
Junior courses In summer: 6
Junior courses Throughout the year: 6
Average age of students
In summer: 22 years
Throughout the year: 25 years

Top student nationalities

Age of students

Airport transfer

Rafael Nunez International Airport:
30 US$ one way
60 US$ return (both ways)
Best arrival airport is Rafael Núñez International Airport (CTG).
More information about airports around Cartagena and how to get from the airport to Cartagena on your own here on our Cartagena page.

Visa Documents

Nationals from Brazil 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
Yes
Express shipment fee (via courier)
150 US$
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 possible
Dancing
Diving
Swimming

Examples of leisure activities organized by the school

Adults - Free activities

3 free weekly activities organized by the school, visits to museums, markets, beaches etc.
Leisure programme for adults (sample):
Tasting Fruits in Cartagena
Tasting Fruits in Cartagena
Leisure programme for adults (sample):
Walking City Tour in Cartagena
Walking City Tour in Cartagena

Accommodation

Ratings of Centro Catalina compared to ratings of all schools in Colombia

 Centro Catalina CartagenaAverage of all other schools in Colombia
Overall school rating4.7

Rating: 4.7/5.0

4.4

Rating: 4.4/5.0

Location of the school4.9

Rating: 4.9/5.0

4.6

Rating: 4.6/5.0

Facilities4.3

Rating: 4.3/5.0

4.1

Rating: 4.1/5.0

Social activities4.1

Rating: 4.1/5.0

4.0

Rating: 4.0/5.0

Organisation4.6

Rating: 4.6/5.0

4.2

Rating: 4.2/5.0

Quality of teaching4.6

Rating: 4.6/5.0

4.4

Rating: 4.4/5.0

Value for money4.5

Rating: 4.5/5.0

4.2

Rating: 4.2/5.0

Homestay4.5

Rating: 4.5/5.0

4.5

Rating: 4.5/5.0

Shared flat4.5

Rating: 4.5/5.0

4.5

Rating: 4.5/5.0

Student opinions about Centro Catalina, Cartagena

Verified reviews only, uncensored. All student opinions from students who booked a course at the school with LanguageCourse.net.
Liked
I had booked two weeks and the second week with Sebastian was really good. I also booked private lessons and got Lilli as a teacher. She responded straight away to my wish to use local topics for the lessons. I really enjoyed that. With one exception, the other staff members were very friendly and helpful.
Disliked
The first week was frankly bad and this was due to the unprofessional teacher.
Overall rating
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Value for money
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

City/place
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

School organization
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Social activities
3.0

Rating: 3/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress: It was a pleasant class mix
Course: Standard Course - 2 weeks
24. Apr. 2023
Liked
All the staff at the school, whether in reception, administration or the teachers, are super friendly and welcoming. Randy in administration was very helpful with any questions or small problems I had. Our teacher Cristina was the best. Very engaged and motivating. You can tell she loves her job.
Disliked
The air conditioning in the classrooms was badly regulated. It was either too cold or too hot. Cristina was absent on my last day of class. Her replacement, Edgar, was not up to the job. I think he lacks teaching experience.
Insider tips about what future students should not miss You have to take part in the activities organised by the school. They're interesting and give you a chance to meet other students.
Overall rating
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

City/place
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Social activities
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Homestay
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress: I liked the small groups. There were never more than 5 students in the class and it was perfect.
Other comments Super good school. I recommend.
Course: Standard Course - 3 weeks
8. Feb. 2024
Liked
The location of the school (in the historic centre) is great, the entire staff is extremely helpful and responds very quickly (emails etc.) even outside of office hours. The teachers are flexible in their approach to the students, but always consistently pursue the learning objective.
Disliked
Only mini remarks (German complaining): The WiFi in the school is very weak in some places (in the break area it often breaks down, in some classrooms it doesn't work at all). There is no water dispenser.
Overall rating
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

City/place
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
3.0

Rating: 3/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Social activities
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Course: Intensive Course - 1 week
20. Nov. 2023
Liked
What I liked most was the teachers' attention, especially from Prof. Wilson and Prof Julieth, who were always available to teach me not only grammar but aspects of culture, politics, religion, history, geography, and cuisine of Cartagena de Indias.
Disliked
I had no disappointment at it all. All my expectations were exceeded.
Overall rating
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Social activities
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Course: Private Lessons 15 [Spanish] ONLINE - 4 weeks
2. Feb. 2021
Liked
The 2 weeks were a lot of fun. And what's better than learning while having fun! I learnt a lot. The leisure activities were also great. As it's a small school, you quickly get to know everyone!
Disliked
Nothing
Overall rating
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

City/place
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Social activities
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Shared Apartment
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Course: Standard Course - 2 weeks
2. May. 2024
Liked
The whole team of staff is amazing. It's fun to be with them and learn Spanish at Centro Catalina. The location of the school in el centro is perfect and the class rooms are clean and with AC.
Overall rating
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

City/place
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Social activities
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Course: Standard Course - 9 weeks
6. Apr. 2022
Liked
The teachers do their best to accommodate everyone in the class. They are always friendly, courteous, helpful and unflappable. Very enjoyable.
Disliked
That is difficult to specify. I probably would have expected more efficiency in less time (typical German), a kind of crash course: e.g. the 20 most important verbs to have a conversation in the present, past and future, right at the beginning. And then practise with them. In the end, however, everything worked out because I had booked 3 weeks and everything important was covered at the end. Now it's just a matter of practising!
Overall rating
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

City/place
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

School organization
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Social activities
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Homestay
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress: see above
Course: Standard Course (1 week Medellin + 2 weeks Cartagena) - 3 weeks
5. Jun. 2023
Liked
Great teachers. Very committed, really! The teachers are also very flexible, so if you want to take a break for a day, that's no problem.
Disliked
None, actually. It was really good.
Overall rating
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Value for money
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

City/place
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Social activities
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Course: Standard Course - 4 weeks
30. May. 2023
Liked
Very flexible when changing the group or time of the lesson. Immediately respond to requests. You have to ask actively.
Disliked
Loose sheets with exercises - no overview of what has been learned and what is still missing.
Insider tips about what future students should not miss It must be pointed out to the course participants that the pronunciation of the locals in Cartagena is unclear. It is not due to their own understanding!
Overall rating
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Value for money
3.0

Rating: 3/5.0

City/place
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
3.0

Rating: 3/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
3.0

Rating: 3/5.0

School organization
3.0

Rating: 3/5.0

Social activities
2.0

Rating: 2/5.0

Homestay
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress: Private lessons for beginners are very demanding. Last teacher repeated grammar, which was great. Two months of private lessons at one location was too long for me personally.
Other comments Maria at reception is super helpful and friendly. She does everything to help and is boundlessly patient. Deserves special praise.
Course: Private Lessons 20 [Spanisch] - 8 weeks
25. Jul. 2023
Liked
Very nice and helpful staff, good school quality, they always ask if the level is right, I like to come back.
Overall rating
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

City/place
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

School organization
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Social activities
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Homestay
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Course: Standard Course [Spanisch] - 2 weeks
11. Apr. 2023
Liked
Conversation, dealing with students, getting to know other students, afternoon / evening activities
Insider tips about what future students should not miss As a complete beginner, 1 week is definitely not enough. It's too overwhelming. I had a good A2 / 2 level and would have liked to stay for at least a month because it's a lot of fun and although the lessons are really very good, it just takes time to learn a new language properly. So bring a lot of time. Nevertheless (if you already have a foundation) I would recommend a stay in Murzen (maybe with additional private lessons in the afternoon) because it's a lot of fun!
Overall rating
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

City/place
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Social activities
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Homestay
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Other comments Great, very well organized school with brilliant staff!
Course: Standard Course [Spanisch] - 2 weeks
16. Mar. 2019
Liked
Thanks to the low number of students, I got private lessons in the afternoon at no extra cost
Overall rating
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Value for money
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

City/place
3.0

Rating: 3/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
3.0

Rating: 3/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Social activities
2.0

Rating: 2/5.0

Other
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Course: Intensive Course [Spanisch] - 2 weeks
7. Jan. 2019
Liked
Friendly staff, professional teacher, various activities.
Insider tips about what future students should not miss Salsa classes.
Overall rating
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

City/place
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Social activities
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Homestay
3.0

Rating: 3/5.0

Other comments The credit card machine did not work so that should fixed.
Course: Standard Course [Spanish] - 2 weeks
29. Oct. 2018
Liked
Top location in the old town and very good teaching
Overall rating
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

City/place
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Social activities
3.0

Rating: 3/5.0

Homestay
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Course: Standard Course - 3 weeks
22. Aug. 2022

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Calle de los 7 Infantes 9-21 - 130001 Cartagena
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Questions and answers about Centro Catalina

  • I am afraid we cannot help you. We don't offer CME credits to our students.
    María Quintana Mestre, Student´s and Sales Coordinator from Centro Catalina Spanish School. - Mar 08, 2022
  • The student residence is 20 minutes walk from the school.
    Louise Granath, LanguageCourse.Net - Oct 17, 2022
  • Yes, homestay accommodation is available and it's possible to organize a room with 2 single beds or 1 double bed.
    Ana Carolina Dos Santos, LanguageCourse.Net - Feb 12, 2023
  • A combination of group classes and private lessons is a good choice for you. In a group with other students, you will study the Spanish language in general, and the private lessons will be tailored to your needs. In addition, you will focus on topics related to your exam certification.
    Ana Carolina Dos Santos, LanguageCourse.Net - Mar 13, 2023
  • Yes, it's totally possible to combine the 2 cities. We would divide the price for the registration fee for each city.
    María, Administration from Centro Catalina, Cartagena - Apr 17, 2023

FAQ about Centro Catalina, Cartagena

  • We offer different cultural and recreational activities during the week to strengthen the knowledge of our culture and immersion in the language of our students, we have activities such as City tour, bike tour, food tastings, and typical fruits, and every week we have dance classes one day, movies, museum visits, etc! - Every week the activities are different and every Monday the students are informed about the weekly program!
    María Quintana Mestre, from Centro Catalina Spanish School - Sep 01, 2022
  • It includes breakfast and dinner.
    Melanie Besnard, Language Travel Consultant from LanguageCourse.Net - Dec 29, 2023
  • Yes. The school offers pickup from Rafael Nunez International Airport (30 US$)
  • Depending on the chosen course, the maximum number of students at Centro Catalina varies from 1 students (Private Lessons 10) to 8 students (Intensive Course)
  • 100% of teachers at Centro Catalina hold a university degree. 100% hold a recognized language teaching certificate.
  • The highest Nationality percentage at Centro Catalina comes from Switzerland with a 25% representation, followed by students from USA (15%) and Germany (10%).
  • Yes, there is an exclusive discount that only applies when booking online here.
  • Centro Catalina offers courses from 18 years to 99. Average age is 22 during the summer and 25 for the rest of the year.

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