Spanish Language Schools Guide: How to Get Most Spanish Out of Your Dollar

Congratulations on your decision to study abroad Spanish! Yes, one of the best way

to improve your Spanish is to immerse yourself in the environment and live the

language. But the other side of the coin is that the study abroad experience requires

a huge commitment on your part. For example, money. Depending on how you do

it, it could cost you a small fortune. In order to harvest the great return of improved

Spanish, you have to invest in yourself, right? But what if you can optimize the

investment by getting the most Spanish out of your dollar? This article is about that.

More specifically speaking, there are 3 ways to obtain maximum amount of Spanish

by studying abroad. There are: 1) Picking the right country to study Spanish in, 2)

Picking the right airline, 3) Not signing up with the language school agency.Out of the 3, Picking the right country holds the utmost importance because it will

determine significant portion of your study abroad expense. Of course, the

countries determine the available touristic resources, difference in how the Spanish

is spoken, etc, but we’ll focus on monetary issue today. Let’s say that you are

looking for an one-on-one class in Spanish because you’ve already taken some high

school and college Spanish class with 30 other students and that didn’t give you

much opportunity to practice. As you know, Spanish is spoken in Spain and many

Latin American countries and thus, you now have a huge selection. And cost of the

study varies significantly from one country to another. For instance in Spain, the

individual class in Spanish for a week runs around $850-$900. If you want more

complete immersion living with a host family, there goes another $350-$400. If you

are going to study for 4 weeks, it’s a safe bit to budget around $6000! On the other

hand, there are less expensive options in Central America. In Guatemala, you can

find both the one-on-one Spanish class and homestay within $150-$250. You

definitely don’t want to ignore this enormous range of difference.Another huge expense is the transportation fee. Since most of us will be going to

the destination country by air, we’ll look at how you can save on airfares. But, first

of all, let me just tell you that since I don’t work in travel industry, I don’t have the

insider’s secret. I don’t have the travel wisdom of a nomadic super backpacker

either. All I can give you is a few web sites where you can begin shopping around

for your airfare. They are: Economy

, Airline Consolidators and Best Fares []. If you have been buying tickets

from places like Expedia, Orbitz, Priceline and Travelocity, you will see the

difference. I guarantee it.Finally, another way to cut the cost of your Spanish learning experience is to go

direct to the Spanish school by skipping through the language school agencies.

When you search for Spanish schools on the web, most likely, those agencies are the

ones that you will encounter first. They come up on the top of the search engine list

and they offer lots of options too. After all, that’s their job. They are the “advertising

agency” for Spanish school. They charge tons of money from the individual Spanish

schools and from you too by marking up about 10%-20% on top of the tuition you

pay to the school. Yes, some of them do offer fairly nice information of the

countries and schools and we should use them to familiarize ourselves about the

potential destinations. But it’s not rare that those agencies have problems

communicating your needs to the school (My friend had to wonder around the street

of Guatemala with all his luggage because the agency didn’t notify the arrival time

to the school) and there is no point paying extra $50 for the “introductory packet”

from the agency when you sign up with them because that’s the copied one from

the Spanish school. So, once you find out the name of the school you are interested

from the agency, just go to Google or Yahoo and type in the name of the school to

go to the school’s home page and sign up directly.In conclusion, I’d recommend that you use the language school agency to learn

about the going price of tuition in various Spanish speaking countries and when you

find a school of your interest, go to their web site to register directly with them.

Finally, use the discount airfare web sites indicated previously as a reference point

to shop around for your best airfare. With this little bit of research, you are well on

your way to get most Spanish out of your bucks!

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