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6 Best language schools in Santiago (ranked based on student reviews)

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Why Santiago? Santiago, the capital of Chile, is located in the Central Valley at the ...
foot of the Andes. The city is one of Latin America's most sophisticated metropolitan areas, with extensive suburban development, dozens of shopping malls, and impressive high-rise architecture. It is a safe, modern city with good public transportation and is home to about 5 million people. The climate is warm and Mediterranean.
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What our students said about Santiago

Rating: 5/5

5.0

Just make sure you put your money somewhere safe and if you have to take your phone out, hold onto it tightly.

Christine
England UK

Rating: 4/5

4.0

Very nice and safe in the neighbourhood where I have been.

Jenny
Netherlands

Rating: 5/5

5.0

A very safe and interesting city with beautiful people.

Jeremy
Australia

Most recent student reviews of language schools in Santiago

Rating: 4.1

4.1 | 70 reviews

Nice building, nice people at the reception.

20 December 2021
Course: Intensive Course - 2 weeks
Student age: 74 years

Jenny
Netherlands

Rating: 4.5

4.5 | 63 reviews

Friendliness, and focused teaching.

1 April 2019
Course: Intensive Course - 3 weeks
Student age: 60 years

Jeremy
Australia

Rating: 4.5

4.5 | 63 reviews

Super nice teachers, great atmosphere, learned a lot, amazing!
Super!

18 February 2019
Course: Intensive Course - 4 weeks
Student age: 23 years

Bastian
Germany

Rating: 4.5

4.5 | 63 reviews

All the teachers are kind.
Because the progress of lessons differs depending on classmates, you can have them change if you are dissatisfied with the class.

10 December 2018
Course: Intensive Course - 8 weeks
Student age: 26 years

Atsumi
Japan

Rating: 4.5

4.5 | 63 reviews

The teacher and the students have good interaction, the course is pleasant and interesting, the teachers are excellent, I am very happy and loved it.

27 November 2018
Course: Intensive Course - 1 week
Student age: 28 years

I Wen
Taiwan

Rating: 4.5

4.5 | 63 reviews

The team of teachers is enthusiastic and helpful, the support is warm.
Only positive.

27 November 2018
Course: Intensive Course - 7 weeks
Student age: 60 years

Rop
Netherlands

Rating: 4.5

4.5 | 63 reviews

They do a great job of gauging your skills and matching you with a curriculum that works for you. It's obvious they take a personal interest your effort to learn Spanish to make sure you get the most out of your classes. I did a couple weeks of group courses and took a few private lessons as well. I highly recommend the private lessons--they are worth the additional expense because you get more practice and can focus on the things you need to improve most.

24 April 2018
Course: Intensive Course - 4 weeks
Student age: 29 years

Monica
United States

Rating: 4.5

4.5 | 63 reviews

Friendly atmosphere and small classes
Really enjoyed my time here and learnt a lot in one week. I'm considering going back another time. I had my own accommodation so that shouldn’t be included in my review.

2 April 2018
Course: Intensive Course - 1 week
Student age: 36 years

Amy
England UK

Rating: 4.1

4.1 | 70 reviews

I really liked its free and easy-going environment, and the teachers in particular.
Will be back soon :)

20 November 2017
Course: Super Intensive Course - 9 weeks
Student age: 24 years

Hakyung
South Korea

Rating: 4

4.0 | 2 reviews

The atmosphere in which I have evolved during this stay, the availability of the staff. The small class and especially the quality of the teacher and the structure of his teaching is what I've liked most of all my trip.
It's really like a turning point for any unconditional traveler.

9 May 2017
Course: Intensive - 2 weeks
Student age: 66 years

Marielaure
Canada

Rating: 4.5

4.5 | 63 reviews

The teachers were really friendly and very knowledgeable. I felt like I learnt a lot in a very short time. The classes were relaxed and fun and the small number of students meant that you felt comfortable participating in class and that you got enough individual attention.
Really nice place to learn Spanish, the environment and staff were wonderful. I really enjoyed my time here, however I did think the price of private lessons was a bit too expensive (and unfortunately this prohibited me from taking these, although I would have liked to).

16 March 2017
Course: Intensive Course - 4 weeks
Student age: 35 years

Emma
Australia

Rating: 4.5

4.5 | 63 reviews

The class size was perfect. The teachers were wonderful and made us feel comfortable speaking and making errors in Spanish. Having a little party for a departing student on the last day was a nice touch.
I recommend the school. I did not participate in the free extra activities, but I am sure that would've helped my language even more.

2 September 2015
Course: Intensive Course - 2 weeks
Student age: 28 years

Courtney
United States

Rating: 4.5

4.5 | 63 reviews

The good teachers
I only met nice people

2 September 2015
Course: Intensive Course - 2 weeks
Student age: 65 years

Kim Harald
Denmark

Rating: 4.1

4.1 | 70 reviews

The timetable
We were more than 8 the first week, contrary to the commitments. In addition it was mentioned on the internet that there was a service in French, but there was not.

2 February 2015
Course: Intensive Course - 2 weeks
Student age: 68 years

Alain
Canada

Interesting information about Santiago

Key Facts about Santiago

In the latest 2019 Mercer the quality of life in Santiago was ranked 93 among 231 cities worldwide.

Population: 4,838,000

Time zone: +6h. (GMT -4)

Region: Santiago Metropolitan, Provincia de Santiago

Currency: CLP (1 CLP = 0.0013 USD)

Santiago quality of life rating:

Rating: 4.2

4.2 (144 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.

universities: 31 (rankings of universities in Santiago)

High season: January

Low season: May

Average course price per week (High season): 179 US$

Average course price per week (Low season): 205 US$

Cost of Living:

* 100 = prices in New York

  • Student price index excluding rent:53* (47% cheaper than New York)
  • Student price index including rent:44* (56% cheaper than New York)
  • Price index food only:49* (51% cheaper than New York)
  • Big Mac price (Chile average):3,056.38 CLP (33% cheaper than in USA)
Mains electricity:
  • Plug Type C
  • Plug Type L
  • Residential voltage: 220 V
  • Frequency: 50 Hz

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Events in SantiagoBest time to take a language course in Santiago

March
Loolapalooza
Loolapalooza

March 2022This is one of the best music festivals in the world! Every year the organisers outdo themselves with an amazing line-up.

August
Festival de cine Sanfic
Festival de cine Sanfic

August 2022This international film festival came into existence in 2005. It has 3 major categories: Best International Work, Best Chilean Work and Best National Work in short films. There are also parallel events for people in the industry: Work in Progress Latinoamericano and Santiago LAB.

September
National Festival
National Festival

September 2022Celebration of the country's independence from Spain, commonly known as El Dieciocho (The Eighteenth), commemorates the date of the first government established in Chile. Activities include a rodeo, dancing the cueca, barbecues and big public food tents serving traditional foods.

What to do in Santiago

San Cristobal Peak
San Cristobal Peak
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Arrival Airport

Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International (SCL) - 14 km. from Santiago city center

Public transportation to city center:

Every 10 minutes, 2 172,00 CLP, 45 minutes.

Main stops: International Airport Santiago, Barrancas, Las Rejas, Santiago Univ., Estacion Central, Los Heroes

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Every 10 minutes, 2212,00 CLP, 50 minutes.

Main stops: Santiago Airport, Pajaritos + Pajaritos, La Moneda

Taxi: 17,049 CLP, 20 minutes drive to city center of Santiago

Direct international flights from:
  • New Zealand: Auckland International
  • USA: Dallas Fort Worth International, Houston George Bush Intercntl., Los Angeles International, Miami International, New York John F. Kennedy
  • United Kingdom: London Heathrow
  • Canada: Toronto Pearson International

Other destinations that were popular to combine with courses in Santiago

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FAQ about schools in Santiago

  • ECELA has received the best overall rating in Santiago.
  • ECELA, located in Antonio Varas 514, Providencia, Providencia has been voted as the school with the best location in Santiago.
  • Students rated the activity program at ECELA as the best.
  • Escuela Bellavista was rated highest for quality of teaching.
  • 'Shared Apartment - Double Room' at ECELA is the best rated accommodation in Santiago.

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