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Instituto Superior de EspañolOtavalo, Ecuador

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Rating: 3.6/5.0

Overall school rating of Instituto Superior de Español, Otavalo
Ranked #1 of 1 Spanish schools in Otavalo
Location of the school

Rating: 4.0/5.0


Rating: 2.4/5.0

Social activities

Rating: 3.2/5.0


Rating: 3.2/5.0

Quality of teaching

Rating: 4.0/5.0

Value for money

Rating: 3.4/5.0


Rating: 4.0/5.0

Overall school rating by student age group
Students < 18 years

Rating: 0.0/5.0

Students 18-30 years

Rating: 4.0/5.0

Students 31-49 years

Rating: 0.0/5.0

Students 50+ years

Rating: 3.3/5.0

What we like about the school
  • Small class sizes
  • Rooftop terrace
How we create the points regarding what we like/dislike about a school

Location: Instituto Superior de Español is located in the centre of Otavalo, Ecuador. There are shops, restaurants, bars, grocery stores and historical landmarks on the streets close to the school.

Getting around: Otavalo is a small city, and is easily accessible by foot. For those who prefer to take public transportation, the central bus terminal is a 10-minute walk from Instituto Superior de Español. From here, there are bus routes in Otavalo as well as to nearby cities such as Quito.

Things to see in Otavalo: The Mercado Artesania Otavalo is the famous market in the city. It is known throughout the region as a must-see attraction. The school is 1 minute from the market and all the hustle and bustle around it. The Peguche Waterfall and Laguna de San Pablo are natural attractions outside the city. The waterfall is a 50-minute walk from the school, whilst the lake is just under 60 minutes away by foot.

Course structure: Instituto Superior de Español teaches Spanish group courses as an intensive programme, or as a combination course along with private lessons.
  • The language school Instituto Superior de Español was founded in Otavalo, Ecuador in 1994.
  • Tax registration ID: RUC1708852163001
  • Abbreviated name of school: ISE Otavalo

Spanish Courses

General Language
Exam Preparation

Information for all courses offered by Instituto Superior de Español

Comments about courses

The Instituto Superior de Español program to learn Spanish in Otavalo takes place in this Andean town located in the north of Ecuador in the province of Imbabura. This is one of the most important destinations in the country because its inhabitants still maintain their roots, which are strengthened by their myths, legends, customs and ancient traditions. It is a perfect place to buy gifts. Close to the city, you can find the Peguche waterfall, a natural area full of energy.

Lesson duration
55 minutes
School's administrative fee
40.00 US$
Course material
Generally course material is distributed free to students and will stay in student property.
Individual classes
Individual tuition can only be reserved in a whole individual course package.
Days without class
In 2024 (including national and regional bank holidays):
01 Jan 2024, 25 Dec 2024.
School policy regarding bank holidays:Full number of lost classes are made up
Level test
A test to assess your exact language level takes place at the school on the first day of the course.

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
  • INCLUDED Language level placement test before arrival
  • INCLUDED For adult courses: a minimum of one free organized leisure activity per week
Note: All courses offered by Instituto Superior de Español, Otavalo 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.

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Instituto Superior de Español (ISE)

Accreditations and Quality seals
Preferential Terms in Case of Visa RefusalMinistry of Education in Ecuador
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
Written and oral level test is performed. 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 Instituto Superior de Español and you book here.
Payment methods accepted for payments made directly to the school
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General school facilities

  • Cafeteria

  • Microwave for student use

  • Library

  • Lounge

  • Rooftop terrace

  • Balcony / terrace

  • Student support desk

  • Copy machine

  • Printer for student use

  • Soccer field / football pitch

  • Self-study areas

  • Free coffee

  • Free water dispenser

  • Free WIFI

  • Non-smoking (all indoor areas, but not all outdoor areas of school)

  • Smoking zones (outdoors)

  • Tourist information

  • Assistance with entrance ticket purchases

  • Assistance with reservations for restaurants, bars, clubs

  • Assistance with organizing transportation

  • Classroom equipment

    • Ample natural light in all classrooms

    Number of classrooms: 5
    Number of public PC workstations: 2
    Paid parking (<500m)

Additional comment about facilities of school

Our School in Otavalo is centrally located. The school is near Plaza de Ponchos. Our Otavalo branch allows our Students to participate in our professional program while immersing in a different culture in a quiet charming small town.

Student Age / Nationality

Average number of students
In summer: 25
Throughout the year: 25
Minimum age of students
18 years
12 years for specific Junior courses
Average number of levels
Adult courses In summer: 5
Adult courses Throughout the year: 5
Junior courses In summer: 5
Junior courses Throughout the year: 5
Average age of students
In summer: 25 years
Throughout the year: 25 years

Top student nationalities

Airport transfer

Best arrival airport is Quito Mariscal Sucre.
More information about airports around Otavalo and how to get from the airport to Otavalo on your own here on our Otavalo page.

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
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
Basketball1 km
Dancing1 km
Football (soccer)1 km
Golf9 km
Horse riding1 km
Mountainbiking4 km
Music1 km
Sailing9 km
Swimming1 km
Table Tennis1 km
Volleyball1 km
Yoga1 km

Examples of leisure activities organized by the school

Adults - Free activities

Otavalo is a town surrounded by mountains and natural lakes. Activities available in the area include:
The Indigenous Market
* Many museums free of charge

Adults - Paid activities

* Cooking Party


Ratings of Instituto Superior de Español compared to ratings of all schools in Ecuador

 Instituto Superior de Español OtavaloAverage of all other schools in Ecuador
Overall school rating3.5

Rating: 3.5/5.0


Rating: 4.5/5.0

Location of the school4.0

Rating: 4.0/5.0


Rating: 4.7/5.0


Rating: 2.0/5.0


Rating: 3.8/5.0

Social activities2.7

Rating: 2.7/5.0


Rating: 4.3/5.0


Rating: 3.0/5.0


Rating: 4.5/5.0

Quality of teaching4.0

Rating: 4.0/5.0


Rating: 4.5/5.0

Value for money3.3

Rating: 3.3/5.0


Rating: 4.4/5.0


Rating: 4.0/5.0


Rating: 4.3/5.0

Shared flat3.0

Rating: 3.0/5.0


Rating: 4.3/5.0

Student opinions about Instituto Superior de Español, Otavalo

Right in the center
Overall rating

Rating: 4/5.0

Value for money

Rating: 4/5.0


Rating: 4/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)

Rating: 2/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress

Rating: 4/5.0

School organization

Rating: 3/5.0

Social activities

Rating: 2/5.0


Rating: 4/5.0

Course: Classico, Standard Course - 3 weeks
4. Jan. 2008


Luis Alberto de la Torre - 100201 Otavalo
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Questions and answers about Instituto Superior de Español

  • When it is winter in North America and Europe (around January/February), between 30-60% of our students are over 58 years old.
    Eugenio Córdova, Academic Director from Instituto Superior de Español - Feb 14, 2024

FAQ about Instituto Superior de Español, Otavalo

  • Spanish courses at Instituto Superior de Español start at 142 US$ for Standard Course course with 20 lessons per week. When booking here you benefit from an exclusive discount.
  • The accommodation Superior Homestay is the most popular among all our clients of Instituto Superior de Español
  • Depending on the chosen course, the maximum number of students at Instituto Superior de Español varies from 1 students (Private Course) to 6 students (Standard Course)
  • 100% of teachers at Instituto Superior de Español hold a university degree. 100% hold a recognized language teaching certificate.
  • The highest Nationality percentage at Instituto Superior de Español comes from Germany with a 20% representation, followed by students from Switzerland (20%) and USA (20%).
  • Yes, there is an exclusive discount that only applies when booking online here.
  • Instituto Superior de Español offers courses from 12 years to 99. Average age is 25 during the summer and 25 for the rest of the year.
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