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4 Best language schools in San Sebastian (ranked based on student reviews)

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Why 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.
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What our students said about San Sebastian

Rating: 4/5

4.0

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

Rating: 5/5

5.0

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

Rating: 5/5

5.0

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

Rating: 5/5

5.0

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

Paul
Ireland

Rating: 5/5

5.0

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

Beata
Poland

Most recent student reviews of language schools in San Sebastian

Rating: 4.3

4.3 | 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

4.7 | 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

4.7 | 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: 4.2

4.2 | 10 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

4.7 | 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

4.7 | 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

4.7 | 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

4.3 | 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

4.7 | 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

4.7 | 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

4.7 | 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

4.3 | 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: 4.7

4.7 | 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

4.7 | 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: 4.2

4.2 | 10 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: 4.2

4.2 | 10 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

4.7 | 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

4.7 | 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

4.7 | 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

What school directors said about San Sebastian

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Urban beaches,spectacular hills surroundings,cultural tradition (Basque culture) and long traditio gastronomy.Safe city and all in a walking distance.

Key Facts about San Sebastian

Population: 186,000

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

Region: Basque Country, Gipuzkoa

Currency: EUR (1 EUR = 1.1887 USD)

Name of city in Spanish: San Sebastián

San Sebastian quality of life rating:

Rating: 4.8

4.8 (141 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): 226 €

Average course price per week (Low season): 182 €

Cost of Living:
  • Big Mac price (Spain average):3.84 € (20% cheaper than in USA)
    Mains electricity:
    • Plug Type C
    • Plug Type F
    • Residential voltage: 230 V
    • Frequency: 50 Hz

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    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
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    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

      FAQ about schools in San Sebastian

    • El Aula Azul has received the best overall rating in San Sebastian.
    • El Aula Azul, located in Calle San Martín No. 50, Centro has been voted as the school with the best location in San Sebastian.
    • Students rated San Sebastian with 4.7 stars out of 5.
    • 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 Spanish Private.

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