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Spanish school in Playa del Carmen: International House - Riviera Maya


Rating: 4.2/5.0

Calle 14 between 10th and 5th avenue - 77710 Playa del Carmen - see on map

What we like about the school

  • Own residence within 5 minutes of the school
  • Centrally located, close to the beach
  • Private tropical garden with bar area where students can relax and socialise after class.
  • Small class sizes

What we dislike about the school

  • Younger students should consider that the average age of students at this school is significantly higher than at most other schools.
  • Do not offer favorable cancellation terms in the case of a student getting a visa rejected.

Location: The school is just 10 meters from 5th Avenue, Playa del Carmen's main street which is teeming with all kinds of shops, restaurants and bars. The school is also just two blocks from the beach, so students can be swimming in the idyllic water of the Caribbean less than 10 minutes after finishing class.
  • The language school International House - Riviera Maya was founded in Playa del Carmen, Mexico in 2004.
  • Legal name / parent company: International House Barcelona, S.L.
  • Tax registration ID: RFC:SLR0906306R3
  • Abbreviated name of school: IH Playa del Carmen
  • Covid-19 Status: School currently open
  • The school is an official exam center
    The following language examinations can be taken directly at the school:

Spanish Courses

General Language
Online Courses
Exam Preparation
Language Plus Activity
Specialty Courses
Information for all courses offered by International House - Riviera Maya
Comments about courses
The week starting 11 April includes two public holidays and therefore has a special price of USD 145.
Lesson duration
55 minutes
Level test
A test to assess your exact language level takes place at the school on the first day of the course.
Individual classes
Single individual lessons of tuition can be reserved at 30 US$. The combination of group and individual lessons is highly recommended. Individual lessons will encourage you to actively speak the foreign language and will offer you the opportunity to discuss individual problems and weaknesses.
Days without class
In 2022 (including national and regional bank holidays):
01 Jan. 2022, 07 Feb. 2022, 21 Mar. 2022, 14 Apr. 2022, 15 Apr. 2022, 16 Sep. 2022, 21 Nov. 2022, 25 Dec. 2022.
If a bank holiday falls on a weekday there is no refund nor are missed lessons recuperated. This is the case for the majority of language schools.
Course material
Generally course material has to be purchased by the student. The costs of course material will be approximately 50 US$ per course 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 For adult courses: a minimum of one free organized leisure activity per week
Note: All courses offered by International House, Playa del Carmen can be reserved online with LanguageCourse.Net. In case a course is not listed above, just let us know.

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International House - Riviera Maya (IH)

““Combina idioma, arena y sol y aprenderás en Playa español, pero hazlo en International House que de las escuelas es la mejor.””
Accreditations and Quality seals
IH World Organisation
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 8:30
School Size
Offer for returning students
You will be refunded/waived the school's administration fee If you already attended previously a course at International House - Riviera Maya and you book here.
Payment methods accepted for payments made directly to the school
Visa - logoMastercard - logoAmerican Express - logoMaestro - logoBank Transfer - logo

General school facilities

  • Cafeteria

  • Snack vending machine

  • Computer lab

  • Library

  • Free after-class access to language learning software

  • Lounge

  • Garden

  • Balcony / terrace

  • Student support desk

  • Copy machine

  • Free water dispenser

  • Free WIFI

  • Classroom equipment

    • TV in some classrooms

    • Air conditioning in all classrooms

    • Ample natural light in all classrooms

    Number of classrooms: 10
    Number of public PC workstations: 4

Additional comment about facilities of school

Bar Garden

Student Age / Nationality

Average number of students
In summer:40
Throughout the year: 20
Minimum age of students
16 years
2 years for specific Junior courses
Average number of levels
Adult courses In summer: 10
Adult courses Throughout the year: 10
Average age of students
In summer: 27 years
Throughout the year: 27 years

Top student nationalities

Age of students

Airport transfer

Optional airport transfer
Cancún International Airport:
100 US$ one way
200 US$ return (both ways)
Best arrival airport is Cancun.

Visa Documents

Nationals from USA 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
Free shipment via regular mail

Leisure activities

activity possible
Horse riding

Examples of leisure activities organized by the school

Adults - Free activities
The school organises special activities for students every weekday afternoon: Mondays: city tour which includes a little walk around downtown Playa visiting some of the highlights Tuesdays: cooking lessons, with a different Mexican recipe every week Wednesdays: Latin dance lessons Thursdays: playing games on the beach or having a movie or casino night (with board games) at the school * Fridays: a party at the residence with free cocktails for all our students
Adults - Paid activities
We also organise excursions to some of the region's most interesting locations such as: The ancient Mayan cities of Tulum and Chichen Itza The island of Cozumel, famous for its coral reefs and marine life * Regional nature reserves These excursions outside Playa del Carmen are optional and are therefore not included in the course fee.




Rating: 4.2/5.0

Overall school rating of
International House - Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen
57 authentic reviews from students who reserved with us
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Rating: 3.9/5.0

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Rating: 4.2/5.0

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Shared Flat (apartment)

Rating: 4.3/5.0



Pricelist 2021 International House - Riviera Maya, Mexico
Pricelist 2021 International House - Riviera Maya, Mexico
Price List 2022
Price List 2022


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Other Spanish schools in Playa del Carmen offering Spanish courses: 
  1. Agora Language Center, Centro

    Rating: 4.2/5.0

  2. Chichén Itzá Language School, Centro

    Rating: 4.2/5.0

  3. Don Quijote / Solexico Language & Cultural Centers

    Rating: 4.2/5.0


    FAQ about International House - Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen

  • Yes, International House Riviera Maya offers cultural activities such as a tour around Playa del Carmen, a cocktail party, salsa lessons, cooking lessons. Daily trips to the most beautiful and important sites in the region are available on-site at additional costs. International House is centrally located, close to the beach, and has a private tropical garden with a bar area where students can relax and socialize after class.
    Ana Carolina, Area Manager from LanguageCourse.net
  • In Playa del Carmen, International House Riviera Maya does not offer a specific group for Senior Students (50+ students). The average age of students at this school is significantly higher than at most other schools, and the teachers have plenty of experience in having students of all ages, adapting the content and rhythm of the class to students regardless of their age.
    Ana Carolina, Area Manager from LanguageCourse.net
  • Yes, there are 3 gyms near to our school and residence.
    Isabel Reyes from IH Riviera Maya
  • Yes. The school offers pickup from Cancún International Airport (100 US$)
  • Depending on the chosen course, the maximum number of students at International House - Riviera Maya varies from 1 students (Online Course (Tutored)) to 12 students (Refresher Course for Spanish Teachers)
  • 100% of teachers at International House - Riviera Maya hold a university degree. 100% hold a recognized language teaching certificate.
  • The highest Nationality percentage at International House - Riviera Maya comes from USA with a 22% representation, followed by students from Germany (17%) and Switzerland (15%).
  • Yes, there is an exclusive discount that only applies when booking online here.
  • International House - Riviera Maya offers courses from 6 years to 99. Average age is 27 during the summer and 27 for the rest of the year.
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