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Don Quijote / Academia Columbus, Quito, Ecuador

What we like about the school

  • Host families on average 7 minutes walking distance only!
  • Small class sizes
  • Apartment - shared / Residence accommodation very close to school
  • Rooftop terrace

Don Quijote / Academia Columbus

The language school Don Quijote / Academia Columbus was founded in Quito, Ecuador in 2000. Situated in a quiet, modern, upscale neighborhood of the city. Students have the opportunity to take lessons while enjoying the sunshine on the school's rooftop terrace which has a beautiful view over 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 (see on map)

Accreditations and Quality seals

ALTONAFSAPreferential Terms in Case of Visa RefusalAECEE, 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

Optional airport transfer

Best arrival airport is Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO).

Mariscal Sucre International Airport:
59 US$ pick up
118 US$ return (both ways)

Days without class

In 2018 (including national and regional bank holidays): 01.Jan.2018, 12.Feb.2018, 13.Feb.2018, 30.Mar.2018, 01.May.2018, 25.May.2018, 10.Aug.2018, 12.Oct.2018, 02.Nov.2018, 25.Dec.2018, 31.Dec.2018
School policy regarding bank holidays:
Private classes are recuperated or refunded. Group classes not.

Spanish Courses

Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 12
Price in US$ 285 271 570 542 855 813 1140 1083 1325 1259 1590 1511 1855 1763 2120 2014 2385 2266 2650 2518 2940 2793
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 12
Price in US$ 185 176 370 352 555 528 740 703 800 760 960 912 1120 1064 1280 1216 1440 1368 1600 1520 1860 1767
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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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 12
Price in US$ 340 323 680 646 1020 969 1360 1292 1700 1615 2040 1938 2380 2261 2720 2584 3060 2907 3400 3230 4080 3876
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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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 12
Price in US$ 285 271 570 542 855 813 1140 1083 1425 1354 1710 1625 1995 1896 2280 2166 2565 2437 2850 2708 3420 3249
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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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in US$ -- -- -- 890 846 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Price listed includes 4 weeks of Intensive 20 + Mediation fee Volunteer program.
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 11
Price in US$ -- -- -- 995 946 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Courses start 4 weeks before the exam date. Exam dates vary depending on the level.
Starting dates
2018: 22.Jan.2018, 12.Mar.2018, 23.Apr.2018, 18.Jun.2018, 20.Aug.2018, 10.Sep.2018, 15.Oct.2018, 23.Oct.2018.
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
09.Feb.2018, 06.Apr.2018, 18.May.2018, 19.May.2018, 13.Jul.2018, 14.Sep.2018, 05.Oct.2018, 09.Nov.2018, 20.Nov.2018
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in US$ -- -- -- 1090 1036 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
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
09.Feb.2018, 06.Apr.2018, 18.May.2018, 19.May.2018, 13.Jul.2018, 14.Sep.2018, 05.Oct.2018, 09.Nov.2018, 20.Nov.2018
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 12
Price in US$ 280 266 560 532 840 798 1120 1064 1275 1212 1530 1454 1785 1696 2040 1938 2295 2181 2550 2423 3000 2850
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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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in US$ 280 266 560 532 840 798 1120 1064 1275 1212 1530 1454 1785 1696 2040 1938 2500 2375 3000 2850 250 238
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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Note: All courses offered by Don Quijote / Academia Columbus, Quito can be reserved online with LanguageCourse.Net. In case a course is not listed above, just mention the course description in the comment field of the online registration form.
Lesson duration: 55 minutes
School's administrative fee: 65.00 US$
Individual classesSingle individual lessons of tuition can be reserved at 21 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.

Accommodation

weeks 1 2 3 4 Additional Week
Price in US$ 159 318 477 636 --
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
Price extra night:
29 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
weeks 1 2 3 4 Additional Week
Price in US$ 169 338 507 676 --
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
Price extra night:
29 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 & 1 meal, Shared bathroom.
Age of students
Minimum age of students: 16
weeks 1 2 3 4 Additional Week
Price in US$ 179 358 537 716 --
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
Price extra night:
29 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
weeks 1 2 3 4 Additional Week
Price in US$ 149 298 447 596 --
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
Price extra night:
29 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
weeks 1 2 3 4 Additional Week
Price in US$ 159 318 477 636 --
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
Price extra night:
29 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 & 1 meal, Shared bathroom.
Age of students
Minimum age of students: 16
weeks 1 2 3 4 Additional Week
Price in US$ 169 338 507 676 --
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
Price extra night:
29 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
weeks 1 2 3 4 Additional Week
Price in US$ 129 258 387 516 --
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
weeks 1 2 3 4 Additional Week
Price in US$ 179 358 537 716 --
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

    Leisure activities

    activity possibledistance from school
    Basketball1 km
    Cooking 
    Dancing 
    Football (soccer)1 km
    Horse riding10 km
    Volleyball1 km
    Leisure programme for adults & juniors (sample):
     Schedule of activities - adults and juniors (PDF)

    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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