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Why study Spanish at IH Barcelona?

There are countless language schools in Barcelona: so why would you want to take a Spanish course with us, at IH Barcelona?

Locate IH Barcelona

We're in a great location...

The school is right in the city centre, about 10 minutes' walk from Plaça Catalunya and the top of the Ramblas.

Much closer, about 2 minutes' away, is the amazing Palau de la Música, one of Barelona's many outstanding examples of Modernista architecture; and we're right on border between the Eixample (and its many more Modernista houses) and the lovely medieval streets of the barrio of Sant Pere.

The beach? Just two stops on the Metro !

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A real nice atmosphere in a lovely building

Our main building is a typical Barcelona building dating back to the late 19th century, with protected building status, with our newly renovated annex building (an early 20th century Modernista warehouse) just across the road.

We have over 40 air-conditioned classrooms, a library, a popular student bar (one of the things we always get outstanding feedback on: the bar staff!), a lovely sunny terrace, and free wifi available throughout both buildings.

We're serious about teaching and learning but you'll find IH Barcelona relaxed and laid back, with open, friendly students and staff.

Full details of the facilities you'll find at IH Barcelona


It was an intense course in a relaxed atmosphere, in fact the whole school has a nice, relaxed atmosphere

– Markus (48), Germany

Spanish courses

Great courses

Although the majority of our students take our intensive Spanish course (or the intensive course with one or more add-on components) we have a wide variety of Spanish courses for you to choose from, allowing you to personalise your learning to a considerable extent.

Your course comes -- at no extra charge -- with an entertaining and varied cultural and social programme which enables you to make friends, practice your Spanish and explore Barcelona.

IH Barcelona opened in 1972 and quickly established a reputation for its quality language courses and pioneering teacher training programmes, with our Spanish Department opening the following year.

International House Barcelona is part of the IH World Organisation, a guarantee of high standards in language education.

Full details of accreditation for our Spanish courses.

All things considered, you could probably find yourself a cheaper Spanish course in Barcelona, but probably not one that would be better value-for-money.

More about our Spanish teaching staff

Taught by great teachers

All our Spanish teachers are university graduates with specialised training in teaching Spanish as a foreign language, who are regularly assessed with class observations and feedback.

Nearly all have trained at IH Barcelona: we train over 400 Spanish teachers a year and, we'll be honest, we keep the outstanding ones for ourselves!

Our teachers attend and many present at Encuentro Práctico, the annual teacher development conferences we organise in Barcelona and other cities in Europe, among other ongoing professional development initiatives.

Many are also the authors of textbooks for teaching Spanish as a foreign language.

All work together in a team, coordinated as a team by an expert Director of Studies.

Find out more about your teachers


La profe (Elo) es muy buena y divertida. Siempre hablamos en clase, jugamos, pasamos el tiempo muy bien. Quería quedarme más tiempo

– One of Elo's students

Spanish students at IH Barcelona

Attended by a nice mix of students

Unlike some of the Spanish schools you'll find in Barcelona, we aren't just a Spanish school: around 2000 local students from Barcelona a year take English courses with us, and you'll meet them in places like the bar and on the terrace.

Come and join them and the over 2500 foreign students a year, from a wide variety of origins (see pie chart and further details), who take Spanish courses with us.

The fact that we really are an "international house" is one of the things our students regularly mentioned in feedback on our courses: it makes your course socially so much more interesting.

Accommodation in Barcelona

Excellent, value-for-money accommodation

Pick what suits you from our different accommodation options -- Spanish host families, a room in a shared student apartment or one in a student residence.

Of course, if you are coming back to Barcelona (and so many people do!) and are going to be staying with friends, that's fine: you can just take your Spanish course with us and arrange your own accommodation.

About Barcelona

... in a pretty amazing city

We probably don't need to tell you much about Barcelona, do we?

There isn't really a single best time of year to come, there's so much on, always. The weather is outstandingly good, with 5-6 weeks when it's very hot, about the same period when it is actually cold, with the rest of the year being simply gorgeous.

There's the art and the museums and the architecture (and not just Gaudí!), some amazing streetart, the beach, the concerts and festivals and the football and the nightlife, and 2000+ years of fascinating history.

We'll show you lots on our social and cultural programme but Barcelona is a city you really want to come and explore.

For information online about the city, try our online directory of Barcelona websites and, for a guidebook, TimeOut Barcelona is probably the best.

... amazing light

Algún día, cuando esté terminada, lo comprobarás: el espacio será común para todos los fieles, no habrá distinciones, y como única decoración: la luz, la luz del Mediterráneo

Ildefonso Falcones, La catedral del mar (i.e. the church of Santa María del Mar, Barcelona)


Full details of accreditation for our Spanish courses

Accreditation for our Spanish courses

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