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Spanish school in San Sebastian: San Sebastián Escuela Internacional

4.3

Rating: 4.3/5.0

Camino de Mundaiz 8 - 20012 San Sebastian - see on map

What we like about the school

  • Welcome pack with handy things including a notepad, pen, city map, folder and a bag.
  • Learning progress guarantee.
  • Very favorable cancellation terms. You can cancel courses with less than 6 days notice.

What we dislike about the school

  • Lessons are 45 minutes long, which is shorter than in other schools.

Location:San Sebastián International is located in the unique city of San Sebastián in northern Spain´s Basque Country. The school is housed in modern premises in the city centre, within a 10-minute walk of the beach, and is surrounded by bars, restaurants, eateries and further attractions. Such attractions within walking distance of the school include the Cristina Enea parkea, the Tabakalera Arts and Cultural Center, the Good Shepard of San Sebastián Cathedral and La Concha beach.

Course selection: The school offers a wide range of courses suitable for students of all levels and ages. In addition to General Spanish taught over various levels and intensities, the school also provides combination courses with Surfing, Business Spanish, Executive courses, work experience and mini-group programmes. During the summer, full-immersion Junior programmes are available.

Social and cultural: San Sebastian is a unique place with much to offer in Basque Country tradition and cuisine. A safe city where all is within walking distance, San Sebastián is surrounded by spectacular hills for walks and excursions. The school can also assist with information for learning Surfing, Stand Up Paddling, practising Yoga, mountain sports, Language exchanges and taking part in the local Gastronomic experience.

Additional information: The school has been teaching for over 65 years, and teaching Spanish for over 30 years. The main objective of San Sebastián Escuela International is to make sure that students improve their Spanish quickly and at a manageable price.
  • The language school San Sebastián Escuela Internacional was founded in San Sebastian, Spain in 1989.
  • The school is an official exam center
    The following language examinations can be taken directly at the school:

Spanish Courses

General Language
Junior
Online Courses
Private
Work & Study
Business
Exam Preparation
Language Plus Activity
Specialty Courses
Information for all courses offered by San Sebastián Escuela Internacional
Lesson duration
45 minutes
School's administrative fee
60.00 €
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 36 €. 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 - 06 Jan. 2022, 20 Jan. 2022, 15 Apr. 2022, 18 Apr. 2022, 01 May 2022, 25 Jul. 2022, 15 Aug. 2022, 06 Sep. 2022, 12 Oct. 2022, 01 Nov. 2022, 06 Dec. 2022, 08 Dec. 2022, 26 Dec. 2022 - 31 Dec. 2022.
School policy regarding bank holidays:Full number of lost classes are made up
Course material
Generally course material has to be purchased by the student. The costs of course material will be approximately 17 € 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 junior courses: every afternoon free organized leisure program
  • INCLUDED For adult courses: a minimum of one free organized leisure activity per week
  • INCLUDED Free consultation about suitable college/university programs by a qualified consultant
  • INCLUDED Learning progress guarantee
Note: All courses offered by San Sebastián Escuela Internacional, San Sebastian can be reserved online with LanguageCourse.Net. In case a course is not listed above, just let us know.

San Sebastián Escuela Internacional

“Our main objective: you will learn Spanish quickly and you feel that your money is well spent.”
Accreditations and Quality seals
FEDELEIALCSistema de Acreditación de Centros Instituto Cervantes (SACIC)Preferential Terms in Case of Visa RefusalInternational House
Spanish teacher qualifications
98% 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
Student gender mix:
60% male / 40% female
School Size
Recommended type of transportation to city centre and name of most convenient stop for the school:  .
Offer for returning students
You will be refunded/waived the school's administration fee If you already attended previously a course at San Sebastián Escuela Internacional and you book here.
Payment methods accepted for payments made directly to the school
Visa - logoMastercard - logoBank Transfer - logo

General school facilities

  • Snack vending machine

  • Drink vending machine

  • Computer lab

  • Library

  • Daily press

  • Movie rental

  • Free after-class access to language learning software

  • Lounge

  • Auditorium

  • Balcony / terrace

  • Student support desk

  • Copy machine

  • Printer for student use

  • Free WIFI

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

  • Classroom equipment

    • TV in some classrooms

    • Electronic whiteboard in some classrooms

    • Air conditioning in all classrooms

    • Heating in all classrooms

    • Ample natural light in most classrooms

    Number of classrooms: 18
    Number of public PC workstations: 8
    Paid parking (<500m)

    Facilities for disabled students

    • Disabled car park

    • Wheelchair access to classroom

    • Accessible Toilet

    • Wheelchair access to reception

    • Wheelchair access to cafeteria

    • Accessible for persons with disabilities

Additional comment about facilities of school

* Parking space is available for rent

Student Age / Nationality

Average number of students
Adult courses - In summer:120
Adult courses - Throughout the year: 70
Junior courses - In summer: 80
Junior courses - Throughout the year: 80
Minimum age of students
17 years
14 years for specific Junior courses
Average number of levels
Adult courses In summer: 10
Adult courses Throughout the year: 8
Junior courses In summer: 12
Junior courses Throughout the year: 12
Average age of students
In summer: 22 years
Throughout the year: 28 years

Top student nationalities

Age of students

Airport transfer

Optional airport transfer
Bilbao Airport:
155 € one way
310 € return (both ways)
San Sebastián Airport:
60 € one way
120 € return (both ways)
Biarritz – Anglet – Bayonne Airport:
115 € one way
230 € return (both ways)
Best arrival airport is Donostia - San Sebastian (EAS).

Visa Documents

Nationals from USA do not require a visa to study short term courses up to 90 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
No
Free shipment via regular mail
Yes
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 possible
Ballet
Baseball
Basketball
Cooking
Cricket
Dancing
Diving
Field Hockey
Football (soccer)
Horse riding
Ice Hockey
Mountainbiking
Music
Rugby
Sailing
Skiing
Squash
Swimming
Table Tennis
Tennis
Volleyball
Windsurfing
Yoga

Examples of leisure activities organized by the school

Adults - Free activities

Orientation tour Language Exchange Watching movies at school Basque language class * Volleyball on the beach

Adults - Paid activities

Yoga: EUR 30 Latin dancing: EUR 20 Surf: EUR 90 Cooking course and dinner with a chef: EUR 90

Junior - Free activities

Orientation tour Excursion to Hondarribia Volleyball on the beach Boat trip around Pasajes de San Juan * San Fermines in Pamplona.

Junior - Paid activities

Surf: EUR 75 Basque cooking course: EUR 90
Leisure programme for adults (sample):
Junior sample leisure activity 2022
Junior sample leisure activity 2022
Leisure programme for adults (sample):
April Sample Social Calendar 2022
April Sample Social Calendar 2022
Leisure programme for adults (sample):
May Sample Social Calendar 2022
May Sample Social Calendar 2022

Accommodation

Reviews

4.3

Rating: 4.3/5.0

Overall school rating of
San Sebastián Escuela Internacional, San Sebastian
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Location of the school

Rating: 4.5/5.0

4.5
Organisation

Rating: 4.2/5.0

4.2
Facilities

Rating: 3.9/5.0

3.9
Social activities

Rating: 3.8/5.0

3.8
Course
Course quality / Progress in language

Rating: 4.5/5.0

4.5
Value for money

Rating: 4.0/5.0

4.0
Accommodation
Homestay

Rating: 4.5/5.0

4.5
Shared Flat (apartment)

Rating: 4.0/5.0

4.0
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Student Testimonial Videos

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FAQ about San Sebastián Escuela Internacional, San Sebastian

  • First, they have dinner together. We encourage students to talk to the host family and tell them their preferences about food and also activities. Sometimes they go for a walk along the sea or city, sometimes they go for ice cream, sometimes they watch a movie or play games. Sometimes they study together. Please note that most of our host families work during the day and therefore have to take care of the household in the evening as well. After dinner there is no planned programme, it depends on the family and also on the student.
    Maria from San Sebastián Escuela Internacional - Feb 18, 2022
  • ​The student should adapt to the plans of the family. They could have a trip to the beach, the mountains or to other villages/cities. Some host families take the students to France (just 30 minutes from San Sebastián).
    Maria from San Sebastián Escuela Internacional - Feb 18, 2022
  • At least 10 days before arrival we send the host family details with address, email, and phone number. All students must contact the family before arrival with their arrival time. They can book a transfer service from the airport or directly go to the host family.
    Maria from San Sebastián Escuela Internacional - Feb 18, 2022
  • Everything is included in the programme, but we recommend the students to bring no more than 70€ - 80€ per week for snacks, souvenirs, or shopping.
    Maria from San Sebastián Escuela Internacional - Feb 18, 2022
  • Excursions on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoons, as well as the Saturday excursion, are included in the programme. If students do trips to museums/cinemas/restaurants or similar with the host family, they should pay on their own, unless the host family says otherwise.
    Maria from San Sebastián Escuela Internacional - Feb 18, 2022
  • We offer the students residence (with private bed- and bathroom) but there is no kitchen available. Based on preferred dates, we can send you more information about the options available. Please let us know what your desired dates are and we will be happy to assist you!
    Maria from San Sebastián Escuela Internacional7 - Mar 18, 2022
  • The highest Nationality percentage at San Sebastián Escuela Internacional comes from USA with a 27% representation, followed by students from Germany (11%) and England (10%).
  • San Sebastián Escuela Internacional offers courses from 14 years (Junior Summer Course - Double Room , 20 lessons per week) to 99. Average age is 22 during the summer and 28 for the rest of the year.
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