X
All Spanish schools in Quito
00:0000:00
 

Don Quijote / Academia Columbus, Quito, Ecuador

Calle Arízaga Luque N 34-240 y Federico Páez n/a - 170135 Quito - see on map

Location: Don Quijote / Academia Columbus Quito is a medium-sized school that boasts some incredible views of the whole of Quito. Located in the quiet, modern and upscale neighbourhood of El Batàn, the school is very well connected to local transport and is a 5-minute walk from Quito's Parque Metropolitano.

Course structure: Don Quijote / Academia Columbus Quito has a wide variety of courses suitable for all students and levels of study. If you are looking for a General Spanish course in group, semi-private or private classes, which can also be taken in conjunction with Salsa dancing or cooking, they will be sure to have the course for you. The school also offers preparation courses for both the DELE and SIELE exams and has a Volunteer programme for students looking to combine their Spanish studies with volunteering. Refresher courses for Teachers and Spanish for 50+ students are also available at certain times of the year.

Accommodation: The school has some excellent choices for accommodation in both Student Residence and Homestay.

Leisure activities: In terms of activities, Don Quijote Quito is happy to offer a number of activities including Salsa and merengue dance lessons, Ecuadorian cooking lessons and Spanish Language film screenings to name a few. They also offer optional excursions such as trips to Volcano Cotopaxi, Quilotoa Lagoon, the Tropical rainforest in Mindo and the middle of the world Equator line.

School chain: With over 30 years of experience, Don Quijote is an internationally recognized leader in teaching Spanish as a foreign language. They have multiple campuses in many countries throughout the world and continue to provide quality and innovative services to their students whilst constantly working to better themselves.
  • The school is also known under the name Academia Columbus.
  • The language school Don Quijote / Academia Columbus was founded in Quito, Ecuador in 2000.
  • Legal name / parent company: Enforex for English Executives SL
  • Tax registration ID: B80274269

Spanish Courses

General Language
Private
Work & Study
Business
Exam Preparation
Language Plus Activity
Specialty Courses
Information for all courses offered by Don Quijote / Academia Columbus
Lesson duration
55 minutes
Days without class
In 2022 (including national and regional bank holidays):
01 Jan. 2022, 24 Feb. 2022, 25 Feb. 2022, 10 Apr. 2022, 01 May 2022, 25 May 2022, 10 Aug. 2022, 09 Oct. 2022, 01 Nov. 2022, 25 Dec. 2022.
School policy regarding bank holidays:Private classes are recuperated or refunded. Same as for nearly all language schools, group classes falling on bank holiday are not refunded and not recuperated.
Please note that this school reserves the right to reduce the number of lessons if the minimum number of students is not reached.
Course material
Generally course material is distributed free to students but has to be returned to the school at end of course.

Our price includes

  • INCLUDED Organized activities
  • 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
  • INCLUDED For adult courses: a minimum of one free organized leisure activity per week

Videos & Photos

  • Don Quijote / Academia Columbus - General School Video1/6
  • lesson
    lesson2/6
  • Main area
    Main area3/6
  • Teacher and students
    Teacher and students4/6
  • students
    students5/6
  • Exterior
    Exterior6/6

Don Quijote / Academia Columbus

Accreditations and Quality seals
ALTONAFSAPreferential Terms in Case of Visa RefusalAECEE, IEG, AATSP
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)
School Size
Recommended type of transportation to city centre and name of most convenient stop for the school: * Avenida 10 de Agosto.
Walking distance from the school to recommended public transport stop: 15 minutes
Travelling time from recommended stop to city centre by public transport: 30 minutes
Offer for returning students
You will be refunded/waived the school's administration fee If you already attended previously a course at Don Quijote / Academia Columbus and you book here.
Payment methods accepted for payments made directly to the school
Visa - logoMastercard - logoBank Transfer - logo

General school 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

  • Facilities for islamic students

    • Homestay option that can prepare halal food

    • Homestay with no men in the household not guaranteed. However, arrangements can be made to suit the client's wishes.
  • Classroom equipment

    • TV in some classrooms

    • Ample natural light in all classrooms

    Number of classrooms: 9
    Number of public PC workstations: 2

Student Age / Nationality

Average number of students
In summer:30
Throughout the year: 24
Minimum age of students
16 years
Average number of levels
Adult courses In summer: 6
Adult courses Throughout the year: 3
Average age of students
In summer: 30 years
Throughout the year: 32 years

Top student nationalities

Airport transfer

Optional airport transfer
Mariscal Sucre International Airport:
59 US$ one way
118 US$ return (both ways)
Best arrival airport is Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO).

Visa Documents

Nationals from USA do not require a visa for travelling to Ecuador and attending a language course.
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)
Europe: 55 US$
,
North America: 55 US$
,
South America: 115 US$
,
Africa: 115 US$
,
Oceania: 115 US$
,
Asia: 115 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.

Reviews

4.3

Rating: 4.3/5.0

Overall school rating of
Don Quijote / Academia Columbus, Quito
7 authentic reviews from students who reserved with us
School
Location of the school

Rating: 4.5/5.0

4.5
Organisation

Rating: 4.6/5.0

4.6
Facilities

Rating: 3.7/5.0

3.7
Social activities

Rating: 4.5/5.0

4.5
Course
Course quality / Progress in language

Rating: 4.0/5.0

4.0
Value for money

Rating: 4.0/5.0

4.0
Accommodation
Homestay

Rating: 3.0/5.0

3.0
Shared Flat (apartment)

Rating: 3.3/5.0

3.3
Other
---
What students liked about Don Quijote / Academia Columbus, Quito
Great atmosphere, friendly teachers and great School director
Overall rating

{$words.title_stars_rating|replace:"":"{$item.score}"}

5.0
Value for money

{$words.title_stars_rating|replace:"":"{$item.score}"}

5.0
Detailed review
City/place

{$words.title_stars_rating|replace:"":"{$item.score}"}

5.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)

{$words.title_stars_rating|replace:"":"{$item.score}"}

4.0
Quality of teaching / language progress

{$words.title_stars_rating|replace:"":"{$item.score}"}

5.0
School organization

{$words.title_stars_rating|replace:"":"{$item.score}"}

5.0
Social activities

{$words.title_stars_rating|replace:"":"{$item.score}"}

5.0
Accommodation
Insider tips about what future students should not miss: Go to Mindo on the weekend
Teachers were professionals.
Overall rating

{$words.title_stars_rating|replace:"":"{$item.score}"}

5.0
Value for money

{$words.title_stars_rating|replace:"":"{$item.score}"}

5.0
Detailed review
City/place

{$words.title_stars_rating|replace:"":"{$item.score}"}

4.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)

{$words.title_stars_rating|replace:"":"{$item.score}"}

5.0
Quality of teaching / language progress

{$words.title_stars_rating|replace:"":"{$item.score}"}

5.0
School organization

{$words.title_stars_rating|replace:"":"{$item.score}"}

5.0
Social activities

{$words.title_stars_rating|replace:"":"{$item.score}"}

4.0
Accommodation
Homestay

{$words.title_stars_rating|replace:"":"{$item.score}"}

4.0
Other

{$words.title_stars_rating|replace:"":"{$item.score}"}

4.0
Shared apartment

{$words.title_stars_rating|replace:"":"{$item.score}"}

4.0
Other comments: Excellent

Map  

Loading map content
Other Spanish schools in Quito offering Spanish courses: 

    FAQ about Don Quijote / Academia Columbus, Quito

  • The accommodation Homestay is the most popular among all our clients of Don Quijote
  • Yes. The school offers pickup from Mariscal Sucre International Airport (59 US$)
  • 70% of teachers at Academia Columbus hold a university degree. 50% hold a recognized language teaching certificate.
  • The highest Nationality percentage at Don Quijote / Academia Columbus comes from Germany with a 33% representation, followed by students from USA (24%) and Switzerland (16%).
  • Don Quijote / Academia Columbus offers courses from 16 years to 99. Average age is 30 during the summer and 32 for the rest of the year.

Other Spanish schools

Spanish schools in Ecuador
Spanish schools in the rest of the world
Interested in online courses?
Have a look at our top picks of Live Online Spanish courses at the best prices.
YOUR BENEFITS
Only when you reserve here
  • The most courses: 32.780 language course programmes listed. No other site worldwide has more.
  • Exclusive discounts
  • 23.889 authentic reviews of language schools
  • Free advice from our friendly language travel experts
  • Lowest price guaranteed: You pay less than when booking at the school directly or anywhere else. If you find a better rate elsewhere we will beat it.
  • Most visited website for language course reservations
  • Preferential terms for cancellation and payment
  • No agency fees

The best way to reserve your language course!

Don't just take our
word for it...
What our clients have to say
  • Gabriele (39): I checked the internet a lot for language courses, but this site was the best.
  • Connie (31): I chose this site because it was the best price. The consultant was excellent and always replied to my emails promptly...
  • Attila (41): I am very satisfied. I found more relevant information on your webpage than on the school's website itself. It is the...
  • Gintas (52): I think it is hard to miss that you seem to be offering the best service in your field, with a lot of information. An...
Fun stats
  • 1.000.000 US$: in course fees saved.
  • Pioneers: We were the first site to publish uncensored reviews of language schools. Established in 1999.
  • World leaders: We are the most visited independent site dedicated to language courses.
  • >20.000 facebook fans.
Terms & ConditionsRefund policyPrivacy & CookiesAbout usContact UsImprintReview and User Content PoliciesTrust and safety