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Centro Catalina is located in the heart of the old city, in one of Cartagena’s most unique areas, San Diego. The school offers a comprehensive range of courses, catering to all levels, from A1 to C2, and every programme is tailored to the individual needs of the student.
Three weekly extra-curricular activities are included in the programme packages, enabling you to discover the city and put your newfound Spanish skills into practise.
Centro Catalina’s Swiss-Colombian management strives to maintain the highest standards of teaching with exemplary customer service that combines a cozy, family atmosphere with meticulous teaching. All of the Spanish teachers are native, linguistic professionals who are passionate about teaching Spanish and Colombian culture to our visitors.
Our Spanish courses are a dynamic, multicultural mix of students of all ages from all over the world, including Australia, United States, Brazil, Canada, Holland, Switzerland and Germany. Although the majority of our students are young adults, aged between 18- 35, we believe it’s never too late to start learning Spanish, and mature students are more than welcome to join us.
Class sizes are small, with an average of 5-6 students per classroom (maximum 8), thus maximising the learning potential of every class. Each course is divided into six different levels, from beginners (A1) to advanced (C2).
Students can also opt to take private afternoon classes, where the professor will curate a personalised programme that focuses on what you need to improve on. Private classes also give students the opportunity to focus on specific issues, such as business or medical Spanish.
Every week, Centro Catalina’s dedicated team organises 3 afternoon cultural/recreational activities to help make your stay in Cartagena unforgettable. The social programme vary from week to week, but here are just some examples of what you can look forward to during your study: dance lessons, bike tour, typical food tasting, movie nights, etc.
General Spanish Course
9:00am to 12:40pm - Monday to Friday
This course is especially designed to allow the students to efficiently communicate in different situations of normal life.
The focus is on grammar, vocabulary, conversation and pronunciation, writing and reading and oral comprehension. Due to the fact that the groups are small, the students can actively participate and receive individual attention. This course contains 20 lessons per week from Monday to Friday (9:00am to 12:40). One lesson lasts 50 minutes.
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General Spanish - 20 Lessons/ Wk - Centro Catalina Cartagena
Intensive Spanish Course
9:00am to 12:40pm and 2:00pm to 3:40pm. Monday to Friday
The intensive Spanish course is designated for students who wish improve their Spanish rapidly.
It is composed of 4 lessons under the same model as the standard, but it includes two additional conversation lessons that allows putting in practice the theory. This course is composed of 30 Spanish lessons per week and the schedule is from 9:00am to 12:40pm and during the afternoons from 2:00pm to 3:40pm. One lesson lasts 50 minutes.
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Intensive Spanish - 30 Lessons/ Wk - Centro Catalina Cartagena
Combined Spanish Course
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Our school proposes this course to the students who will like to participate to the group lessons, but also focus on some specific topics (Business Spanish, Medical Spanish, Culture, Literature, etc).
This option will allow the student a full integrity of the different aspects of the language.
This combined course is composed of 20 Spanish lessons in group + 5 or +10 private lessons per week. It is given on a daily basis from 09:00am to 12:40pm. Private lessons are during the afternoons and are programmed according to the availability (between 2:00pm and 6:00pm).
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Standard Spanish Course + 5 Hours Private Lessons
Combined Spanish - Gen. Span + 5 Priv. Lessons/ Wk - Centro Catalina Cartagena
Standard Spanish Course + 10 Hours Private Lessons
Combined Spanish - Gen. Span + 10 Priv. Lessons/ Wk - Centro Catalina Cartagena
Bildungsurlaub Spanish Course
Centro Catalina Spanish School is recognized from German government.
The Bildungsurlaub program contains 30 hours per week. The schedule is from 9:00am to 12:40 and from 2:00pm to 3:40pm. At 4:00pm there is an additional lesson to put in practice the conversation. This course is avaiable for all levels and costs 409 usd/week.
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Bildungsurlaub Spanish Course - Centro Catalina Cartagena
DELE Preparation Course
Centro Catalina Spanish school offers their students the possibility to prepare for the DELE (Diploma de español como lengua extranjera) within the idyllic marc of the Colombian‘s Caribe.
There are actually 6 levels for this course the common European reference (A1/A2, B1/B2, C1/C2). This test is recognized worldwide.
The students participate to the standard course in the morning (9:00am to 12:40pm) and then to a specific training during the afternoons for the DELE preparation test. The duration of the course varies depending on the level of Spanish the student has and of course the kind of diploma he or she would like to have.
We propose two packages: the first one is composed of 60 lessons during 4 weeks in the afternoons from 14.00 to 16.30. The second one is more intensive and is composed of 120 lessons during 2 months having the same schedule (14.00 to 16.30). We work with a very specialized pedagogic material for the preparation of the DELE.
40 Lessons - $790 USD
60 Lessons - $1080 USD
80 Lessons - $1360 USD
120 Lessons - $1800 USD
The private courses are designated to students who have special requirements or schedules.
The teacher would adapt the course depending on the student’s needs and progress is much faster. This course is also designated to students who would like to talk about specific themes related to different Spanish’s areas (medicine, law, finances) etc.
10 Lessons - $280 USD
20 Lessons - $490 USD
30 Lessons - $610 USD
An excellent teaching institution dedicated to Spanish for International Students, they have shown exceptional results with a professional course of study. [Translated]
I was given a tremendous welcome when I first joined the school. Within a month my Spanish language skills had greatly improved and I attributed that quick progress to the qualified teachers. They are highly professional with teaching the Spanish Language and very proficient across all the different areas of teaching.
It was really great time to learn Spanish in EHE, Socorro. Before going to Soccoro, I was a little bit afraid and unconfident of my learning ability. But I needed not worry, it was so fun, and I really enjoyed learning Spanish there and every student can learn Spanish at their own pace. The people of Socorro are really kind and I was really surprised by their kindness when I first arrived there. Soccoro is a place that has a long history and is famous for its coffee production. I was able to experience a lot of events and also I was able to do a lot of extreme sports at Sangil (next to Soccoro) at really cheap price. I can definitely say that EHE and Soccoro gave me a great and fun chance to learn Spanish there and I really appreciate it.
About EHE Spanish School Socorro
Socorro is an excellent location for any traveller looking to study Spanish while in Colombia. The city was one of the starting places towards Colombia’s Independence and is listed as part of the Heritage Villages Network of Colombia. Located 75 miles south of Bucaramanga and over 330 years old, its famous for its colonial architecture and being the epicenter of the Revolución de los Comuneros in 1781.
The EHE Spanish School in Socorro offers a truly unique experience to immerse yourself in not just Spanish learning but also the local cultures of Colombia and Latin America. With Spanish classes and programs for all speaking levels you will find whatever it is you are looking for. They have specially designed learning materials to quickly take you from complete beginner to having a strong Spanish proficiency.
The school is located in a city of students with many possibilities to practice Spanish, having two universities nearby. With a strong belief in full immersion all classes are taught entirely in Spanish. Their academic coordinator supervises and plans every single class to make sure every Spanish lesson is right for each student and to maximise their Spanish speaking progression.
- AC Classrooms
- Old City Location
- Weekly Trips
- Dance Lessons
- Free Placement Test
- Free Course Materials
- Airport Transfer
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Amazing Staff & Teachers
A young, dynamic and passionate team based around a love for the Spanish language and Colombian culture. This has enabled an unique and familiar atmosphere where the exchange between teachers and students is constant. Learn faster while you feel like you're at home.
Centro Catalina is a Spanish school situated in the heart of the Cartagena de Indias old town, just one block from the well-known Fernández de Madrid Park and the famous Sofitel Santa Clara Hotel. We are located in one of the most secure part of Cartagena's old town.
Located in a colonial house and offers all the necessary accommodations for the organization of classes: Internet access WiFi, air conditioner (AC), small library, video projectors, audio material, TV and DVD. There is a common room and a cafeteria where students can take a break with the aroma of good Colombian coffee.