The Instituto Superior de Español, founded in 1988, is a Spanish school in Ecuador designed especially for the needs of foreign students. We offer a great variety of programs that you may join at our school.
Our family-run school has been recognized by former students and competitors as a leading Spanish school in Ecuador. We take great pride in our teachers: they are university-educated, with many years of experience. Our programs are affordable, flexible and allow you to easily combine locations throughout Ecuador. We offer Spanish classes on the Galapagos Islands, in Otavalo and Quito and run a unique travelling classroom programm.
Teaching Spanish for
foreigners in Ecuador
for methodology of
teaching in Ecuador
participants from US
have passed the exam
7 beautiful, different
locations in Ecuador
have learnt Spanish with us
the concept of “Travelling
Classroom” in Ecuador
carefully planned for “Travelling
Classroom” in Ecuador
of programs according to
your needs in Ecuador
" Thanks to all the teachers and staff at Instituto Superior de Español. Before arriving, I knew very little Spanish. The teachers are very good and extremely patient. In addition to learning grammar they also encourage conversation. It has been an incredible 2 month adventure and I highly recommend this school for anyone seeking to learn/improve Spanish."
"This experience was absolutely amazing and one of the best times I've had traveling. After traveling for the past 4 months it's so nice to get up every morning, have a routine and after school have a cozy comfortable place to come home to. The teachers are all so hiliarous and really make it fun to learn. It's amazing how quickly everyone progresses in the first two weeks. After that it gets a bit harder with the grammar. I definitely want to look into coming to a school like this again during my travels. Great Teachers, Great Staff ready to help with any need, Very social environment, Host family's are so kind and caring"
"I had a really positive experience at ISE in Quito! The teachers were excellent and after only a few weeks of class I felt confident traveling through Ecuador. The lessons were well organized and structured and the teachers gave good explanations for grammar and vocabulary. They were also very patient and very kind giving corrections and encouraging students. I've learned other languages before, yet I feel this has been one of my most positive classroom experiences. The cooking parties and food provided at break was also great. It created a social atmosphere for students to get to know each other. -Wonderful teachers!"
" Travelling in Latin America for the first time and speaking only a few words of spanish, it took a few days to get used to a different rhythm of life. But thanks to the teachers and the whole staff at ISE, I was able to adapt fairly quickly. The teachers patience and their motivating lessons made me improve step by step. The staff has always been welcomming and so helpful. Wheather it was about bying rainboots for the jungle or trying to find an appropriate hairdresser! I did spend three weeks in the Institute in Quito and I realy enjoyed my stay in the historical centre of town where the school is located. But I can also recommend a visit to the smal town of Otavalo where I stayed for one week of classes. It is a lovely and very chilled place. There is lots to discover around Otavalo and it was a welcomming change to the lively and noisy capital. The teachers were competent, lovely amd extremely patient with me. I can only recommend a visit to the Instituto Superior de Espanol in Quito and in Otavalo."
" • I had a really positive experience at ISE in Quito! The teachers were excellent and after only a few weeks of class I felt confident traveling through Ecuador. The lessons were well organized and structured and the teachers gave good explanations for grammar and vocabulary. They were also very patient and very kind giving corrections and encouraging students. I've learned other languages before, yet I feel this has been one of my most positive classroom experiences. The cooking parties and food provided at break was also great. It created a social atmosphere for students to get to know each other. -Wonderful teachers!"
"Das Instituto Superior de Español ist eine wirklich super organisierte Sprachschule, die auf jeden Wunsch sofort eingeht. Nach einem kleinen Sprachtest am Anfang wird das Niveau eingeschätzt und so der Kurs perfekt an die eigenen Stärken und Schwächen angepasst. Vom Anfänger bis zum Fortgeschrittenen also alles dabei. Die Lehrer selbst sind alle nett und man hat viel Zeit, um wirklich sprechen zu lernen, vor allem weil die Lerngruppen sehr klein und familiär sind. Schön ist auch, dass man viel über die Kultur und den Alltag der Südamerikaner erfährt. In Quito bzw. Ecuador wird außerdem akzentfrei und langsam gesprochen, das erleichtert das Lernen! Nach dem Sprachkurs und am Wochenende bietet die Schule auch zahlreiche Aktivitäten an wie kostenlose Salsa-Stunden oder Ausflüge in die Umgebung. So lernt man auch die anderen estudiantes gut kennen. Ich selbst war eine Woche in Quito und eine Woche in der etwas kleineren Schule in Otavalo und es hat mir wirklich sehr gut gefallen. Die gleichzeitige (mögliche) Unterbringung in Gastfamilien erleichtert das Lernen noch einmal. Alles in allem muy recomendable!"
"Before coming to Quito I didn't know what to expect. I was wondering about the safety, my accommodation and what life would be like here. After my two weeks of Spanish classes (one week in Quito and one in Otavalo) I can only say that I really enjoyed my stay here. It was a fantastic time. The people from school are nice and help you with everything. The teachers are well prepared and friendly and know a lot about their country and my 'mom' in Quito was great. She did not only give me hints concerning Quito, much more she knows so much about Ecuador, like which places to see, what to do there, how to get there... I also joined various activities from school like the the night tour through Quito and trips to Quilotoa and Papallacta. The activities were always well planned and organized. In general it was a really nice time and I hope to see some of the people I met here again."
"Habe hier für 4 Wochen Spanisch gelernt und ich war mit der Schule sehr zufrieden. Jede Woche wechselt man den Lehrer, was mir sehr gefallen hat, da so Abwechslung in den Unterricht kommt. Das Personal ist super nett und hilfsbereit und auch die angebotenen Aktivitäten haben mir sehr gefallen, besonders das kostenlose Mittagessen jeden Mittwoch :D Die Atmosphäre ist sehr familiär und man fühlte sich sofort wohl. Habe viele interessante und coole Leute aus vielen verschiedenen Ländern kennengelernt, die zur selben Zeit die Schule besucht haben wie ich und mit denen man dann am Wochenende und nach der Schule Zeit verbracht hat, sodass die Zeit nur so verflogen ist. Kann die Schule daher auf jeden Fall nur weiterempfehlen!"
"Nous ne parlions pas un mot d'espagnol et après seulement 40h de cours, nous avons atteint un niveau élémentaire permettant de demander précisément notre chemin, de commander au restaurant et d'avoir de petites conversations, bref assez pour voyager ! Le staff est accueillant et professionnel, ils n'hésitent pas à aider les étudiants pour n'importe quel problème ou question. L'école est très bien située, en plein centre historique et à proximité de nombreux hôtels et restaurants bon-marchés. En plus d'apprendre l'espagnol, on y rencontre beaucoup d'autres voyageurs avec qui il est possible de participer aux nombreuses activités extra-scolaires organisées par l'école (dont certaines gratuites)."
"I had a wonderful time at this school! I took a group class for the first 3 weeks and could not have asked for a better teacher or environment to begin my learning of the Spanish language. The teacher was patient and responsive to our needs as a group but also took time to ensure each student was understanding. MY final week was spent in a private lesson and I feel as if I have gotten more than my money's worth. My professor was awesome and made me truly feel capable of learning the language. The entire staff at the school is there to support you and it is clear. THEY are very thoughtful and intentional about everything from your first day of class to the very end. They are willing to help you book activities for the weekends or afternoons and always recommended great things to do. If I ever find myself in Quito again and in a position to take another class I would absolutely choose this school! Wonderful staff!"
"I spent two weeks at El Instituto Superior de Español, which is conveniently located in the centre of Quito. I had had Spanish lessons prior to coming to Quito, but received lessons that fit my level well. I had private classes, which were both intense, as well as effective. The school offers a variety of activities in Quito, which is a great option when traveling alone. The school helps you with anything; buses, airport transportation - they even helped me when I had trouble navigating the city alone on my first day. Staying with a local family was a great experience, they were very welcoming and included me in their everyday life. It is an amazing way to experience Ecuador while practicing your Spanish."