At Ailola Madrid we understand students need peace of mind and as much information as possible before making the decision to study Spanish abroad. That's why we've prepared an in-depth Frequently Asked Questions guide to help you make up your mind.
Ailola Madrid is one of the best schools in the country for its price-quality ratio. We believe the best-quality Spanish-language instruction should be accessible for all students, far and wide. Our courses are small, intimate and focus on the most up-to-date learning methods, with particular emphasis on direct, participatory learning. Our teachers are University-educated native-speakers with a passion for the Spanish language and culture. We capitalize on students' experiences inside the classroom by offering opportunities for total immersion outside it! From afterschool activities in stunning Madrid and homestays with real Spanish families, right through to internships in the industry of your choice.
Aside from being native Spanish speakers, our professors are all University graduates. Most hold degrees in Language and Literature, others in Communication and Art, while all specialize in Spanish language instruction. Our teaching staff attend conferences and undergo training year-round to ensure their skills are up-to-date and of the highest level possible. Individually, our teachers are warm, personable and more than willing to share their innate knowledge of the culture and language with you!
The start dates for Spanish in Madrid are every Monday year-round, except for beginners whose start dates are fixed in 2-3 week cycles. If you want to start on another day of the week, we will design a special program for you in order to catch up with the group. Private lessons can start any day of the week.
Courses at Ailola Madrid can be extended provided you comply with our payment requirements (see below) and advise us 1 week prior to the beginning of the new course. The extension of any accommodation arranged through Ailola Madrid will depend on availability.
We provide students with their course's assigned reading material. We do, however, recommend you purchase a Spanish pocket dictionary and writing material, including a notebook.
Too old? Absolutely not. At Ailola Madrid, our students vary in ages and backgrounds. It's part of what makes our language school special and fits well with the diversity you'll find in Madrid, where there really is something for everybody! Too young? You must be 17-years-old to apply, though students aged 16 may be accepted as an exception, provided you have written permission from your parent(s).
Madrid is a well-connected city when it comes to public transport. A 45-minute ride from Barajas airport will leave you within walking distance of your accommodation at your closest underground, or metro, station. Prior to arrival, we will give you specific instructions about how to reach your accommodation in Madrid on public transport. We also offer the Ailola Madrid airport pick-up service where you'll be met upon arrival inside the airport terminal and taken directly to your accommodation. For students who are not interested in this option, we recommend you arrange a taxi from the taxi desk at the arrival entrance where you will pay a flat rate up-front.
For more information, send us a message! We operate mostly via e-mail and have quick turn-around times for responses. You can also give us a call.
Madrid is an exciting capital of 3 million residents, located at the heart of Spain. The third-largest city in Europe, it's home to some of the continent's greatest architecture, cuisine and cultural experiences. From fútbol to royal palaces, chic barrios to day-trips to cities like Toledo and Segovia, the city offers something for all tastes and desires. Madrid is also a business, commerce and education hub, meaning you'll have at your fingertips a world of opportunities with your newly-acquired Spanish-language skills.
Citizens of many non-EU countries only need a passport to enter the European Union and may stay legally for up to 90 days. You should, however, contact your consulate for more specific and updated information on visa regulations for your nationality. If you need a visa, Ailola Madrid can prepare the required information needed by the nearest Spanish consulate in your country or region.
No vaccines are required to enter Spain, though travelers should consult their family doctor prior to departure for any individual recommendations he or she may have about your trip. For updated travel alerts, potential health hazards, and other related issues, please consult Travel Health Online.
Stress less and let Ailola Madrid figure this out for you! When you register for one of our courses, we will send you a written placement test that will help us determine your current level of Spanish. Then, on your first day, we'll ask you a few questions to gauge your oral skills. Based on the outcome of these small tests, we'll place you with a group of students with a similar level of Spanish (unless of course you're taking private lessons). Remember: we work with all language levels at Ailola Madrid, including absolute beginners!
We recommend students consider staying as long as possible for the obvious benefits of prolonged exposure to the Spanish language through courses, conversation and life in Madrid. Our shortest course lasts 1 week but at least 2 weeks are recommended.
Classes are held Monday to Friday from 9:30 to 13:30, which gives you the rest of the day to explore Madrid. Classes run until 11:20 in the morning when we'll take a 20-minute break. More emphasis is placed on grammar in the morning and conversation in the afternoon, though with our integrated learning methods this is not a strict rule.
We keep class sizes small to ensure rapid language development. In fact, there will be never more than 8 students per class. The average class size in Madrid is 4 to 5 students.
Group Spanish lessons are most suited for students wanting to learn in a group atmosphere and benefit from all the advantages group learning entails: conversation, problem solving, the chance to meet new friends, and so on. On the other hand, individual lessons are great for students looking to focus on a particular aspect of the language and who want the personalized attention of one of our wonderful teachers.
Advanced classes are designed to work on the most complex grammatical rules such as subjunctive tense. Our teaching staff will gauge – whether in private or group classes – the weaknesses in each student's skills and seek to work on the stubborn language mistakes holding him or her back. Emphasis is placed on more complex listening and speaking tasks.
There is never going to be more than 1 public holiday per week during your stay at Ailola Madrid. Half of the lost hours will be recovered in the remaining four days of the week.
If, in the unlikely event, you test into a level with no other students we'll offer you private lessons. These will be offered at the same price as your originally-chosen group course, but with half the hours which is an even better deal for you.
No, however Ailola Madrid is currently in the process of securing accreditation with the internationally-renowned Cervantes Institute, the Spanish state's maximum authority on the Spanish language and culture.
Yes! The Ailola Madrid Internship Program is an excellent way to enhance the Spanish-language skills you gain in our courses. With our robust network of partner organizations, you will gain second-to-none experience in Madrid, one of Europe's top business and cultural hubs. We work with each applicant to find a company in any major sector of the economy, from Marketing, Architecture, Commerce, Technology, Medicine, Law, Communication, Journalism, Fashion, the Arts, NGOs and more.
Internships are available year-round and require a minimum commitment of 4 weeks and a B1 level of Spanish. Applicants do not have to take course with us to be eligible. Beginner speakers are invited to carry out an intensive course prior to contemplating an internship. Read more about our internship opportunities here!
Yes! At Ailola Madrid we'll keep you on your feet with a host of afterschool activities including guided tours, tapas and drinks, conversation classes, concerts and more. Fancy singing karaoke in Spanish? Our activities are designed for you to put into practice what you've learned in our structured Spanish courses and will allow you to speak the language with the locals in a number of settings. These are also amazing opportunities for you to experience the real madrileño lifestyle. For a complete list of these activities check out our activities page!
Ailola Madrid can help you secure some great accommodation options in Madrid. We have a network of host families who live nearby or in the popular Retiro neighborhood, as well as shared apartment options within walking distance of our school in the Chamberí neighborhood. We carefully screen all homestay and apartment options prior to including them in our network, so students can rest assured they'll be staying in secure, quality accommodation in Madrid. For students looking for alternative accommodation like hotels, hostels or private apartments, we're more than happy to help guide you in the right direction.
Reflective of Spain's changing social fabric, you won't necessarily be staying with the typical Spanish nuclear family here in Madrid. Our homestay families are diverse in size and makeup, and can include one parent or two, no children or many, older señoras, young professionals. We do guarantee, after so many years' experience, that Ailola Madrid will carefully place you into the family who's right for you!
No. You can book your Spanish courses in Madrid without booking accommodation. Keep in mind, however, that a local homestay or shared apartment is highly recommended for Spanish language practice.
Ailola Madrid accommodation options are available from the Sunday prior to your course's start date. That said, you can move into your accommodation earlier or stay longer, provided that there is availability. Students will be charged a nightly rate for additional days.
Ailola Madrid will not be held responsible for any accidents, illnesses, or loss or theft of valuables when living in one of the accommodation options we arrange. Students should consider an appropriate travel insurance policy for activities and plans that take place outside Ailola Madrid's premises.
Ailola Madrid's course prices include enrolment, reading materials, and classes with our superb University-educated language teachers. Ailola Madrid provides 24-hour emergency attention, learning materials, full-time student assistance and services including internships, transport and accommodation arrangements. Students are also covered by our liability insurance policy within our school's premises. With an emphasis on immersion, we also offer students a host of free optional afterschool activities including tours, tapas and drinks, conversation classes and more. Some of these activities include a small fee, while others have entrance or ticket costs which the students are required to cover themselves. All activities involving a third party are subject to the terms and conditions of the third party.
Students are required to submit a completed enrolment form and pay a €150 deposit to reserve their place in an Ailola Madrid course. This amount will be deducted from the final course price. The remainder of the course price must be paid in full on or before the first day of classes.
Ailola Madrid accommodation must be paid in full on or before the first day of classes. Payment for accommodation must be made in cash. Payment by credit card will incur an additional 5-percent charge.
Payments for Spanish programs can be made by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express), cash (euros) or bank transfers. For bank transfers, students are required to absorb the transfer costs.
Ailola Madrid students are allowed to change course dates or types up to 4 weeks prior to the beginning of the selected course, subject to availability.
In the event of cancellation, Ailola Madrid must be notified in writing.
For cancellations made 30 days or more prior to arrival, Ailola Madrid will refund the entirety of paid course fees less a cancellation fee of €75.
For cancellations made within 30 days prior to arrival Ailola Madrid will refund the entirety of paid course fees less a cancellation fee of €150.
After a program has started there is no refund for any course, accommodation or other item booked.
To sign up for our Spanish courses, complete our registration form, verify that you have read and agreed to our Terms and Conditions, and then submit the form. Once we receive your registration form, you will be sent a confirmation email with an attached invoice, along with a Spanish level test (beginner-advanced students).
To guarantee a spot in our Spanish school in Madrid, we recommend you register at least four weeks in advance. We cannot guarantee a place in a group class or in a homestay for registrations less than four weeks before the start date. However, we encourage you to contact us regarding availability so we can do our best to accommodate you.