Thinking about immersing yourself in a Spanish speaking country while studying the language? To get the most of your experience, you need to do more than just choose the country where you will study. Sure, the accent you want to develop is important, but choosing a great Spanish program in that country is equally important. Here are the 6 important things to keep in mind when choosing a Spanish immersion program.

1. Qualifications of the institution

First of all, look into the qualifications of the institution that offers the course and make sure it is a DELE certified school. This means they are certified to teach Spanish as a Second Language (DELE is a Spanish acronym, hence the different lettering). This gives you total assurance about the quality and content of the courses.

2. Teachers, materials and programs offered

Ask about the teachers, materials and programs offered. It is vital to have an idea about the people who are going to teach you and what kind of focus the program has. Of course, make sure that the focus is in line with your interests.

3. Course’s curriculum

Check the course’s curriculum and make sure that it covers all the major skill areas: reading, listening, writing, speaking and grammar (as a transverse point). If you are a beginner, look for a course that has a conversational focus. This will give faster results as you gain the skills you need to continue your practice in everyday settings outside of the classroom.

4. Cultural complement

Following point number three, it is important that the course offers a cultural complement as well. There is nothing more helpful than the real life-immersion that a course can give you. In addition to being extremely effective, this will also make your classes a lot more fun.

5. Number of students per course

Check the number of students per course. Depending on your learning style, your time, and the learning rhythm you look for, larger or smaller classes may be better. Of course, programs that offer personalized classes are ideal. That way, your teacher can focus more deeply on your weaknesses and at the same time teach material related to your interests.

6. Do you feel comfortable?

Lastly, make sure you feel comfortable and confident about the school you choose, and that you find it fun! If you don’t like the course, you can always look elsewhere or seek out private tutoring as an alternative. Make sure you answer these 6 questions before you end up inscribed in a lengthy course that you find boring.

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For every Spanish learner, to master the accent and the language’s highly regional vocabulary, it is essential to immerse themselves to achieve fluency. But there are so many amazing countries to choose from, how do you pick where to study?

Colombia is a fantastic place to learn Spanish, and here are the top 3 reasons why:

1. The accent and culture

The Colombian Spanish accent is well recognized as being both neutral and very natural at the same time. For a foreign Spanish learner, accent and word use is essential in order to achieve good pronunciation, and the Colombian accent makes it easier to understand others and be understood as you are learning. Specifically, the Bogota accent is considered to be one of the best examples of spoken Spanish in the world, and the cultural variety provides an excellent backdrop for practicing the language in new and exciting environments.

2. Availability of learning institutions

Colombia has a culture of high-quality education. Colombia’s capital Bogota is called the “Athens of South America”, named for its huge number of educational institutions and high student population. In Colombia you will have access to high quality learning available through university programs, Spanish schools and institutes, and a massive population of highly educated teachers and tutors.

3. Learning Spanish in Colombia is extremely affordable

And as the Colombian Peso continues to fall vs. the Dollar and Euro, it is becoming even more so. Whether you prefer a formal classroom setting in a university or private tutoring, you can find prices ranging from $10-$30 per class hour.

So remember, when you ask: Where should I learn Spanish? The answer is Colombia.