Academia Uruguay is Uruguay’s leading language school for foreigners. Small class sizes and warm helpful staff combine with a stunning historic location in the Old City of Montevideo. They also offer Spanish classes online.
Who studies at Academia? Students aged 18 to eighty. They include people getting prepared for a big trip around South America. Folks moving to and 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 classes 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 which combines 16 hours of classes per month with a teacher combined with unlimited platform access. The course is designed to take 30 hours a month (as an ex-language teacher, I can vouch that that 30 hours is recommended to gain conversational fluency) and costs 180 USD.
Academia Uruguay occupies the top floor of a 100-year old art-deco building. Its historic elevator is being 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. 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.