Costs, bookings & payments
What is the cost of Spanish immersion?
It depends on a lot of variables: program, duration, location and if you want to include Intercultural Experiences or premium services. That said, prices start at USD 400 / EUR 360 all inclusive Request a proposal here.
Are there any additional or hidden costs?
We offer all-inclusive programs. The price you will see on the (final) proposal is the price you are going to pay. The only additional cost should be the expenses from your home to the immersion residence and back… Request a proposal here.
Why is there an important price difference between the programs in Mexico and Spain?
Although the quality levels and the methodology are the same, the cost of an immersion reflects the cost of living in the country where the residence is located... Therefore, the cost of an immersion in Mexico will be approx. 1/2 of an immersion in Spain.
How do I book a program?
Online. Once we have received your booking, we will send a formal confirmation and all the details about your stay. You can book here .
What’s included in the fees?
All our programs include classes, activities and local excursions with instructors, meals, drinks, accommodation in our standard room with private bath, course materials, a certificate and a pedagogical report. Intercultural Experiences and premium services (airport pick-up, room upgrades,…) are not included and not required to make your immersion successful.
How far ahead should I book?
There is no rule or policy about when you need to book, but we don’t recommend waiting too long. The shorter the period between your booking and the intended starting day, the bigger the risk that we have no openings.
Do you offer discounts? Any period of the year when prices go down?
Our fees represent what we offer: a quality program in a premium setting for a competitive, all-inclusive and transparent price. As a result, there is no room for discounts, except for our long stay discount.
What are the payment terms and options?
Take a look at our sales terms for more details .
Can I postpone or cancel a course once I have booked?
Yes, however, there are some restrictions. Please take a look at our sales terms for more details.
About the language course
I don’t have anyone to join me for the ForTWO or ForALL program. Can ANDERS LANGUAGES find someone else to study with me?
It’s virtually impossible to find someone else with the same profile, level and available dates. As a result, unless you visit us with a friend, spouse or colleague, you will need to choose the ForONE program.
Will I have classes or activities with other students?
Classes are always one-on-one (ForONE program) or two-on-one (ForTWO program). An individualized immersion is our trademark, so we are not going to change that.
However, in most cases the activities are carried out with other students and their instructors: if there are 4 students, there will be 4 instructors. We do this because most people want (need) to socialize.
What can I do in the evening?
If you choose the ForONE12, ForTWO12 or ForALL12 program, you will have dinner with your instructor and after that you will have your evening-activity program.
Focus is on conversation; however, your instructor will be helping you express your ideas, correcting when necessary and enriching your vocabulary.
Is there an assessment test prior to my arrival?
Upon arrival, there will be an interview with one of your instructors. That interview will allow us to know your level and learning objectives. It will also help us understand your learning profile, so we can adapt to your learning style.
What are the real-life activities?
The real-life activities are the opportunity to use what you learned during class in a day-to-day setting, but with the help of your instructor.
During these activities, your instructor will help you when you encounter a problem using your Spanish and, if needed, provide additional help afterwards during class time.
Meals and breaks are part of the activities as your spend these in company of your instructors.
You will also have walking excursions with your instructors, and in the evenings there is enough time for games and thematic conversations (over a glass of wine).
I’m afraid I will miss the socialization aspect of a group learning-environment.
In most cases, there will be other students in the immersion residence with whom you will share time. Meals, breaks and some activities are done together, although always with one instructor per student to guarantee the individualized approach of an immersion.
However, the concept behind a Spanish immersion is being surrounded by the Spanish language all day long with the professional help of one, two or three instructors, depending on the program and duration.
Besides working with you during the formal Spanish classes, your instructors will also be your buddies, who you will have fun with and who will show you the local lifestyle during the evening activities and modules, all of this using your freshly acquired Spanish in an informal, yet structured way.
Will I be fluent at the end of the program?
It’s impossible to become fluent in one week.
But with our one-on-one, total immersion approach you will improve much faster than in a more traditional (group) program.
We don’t promise or work miracles, but if you take into account you will be immersed in the Spanish language 30 to 74 hours per week, there will be a significant improvement in a short period of time
Does ANDERS LANGUAGES use technology during the class?
There is no technology offering the effectiveness of a fully individualized immersion with well trained human instructors.
Of course, you can use your laptop or tablet for notes.
And the instructors will also use ANDERS LANGUAGES tablets or laptops to access online resources relevant to the class. Some of our class rooms also have screens
What are the learning materials you use?
Course materials are included in the fees. As the program is fully personalized, the materials we will use depend on your level and learning objectives.
You can also incorporate your own language materials if you want to do so.
If you study Spanish for professional reasons, we can also incorporate materials related to your job. Confidentiality is obviously guaranteed.
What about the instructors’ accents?
The Spanish-speaking countries don’t use the language identically, but someone speaking correct Spanish will be able to speak and understand anybody from Spain or Latin America.
The main difference will be the accent, but someone who speaks Spanish correctly and who is trained to teach Spanish will always have a more or less neutral accent, at least neutral enough so as to not affect the learning process.
That said, you can choose any of our destinations: your choice won’t have any effect on your learning or how and where you will use your newly acquired Spanish.
Is there homework?
No, as there is no time left for homework.
You can request homework for the weekend, but we do not really recommend doing homework during the weekend.
That said, reviewing learning materials is fine, but that’s no homework…
Will my instructors correct me?
Sometimes, they might overlook a minor error (it would be frustrating if we stopped you constantly), but we will always correct you when needed.
However, we are very strict (and inflexible) on one issue: pronunciation!
Will I receive a certification at the end?
YES. However, please let us know if you want to receive it as we don’t issue certificates by default. There is no cost for the certificate
I receive a progress report?
Yes, when you finish the program, you can request (at no cost) a progress report.
That report includes detailed information about your progress and feedback about what and how you can still improve .
Why does ANDERS LANGUAGES not offer (small) group classes?
We only offer one-on-one or two-on-one (in case you want to study with your partner or friend) programs.
A one-on-one approach is much more effective than a group class.
Do you want to know why? Check out our blog post here
About the Intercultural Experiences
When are the Intercultural Experiences offered?
They are offered during the Spanish lessons. The Intercultural Experiences are complementary to the language lessons and offered by your language instructors while you continue using your Spanish.
What’s the difference between the excursions and real-life activities offered at no cost and the paid-for ones included in the Intercultural Experiences?
All our programs include excursions and activities with your Spanish instructors at no cost. The objective is to make you use your Spanish in a natural way, but with the support of your instructor.
Basically, the free excursions include walking tours in the city. If your focus is learning Spanish, there is no need to include Intercultural Experiences.
However, if you want to combine your Spanish learning with a cultural or gastronomic discovery, the Intercultural Experiences will do that. All Intercultural Experiences are carried out with your Spanish instructors, so they are considered class time.
The supplement charged for the Intercultural Experiences covers expenses such as admission fees, ground transportation, extra staff, meals at restaurans, etc…
Last minute deals!
Receive an email when we have discounts for last-minute bookings.
Arrivals & duration
What are the starting days?
Our Spanish immersion programs start any Saturday (2-day program) Sunday (7-day program) or Monday (5-day or 2-or-more-week program) of the year.
In case of a last minute booking you can start any day of the week, subject to availability.
What are the arrival and departure days?
You can arrive the day before starting the program and leave the day after the program ends.
How can I know how many weeks I need to book?
The truth: there is no exact answer.
First, because every person is different: some will learn much faster than others, which has nothing to do with intelligence. But it’s a fact that for some people learning a language is easier than for others.
Second, because language learning is not linear: the higher your level, the slower the process. Getting from an A1 to an A2 level will be much faster than from a C1 to a C2, even if both are just one level.
Third, the time you need to invest also depends on your final goal. Do you need Spanish for travel? Or just for conversation with staff? Or do you need to negotiate important deals in Spanish?
And fourth, it depends also on many other variables such as age, motivation, time spent per week studying, knowledge of other languages and the student’s retention capacity. It’s important to mention that there is no link between intelligence and the ability to learn a language!
The afore-mentioned are some of the variables to take into account when deciding how much time you need to invest.
However, because of the intensity of the ANDERS LANGUAGES program, you can be sure there will be a significant improvement in a short time.
But feel free to contact us to arrange a meeting with an instructor to discuss this in detail.
What schedule should I choose?
can choose between a 6, 9 and a 12-hour-per-day schedule.
The 9 and 12-hour schedules include siesta time (a nap break) from 3 pm to 430 pm so you can regain your energy for the afternoon and/or evening sessions.
So don’t worry about these schedules being intensive.
It’s also important to mention that the classes are individual: as a result, if you get tired, the instructors will notice that and adapt the activity at hand.
This can include even going out to eat an ice-cream (as long you speak Spanish).
If you visit us for one or two weeks, the 12-hour schedule is recommended to maximize learning.
For longer stays, the 9-hour schedule is a better choice.
The 6-hour schedule is not really recommended from a return of investment point of view: the price difference is limited, but your exposure to Spanish will drop significantly.
What is my daily schedule like?
That depends on the program.
Programs ending with a “6” run from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm and include breakfast, classes (or activities) and lunch.
Programs ending with “9” also include afternoon classes or activities from 4:30 pm to 7:45 pm.
Programs ending with a “12” also include dinner and the evening program from 8:00 pm to 10:30 pm.
What airport should I fly to?
It depends on the immersion residence of your choice.
- Mexico: Mexico City (MEX).
- Spain: Sevilla (SVQ). You can also reach Sevilla on the AVE bullet train from Madrid (MAD) and Barcelona (BCN).
How do I get from the airport to the immersion residence?
All our immersion residences offer a meet-and-greet service at an additional cost, and this service is offered in a discrete but comfortable car.
The alternative is taking public transportation.
Whichever you choose, before your arrival you will get all the details about the meeting point (in case you opt for the pick-up service) or how to get to the immersion residence using public transportation
I’m afraid the program is too intensive and I won’t be able to concentrate all day long
Our language immersions are intensive, but they are individualized and combine formal classes with activities.
Your instructors will know when they can push harder and when they need to slow down or change subjects.
You won’t be sitting in the back of a classroom trying not to fall asleep….
Nor will you get bored, as in a group class, when things you already know are repeated.
Plus, your classes being one-on-one, the instructors will teach you using subjects of your interest
What is the progres I can reasonably expect?
The following chart should recommend stay length, based on the ForONE 12 program. The figures on the chart are based on our average student profile: middle-aged native English speakers, professionally active and with higher education.
- From level A1 (Beginner) to A2 (Elementary): 2 to 3 weeks
- From level A2 (Elementary) to B1 (Intermediate): 3 to 5 weeks
- From level B1 (Intermediate) to B2 (Upper-Intermediate): 3 to 5 weeks
- From level B2 (Upper-Intermediate) to C1 (Advanced): 4 to 7 weeks
- From level C1 (Advanced) to C2 (Proficiency): over 7 weeks
However, some factors beyond our control can speed things up or slow them down… Knowledge of other languages, for instance, will increase learning speed.
If you want to know your current level, you can test your knowledge of the Spanish language here
Accommodations, meals & premium services
Why does ANDERS LANGUAGES not offer the traditional homestay option (where you live with a local family)?
Homestays are not the most successful and comfortable option for adults.
First, homestays require you to sacrifice privacy.
Also, the comfort levels a host family offers are often lower than the ones our students are used to.
And third, quality cannot be guaranteed with a homestay…
It’s a myth that homestays will provide you with continuous exposure to the Spanish language.
Families are not paid to be Spanish teachers but to offer accommodation and meals.
And even if the host family DO want to help you with your Spanish, they won’t be able to do so in a professional way, so they might, unwillingly, give you confusing information.
Can I be accommodated in a hotel or AirBNB?
If that is what you prefer, you can do so.
However, the accommodations offered at our immersion residence offer the privacy of a hotel but in a cozier atmosphere.
Plus, in most cases there will be other students at the immersion residences, so if you stay in a hotel you might miss the opportunity for some human interaction…
So why would you choose a hotel?
Please take into account accommodation at our immersion residences is offered at no cost. Therefore, in case you want to be accommodated in a hotel or AirBNB there won’t be any discount.
Can the meals be adapted? Veggie, low carb, no gluten,…
We try to adapt as much as possible to the specific food requirements of our guests.
I don’t choose the ForONE12, ForTWO12 or ForALL12 program, can I have dinner?
Yes. In that case, you can serve yourself dinner in our kitchen (at no cost).
Is the program tailored to business people and professionals, or to other profiles?
It’s tailored to demanding adults.
A little more than half of our students are business people and professionals who need to study Spanish for professional reasons.
The others are adults who want to learn Spanish for personal reasons.
What can I do on weekends?
On weekends there are plenty of things to do and explore. Excursions, golf… Or why not pamper yourself in a spa? We will be happy to let you know about all the options.
Are you related to LEO ANDERS, a company stating you will be fluent in 30 days?
No and no.
We are NOT related to LEO ANDERS and you CAN NOT become fluent in 30 days…
We've been contacted by people thinking they are dealing with "Leo Anders", who promises you will be fluent in another language in 30 days.
ANDERS LANGUAGES offers Spanish and English language and cross-cultural immersion courses at its immersion residences.
Although we specialize in short-term language courses, we do not offer miracles and our communication is clear about that: learning a language is a big investment in time and money.
ANDERS LANGUAGES is a registered trademark, not related whatsoever to LEO ANDERS / LING FLUENT / LEO LANGUAGES and others.
Do you offer a guarantee?
We cannot guarantee a certain improvement in a certain time frame because every person is different.
Age, knowledge of other languages, retention ability, profession … These are some of the factors we cannot control.
However, we do guarantee we will offer everything needed to help you learn a new language: the right setting, the right learning materials and, of course, qualified instructors.
Nevertheless, if you don’t like the setting or our approach, let us know during the first day of your program and you will receive a full refund.
No questions asked
Does ANDERS LANGUAGES have any accreditations?
Approx. 60% of our sales come from referrals, so we are basically accredited by hundreds of clients (private and corporate) who have visited us since 1998 and are recommending us.
That said, we are also accredited by the Ministry of Labor as an accredited vocational training company.
We are not accredited by any college or university as we don’t offer programs tailored for college/university students seeking credits.
Can I choose an instructor with a specific regional accent?
Although we will try to satisfy your preferences regarding regional accents/vocabulary (for example Spanish from Spain or Mexico), we cannot guarantee it.
But this will not affect your Spanish learning.
Our instructors teach standard Spanish, the correct/educated (worldwide) standard for the Spanish language as regulated by the Real Academia Española.
And the differences won’t affect, but enrich, your Spanish!
Spanish is a global language, spoken by over 400 million people in 20 countries, representing an infinite number of cultures, a richness we try to reflect during your program.
Why do you not accept children?
A (language) course for a child requires a totally different approach from that for an adult, and these approaches are not compatible.
Additionally, most adults don’t want children around them when trying to focus on learning a new language. That’s why we have a strict “adults only” policy.
Do I need a visa?
That depends on the immersion residence you will visit and your nationality.
Students from The US, Canada, Europe, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, South Korea and from a few other countries don’t need a visa for the countries where we have immersion residences.
However, make sure to check this before booking.
Please note we cannot help you with obtaining a VISA.
Who will be my instructor(s) and how many instructors will I have?
Instructors will be assigned once you arrive, as we try to match student and instructor personalities. Depending on your schedule, you will have 2 or 3 instructors.
What are the instructors’ qualifications?
There are two profiles: some have an educational background and others have a business or cultural background.
The first profile focuses on the academic part of your immersion; the second profile will help you use your Spanish.
Here you can find the profiles of some of our instructors.
I’m in the understanding ANDERS LANGUAGES offers other languages? Won’t that affect my own immersion?
We do offer English immersions under the same concept.
But our Spanish and English language students are separated from 9:00 am till 10:30 pm.
Of course, before and after that time schedule, you can meet the students of the “other language group” but if you don’t want to, you don’t have to.
However, based on 20 years of feedback, we have noticed that these encounters (as long they are limited in time) are enriching: they allow students to use their Spanish with the locals while helping them out with their English.
How can I prepare for the immersion?
There is no need to get prepared before visiting us, but if you have time, there are several things you can do before.
1. Spend as much time as possible learning Spanish. With only 2 or 3 hours a week, progress will be slow, so slow there is a risk you get demotivated
2. Stay focused. If your objective is learning Spanish, focus on that exclusively.
3. Try to be surrounded by the Spanish language. Change your apps into Spanish, browse the internet in Spanish. Search for information related to your job or daily activities in Spanish.