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Frequently asked questions

Barcelona

How big is Barcelona?
About 1.6 million people live in the centre of Barcelona Including the suburbs there are about 4,2 million inhabitants.
 
How can I get to Barcelona?
Barcelona is well-connected with all airports worldwide. You can also take a coach from some European cities to Barcelona - and of course you can also come by train or by car.
 
What is public transport like?
Public transport in Barcelona is excellent, you can get everywhere by the well-connected metro system or by bus. It's very affordable as well.
 
What's the weather like?
Barcelona has a Mediterranean climate with mild, humid winters and warm, dry summers. Barcelona is located on the eastern coast of the Iberian Peninsula, so Atlantic west winds often arrive in Barcelona with low humidity, producing no rain. The proximity of the Atlantic, its latitude, and the relief, are the reasons why the summers are not as dry as in most other Mediterranean locations. Check out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barcelona#Climate for more information.
 

School

Where are the students from?
Students come to Barcelona from all over the world: Europe (75%), America and Australia (15%), Asia and Africa (10%). Courses are suitable for everybody. The majority of our students are university students or young professionals.
 
Can I use the Internet at school?
Yes, there's free wireless Internet available in the school and also some computers which you can use free of charge.
 
Is the school wheelchair accessible?
Yes, we have an elevator for wheelchairs and our classrooms are suitable as well. One of our bathrooms is specially equipped for disabled students.
 
Do we participate in any educational programme?
Yes, we do. Our school is recognized by the Provincial Ministery of Education in Hamburg and Berlin, Germany, for Educational Level (Bildungsurlaub).
 
How long has the school been in operation?
It has been up and running since 2012.
 

Courses

How can I know if there are still places available?
We can always guarantee availability if we receive your booking and down payment at the latest 2 weeks prior to the start date. If you want to start within 2 weeks, please contact us for availability.
 
Can I stay for just 1 week?
Yes, we are one of the very few schools in Barcelona which accept students for only one week (but your language course will be more successful if you stay longer).
 
When does the course start?
The course starts on any Monday (except for absolute beginners, check out the "courses" section for start dates).
 
Can I change the group if I feel that the level is not right for me?
Yes, then we'll have a chat with the teacher and look for the best solution for you.
 
Do I get a certificate?
Yes, on the last day of your course you will receive a certificate indicating the time spent at school, the progress made and the level achieved.
 
I don't live in the European Union, can I still book a Spanish course in Spain?
Yes, but be sure to have the right papers (study visa, etc.) to be able to come and study in Spain. If you are an EEA (European Economic Area) national you will not require a visa for any of our destinations. Otherwise please ask your local Spanish Embassy or Consulate and/or visit the Spanish Foreign Office website (www.maec.es/en). Go to the 'Consular Service' section in the 'General Information' menu, then click the link 'nationality and visa for foreigners'. If you need advice on extending your visa, our friendly reception staff are always ready to help. We will also provide you, free of charge, with all the documents you require to apply for your visa. In case visa application fails, we will only keep a small amount to cover our administration costs.
 
What is the Linguaschools personal webpage?
Within a couple of working days after enrolling you will receive the login details for a personal webpage. Your personal webpage will show the programme that is booked for you, the remaining sum to pay and will include all the information you need to start your course, such as travel information, school- and accommodation addresses, important phone numbers, etc. All information will be online at the latest 7 days before the start of your course. You can access the page 24/7. It is also possible to make a print of the personal webpage including all the details you will need. On this page we will also ask you to fill out a level test if you are not an absolute beginner and we ask you to fill out your exact arrival details in order to inform the involved parties.
 

Accommodation

What is the distance between accommodation and the school?
It depends. Most accommodation is centrally located and all well connected with metro and bus. We try to place students on walking distance from the school. All accommodations are within a 25 minutes distance of the school, walking or by public transport.
 
Can I change my accommodation if I'm not satisfied?
Yes, as long as we have something similar available and when you have a reasonable motivation.
 
Is there a washing machine in the accommodation?
Yes.
 
Do I need bed linen for the shared apartments?
No, bed linen is provided but you should bring your own towels.
 
When can I first get into my room, when do I have to leave?
Arrival day is the Sunday before you course starts and departure day is the Saturday after the end of your course.
 
Could I arrive some days before the beginning of the course?
Only as an exception and in case we have rooms available. If not, we can recommend you a hostel for these extra-nights.
 
Can I book a flight and arrive at the accommodation late at night?
Yes, you can. Bear in mind though that if you land at El Prat airport after 20:00 it is necessary you also book the transfer service with us. Our taxi driver will take you straight to your accommodation and will hand you the key.
 
Do I have to take care of cleaning my accommodation?
No, the cleaning service is included in the price. If you book a room in a host family they will take care of cleaning everything and changing your sheets once a week. If you book a room in a shared apartment the common areas, such as the kitchen, the living room, the bathrooms will be cleaned weekly and you will only take care of your own room.
 
Can I arrive at the accommodation late at night?
Yes, you can. Bear in mind though that if you land at El Prat airport after 20:00 it is necessary you also book the transfer service with us. Our taxi driver will take you straight to your accommodation and will hand you the key.
 

Enrolment and payment

Can I book for next week?
In order to guarantee yourself a place in one of our courses and accommodations, you should enrol at the latest 2 weeks before the first day of the course. If you would like to start within 2 weeks, please contact us and we can check if there
 
How can I book a course?
You can book clicking the 'enrol now' button. Now follow the steps of the booking system. For support you can call us between 9:00 and 18:00. Or you can send an email with the request to call you at a time that suits you best.
 
How does the payment work?
You pay a down payment of 100 EUR to Linguaschools during your enrolment. We accept credit cards, bank transfer, paypal, etc. The remainder, total price minus down payment, has to be paid before the course starts. You can pay the remaining amount on the first day of your course at the school secretary. You can also pay to Linguaschools in advance, by logging in to your personal webpage.
 
How do I receive confirmation?
You will receive a confirmation of your booking by e-mail. Then you will have access to a personal page where you can find all necessary information.
 

Journey

Do you take care of the flight?
You should book your own flight. We can give you advice about good or cheap airlines to Barcelona Please contact us for inquiries.
 
What is an airport transfer?
You can book the airport transfer ahead. An employee of the school will pick you up at the airport and drive you to your accommodation or directly to the school. You can find the price under the section "prices".
 



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