Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to many of our frequently asked questions are listed below.

Can't find the answer to your question? Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have regarding our courses.

Please, e-mail us at info@caminobarcelona.com or call
From Europe: 0034 93 467 85 85
USA/Canada: 011 34 93 467 85 85

ENROLMENT

When can I enrol?

You can enrol up to 1 day before the start of the course.

How can I enrol?

You can enrol online using our secure enrolment page.

Or, if you prefer, you can telephone our offices on: (+ 34) 93 467 8585

How can I pay?

You can pay by credit card or bank transfer:

If you would like to pay via credit card (Visa or MasterCard), you can use our secure enrolment page.

Please note that all credit card payments are subject to a fee of 2%.

It is not advisable to send your card details in an email because this is not a secure method as they may be viewed by third parties.

Please find below our bank details:

Account name: CAMINOBARCELONA SL.
Account number: 2100 0938 78 0200228284
IBAN: ES05 2100 0938 7802 0022 8284
SWIFT: CAIXESBBXXX
Bank: CaixaBank
Calle Sepúlvera, no. 106-108
08015-Barcelona
Spain

LOCATION AND TRANSPORT

How can I get to Barcelona?

You can find detailed information on how to get to Barcelona at our website: Arriving in Barcelona.

Where is the school located?

The school is located in a lively and vibrant street in the neighbourhood Eixample, just ten minutes walk from Plaza Cataluña and Las Ramblas. Eixample is famous for its many shops, restaurants and bars where there are endless possibilities to have a good time and to meet people!

What is the climate in Barcelona?

Barcelona has a Mediterranean climate with mild, humid winters and warm, dry summers. On average, the rainy seasons are spring and autumn, and the dry ones are winter and summer. As for temperatures, December, January and February are the coldest months, averaging temperatures of over 10℃ in the city. July and August are the hottest months, averaging temperatures of up to 38.6℃

How big is Barcelona?

Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain with a population of 1,615,908. in 2016

How far is the school from the beach?

The beach is about 20 minutes with public transport.

ARRIVAL

Is it possible to arrive a day earlier and leave a day later the start of the course?

Our accommodation dates are from Sunday before the course starts until the Saturday after the course finishes. However, it is often possible to arrive a day earlier, or leave a day later, though naturally there is a charge for the extra nights.

Do you do airport pickup?

Our students have the option of reserving an airport pickup service at an extra cost of 80 euros on arrival and 50 Euros on departure from or to Barcelona airport.

What happens when students arrive in Barcelona airport?

Students who have booked an airport transfer, will be picked up in the airport and taken to the accommodation. Students who do not have airport transfer will go directly to their accommodation.

All students receive their accommodation details 1-2 weeks before the start of their course.

COURSES

When can I start the course?

Our courses are continuous and run through the year without breaks, as the school only closes on public holidays. Whatever your level, you can start a course ANY Monday of the year!

How many weeks can I study?

You can study from 1 to 52 weeks.

How will you know my Spanish level?

In order to know which level group you belong to, you will take a written and oral level test. When we get the result of your test, we will place you in the best group according to your level, in which you can stay for as many weeks as you like.

What is my schedule and can I change my class timetable?

Our Intensive group classes run in the mornings from 9.30 a.m. to 1.10 p.m. (break included). The conversation classes then run from 1.30 p.m. to 2.20 p.m. and 2.30 p.m. to 3.20 p.m. Your schedule will be confirmed on your first day of lessons, right after our Welcome presentation.

What books do you use? And how many books per language level?

The books we use are called GENTE. Each set of books consists of a textbook and an exercise book, together with DVD and CD-Rom. There is normally 1 book per level (a level usually lasts about 6 weeks). Any other materials are provided by the school. Books cost 35 euros per level and have to be purchased at the school on arrival. (Alternatively, you can rent the books for €5 per week.)

What teaching method do you use?

The method we use is communicative. With the communicative language approach, the teachers teach the language in the classroom in such a way that students communicate with each other, taking into account their real experiences.

Communicative language teaching makes use of real-life situations that necessitate communication. The teacher sets up a situation that students are likely to encounter in real life. The real-life simulations change from day to day. Students' motivation to learn comes from their desire to communicate in meaningful ways about meaningful topics.

Are teachers native speakers and what are their teaching qualifications?

Our teachers are chosen for their excellence and the passion with which they teach. All our teachers are indeed native Spanish speakers. Also, they all have a university degree, postgraduate qualifications in teaching Spanish as a foreign language and a minimum of 2 years' experience in teaching Spanish as a foreign language.

Furthermore, we encourage our teachers to participate in training courses, to provide the best quality of teaching to our students.

What courses do most people take?

Our most popular course is the Intensive, which consists of 20 group classes per week.

Will I take exams?

Internal exams are held at the end of each level in order to monitor your progress.

Is there a possibility to change classes according to my progress?

Groups are arranged according to their level. Each group progresses at the same pace, so you will be moving through the levels from one week to another with your group. If once you have started the course you feel that you should be placed in a higher level, you can speak with our academic coordinator to get some advice and be moved.

Students generally move levels when they take a level assessment every 4-6 weeks.

How much can I expect to learn after 4 weeks of class?

The level you will reach depends on different factors: the level you start at, the amount of personal work you devote to your studies, how easily you assimilate linguistic concepts, etc.

In 6 weeks you would normally complete a whole level doing the Intensive course (20 lessons per week).

What is the price per week when there is a public holiday?

The price is the same for weeks when we have public holidays. However, if there are 2 public holidays in the same week, one day of classes will be rescheduled. If there is only one public holiday in the week, the classes are not rescheduled.

Can I get a recognised certificate at the end of the course?

Yes, we prepare you for the D.E.L.E.: Diploma de Espanol como Lengua Extranjera. DELE is the only official Spanish diploma and it will help you find a job, study in any Spanish speaking country or it can be used simply to demonstrate your knowledge of Spanish. There are four levels which you can choose from:

Basic (level A1 from the Framework)
Initial (level B1 from the Framwork)
Intermediate (level B2 from the Framework)
Superior (level C2 from the Framework)

Our DELE Preparation course; being the only official Spanish Diploma; will enhance your Spanish skills and help you to pass the DELE exam. You will definitely learn a lot during this 4-week programme!

Do I get a diploma after the course?

At the end of the course you will get a certificate about hours studied, duration of the course and reached level.

How can I give feedback?

Your opinion and happiness are important to us!
To ensure that we can offer the best service to our students, a questionnaire is given to our students at the end of each week to evaluate their experiences. We encourage our students to give us their feedback as we always want to improve our school and the services that we provide! Feedback is taken seriously at Camino Barcelona.

I have never studied Spanish before, when can I start?

We have courses for complete beginners starting every Monday of the year.

I have never studied Spanish before, when can I start?

We have courses for complete beginners starting every Monday in the period from May till October and every second Monday in the rest of the year. The exact complete beginner start dates can be found in the price calculator.

Where can I find a weekly programme for the intensive course?

In order to access the detailed programme for our intensive course, please follow this link.

Your first day at Camino Barcelona

On the first Monday on your arrival we will invite you to come to our school at 8:00 am for your oral level test and the welcome talk.

We have a wide range of groups of 15 levels from A0 (complete beginner) to C1 (advanced) all year around and you will be placed in the correct group for your level, according to your tests results. If you are a complete beginner, you should come to the school at 8:30, as you will not need to complete the level test.

In the welcome talk you will meet all the other new students and will find out about Camino Barcelona school, your classes and educational, cultural and fun activities available for you. In this way, your level test and welcome talk are all done before you start your classes to avoid missing any lessons.

ACCOMMODATION

What are your accommodation options?

Our school offers a variety of accommodation options: you can choose to live with one of our ON-SITE accommodations, our carefully selected host families, in a student residence or in a shared apartment with other students from the school. You can have a better idea of the different accommodation types from our website: www.caminobarcelona.com

How many students share 1 flat?

From 4 to 5 students.

Can I choose to have a private bathroom option?

In our on-site Superior Accommodation you can choose to have the option of private bathroom for an extra cost of 75 euros per week. In this way you will only share the kitchen and living room with your flatmates.

Do I need to bring towels or bed linen?

One set of bed linen is provided, but not towels.

Will I have laundry facilities?

There is a washing machine and a clothes horse in each Superior accommodation, Standard apartments and residence. Host families agree to do one clothes wash per week.

Who will I share my room with?

We want you to have the best experience ever in Barcelona and at Camino Barcelona. If you book a shared room, we make sure that you will share with a student of similar age but different nationality - to encourage you to speak Spanish! The absolute maximum age difference for our students staying in the same room is 10 years (normally, less than 5 years). Our students under 20 years old are always placed in the same rooms as other students under 20.

Please also note that the majority of our students over 30 years old prefer staying in single rooms or single rooms with private bathrooms, especially in the low season.

STUDENTS

How old are most of your students and what are their backgrounds?

We welcome students of all ages, from 16 to 90 years old! However, there is a majority of students in their twenties. The average age of our students is 19-26 years old. Most of our students are University students or young professionals that want to improve their language skills or are interested in languages in general.

All our students are all from different nationalities and come from different countries: German, Dutch, English, American, Canadian, Polish, French, Italian... which is for you a great opportunity to meet new people from all over the world.

How many students does your school have?

Approximately 1400 students per year
During low season: 50 - 80 students
During high season: 120 - 170 students

How many students are there per class?

The maximum class size is at our school is just 10, with an average of 7 students per group. Therefore, all students receive a very personalized attention from teachers.

What do you do if you get sick?

You can go to the nearest pharmacy (from the school, Calle Diputación, 157). If the pharmacist recommends you go to the doctor and you are a citizen of the EU, you should take the European Health Card (TSE / 111). Students of other nationalities must be in possession of private medical insurance.

To go to the doctor you will have to request an appointment at C.A.P. (Primary Care Center) and present the TSE or medical insurance documents. The closest to the school is the Center d'Atenció Primaria Manso:
Manso 17-19 Street
08015 Barcelona
Phone Number: (+34) 93 325 28 00.

In case of emergency you can call the emergency number of the school: (+34) 605 880 472

FACILITIES

What facilities and services does your school have?

Camino Barcelona features air conditioning in all classrooms, a living room with computers and free Internet access Wi-Fi, library and video library, a smoking area, a cafeteria, three sun terraces.

Will the school help me to apply for a VISA?

Students from European union countries do not require a visa.

If you need a student VISA, the school will assist you with the application by providing you with an official acceptance letter from the school. It is important to take into account that to do so, we require FULL payment of the programme you have reserved with us.

From our previous experience, it can sometimes take more than 8 weeks to obtain a visa from the consulate, so you should find out about the application procedure as soon as possible.

Normally, students who require a visa need to take the following documents to their nearest Spanish consulate before travelling to Spain:

1) A letter of acceptance and receipt from us (that we will provide you with), showing that you have enrolled on a course and that it has been paid for IN FULL.
2) Proof that you have your own insurance.
3) Proof of accommodation during your stay.
4) A valid passport.

We would, however, always advise that you check the most recent requirements with your local Spanish consulate.

Please note that visas are only issued for full time courses (Intensive course, for example) but not for part time courses (such as the Evening course).

Will the school help me to apply for a VISA?

Will I have the possibility of exploring Barcelona and experience the Spanish culture and nightlife?

We offer a wide range of activities that change every week! Some of our activities are: Welcome drink for all our new students, workshops on Spanish culture, literature or cinema. Also we organize trips to the museum, dinners, salsa lessons.

In addition to school activities, we also have activities recommended for days when the school is closed (such as weekends or holidays). Some of our activities are, for example, excursions to places of interest, such as the Monastery of Montserrat, the Dali Museum in Figueres, day trips to Girona, Sitges or Tossa de Mar.