More Than An Academic Course, An Unforgettable Experience!
Spanish is the official language of 20 countries, and according to the Instituto Cervantes more than 600 million people speak the language around the world! In True Spanish Experience we collaborate with Instituto Cervantes in spreading and teaching our language and culture in two unique places: The Spanish cities of Cuenca and A Coruña, have been carefully selected because we strongly believe they offer everything a student is looking for in an international experience to learn Spanish. Let’s introduce them a little bit!
Cuenca is a medieval city; with 60,000 inhabitants. It is small but vibrant city full of art and history. It is located in the center of Spain, in the region of Castilla La Mancha, known around the world thanks to Miguel de Cervantes, writer of Don Quijote de la Mancha, the first modern novel and one of the most important contributions to literature in the world. The city of Cuenca is located 50 minutes outside of Madrid, the busy capital of Spain, by train. It is also 2 hours away from Valencia, the third largest city in Spain, located on the Mediterranean coast.
Cuenca has been named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It is a beautiful old town built upon the rocks of the highest mountain in the city, with deep ravines that have been carved by two rivers, Júcar and Huécar. Its natural and environmental enclave within the Cuenca mountain range has also been named by UNESCO as a National Park and Biosphere Reserve.
Cuenca is renowned for its medieval architecture, steep narrow streets and famous Casas Colgadas. It is also home to some of the best national museums, such as the incredible Spanish Museum of Abstract Art or la Fundación Antonio Perez.
Walking around Cuenca is like walking around a museum itself. We always make sure that our TSE students make the most of the city and learn to enjoy the art, history and culture that shapes the atmosphere of the city and the character of its inhabitants.
A Coruña, is a maritime city with more than 2000 years of history. Located in the northwestern part of Spain in the region of Galicia, A Coruña has a population of more than 250,000 inhabitants. It is just a 30-minute train ride from Galicia´s capital, Santiago de Compostela, another World Heritage Site and the destination of millions of pilgrims from all around the world.
A Coruña is almost completely surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean. It forms a peninsula wrapped by a 13km promenade, the longest in Europe! At the head of the peninsula you can find the Tower of Hércules; the symbol of the city and a lighthouse that has been illuminating the city since the first century: It is the oldest working lighthouse in the world and has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Did you know that Pablo Picasso learned how to draw in A Coruña? You can visit his family home, and the school he attended during the time he lived in the city. The streets in A Coruña hold many secrets. You can enjoy long walks, shop (Remember Inditex was born here!) and travel back in time as you gaze upon its architecture. From the Roman churches of the Old
Town to the modernist buildings of the Ensanche or the scientific museums: la Domus or Muncyt. A Coruña has an important network of scientific museums lead by La Casa de las Ciencias, the first public scientific museum in Spain.
The harbor of A Coruña has been one of the most important Spanish ports throughout history. For centuries it has opened the city to the world, and this of course has shaped the character of its inhabitants who are always warm and welcoming to foreigners.
That is why A Coruña is known as
“The city where no one is a stranger.”
It is also part of the Camino de Santiago, which has also contributed to the warm, open-minded and friendly character of the coruñeses.
A Coruña and Cuenca offer a great deal of options for students to learn Spanish outside the classroom. We believe speaking a foreign language means much more than having a broad vocabulary and mastering its grammar. It means looking at the world with fresh eyes and there is no other way to do this than immersing yourself in the life of those who speak it naturally. That is why we know that a classroom is not always the best place for learning, especially when you have a whole city full of potential learning experiences!
So, we have decided to make Cuenca and A Coruña our own classrooms. They are two of the safest cities in Spain and we believe these two locations offer a true Spanish experience. The two cities are not saturated by tourism and foreign students, so they maintain their Spanish essence while also offering a multicultural experience.
We invite you to come and live a True Spanish Experience with us!