Spain | Valencia | Work and Study
Work and Study
Our unique package provides opportunities for language students to study intensive lessons abroad whilst taking on a short-term work experience at one of our varied work placements. Working with our partner language schools across Europe, we provide a package tailored to suit your needs; study, work placement, accommodation, transport, transfers, insurance.
Work and Study packages are available for students studying at A Level or equivalent or higher. It is also suitable for Gap Year students and for university students or adults looking to improve their languages skills, even if it has been some time since they last studied languages formally.
Work placements are available from a range of business categories. Students state their preferences as part of their application and our Placement Coordinators match students to the available placements. Work and Study work placements take place in the afternoons / early evening depending on the sector.
The Work and Study programme runs every Monday to Friday throughout the year. Accommodation is available from Sunday to Saturday. Students can travel for a week, two weeks or longer. We are able to tailor packages to suit your requirements and the time you have available.
Valencia, Spain's third largest city, is on the Mediterranean coast of Spain. This beautiful Spanish language school is located deep in the heart of Valencia's old town, just a step away from all the interesting sights and services. The four storey former palace has been carefully renovated into a stunning language school that compliments history with modernism. Inside the school you will see walls from its 11th Century Arab roots which penetrate through the classrooms and open spaces, creating both an atmosphere of history and mystique. There are 28 classrooms, all of which are filled with natural light, have full air-conditioning facilities and interactive whiteboards. If studying in a stunning location rich in history isn't enough, during breaks students can also make the most of the relaxed, well equipped social spaces, use the computers and wifi, enjoy the reading area with books and magazines, relax on a choice of two patios or bask in the sunshine on the breathtaking roof terrace, complete with sun loungers, fruit trees and a shower in which to cool off.
The course comprises 20 lessons which concentrate on learning and actively using Spanish. The tuition is very much practice oriented. You will participate in group sessions alongside other students of a similar level, with lessons focused on improving all aspects of the language; speaking listening, reading and writing. There are four, 50 minute lessons per day and these take place during the morning.
You will be given a written assessment before you travel and a speaking assessment on the first morning before lessons in order to place you in the group most suited to your ability level. Classes have an international flavour and a lively feel because they are grouped by ability not nationality or age.
There is no replacement for using your language skills practically in real life situations and in the country where the language is spoken. On a Work and Study trip you will have the opportunity to improve your language skills in the morning lessons and then be exposed to the language in a practical work situation for the afternoons, giving you the optimum chance to gain confidence in all areas.
Each of our work placements fits one of our Business Categories. Placements include shops, restaurants and hotels, nurseries, radio stations, sports facilities - almost anything that you will find in a big city! Have a look at our Gallery to see the types of placements we offer.
Our placement team take great pride in securing placements that meet our students' needs.
For students wanting to completely immerse themselves in the Spanish language and culture we recommend that you stay with one of our carefully selected Spanish host families. They will not only introduce you to the Spanish way of life and help you practise the Spanish language but will also give you a taste of local and delicious regional specialities. The host families are situated near to the school and provide half board accommodation (breakfast & evening meal) from the Sunday before your course starts to the Saturday after it finishes. Subject to availability, an extra day on one side of your trip may be available on request to facilitate flight dates.
Students of 18 years or older also have the option of staying in one of the school self catering residences with other international students; single rooms are available.
Optional Social and Cultural Programme
The school offers a range of activities included in the price of your package during the week, as well as longer full day excursions at the weekends for a small charge. These activities change weekly but include the following:
- City tour
- Tapas making classes
- Visit to City of Arts & Science
- Language exchange nights
- Ceramic Art Museum tour
- Beach Volleyball
- Paella cooking classes
- BBQ party
- Tapas tour
- Spanish culture classes
- City treasure hunt
- Graffiti tour
- Fallas museum trip
- City bike tour
- Spanish Films at the school
- Walking Tour of the Old Town
- Games Evenings
Transfers can be arranged for a fee on request. Alternatively, we can provide directions and all the details you need to use public transport - the efficient and clean Metro runs straight from the airport to the city centre in only 20 minutes!
The school will be closed on 06/01/23, 07/04/23, 10/04/23, 12/10/23, 01/11/23 and 08/12/23. During these weeks the school replaces lessons with a local excursion.
Travel, Medical and Workplace Insurance is included with this package. For more details and policy wording please see our Insurance page.
Included in the Package
- 20 core Spanish lessons per week (mornings Mon – Fri)
- Work placement (afternoons/evenings Mon – Fri)
- Half board host family accommodation (Sun – Sat)
- Social and cultural programme (optional)
- Course materials including a course textbook
- Course certificate
- Comprehensive insurance policy
- 24/7 emergency support from UK office
We are able to arrange any duration of stay at the language school and tailor a package to suit. For example, you may opt for a 4/5 week course with 1/2/3 weeks of work placement. Contact us if you would like a package that we have not listed here.
For more information and Frequently Asked Questions please visit our Work and Study page.