Choosing a language school: Age of the school
Age of the school - Our recommendation is to choose a school with at least 10 years of experience in the field of teaching Spanish. Other factors include the building and its surroundings.
Universal de Idiomas offers personalized language courses since 1981, having gained valuable experience in custom made instructions for students of various backgrounds. Our professors have a minimum of 10 years teaching experience, take part in ongoing training programs and have access to a resource-center.
Our school balances academic quality with a reasonable price and facilities to enhance your Spanish learning. We provide proven methodology, quality text books, qualified professors (with experience, university studies, degrees, etc.) and accrediting institutions (universities, associations). At Universal de Idiomas we believe in a personal approach and reach for the highest efficiency possible. Therefore, we provide small group sizes, audiovisual equipment and varied materials to enhance the learning experience.
Furthermore, Universal de Idiomas is equipped with a student library, internet facilities, a relaxation area and a cafeteria. In addition, we offer tour information (and organize all your trips!), free conversation clubs, money exchange service, free Wi-Fi, parking lot discounts and a student ID card which allows for discounts at museums, gyms, cinemas, shops and restaurants. Since we are located in the city center, any other facilities that you can think of are within 60 seconds walking distance.
Our experience urges us to advise you to please think twice if you come across a language school offering you a price that is too good to be true: often this really is the case and the quality of your education is at stake. These types of schools may have no organizational backup and may have teachers who are poorly trained or even worse - without training. Many times there are too many students in each group which could make the class too heterogeneous; the teacher will have to advance slowly to compensate for the slower students or on the other hand go too fast therefore catering to the higher achieving students. An inexpensive school may also tend to attract students with low academic standards, lower ambitious or with a low cultural level or lack of motivation which can force teachers to lower the quality of their teaching.