Spanish is one of the most important languages in the world today and one of only a handful of international languages with over 500 million speakers. It is also the most widely-spoken language in the Western world. Spanish is an official language in 21 countries, as well as the United Nations, the European Union and the Organisation of American States. Interest in learning Spanish abroad has taken off in the past decade as a result of its steadily increasing importance in the West as a tool for international communication and economic relations. The vast Hispanophone community makes Spanish one of the most rewarding and practical languages to learn.
Spanish is in high demand in the labour market, particularly in North America but also in Europe where it enjoys official status and there are ever stronger economic ties with Hispanophone countries, and so knowledge of the language opens the door to a wealth of job opportunities. Learning Spanish is a pleasure as it has one of the richest literary and musical traditions of any language in the world, directly comparable to those of English or Russian. World renowned authors both classical (Miguel de Cervantes) and contemporary (Gabriel García Márquez, Isabel Allende) are key contributors to world literature having invented literary styles and genres which have since become universal (such as magical realism or costumbrismo). Contemporary Spanish-language music is as stylistically diverse, versatile and prolific as its English-language counterpart and enjoys increasing popularity outside the Hispanophone world. Spanish is also the second most heavily used language online after English.
It's never too late to start learning Spanish! Whatever your age, background or skill level, with the right school and courses and a little dedication you can master the language. Our schools have been specially chosen and highlighted for their excellence in the teaching of Spanish abroad as a foreign language.