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Avis de Anna J. (Bronx - USA)
publié en Septembre 2016 - USA
Unacceptable Abuse of Staff
The director is constantly yelling at the staff in front of the students: one episode that happened just today was the director yelling at our teacher for shutting the classroom door during his class, and then she proceeded to fire him during our lunch hour. It sounds like the Institute doesn't provide contracts for their employees, so they have no protection against workplace abuse. Personally, I plan to just hire a private tutor, which at 20,000 pesos an hour is far cheaper for the student, yet still pays the teachers far more than the 1,200 pesos they're paid at the Institute. I do not plan to pay one more peso to the Institute, and I hope others refrain too until the management starts providing contracts to its workers so Colombia's worker protections would apply.
Avis de Caroline G. (Zurich - Switzerland)
publié en Février 2016 - Switzerland
Very Good Experience!
I am studying spanish in this spanish school for two weeks and it is a very good experience.first there is a test you have to do and then your individual program will be prepared. that is very eficent. i like to learn in this school, because the teacher are very friendly and profesional. i am also teacher and am satisfied with spanish world insitute in cartagena. i would recommend to come here and learn spanish.
Avis de Jasmine F. ()
publié en Décembre 2015
Fantastic teachers, terrible management
Let me preface this by stating that the teachers are wonderful. Very patient, very knowledgeable. It's a shame that the director doesn't respect them, because they are the only thing the school has going for it. The director often yells at the teachers, in front of the students or within earshot. I also witnessed her yelling at a student and threatening to kick them out for querying being overcharged. She is highly unprofessional.
In regards to the classes, I was placed in a class with a group all more significantly advanced than I. I was an absolute beginner. It certainly hindered my learning and was frustrating for all involved, though the teachers were all wonderfully patient with me. Still, I didn't get as much out of the 2 weeks as I may have had I been in the correct class.
In regards to accommodation, I stayed in the student apartment. It was lovely, but I found out while there that the director rented it out on AirBnb for half the price she charged us. We were ripped off. Also, they overbooked it one night and asked a student to vacate a day early, then refused to refund for the night. As she only accepts cash there is no recourse, and it seems once she has your money she doesn't care anymore. She forgets that the students are clients. I don't know whether it's greed or incompetence.
If you have no dealings with her or nothing going wrong then you'd probably have a pleasant experience here with the teachers, but be warned, if things go wrong with the director prepare to be yelled at, and never refunded.
Avis de Rich H. ()
publié en Août 2015
One of my colleagues was here last year (July 2014) and recommended the program. I looked into several schools and decided to give this school a try and I´m really glad I did. As a Spanish teacher, I look for schools (I´ve been to many) that are going to challenge me at my level. Due to the size of the school and the personal touch of the director and the teachers, they worked with me to have a great experience here. If you´re looking for a school, take a look at what they have to offer. While I was here in Colombia, I went to Cartagena (Getsamani) and stopped by the other branch of the school they have there. I got the impression that it is run with the same personal touch as the school in Bogota. In addition, the area where the school is located has a lot of life. So, overall it was very positve experience.
Avis de Scott P. (Atlanta - USA)
publié en Mars 2015 - USA
2015 a lot has changed
After reading these reviews I must state that New World Institute in Bogota is not the same as in these old reviews. I do not want to be negative though I only want to warn you not to get trapped. I had attended only 2 days ending March 18, 2015 and realized that the director, also a teacher was completely disrespectful and dishonest with both her students and staff yelling at them at times. The environment was quite stressful. In the 2 days I attended my teacher who was excellent was fired, 2 students did not return because they were not happy. I had prepaid for a week and most of my tuition was not returned. One student had left the class room crying and the only other original student left in my class is leaving at the end of the week because he is dissatisfied. This sounds like too much to occur in 2 days but this all happened as I had witnessed it. Also beware they do not accept credit cards which means when they have your money you have no recourse. On a positive note the teacher I had was an excellent instructor.
I had studied at several schools in Bogota for short periods of time but I chose this school because it was very close to where I was living. Please be careful, I was lucky I only got taken for about $130.00 but I spoke with several students at New World Institute who prepaid for several weeks and now are trapped or may potentially forfeit their tuition. I can recommend the following schools as I had attended them all and I did not experience anything similar to what I had mentioned above and they all accept credit cards: 1. Sergio Arboleda University 2. Universidad de La Saban 3. Escuela de Espanol Nueva Lingua. Check them out and do your homework. Good luck
Avis de Ryan M. (Spokane - USA)
publié en Décembre 2012 - USA
I had a good experience at the SWI and learned a lot in a short amount of time. In fact, I was shocked at how much I have learned in only one week. Additionally, the activities that we had during the week were a lot of fun and allowed us to see different neighborhoods within Bogota. The staff is extremely professional and are able to immerse you in the language. I definitely plan on taking more classes the next time I am in Bogota.
Avis de Jessica B. (USA)
publié en Novembre 2012 - USA
Not for serious students
All of the professors are knowledgeable and very kind. The problem with this school is the lack of structure...they use photocopies from various books and you never know what material you will be covering each day. They also had a very tough time managing the different levels of the students and were very late every day.
Avis de Paget F. (London - United Kingdom)
publié en Septembre 2012 - United Kingdom
SWI hugely improved my Spanish
After 16 weeks at Spanish World Institute I have completely transformed my level of Spanish from relatively basic to advanced.
The mixture of very knowledgeable teachers and tiny class sizes is a massive advantage.
The social activities organised by the school are also great for any newcomers to Bogota.
Avis de Marshal G. (USA)
publié en Août 2012 - USA
Flexible, Friendly, Fun
The school is quite good, the classes are a great value, the professors and wonderful and are able to tailor their lessons to your level or your interest.
I met a number of fascinating people here and have enjoyed my time immensely.
Avis de Matt D. (Washington - USA)
publié en Juin 2012 - USA
Strong Spanish School: Quality Teaching and Fun
Great school with good teachers, warm environment, good fellow students and a great city. Reccomend Columbia and this school in particular as a great vacation or way to learn Spanish quickly and enjoy doing so.
Avis de Edwige T. (Lome - Togo)
publié en Juin 2012 - Togo
Une ecole petite mais dymanique, de petits groupes pour un meilleur apprentissage de la langue, et un eñploi du temps adaptable à chacun. Idéal pour des cours intensifs et pour combiner les cours avec des activités culturelles.
Avis de Kait B. (New Jersey - USA)
publié en Mai 2012 - USA
Learned lots of spanish and had fun!
I arrived in Bogota having never studied Spanish but my teachers at SWI began speaking to me in Spanish from the beginning. I’ve learned a lot of Spanish and now can hold fairly substantial conversations in Spanish after less than 5 weeks. At SWI I had small class sizes (1-3 students per class during May. I’m not sure if this is a slower season and how big class sizes are in the summer, but generally I believe they are less than 5 or 6). The small size allows the school to be very accommodating. Each week new students arrived and were placed with existing students based on language level.
Teachers: The teachers were exceptional, friendly and made learning Spanish grammar pretty straight forward. I learned a lot about Colombia from them in addition to Spanish. Semi-intensive classes are organized so that you have 2 hours of grammar a day and 2 hours of practicing Spanish.
Excursions: Also, the school organizes two social activities during the week. One is a dinner in a different neighborhood each week and the other is a fun excursion in or around Bogota. So far we’ve taken a bike tour of Bogota, visited a small town outside of Bogota, are going horseback riding in the mountains, etc.
Host family: I arranged my accommodation through SWI and live essentially in a boarding house with Colombian university students from across the country. It has been a great way to meet people and practice Spanish. The house is about a ten minute walk from the school in a safe neighborhood. The guy who runs the house is friendly, fun and very accommodating. When I arrived he helped me get oriented to the city and the neighborhood. Also there is a woman who cooks two meals a day for everyone in the house. My room is big enough for essential furniture, has a nice size closet and a view of the Andes mountains. The only drawback is that the bathroom is shared with about 8 people
I would definitely study here again
Avis de Alexis M. (Grand Rapids - USA)
publié en Mai 2012 - USA
The teachers at SWI are very professional and well educated. Of the three Spanish language schools I´ve attended (others in Central America), the teachers here are more highly educated and able to explain Spanish grammer rules much more efficiently than teachers at the other schools. Additionally, they are all extremely personable and professional. I have enjoyed my time here and feel that after two weeks, I have improved my Spanish speaking skills.
Avis de Scott R. (USA)
publié en Avril 2012 - USA
I met with Maria, the owner, to discuss about the potential options for individual courses. I was able to design the course and continuously adapt it to my needs for business level Spanish in Latin America. I had two different professors, interacted with other students, had the opportunity to participate in cultural activities and ultimately improve my Spanish. I recommend this school for people wanting to learn in an interesting manner.
Avis de David H. (London - United Kingdom)
publié en Février 2012 - United Kingdom
I attended a week long course at the Spanish World Institute in February 2012 and found the school to be well-organised and friendly. I already had some Spanish knowledge, and the course was adapted to my needs. I felt I improved a lot over the week and that this was due to the high standard of teaching. I´d definitely recommend this school.
Avis de Hamish M. (Londres - United Kingdom)
publié en Janvier 2012 - United Kingdom
Great experience, very friendly teachers. The classes are well structures and progressive and i learned a great deal. would definitely recommend these guys to others. I searched around a bit for the right school and SWI was the best for me. In addition the break in the middle of the morning doesnt encroach on your study time!
Avis de Sam J. (Vancouver - Canada)
publié en Janvier 2012 - Canada
Spanish World Institue has very good teachers, and their classes are very reasonably priced. They are also very good about being flexible with travel plans, etc, and finding a program that is right for you and your schedule. I would recommend it.
Avis de Florentine O. (Amsterdam - Netherlands)
publié en Janvier 2012 - Netherlands
De afgelopen drie weken hier op SWI waren super. Van de georganiseerde pick up vanaf het vliegveld naar mn gastgezin, tot de culturele uitstapjes met de leraren op de vrijdagen. Drie weken geleden had ik nog nooit Spaans gesproken of ook maar een les gehad. Met grammatica in de ochtenden en volcabulary in de middagen kon ik al snel deze nieuwe taal gebruiken. Oefeningen, spelletjes, films, uitstapjes in en net buiten bogota, avonden uit met de andere leerlingen, allemaal leuk en een plrezier om op meerdere manieren te leren. Nu drie weken later ga ik verder met mn Zuid Amerika reis met een nieuwe taal op zak, dankzij deze goede, leuke en vooral
Avis de Ayaz A. (Lahore - Pakistan)
publié en Décembre 2011 - Pakistan
My experience of SWI
I have taken spanish classes in the evening in SWI and my experience in SWI was great. I was studing spanish as a part time student (betwen 2-6 hrs per week) as my work didn´t allow me to study spanish during the day. SWI was kind enough to accomodate me in their schedule. The quality of teaching in this institute is great, the professors give full attention to their students. I recommend this institute to anybody who would like to study spansih. Highly Recommended.
Avis de Emil C. (Braila - Romania)
publié en Décembre 2011 - Romania
I arrived in Colombia in August 2011 to work in a project. Soon i realized that not only i need Spanish for my job, but also to interact and to enjoy my time here. SWI gave me a lot of help by teaching me the basics of the language for both my work and also to enjoy this amazing country. All the teachers are more than qualified and they were more than pacient with me. The classes were well balanced, covering all my need. I had a wonderfull time here at SWI i hope others will enjoy as well. Thank you!