A Guide to Studying Spanish in South America

South America language schools

There are so many reasons you should choose South America to study Spanish. The range of different countries, cities, towns and villages where you can study is diverse and each offer a unique and wonderful way to experience life in this part of the world.

Studying Spanish in South America is an amazing way to experience living in a country like Argentina and getting to do more than just a tourist passing through. 

Whether you are a complete beginner just starting out, or already know the basics, you will find a Spanish course to match your interests. On our guide you can get information on the best places to study, the cheapest places to take a course, read reviews and also get recommendations from past students. 




How to Choose a Language School in South America

You can find language schools and classes throughout this continent but you will need to research all before applying to make sure you find the right one for you.

All schools offer different packages and prices, some include accommodation in the price of courses and some also offer excursions and cultural immersion programs. This way you will be learning Spanish, getting integrating and also have a lot of fun - the time off will help you to relax and concentrate better.

Combination courses can also be booked which include Spanish tuition, cookery lessons, dance classes or volunteer programs in South America.

If you are still researching countries you might also like to view our guide to the best places to study Spanish in Central America.


Types of Courses

You can find a wide range of Spanish language courses including beginners courses, intensive courses, private lessons and one on one tuition. Depending on your skill level and ability different courses are available to help you learn at your own pace. There are lots of beginners language courses in South America where you will be given lots of individual attention and also learn with other international students.

You will meet people from all around the world so studying Spanish is also a great way to make new friends. Most classes are taught in small groups with around 5 - 25 students, each school operates differently though so please check this before. You can search destinations and courses above, there is the option to enquire or make a reservation.


Best Places to Book a Course

Generally, locals in Colombia and Ecuador have the clearest accents to understand and talk relatively slow compared to other countries like Peru and Argentina.



There are homestays, shared and private accommodation available:

  • When staying with a host family each student has a private bedroom and a shared (sometimes private) bathroom
  • Host families usually provide breakfast and dinner, depending on the housing package you select
  • All host families have been vetted and have experience hosting international stduents
  • You could be staying with a host families with children or adult individuals living alone
  • Many host families have been participating for years and some host more than one student at a time


Help & Advice

Do you have any questions about taking a Spanish course in Latin America? If you need any help please get in touch. You might also like to view our guide to working in South America for foreigners.


South America Spanish School Reviews

If you have ever joined a Spanish course in South America and would like to write about your experience, review a company or share any recommendations please contact us.