Spanish Immersion School in Santiago, Chile

“I originally signed up to go to the school for 6 weeks but liked it so much that I signed up for another 6 weeks and then again for another 8 weeks, true story.” – Burke T, Maryland

ECELA Santiago

  • Prime Location On a quiet residential street in Providencia, convenient to local cafes and restaurants as well as important sites downtown and Bellavista.
  • Study in Comfort Our school in Santiago occupies a converted mansion, with large common areas including an outdoor patio area for churrascos..
  • Flexible Options Start any week of the year and study from one week to four months. No charge to switch to another Ecela school.
  • Scheduled Activities Learn to dance salsa, cook regional dishes, explore the nearby Andes, and much more. View descriptions of Santiago activities and excursions.

Why Study Spanish in Santiago, Chile

exterior of Ecela in Santiago

Outside ECELA Santiago, located on a quiet residential street in convenient Providencia.

Santiago, a city of 6 million residents, is a central starting point for many sports such as rafting, hiking, mountaineering (climbing) and skiing.

The city is situated in the center of Chile making it an appealing place to begin your travels, as other parts of the country and region are easily accessible from here.

Our school is located in Providencia, one of the best neighborhoods in Santiago.

It is the ideal location for your Spanish immersion school in Chile, close to many restaurants, bars, cafes, attractive parks, museums, cinemas and shops. Providencia is an upper-middle class neighborhood and is safe at all hours.





The Guidebooks on Santiago, Chile …

Lonely Planet:

Gourmets feast on world-class cuisine in Bellavista and Providencia, bohemians gather in the charming old district of Barrio Brasil, while the city is dotted with fine museums and a flourishing arts scene. With a booming café culture and leafy, exotic suburban parks, Santiago has an infectious energy and a growing confidence. more..

Frommer’s:

Chile’s capital is a dynamic, modern city where colonial mansions sit among soaring skyscrapers, folk art becomes fashion and Latin and European cultures intertwine. The city is reinventing itself, with arts, nightlife, and restaurant scenes that have never been better, making this thriving and sophisticated metropolis into the civic, cultural, and historical nucleus of the country. Enjoy it all while gazing up at the peaks of snow-dusted Andes range surrounding the city’s extremities. more…

How to Find Ecela Santiago:


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Ecela Santiago: Roman Diaz 297 (Providencia)
Phone: (2) 9186-711






photos of cultural activities to supplement the Spanish classes in Santiago

Fun Activities In and Around Santiago
City tour of Santiago

Colonial barrio on the city tour of Santiago.

Santiago City Tour– Schedule to take part in a city tour so that you can familiarize yourself with Santiago and its treasures. City tours will take you to destinations within and near the city that you can later explore on your own if you’d like. You will visit historical locations located in the “old city” as well as hot spots in the financial district. Your city tour will also take you to see places like Santa Lucia Hill, which boasts beautiful fountains, plazas and interesting corridors. Among other treasures this is truly a unique stop on a Santiago city tour.

Marvelous Wine Tasting – The climate and soil conditions in Chile are the reasons why Chileans have been making wine for centuries. Some of the local vineyards have been in operation for generations. Chile has become a strong producer of wines globally. Schedule your vineyard and wine tasting tour to see where and how these wines are made.

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Into the Kitchen – During your first day at the Ecela school there will be a welcome reception and there you will have a chance to taste some local cuisine. Traditional Chilean cuisine includes ceviche, carne mechada, and cancato y cazuela among other dishes. During your stay you can take a cooking class to learn how to make some of these traditional Chilean dishes, and then replicate them at home. This is a great way to learn Spanish in Santiago.

Cueca lessons – The ceuca is the national dance of Chile. This dance, and the vibrant music that accompanies it is a cultural representation of the country and the people. Learning the cueca dance will be an interesting element in your experience of Spanish immersion in Chile.

Unique Excursions Near Santiago
Spanish course in Santiago excursion - horseback riding in the Andes.

The Andes mountains, visible from Santiago, are popular for horseback riding.

Cabalgatas y Asado  –  Seeing the Andes Mountains on horseback is a once in a lifetime experience. A one-day excursion can be booked to see the mountains in a unique way. At the end of your hike you will be treated to a traditional Chilean asado (barbeque). You and your group will share great food and great stories- this is what long-time friendships are built on.

Journey to Viña del Mar / Valparaiso –  The Historic Quarter of Valparaiso is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This port city is distinctive and makes for a great exploration. Valparaiso is the 3rd largest metropolitan region in Chile and includes the beautiful and luxurious resort town of Viña del Mar, “The Garden City” to the north.

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Pottery, Empanadas, and a Visit to Isla Negra - If you are looking for a getaway from your learning Spanish in Santiago, and you enjoy artisan shopping, casual dining, and a spectacular tour be sure to book this getaway. A day trip to Pomaire and Isla Negra is a must-do. The small town of Pomaire is a pottery lover’s dream. The town is famous for its artisan shops and its empanadas. After strolling through the shops and picking up some souveniers, grab an empanada for lunch. Your excursion will include a visit and tour of Pablo Neruda’s house on Isla Negra. The Noble Prize winning poet has 3 homes, but this is the most known and largest- and the only one that is on the “Black Island.”

Santiago is culturally rich, beautiful and active city. Whether you choose to do activities within the city or venture out a bit farther, you will be impressed with the land and the people. From centuries-old towns to traditional artisan shops, there is no shortage of things to do during your stay in Santiago.

Ecela Santiago Activities & Excursions Monthly Calendars

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I wouldn’t hesitate one second to come back if I had the chance.

Wow, it was an amazing and unforgettable time at ECELA Santiago!

I came with only a few words of Spanish and left with so much more than expected: not only that I learned so quickly and easily the language because of the very good and friendly teachers who make learning Spanish fun and interesting and the good concept of teaching that combines class lessons and private lessons if you take an intensive course, but I also met some absolutely great people from all over the world and found some new friends.

I enjoyed my time at ECELA so much that I spontaneously decided to stay 2 weeks longer than originally planned and I wouldn’t hesitate one second to come back if I had the chance to.

It was definitively one of the best times of my life! Thank you ECELA amigos for everything, I’m still missing you all!

by Mara Frei from Switzerland

It’s like a big family full of student and staff :-)

What’s a GREAT time in ECELA Santiago!!! I stayed 10 weeks in the school, and I already miss it. My level increased a lot, more that I expected.

The classes are very interesting, the teachers very friendly and ready to explain again if you didn’t understand We laughed a lot, but always learning, big thanks to my teachers.

During all my stay, I met a lot of people from everywhere, and this was perfect to practice Spanish outside of the class.

I felt so good in this school, it’s like a big family full of student and staff :-) You, who read this message, go to ECELA. You will really enjoy, have fun, learn about Chile, Santiago, and of course Spanish.

by Mattieu LaCoste from France

The quality and caliber of instruction and curriculum is unparalleled.

The quality and caliber of instruction and curriculum is unparalleled. I have been a high school English and ESL teacher for the past eight years in California and I stand in awe of the natural talent, insight and mastery of the ECELA teachers.

I truly believe that teaching a language to a non-native speaker is one of the most challenging callings on earth. My two teachers, Ricardo and Francisco, were unbelievably talented, patient and engaging in their instructional strategies and classroom management. As a teacher myself, I know the challenges of language instruction. I can truly say that in my career as an educator, these two teachers are the two most talented and effective in their classroom practice.

by Wendy Savinar from California

The time I spent at ECELA exceeded all expectations…

The time I spent at ECELA exceeded all expectations that I had going in. The teachers were absolutely amazing, and we also had a great time as a group going out on the town and experiencing the night life, as well as a host of other activities.

I also had the opportunity to volunteer at a local YMCA where I helped teach English which was very enjoyable and fun. All in all, I would recommend ECELA to anybody looking to learn spanish and have an amazing time in Latin America!!

by Nick Batlle from USA

Now, Spanish is like a second native language to me

Spanish School in Santiago Chile – In 2006 I took an intensive two month course at ECELA while I lived in Chile for six months.  I had a great time from the very first day: the teachers were nice, their classes were really entertaining, and I learned a ton of things. 

I also met a lot of people (other students) from different countries at ECELA.  Also, I really liked all of the activities that ECELA offered every week: excursions, cooking classes, soccer games…I wasn’t bored for a second.

I took one of the prep courses and passed the DELE with a really good score.  Now, Spanish is like a second native language to me, thanks to ECELA and the instructors (I’m still in contact with some of them).  The months I spent at the school have been some of the best months of my life!!

by Susanne Meier from Germany






The homestays are an additional aspect that shouldn’t be missed. It’s a great way to integrate immediately into the language and culture.

I’ve been to four of ECELA’s schools, and as a Spanish teacher I applaud their efforts in creating an enjoyable atmosphere for learning Spanish at all levels from beginner to advanced.

ECELA’s schools are more than just language schools, they are learning communities that support the sometimes challenging process of learning another language. The teachers and support staff are the key to the success.

The schools in Peru have been a very special experience for me. Through my experiences in Cusco and Lima, they have introduced me to a country that I’m sure I will return to.

I was pleasantly surprised by my experience in Lima. It exceeded my expectations in all ways. The city is exciting, the views in Miraflores are beautiful and the school was thoroughly enjoyable. I’m so glad I chose to complete my studies at ECELA here in the capital.

The homestays are an additional aspect that shouldn’t be missed. It’s a great way to integrate immediately into the language and culture. I highly recommend ECELA for its excellent program.

by Rich Hance from USA

I had a better experience than I ever could have imagined

When I decided to study at Ecela, I was looking for a school that had good classes and a comfortable environment. But when I got there, I had a better experience than I ever could have imagined.

The class structure was organized, and the small classes helped me learn quickly. The school’s staff was really kind and professional.

Also the school’s excursions are a great opportunity to learn outside of the classroom. The salsa classes and the barbecues were the most fun.

I recommend this school to everyone.

by Leslie Husbans from Barbados

The instructors are fun, dynamic, and really smart, and they have so much patience!

My experience at the school was nearly perfect. I met a lot of nice, friendly people, students and instructors alike. The instructors are fun, dynamic, and really smart, and they have so much patience! The school is really organized and hardly ever has any problems. The people at the school always want to help. They’re friendly and fantastic!!

by Thomas Fey from England

I hope to return at another time and take one-on-one classes.

The school is great all-around: classes, cleanliness, and organization. With a teacher as excellent as Carolina Villalobos, each lesson was clear and well-explained. That’s why I never left class with any unresolved questions.
I would have liked to have stayed longer, but it wasn’t possible.

Now that I have all the information, I hope to return at another time and take one-on-one classes. I’m thankful for the administration, the teacher, and my classmates. ¡¡¡Gracias!!!

by Ana Paula Santos from Brazil

I’m just blown away by how good all of the teachers are.

I studied on my own a little bit, never in a school, but I took a short Berlitz language class in the US. They [ECELA and Berlitz] are not even comparable.

ECELA is far better. Berlitz is world-renowned, but there is no comparison at all. The teachers at ECELA are trained in linguistics and how to teach language. I’m just blown away by how good all of the teachers are.

by Gerald Lucas from New Jersey

When I started, I knew nothing. But now I can speak Spanish to people and they understand me!

Hola, everyone!

Thank you so much for your time, your patience, and your help.
When I started, I knew nothing. But now I can speak Spanish to people and they understand me!
I was here for only two weeks, but I’d like to stay longer!

It’s so exciting to learn Spanish and meet so many great people at the same time.
Thank you for everything.

If I am ever in Miraflores I will definitely come and visit!

by Nicola Monk from England

ECELA is useful for everyone, no matter how old you are. I’m 75, and I’ve learned a lot in such a short time.

I think I’m living proof that ECELA is useful for everyone, no matter how old you are. I’m 75, and I’ve learned a lot in such a short time.

I’ve had a great time. My wife and I had an exceptional homestay. The woman we stayed with is an extraordinary cook. She was really generous with the food and with her time speaking with us in Spanish.

by Tom Heath from Maryland

I liked the fact that I had a different teacher every two weeks

I was in the school for 2 months and I had a nice time! Especially the private lessons I took were very useful. I had a combination of group lessons and private lessons and for me this was the best thing.

In the group lessons we learned a lot but we also had a lot of fun, and in the private lessons I had to speak an hour a day only in Spanish which was hard but very useful. I had really nice teachers and I liked the fact that I had a different teacher every two weeks. The school is nice and located in a nice neighborhood.

I loved the school and liked it very much that they organized a lot of activities in the week. We went out a lot with people from the school, students and staff, all together! The staff is very nice and because most of the people working there are still young it gives the school a nice and relaxed atmosphere.

by Tanja Reiter from Switzerland