Common Queries and Questions

Answers to frequently asked questions about our summer course duration, class sizes, minimum ages, language lessons, teachers, facilities, host families, excursions, etc.....!

  • When does the course begin and end? +

    The course is from July 1st to July 22nd, 2018.
  • Is it possible to study for shorter than 3 weeks? +

    Yes. 1-week (€700) and 2-week (€1300) packages are also available for the summer programme. We recommend that all students start on the same date (1st July 2018) as everyone will be arriving on the same date and will enjoy the experience of discovering Valencia for the first time together. Please contact us for details of specific return flight arrangements if you wish to come for a period shorter than our standard 3-week programme.
  • I want to return from Alicante airport. Can you accompany me to the airport? +

    Yes. The transfer fee is 150 euros.
  • What happens if I only want to do a one or two week course. How do I get home from Valencia in this case? +

    If you are 16 or over it is possible for you to travel on Ryanair flights alone within the euro zone. After your have completed your time here (one week or two weeks) we can accompany you to the check-in at Valencia airport. From this airport you can make your return journey back to Dublin.
  • How much does the course cost? +

    €1900. This includes the tuition (22 hours of class every week with native Spanish teachers), cost of all full and half day excursions, a supervised sports and activity programme, a Valencia travel card (unlimited travel on public transport for the duration of the course), accommodation and food for three weeks with a host family (breakfast and dinner with host family, packed lunch and snack provided).
  • Is there a savings scheme for the programme? +

    Yes. The deposit (€300) is payable by March 1st 2018. The balance is payable on the 1st June 2018. You can, if you wish, pay in installments between these dates. Please contact us for payment arrangements for the Summer 2018 programme.
  • Where will I be studying? +

    You will be studying in a language academy on Calle del Vinalopo 15, which is located half-way between the beach and the city centre. Read More
  • Are there discounts available for brothers and sisters? +

    Yes. We offer a 10% discount for the second member of a family attending our courses, and 15% for third and subsequent students.
  • Are there any places left on the course? +

    Yes. As soon as the course is full, we will update the homepage of the website, as well as this FAQ.
  • How do I enrol for the course? +

    A €300 deposit secures your place, with the remaining balance to be paid before June 1st, 2018.
  • How do I pay for the course? +

    Payment is by bank transfer to the Centre of Spanish Studies account. Click on the "payment" page for more details.
  • Are flight prices included in the course fee? +

    No. Students will travel on Ryanair's Dublin to Valencia flight on Sunday July 1st 2018, returning on Ryanair's Valencia to Dublin flight on July 22nd 2018. Some groups will be accompanied by their Spanish teacher, who will act as group leader for that group. CSS will also have a representative on the flight.
  • I'm under 16. How do I book the Ryanair flights? +

    Children under 16 travelling need to be linked to an accompanying adult (CSS representative). The reservation for a child under 16 needs to be booked online (as an adult). Once the booking has been made, please contact us so we can link the flights together.
  • What is the refund policy? +

    Any amount paid up to two weeks before the beginning of the course is refunded in full. After this time, the deposit (€300) is non-refundable. The remaining course fee, however, will be refunded.
  • Do I need to take a placement exam? +

    A placement test will be done on the first day of classes (July 2nd). This is to ensure you are placed in the correct level.
  • Is there a minimum age requirement to enrol in the programme? +

    The programme is open to students aged 13 to 18.
  • Do I need to purchase a textbook? +

    No. All course materials are provided by CSS.
  • How many hours of classes are there? +

    Students study for 4 hours every morning from Monday to Friday. After lunch, there is one more hour of class three days a week. Students study for 22 hours per week in total.
  • What is the average class size? +

    Average class size is 6-8 students per class, with a maximum of 10. These small class sizes compare favourably with typical class sizes in secondary schools in Ireland and give students a much better opportunity to speak and practise in the class.
  • How many students are in a class? +

    The maximum number of students in each class is 10.
  • Where is CSS located? +

    CSS is located in the University area of Valencia, approximately 10 minutes by public transport to the beach and the city centre.
  • What facilities are there at CSS? +

    We have bright, modern classrooms with whiteboards, projectors and the internet in every classroom.
  • Will I have access to the Internet at CSS? +

    Yes. Wi-fi is available throughout the school.
  • How do you select your host families? +

    We visit each family to ensure the quality of the accommodation.
  • Are host families vetted by the police? +

    Yes. All families are vetted by the Spanish police (similar to the Garda vetting procedure in Ireland).
  • How do you find a host family that suits me? +

    We have detailed profiles on all our host families, and we do our best to match them with your needs as much as possible.
  • Can I be in the same family as my friend? +

    We have a policy of only one English-language speaking student per family, and so it isn't possible to share with your friend. But you will have plenty of time to spend with your friend both within the language academy and also during the activities and cultural excursions.
  • Do I need to bring sheets and towels? +

    No - the host family will provide you with everything you need.
  • Will I be able to do my laundry at my host family? +

  • Will I have my own bathroom (en-suite) in my host family? +

    We cannot guarantee you will have your own en-suite in your host family.
  • Can you guarantee me a smoke free host family? +

    Yes. If you request a smoke free host family we will make sure this is taken into account when assigning you your host family.
  • Can I stay in a host family really near the school? +

    Our families are either in the area near the school, or conveniently connected via public transport from the school.
  • What if I don't like the food? +

    If you have any special dietary requirements, please mention these at the time of booking and your host family will take your needs into account. If there are particular things that you just don't like eating, just let us or your host family know. We want you to enjoy your time here and you don't have to eat things that you don't like.
  • What happens if I am homesick? +

    We are an Irish-run company and will be here to help you in the first few days to help you adapt to the new environment. As with everything, it can take a few days to get used to your new surroundings but we are sure that within a few days you will be loving the programme and everything Valencia has to offer.
  • What sort of activities and excursions do you organise? +

    Typical activities include visits to places of cultural interest, food preparation class, sport at Valencia's famous beach, a trip to the City of Arts and Sciences and a trip to Aquopolis, a large water park in Valencia.
  • What if I have special needs and cannot do an activity? +

    We will work with you to ensure that you will be catered for and also fully enjoy your afternoon with activities that are right for you.
  • Does CSS cater to students with physical disabilities? +

    Yes. All facilities at CSS Valencia are wheelchair friendly.
  • What is Valencia City like for people with physical disabilities? +

    Valencia has a magnificent public transport system that is easily accessible to people with physical disabilities. Buses are equipped with low step systems and ramps for people of reduced mobility. Most metro stations offer lift services. The tram service is easily accessible. The city itself is very wheelchair friendly with wide pathways and safe, well-lit pedestrian crossings at most traffic lights.
  • How much spending money do I need? +

    The course price includes the cost of food, accommodation and excursions so the only extra money you will need is pocket money.
  • Should I bring much cash with me? +

    CSS does not recommend you bring much cash on arrival. We recommend you bring an ATM card and use it when appropriate. Make sure you can use your ATM card on mainland Europe.
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