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Don Quijote / Academia Columbus, Quito, Ecuador

Among the Top 20% most popular Spanish schools in Ecuador in the last 12 monthsAverage student rating for this school was the best or in the top 20% among all schools in Ecuador
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  • What we like about the school

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

    Quito  

    Don Quijote / Academia Columbus

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

    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

    Airport transfer

    Best arrival airport is Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO).It takes 90 minutes by car  to school.

    Language school closed

    In 2017 (including national and regional bank holidays): 01.Jan.2017, 27.Feb.2017, 28.Feb.2017, 14.Apr.2017, 01.May.2017, 26.May.2017, 11.Aug.2017, 09.Oct.2017, 02.Nov.2017, 03.Nov.2017, 25.Dec.2017In 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 10 12 Additional Week
    Price in US$ 285 271 570 542 855 813 1140 1083 1325 1259 1590 1511 1855 1763 2120 2014 2450 2328 2940 2793 245 233
    Starting dates
    Every Monday .
    Required minimum language level
    Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
    Special Offers
    - 20% discount on double room in a shared apartment . Only valid for bookings at this website before 30.11.2017.
    For enrolments of a minimum of 1 weeks - 10% discount on single room in a shared apartment or residence . Only valid for bookings at this website before 30.11.2017.
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    Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
    Price in US$ 185 176 370 352 555 528 740 703 800 760 960 912 1120 1064 1280 1216 1550 1473 1860 1767 155 148
    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
    Special Offers
    - 20% discount on double room in a shared apartment . Only valid for bookings at this website before 30.11.2017.
    For enrolments of a minimum of 1 weeks - 10% discount on single room in a shared apartment or residence . Only valid for bookings at this website before 30.11.2017.
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    Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
    Price in US$ 330 314 660 627 990 941 1320 1254 1650 1568 1980 1881 2310 2195 2640 2508 3300 3135 3960 3762 330 314
    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
    Special Offers
    - 20% discount on double room in a shared apartment . Only valid for bookings at this website before 30.11.2017.
    For enrolments of a minimum of 1 weeks - 10% discount on single room in a shared apartment or residence . Only valid for bookings at this website before 30.11.2017.
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    Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
    Price in US$ 250 238 500 475 750 713 1000 950 1250 1188 1500 1425 1750 1663 2000 1900 2500 2375 3000 2850 250 238
    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
    Special Offers
    - 20% discount on double room in a shared apartment . Only valid for bookings at this website before 30.11.2017.
    For enrolments of a minimum of 1 weeks - 10% discount on single room in a shared apartment or residence . Only valid for bookings at this website before 30.11.2017.
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    Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
    Price in US$ -- -- -- 995 946 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
    Exam fee not included. To formally register for the exam, payment must be completed at least 10 weeks prior to the exam date.

    To enroll in a DELE course, you must have at least the same level of Spanish you wish to take the exam in.

    Exam dates are according to language level:
    10.02 (A2), 07.04 (A1-C1), 13.05 (A1-C2), 14.07 (A2-C1), 15.09 (A2), 13.10 (A2-B2), 25.11 (A1-C2)
    Starting dates
    2017: 16.Jan.2017, 30.Jan.2017, 17.Apr.2017, 01.May.2017, 19.Jun.2017, 03.Jul.2017, 21.Aug.2017, 04.Sep.2017, 18.Sep.2017, 02.Oct.2017, 30.Oct.2017, 13.Nov.2017.
    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.
    Absolute beginners start on: 16.Jan.2017, 13.Mar.2017, 17.Apr.2017, 19.Jun.2017, 21.Aug.2017, 18.Sep.2017, 30.Oct.2017
    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
    Special Offers
    - 20% discount on double room in a shared apartment . Only valid for bookings at this website before 30.11.2017.
    For enrolments of a minimum of 1 weeks - 10% discount on single room in a shared apartment or residence . Only valid for bookings at this website before 30.11.2017.
    Exam dates
    10.Feb.2017, 07.Apr.2017, 13.May.2017, 14.Jul.2017, 15.Sep.2017, 13.Oct.2017, 25.Nov.2017
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    Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
    Price in US$ -- -- -- 1360 1292 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
    Exam fee not included. To formally register for the exam, payment must be completed at least 10 weeks prior to the exam date.

    To enroll in a DELE course, you must have at least the same level of Spanish you wish to take the exam in.

    Exam dates are according to language level:
    10.02 (A2), 07.04 (A1-C1), 13.05 (A1-C2), 14.07 (A2-C1), 15.09 (A2), 13.10 (A2-B2), 25.11 (A1-C2)
    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
    Special Offers
    - 20% discount on double room in a shared apartment . Only valid for bookings at this website before 30.11.2017.
    For enrolments of a minimum of 1 weeks - 10% discount on single room in a shared apartment or residence . Only valid for bookings at this website before 30.11.2017.
    Exam dates
    10.Feb.2017, 07.Apr.2017, 13.May.2017, 14.Jul.2017, 15.Sep.2017, 13.Oct.2017, 25.Nov.2017
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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 dancing and traditional culture.
    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
    Special Offers
    - 20% discount on double room in a shared apartment . Only valid for bookings at this website before 30.11.2017.
    For enrolments of a minimum of 1 weeks - 10% discount on single room in a shared apartment or residence . Only valid for bookings at this website before 30.11.2017.
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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 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
    Special Offers
    - 20% discount on double room in a shared apartment . Only valid for bookings at this website before 30.11.2017.
    For enrolments of a minimum of 1 weeks - 10% discount on single room in a shared apartment or residence . Only valid for bookings at this website before 30.11.2017.
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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
    Special Offers
    - 20% discount on double room in a shared apartment . Only valid for bookings at this website before 30.11.2017.
    For enrolments of a minimum of 1 weeks - 10% discount on single room in a shared apartment or residence . Only valid for bookings at this website before 30.11.2017.
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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 20 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:Internships and Volunteering projects available. Mediation fee is respectively US$350 and US$150. Always in combination with a minimum of 4 weeks Spanish course with us.
    The schedule is subject to changes.

    Accommodation

    weeks 1 2 3 4 Additional Week
    Price in US$ 149 298 447 596 149
    Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
    Price per person
    Price extra night:
    27 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$ 159 318 477 636 159
    Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
    Price per person
    Price extra night:
    27 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$ 179 358 537 716 179
    Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
    Price per person
    Price extra night:
    27 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$ 139 278 417 556 139
    Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
    Price per person
    Price extra night:
    27 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$ 149 298 447 596 149
    Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
    Price per person
    Price extra night:
    27 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$ 169 338 507 676 169
    Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
    Price per person
    Price extra night:
    27 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$ 119 238 357 476 119
    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$ 169 338 507 676 169
    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
    • Max. 1 student of each nationality possible? no
    • Single room: cannot be guaranteed
    • Optional airport transfer
      Mariscal Sucre International Airport: for 59 US$ (one way); for 118 US$ (return trip)

    Leisure activities

    activity possibledistance from school
    Basketball1 km
    Cooking 
    Dancing 
    Football (soccer)1 km
    Horse riding10 km
    Volleyball1 km

    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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