Peru is one of the world’s greatest centers of ancient civilization. It is also one of the most beautiful and bio-diverse countries on the planet. Come join us in this amazing country!
Cusco, Peru is the traveler’s mecca of South America. The city is special–it is vibrant, exciting, and beautiful! You might think you are coming to Cusco just for the culture and history, but with our accredited Spanish Immersion program you learn a new language and you really step in to an amazing experience abroad—building skills that serve you for lifetime.
Our spanish school in Cusco, Peru is located just 3 blocks from Cusco’s Plaza de Armas, right in the historical center and close to shops, restaurants, and nightlife.
The school building includes 4 floors with 22 classrooms, a snack bar, free wifi and a computer lab. The school’s spacious common areas are great for meeting up with friends and making new ones. There always lots of free time activities and cultural events to take part in. The institute is open 7 days/week, including holidays.
The school’s Spanish curriculum is based on the communicative approach and direct method— it is very immersive and emphasizes speaking and conversation. Classes are taught in Spanish and all language skills are integrated through various activities in and out of the classroom.
Learners and teachers utilize Spanish conversation, context, and visuals to ensure understanding of vocabulary and grammar. Students naturally acquire the language as they are pushed to learn through practice.
From small group classes ranging from 2-8 people to private classes tailored to your specific needs, our partner school provides quality immersion programs led by certified, native Spanish instructors. If you are looking for a university Spanish course or super-intensive summer program, all levels and various subject areas are available, from basic to advanced topics. Pair your Spanish program along with accommodations in a host family, and you can be sure to quickly move up the learning ladder.
Our Spanish school in Peru offers intensive Spanish programs tailored to all kinds of learning objectives. Spanish courses are available for travelers and language lovers, as well as university students. We offer both small group classes and 1-on-1 private lessons for all levels ranging from Beginner Spanish to Advanced and Fluency. Our partner school also offers customized Spanish programs, specialized tutoring, Medical Spanish, and Business Spanish. Advanced university courses including Latin American Civilization & Culture, Conversation & Composition, Advanced Spanish Grammar, among others, are also available.
Small Group Classes
– Small group classes are designed to facilitate interaction among all learners in the group
– Groups help provide a “safety net” and take the pressure off—everyone’s in it together
– Other learners may ask questions that you have not thought of—bringing more clarity to each lesson
– There is a great social aspect in group classes—easy to make friends and find study partners
– Move through material at your own pace
– Focus on material that is especially relevant to YOU
– 100% personalized feedback and uninterrupted attention from your teacher
– Your personal learning style forms the basis for every lesson
– Private classes are very flexible in terms of organizing your time in-country
Super Intensive Program
– Combine daily small-group and private Spanish classes (6 hours/day)
– Get the added bonus of one-on-one attention to focus on areas specific to you
– Maintain structured group classes while remaining flexible with your private classes
– Advance your Spanish level more quickly
Maximo Nivel offers a wide variety of university Spanish courses ranging from 100 to 400 level courses. These programs may be grouped or 1-on-1 private lessons. University courses are 60-80 hours and require 3-4 weeks to complete in order to earn academic credit.
Spanish for Special Purposes
Spanish for Special Purposes (SSP) includes courses in Medical Spanish and Spanish for Business. SSP teachers are some of our most experienced instructors and have additional expertise in Business and Healthcare. SSP programs are intended for medical students, traveling doctors and nurses, and business people who need specialized Spanish for their careers. SSP Classes are best taught in a 2-hour per day format.
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Learning Spanish is not just about attending classes, it is a true linguistic and cultural experience. Therefore, through different activities, we encourage all our students to practice their Spanish outside the classroom while many times forging friendships that last a lifetime.
Every week there are activities for students to join that include tours, site visits, free salsa lessons, free cooking classes and more. They are designed to practice Spanish outside the classroom, learn more about the local culture and socialize with other students. They usually have an extra cost.
Great Ideas Outside of Class
– Discover Machu Picchu, the lost city of the Incas
– Visit the surreal Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain
– Take an ATV or hike to the Maras salt mines
– Visit the Sacred Valley and hike the archaeological ruins of Ollantaytambo
– Spend the night on Lake Titicaca and visit the man-made islands of Uros
– Go whitewater rafting on class II and III rapids
…and much more
For a more immersive experience, host families are ideal. Host Family accommodations include breakfast and dinner 7 days/week.
Accommodation is from the Sunday prior to the course start date until the Saturday after the end of the course (you can book extra-nights).
If you want an authentic cultural experience with a Peruvian family, to learn new vocabulary or local expressions, and to immerse yourself in Peruvian culture, staying with a host family is the best choice for you. We recommend it to all of our students.
Family-stays are with approved host families who have been working with our partner school for years. Family-stays include a shared room with a shared bath. Private rooms and bathrooms are also available as an upgrade to your program. In shared rooms, you are grouped with people of the same gender and approximate age. Host families offer comfortable beds, hot showers, and WiFi, although internet service can be slow. Guests are free to come and go as they please, but you should always respect the basic rules of living with a host-family.
Host family accommodations include breakfast and dinner 7 days/week. Our families are very accustomed to hosting international guests and are happy to cook vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free meals. When registering, please let us know about any dietary restrictions.
All family-stays are within a 10-20 minute walk or 5-10 minute taxi/bus ride from our partner school.
Every Monday (accommodation from Sunday to Saturday) all year-round
Complete beginners can begin any Monday as well.
1 week to 1 year
01 Jan, 14-15-16 Apr, 01 May, 16 June, 24 June, 29 June, 28 July, 29 July, 30 Aug, 08 Oct, 01 Nov, 08 Dec, 24 Dec, 25 Dec, 31 Dec 2022.
School policy regarding bank holidays: Classes and projects are not offered on these days, but field trips and cultural events are planned for every holiday and Spanish students should take part in lieu of regular classes.
The school offers different intensities of courses depending on how fast you want to learn Spanish.
Peruvian Spanish has three distinct accents–Andean, Coastal, and Amazonian. The Andean dialect is most similar to the standard dialects of Ecuador and Bolivia, and the one you become most familiar with in Cusco. New Spanish speakers always agree it is rather easy to understand and learn. Unlike Central American Spanish, “tu” as opposed to “vos” is most commonly used among peers, and “ustedes” is used in place of “vosotros”.
Peru acknowledges the strong indigenous influence of its people with three official languages–Spanish, Quechua, and Aymara. The Spanish spoken in Peru sometimes includes small pieces of indigenous vocabulary, and Peruvian Spanish also has great slang such as “bacan” meaning “cool” or “awesome,” “chamba” meaning “job,” and “pata” meaning “friend.”
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