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Frequently Asked Questions

Below you will find a list of frequently asked questions about a variety of topics including the school, the programs and Buenos Aires among others.

Course Faqs

  1. How do I choose between the Spanish programs offered at Expanish?
  2. Our Intensive Spanish classes are great for those who like to learn in a group atmosphere, practice with their peers, and want to study in an intensive setting. On the other hand, individual lessons would be more suitable for those wanting to focus on a particular aspect of the language or who cannot devote 20 hours per week to Spanish. Ask our student advisors for more information regarding what Spanish program in Buenos Aires is best for you!

  3. What level of Spanish language classes should I take?
  4. Our levels are matched to the Spanish Curriculum of the Cervantes Institute and adhere to the Common European Framework for languages which distinguishes 6 different language levels.

    All students will sit for a placement exam on their first day which allows us to assign you to a group class with students of the same level. Do not worry if you do not speak a word of Spanish - many of our students have no prior Spanish knowledge before they arrive. You will, however, be speaking Spanish in the classroom from your first day.

  5. What qualifications do Spanish language teachers have?
  6. All of our teachers are native Spanish speakers and have extensive prior experience teaching Spanish to foreigners. In addition to their professional credentials, teachers are chosen for their ability to keep students entertained and effectively communicate with all students.

  7. What is the focus of the advanced classes?
  8. Advanced Spanish classes focus on learning the finer points of grammar, such as uses of the subjunctive and idiomatic expressions, as well as conversational and written skills. Discussion topics vary according to students’ interests.

  9. What is the average class size?
  10. The average class size is made up of 6 students. We keep the class sizes small to ensure rapid language development.

  11. Should I bring any materials to class?
  12. It is always a great idea to bring basic classroom materials, like a pen and paper and any other personal study materials to your first day of classes so that you can take notes. We also recommend that you consider bringing a pocket Spanish dictionary for your use.

  13. When are the class start dates?
  14. The official start date for all courses is every Monday, unless Monday falls on a national holiday. We realize that students cannot control flight schedules and that not everyone can meet these dates. If you will be starting on another date, it is possible to take additional private hours to catch up with the group courses.

  15. How long is each Spanish group class?
  16. Expanish Intensive Spanish 20 group classes meet for four (4) hours per day, Monday through Friday and include two (2) daily breaks. The classes are most commonly scheduled in the morning, but Expanish may open afternoon sessions if necessary. Each student's exact schedule will be determined upon arrival.

  17. I would like to focus on business, health care, law, etc. Do you offer such programs?
  18. Students wishing to have specialized classes choose one of our combination courses in business Spanish, medical Spanish or cultural classes. Other types of content we can customize for individuals or groups upon request.

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Housing Faqs

  1. Are the accommodations close to the school?
  2. We place you as close as possible to the Expanish Spanish language school and guarantee that you will be no further than 40 minutes away by public transportation.

  3. Do I need to book accommodation with my course?
  4. No. You can book your Spanish courses without accommodation, however we highly recommend a local homestay or shared apartment for Spanish language practice.

  5. May I begin my accommodation before my classes start?
  6. Yes, you may begin your accommodation at any time. You are also able to stay in your accommodation after your course is over. As we want to find you the best match for your length of stay, we encourage students to register as early as possible to ensure availability.

  7. What do you offer for accommodation?
  8. We offer a variety of homestays as well as more indepedent options like shared apartments, student residences and private apartments. We can also recommend hostels and hotels. If you are unsure of what is the option best for you, please contact a member of our admissions staff and for more information, visit our Accommodation in Buenos Aires page.

  9. What is the difference between a homestay and shared apartment
  10. These two types of housing usually fit two different needs and student expectations. Students who stay in a homestay often want to live with a family and see the local customs and culture of the country played out on a daily basis (two daily meals included). Students who stay in a shared student apartment usually want to live with other young people and are looking for a greater level of independence. Both experiences, however, allow you to practice your Spanish skills on a regular basis, meet locals, and see local culture played out in a home environment

  11. Can I find less expensive housing once I come?
  12. Expanish does its absolute best to cut costs for students and keep our prices as close as possible to real rates within Buenos Aires. While you may be able to find your own housing once you come, you must keep in mind that prices are always higher for short-term renters (less than six months to one year), as well as for foreigners, as sub-letters have no access to credit checks or assurance that the renter will indeed keep up their end of the contract. Additionally all our housing options are fully furnished and include utilities, combining both costs into one price per week for our students. Also keep in mind that we don't require a deposit for most of our housing options.

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General Faqs

  1. Why should I choose Expanish over other Spanish schools in South America?
  2. Expanish has taken on the challenge of creating the context for an enriching, unforgettable experience for students seeking to study Spanish in South America. Unique among Spanish schools, our programs are meant to offer students a high-quality language education in Argentina. Each day we attempt to make Expanish synonymous with the chance to live, breath, and truly experience the Spanish language. We are convinced that all students who choose to study with Expanish will leave Latin America with improved Spanish language skills, an understanding of Argentine culture and wonderful memories involving the language in and out of the classroom. In 2012 we were award the Star Spanish Language School award by Study Travel magazine, which let's us know that our standards and quality stand out from other schools around the world.
    A list of services included in the cost of our courses is shown below

    • Course Material
    • Welcome Pack
    • Orientation
    • City Center Tour
    • WiFi and Computers with Internet Access at our School
    • Activity Program (4 Free Activities per Week)
    • Support Services including 24-Hour Emergency Help Line
    • Course Certificate
    • Benefit Club Card for Student Discounts
  3. Do I need a visa to study Spanish in Argentina?
  4. Citizens of many countries only need a passport to enter Argentina and may stay legally for up to 90 days as a tourist. You should, however, check our Visa page for details, and ask your Consulate to determine specific entry requirements such as entrance fees.

  5. Am I too old for a language school? Too young?
  6. We welcome students who are 16 years and older to study Spanish at Expanish Spanish School in our intensive group classes. We also receive children younger than 16 on a case by case basis so please consult with us for more information. Our students come from very different backgrounds in terms of age, nationality, profession, and interests. The diverse group of Expanish students contribute to the unique learning experience at our Spanish Language School. Students of all ages will meet plenty of fellow classmates with common interests and a shared passion for international travel.

  7. How do I get from the airport to my accommodation?
  8. For student's convenience, we offer an Airport Pick-up service, and we can arrange for one of our trusted drivers to meet you upon arrival at either the Ezeiza (Ministro Pistarini) International Airport (located 45 minutes outside of Buenos Aires) or the Aeroparque (Jorge Newbery) Airport (located in the city) and transported directly to your accommodation. Please check the Prices List page for the cost of an Expanish airport pickup.

    We recommend that students take advantage of our service as it is the safest way to arrive at your accommodation on the first day. However, students who are not interested in this option can arrange a remise (private car) once they arrive at the airport. For your safety, please arrange a taxi from the taxi desk at the arrival entrance where you will pay a flat rate up-front.

  9. How will I meet other people and make friends in South America?
  10. You will begin your stay in Buenos Aires with a program orientation where you will have the opportunity to meet other program participants. You will also be able to meet other students in your classes, during workshops and weekly activities, in your homestay or shared apartment, and through the local Expanish staff.

  11. Is there someone I may speak with about your Spanish School?
  12. You can contact the Expanish staff with any specific questions you may have about classes, housing, Buenos Aires or Argentina using the information listed on the Contact Us page.

  13. How many weeks should I study in Argentina?
  14. Any amount of time learning Spanish will be beneficial; however, it generally takes four to six weeks of full immersion courses (20 - 30 hours of classes per week, plus a homestay) to advance to the next language level.

  15. What is a typical day like?
  16. For more information on timetables please visit the course page. Intensive Spanish group classes begin in the morning (at 9:00) or afternoon (at 14:00). Private One-to-One classes usually take place in the afternoon (between 14:00 and 18:00). In the afternoons and evenings, students can take advantage of the cultural activities that Expanish offers throughout the week or can add on One to One classes or Crash Course modules to complement their regular Spanish course.

  17. May I receive university credit?
  18. This depends on your university's specific requirements, so Expanish always suggests you ask your school's study abroad office what they need in order to award credit, since each school is different. You can then let an Admissions Advisor know what you need, and we can work with you.

  19. What additional services do you offer?
  20. A list of services included in the cost of our courses is shown below

    • Course material
    • Welcome Pack
    • Orientation
    • City Center Tour
    • WiFi
    • Computers and Internet Access
    • Activities Coordination
    • Support Services including 24-Hour Emergency Help Line
    • Course Certificate
    • Student Benefit Club card

    You can be assured that the Expanish team will help take care of all the necessities of your stay, both foreseen and unforeseen. Whether you need airport transportation, travel insurance, staff assistance, etc., Expanish students can count on our staff to take care of all their needs from the very first day through the very last no matter what the circumstances may be.

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Pricing and Payments Faqs

  1. When is the program start date?
  2. Each program start date is defined as starting on the first day of classes or the first day of accommodation, whichever comes first.

  3. When should I pay for my Spanish program?
  4. You will be sent an invoice for the total amount of your program after you have submitted an official registration form. If it is more than one month before the program start date, you may choose to either pay for the full program or pay a deposit first and finish the payment one month before your program start date. If you are registering less than one month before the program start date, you must pay the full amount of the program.

  5. How is my payment determined for Spanish program
  6. You must pay a minimum deposit of US$200 to confirm your spot in the class and accommodation. If registration is submitted less than four weeks before the Spanish program start date, clients must pay the full program fee regardless of the total amount. The client must always finish paying the full program fee before the program start date.

  7. How should I pay for my Spanish programs?
  8. Payments for Spanish programs can be made by credit or debit card (Visa or MasterCard), with a bank transfer before or with PayPal the program start date. Current students who want to extend their programs can also pay in cash (U.S. dollars or Argentine pesos) in person at the school.

  9. What is your cancellation policy for Spanish programs
  10. If the Student wishes to cancel their booking this must be done in writing by the person who signed the booking form or who made the online order. The date of cancellation will be taken as the date that the school receives the written notification.

    • For cancellations received fourteen (14) days or more in advance of the program start date, Expanish will refund all but the deposit and less non-refundable charges (registration fee, bank charges, etc.).
    • For cancellations received less than fourteen (14) days in advance of the program start date, no refund will be issued. After a course has started there is no refund for any program or service; this includes cancellations and/or part cancellations.
  11. How is my payment processed
  12. Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email from an Expanish staff member with an invoice that includes payment instructions and options.

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Registration Faqs

  1. How far in advance must I register?
  2. To guarantee a spot in our Spanish school, we recommend that you register at least four weeks prior to your program start date. For last-minute registrations less than four weeks before the start date, we cannot guarantee a place in a Spanish course or in accommodation, but we encourage you to contact us for availability and we will do our best to accommodate you.

  3. How does registration work?
  4. To sign up for our Expanish Spanish courses, click on the link that says Book Now at the top of any page, complete the registration form, verify that you have read and agree to our Terms and Conditions, and then submit the form.

    Once Expanish receives your registration form, you will be sent a confirmation email with an attached invoice, and a Preparing for Argentina Guide that will help you to plan your trip. If it is more than four weeks before the program start date, you may choose to pay either the deposit or the total at that time. If you are registering less than four weeks before the program start date, you must pay the full amount of the program. Expanish cannot reserve or guarantee a spot in classes or in accommodation until a payment is received. Once the deposit or course fees have been paid, Expanish will book all of your Spanish courses, and accommodation in Buenos Aires.

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What's included?

  • Spanish Level Test
  • Welcome Pack
  • Spanish Course Book
  • 24/7 Emergency Assistance
  • Free Activities
  • WiFi and Computers with Internet Access
  • City Center Tour
  • Student Benefit Card
  • Orientation
  • Spanish Course Certificate

What's included?

  • Welcome pack
  • Spanish Course Book
  • A selection of immersion activities
  • 24/7 Emergency Assistance
  • Academic activities
  • Benefit card
  • Orientation
  • City Center Tour
  • WiFi and Computers with Internet Access

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