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Spanish World InstituteBogota, Colombia

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Rating: 3.7/5.0

Overall school rating of Spanish World Institute, Bogota
Ranked #3 of 3 Spanish schools in Bogota
Location of the school

Rating: 4.2/5.0


Rating: 3.5/5.0

Social activities

Rating: 3.2/5.0


Rating: 3.5/5.0

Quality of teaching

Rating: 3.5/5.0

Value for money

Rating: 4.0/5.0

What we like about the school
  • Free leisure and cultural activities organised by the school.
  • Small class sizes
  • E-learning platform.
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.
  • Nationality mix could be more balanced. 40% of students are from Germany
How we create the points regarding what we like/dislike about a school

Location: Spanish World Institute Bogota is located in the outstanding capital city of Colombia, Bogota, the third-highest city in South America. Housed in the trendy Chapinero Alto neighbourhood, a beautiful residential part of the city. The school is close to several tourist, cultural and business areas and well connected by public transport. There are also many eateries, restaurants, supermarkets and shops within walking distance of the school's front doors.

Social and cultural: Bogata has much to offer students and is home to various interesting sites and attractions. The most popular of these sites include the Jardín Botánico de Bogotá José Celestino Mutis, Botero Museum, Plaza de Bolivar, the Museo Nacional de Colombia, Maloka Museo Interactivo and the Salitre Mágico & Parque Mundo Aventura adventure parks.

Course selection: Spanish World Institute Bogota supplies Spanish courses suitable for students of all levels and various necessities. In addition to General Spanish taught over several schedules and intensities, the school also supplies combination programmes of Spanish and an additional activity, Exam Preparation (DELE) and private tuition. The combination courses can include volunteering, Medical Spanish, Colombian Culture, Tourism, Activities and Salsa. The school also supplies Business Spanish.

Accommodation: The school can provide accommodation in homestay facilities with local families and a guest house, which is within a 15-minute walk of the school's front doors.
  • The language school Spanish World Institute was founded in Bogota, Colombia in 2006.
  • Tax registration ID: NIT830.035.944-1
  • Abbreviated name of school: SWI Bogota

Spanish Courses

General Language
Language Plus Activity

Information for all courses offered by Spanish World Institute

Comments about courses

Intensive courses (30 lessons per week) are not offered for the weeks with bank holidays in Colombia.

Lesson duration
60 minutes
School's administrative fee
50.00 US$
Course material
Generally course material is distributed free to students and will stay in student property.
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 2024 (including national and regional bank holidays):
01 Jan 2024, 08 Jan 2024, 25 Mar 2024, 28 Mar 2024, 29 Mar 2024, 01 May 2024, 13 May 2024, 03 Jun 2024, 10 Jun 2024, 01 Jul 2024, 07 Aug 2024, 19 Aug 2024, 14 Oct 2024, 04 Nov 2024, 11 Nov 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 before the start of the course via an online form.

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 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 Elearning platform
Note: All courses offered by Spanish World Institute, Bogota 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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Spanish World Institute (SWI)

“Wide range of spanish Courses to suit almost every need. Our methodology help students to learn fast We help them to set the spanish learning goals. ”
Maria Rozo
Director of Spanish World Institute
Accreditations and Quality seals
Preferential Terms in Case of Visa Refusal
Spanish teacher qualifications
100% hold a university degree
3% hold a recognised language teaching qualification
Languages spoken by school staff (cannot be guaranteed by school)
First day of course
Students should arrive at 7:50
Student gender mix
60% male / 40% female
Offer for returning students
You will be refunded/waived the school's administration fee If you already attended previously a course at Spanish World Institute and you book here.
Payment methods accepted for payments made directly to the school
Visa - logoMastercard - logoAmerican Express - logoCash payment - logoBank Transfer - logo

General school facilities

  • Microwave for student use

  • Computer lab

  • Library

  • Movie room

  • Lounge

  • Garden

  • Balcony / terrace

  • Student support desk

  • Copy machine

  • Printer for student use

  • 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

    • TV in some classrooms

    • Ample natural light in all classrooms

    Number of classrooms: 7
    Number of public PC workstations: 4
    Paid parking (<500m)

Student Age / Nationality

Average number of students
Adult courses - In summer: 45
Adult courses - Throughout the year: 25
Junior courses - In summer: 1
Junior courses - Throughout the year: 1
Minimum age of students
18 years
Average number of levels
Adult courses In summer: 6
Adult courses Throughout the year: 4
Junior courses In summer: 1
Junior courses Throughout the year: 1
Average age of students
In summer: 28 years
Throughout the year: 38 years

Top student nationalities

Age of students

Airport transfer

El Dorado International Airport:
47 US$ one way
84 US$ return (both ways)
More information about airports around Bogota and how to get from the airport to Bogota on your own here on our Bogota page.

Visa Documents

Nationals from Ecuador 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
Express shipment fee (via courier)
50 US$
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
Ballet3 km
Basketball2 km
Cooking1 km
Dancing1 km
Football (soccer)4 km
Horse riding8 km
Mountainbiking10 km
Squash2 km
Swimming2 km
Table Tennis2 km
Tennis6 km
Volleyball2 km
Yoga4 km

Examples of leisure activities organized by the school

Adults - Free activities

- Pub nights
- Video evenings and parties
- Strolls through the city

Adults - Paid activities

- Visits to theatres
- Concerts
- Restaurants
- Festivals
- Sporting events
- Dance clubs
- Museums


Ratings of Spanish World Institute compared to ratings of all schools in Colombia

 Spanish World Institute BogotaAverage of all other schools in Colombia
Overall school rating3.8

Rating: 3.8/5.0


Rating: 4.5/5.0

Location of the school4.3

Rating: 4.3/5.0


Rating: 4.7/5.0


Rating: 3.5/5.0


Rating: 4.2/5.0

Social activities3.3

Rating: 3.3/5.0


Rating: 4.0/5.0


Rating: 3.5/5.0


Rating: 4.4/5.0

Quality of teaching3.5

Rating: 3.5/5.0


Rating: 4.5/5.0

Value for money4.0

Rating: 4.0/5.0


Rating: 4.3/5.0


Rating: 0.0/5.0


Rating: 4.5/5.0

Shared flat0.0

Rating: 0.0/5.0


Rating: 4.5/5.0

Student opinions about Spanish World Institute, Bogota

Luckily I had a great teacher Niklas to myself.
Maria, the director, is very unrelaxed and hectic. Placement test did not work online. School difficult to find as there was no sign at the entrance.
Overall rating

Rating: 4/5.0

Value for money

Rating: 5/5.0


Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)

Rating: 3/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress

Rating: 4/5.0

School organization

Rating: 4/5.0

Social activities

Rating: 3/5.0

Course: Intensive Spanish Course (ONLY 4 DAYS, Mo-Thur) - 1 week
13. Feb. 2023
Quality, teachers, organisation
The copies of the exercise sheets could be better (texts at the sides or bottom were only poorly, or almost not readable); Internet needs to be improved for better downloading of the digital training material.
Overall rating

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money

Rating: 5/5.0


Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)

Rating: 4/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization

Rating: 5/5.0

Social activities

Rating: 5/5.0

Course: Intensive Spanish Course [Spanisch] - 1 week
13. Feb. 2023

Student Testimonial Videos

Note: The video testimonials of students from Spanish World Institute have been provided by the school and schools do not usually publish negative testimonials. For uncensored reviews read what our students report about their stay at Spanish World Institute.


Carrera 4 A No 56-56 - 111311 Bogota
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Questions and answers about Spanish World Institute

  • Once you have applied for a Spanish course, we will contact you within 24 hours to inform you of your application status and other information including visa requirements according your nationality.

    Students who plan to study for more than six months must apply for a student visa in the nearest Colombian Embassy, and provide the following documents:

    Visa application form
    Valid passport and a photocopy of it.
    Acceptance letter issued by SWI confirming course length, starting date and number of hours per week.
    Authenticated Photocopy of SWI constitution document.
    Documents of evidence of Economic support to cover the student studies and maintenance in Colombia.
    Accommodation details.
    Copy of the return ticket.
    Lisa Lebret, LanguageCourse.Net - Dec 09, 2022
  • We shall be happy to comply with your wishes for changes in your arrangements in respect of dates, accommodation, etc., as far as possible, up to 2 weeks before the start date of your program. Any change less than 2 weeks of the starting date will cost US$50, at the time of writing.
    Lisa Lebret, LanguageCourse.Net - Dec 09, 2022
  • The school offers an airport pick up, you will be taken to your accommodation, you will be provided with a welcome pack notifying you of important information to make your stay as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. Please note that should you require a pick up, an additional cost usually applies.
    Lisa Lebret, LanguageCourse.Net - Dec 09, 2022
  • Our school is very experienced with teaching “absolute beginners” and offer courses designed specifically for you. You may feel somewhat more disoriented upon arrival in your chosen country for a time than someone who has a basic knowledge of the language, but this will change quickly thanks to our teaching methods, courses and teachers.
    Lisa Lebret, LanguageCourse.Net - Dec 09, 2022
  • The school and accommodation options have excellent access to public transportation or are within easy walking distance of each. We will provide you a city map and give some websites for checking.
    Lisa Lebret, LanguageCourse.Net - Dec 09, 2022
  • The course begins on a Monday, and we encourage you to join on that day, especially if you are an absolute beginner. We will let you join at any time if you are booking a course of individual instruction.
    Lisa Lebret, LanguageCourse.Net - Dec 09, 2022
  • Yes, we ask the students to answer the Spanish test that is on our website by doing this, you will be assured of being assigned to a class that is appropriate for you and oral evaluation and is done on the first day of classes.
    Lisa Lebret, LanguageCourse.Net - Dec 09, 2022
  • There are some important practices you need to become familiar with on a daily basis to gain the most from your Spanish studies.

    Speaking: Use the language as often as possible. This could be in a shop, restaurant, asking for directions. It could be in class, with a home stay family, at a hotel. Anywhere and everywhere is the key.
    Listening: Research the way people pronounce and use the language naturally. You will notice accents and pronunciation, sentence structure; you will build your vocabulary.
    Reading: Try to read newspapers articles, some short stories in Spanish, children stories etc.
    Writing: Make short essays of 200 in different topics, cultural activities and other interesting issues that you may like.
    Lisa Lebret, LanguageCourse.Net - Dec 09, 2022
  • The homestays are at around 40 minutes by public transport to the school.
    Lisa Lebret, LanguageCourse.Net - Dec 09, 2022
  • Student are on average 30 years old.
    Lisa Lebret, LanguageCourse.Net - Dec 09, 2022

FAQ about Spanish World Institute, Bogota

  • Spanish courses at Spanish World Institute start at 190 US$ for Standard Spanish Course course with 15 lessons per week. When booking here you benefit from an exclusive discount.
  • Yes. The school offers pickup from El Dorado International Airport (47 US$)
  • Depending on the chosen course, the maximum number of students at Spanish World Institute varies from 1 students (Online Private Lessons ) to 6 students (Intensive Spanish Course )
  • 100% of teachers at Spanish World Institute hold a university degree. 3% hold a recognized language teaching certificate.
  • The highest Nationality percentage at Spanish World Institute comes from Germany with a 40% representation, followed by students from USA (15%) and France (10%).
  • Yes, there is an exclusive discount that only applies when booking online here.
  • Spanish World Institute offers courses from 18 years to 99. Average age is 28 during the summer and 38 for the rest of the year.


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