Comfortability 71.42%
Accommodation 60%
Activities 75%
Transport connections 66%
Schools 60%
  • City size

    Small city

  • Cost of life

    No expensive location

  • Safety

    Safe location

  • Touristic destination

    Cultural destination

  • Charming place

    UNESCO world heritage city

  • Co-official language

    Some activities and announcements in Galician

  • Accesibility

    Limited accessibility in Historic Center

ABSTRACT

Santiago de Compostela is a town in the north of Spain that is famous for being the destination of the different Caminos de Santiago. The Camino de Santiago is a European pilgrimage route that has its origins in the Middle Ages when pilgrims began to arrive in Santiago de Compostela to visit the tomb of the Apostle Santiago.

The city is not very big (less than 100,000 inhabitants) and is one of the main cultural destinations of Spain, with a large influx of tourists, as well as pilgrims, throughout the year. It is a university city with a lot of students. It is also the headquarter of the regional government.  So, for study or work reasons, a significant number of circumstantial inhabitants live in Santiago de Compostela.

The Historic Center of Santiago de Compostela has been declared by UNESCO a World Heritage Site.

Santiago de Compostela has a private school (Iria Flavia) and two centres dependent on the University: The Center for Modern Languages ​​and International Courses.

The Center for Modern Languages ​​is aimed at Socrates, Erasmus students or others who have special agreements with the University of Santiago de Compostela (students from other universities with an agreement, professors who are doing a stay abroad…). These students have the complementary activity of taking a Spanish course for foreigners. The main objective is to carry out another academic activity (degree course, doctorate, master’s degree…) for which they need to have a certain level of Spanish. That is why this centre does not offer cultural or tourist activities.

Cursos Internacionales is an ELE centre whose students have the sole academic objective of studying Spanish. To facilitate learning, cultural and tourist activities are managed as a complementary part of the Spanish courses.

The Iria Flavia Academy is the only centre accredited by the Cervantes Institute. They have a varied offer of courses: general courses, courses for teachers of Spanish for foreigners and group courses. The academic offer is completed with different complementary activities to carry out during the immersion stay (excursions, guided tours, cultural activities…)

  • Residences

    University residences for students and teachers

  • Shared flat

    Wide offer

  • Hotel

    Charming hotels (touristic city)

  • Host families

    Limited offer

  • Tourist apartment (Airbnb)

    Limited offer in the most charming area

  • Tours and excursions

    City tours and excursions to interesting nearby places

  • Gastronomy

    “Tapas” area

  • Nigth life

    All week long

  • Shopping

    Shopping city area and malls

  • Concerts and live shows

    Wide cultural offer

  • Sports

    Camino de Santiago trekking and hiking routes

  • Exchange meetups

    Less than 5 meetings point for language exchange

  • Beach and sea sports

    No beach nor sea sports

  • Airport

    City airport

  • Nearby international airports

    A Coruña (35 m by car); Vigo (1h by car);

    Oporto (2h 23m by car); Madrid (3h by AVE)

  • Train station

    AVE train station

  • Walkable city

    Small location (walkable)

  • Transport platform

    Only taxi (no Uber nor Cabify)

  • Underground-Metro

    No underground-metro

  • Prestige

    Outstanding and prestigious University

  • Accreditation

    Instituto Cervantes accredited  Schools

  • Co-official language

    Galician co-official language with singularity expressions and accents

  • ELE schools

    Less than 5 IE accredited ELE schools

  • Students

    Less than 10.000 ELE students per year

SCHOOLS DIRECTORY

IRIA FLAVIA

C/ Pérez Costanti, 18, bajo, 15702 Santiago de Compostela

CURSOS INTERNACIONALES USC

Campus Vida, Universidad Santiago de Compostela, Av. das Ciencias, 2, 15782 Santiago de Compostela, A Coruña
COMFORTABILITY
  • City size

    Small city

  • Cost of life

    No expensive location

  • Safety

    Safe location

  • Touristic destination

    Cultural destination

  • Charming place

    UNESCO world heritage city

  • Co-official language

    Some activities and announcements in Galician

  • Accesibility

    Limited accessibility in Historic Center

ABSTRACT

Santiago de Compostela is a town in the north of Spain that is famous for being the destination of the different Caminos de Santiago. The Camino de Santiago is a European pilgrimage route that has its origins in the Middle Ages when pilgrims began to arrive in Santiago de Compostela to visit the tomb of the Apostle Santiago.

The city is not very big (less than 100,000 inhabitants) and is one of the main cultural destinations of Spain, with a large influx of tourists, as well as pilgrims, throughout the year. It is a university city with a lot of students. It is also the headquarter of the regional government.  So, for study or work reasons, a significant number of circumstantial inhabitants live in Santiago de Compostela.

The Historic Center of Santiago de Compostela has been declared by UNESCO a World Heritage Site.

Santiago de Compostela has a private school (Iria Flavia) and two centres dependent on the University: The Center for Modern Languages ​​and International Courses.

The Center for Modern Languages ​​is aimed at Socrates, Erasmus students or others who have special agreements with the University of Santiago de Compostela (students from other universities with an agreement, professors who are doing a stay abroad…). These students have the complementary activity of taking a Spanish course for foreigners. The main objective is to carry out another academic activity (degree course, doctorate, master’s degree…) for which they need to have a certain level of Spanish. That is why this centre does not offer cultural or tourist activities.

Cursos Internacionales is an ELE centre whose students have the sole academic objective of studying Spanish. To facilitate learning, cultural and tourist activities are managed as a complementary part of the Spanish courses.

The Iria Flavia Academy is the only centre accredited by the Cervantes Institute. They have a varied offer of courses: general courses, courses for teachers of Spanish for foreigners and group courses. The academic offer is completed with different complementary activities to carry out during the immersion stay (excursions, guided tours, cultural activities…)

ACCOMMODATION
  • Residences

    University residences for students and teachers

  • Shared flat

    Wide offer

  • Hotel

    Charming hotels (touristic city)

  • Host families

    Limited offer

  • Tourist apartment (Airbnb)

    Limited offer in the most charming area

ACTIVITIES
  • Tours and excursions

    City tours and excursions to interesting nearby places

  • Gastronomy

    “Tapas” area

  • Nigth life

    All week long

  • Shopping

    Shopping city area and malls

  • Concerts and live shows

    Wide cultural offer

  • Sports

    Camino de Santiago trekking and hiking routes

  • Exchange meetups

    Less than 5 meetings point for language exchange

  • Beach and sea sports

    No beach nor sea sports

TRANSPORT CONNECTIONS
  • Airport

    City airport

  • Nearby international airports

    A Coruña (35 m by car); Vigo (1h by car);

    Oporto (2h 23m by car); Madrid (3h by AVE)

  • Train station

    AVE train station

  • Walkable city

    Small location (walkable)

  • Transport platform

    Only taxi (no Uber nor Cabify)

  • Underground-Metro

    No underground-metro

SCHOOLS
  • Prestige

    Outstanding and prestigious University

  • Accreditation

    Instituto Cervantes accredited  Schools

  • Co-official language

    Galician co-official language with singularity expressions and accents

  • ELE schools

    Less than 5 IE accredited ELE schools

  • Students

    Less than 10.000 ELE students per year

SCHOOLS DIRECTORY

IRIA FLAVIA

C/ Pérez Costanti, 18, bajo, 15702 Santiago de Compostela

CURSOS INTERNACIONALES USC

Campus Vida, Universidad Santiago de Compostela, Av. das Ciencias, 2, 15782 Santiago de Compostela, A Coruña

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