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  • The state of emergency officially ended on June 21 and Spain reopened its borders with most of the EU countries - the exception is Portugal, which border is set to reopen on July 1.
  • Spain is considering opening borders with non-EU and non-Schengen Countries on July 1. There will be a gradual opening of borders with non-EU countries based on a list of safe countries prepared and approved by the European Commission and are subject to restriction related to epidemiological situation of the country of origin.
  • In public people must stay 1.5 metres apart and its mandatory to wear a mask on public transport or when shopping.
  • In public (inside and outside), if it is not possible to keep social distance, face masks are mandatory for anyone aged 6 and over
  • Cinemas and Theatres are open at 30% capacity. Bars and restaurants are adhering to strict social distancing regulation and at 50% capacity
  • Hygiene measures: all schools are subjected to follow a protocol on cleaning and disinfection which is in accordance with national laws and recommendations. Students have to maintain a distance of 1.5 metres in the class and school in general and they have to wash and disinfect their hands often and constantly; hand sanitizers are provided in all rooms and in the common areas.
  • The use of masks is obligatory.
  • Accommodation: shared residences and apartments are not available at the moment due to the distancing rules, but single rooms are available.
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El Aula Azul, San Sebastian

#1
El Aula Azul

Average student rating for this school was the best or in the top 20% among all schools in Spain
Centro
|School Size:
School currently open

Rating: 4.7/5.0

4.7/5.037 reviews
Quality of teaching:

Rating: 4.6/5.0

4.6/5.0
Social activity and excursion program:

Rating: 4.2/5.0

4.2/5.0
Intensive Course - 20 lessons per week | Max. group size: 9
FREE cancellation
FREE changes
360€ 344€
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San Sebastián Escuela Internacional, San Sebastian
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School re-opening on 06 July 2020

Rating: 4.3/5.0

4.3/5.093 reviews
Quality of teaching:

Rating: 4.5/5.0

4.5/5.0
Social activity and excursion program:

Rating: 3.8/5.0

3.8/5.0
Intensive Course 20 - 20 lessons per week | Max. group size: 12
FREE cancellation
FREE changes
410€ 410€
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Tandem, San Sebastian

#3
Tandem

|School Size:
School currently open

Rating: 4.1/5.0

4.1/5.09 reviews
Quality of teaching:

Rating: 4.4/5.0

4.4/5.0
Social activity and excursion program:

Rating: 4.1/5.0

4.1/5.0
Intensive Course 20 - 20 lessons per week | Max. group size: 8
FREE cancellation
FREE changes
398€ 382€
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Study & Live in your Teacher's Home, San Sebastian
Standard Programme 15 - 15 lessons per week | Max. group size: 1
FREE cancellation
FREE changes
2380€ 2261€
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What our students said about San Sebastian

10
I love the city. In September 2019 the weather...

I love the city. In September 2019 the weather was perfect.

Beata
Poland
8
We had heavy rain every day. We could see the...

We had heavy rain every day. We could see the potential of the city, which is beautiful in parts but walking outside we got soaked all the time ..even with umbrellas. Very unpleasant weather and although we were very unlucky I would never again visit this part of northern Spain in November.

David
Netherlands
10
What's up with the restaurant waiters? They are...

What's up with the restaurant waiters? They are very rude and the service is usually quite slow and bad. :) Everybody else was very friendly.

Anna
Finland
10
It’s quite a rainy city but a good size. I found...

It’s quite a rainy city but a good size. I found a jazz club and three bars with open mike sessions to play in and a guitar school which were all within walking distance.

Cilla
Australia
10
Really great city. A good size with friendly locals...

Really great city. A good size with friendly locals and really great food and culture.

Paul
Ireland

Most recent student reviews of language schools in San Sebastian

Rating: 4.3/5.0

4.3/5.0 | 93 reviews

I like the friendly atmosphere and nice teachers.

11 November 2019
Course: Intensive Course 20 - 1 week
Student age: 56 years

David
Netherlands

Rating: 4.7/5.0

4.7/5.0 | 37 reviews

Good teachers. Lots of interaction.
Friendly people and great location.

26 June 2019
Course: Intensive Course - 2 weeks
Student age: 50 years

Ronald
Netherlands

Rating: 4.7/5.0

4.7/5.0 | 37 reviews

The overall feeling of home was good. The teachers were also polite.
Both teachers and staff were kind.

1 December 2018
Course: Intensive Course - 1 week
Student age: 47 years

Aya
Japan

Rating: 4.1/5.0

4.1/5.0 | 9 reviews

The instructors.
The overall environment is very comfortable.

5 November 2018
Course: Intensive Course 20 - 4 weeks
Student age: 41 years

Connell
United States

Rating: 4.7/5.0

4.7/5.0 | 37 reviews

The atmosphere is nice and cool! The young and dynamic teachers are very friendly

29 October 2018
Course: Intensive Course - 1 week
Student age: 60 years

Cecile
Switzerland

Rating: 4.7/5.0

4.7/5.0 | 37 reviews

The situation and the kindness of the teachers, young and cool
We will hopefully be back in 2019, but 2 weeks this time ...

29 October 2018
Course: Intensive Course - 1 week
Student age: 65 years

Walter
Switzerland

Rating: 4.7/5.0

4.7/5.0 | 37 reviews

The teachers and the people at the reception were very kind. You will receive a homely atmosphere.

29 October 2018
Course: Intensive Course - 2 weeks
Student age: 28 years

Yuriko
Japan

Rating: 4.3/5.0

4.3/5.0 | 93 reviews

The skilled teachers and the neighbourhood
The book was not good at all. We got loose sheets that the teachers copied for us.

13 September 2018
Course: Intensive Course 20 - 3 weeks
Student age: 60 years

Marianne
Sweden

Rating: 4.7/5.0

4.7/5.0 | 37 reviews

So friendly, very encouraging, teachers very experienced in helping adults in learning Spanish. A nice mix of teaching styles.
I want to go back!

24 August 2018
Course: Intensive Course - 2 weeks
Student age: 57 years

Deborah
England UK

Rating: 4.7/5.0

4.7/5.0 | 37 reviews

The teachers were brilliant and the small class sizes meant you had plenty of opportunities to speak and ask questions. The general atmosphere of the school was warm and friendly and it was very easy to get to know everyone and make some friends!
Overall I had a great two weeks in San Sebastián thanks to the great staff at El Aula Azul who made everyone feel so welcome. The only very minor complaint I had is that some of the classes did not have air conditioning and could get quite hot on some days (although generally in San Sebastián that isn't a problem!). Overall though that didn't ruin my experience at all though and I'd highly recommend the school. Hopefully I'll be back next year!

13 August 2018
Course: Intensive Course - 2 weeks
Student age: 21 years

Michael
England UK

Rating: 4.7/5.0

4.7/5.0 | 37 reviews

I liked the learning groups, that the groups were not too big and the teachers were really good
I liked smaller groups better than bigger. Could talk a bit more in class.

3 August 2018
Course: Intensive Course - 2 weeks
Student age: 30 years

Heidi
Norway

Rating: 4.3/5.0

4.3/5.0 | 93 reviews

The quality of the B2 lessons is very high with a lot of variation and at a great pace. I had two different teachers with different approaches, which worked great. The division into language levels is well organised.
The organization is somewhat chaotic, especially on the starting day.

2 August 2018
Course: Intensive Course 20 - 1 week
Student age: 0 years

Erik
France

Rating: 4.1/5.0

4.1/5.0 | 9 reviews

Teachers

16 July 2018
Course: Intensive Course 20 - 3 weeks
Student age: 17 years

Ella
Sweden

Rating: 4.7/5.0

4.7/5.0 | 37 reviews

The teachers were super friendly and their teaching skills were very high.

11 June 2018
Course: Intensive Course - 20 weeks
Student age: 26 years

Jib Myoung
South Korea

Rating: 4.7/5.0

4.7/5.0 | 37 reviews

Enthusiasm; professional teachers who knew their subject who on the whole are good at teaching Spanish as a foreign language
There was an error. The school's website said I’d be sent a test before the course started. When I hadn’t received one, I emailed the intermediary at your organisation who replied I would be tested on arrival. I wasn’t. I was given a feedback form by the school on the Tuesday morning and I stated that perhaps, I was in too high a class. Anyway there were only 3 in the class and I felt that one of our 2 teachers needed to make more allowance for me. One of the 2 directors asked to discuss what I’d written on the feedback form. She said she had seen my test result and I was in the correct class but would talk to the teacher. On Wednesday morning, the director was very apologetic. They had not sent me a test. I have accepted compensation from the school which I feel is just but also generous. The full cost of the course is being reimbursed - paying for an extra 1 hour private lesson whilst I was there and there will be 4 Skype lessons. However, I haven’t had any further contact regarding these. I will contact them.

23 April 2018
Course: Intensive Course - 1 week
Student age: 60 years

Heather
England UK

Rating: 4.1/5.0

4.1/5.0 | 9 reviews

Very friendly team, and the quality of teaching was very high, with committed teachers who were dedicated and organised.

29 January 2018
Course: Intensive Course 20 - 2 weeks
Student age: 32 years

Eoin (owen)
Ireland

Rating: 4.1/5.0

4.1/5.0 | 9 reviews

The activities are thoughtfully designed to show you the best that San Sebastian has to offer. The staff is passionate about languages but also the city as a whole. The whole programme is well organised and I very much felt like a member of their family.
I honestly think attending schools like Tandem is the best way to learn a language. It's fully immersive, sociable, in a beautiful location and the teaching is of a high quality.

30 October 2017
Course: Intensive Course 20 - 1 week
Student age: 27 years

Samuel
Spain

Rating: 4.7/5.0

4.7/5.0 | 37 reviews

So friendly with some of the best teachers I've ever had.

21 September 2017
Course: Intensive Course - 1 week
Student age: 64 years

Jocelyn
Australia

Rating: 4.7/5.0

4.7/5.0 | 37 reviews

Light, bright place and efficient atmosphere. Extremely friendly and helpful staff. Fabulous teachers.
Such a wonderful class of beautiful people. I was very lucky.

16 September 2017
Course: Intensive Course - 1 week
Student age: 39 years

Jill
England UK

Rating: 4.7/5.0

4.7/5.0 | 37 reviews

Friendly people, interesting classes, people speaking with you Spanish all the time!

29 August 2017
Course: Intensive Course - 2 weeks
Student age: 23 years

Valeria
Russia

Key Facts about San Sebastian

San Sebastian: The basque city of San Sebastian is located in the northeast of Spain, close to the French border. Curled around the Bahía de La Concha rests the most pintoresque of Basque cities which is also a popular beach resort. San Sebastian is known for its Basque cuisine and pintxos (tapas) and restaurant district near the port.

Population: 186,000

Time zone: +11h. (GMT +1)

Region: Basque Country, Gipuzkoa

Currency: EUR (1 EUR = 1.1282 USD)

Name of city in Spanish: San Sebastián

San Sebastian quality of life rating:

Rating: 4.8/5.0

4.8/5.0 (140 reviews by our former students)

Visa: 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.

High season: August

Low season: December

Average course price per week (High season): 233 €

Average course price per week (Low season): 200 €

Cost of Living:
  • Big Mac price (Spain average):4.05 € (20% cheaper than in USA)
    Mains electricity:
    • Plug Type C
    • Plug Type F
    • Residential voltage: 230 V
    • Frequency: 50 Hz

    Arrival Airports

    San Sebastián (EAS) - 15 km. from San Sebastian city center

    Public transportation to city center:

    Every 60 minutes, 17,00 €, 75 minutes.

    Main stops: Airport Loiu Bilbao, San Sebastián

    Taxi: 35 €, 20 minutes drive to city center of San Sebastian

    Direct international flights from:
    • United Kingdom: London Luton
    Biarritz – Anglet – Bayonne (BIQ) - 40 km. from San Sebastian city center

    Public transportation to city center:

    Every 30 minutes, 3,00 €, 25 minutes.

    Main stops: San Sebastián Airport EAS - Irún, Gros - San Sebastián

    Every 5 minutes, 30,00 €, 70 minutes.

    Main stops: Biarritz Aéroport, Saint-Jean-de-Luz, Hendaye, San Sebastián

    Taxi: 60 minutes drive to city center of San Sebastian

    Direct international flights from:
    • Ireland: Dublin
    • United Kingdom: London Gatwick, London Heathrow, London Stansted, Southampton
    Bilbao (BIO) - 75 km. from San Sebastian city center

    Public transportation to city center:

    Taxi: 163 €, 75 minutes drive to city center of San Sebastian

    Direct international flights from:
    • United Kingdom: Bristol, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, London Stansted, Manchester
    • Ireland: Dublin

    Weather in San Sebastian

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    Events in San SebastianBest time to take a language course in San Sebastian

    July
    Heineken Jazz Festival
    Heineken Jazz Festival

    22 July 2020 - 26 July 2020Known as Jazzaldia, this is Spain's first and foremost jazz festival and they always have a fabulous roster of both international and national artists. It includes free and paid events, there are indoor and outdoor stages presenting a wide variety of musical styles.

    What to do in San Sebastian

    San Telmo Museum
    San Telmo Museum
    Aquarium
    Aquarium
    La Concha Beach
    La Concha Beach
    Mount Igueldo
    Mount Igueldo
    Mount Urgull
    Mount Urgull
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      FAQ about schools in San Sebastian

    • 'Shared Apartment Low Season' at El Aula Azul is the best rated accommodation in San Sebastian.
    • You can take courses for just 1 week. For significant progress opt for longer durations. According to a survey of StudyTravel Magazine the average course duration for Spain is 3 weeks.
    • Students rated San Sebastian with 4.7 stars out of 5.
    • In San Sebastian electricity is 230 Volt and 50 Hz. Plug type C, F.
    • Best airport to arrive to in San Sebastian is San Sebastián (15.7 km from city center). Alternative airports: Biarritz – Anglet – Bayonne (40.4 km), Bilbao (75.7 km). See information about all arrivals and airport information for San Sebastian.
    • In San Sebastian the following courses are offered specifically for business Spanish: Business One-to-One.
    • Schools in San Sebastian offer specific preparation courses for the following exams: DELE.
    • In San Sebastian there are course packages where you can learn the following activities: Spanish & Cooking, Spanish & Football, Spanish & Horse Riding, Spanish & Music, Spanish & Surf, Spanish & Yoga.
    • See the climate table of San Sebastian and the event calendar of San Sebastian with events such as Heineken Jazz Festival.
    • The Spanish school that offered the most popular programs for teenagers in the last 12 months was San Sebastián Escuela Internacional. Their most frequently booked programme was "Junior Summer Course + Surfing" with 27 lessons per week. You can also consult our overview of junior Spanish programs in San Sebastian.
    • 344€ for 2 weeks is the lowest price for a Spanish course in San Sebastian. The average cost of a language course in San Sebastian is 194€ per week.

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