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San Sebastián

Grand and glamorous, San Sebastián has been wowing visitors since the time of Napoleon.

San Sebastián defines elegance. Townhouses and cafes are perched on expansive beaches. The compact old town turns a lovely gold colour in the evening light. A long sweeping promenade provides Instagramable sunset views. Broad city streets are covered with shops, cafes and pintxos bars. Everywhere looks like a postcard, without a single stone out of place.

This is a city that is both beach break and city chic rolled into one. You can’t not relax here. You can’t not have fun. It’s one of those places where you come for two weeks and want to stay for four. Or you stay for four weeks and want to live in San Sebastian forever.

There are three distinct areas you’re likely to spend your time. The famous shell-shaped beach is surrounded by shopping streets and pintxos bars (Basques tapas). The old town is compact, packed with little bars and restaurants to try. Zurriola hondartza has a modern atmosphere, with surfers on the waves and lively local streets.

Pintxos

Pintxos are little culinary snacks that line the bars throughout San Sebastián. They’re unique to the Basque region, offering fine dining food with all the fun of tapas. Hopping between pintxos bars is the number one thing to do in the city.

Old town

Visit to the Kursaal Donostia in San Sebastián. The building has been awarded with the Take a walk along streets of cobblestone and charm in San Sebastian’s old town. Tiny doorways lead to bars and cafes. Narrow streets bring you to a glamorous old plaza with outdoor terraces. And each way you turn there’s another surprise to uncover.

City beaches

San Sebastian’s incredibly clean beaches have space for everyone. They are where you go to relax after a day of classes. One is shell-shaped and sheltered, ideal for a quiet swim; the other is where locals go to sunbathe and surf.

Monte Igueldo

Take the funicular railway (or walk!) to Monte Igeldo and you enjoy unrivalled views of San Sebastián and the coast. From up here it feels like the world is at your feet. Most of our Spanish students visit Monte Igeldo many times, such is its beauty.

Surfing

San Sebastian’s surf breaks are a part of the city. Just take a few steps from the streets and you can be in the waves. It’s easy to rent boards and book beginner lessons, or just hang out on the beach and watch how the locals do it.

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Our school in San Sebastian

A modern school in an elegant city, Linguaschools San Sebastian helps you balance study and play. The air-conditioned classrooms are large and comfortable, supplemented by good Wi-Fi access, computers to use, and a Spanish library. An open-air terrace is ideal for grabbing a relaxing break between classes. Teachers bring their passion to the classroom, enthusing students and giving them the confidence to keep speaking and practicing. They have many years experience teaching Spanish and love to share the city they call home with you.

CLASSROOMS 17 spacious classrooms with air conditioning
ACCREDITATIONS Instituto Cervantes, FEDELE, Bildungsurlaub, CSN, Madrid Chamber of Commerce, Erasmus +, Universitat de Barcelona, Brookhaven College
LOCATION 5 minutes walking from the city centre and 10 minutes from Zurriola surf beach
Multimedia Hi-Fi sound system and interactive whiteboards in selected classrooms
Student areas spacious terrace
OTHER FACILITIES Wi-Fi, free to use computers, library, snacks and coffee machines
LANGUAGES SPOKEN BY STAFF English, Spanish, French, German, Russian, Dutch, Japanese, Italian

Nationality mix

19%
DE
7%
NL
7%
UK
6%
FR
8%
CH
10%
Rest West-EU
5%
East-EU
22%
USA / CA
6%
Asia
10%
Others

Age mix

Spanish courses in San Sebastian

The different courses at Linguaschools San Sebastian are designed to accommodate all levels of Spanish speaker. You’ll be placed in a small group with students of varied nationalities and ages, yet similar Spanish proficiency. These mixed groups create a stimulating environment and help you make new and diverse friends while learning. Courses start every Monday and you can choose 20 or 30 group lessons per week. Courses are designed to cover all aspects of learning Spanish.

Linguaschools San Sebastian also offers individual classes, which can be more tailored to your learning needs and weak points. 10 or 20 individual classes per week is our standard option. To accelerate your learning also consider the Intensive 20+5 or 20+10, that’s 20 group lessons complemented by individual classes. Specific DELE exam preparation courses can also be done at Linguaschools San Sebastian.

COURSE DURATION 1 lesson = 45 minutes
GROUP SIZE Max. 12 in a group
MINIMUM AGE 17 years old

Intensive Courses

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Intensive 20
Intensive 30

Combination Courses

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Intensive 20 + 5
Intensive 20 + 10

Individual courses

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Individual 10 and Individual 20
Customised Individual Lessons
Customized Semi-Individual Lessons

Exam preparation courses

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DELE 20 + 10

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Spanish & surf in San Sebastian

Please bear in mind that the school is closed on bank holidays. Missed group lessons are generally not made up for. In summer we organise a free bank holiday excursion instead. When there are 2 public holidays in 1 week, 1 day of missed group lessons will be made up for.

Accommodation

Staying with other Spanish speakers is essential to improving your proficiency and conversation. All our accommodation gives you complete privacy and independence. In shared apartments you’ll live with Spanish professionals and other language school students. Staying with a host family provides a homely and educational experience. 

Availability All year round
Distance 25 minutes walking distance
Shared with Locals and or language school students
Standard apartment Standard single and double room
Availability All year round
Distance 25 minutes walking distance
Shared with Locals and or language school students
Host family Single and double room breakfast
Host family Single and double room half board
Host family Single and double room full board

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Tanja from Austria and her experience in San Sebastian
I’m Tanja, 28 years old from Vienna, Austria. I’ve always traveled a lot and enjoyed exploring new places. Unfortunately having a full time job got in the way of my ‘Wanderlust’. So after five years o...
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Activities

San Sebastian is a fun city and a diverse program of activities helps you enjoy the local culture.

After classes it’s time to have fun – while still speaking Spanish of course! Think guided pintxos tours, beach volleyball and Sangria, salsa classes, movie nights, guided hikes and visits to Basque villages. All these activities are free or nominal cost. Then every weekend you’ll have a superb range of excursions to try.

Week Welcome drinks and city tour

Week Pintxos (Basques tapas) tour

Week Surfing and standup paddle boarding

Week Visit to a Basque village

Weekend Weekend trip to Biarritz (France)

Weekend Visit Bilbao and Guggenheim museum

Weekend Weekend hike through Basque country

Weekend Txakoli or Rioja wine tasting tour