Archive for junio, 2010

Filed Under (General) by admin on junio-17-2010

yDJ2010 is a great year to be studying Spanish in IH Santander but 2011 and 2012 could be even better! Santander has put itself forward as a candidate for European Capital of Culture 2016 and is awaiting the visit of an International Jury to assess whether their proposals for a year rich in cultural activity will result in promotion to the final shortlist of cities competing for the ultimate prize. Santander is going head-to-head with 17 other Spanish cities and has great aspirations. The final choice of Capital will be made in 2012.

So how will this affect our future students?

Over the next four years (and hopefully for Santander in 2016!) a great number of cultural events will transform the city. Imagine practicing your Spanish in a city eager to demonstrate its cultural potential to the world. Local artists, musicians, writers, actors, photographers and cultural managers are all desperate to show that Santander can be THE European cultural destination of the future. What´s more they want everyone to participate and benefit – visitors and residents alike.

We urge our past and prospective students to support Santander´s cultural aspirations by voting on the Capital of Culture website. Click here to add your vote of support

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Filed Under (General) by admin on junio-11-2010

MP900289263Feedback from our students has revealed that one of the main reasons for coming to study Spanish at International House Valladolid is …………its AIRPORT!

Low-cost airline Ryanair now has direct flights to Valladolid airport from Charleroi in Belgium, Weeze in Germany, Bergamo in Italy and Stansted in the UK. We have found that the convenience of flying directly to Valladolid is proving a big hit with language learners from Europe. Students are delighted that they don´t have to fly to Madrid then transfer to another city where they want to study. A direct flight can really reduce travelling time resulting in less time away from the office or longer enjoying yourself in Spain (depending on your priorities!). It also saves on additional travel costs such as overnight accommodation, bus or train fares thus making a course abroad a more affordable (and attractive) option.

There are also direct flights to Santander in northern Spain where Valladolid´s sister school is located. You can now fly to Santander direct from England (Stansted), Ireland (Dublin), Germany (Hahn (seasonal) and Weeze), Belgium (Charleroi) and Italy (Bergamo, Pisa and Ciampino).

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Filed Under (General) by admin on junio-3-2010

cervantes Following a rigorous inspection, our school in Santander has just been awarded accredited status with the prestigious Instituto Cervantes.

This means that it joins the ranks of a selected group of language schools that have met certain quality standards in the teaching of Spanish. Our school in Valladolid (Plaza Mayor) joined this network of accredited centres over 3 years ago.

The Institute´s logo is a badge of quality that guarantees students will be:
taught Spanish by properly qualified and trained teachers,
• taught in centres that meet the legal requirements for carrying out teaching activities
• taught using a teaching plan that guarantees satisfactory progress
• taught in groups which have a set maximum number of students per class to ensure effective learning
• given information that accurately reflects the services offered
• taught in centres that are subject to periodic inspections and quality reviews

Travelling abroad to learn a foreign language is a major commitment both in time and money. Students often have to book courses over the internet with very little information about the quality of the courses provided. At least with an internationally recognized quality mark from the Instituto Cervantes, students have the reassurance that they will be buying high quality courses where the learning needs of the students are the priority.

For more information about the Instituto Cervantes see

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