Looking to learn Spanish in Uruguay? Academia Uruguay is Uruguay’s leading school for Spanish language courses and classes. Small class sizes and warm helpful staff combine with a stunning historic location in the Old City of Montevideo. They also offer Spanish courses online.
Who studies at Academia? Students over 18. They include people getting prepared for a big trip around South America by taking Spanish courses in Uruguay. Folks moving and/or retiring to Uruguay. Students studying for university credits back home. The descendents of Uruguayans who are back to rediscover their roots.
Safety and “peace and quiet” are two of the main reasons travellers choose Montevideo to study Spanish, according to Soledad, the language director at Academia Uruguay.
On site Spanish courses start every Monday throughout the year.
Cultural activities In Uruguay, Academia includes a weekly program of fun, authentic experiences and events for students.
Assistance with accommodation You can arrange everything from transportation from the airport to apartment rental or a home stay with the school.
Online classes Can’t get to Montevideo yet? Academia offers an affordable way to learn Spanish online, in small groups, which combines 16 hours of classes per month with a teacher plus unlimited platform access. The course is designed to take 30 hours a month (16 synchronous hours and the rest of the hours of asynchronous autonomous work on the platform) and costs 180 USD. As an ex-language teacher, I can vouch that 30 hours is recommended to gain conversational fluency.
Private online classes are also possible and cost 280 USD per package of 10 hours.
Academia Uruguay occupies the top floor of a 100-year old art-deco building. Its historic elevator has been restored to its full glory.
What you should know
Small group size Groups are really personalised online and in person. Request your own group if you bring together three or more students of the same level.
An online learning platform for self-guided study This is probably the only online learning platform in the world where most of the content is about Uruguay and Latin America. How useful is that?! It is designed to be complementary to your face-to-face classes—where a real life teacher is teaching you live from Montevideo.
If you’re planning to move to Uruguay, you’ll really be kickstarting your adaptation You’ll learn the local accent, which is very different to Mexico or Spain. That will make thing soooo much easier once you are here. Not to mention the multiple benefits of meeting several times a week with a native Uruguayan and all the things that you’ll be able to learn regarding day to day life in Uruguay as well as the history and culture.
Speciality language classes There are intensive courses, Spanish for tango enthusiasts, Spanish for Portuguese-speakers.