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Learn Spanish in Bogotá

Many people ask me what advice I would give to people thinking of moving to Bogotá; among other things, I always say – learn Spanish… or at least learn enough to be able to get by. There aren’t many people in Colombia who speak good English – and certainly not in supermarkets, hospitals, cafés and other places where you will want to be able to communicate with people on a daily basis!

Some people have asked for some recommendations on where they can study Spanish. I spoke Spanish before moving to Bogotá so I haven’t had any experience of learning Spanish here, but I have asked around and put together a list of different options within Bogotá.

Where you choose to study should ideally be close to where you are living, as you may be attending classes five days a week, and traffic in Bogotá is no joke! I will also say that your experience of Spanish lessons (as with any subject) will often depend on the teacher you get. For this reason, many students end up going private, with a teacher recommended to them. This often also affords greater flexibility, as some teachers will come to you.

Private Spanish teachers in Bogota

These Spanish teachers have either been recommended to me personally by their students or have reached out and asked for me to share their details on my blog. They are all qualified teachers.

Alejandra Velasco ( $40,000/hour

Sara Correa – ( $25,000-30,000/hour

Laura Martín – (

Tatiana Mosquera Bernal – – +573224201678

Language schools in Bogotá

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Nueva Lengua – Escuela de Español

Nueva Lengua offers Spanish courses in Bogotá, Medellín and Cartagena. They offer a wide range of Spanish courses combined with other activities that you might be interested in, such as Spanish with Dance, Volunteering, Music and even Scuba-diving! (but not all activities are available at all locations 🙂 )

Cost: This price-list gives a break-down of what’s on offer and at what price. It also has a comprehensive testimonials page, where you can see what former students from all over the world thought about the course they took.
Location: It’s located in the area of Bogotá that I used to live in, and which I’m very fond of, at calle 69 with carrera 11A, in Quinta Camacho neighbourhood (close to Chapinero, Rosales and El Nogal).

Whee Institute

The Whee Institute is a new addition to this post (Jan 2017), after a couple of people commented that they had enjoyed the Spanish courses and made good progress there. The courses incorporate both cultural and Spanish language teaching, and you can choose between group classes or private one-to-one classes.

Cost: The prices are in the mid-range category. For group classes: 1 – 3 weeks (15 hours/week) – 440,000 pesos/week. 4 weeks or more  (15 hours/week) – 418,000 pesos/week (at the time of writing). In both classes this includes a free weekly dance class and unlimited coffee(!). Check this page for a break-down of the different course options that are available and the up-to-date price-list.

Location: In the quaint neighbourhood of Teusaquillo: Diagonal 33BIS A # 15 – 16, Bogotá. Email:

Sergio Arboleda University

This is a university with a good reputation in Colombia, and the courses are priced reasonably. I know a number of people who are doing Spanish courses and although I’ve heard some mixed reviews, people seem generally happy with them – they say the classes are communicative with a good balance between communication and grammar.
There are a number of different sub-levels (cycles) within the Basic, Intermediate and Advanced levels, and each cycle lasts for 40 hours, 2 hours a day for 4 weeks. There are other courses on offer which offer more flexibility, and a combination of private and group classes. See the website for more information.

Cost: Group classes (40 hours): $693,000 Colombian pesos + $138,100 for the book
Location: Carrera 13 with Calle 75. El Nogal neighbourhood, in the affluent north of Bogotá.

International House, Bogotá

International House offers intensive group courses in Spanish at all levels which are from 9am – 1pm Monday to Friday. The average number of students per class is 4 or 5, with a maximum number of 8.

Cost: $USD 220 per week for up to 4 weeks.
$USD 200 per week for 4-12 weeks.
This price includes the classes, level-testing, certificates and a programme of social and cultural activities.
Location: Calle 10 with Carrera 4 (in the Candelaria, Bogotá’s historical centre)

Learn More Than Spanish

Learn More Than Spanish prides itself on offering more than just Spanish lessons; you can combine your Spanish learning experience with guitar, cooking, dance or yoga classes! The courses also include cultural activities and visits to local parks and museums, offering an immersive experience. I cannot attest to their methodology, and prices are not given on the website as courses are tailored to your needs and preferences. You will need to get in touch with them for a quote. They offer accommodation close to the language centre.

Location: Carrera 13 # 77-44, 5th floor
OR Salamina (a rural town in Colombia’s coffee region, between Medellín and Manizales)

Universidad Nacional

At the well-respected Universidad Nacional you can do:
– A two-month 80-hour course Monday to Friday from 6-8pm for approximately $USD 300 (at the time of writing).
– An intensive 4-week 80-hour course for 5 hours a day Monday to Friday for approx $USD 470

EAFIT University (now only in Medellin)

EAFIT was recommended to me by a colleague. They employ the communicative method of teaching Spanish and are the only institution to be certificated by the Instituto Cervantes de Espana (the Cervantes Institute would be the Spanish equivalent of the British Council), a testament to the quality of the course. Unfortunately, as of August 2016 I have been informed that Spanish classes are no longer offered at the Bogotá campus; this may still be an option if you’re planning to spend some time in Medellín though.

Other places to learn Spanish in Bogota

Other Spanish-learning options which may be worth investigating include:

University of the Andes

Universidad Central

Places to avoid:

Based on a number of bad reviews from different people, I’d avoid:

Spanish World Institute

More Spanish learning options in Colombia:

Colombian Spanish has put together a more extensive directory of places to learn Spanish in Colombia, which will be useful especially if you’re not planning to stay in Bogota.

Have you ever studied Spanish in Colombia? Is there a particular language school you’d recommend? Please let readers know in the comments section! 

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16 Comments on Learn Spanish in Bogotá

  1. Hola Naomi! What about the school Nueva Lengua? Do you know it? Have you heard any review about it?

    • Hi Roberta! Actually I have heard of it – a former teacher did contact me and recommended that I add it to this post; also I had an email from a guy who said he was studying there but wanted extra private classes. I’ve emailed him to ask him what he thought of it! But it certainly has good testimonials on the website! I will add it when I get a minute 🙂

  2. A bit of quality control is needed here. Firstly, the address for the Bogota school is incorrect. More importantly, the Bogota school no longer teaches Spanish.

  3. joseph krenson // September 6, 2016 at 9:36 am // Reply


    I am a US citizen that is planning to move to Bogota and will be going there for the next couple months to arrange things.

    I want to take an “immersion” class to jump start my vacation spanish skills. Can you provide some good recommendations? I am looking for 1-2 hours daily … 1 week at a time.

  4. Hola,
    I would definitly recomend wheeinstitute,i’ve studied there 3 weeks last year and was quite happy with the experience.
    i went from zero spanish to being able to communicate with people in a basic but understandable way 🙂

    Classes of 5 people max and many activities are planed with the teachers out of classes like going to play tejo.
    definitly a great option in Bogota check it out

  5. Hello
    I would likete that you change the address from Learn More Than Spanish is Carrera 13 #77-44, 5th floor. Is a good location and near to Unilago

    Is a great school and all the teachers and people of the school are very friendly

  6. Thanks for putting this together.. I’m getting ready to move to Bogota in a few weeks and need to brush up on my spanish. 🙂
    The link for Sergo Arboleda is broken – think this is the correct one:

  7. Study Spanish in Colombia is definitely a great idea! In that way you can know the wonderful culture of this country and the correct form to use their language. There are several programs to study Spanish in Colombia, first you need to research to get the best option for you. I share an article that shows where to study Spanish in Colombia:

  8. Naomi, Thanks for your Blog. It is quite helpful. Could you recommend a Spanish teacher or class in the la Macarena area? I live in that area and spend a couple of days per week at the National University. It would be very helpful to have instruction in Spanish at either place. Thanks.

    • Hi Andy, shoot me an email at naomidalton1 at gmail and I’ll send you a list of teachers – I don’t know their exact addresses but some of them will be able to travel to where you are!

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