Language Center - Sergio Arboleda University

The Program of Spanish as a foreign language


Program Summary:
The Program of Spanish as a foreign language
Program description:
Students should acquire the basic productive and receptive skills: speaking, writing, listening, and reading, according to their level. In order to do so, we use the communicative methodology, focused on the task-based learning approach. It allows the students to use the contents learnt in class to naturally communicate on a daily basis, and fulfill their real communicative needs. Our classes are highly personalized as class-sizes are small. We also plan monthly cultural trips, such as visits to museums and other sites of interest, for students to put into practice what they have learned in class and have a meaningful learning experience. These trips are planned throughout the course and depend on the availability of places to see.

The University Sergio Arboleda Language Center Program of Spanish as a foreign language offers a wide range of academic environments: Regular Spanish Course, Personalized Spanish Course, Spanish Immersion Course, Business in Spanish Course, Speaking and Writing Course and DELE Preparation Course.
Program aimed at: The Spanish for Foreigners courses are aimed at foreigners who wish to learn Spanish as a foreign language.
Levels: The Program of Spanish as a foreign language forges its base on the CEFR, organized as follows: Basic A1-A2, Intermediate B1-B2 and Advanced C1. 1) Regular Spanish Course: Basic Level A1-A2, Intermediate B1-B2 and Advanced C1. 2) Personalized Course: Basic Levels A1-A2, Intermediate B1-B2 and advanced C1. 3) Spanish Immersion Course: Basic Level A1-A2 and Intermediate B1. 4) Business in Spanish Course: Basic Levels A1-A2 and Intermediate B1-B2. 5) Conversation and Writing Course: Intermediate Level B2. 6) DELE Preparation Course: Basic Level A1-A2, Intermediate B1-B2 and Advanced C1-C2.
Hourly intensity: The Program of Spanish as a foreign language structures the course duration of their courses depending on the specific needs to each one: 1) and 2) Regular and personalized Spanish course: Basic Level A1 (120 hours); Basic A2 (120 hours); Intermediate B1 (160 hours); Intermediate B2 (160 hours); and Advanced C1 (200 hours) 3) Spanish Immersion Course: Basic A1 (40 hours); Basic A2 (60 hours) and Intermediate B1 (80 hours) 4) Business Spanish Course: Basic Level A1-A2 (160 hours); Intermediate B1 (160 hours) and Intermediate B2 (180 hours) 5) Conversation and Writing Course: 144 hours 6) DELE Preparation Course: All levels have the same duration (30 hours)
Starting and completion dates: The courses that we will offer on these scheduled dates are:
1) Regular Spanish Course 2017:
Cycle C1: Enrollment period, January 10-January 16. Course start: January 17 and course end on February 13
Cycle C2: Enrollment period, February 14 - February 20. Course Start: February 21, Course End: March 21
Cycle C3: Enrollment period, March 22 - March 28. Course Start: March 29 - Course End: May 3
Cycle C4: Enrollment period, May 4 - May 10. Course Start: May 11 - Course End: June 8
Cycle C5: Enrollment period, June 9 - June 15. Course Start: June 16 - Course End: July 18
Cycle C6: Enrollment period, July 19 - July 26. Course Start: July 27 - Course End: August 25
Cycle C7: Enrollment period, August 28 - September 1. Course Start: September 4 - Course End: September 29
Cycle C8: Enrollment period, October 2 - October 6. Course Start: October 9 - Course End: November 7
Cycle C9: Enrollment period: November 8 - November 15. Course Start: November 16 - Course End: December 14
* Note: The courses open with a minimum of eight (8) students

2) DELE Preparation Course:
A. DELE Exam May 12 and 13, 2017
Level: A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 y C2
Course: 30 hours
Schedule: 6:00pm-9:00pm
Enrollment period: April 20
Course start April 27
Course end May 11
Course price: COP$880.700
* Note: DELE Preparation Courses open with a minimum of five (5) students.

B. DELE Exam July 14, 2017
Level A2, B1, B2 and C1
Course 30 hours
Schedule 6:00pm-9:00pm
Enrollment period June 22
Course start June 29
Course end July 13
Course price: COP$880.700
* Note: DELE Preparation Courses open with a minimum of five (5) students.

C. DELE Exam November 24 and 25, 2017
Level A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 and C2
Course 30 hours
Schedule 6:00pm-9:00pm
Enrollment period November 2
Course start November 9
Course end November 23
Course price: COP$880.700
* Note: DELE Preparation Courses open with a minimum of five (5) students.



Associated services: The Program of Spanish as a foreign language offers tutorials in which the student may resolve questions about use of grammatical structures; there is also a conversation club where students can discuss different topics about Colombia and the Hispanic world, giving their opinions and ideas on various topics. Additionally, the student will have completely free additional benefits available to college students. These services include: the gym, salsa lessons, dancing and yoga. Also included is a university medical service. Similarly, there is free access to the university library and other activities scheduled by the university and free WIFI access.
Cultural activities included in the program: The Program of Spanish as a foreign language organizes various educational outings to different tourist sites of cultural interest, entertainment in the city and its surroundings such as museums, restaurants, parks, etc. in order to have an approach to Colombian and Latin American culture. These outings are scheduled each month.
Requirements for registration: In addition to a Level Test in which we can determine the level of new students, it is necessary to present a foreign identification card or passport with PIP-5, PIP-6 or PIP-10 (90 days validity) if they want to study for less three months or they must have a Business visa (N1, N2 or N4); Temporary (TP3, TP4 or TP10) or Resident (RE) (if the student plans to study for more than 3 months) and national or international health insurance. For foreign students who want to study for more than three months, the Language Centre provides both certification studies and the necessary documentation to change the visa status to a student visa; provided that the student has paid the selected Spanish course and signed a letter of commitment.
Cost per level or course: Spanish courses have different prices:
1) Regular Spanish Course:
Course price 40 hours, Regular price COP$605.000 After the due date COP$635.855
Until the last day of enrollment period at 12:00 pm. From the 1st day of class with an increase of 5%
2) Personalized Spanish Course:
4 Hours, Price per week COP$400.000, Price per hour COP$100.000
6 Hours, Price per week COP$570.000 Price per hour COP$95.000
8 Hours, Price per week COP$712.000 Price per hour COP$89.000
10 Hours, Price per week COP$840.000 Price per hour COP$84.000
+10 Hours, Price per hour COP$84.000

3) Spanish Immersion Course:
1 to 5 students Immersion Price per hour COP$115.920 (Group)
More than 5 +COP$10.080 (For each additional student)



Lodging Information for foreign students: The Program of Spanish as a foreign language has some accommodation contacts that we can provide the student if he/she is interested.
Contact: Juan Carlos González Liévano
Coordinador del Programa de español como lengua extranjera

Email: centro.idiomas@usa.edu.co
juanc.gonzalez@usa.edu.co
Phone: 325 75 00 • Ext.: 2541/2542/2544
Address: Carrera 13 No. 75-75
Web page: The Program of Spanish as a foreign language