June 2nd to 22nd 2024
July 7th to 27th 2024
We are a Spanish language school that offers Junior Cert and Leaving Cert Spanish summer courses in Spain.
Firstly, teachers here at CSS Valencia are native Spanish teachers who have years of experience teaching Spanish as a foreign language. In addition, all our teachers have a great knowledge of the Irish Curriculum at both Leaving Certificate and Junior Certificate Level.
Secondly, students will learn in a fun, relaxed environment. They will also get to know the culture, sights and sounds of the amazing city of Valencia, Spain.
- Students are accompanied on a recommended flight to Valencia by CSS representative or group leader.
- Entry-level test on the first day.
- 20 hours of class every week with native Spanish teachers.
- Individual student report.
- End of course certificate.
- Accommodation with a Spanish host family.
- Breakfast and dinner with the host family, packed lunch and snack provided.
- Transport card for bus, metro and tram.
- Full and half-day excursions.
- Supervised sports and activity programme.
- 24-hour emergency number.
Please note that flights are not included in the course fee. Some groups will be accompanied by a Spanish secondary school teacher from their school, who will act as group leader for that group. CSS will also have a representative on the flight who will act as a group leader for students who make individual bookings (i.e. not as part of a school group).
Accommodation and host families
Your accommodation is a really important part of your experience when studying here in Valencia. The best way to truly experience local culture and Spanish hospitality is to stay with our trusted host families. To optimise this experience of living with a local Spanish family, we allocate one student per household which allows for full family integration and enhancement of the language experience. Therefore, we have two members of staff dedicated to visiting and ensuring the quality of our homestays. Their primary objective is to make your stay as welcoming and comfortable as possible.
We only use host family accommodation that is either directly in the area near the school or conveniently connected via public transport. In addition, CSS strives to build strong relationships within the community and with all our host families.
All host families are vetted by the Spanish police (similar to the Garda vetting procedure in Ireland).
Full board is provided with breakfast, packed lunch and evening meal with an emphasis on a nutritious Mediterranean diet. It is important to us that students at CSS become members of the family during their stay. We want you to fit into normal family life here in Spain. We are confident this aspect of the course will be very beneficial in terms of language learning and cultural awareness. CSS Valencia ensures that all host families have internet so you can stay connected with family members back in Ireland during your stay. Valencian people are famous for their warm welcoming nature and genuine hospitality.
Culture and activities
At CSS we understand that learning needs to be fun. We believe that the best way to learn is by having exposure to Spanish both inside and outside the classroom. Therefore, we have designed a course which includes an action packed afternoon and evening activity programme. All of our activities are conducted through Spanish. These activities include a combination of cultural, sports and leisure activities.
Activities normally take place after the conversation classes in the afternoon. Students visit cultural exhibitions showcasing vibrant Spanish festivals and traditions. In addition, students also take part in sports, do arts and crafts, or watch a Spanish film. Sports usually take place on the beach and consist of volleyball, football and swimming, among others. However, activities are not organised for Friday afternoons. This gives students some free time to do as they wish.
We organise a full day excursion every Saturday.
We believe it’s important that our Junior Cert and Leaving Cert Spanish summer courses in Spain need to have an important cultural aspect. In that way, you get to experience and appreciate this great culture.
June 2nd to 22nd 2024.
July 7th to 27th 2024.
The course costs €2300 euros, with a €500 deposit to reserve your place. The remaining balance needs to be paid one month before the course commences.
If you are part of a school group, your Group Leader may be organising your reservation.
You can book your place directly by bank transfer to Centre of Spanish Studies, Valencia.
How to book
The first step is to contact us in relation to the details of the Summer Course 2024. We will set up a Zoom meeting in which we can explain the course to you and also, crucially, to find out what the prospective course participant expects to get out of the programme.
Once we have confirmed that the programme is suitable for the course participant, the next step is to pay the €500 course deposit directly by bank transfer to Centre of Spanish Studies, Valencia.
- Account Name: Native English Valencia S.L.
- Bank Address: Banco de Sabadell, Calle Manuel Candela, 46021, Valencia, Spain
- BIC Code BSABESBB
- IBAN Code ES31 0081 1323 6600 0109 0318
Common Queries and Questions about our Summer Course
Answers to frequently asked questions about our summer course duration, class sizes, minimum ages, language lessons, teachers, facilities, host families, excursions, etc…..!
Yes. 1-week (€850) and 2-week (€1600) packages are also available for the summer programme. We recommend that all students start on the first day of the course 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.
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.
€2300. This includes the tuition (20 hours of class every week with native Spanish teachers), cost of all full and half day excursions, a supervised 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).
Yes. The deposit (€500) secures your place on the course. The balance is payable one month before the course begins. You can, if you wish, pay in installments between these dates.
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.
Yes. We offer a 10% discount for the second member of a family attending our courses, and 15% for third and subsequent students.
Yes. As soon as the course is full, we will update the homepage of the website, as well as this FAQ.
Payment is by bank transfer to the Centre of Spanish Studies account. Click on the “payment” page for more details.
No. For the June 2024 course, students will travel on Ryanair’s Dublin to Valencia flight on Sunday June 2nd 2024, returning on Ryanair’s Valencia to Dublin flight on Saturday June 22nd 2023. For the July 2024 course, students will travel on Ryanair’s Dublin to Valencia flight on Sunday July 7th 2024, returning on Ryanair’s Valencia to Dublin flight on Saturday July 27th 2024. Course co-ordinator Edel will travel on these flights as the CSS representative.
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.
Any amount paid up to two weeks before the beginning of the course is refunded in full. After this time, the deposit (€500) is non-refundable. The remaining course fee, however, will be refunded.
A placement test will be done on the first day of classes. This is to ensure you are placed in the correct level.
The programme is open to students aged 13 to 18.
No. All course materials are provided by CSS.
Students study for 4 hours every morning from Monday to Friday. Students study for 20 hours per week in total.
Average class size is 8 students per class, with a maximum of 12. 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.
The maximum number of students in each class is 12.
CSS is located in the University area of Valencia, approximately 10 minutes by public transport to the beach and the city centre.
We have bright, modern classrooms with whiteboards, projectors and the internet in every classroom.
Yes. Wi-fi is available throughout the school.
We visit each family to ensure the quality of the accommodation.
Yes. All families are vetted by the Spanish police (similar to the Garda vetting procedure in Ireland).
We have detailed profiles on all our host families, and we do our best to match them with your needs as much as possible.
We have a policy of only one English-language speaking student per family, as we feel this is the best way for you to be fully immersed in Spanish life. 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.
No – the host family will provide you with everything you need.
We cannot guarantee you will have your own en-suite in your 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.
Our families are either in the area near the school, or conveniently connected via public transport from the school.
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.
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.
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. As there is one activity/excursion every weekday, and a full day excursion every Saturday, students will do 18 different activities/excursions during the course.
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.
Yes. All facilities at CSS Valencia are wheelchair friendly.
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.
The course price includes the cost of food, accommodation and excursions so the only extra money you will need is pocket money.
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.
Yes. All students will be accompanied by a CSS representative on our recommended flights.
All transfers are included in the price. Students will be transported from the airport to the school on day of arrival, where they will be met by their host families.
All transfers are included in the price. Students will be transported from their host families to the airport on the day of departure.
Yes. The transfer fee is 150 euros.
Valencia has a magnificent public transport system consisting of Metro, Bus and Tram. All areas of the city are easily accessible.
All students are provided with a Valencia Móbilis card on arrival. This entitles students to go on all public transport (Bus, Metro and Tram) for the duration of their stay.
Students must pay for the replacement of the lost card at a cost of €30.
A representative from CSS will be available 24/7 for any eventuality in Spain.
In case of an emergency contact +34 655 156 212.
In the unfortunate event of somebody having to return home during the course of the programme every effort will be made to get students on the next available flight. Every situation will be handled sensitively on a case by case basis.
If you have any questions about our courses, don’t hesitate to contact us. We would be delighted to answer any questions you have.