Are you looking for a Spanish Institute to embark an enthralling journey to fluency? With endless options, which one is the right for you? Here’s a first-of-its-kind review of Instituto Hispania, for anyone who’s looking to pick up Spanish in India.
Whatever the reason you may have, learning Spanish opens a whole world of opportunities to you. It enriches both your personal and professional trajectory in a unique way. The language of the upside-down question and exclamation marks, Spanish is a relatively easy language for the English speaker and Indians to learn.
Although I have written over 100 articles, this is the first time I am writing a review. You may wonder why I chose Instituto Hispania?
Firstly, it ticks all the right boxes, and it gave me a perfect choice of a high-quality Spanish language school in India. Secondly, my vivid memories of when I was learning Spanish there. Here’s more about my personal experience and a bit of a review about studying with Instituto Hispania.
About Instituto Hispania
Instituto Hispania’s story began in 1997. Realizing the great future of the Spanish language in India, Ms. Laura Benito, the founder, started Instituto Hispania to impart quality Spanish teaching in India. This Spanish woman has spent over 30 years in India, established a practical model of foreign language education to master effective communication and create a connection between cultures and communities, thereby enabling thousands of people in India to expand their opportunities.
For over 22 years, the Institute has offered courses and career-focused training in Spanish across India. With a multicity presence, Instituto Hispania teaches an average of 3500 students per year from basic to advanced levels of proficiency.
Currently, Instituto Hispania is present in 8 locations, which are scattered around 6 different cities — New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Pune, Patna and are now expanding to Kerala and Patna. With more than 30 classrooms and a dynamic team of around 130 people, this iconic institute has become synonymous for its expertise in offering quality training in Spanish.
Why Choose Instituto Hispania of all the Options?
In 2006, When the opportunity came up for me to learn some Spanish, I jumped at it even if it was a bit of a fun activity. At that time, there weren’t many options in Delhi. Tucked away in a small corner of Hauz Khas, I found Instituto Hispania to be the best one of all available options. So, I enrolled in the Certificado Basico (now they call Hispania Uno).
The two years that I spent at the centre completing all the levels were some of my best memories from my extended language learning journey. I doubt my Spanish would be at its current level–particularly my understanding of grammar, Spanish dialects, and culture of South America–without the help of the Instituto Hispania. Plus, I had an opportunity to meet some of the stupendous people, including Ms. Laura Benito and my Colombian Spanish teacher.
A disclaimer here that while I have studied there, this review gives my honest, genuine, and unbiased feedback. I have studied various languages at some of the most prestigious institutions like L’Alliance Française, Max Mueller, MOSAI, and more. I consider everything the same until proven otherwise.
My views and recommendations are based on research, my own first-hand experience, personal visit recently, and interaction and feedbacks with many other students. I’ve had quite a positive experience overall. So, here is my first comprehensive review of the Instituto Hispania Spanish Learning Institute.
1. Track Record and Brand — 10/10
The founder members Ms. Laura Benito Herraiz and Mr. Augustine K. Mathew, have begun with the principal objective of imparting quality teaching of Spanish language in India. The Instituto Hispania started out in New Delhi in 1997 but has since expanded to Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore, Chennai, and now opening in Kerala and Patna as well.
While there are plenty of Spanish learning Institutes across the country and every institution claims to be the best, there is a handful that has made a mark in this field. Instituto Hispania is undoubtedly one of them. Throughout the past two decades, they were able to help more than 75,000 students with learning Spanish.
The pioneering institute specializing in Spanish language, Instituto Hispania has designed and developed it’s methodology focused on the communicative approach and conducts eight levels of Spanish proficiency, ranging from beginners (A1) all the way up to advanced (C1). The centre has an exemplary track-record in providing the top-notch Spanish classes.
2. Location and accessibility — 10/10
Instituto Hispania is headquartered in New Delhi is presently located at S-347, Panchsheel Park. I like that the center is convenient and central – in the heart of South Delhi. While the New Delhi center is bustling and a bit overwhelmingly filled with young students, it’s undoubtedly cosmopolitan and well equipped. It’s a two-minute walk from the nearest metro station (Panchsheel – magenta line).
In Mumbai, Instituto Hispania is situated in two locations where they run operations – in well connected Khar (West) and easy-to-reach area of Mulund (Thane). In fact, all the centres are easily accessible within easy routes and located in the established neighborhood of the respective cities. Similarly, Instituto Hispania Chennai has its main centre in easy to reach location in Adyar, while also running a few batches in Nungambakkam location.
3. Infrastructure and Facilities — 9/10
Every classroom is equipped with state of the art equipment comprising of whiteboards, air-conditioning, screens, and audiovisual multimedia facilities. Also, the centre utilizes the latest digital platform to impart E-learning courses for online learners, and teachers are encouraged to integrate and use technology in the classroom.
Complete with an aesthetically pleasing infrastructure, multimedia resources, and a student area, it’s easy to pass an entire day in the pursuit of flawless Español.
The cultural aspect is an essential component of language learning. And to get involved and explore Hispanic culture, Instituto Hispania encourages students to participate in a wide array of cultural and interactive activities throughout the year. The cultural programs organized at the Institute bring the mesmerizing flavor of Spanish-speaking countries, involving its participants to know more about the historical significance and multitude of cultures that the Spanish language represents.
4. Accreditations and Recognition of Instituto Hispania — 9/10
The courses are structured into eight levels of competence and cover the study programs in accordance with international standards (CEFR). The Spanish curricula are designed to fulfill a didactic and pedagogical function – where each of the courses meets the requirements of instruction in such a way that the teaching of Spanish as a foreign language including the components of grammar, written expression, reading comprehension, listening comprehension, and oral exercises.
Instituto Hispania is an affiliated centre of F.I.D.E.S.C.U (Fundación Internacional para la Investigación y Desarrollo de la Cultura Española) under the Ministry of Education, Spain, and therefore conduct the exam of D.I.E. (Diploma Internacional de Español). Becoming an authorized test centre of D.I.E. is possible only when the Institute fulfills quality requirements to reach business excellence.
Like the DIE and DELE, the SIELE examination is also one of the most widely recognized International Spanish language Diplomas in the world. Since all the centres of Instituto Hispania, adhere to the same pattern concerning the guidelines, certification, education system and quality control, all centres have been accredited as official SIELE exam centres in India.
5. Experienced and Native Trainers — 10/10
Being face-to-face with a teacher is an invaluable experience. Other than experienced and qualified Indian Spanish trainers, Instituto Hispania also employs teachers who are native Spanish speakers from Spain or Latin America, which offers a more real-world look at how Spanish is used instead of purely book learning.
They have been specially selected to provide the most memorable experience for you. The teachers are incredible and very supportive. Most students I met praise their friendly and competent Spanish teachers. Moreover, continuous teacher training programs guarantee consistency in teaching quality.
Each new lesson is like a further step into the Hispanic culture. Thanks to teachers from different part of the world, it is a perfect place to experience the rich Hispanic culture, with breathtaking vignettes from South and Central American countries in unison with Spain.
6. Teaching Methodology and Techniques — 10/10
Instituto Hispania offers unparalleled Spanish language instruction with a specialized focus on speaking, listening, grammar, reading, and writing to students of all levels and needs. Following a communicative approach, the main objective of all their courses is to equip students with communicative competence, while prioritizing a robust grammatical foundation of the language.
The Spanish language learning methods themselves are super engaging and interactive, and you get to practice diverse conversation topics. Teachers use engaging mediums such as games and group activities during the classes to practice and learn while having fun. You will fall in love with the overall learning experience that you will get here.
The trainers use a varied range of colloquial terminology and commonly used expressions in the countries where the language is spoken, thereby preparing the learner with a realistic and culturally accurate context and enhancing linguistic competence across situations.
7. Spanish Courses at Instituto Hispania — 10/10
The Spanish program is divided into eight levels — Hispania Uno (A1) to up to Hispania Ocho (C1), and the study period varies from two to three months for each course, depending on your choice of weekday or weekend courses. Weekday courses can be completed within 5 to 6 weeks and typically run from Mondays to Thursdays, whereas weekend courses take about 10 weeks to complete.
For new students who might have some Spanish background already, Instituto Hispania conducts a Spanish Level Test to determine your proficiency and guide you which level to place you in. The level test consists of a written exam followed by a short oral examination.
Besides, it also conducts individual classes and custom courses with flexible scheduling, ranging from Spanish for kids to E-Learning. All their classes are held in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere where they strive for joy, interactivity, and professionality.
The class size ranges from 10-15 pax on average but can go up to 22 to 25 students in one batch, usually for elementary levels. For higher level you take, there typically are fewer students, averaging 8 to 10 pax. With a focus on teaching a small group of students, this institute believes in personal attention to each student.
8. Study Material and Effective Content — 9/10
The study materials play an essential role in Spanish teaching and learning. Over the past 22 years, Instituto Hispania is the first institute in India who has designed and developed productive, complete, and successful study materials for various levels matching the linguistic requirements to the Indian.
The “Hispania” is a series of textbooks of International Standards of quality and ideal for teaching Spanish to students of all levels. These books cover every aspect of Spanish, comprising of grammatical rules, vocabulary, various dialogues, speaking and listening modules, and practice exercises, all bound within a creative context.
Additional material produced by the Institute also supplements them, and sometimes individual teachers give extra notes on top of all this.
9. Job Placement and Guidance after Completing the Course — 9/10
Most of the Spanish students who learn Spanish up to B2 level are on the lookout for jobs. As the majority of students at Instituto Hispania are college students and young working professionals, many of them aim to find work as a Spanish expert/linguist support after achieving a certain level of proficiency.
With the current landscape of increasing globalisation, foreign companies are setting up offices in India and others are outsourcing processes to India. There is higher demand than supply of Spanish speaking support – and this is the precisely the gap that Instituto Hispania is trying to bridge. Thousands of students who successfully complete higher levels (minimum B2) at Instituto Hispania have been selected to work in various MNC’s all over the country.
Instituto Hispania occasionally organizes campus placement drives at their centers for the process of recruitment and selection of candidates. The last recruitment drive was in New Delhi, conducted in 2019 for Metlife and Amazon India, where over 80% of the candidates were selected by the respective companies (totally 45 students).
10. Fee Structure — 10/10
If you’re looking for the best Spanish institute with affordable fee structure, visit Instituto Hispania now.
If you wish to achieve DELE C1 from scratch, it will cost close to 3 Lakhs at Instituto Cervantes, New Delhi, by completing 16 individual levels for around 3 years. Granted that quality comes at a price, and Cervantes is a reputed name. But what if I tell you that you can attain the same quality and Spanish proficiency at the one-third price along with personal attention?
The fee at Instituto Hispania is quite affordable. With a price for each level at Rs. 15,300 inclusive of taxes, it is one of the more pocket-friendly Spanish institutes in Delhi and other parts of India, which still offers quality Spanish learning.
They understand that students are looking to invest in themselves by learning a new skill that they can use for a lifetime, both personally and professionally, and their prices are cost effective to help young people reach that goal. However, it’s not just their prices, which are attractive. With a high rating, it’s got excellent recommendations by former students, including me.
Recommendations and Ratings
The best way to learn Spanish is to combine your Spanish study course with a cultural aspect. Of course, Instituto Hispania is not the only institute available for you to learn Spanish. However, plenty of great reasons are available for you that makes Instituto Hispania stand out from the crowd. Taking everything into considerations, I am giving 96/100, i.e., A Rating of 4.8/5.
I highly recommend this place to anyone who shares a love and passion for the Spanish language and culture! If you’re after the language of El Amor, look no further than Instituto Hispania — the place to be when you are looking for a Spanish Institute in India.