Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to many of our frequently asked questions are listed below.
Can't find the answer to your question? Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have regarding our courses.
Please, e-mail us at info@caminobarcelona.com or call
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You can enrol up to 1 day before the start of the course.
You can enrol online using our secure On Enrollment page.
An enrollment fee is often charged by an educational establishment, to cover certain very important administrative, academic and organizational expenses.

In Camino Barcelona, the enrolment fee covers the following:
  • Time for processing your registration, ensuring that the information is correct and always updated, with attention to every detail or special request you may require now or in the future;
  • 7 cultural activities per week with a teacher, the majority of which are free of charge.
  • Entitlement to attend the “Afternoon Club”, which is extra Spanish practice with the help of a teacher, to assist you in the afternoons with whatever questions you may have or whatever extra practice you may request. This “Afternoon Club” amounts to 10 extra hours per week of teacher-assisted study, from Monday to Friday from 16:00 till 18:00, after your morning classes, at no additional cost. Attending the “Afternoon Club” regularly can significantly increase the speed with which you improve your Spanish.
  • You will not be charged the enrollment fee again if you return to Camino for another course within 1 year from the end date of your last course. In addition to this, if you do decide to return to Camino, you will benefit from the returning student discount that we always provide.
You can find detailed information on how to get to Barcelona at our website: Arriving in Barcelona.
The school is located in a lively and vibrant street in the neighborhood Eixample, just ten minutes walk from Plaza Cataluña and Las Ramblas. Eixample is famous for its many shops, restaurants and bars where there are endless possibilities to have a good time and to meet people!
Barcelona has a Mediterranean climate with mild, humid winters and warm, dry summers. On average, the rainy seasons are spring and autumn, and the dry ones are winter and summer. As for temperatures, December, January, and February are the coldest months, averaging temperatures of over 10℃ in the city. July and August are the hottest months, averaging temperatures of up to 38.6℃
Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain with a population of 1,615,908. in 2016
The beach is about 20 minutes with public transport.
There is a direct express Aerobus service from the airport. Our school and on-site accommodation are located just 100 meters from the second stop (Calle Urgell) on the Aerobus route. This service costs just 6 euros each way and runs from 05.00 in the morning to 01.00 at night. This is much cheaper than an airport transfer, or taking a taxi (around 30 euros each way), and is very easy and convenient. The bus leaves the airport every 10 minutes, and the stop is located directly outside the airport terminal.

You can watch this instructional video on how to use Aerobus to get from the airport to Camino Barcelona.
 
Our accommodation dates are from Sunday before the course starts until the Saturday after the course finishes. However, it is often possible to arrive a day earlier, or leave a day later, though naturally there is a charge for the extra nights.
Our students have the option of reserving an airport pickup service at an extra cost of 80 euros on arrival and 50 euros on departure from or to Barcelona airport.
Students who have booked an airport transfer, will be picked up in the airport and taken to the accommodation. Students who do not have airport transfer will go directly to their accommodation.

All students receive their accommodation details 1-2 weeks before the start of their course.
On the first Monday on your arrival we will invite you to come to our school at 8:00 am for your oral level test and the welcome talk.

We have a wide range of groups of 15 levels from A0 (complete beginner) to C1 (advanced) all year around and you will be placed in the correct group for your level, according to your tests results. If you are a complete beginner, you should come to the school at 8:30, as you will not need to complete the level test.

In the welcome talk you will meet all the other new students and will find out about Camino Barcelona school, your classes and educational, cultural and fun activities available for you. In this way, your level test and welcome talk are all done before you start your classes to avoid missing any lessons.
Camino Barcelona features air conditioning in all classrooms, a living room with computers and free Internet access Wi-Fi, library and video library, a smoking area, a cafeteria, three sun terraces.
We offer a wide range of activities that change every week! Some of our activities are: Welcome drink for all our new students, workshops on Spanish culture, literature or cinema. Also we organize trips to the museum, dinners, salsa lessons.

In addition to school activities, we also have activities recommended for days when the school is closed (such as weekends or holidays). Some of our activities are, for example, excursions to places of interest, such as the Monastery of Montserrat, the Dali Museum in Figueres, day trips to Girona, Sitges or Tossa de Mar.
 
Our courses are continuous and run through the year without breaks, as the school only closes on public holidays. Whatever your level, you can start a course ANY Monday of the year!
You can study from 1 to 52 weeks.
In order to know which level group you belong to, you will take a written and oral level test. When we get the result of your test, we will place you in the best group according to your level, in which you can stay for as many weeks as you like.
Our Intensive group classes run in the mornings from 9.30 a.m. to 1.10 p.m. (break included). The conversation classes then run from 1.30 p.m. to 2.20 p.m. and 2.30 p.m. to 3.20 p.m. Your schedule will be confirmed on your first day of lessons, right after our Welcome presentation.
The books we use are called GENTE. Each set of books consists of a textbook and an exercise book, together with DVD and CD-Rom. There is normally 1 book per level (a level usually lasts about 6 weeks). Any other materials are provided by the school. Books cost 35 euros per level and have to be purchased at the school on arrival. (Alternatively, you can rent the books for €5 per week.)
The method we use is communicative. With the communicative language approach, the teachers teach the language in the classroom in such a way that students communicate with each other, taking into account their real experiences.

Communicative language teaching makes use of real-life situations that necessitate communication. The teacher sets up a situation that students are likely to encounter in real life. The real-life simulations change from day to day. Students' motivation to learn comes from their desire to communicate in meaningful ways about meaningful topics.
Our teachers are chosen for their excellence and the passion with which they teach. All our teachers are indeed native Spanish speakers. Also, they all have a university degree, postgraduate qualifications in teaching Spanish as a foreign language and a minimum of 2 years' experience in teaching Spanish as a foreign language.

Furthermore, we encourage our teachers to participate in training courses, to provide the best quality of teaching to our students.
Our most popular course is the Intensive, which consists of 20 group classes per week.
Internal exams are held at the end of each level in order to monitor your progress.
Groups are arranged according to their level. Each group progresses at the same pace, so you will be moving through the levels from one week to another with your group. If once you have started the course you feel that you should be placed in a higher level, you can speak with our academic coordinator to get some advice and be moved.

Students generally move levels when they take a level assessment every 4-6 weeks.
The level you will reach depends on different factors: the level you start at, the amount of personal work you devote to your studies, how easily you assimilate linguistic concepts, etc.

In 6 weeks you would normally complete a whole level doing the Intensive course (20 lessons per week).
The price is the same for weeks when we have public holidays. However, if there are 2 public holidays in the same week, one day of classes will be rescheduled. If there is only one public holiday in the week, the classes are not rescheduled.
We have courses for complete beginners starting every Monday in the period from May till October and every second Monday in the rest of the year. The exact complete beginner start dates can be found in the price calculator.
Each level takes a different time to complete depending on the student and the type of course the student is taking. Here are the average level completion times for the intensive course:
A1: 4 weeks
A2: 4 weeks
B1: 11 weeks
B2: 12 weeks

 
Complete Beginners do not use any books during the first week of their course, just materials produced by the school, specifically for complete beginners.

Our students from A1 to B2 levels mainly work with a series of books called "Gente Hoy". There are 2 books for each level, one a student´s book and the other a workbook with a lot of exercises, used for homework. These books can be bought at the school´s Reception for 35€, or rented for just 5€ a week. We recommend that students come to class and discuss with their teacher whether it is necessary to buy the books before getting one for themselves.
Apart from “Gente Hoy” books, our teachers have a lot of other useful materials which they provide to the students as copies and distribute during the classes. So, you will find a lot of different types of Spanish language materials used in class, produced by our teaching team, or else selected by our teachers' thanks to their long teaching experience.

For advanced levels, such as C1 and C2, we use books called “Vitamina C”, “C de C1”, or “Ventilador”, as well as many other sources of advanced material in the form of free materials given in the classroom by the teacher.
All of our courses start on Mondays however it is possible for a student to start mid-week. This would mean that they had missed their first classes so we recommend going to our “Afternoon Club” (available, Monday to Friday, 4pm to 6pm), where the teacher can explain and practice with you all the content that you missed, so that you do not fall behind in your group.
If you would like to participate in a small, dynamic class with lessons that take place in the morning, I would highly recommend our Intensive Spanish Course (20 classes per week). This is the most popular of our Spanish courses, and it is intensive enough to help you make rapid progress with your Spanish, whilst at the same time allowing you plenty of free time to join our activities with a teacher to explore Barcelona. The course is run from 09:30 till 13:10 (20 min break included) from Monday to Friday (except bank holidays) and you can start any Monday for all levels of Spanish.

In addition, and especially if your course is of short duration and you would like to get the most of learning Spanish during your time at our school, you can choose to add 1 or 2 extra conversation lessons every day to your Intensive course, making it a 25 or 30 lessons per week course.

Alternatively, we also offer structured Private Courses which you can take instead or combine with an Intensive Spanish Course and Conversation lessons. The One-to-One courses give you an opportunity to add any number of private lessons and on the days that you prefer. You can request your preferred days and schedule to have a private tutor, and we will do our best to organize it for you. These courses are the perfect choice if you have particular needs that you do not feel will be met in a group course, or if you simply wish to have more individualized attention, so as to learn faster. If your goal is to practice Spanish with a native teacher only taking private lessons, we have packages of 10, 20 or 30 private lessons a week at your disposal.

If you would be interested in any other type of Spanish course with us, below are the links to the course descriptions:
- Intensive Spanish Course
- Super-Intensive/Intensive and Conversation Spanish Course
- Super-Intensive & Conversation Spanish Course
- Super-Intensive & Private Spanish Course
- DELE Examination Preparation Course
- One-to-One Spanish Course (private lessons)
- Spanish and Salsa Course
- Spanish and Flamenco Course
- Christmas Spanish Course
- Spanish A-Level Revision Course/Irish Leaving Certificate
Our Super-Intensive and Conversation Course is recommended to those who want to make fast progress in their Spanish, because it will allow you not only to learn the grammar content and structures in the Spanish language, but also practice it during the speaking part of the Intensive course and later during your Conversation sessions, which are topic-based lessons meant to give you as much speaking practice and vocabulary in a certain topic as possible. Those classes are very dynamic and help you better memorise and absorb the grammar material which you learn during intensive morning classes.

DELE Preparation course is a very good option if you need to receive the most official and internationally recognised certificate of the Spanish language. Normally students need it for work or educational purposes outside of Spain, or to apply for the Spanish nationality. The peculiarity of the DELE Preparation course is that you will not learn any grammar content during this type of course. The focus will be put only on the specific exercises that will be given at the DELE exam, and the teacher will make sure you are equally very well prepared for every part of the exam - Written, Reading, Listening and Speaking. We always recommend taking a DELE Preparation course of a certain level only after you have finished that level attending our general Intensive course.

All this mentioned, I would say that you will undoubtedly benefit from the course you have enrolled on in terms of fast learning, and if you also join our Afternoon Club (where you can practice your Spanish for free and in a very personalised way with the help of the teacher) and everyday cultural activities (you will learn a lot about Barcelona, Spanish culture, discover many nice and interesting places and be accompanied by our teacher who will be your Spanish guide), that will give you the opportunity to be surrounded by native speakers and other students with whom you can practice you Spanish during the whole day.
This is the most popular of our Spanish courses, as it is intensive enough to help you make rapid progress with your Spanish, whilst at the same time allowing you plenty of free time to explore Barcelona. Our Intensive course takes place in the mornings, Monday to Friday, 4 lessons per day, from 9:30 till 13:10, which includes one short break. You can start on any Monday of the year, at any level from complete beginner to advanced.
This course combines our popular Intensive Spanish Course (20 lessons per week) with 5 Conversation lessons per week. The Intensive and Conversation course takes place in the mornings, Monday to Friday, from 9:30 till 14:30, which includes two breaks. You will have 4 general Spanish lessons each day, plus one conversation lesson. In the conversation lessons you will get lots of extra practice at speaking Spanish, using the Spanish that you have learnt in class to talk about a wide range of topics. This course of 25 lessons per week is ideal if you want to make rapid progress, especially with your spoken Spanish. You can start your course on any Monday at any level from complete beginner to advanced.
This course combines our popular Intensive Spanish Course (20 lessons per week) with 10 Conversation lessons per week. The Super-Intensive and Conversation course takes place Monday to Friday, from 9:30 till 15:20, which includes three short breaks. You will have 4 general Spanish lessons each day, plus two conversation lessons. In the conversation lessons you will get lots of extra practice at speaking Spanish, using the Spanish that you have learnt in class to talk about a wide range of topics. This course of 30 lessons per week is ideal if you want to make rapid progress, especially with your spoken Spanish. You can start your course on any Monday at any level.
This course is composed of 25 group lessons (5 of these are conversation classes), plus 5 private lessons per week. In the private lessons, you can concentrate on whatever you are most interested in; speaking skills, writing, job-specific vocabulary, or preparing for a particular exam. Our Super Intensive and Privates course is ideal if you have little time and want to learn as much Spanish as possible in the time you have, or if you have a very particular reason for wishing to learn Spanish and want to use your private lessons to learn the specific Spanish you need. The group lessons take place in the mornings, Monday to Friday, 5 lessons per day, and the private lessons in the afternoon (5 lessons per week). Whatever your level, you can start your course on any Monday of the year!
The One-to-One courses consist of 10, 20 or 30 private Spanish lessons per week. These courses are the perfect choice if you have particular needs that you do not feel will be met in a group course, or if you simply wish to have more individualized attention in order to learn faster. The private lessons take place in the mornings or afternoons, Monday to Friday, at a time agreed upon by the student. You can concentrate on whatever areas or language skills you wish in your private lessons. The course will be designed to meet your particular needs and interests and will be perfectly tailored to your particular level. You can start your course on any Monday. If you like, you can combine this One-to-One course with our Intensive Spanish Course.
Learn Spanish and learn how to Salsa at the same time! Each week you'll have 20 Spanish lessons (offered at all levels) with experienced native Spanish teachers and 2 or 5 Salsa classes with professional Salsa instructors. Dancing Salsa is the perfect way to unwind after Spanish lessons, and a great way to meet your fellow students! Besides, you will meet many friendly native Spanish salseros, who are a very cheerful and welcoming bunch - you will have a great time with them while practicing your Salsa and Spanish skills. To give you an idea of our professional Salsa classes, please have a look at our VIDEO of Salsa lessons.

You can choose to have 2 or 5 Salsa classes per week. Please see our website for more information on our Spanish and Salsa course. You can take this course even if you're a newcomer to both Spanish and Salsa. Your Salsa level will be tested at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, on the first day of your course. If you have 5 classes a week then you will have a class a day Tuesday to Friday for 1 hour and 15 minutes.

You'll be surprised by just how quickly you learn the language and by how much fun you have dancing! We also frequently host Salsa parties on the sun terrace of our school, follow this link to see our Salsa Party Videos.
Flamenco is the most Spanish of all dances! This course combines 20 Spanish language lessons a week with 3 or 5 Flamenco classes per week. The Spanish lessons take place at our school and the Flamenco lessons at a dance school which specializes in Flamenco dancing. This Spanish & Flamenco course is suitable for students of all levels, whatever your level of Spanish and whether or not you have tried Flamenco dancing before. You will have a level test at our school on the first day of your course and in your dance lessons you will be taught by professional, fully qualified dance teacher.

This popular course is a great way to learn Spanish, make friends, and learn this expressive and passionate dance. The Flamenco lessons are offered at various times of day to fit around your Spanish classes. You can choose between 3 and 5 Flamenco lessons/week, depending on how quickly you wish to progress with your Flamenco dance skills. The Flamenco lessons start from the basics ("rumbas") and progress onto alegrías, tangos, bulerías, and soleá. The use of castanets and rhythmic clapping are also included. Whatever your level, it's lots of fun, well-taught, great exercise, and really "Spanish"!

Classes are scheduled once a day, Monday to Friday, in the afternoon or evening. Each flamenco lesson is one hour long. The Flamenco lessons are offered at a wide range of levels.
The most prestigious and internationally recognized exams in Spanish as a Foreign Language are the DELE exams - "Diploma de Español como Lengua Extranjera". These exams run at 6 levels - "A1", "A2", "B1", "B2", "C1" and "C2". With a pass rate of 95%, our DELE Examination Preparation course will give you the best preparation possible for these exams! We will be able to advise you on the most appropriate exam to take for your level of Spanish. Depending on your level of Spanish and on which of the DELE exams you wish to take, you may or may not need to attend an Intensive Spanish Course at our school before starting the DELE Examination Preparation course.

The DELE course takes place in the mornings or afternoons, Monday to Friday, 4 lessons per day. During the DELE preparation course your teachers, who are experienced and qualified DELE examiners, will be able to answer any questions you may have and can also offer individualized tutorials so that you feel supported at all times. In addition to our own language level test, you can also take the Cervantes Institute's level test which will tell you instantly which level you have. It is called the prueba nivel cervantes. Once you have taken this level test, please take a screenshot of the results and send it to us. It is very important to do this test, because once you know the result you can contact us and together we will be able to come up with a personalized program for you. In order to sit the exam in Barcelona, you have to register for it through our school's page on FEDELE Website.
The semi-intensive course is enough to help you make rapid progress with your Spanish, whilst at the same time allowing you plenty of free time to explore Barcelona. Our Semi-Intensive course takes place in the mornings, Monday to Friday, 2 lessons per day. You can chose between the first class from 9.30 to 11-10 or the second class from 11.30 to 13.10. All our students can start on any Monday of the year at any level from complete beginner to advanced.
If you are not a complete beginner, you will have a level test on the first day of your course, in which your written and spoken Spanish will be carefully assessed. You will then be placed in a group which is correct for your level of Spanish.
16 is the minimum age for students at Camino Barcelona however we do have options for students who are younger. Students who are younger than 16 need to get written permission from their parents or guardian in order to attend our school. We do regularly accept students of 13, 14, and 15 years, particularly over the summer when there are more students of that age attending classes.

If a student is 13 years old or younger, they should be accompanied in Barcelona by an adult (who does not necessarily need to attend the Spanish lessons), or if not, someone who is at least 16 years old. If the child of 13 years or younger is not accompanied by an adult, then the parent or legal guardian needs to sign a form agreeing that at times when the child is not in class or on an activity organized by the school, the school is not responsible for their safety. Many of our activities are perfectly suitable for children of this age.

As the content and materials used in our Spanish lessons are really designed for adults or students of 16 years and over, we do not recommend that a 13-year-old or younger student attends our normal Spanish classes, but instead has private lessons.
The child will be able to study with a teacher who is experienced in giving classes to students of their age, using materials and teaching methods specifically designed for younger lessons. Another option is for the child to have “Duo lessons”, in which they are taught with a friend or relative of a similar age. “Duo” lessons are naturally cheaper than private lessons.

If there are any specific topics for the child to cover, please simply let us know and our teachers will prepare this specific content in advance.
At the end of your course you will receive a CEFR (The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) Spanish Language Certificate which will include your achievements (the highest level that you reached at our school, duration and type of course, the total amount of hours, etc.), your personal information and optionally the marks you obtained for the final exam of the highest level you passed at Camino. This certificate also enables you to obtain university credits (in case you will need them).
At the end of your course, you will receive a certificate of achievement, specifying the level you reached, the total number of hours you studied, and the type of the course you did. As we are Cervantes accredited school, our certificates are valid for application to master programs in Spain. Whilst we do not have partnerships with any foreign universities, we routinely provide our students with a special certificate at the end of their course which states their achievements and enables them to obtain credits from their university.
During the year, we run 15 to 20 different level groups (including sublevels of each Level from A1 to C2) so there are all the levels available to start on any Monday or to change your level at any time you need. If after a couple of days you feel that the level you are studying is too low or too high, we can immediately change your level.
Below you can see the estimated time needed for you to pass every level from zero to C1 level if you attend our Intensive Course program:
4 weeks and exam – level A1,
4 weeks and exam – level A2,
9 weeks and exam – level B1,
11 weeks and exam – level B2,
12 weeks and exam – level C1.

Most of the universities require a B2 level of Spanish for foreigners who want to study Master programs in Spain that are all in Spanish. Some of the Universities might require only a B1 level for admission.
If you are not a complete beginner, your level will be tested (free of charge) and you will be placed in the group that is best for you to start your course and corresponds to your knowledge of Spanish. You will continue your studies through the levels according to the timetable above.
So, in order to finish B2 level (which can be regarded as fluent language user) you will need approximately 28 weeks of the language course at Camino and will have accomplished B2 level at the end of your course. It could also take you less time to achieve B2 if you will progress quicker than the rest of your groupmates. In case you are a fast learner you can jump onto a higher level during your course if your teacher suggests you do so.
The largest single age group at Camino consists of students in their twenties. The average age of students at our school is 23 in summer and 26 in winter. The proportion of each age group throughout the year is as follows:
16-18 years old – 10%,
19-25 years old – 40%,
26-35 years old – 28%,
36-45 years old – 10%,
46 and over – 12%.

Around 70% of our students are from Europe, especially France, Germany, Italy, Sweden, UK, Holland, Switzerland, Belgium, Poland, the Czech Republic, Greece, Austria and Ireland. Around 10% are from the USA or Canada, 5% from Australia and New Zealand, 5% from Russia, 5% from Arab countries and 5% from other countries such as China or Korea.

Studying in an international environment with people from all over the world will help you to communicate with students mainly in Spanish and will undoubtedly help you to learn the language quicker.
Approximately 1400 students per year
During low season: 50 - 80 students
During high season: 120 - 170 students
The maximum class size is at our school is just 10, with an average of 7 students per group. Therefore, all students receive a very personalized attention from teachers.
We do not offer student cards
If you are unable to come to class becuase you are sick or something has come up then please let us know as soon as you can by calling us on +34 93 467 85 85 or by sending an email to info@caminobarcelona.com so that we can let the teacher know you will not be in class.

In order to make up the missed classes and so that you do not fall behind you peers we recommend that you attend our virtual Afternoon Club on the days that you miss classes, where you can speak to the teacher about the material that you missed and the teacher will guide you and help you make up for the missed days. Afternoon Club is from Monday to Friday from 4 to 6 pm (2 hours per day, of free extra Spanish, with a tutor).
It is often the case when students need to do a break during their Spanish course and Camino School offers total flexibility to do that. You can always freeze your course and finish your unused weeks later, whenever it is convenient to you.

All that you need to do is to notify the school via email (info@caminobarcelona.com) about the dates of the break (which must be any number of full weeks from Monday to Friday) and the school will postpone the remaining weeks of the Spanish course till the Monday when you can continue your studies at Camino.

Regardless of the duration of your break, you will be able to rejoin your course at exactly the same level that you reached before going on a break, though of course the students in the group will be different. We always run at least 15 different levels throughout the year, so you will be able to join a group which is the same level as the group you left.
Our school offers a variety of accommodation options: you can choose to live with one of our ON-SITE accommodations, our carefully selected host families, in a student residence or in a shared apartment with other students from the school. You can have a better idea of the different accommodation types from our website: www.caminobarcelona.com
From 4 to 5 students.
In our on-site Superior Accommodation you can choose to have the option of private bathroom for an extra cost of 75 euros per week. In this way you will only share the kitchen and living room with your flatmates.
One set of bed linen is provided, but not towels.
There is a washing machine and a clothes horse in each Superior accommodation, Standard apartments and residence. Host families agree to do one clothes wash per week.
We want you to have the best experience ever in Barcelona and at Camino Barcelona. If you book a shared room, we make sure that you will share with a student of similar age but different nationality - to encourage you to speak Spanish! The absolute maximum age difference for our students staying in the same room is 10 years (normally, less than 5 years). Our students under 20 years old are always placed in the same rooms as other students under 20.

Please also note that the majority of our students over 30 years old prefer staying in single rooms or single rooms with private bathrooms, especially in the low season.
It is always good to do your own research when looking for somewhere to stay so that you can be secure in the knowledge that you will be comfortable in the place you choose. Some good places to start your search are Eixample, Sant Antoni, and Grácia.
We highly recommend our on-site accommodation for a variety of advantages that it offers:
  • The vast majority of our students from 20 to 30 years old choose on-site accommodation, so it is our most social accommodation choice. Our students are of different nationalities, which encourages them to use Spanish to communicate.
  • The apartments are in the same building as the school, which is time-saving when you are going to and from classes need.
  • Each apartment has a fully fitted modern kitchen that students can use to cook for themselves, a comfortable living area with a flat-screen TV, and there is free Wi-Fi in every room. The On-site Superior Apartments have sun terraces on the roof of the building, where students can go to sunbathe, study, or just relax.
  • You get 5 free-of-charge conversation classes per week when you are living in the on-site appartments.
  • We offer a wide range of activities in the afternoon after classes which are teacher-led and always start in front of the school or on Thursdays often take place on the school rooftop terrace. If you are staying on-site a big advantage is  the quick access to all the activities that we offer, so you will be able to have full immersion into the Spanish culture through many different afternoon excursions, weekend trips, guided night walks, and many other events.
  • The on-site apartments are very easy to reach from the airport by using Aerobus Service.
Both Residence and Apartments flats are in the same school building and are the same in layout, the only difference between these two options is that the residence option comes with meal vouchers whereas in the apartments the students must cook for themselves.

The meal vouchers in Residence cover two meals a day, breakfast and either lunch or dinner (as the student prefers), and are provided in nearby cafes and restaurants (just 40 meters away from the school). The breakfast is normally small, while the lunch or dinner normally includes the first course, the second course, and a drink or a dessert (varies slightly in different cafes/restaurants). The vouchers for 2 meals per day cost extra 110 Euros per week.

As already stated, students living in the Apartments are responsible for their own meals and have access to fully equipped shared kitchen facilities. There are 2 big supermarkets nearby, one just across the road and the other just one block away. There are also a lot of cafes and restaurants around the school, as we are located in the city center.
Short description and prices per 1 week for different on-site rooms:
  • Small single room – 215€. You share the bathroom with 1 or 2 students more. This room does not have a balcony. This is an interior room with a window looking into a courtyard. There is a 65€ per week high season supplement for this room for the period from mid-June till mid-September.
  • Shared room - 190€. The room has a balcony. You would share the room with another student (we always try to place together students of similar age) and would share a bathroom with 2 students - your roommate and the student from a small single room. There is a 45€ per week high season supplement for this room for the period from mid-June till mid-September.
  • Shared room for sole use - 335€. The same as the shared room but only you will be in the room. It has a double bed and a balcony. You would share the bathroom with 1 student from a small single room. There is an 85€ per week high season supplement for this room for the period from mid-June till mid-September.
  • Twin room for sole use with private bathroom - 420€.  You would have a big private room, private bathroom, double bed, and a private balcony. There is an 85€ per week high season supplement for this room for the period from mid-June till mid-September.
  • Single room in the attic - 250€. You would have a standard size private room and share a bathroom with 1 other student. We have one room with a balcony and one without a balcony. There is a 75€ per week high season supplement for this room for the period from mid-June till mid-September.
  • Single room in the attic with private bathroom - 365€. You would have a standard size private room with a private bathroom and a balcony. There is a 75€ per week high season supplement for this room for the period from mid-June till mid-September.
There is a surcharge from June till October due to the fact that our on-site apartments are an extremely popular option for our students.
Yes, in every On-Site Apartment there is a central air conditioning system and students have access to the control panel to regulate the temperature of the apartment. The rooms do not have air conditioners inside but for our students´ comfort, we provide big air fans for each room, all you need to do is to request it with any of our managers at the school.
When you live in an On-Site Apartment, you will receive your own set of keys for the entrance door to the building of the residence, the door to the apartment, and the door of your room. You are free to plan your free time and go outside during night time as you want, there is no curfew. Furthermore, the on-site apartments all have direct access to the roof-top terraces with free wifi, which provides lots of extra outside space to read, do homework, or just relax. You can see these sun terraces in our on-site accommodation image gallery.

We have a night porter who works every day Monday to Friday from 8pm to 3am during the night, and from 5pm to 3am on Saturdays and Sundays.
Our host families live in nice and secure central zones, and the vast majority of them live very close to our school (5-15 min walking distance guaranteed if an early booking is made). Choosing a host family option is a fantastic way to fully immerse yourself in the Spanish language and culture.

There are various meal plan options with host family accommodation; you can choose half-board which means you get two meals at the host family, either breakfast and lunch or and breakfast and dinner, or the full board option where you have all three meals provided, or you can choose to just have breakfast provided. All of our host families offer limited access to the kitchen; You can make a sandwich or a cup of tea/coffee or use a microwave to heat up your food, however, cooking food that takes longer time and using gas/electric stove or baking facilities are not allowed.

In order to provide our students with full immersion and to avoid them speaking in English or other foreign languages instead of Spanish, we mostly put individual students in each host family. However, if you are traveling with a friend it is possible to request to be put together, either in a shared room or in separate rooms but in the same host family.
Yes, you can come to Camino Barcelona for a trial day absolutely for free!

You can come any day from Monday to Friday, you just simply need to let us know the day that you will come via email.

To be able to accurately place you in a level group, we ask you to do our written level test online before you start your trial lessons. Later, when you come to the school for the trial classes you will have a short oral level test with one of our native Spanish teachers. You can start your oral test at 9:10, and it will take 5 to 10 minutes approximately. The lessons will start at 9:30. Of course, if you are a complete beginner, you will not need to do any level test or oral exam. You will be placed in the A0 class and you can come to the school for a trial lesson at 9:20 and we will accompany you to your classroom.

You will get free access to our Intensive course (4 lessons per day), 2 conversation lessons, the activity of the day, and free access to our Club de la Tarde!

Program of the day
- Intensive course (4 lessons per day) from 9h30 to 13h10
- 1st conversation lesson (50 minutes) from 13h40 to 14h30
- 2nd conversation lesson (50 minutes) from 14h40 to 15h30
- Cultural activity with a Spanish teacher to discover Barcelona
- Access to our Club de la Tarde from 16h00 to 18h00
In order to receive a student visa (visa D), you need to be taking a minimum of 20 houres per week (Intensive course 20h/w or other, more intensive program). For long-term visa (and NIE) you have to buy at least 32 weeks. Less intensive courses (Semi-Intensive 10 hours/week or any other course with fewer than 20 lessons a week) are not acceptable for the Spanish Embassy/Consulate.
You can apply for a visa from your country or from Spain (if you are already in Spain on a tourist visa). If you are applying from Spain, you will receive a reply from the  Spanish consulate in 2 months.In your home country it could be 1-2 months.
Normally the period of the visa process depends on the season of the year when you submit the application to the Spanish Embassy/Consulate in your country. Now you can calculate in advance the start date of your Spanish course at Camino and the start date of your Spanish health insurance for a long-term visa. 
YES! We help to get visas and support our students.
We'll explain every practical step you have to do to obtein your student visa.
If you use student visa for your legalisation in Spain and as a first step on your immigration way to Spain, we'll help you to prepare and check your documents BEFOR you apply for a visa.

What kind of visa support can you get in Camenno?
  • We advise on all visa issues,
  • We give a checklist with a full list of documents: you can check yourself,
  • We offer the help of our lawyer, who together with you will check the correctness of your documents BEFORE applying for a visa. This will help you avoid rejection of your visa,
  • We provide apartments for living and help you to get a Household registration certificate “empadronamiento”in Barcelona, when you go to the police to get a NIE card,
  • We help you choose Spanish medical insurance for a student visa (not all insurance companies are suitable for a student visa),
  • When you get a  Student visa and come to Spain, we help you get a NIE card,
  • We help to extend long-term student visas and NIE for the next year,
  • If you submitted the documents yourself, without prior verification by our lawyer and your visa was rejected, we provide our lawyer's assistance for an appeal or filing a new set of documents
  • If you aply for a visa from Spain, our lawyer can submit your documents online (this is a paid service 300 euro).With the help of our lawyer who will apply your documents online to Extranjeria and send you a certificate confirming that your documents have been accepted for consideration. This lawyer has a license to apply documents online. 
    Get a notification that the documents have been accepted for consideration. Wait 2 months for a response from Extranjería.
    Important!  If you submit your documents from Spain, you must apply for a student visa (estancia por estudios) within 30 days of entering Spain.
If you need our visa support, write here: hr@caminobarcelona.com
To obtain the NIE/TIE, you must follow the subsequent steps:
1. You have to  buy an intensive course of study (20 hours per week) lasting at least 32 weeks or more,
2. Prepare the documents and apply for a student visa at the Spanish consulate.
3. In 2 months you will receive an answer. Once you get your study residence permit approval “Resuelto - Favorable”, you can now apply for your NIE card.
4. You have to come to Spain on a student visa. And get a NIE card in Spain.
Please note: It is important to apply for your NIE/TIE during the first 30 days after entering Spain. Your student visa won’t always be sufficient to validate your stay in Spain. 

Here are the steps how to get it:
1. Schedule your appointment*, a “cita”, at the police station located at Rambla de Guipuzcoa 74. Or you can book a "cita" in any available police office.
Please note that you must have a previous appointment before going. You can book your appointment here: https://sede.administracionespublicas.gob.es/procedimientos/index/categoria/34
Select: Procedimientos > Extranjería > Cita Previa de Extranjeria >
Barcelona / EXPEDICION DE TARJETA DE IDENTIDAD EXTRANJERO > POLICIA - TOMA DE HUELLAS
Fill in the data, select the time, print the confirmation of the appointed time.

2. Prepare the following documents that must be submitted to the police:
• Application form EX-17 (original and copy)
• Passport and its copy
• 2 passport sized photos
• Confirmation residence permit approval “resuelto-favorable”
• Household registration certificate “Empadronamiento”**
• Receipt of payment for TASA 790 code 012

30-40 days after the submission of your documents to the police, you can pick up your NIE card in the office at Mallorca, 213 (or at the address from Resguardo de solicitud document) no prior appointment needed,
You must have with you:
1. Passport.
2. Resguardo de solicitud document (this document will be given to you at the police office after your fingerprints are taken).
 

**Steps to obtain the registration of residency (Empadronamiento):
  • Request an appointment with the Barcelona City Hall (click here or call the phone number 010). If you wish to make an appointment online, just click “iniciar el trámite” and the complete the subsequent form. 
  • Prepare your personal documents: 
  • If you are Spanish: Spanish ID card or passport 
  • If you are from the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, or Liechtenstein: National ID card or passport 
  • If you are from anywhere else: Passport
  •  Valid rental contract - if you are staying in Camino's on-site accommodation for at least 16 weeks then we are able to issue you a document in place of a rental contract
  • Proof of most recent rental payment (which should consist of information to identify the rental: leaseholder, landlord, property address, date of pay, etc.) if you have yet to pay rent in your new flat, you can present proof of the deposit payment.

*How to download and fill out the application fee form:

Before you get to your appointment, you have to pay the designated 012 tax fee (model 790), which is 15,60 Euros (April 2018). Download the form here and complete it with your personal data: https://sede.policia.gob.es:38089/Tasa790_012/ 
 
Click the section labelled “Certificado de registro de residente comunitario o Tarjeta de residencia de familiar de un ciudadano de la Unión“. Select to pay in cash (“en efectivo“) and leave the IBAN data empty. Finally, press “submit”, a PDF will be generated automatically and you will need to print out all its pages. Go to the nearest bank with the printed pages and pay the fee in cash. 

 Request an appointment online by clicking here: https://sede.administracionespublicas.gob.es/icpplustiem/index.html 
  • Under “Provincia Seleccionada“, select “Barcelona“
  • Under “Barcelona – Trámites CNP:” click “Expedición de Tarjeta de Identidad de Extranjero”
  • When the drop-down menu appears, select “CNP-Toma de Huellas (Expedición de Tarjeta de Identidad de Extranjero)”
  • Click “Aceptar” (it will bring you to the next page)
  • On the new page, download and fill out the EX-17 form
  • Scroll down the page and click on “Entrar” (it will bring you to the next page)
  • Fill out the required information (passport number, your full name & nationality) and click on “Aceptar“ 
  • Make your appointment (“Solicitar Cita“) and follow the instructions
 
 
What you need to know to choose a  Spanish medical insurance company for the student visa:
1. For a student visa, you need full сoverage  Spanish medical insurance without pre-amortisation period and co-payments (sin carencia y sin copagos)!
2. The choice of an insurance company depends on your age. For example, people under the age of 35 can get insurance at Sanitas. You can also consider the companies Adeslas, ASSA.
Write us  to the e-mail  hr@caminobarcelona.com
and we recommend you an insurance company.
We need to ensure that you have attended at least 80% of your Spanish classes when your course has finished.
We always add some extra holiday weeks to the visa certificate in order to enable students to receive STUDENT VISA  for a longer period than the duration of their course. In this way, you will have time to take some days or weeks off from your course, to travel around Spain, or travel back home for Christmas, or take a short break from your Spanish course for some other reason.

Holiday weeks are absolutely free, and you can reserve your breaks for the weeks that you prefer during your stay. All you need to do is to let us know at least 1 week in advance before going on a break and specify the date when you will be back and we will reserve it for you.
You need Emadronamiento in police when you are fingerprinting for NIE. If you extend the NIE, you need an Empadronamiento every time (remember that the registration paper you receive in Ajutamiento is valid for 3 months).
Steps to obtain the Household registration certificate  (Empadronamiento):
You can make an apoointment only online!
https://seuelectronica.ajuntament.barcelona.cat/APPS/portaltramits/formulari/ptbcitaprevia/T128/continuarAlta/ca/PTCIU.html?stepName=viewFormulariSeleccioStep
Cita prèvia amb les Oficines d'Atenció Ciutadana (OAC) | Tràmits | El web de la ciutat de Barcelona
  • Request an appointment with the Barcelona City Hall (click here or call the phone number 010). 
  • Prepare your personal documents: 
    • If you are Spanish: Spanish ID card or passport 
    • If you are from the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, or Liechtenstein: National ID card or passport 
    • If you are from anywhere else: Passport. 
If you want to get a NIE (it is necessary to open an account in a Spanish bank, rent a house, and for legal stay in Spain for more than 180 days), if you want to extend your student visa in the future, then you need a long-term student visa (more than 6 months).
To obtain such a visa, you have to buy an intensive course of study (20 hours per week) lasting from 32 weeks or more.
To proceed with your visa application, you will need:
1. To book the Intensive course for 32-52  weeks, choosing the dates of it
2. Pay the fees in full
3. After receiving the full payment we will send you all the necessary documents for your visa application
4. Present the documents from the school and other documents (general list below) required in the Spanish embassy/consulate in your country or in Spain, if you are already in Spain on turist visa.
5. You will get the visa and you start your course with us. 
To make a booking, simply follow this link.

Bellow you will see everything you need for visa purpose (if you apply for a student visa from your home country)
1. Application Form EX-00
2. Current  valid passport that doesn’t expire during your stay in the country+ 3 photos
3. Camino Barcelona acceptance letter for a full-time program (Intensive Course 20 hours per week)
4. Confirmation of the payment for your course
5. Academic program and Cervantes accreditation
6. Full сoverage  Spanish medical insurance without pre-amortisation period and co-payments (sin carencia y sin copagos)
7. Proof of financial means (at least 630 EUR /month). You can calculate the amount proportional to the number of the months of your stay in Spain (630  X   number of the months=… ). If you do not have these financial means by yourself, you can present a proof that your parents or legal representatives  will be your guarantor who can demonstrate income of more than 630 euros per month and who assumes responsibility to finance your studies and other living expenses of your stay in Spain (your guarantor needs to sign such responsibility paper). You have to demonstrate the full amount for the entire time of your stay in Spain in your bank account.
 You can´t demonstrate only part of the amount, you can’t add money to the account later. When you show a bank certificate to Spanish consulate, you already have the full amount..
 You also have to be ready to show official, legal documents that confirm the source of income in your account : you need to explain the origin of the amount of money.
This means that you need to show legal certificates of income from your or your parents' work (if they are sponsors of your Education in Spain), certificates from the tax organization on the payment of taxes on this income.
 There is an international agreement between Spain and Morocco, Algeria, which allows the Spanish consulate to verify the legality and sources of origin of money in your account (or your parents' account). All financial documents are subject to a very thorough check by the Spanish Consulate.
Important: The amount proportional to the number of months in Spain should be in the account for the few months (at least 2 months) when the Spanish consulate reviews your application and checks the legality of each document, especially financial ones.

We warn you that if the Spanish consulate discovers incorrect financial documents or sees that the required amount is only in the account for a few days, it may refuse you a visa. Thus, incorrect financial documents can cause a visa refusal.
8. Medical certificate confirming that you don’t have any diseases that would require you to be quarantined ("does not suffer from any illness that could have serious implications for public health in Spain, in accordance with the provisions of the International Health Regulations 2005»)
9. Criminal record certificate + with the apostille certificate (issued in the last five years by the relevant authorities in your home country), (not needed for students <18 years old)
10. Proof of Accommodation
(Rental agreement / contract, Host invitation – if you are planning to stay during your studies at friends or family members place). If you are applying for a visa from Spain, you may not have this document. But you must have a Household registration certificate “empadronamiento” when you go to the police to get a NIE card.
11.Parental authorization (only for students <18 years old)
All the documents (apart from passport) should be translated into Spanish and legalized in your country.
You can see the addresses of the Spanish consulates in your country and all documents for visa purpose here.
https://www.exteriores.gob.es/es/ServiciosAlCiudadano/Paginas/Servicios-consulares.aspx
 
We can have your visa documents ready and emailed to you the same day that we receive your payment. Please note that international transfers can take 1-5 days to be processed
Since 2018, non-EU citizens that come to Spain with a tourist visa can apply for a student visa without having to leave the country. From Spain you must apply for a visa no later than 30 days before the expiration date of your stay in the Schengen area. Because of all the documentation you need from your home country , we recommend you to apply for the student visa for Spain at the embassy or consulate in your home country.
Documents required to apply for a Student Visa from my home country
1. Application Form EX-00
2. Current  valid passport that doesn’t expire during your stay in the country+ 3 photos
3. Camino Barcelona acceptance letter for a full-time program (Intensive Course 20 hours per week)
4. Confirmation of the payment for your course
5. Academic program and Cervantes accreditation
6. Full coverage  Spanish medical insurance without pre-amortization period and co-payments (sin carencia y sin copagos)
7. Proof of financial means (at least 630 EUR /month: 7500 euros for year).  You can calculate an amount proportional to the number of months you will live in Spain. If you do not have these financial means by yourself, you can present a proof that your parents or legal representatives (for example your partner or relative) will be your guarantor who can demonstrate income of more than 630 euros per month and who assumes responsibility to finance your studies and other living expenses of your stay in Spain (your guarantor needs to sign such responsibility paper).
You also need to show official, legal documents that confirm the source of income in your account. This means that you need to show legal certificates of income from your or your parents' work (if they are sponsors of your education in Spain), certificates from the tax organization on the payment of taxes on this income. To apply for a visa to the Spanish consulate, you show the full amount on your bank account or on your parents' account if they are sponsors of your studies and write a letter of guarantee that they will pay for your studies and accommodation for the entire period of your stay in Spain.
You can´t demonstrate only part of the amount, you can’t add money to the account later. When you demonstrate a bank certificate to Spanish consulate, you already have the full amount.
You also have to be ready to demonstrate official, legal documents that confirm the source of income in your account : you need to explain the origin of the amount of money.
This means that you need to show legal certificates of income from your or your parents' work (if they are sponsors of your Education in Spain), certificates from the tax organization on the payment of taxes on this income.
There is an international agreement between Spain and Morocco, Algeria, which allows the Spanish consulate to verify the legality and sources of origin of money in your account (or your parents' account). All financial documents are subject to a very thorough check by the Spanish Consulate.
Important: The amount proportional to the number of months in Spain should be in the account for the few months (at least 2 months) when the Spanish consulate reviews your application and checks the legality of each document, especially financial ones.

We warn you that if the Spanish consulate discovers incorrect financial documents or sees that the required amount is only in the account for a few days, it may refuse you a visa. Thus, incorrect financial documents can cause a visa refusal.

8. Medical certificate confirming that you don’t have any diseases that would require you to be quarantined ("does not suffer from any illness that could have serious implications for public health in Spain, in accordance with the provisions of the International Health Regulations 2005»)
9. Criminal record certificate + with the apostille certificate (issued in the last five years by the relevant authorities in your home country), (not needed for students <18 years old)
10. Proof of Accommodation
(Rental agreement / contract, Host invitation – if you are planning to stay during your studies at friends or family members place). Our school has very comfortable apartments. If you book an apartment with us, we will send you a contract confirming that you have a place for living in Barcelona, and then we will help you get a “empadronamiento” (Household registration certificate), which is necessary for NIE.
 If you are applying for a visa from Spain, you may not have this document. But you must have a Household registration certificate “empadronamiento” when you go to the police to get a NIE card.
11.Parental authorization (only for students <18 years old)
All the documents (apart from passport) should be translated into Spanish and legalized in your country.
 
If you are already in Spain on a tourist visa, you can apply for a student visa from Spain. Our lawyer can submit your documents online. (hr@caminobarcelona.com) or you can do it yourself.
1. Application Form EX-00.
2. Current  valid passport that doesn’t expire during your stay in the country+ 3 photos.
3. Camino Barcelona acceptance letter for a full-time program (Intensive Course 20 hours per week).
4. Confirmation of the payment for your course.
5. Academic program and Cervantes accreditation.
6. Full coverage  Spanish medical insurance without pre-amortization period and co-payments (sin carencia y sin copagos).
7. Proof of financial means (at least 630 EUR /month: 7500 euros for year).  You can calculate an amount proportional to the number of months you will live in Spain. If you do not have these financial means by yourself, you can present a proof that your parents or legal representatives (for example your partner or relative) will be your guarantor who can demonstrate income of more than 630 euros per month and who assumes responsibility to finance your studies and other living expenses of your stay in Spain (your guarantor needs to sign such responsibility paper).
You also need to show official, legal documents that confirm the source of income in your account. This means that you need to show legal certificates of income from your or your parents' work (if they are sponsors of your Education in Spain), certificates from the tax organization on the payment of taxes on this income. To apply for a visa to the Spanish consulate, you show  the full amount on your bank account or on your parents' account if they are sponsors of your studies and write a letter of guarantee that they will pay for your studies and accommodation for the entire period of your life in Spain.
When applying for a visa from Spain, you need to have a certificate from a Spanish bank account.

8. Medical certificate confirming that you don’t have any diseases that
would require you to be quarantined ("does not suffer from any illness that could have serious implications for public health in Spain, in accordance with the provisions of the International Health Regulations 2005»).
9. Criminal record certificate + with the apostille certificate (issued in the last five years by the relevant authorities in your home country), (not needed for students <18 years old).
10. Proof of Accommodation
(Rental agreement / contract, Host invitation – if you are planning to stay during your studies at friends or family members place). If you are applying for a visa from Spain, you may not have this document. But you must have a Household registration certificate “empadronamiento” when you go to the police to get a NIE card. If you need it, we’ll help you to receive it in our school.
11.Parental authorization (only for students <18 years old)
12. Declaración de entrada: a document confirming the date of your entry into Spain (not to be confused with the Schengen area), which can be obtained at the arrival airport no later than 3 days from the date of entry into Spain.
All the documents (apart from passport) should be translated into Spanish and legalized in your country.
 
The main condition for successfully obtaining a Spanish student visa is legal, correct documents and especially financial documents.
Bellow you will see everything you need for visa purpose
​​​​​​
1. Application Form EX-00.
2. Current  valid passport that doesn’t expire during your stay in the country+ 3 photos.
3. Camino Barcelona acceptance letter for a full-time program (Intensive Course 20 hours per week).
4. Confirmation of the payment for your course.
5. Academic program and Cervantes accreditation.
6. Full coverage  Spanish medical insurance without pre-amortization period and co-payments (sin carencia y sin copagos).
7. Proof of financial means (at least 630 EUR /month).  You can calculate an amount proportional to the number of months you will live in Spain. If you do not have these financial means by yourself, you can present a proof that your parents or legal representatives (for example your partner or relative) will be your guarantor who can demonstrate income of more than 630 euros per month and who assumes responsibility to finance your studies and other living expenses of your stay in Spain (your guarantor needs to sign such responsibility paper).
You also need to show official, legal documents that confirm the source of income in your account. This means that you need to show legal certificates of income from your or your parents' work (if they are sponsors of your education in Spain), certificates from the tax organization on the payment of taxes on this income. To apply for a visa to the Spanish consulate, you demonstrate the full amount on your bank account or on your parents' account if they are sponsors of your studies and write a letter of guarantee that they will pay for your studies and accommodation for the entire period of your stay in Spain.
There is an international agreement between Spain and Morocco, Algeria, which allows the Spanish consulate to verify the legality and sources of origin of money in your account (or your parents' account). All financial documents are subject to a very thorough check by the Spanish Consulate.

Important: The full amount ( for example,  7,500 euros for 1 year) should be in the account for the few months (at least 2 months) when the Spanish consulate reviews your application and checks the legality of each document, especially financial ones.
We warn you that if the Spanish consulate discovers incorrect financial documents or sees that the required amount is only in the account for a few days, it may refuse you a visa. Thus, incorrect financial documents can cause a visa refusal.
In this case, the school reserves the right to withhold 500 euros.
8. Medical certificate confirming that you don’t have any diseases that
would require you to be quarantined ("does not suffer from any illness that could have serious implications for public health in Spain, in accordance with the provisions of the International Health Regulations 2005»).
9. Criminal record certificate + with the apostille certificate (issued in the last five years by the relevant authorities in your home country), (not needed for students <18 years old)
10. Proof of Accommodation.
(Rental agreement / contract, Host invitation – if you are planning to stay during your studies at friends or family members place). Our school has beautiful apartments. If you book an apartment with us, we will send you a contract confirming that you have a place for living in Barcelona, and then we will help you get a “empadronamiento” (Household registration certificate), with is necessary for NIE.
 If you are applying for a visa from Spain, you may not have this document. But you must have a Household registration certificate “empadronamiento” when you go to the police to get a NIE card.
11.Parental authorization (only for students <18 years old).
All the documents (apart from passport) should be translated into Spanish and legalized in your country.
To be sure that your documents are correct BEFORE applying for a visa, you can check the documents with our lawyer. The cost of this service is 60 euros. This will protect you from being rejected your visa.

Don't hesitate to ask us: hr@caminobarcelona.com


 
In order to obtain a student stay authorization and get you NIE/TIE card, you need to be enrolled in an Intensive course, this means 20h/week.
Our Intensive courses run from Monday to Friday. We offer different packages of different lengths for students to select whichever suits their needs best. These packages include:
  • study weeks,
  • some weeks of holidays, 
  • all books needed,
  • the registration fee
  • documents for student
  • residence permit application.
Please note that if you would like to get a NIE card (also called TIE, Tarjeta de Identidad de Extranjero) you must be enrolled in a course for greater than 180 days.
 If this is your case, the 32 weeks package or longer.
 
If you are not sure that you have prepared all the documents correctly, you can check the entire package of documents with our lawyer. This is a paid service - 60 euros.
You can also see the addresses of the Spanish consulates in your country and all documents for visa purpose here.

https://www.exteriores.gob.es/es/ServiciosAlCiudadano/Paginas/Servicios-consulares.aspx

If you are preparing all the documents without the help of a lawyer, do not hesitate to ask us any questions: hr@caminobarcelona.com

 
You do not need to be vaccinated to attend our school however 95% of our students and staff are fully vaccinated.
Here is a link to a clinic where you can obtain Covid-19 tests, both for in-country use and for travel: https://democratest.com/
We do not provide masks but there is a pharmacy nearby where students are able to buy masks. Masks must be worn at all times within our buildings.
You can pay by credit card or bank transfer:
If you would like to pay via credit card (Visa or MasterCard), you can use our secure enrolment page.
Please note that all credit card payments are subject to a fee of 2%.
It is not advisable to send your card details in an email because this is not a secure method as they may be viewed by third parties.
Please find below our bank details:

Account name: CAMINOBARCELONA SL.
Account number: 2100 0938 78 0200228284
IBAN: ES05 2100 0938 7802 0022 8284
SWIFT: CAIXESBBXXX
Bank: CaixaBank
Calle Sepúlvera, no. 106-108
08015-Barcelona
Spain
You can definitely decide to pay for your course every week, prolonging your studies at our school. This way we will always keep your name on our list of students in the group of your level, ensuring that there will be a spot for you to continue your Spanish course. All you need to do is to book an additional week a bit in advance, latest on Thursday of the last paid week of your course. The best way to prolong your course is to come to one of the school receptions and request the receptionist to prolong your course. You can make the payment by card or by cash to finalise your booking.
Students who have received their long-term student visas are unable to get a refund due to the legality surrounding visas.

Since the decision of the Embassy/Consulate to grant visa is based to a large extent on the documents that student receives from our school (Invitation letter with dates of the program, Receipt of the full payment, and Study plan with the duration of each level), our school is legally obliged to fulfill all the conditions stated in the documents. Those conditions are to provide a long-term course of a minimum of 20 hours a week and of the duration stated in the Invitation letter. We also need to make sure that each student who has the visa is attending at least 80% of the classes and making satisfactory progress in Spanish, passing the levels and exams within reasonable time periods per level. In this way, Spanish authorities can make sure that students stay in Spain legally, according to the requirements for people whose stay is longer than 3 months (and one of the requirements is that their purpose of going to Spain is other than tourism and has to do with work or studies - studying in your case).

In case the course duration has changed (shortened) or the price of the course has changed (to a cheaper price which might not have been accepted by the Embassy/Consulate for granting the visa had it been the initial price stated in the receipt of the payment that you presented in the Embassy) the Spanish authorities may regard it as a law violation and take action against our school (in form of administrative fine which can vary from 10-12 thousand Euros or more).

For this reason, we cannot legally cancel or shorten your course and give you a refund. If we did, you would still have a valid visa for the whole period of your initial course but would be in Spain illegally.
If your student visa is rejected, you will only need to send us the official rejection letter by email. In this case, our school will refund you the total fees that you have paid minus the 500 euros administrative fee.
You can avoid this situation and check all the documents BEFORE applying for a visa with our lawyer, according to the checklist, and get all the necessary recommendations. The cost of this service is 60 euros. Write your request to the mail   hr@caminobarcelona.com
If you submitted the documents yourself and your vidsa was rejected, but you want to file an appeal or a new application, you can also do this with the help of our lawyer. Then we withhold 500 euros, but this price will include 60 euros for lawyer assistance.
If you would like to make another attempt to get a visa, we can help you submit an appeal which may help you get a visa after the second application. 
If your visa is rejected please send us the rejection letter and confirm if you want to make an appeal or request a refund. 
Please note that the refund will take approximately 1 year after the visa rejection.
We ask all our students to pay a deposit of 200 euros when they book a course and/or accommodation with us, and we should receive this deposit on the day of booking in order to guarantee your place on the course. The remaining balance of the fees is then due 4 weeks before you start your course.
NON–VISA STUDENTS
Our refund policy complies with current Spanish law regarding refunds in the travel sector. Depending on the reason you are canceling your program the following cancellation policy will apply:

1) In case you are not able to travel to Spain due to an official travel ban between your country and Spain, related to COVID-19, we offer these options:
  • Postpone your course to another date without any extra charge. We will gladly postpone your course as many times as you want, you just need to send us an email about it 1 week before the original start date of your course. If you do not know the start date to postpone to, we will give you a voucher to purchase another course for the same price, when you have decided upon the date that you want to start. It will be possible to use this voucher at any future date. The voucher can also be transferred by you to any of your friends or family members if you so wish.
  • If you want a cash refund, you will only be able to convert your voucher into a cash refund no earlier than 9 May 2022 - exactly one year since the State of Emergency was lifted here in Spain. 
This refund policy is to comply with recent changes in Spanish law regarding such refunds in travel and tourism-related businesses.

2) If you want to cancel the course and accommodation due to personal reasons (not related to Covid-19), the following refund conditions will apply:
  • Cancellation up to 28 days before the start of the course: loss of 200 euros deposit only;
  • Cancellation 27 to 14 days before the start of the course: loss of the enrolment fee plus 50% of the course fees and 50% of the accommodation fees;
  • Cancellation 13 to 7 days before the start of the course: loss of the enrolment fee plus 75% of the course fees and 75% of the accommodation fees;
  • Cancellation less than 7 days before the course is due to start: Loss of the enrolment fee plus 100% of the tuition and accommodation fees, and loss of any additional services contracted, such as airport transfers;
  • No refund shall be given after the day that the course or accommodation is due to start.

VISA STUDENTS:
Our refund policy complies with current Spanish law regarding refunds in the travel sector. Depending on the reason you are canceling your program the following cancellation policy will apply:

1) If your student visa is rejected, you will only need to send us the official rejection letter by email. In this case, our school will refund you the total fees that you have paid minus 500 euros administrative fee.
  • If you would like to make another attempt to get a visa, we can help you submit an appeal which may help you get a visa after the second application. 
  • If your visa is rejected please send us the rejection letter and confirm if you want to make an appeal or request a refund. Please note that the refund will take approximately 1 year after the visa rejection.
You can avoid this situation and check all the documents BEFORE applying for a visa with our lawyer, according to the checklist, and get all the necessary recommendations. The cost of this service is 60 euros. Write your request to hr@caminobarcelona.com
If you submitted the documents yourself and your visa was rejected, but you want to file an appeal or a new application, you can also do this with the help of our lawyer. Then we withhold 500 euros, (this price will include 60 euros for a lawyer assistance).
2) If you receive your visa successfully but need to cancel the course and accommodation due to a serious personal reason (illness or accident), our school will only ask you to cancel your visa by contacting the Spanish consulate in your country. After the visa is canceled, the following refund conditions will apply:
  • Cancellation up to 28 days before the start of the course: loss of 500 euros deposit;
  • Cancellation 27 to 14 days before the start of the course: loss of the enrolment fee plus 50% of the course fees and 50% of the accommodation fees;
  • Cancellation 13 to 7 days before the start of the course: loss of the enrolment fee plus 75% of the course fees and 75% of the accommodation fees;
  • Cancellation less than 7 days before the course is due to start: Loss of the enrolment fee plus 100% of the tuition and accommodation fees, and loss of any additional services contracted, such as airport transfers;
  • No refund shall be given after the day that the course or accommodation is due to start.

 3) In case you are not able to travel to Spain due to an official travel ban between your country and Spain, related to COVID-19, we offer these options:
  • Postpone your course to another date without any extra charge. We will gladly postpone your course as many times as you want, you just need to send us an email about it 1 week before the original start date of your course. If you do not know the start date to postpone to, we will give you a voucher to purchase another course for the same price, when you have decided upon the date that you want to start. It will be possible to use this voucher at any future date. The voucher can also be transferred by you to any of your friends or family members if you so wish.
  • If you want a cash refund, you will be able to convert your voucher into a cash refund within a year after the cancellation.
Your opinion and happiness are important to us!
To ensure that we can offer the best service to our students, a questionnaire is given to our students at the end of each week to evaluate their experiences. We encourage our students to give us their feedback as we always want to improve our school and the services that we provide! Feedback is taken seriously at Camino Barcelona.
You can go to the nearest pharmacy (from the school, Calle Diputación, 157). If the pharmacist recommends you go to the doctor and you are a citizen of the EU, you should take the European Health Card (TSE / 111). Students of other nationalities must be in possession of private medical insurance.

To go to the doctor you will have to request an appointment at C.A.P. (Primary Care Center) and present the TSE or medical insurance documents. The closest to the school is the Center d'Atenció Primaria Manso:
Manso 17-19 Street
08015 Barcelona
Phone Number: (+34) 93 325 28 00.

In case of emergency you can call the emergency number of the school: (+34) 605 880 472
We will certainly help you fill out the assessor with any support information about our school or your learning program that qualifies for The Duke of Edinburgh's Award. 
Here at Camino we offer our students very high-quality programs - quality is our first and foremost concern. At Camino you will make fast progress in your Spanish and will be able to go through the levels faster than you would in the other language schools that offer cheaper courses. At other schools, you may pay a cheaper price per week but you will ultimately pay more because you will need to book more weeks in total than you would at Camino.

Camino also offers so much more than just the opportunity to learn Spanish, Camino Barcelona is a whole experience!
1) Afternoon Club – New!
If you like, any day of the week you can join “Afternoon Club” at no extra cost (10 hours per week, from 16:00 till 18:00 Monday to Friday), where you will be able to get extra practice listening, speaking, writing, and reading, watch a film, get help with grammar, do homework, or use our school library. This represents 10 hours of extra Spanish per week, free of charge. For more information please see our Afternoon Club website page.
2) 7 Activities per week
We really want our students to enjoy their time in Barcelona, and so we offer activities every day of the week, always with a teacher! These activities include guided visits to different areas of Barcelona, salsa evenings, cooking paella on the school terraces, nighttime walks, bicycle trips, linguistic exchanges, boat trips, wine tasting, weekend excursions, and much much more! See videos and photos of our extensive activities program.
3) All our teachers are native Spanish speakers
They also all have a university degree, the official Spanish teaching certificate (CAP), postgraduate qualifications in teaching Spanish as a foreign language, and a minimum of 2 years experience in teaching Spanish as a foreign language. Furthermore, we encourage our teachers to participate in training courses, in order to provide the best quality in teaching to our students.
4) The method our teachers use is communicative
This means learning the language through using it in class, rather than just studying it passively. With the communicative language approach, the teachers teach the language in the classroom in such a way that students spend a great deal of time in class actively using the language, speaking to each other, or to the teacher, writing, reading and listening, using Spanish in a meaningful and purposeful way in class, in much the same way as they would in real life in their own language. This ensures that the students quickly acquire a real ability to use Spanish, accurately and effectively, for any situation in which they can find themselves, able to communicate well with native speakers, in real life, whatever the level of the student may be. The teaching approach at our school is one of total immersion in the language - that is to say that you will be taught entirely in Spanish. This is widely accepted as the most effective way of learning a language, especially if what you want is to acquire a practical ability to use and understand the language, rather than just a theoretical knowledge of it.
You can rent Spanish course books from the school, if you want, or you can buy them. It costs 5 Euros a week to rent a student book and workbook from the school. To rent the books, you simply pay a deposit of 35 Euros at the Reception desk. You can take the books home and keep them with you until you finish your course. We ask students not to write anything in the rented books, so other students can use them afterwards. From the deposit that you left at the reception, 5€ are deducted for each week that you keep the books.

For example, if you keep the rented book for 2 weeks and bring them back to our Reception, we will give you back 25€.
However, if you are a Complete Beginner in Spanish, you will not need any course books during your first week.
Our teaching team have developed specific content and materials for the first week of the beginners’ course, to ensure that in the first few days of their course complete beginners learn all that they need in order to “get by” in Spanish – asking for directions, going shopping, eating out, dealing with numbers, times and prices, asking for and giving simple personal information, getting around, meeting people, expressing likes and dislikes…and more!

As in all our Spanish lessons, the teaching approach is very practical, with students learning the language skills they need by using them and practicing them in class, preparing them perfectly for using Spanish outside of class, to meet their needs and interests as they live and study in Barcelona. Our team of experienced native Spanish teachers know how to make the learning experience very practical and effective, but also lots of fun!
Below you can see the estimated time needed for you to pass every level from zero to C1 level if you attend our Intensive Course program:
4 weeks and exam – level A1,
4 weeks and exam – level A2,
9 weeks and exam – level B1,
11 weeks and exam – level B2,
12 weeks and exam – level C1.
Important note: fluent Spanish language user does not necessarily mean a person who has achieved C1 or C2 level. In order to integrate into the Spanish society and comfortably use Spanish in everyday life or for working in a local company or studying in a local university etc., in most of cases having B1/B2 level is absolutely enough.
 
The average living cost in Barcelona is around 1800 euros/month including all expenses.

Of course, this number may vary significantly for different people and could be much lower or higher depending on the type and location of accommodation, going out for dinner or cooking at home, other domestic purchases, or entertainment expenses one is choosing to buy or not. Thus, we recommend you look at this website to see the price of different products and services in Barcelona, to have a clearer idea of which standard of living to expect in the city.
The period of low season is from November till January