When researching Spanish courses Madrid, Barcelona, Seville, Malaga and San Sebastian tend to crop up over and again. It's no coincidence that these also rank among Spain's top tourist destinations; what is of interest, however, is that the cities are quite divergent in feel and ethos.
While Madrid and Barcelona are truly modern metropolises, for example, both Malaga and (particularly) San Sebastian have more of a laid-back feel about them. Seville, meanwhile, is fascinatingly idiosyncratic: laid-back and traditional yet fundamentally affluent, it's charmingly accessible during the daytime and then fun-loving come nightfall.
Selecting the right Spanish course for you, then, is highly dependent on deciding what you want from the city you choose to spend your time in. After all, the joy that any language school Barcelona, Seville or Malaga may have to offer is to be found in learning the language and then putting it to use on the streets surrounding the school.
There's a multitude of Spanish schools in Spain, with each offering a slightly different variation on the common theme. Aside from the course itself, look to see where the school is situated, whether it can sort out accommodation for you, and what kind of extra-curricular activities it organizes.
Just a quick search through the Spanish courses offered in Spain will reveal a heady list of possibilities. You can normally choose between doing a short (one week) or long (anywhere up to a year) course. There's also the option of doing a part-time stint if you want to have more free time to explore the city, or perhaps earn money working.
Most people who travel to Spain to do a Spanish language course choose to learn in a group, so that they can enjoy a fun learning environment and meet people to party with after class. More 'intensive' courses are also possible, however, the apogee of which being six-hour, one-on-one classes.
While Beginners will probably want to stick with straightforward 'reading, writing and speaking' Spanish learning, those with a higher level can opt for a course with a specific emphasis. For example, 'cultural courses' school pupils not just in the language itself, but also in the traditions and arts of Spain.
Equally, the Spanish schools in Spain offer courses that focus on exam preparation. DELE is the most popular exam, as Spanish employees recognize it as an official certificate that testifies to linguistic competence.