About The School

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About Valencia

Valencia is the third largest city in Spain with a population of 800,000, and is a Mediterranean port. Its charms come in part from its history.  This is where El Cid faced the Moors and is the birthplace of the dish called paella.  It has long been known for its beaches, beautiful Mediterranean Sea, and sunny climate.  Valencia is now recognized for its unique cultural heritage, as shown in the world famous Las Fallas festival, and its jaw dropping architectural wonder the City of Arts and Sciences.

The Las Fallas Festival is held in March and is becoming the most popular festival in Europe.  Immense structures are constructed, paraded through the streets, and then burned.  It is a few days of pure madness.  The City of Arts and Sciences is the favorite destination for visitors in Valencia and is an entertainment-based cultural and architectural complex.  This superb architectural space was designed by native son Santiago Calatrava and is an international mecca for architecture buffs.  It includes museums, theaters, an aquarium and more.

The city was founded as a Roman colony in 138 B.C.  Its historic center is one of the largest in Spain, making Valencia one of Spain’s most popular tourist destinations.  It also attracts visitors for its climate, considered subtropical.  It has a semi-arid climate with very mild winters and long warm summers.

The 15th century was a time of economic expansion, known as the Valencian Golden Age, in which culture and the arts flourished. At the end of the century the Silk Exchange building (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) was erected as the city became a commercial emporium that attracted merchants from all over Europe. Valencia was one of the most influential cities on the Mediterranean in the 15th and 16th centuries.

Valencia’s port is the biggest on the Mediterranean western coast.  The 32nd America’s Cup sailing race was held in Valencia in 2009, and there is a section of the port used exclusively for the America’s Cup festivities. As many as 150,000 visitors attended this event. The city has also hosted the European Grand Prix of auto racing, an international tennis tournament and a champion tour of equestrian sports.

Consequently, visitors and tourists from all around the world flock more and more numerous in all periods of the year and discover a thriving city, a cultural and historical richness, an atmosphere of calm and joy, peculiar to the Valencia region, a particularly mild and pleasant Mediterranean climate and a natural tendency to party.  It’s a great place to study Spanish, and if you love paella, you’ll definitely be in the right place.

Travel – Fly into the international airport of Valencia.  Airport pickup is available.

About The School

Españolé IH is a small, welcoming school which offers you all the warmth of the Mediterranean lifestyle.  A friendly atmosphere and personalized attention is paramount in the school’s philosophy.  It is also part of the prestigious International House group of language schools, world renowned for its very high standards, and has certification from the Cervantes Institute. The school is located in the city center in the historic part of Valencia. 

The school consists of two buildings. The 650-square-metre chalet has 12 modern, bright classrooms fully equipped with interactive whiteboards, a workshop classroom with facilities for “Spanish cooking activities”, a big, modern students’ area complete with computers and WIFI, vending machines, a relaxing reading room with books and magazines, a terrace and a welcoming patio area with a small pond. There is also a four story traditional building which has 10 classrooms with interactive whiteboards, a library, a students’ area with computers, WIFI, vending machines and a wonderful roof terrace to relax under the sun.

Style of teaching – There is a complete emphasis on communication, and courses follow the very successful format developed by International House schools.

Levels offered – All levels, from complete beginners, are accommodated.  You will be given both a speaking and written placement test on your first day of class.

Class size and hours – The maximum class size is 10, but often averages 6.  Classes begin at 9:30 am.

Materials – All materials are included in your course and have been developed by the school staff and International House.

Students - The study body is very international.  Minimum age is 16.  The majority of students are within the range of 20 to 40 years old.  This is the majority, however, and other ages will also feel comfortable.  A high nationality mix of students creates an interesting atmosphere for all.

Calendar – You can begin classes on any Monday for the length of time you choose.  There are specific start dates for complete beginners. Non-beginners can start on any Monday.

2018 Start dates for beginners: January 8, 22; February 5, 19; March 20; April 16, 30; May 14, 28; June 4, 18, 25; July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; August 6, 13, 20, 27; September 3, 10, 17; October 10, 15; November 5, 19; December 3, 17. 

2018 HOLIDAYS: March 19; April 2; May 1; October 12; November 1; (no pro-rated tuition or make-up classes will be offered) Christmas holidays from December 24, 2018 to January 7, 2019.  A free school excursion is offered on this day.

2018 HOLIDAYS where school is open: January 22; March 29; April 9; August 15; October 9 (expect banks to be closed as well as some national buildings).

2019 Start dates for beginners: January 7, 21; February 4, 18; March 18; April 1, 15; May 6, 20; June 3, 17, 24; July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; August 5, 12, 19; September 2, 9, 16; October 7, 21; November 4, 18; December 2, 16. 

2019 HOLIDAYS: March 19; April 19, 22; May 1; November 1; (no pro-rated tuition or make-up classes will be offered) Christmas holidays from December 23, 2019 to January 6, 2020.  A free school excursion is offered on this day.

2019 HOLIDAYS where school is open: January 22; March 29; April 9; August 15; October 9, December 6 (expect banks to be closed as well as some national buildings).

Activities - There are at least four weekly activities included in the school’s social program.  A sample of these would include: Panoramic city tour, welcome party, picnic at the beach, conversation exchange party, shopping in the city center, film club, dance lessons, visit to the open air market, paella party, sightseeing at the port, tapas and disco, sporting events, climb of the Miguelete tower, visit to the historic center, cultural workshops, theater visit, students’ dinner.  Most activities are free of charge.  Those involving a cost are very reasonable.