Intensive Spanish course in Bilbao

Morning Course

No matter how long you have been learning Spanish, we will help you to acquire this international language quickly and easily. Our experienced teachers are here to answer all your questions, queries and concerns. We are also available to support students in problems of a personal nature if necessary, as well as to boost their learning and progress in Spanish.

Our courses include quick and balanced progress.

The most popular and most requested Spanish language course includes:

  • 20 hours of Spanish lessons per week (4 hours per day)
  • Monday to Friday
  • Courses starting every Monday throughout the year
  • Minimum 1 week stay
  • Average class size: 5
  • Maximum number of students per class: 12
  • Cultural activities

The Spanish classes are taught Monday to Friday from 9.30 to 1.30 in two sessions differentiated by their content and skills that they teach and are separated by a 30 minute break.

Afternoon and intensive Spanish language courses

Our Spanish language courses are available three times a day:

  • Afternoon: 3 hours a week
  • Afternoon plus: 6 hours a week
  • Intensive: In combination with the morning Spanish classes, a total of 23-26 hours

The afternoon courses are aimed at people who live in Bilbao, and want to work on their level of Spanish during the afternoons. They are also aimed at intensive course students, who attend morning classes, but want to add to their learning by attending during the afternoons as well.

Times and Levels:

Schedule Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
5:00 – 6:30 pm A1-A2 B1-B2 A1-A2 B1-B2
6:30 – 8:00 pm B1-B2 A1-A2 B1-B2 A1-A2

Program Features:

  • Classes Monday to Thursday
  • Starting on the Monday of every year
  • Minimum stay of 1 week
  • Average number of students per class: 5
  • Maximum: 10 students in a class
  • Cultural activities
  • Levels: A1, A2, B1, B2


  • Afternoon: 3 hous / week – 25 € week
  • Afternoon plus: 6 hous / week – 50 € week

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We offer our students six language learning levels which have been outlined by the Instituto Cervantes. At Instituto Hemingway, students are placed at one of these levels based on what they are capable of doing in the Spanish language:

Basic Speaker (A):

Level A2 (Waystage): At this level you have no or little knowledge of Spanish. You are unable to communicate in daily situations.

Level A2 (Waystage): You can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to relevant themes and for immediate use. You can present yourself and others, and ask for basic information about homes, origins and backgrounds. You can communicate on a basic level if your interlocutor speaks slowly and is willing to help.

Independent Speaker (B):

Level B1 (Threshold): You are capable of understanding phrases and expressions relating to familiar, regularly encountered matters (basic information about self and family, work, shopping, school, leisure etc) You have errors in conversation and basic grammar and need to improve your linguistic skills.
You can describe in simple terms events and experiences in addition to questions related to immediate necessity.

Level B2 (Vantage): You are capable of understanding the main points of a text relating to frequently encountered topics such as work, study and leisure, and written in standard Spanish. You can manage with most situations arising whilst travelling in a Spanish speaking area. You are capable of producing simple and coherent texts relating to familiar topics or those of personal interest.
You can describe past experiences and events, hopes and aspirations, briefly explaining them and expressing an opinion.

Proficient Speaker (C):

Level C1 (Effective Operational Efficiency): You are familiar with most grammatical structures but still have some problems using them. Pay attention to correcting typical errors. You will improve colloquial and literary expressions. You are capable of understanding the main ideas of complex texts. You can express yourself clearly and fluently without significant effort. You can produce clear and detailed texts on a variety of topics and can defend your point of view in general discussions.

Level C2 (Mastery): You can understand a wide variety of demanding texts and recognise implicit meaning. You can express yourself fluently and spontaneously without having to search for an appropriate expression. You can use the language flexibly and fluently for social, academic and professional purposes. You can produce clear, well structured and detailed texts on complex themes whilst demonstrating accurate usage of organisational and cohesive devices.

On finishing a level C2 course, the student will be capable of:

  • understanding with ease practically everything heard or written.
  • summarising and reconstructing information and arguments in both a written and spoken form and presenting them in a coherent and precise manner.
  • expressing him/herself spontaneously and fluently, with a great degree of precision, differentiating between linguistic nuances even in the most complex of situations.

On the first day, students' level of Spanish is evaluated by a simple test which enables them to be placed at an appropriate level.

Instituto Hemingway ensures that class levels correspond with the Common European Framework for Languages to facilitate the evaluation and certification of our students.

Instituto Hemingway offers four accommodation options in Bilbao:

Living in a Host Family
Our carefully selected host families will welcome you straight away and treat you like an additional member of the family. This way you will feel right at home. Host families also provide the perfect opportunity to practice what has been learnt in the classroom. Speak to your host family and learn first hand about the Spanish way of life and their customs.

Living with a host family makes your stay that bit easier because you don't have to worry about cooking or laundry. All linen and towels are included. Our families are happy to help you out and you can ask them about the best places to go in the area and other questions.

You can choose between two options for the host family stay:

  • Half board, including two meals: breakfast and dinner.
  • Full board, including three meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Meals will be eaten with the family.

The families can adapt their cooking to your particular needs or special diet if you inform us in advance

Our families all live close to the school and you can get there either by foot or in no less than 30 minutes by train, tram or bus.

Shared apartment
This is a great option if you prefer a more independent way of living. It is also a perfect way to make friends of many different nationalities and to automatically know some other students from the school.

You have your own bedroom and there are two shared bathrooms and a shared kitchen and living room. In your bedroom you will have a bed, desk, wardrobe, blankets and sheets, everything you need to study and to relax. Don't forget that you will have to share some household chores with your flat mates even though the apartment is cleaned privately once a week. The apartment has a fridge-freezer, microwave, oven, washing machine and dishwasher as well as a TV and DVD player. It also has a WIFI internet connection and once a week cleaning service.

Recommended for independent people over 18 years of age.

If you choose this option, you must contact our central office in Bilbao on arrival to collect the keys.
Water, gas and electricity are included in the price.

The apartment is located very close to the school so you can get there on foot.

Premium private apartment
Ideal if you would prefer to have a private apartment and you are looking for somewhere more independent and intimate or somewhere to share with your family, partner or friends.

We have a modern and functional apartment available complete with a kitchen, bathroom, two bedrooms, dining room, bedding and crockery. There is also a refrigerator, microwave, washing machine, dishwasher and TV. It comes with WIFI and is cleaned on a weekly basis.

Water and electricity bills are included in the price.

Student residence
The student residence is a new building, built in 2004 and is located only 5 minutes from the school, right in the centre of Bilbao.

Designed for ultimate independence, here you will have your own room with a study desk and wardrobe and also your own en suite bathroom and kitchenette area with microwave, hob, fridge and sink.

The residence has communal areas where you can meet other students from Instituto Hemingway and from the local universities.

Visit the webpage and select "Bilbao" to find more information on this option.

At Instituto Hemingway we have a special arrangement for our students. You can reserve and pay directly with us, for the same price and conditions but with three great advantages.

  • We will send you immediate confirmation, without any delays or paperwork,
  • You will not need to give a deposit,
  • Everything is included in the price, water, electricity, cleaning service etc.
  • We will lent you a set of crockery, cutlery and cooking equipment to use in your kitchen.

Hotels and hostels
We can make reservations in hotels, hostels or student residences for different students depending on the category and area. Please consult us for more details. We recommend that you make the reservation at least 20 days in advance during busy periods. We have special agreements with a selected range of hotels/hostels to meet your needs.

For ALL accomodation options:
Your accommodation will be available from 12.00 on the Sunday before you start your course until 12.00 on the Saturday after your course has finished. You may stay extra days, paying the proportional amount extra.

INSTITUTO HEMINGWAY can not always guarantee that there will be space for you to stay extra days.

INSTITUTO HEMINGWAY sends all accommodation information one week before the start of your course.

It is not compulsory to reserve accommodation with us in order to take a Spanish course. For example, some students choose to stay with family or friends in Bilbao etc.

Courses Price Term
Principal Spanish (1 week) 190 € per week
Principal Spanish (2 weeks) 180 € per week
Principal Spanish (3-12 weeks) 170 € per week
Principal Spanish (13-24 weeks) 150 € per week
Principal Spanish (From 25 weeks) 130 € per week
Afternoon Spanish 30 € per week
Afternoon Spanish plus 60 € per week
DELE course 170 € per week

If you need accommodation in Bilbao during your Spanish course, Instituto Hemingway can offer you various options. Our program of accommodation is optional, you can search for your own accommodation in Bilbao.

Accommodation Price Term
Host familly (full board) 260 € per week
Host familly (half board) 225 € per week
Shared apartment 175 € per week
Premium private apartment 400 € per week
Student residence (individual room) 210 € per week
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