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


Rating: 4.1/5.0

What we like about the school

  • Own residence within 5 minutes of the school
  • Centrally located, close to the beach

International House - Riviera Maya (IH)

  • 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.
  • Address: Calle 14 Norte # 171, between Av.5 and Av.10, 77710 - Playa del Carmen, Mexico (see on map)
  • 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

Covid-19 related security measures that are taken by International House - Riviera Maya

At International House Alegre Schools the health and safety of our students and employees is a top priority. We are continuously monitoring the global updates on Coronavirus (COVID-19). We are up to date on the most relevant information and protocols.
We will continue to monitor the situation closely to ensure our team is prepared to respond to any changes.

Accreditations and Quality seals

Instituto CervantesIH World Organisation
““Combina idioma, arena y sol y aprenderás en Playa español, pero hazlo en International House que de las escuelas es la mejor.””

School Size:


  • 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:


Number of public PC workstations:


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

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.

Average number of students

  • Adult courses in summer: 40
  • Adult courses throughout the year: 20

Average age of students

Average number of levels

  • Adult courses in summer: 10
  • Adult courses throughout the year: 10

Minimum age of students

  • 16 years

The school is an official exam center

The following language examinations can be taken directly at the school:

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):


Optional airport transfer

Best arrival airport is Cancun.

Cancún International Airport:
100 US$ pick up
200 US$ return (both ways)

Days without class

In 2021 (including national and regional bank holidays): 01 Jan. 2021, 01 Feb. 2021, 05 Feb. 2021, 15 Mar. 2021, 21 Mar. 2021, 01 May 2021, 16 Sep. 2021, 15 Nov. 2021, 20 Nov. 2021, 25 Dec. 2021.

If a bank holiday falls on a weekday there is no refund nor are classes recuperated. This is the case for the majority of language schools.

Spanish Courses

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.
Lesson duration: 55 minutes
Individual classesSingle 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.
Comments about courses:The week starting 06 April includes two public holidays and therefore has a special price of USD 145.


Leisure activities

activity possibledistance from school
Horse riding 
Leisure programme for adults & juniors (sample):
 Schedule of activities - adults and juniors (PDF)
Schedule of activities - adults and juniors (PDF)



Rating: 4.1/5.0

Location of the school

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Rating: 3.9/5.0

Social activities

Rating: 3.9/5.0

Course quality / Progress in language

Rating: 4.1/5.0

Value for money

Rating: 4.1/5.0


Rating: 3.6/5.0

Shared Flat (apartment)

Rating: 4.4/5.0



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

    Rating: 4.1/5.0

  3. Don Quijote / Solexico Language & Cultural Centers

    Rating: 4.1/5.0


    FAQ about International House - Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen

  • Spanish courses at International House start at 0 US$ for course with lessons per week. When booking here you benefit from an exclusive discount.
  • 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 students () to students ()
  • 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.
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