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Spanish language school Instituto Picasso

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4.8/5 based on 85 reviews
13 Classrooms
Max 10 students per class
Medium sized school
12 Dedicated teachers

Instituto Picasso is located on the lively Plaza de la Merced, the student square of Málaga. Close to many of the city's cultural attractions, including historic Gibralfaro. Málaga is a pleasant city where you can get everywhere quickly. So also from Instituto Picasso, you can walk to the popular shopping street Calle Larios in just a few minutes and you can be on the beach in about 15 minutes. And fun fact: a few houses next to the school is the birthplace of the famous artist Pablo Picasso, which is now a museum.

The school is located in an attractive building from the 19th century. The beautiful tiled floors, large arched windows with fine stained glass and the beautiful view from the small balcony make it a nice place to learn Spanish.

Throughout the year, Instituto Picasso offers courses for students of all levels and ages, supplemented with fun outdoor activities such as cultural outings and guided tours. The school, accredited by Instituto Cervantes, has a team of expert teachers who are all native Spanish speakers. And with a maximum group size of 10 students, everyone receives a lot of personal attention.

What students like about Instituto Picasso
  • Located in historical centre
  • 20 minute walk to the beach
  • Historical building
  • High quality lessons
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Facilities
Located in the city center
Located near the beach
Located near public transport
Free WiFi
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In a popular neighbourhood
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Study rooms
Located in historic center
Vending machine
Bar
Restaurant
Located in popular neighbourhood
Located by/on the beach
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Instituto Cervantes
Spanish citizenship and language exam initials: CCSE. CCSE

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Courses at Instituto Picasso

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Accommodations at Instituto Picasso

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Instituto Picasso

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4.8/5 based on 85 reviews

Instituto Picasso scores excellent on the following categories:

  • Teachers: 5.0
  • Staff: 5.0
  • Lesson quality: 5.0
  • Activities: 5.0
  • Atmosphere: 5.0
  • Facilities: 5.0
  • School location: 5.0
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Reviewed on 22 September 2023 via google
Very well organized and effective school; they do a good job of grouping so everyone in the class has a similar level, the classes run smoothly, the teachers are really good, the classes are dynamic so it's an interesting and fun experience and in one week of classes I have made improvements Very well organized and effective school; they do a good job of grouping so everyone in the class has a similar level, the classes run smoothly, the teachers are really good, the classes are dynamic so it's an interesting and fun experience and in one week of classes I have made improvements
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Reviewed on 18 June 2023 via google
I just finished my C1 course at this school.
I recommend the Picasso school to everyone.
The staff, the teachers, the atmosphere are all wonderful.
The organization is really great. Everything is organized down to the smallest detail: a unique experience.
The school also organizes many wonderful activities for the students in the evenings and during the weekends.
I will be back with pleasure because it...
I just finished my C1 course at this school.
I recommend the Picasso school to everyone.
The staff, the teachers, the atmosphere are all wonderful.
The organization is really great. Everything is organized down to the smallest detail: a unique experience.
The school also organizes many wonderful activities for the students in the evenings and during the weekends.
I will be back with pleasure because it is rare to find such professionalism.
Thank you for everything
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Reviewed on 31 March 2023 via google
I did a language course of 4 weeks at Instituto Picasso and can highly recommend the school. The organisation ranging from the accomodation, classes and external activities was excellent. You might not get the most modern appartment (even though some other students did have modern appartments) but the appartments are definetely large enough and close to the school, also meaning perfectly located within the city of Malaga. Whenever I... I did a language course of 4 weeks at Instituto Picasso and can highly recommend the school. The organisation ranging from the accomodation, classes and external activities was excellent. You might not get the most modern appartment (even though some other students did have modern appartments) but the appartments are definetely large enough and close to the school, also meaning perfectly located within the city of Malaga. Whenever I had questions about changing classes, prolonging my stay in the appartment, the school staff could perfectly help me. Teachers and classes were also very good and helped me to quickly improve my level of spanish (from almost no knowledge to A2+/B1). Even though I cannot tell for other schools in Malaga, I am sure you wont regret staying at Instituto Picasso.
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Reviewed on 12 May 2023 via google
Motivated by the wonderful spring/fall weather in Spain and the Mexican beaches in the winter, I decided I should learn some Spanish. I just finished a 2 week Couse (A1), and must say it was a great introduction. Having not studied for many years, the intensive approach was a challenge for me, but the staff was supportive and into the 2nd week I realized the hard work was paying off. I still have to review the course content to... Motivated by the wonderful spring/fall weather in Spain and the Mexican beaches in the winter, I decided I should learn some Spanish. I just finished a 2 week Couse (A1), and must say it was a great introduction. Having not studied for many years, the intensive approach was a challenge for me, but the staff was supportive and into the 2nd week I realized the hard work was paying off. I still have to review the course content to really know it, but am motivated to continuing studying Spanish here in Amsterdam this summer (Uva) and hope to be able to communicate adequately when I go the Mexico for the winter months. Best of all I met some great people and the Insituto's location ( Plaza de Merced) was a great place to hang out.
Gracias y hasta la próxima IP
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Reviewed on 06 April 2022 via google
Brilliant school. I attended for only one week doing a B1+ course plus 2 private lessons in the afternoons. First day was bit intimidating as classes are done totally in Spanish and teachers talking at their normal pace. I mentioned it to another guy in class and he told me by your 2nd week its actually helps you get the rhythm of normal speaking Spanish. Indeed by the end of my first week I could understand pretty much everything... Brilliant school. I attended for only one week doing a B1+ course plus 2 private lessons in the afternoons. First day was bit intimidating as classes are done totally in Spanish and teachers talking at their normal pace. I mentioned it to another guy in class and he told me by your 2nd week its actually helps you get the rhythm of normal speaking Spanish. Indeed by the end of my first week I could understand pretty much everything being spoken at normal pace which was a big improvement for me in a week.
Course was very very intensive. I had done a 2 week course elsewhere and covered more in a 1 week course in the Instituto Picasso than in the 2 week course I had done previously.
You have one teacher than covers different subjects in the first part of the morning and then a different teacher for a conversation class every morning up until lunch. It’s a great way to help you develop listening to different voices, accents etc and also introduces you to every teacher in the school so you feel very integrated.
Private classes with Carmen were great. Rather than just conversation she identified a couple of area I had problems with and concentrated on them and I felt I made great progress in only a week. By my last day I had totally found the rhythm and was speaking a lot more fluently and relaxed and that was only after 1 week!!
Another thing, in my last school I found it really difficult to understand what other students were saying in class with the masks. Here I could understand everything even though we were still wearing masks. The acoustics were much better in the classroom.
Overall a fantastic experience. Class was a lot of fun too. Students improving everyday(you can hear it). Great atmosphere. Great city. I think the way Spanish is taught here it would be possible to learn it super fast and super well compared to other schools. After only 1 week my Spanish went to a totally different level.
Hi to Elena, Carmen and all the other teachers and thanks for your help.👋
Darran
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Reviewed on 29 April 2024 via google
I learnt a lot and had a wonderful time during my 12 months at the school. I experienced quality teaching at a centrally located school.
I met my learning objectives, inspirational teachers, and great friends.

Intensive course material (school’s own course books):
Clearly set out, explanatory and appropriate to my level of understanding (useful for familiarisation and revising).
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I learnt a lot and had a wonderful time during my 12 months at the school. I experienced quality teaching at a centrally located school.
I met my learning objectives, inspirational teachers, and great friends.

Intensive course material (school’s own course books):
Clearly set out, explanatory and appropriate to my level of understanding (useful for familiarisation and revising).
More visual /audio equipment/ technology may have enhanced my experience. My learning objectives were met, though.

The teaching:
I benefited from a mix of fabulous teachers with their own personalities, methods and:
incredible language knowledge; dedication and commitment; enthusiasm; patience; interest in all cultures; joy; laughter; thought-provoking questioning; humour; calmness; passion; and genuine interest in you, the individual.

Here are some positive teaching characteristics which I experienced:

Toni: shared concepts clearly, with personality & professionalism; Elena: adaptability, student focus /care, music enthusiast; Laura: superb language knowledge & passion: Jorge: humour, encouragement, & innovation; Gema: motivational & joyful lessons; Carmen: classroom management; Angel: equal opportunity to speak/ shared interesting cultural information; Isabel: grammar points delivered with impeccable clarity & a smile; JD: spectacular language knowledge; Uli: calm, patient approach; Olivia: patience, perception, & drawing out potential; Ana: interesting discussion and games to enhance grammar points, & Violeta: engaging conversation classes, reinforcing prior learning points in a memorable way.

Activities and Excursions:
Gave me a chance to meet others, practise Spanish, and make friends.

School admin and management:
Very supportive. They helped me find solutions to things that came up before and during the course. Mel and Inessa spoke to me with professionalism, warmth, and a fabulous sense of humour. They, Conchi and the team, welcomed me with a smile.

Private Lessons:
Jorge was brilliant, focusing on areas which helped achieve my learning objectives.

DELE B2 preparation course:
Superbly delivered by Laura. She provided excellent exam tips and boosted my confidence.

Things that I am thankful for, or wish I’d done:
1. Fantastic excursions
2. The weekly Taberna-de-Jarana-quiz-night (run superbly by Violeta at Antonio’s cracking bar).
3. I moved from morning to afternoon sessions and vice versa (twice). It was possible by giving the office plenty of notice and because class capacity and occupancy permitted it at the time. There were different teachers in the morning versus the afternoon, which enriched my overall experience given the length of my stay.
4. At various stages I felt I needed to reinforce some of the learning points. I paid for private lessons when I needed them.
5. Self reflected after lessons (what went well/ what needed work).
6. I enjoyed the diversity of classmates attending a varying number of weeks.

Summary:
I believe that the intensive course I underwent was value-for-money and shared large volumes of content. It suited my learning needs and budget. On the occasions I needed extra support or flexibility, the school had a provision for that.

(A long review after a long stay! )
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Activities at Instituto Picasso

Instituto Picasso organizes a varying number of activities per week with other students from the school. Some activities are free, others are possible for a small fee. The school also offers a free welcoming activity.

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Location, ages and nationalities

Please note the below ages and nationalities are indicative and based on historical data. But generally, Instituto Picasso has students from the following age groups and nationalities.

Average ages
  • Between 16-18 5%
  • Between 18-24 20%
  • Between 25-34 30%
  • Between 35-50 22%
  • 50+ 22%
Nationalities
  • Germany
  • Netherlands
  • Italy
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Canada
  • Morocco
  • Russia
  • France
  • South Korea
  • Japan

Teachers at Instituto Picasso

General information

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Address

Instituto Picasso
Plaza de la Merced 20-1
29012, Malaga, Spain

Course cancellation policy
Free rebooking This is a Extralingo preferred policy

Free to reschedule course up to 15 days prior to arrival.

Accommodation cancellation policy
Free rebooking This is a Extralingo preferred policy

Free to reschedule up to 15 days prior to arrival.

Payment policy
Flexible (recommended) This is a Extralingo preferred policy

A down payment of 30% is due upon booking and the full payment is due 29 days before arrival.

Visa information

For Residents of the EU/EEA and Switzerland

  • No visa required to study in Spain.

For Non-EU/EEA and Swiss Citizens

  • Less than 90 days: Schengen visa required.
  • More than 90 days: National Student Visa (Visado de Estudiante) required.
Regional / National Holidays
National holidays in Malaga, Spain

Malaga has the following national holidays. Please note that schools might be closed on these days. The school will inform you about the exact dates once you request a booking.

Name: Date:
Day of Andalucía 28-02-2024
Maundy Thursday 28-03-2024
Assumption 15-08-2024
Fiesta Nacional de España 12-10-2024
Constitution Day 06-12-2024
Frequently asked questions
Are the teachers native speakers?
Yes, all of the teachers at Instituto Picasso are native speakers, ensuring authentic language learning experiences.
Is there an emergency contact at the school?
Yes, Instituto Picasso has an emergency contact available for all students that need immediate assistance. This contact will be provided before your arrival at the school.
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