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CERTIFIED SPANISH UNIVERSITY COURSES

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DandLion is proud to team-up with OLSA International – Certified Spanish Language Academy – to help you stay in Medellin with a STUDENT VISA

OLSA’s Certified Spanish University Program is an accelerated Spanish language and conversation program that is certified by that Secretary of Education of Medellin and the Ministry of Education of Colombia and is an excellent choice for people looking to extend their stay in Medellin and pick-up a quality, internationally-certified education.  Our Certified Spanish University Program consists of three main sub-programs which may be taken individually (without certification), or concurrently.  These programs are:

  • Certified Spanish University Courses – Spanish Grammar and Conversational courses combined (qualifies for student visa)
  • Spanish Daily – Spanish Conversational classes only (does not qualify for student visa)
  • South American Cultural Immersion programs – Salsa (and other Latin rhythms) dance classes, Immersive Excursions, Language Exchanges, Socials, Chivas, Meals, Lodging
 

Here’s a brief description of what you can expect with OLSA!

Certified Spanish University Courses – Grammar Courses – Included in Spanish University Courses
We use the United States university-accredited Vistas and Facetas systems as the foundation of our Certified Spanish University grammar classes.  These two systems are used by more than 100 universities across the United States for Spanish 101, 102, 201 and 202.  We have adapted these systems for an international Spanish certification through the Common European Framework for levels A1, A2, B1 and B2.  Our Certified Spanish University grammar classes meet four days per week for two hours each day.  With OLSA, students can complete all four levels in as little as one year!  This gives our students the opportunity to complete two years of university Spanish in just on year abroad at OLSA.

Spanish Daily – Conversational Spanish – Included in Spanish University Courses
Spanish Daily is a Spanish conversation curriculum designed to help foreign students, expats and/or full-time students learn, understand and speak colloquial Spanish.  This program, written, recorded and taught by native Spanish speakers, uses themed conversations, stories, videos and other multimedia to present the living Spanish language outside of the grammatical restrictions of a textbook.  This is the actual Spanish students will hear and use on the street, in the market, making new friends and participating in events with native Spanish speakers.

Certified Spanish University Package includes Spanish University courses and Spanish Daily classes.  This package meets for a total of fourteen hours per week.  See the table below for course levels and the number of classes per course.

Certified Spanish University Program Logistics

Levels Spanish School
 

Group Classes (3+): $300.000 COP per week
Partner Classes (2): $400.000 COP per week
Private Classes (1): $600.000 COP per week

Purchase at least eight courses in advance and receive a 10% discount.

Pay for a minimum of six months of Certified Spanish University courses and OLSA will gift you on week (four hours) of Salsa classes AND our visa agent will gift you a 10% discount on your student visa.

Pay for a full twelve months of Certified Spanish University courses and OLSA International will gift you one month (sixteen hours) of Salsa classes AND our visa agent will gift you a 15% discount on your student visa.

Group Course Schedules 2020
As OLSA’s focus is conversation, group classes are the most beneficial, plus they are the most economical.  Join group classes at OLSA international and pay only $300.000 COP per week per person!  See the Group Class Schedule below.

     A1 & A2 course dates:

  • January 7 – February 28
  • March 2 – May 1
  • May 4 – June 26
  • June 30 – August 21
  • August 24 – October 16
  • October 19 – December 11
 
     B1 & B2 course dates:
 
  • January 7 – May 1
  • March 2 – June 26
  • May 4 – August 21
  • June 30 – October 16
  • August 24 – December 11
  • October 19 – March 5 (2021)
 
Partner Course Schedules

Take classes with a friend and pay less!  Classes with two (2) people pay $400.000 COP per month per person.  These classes are flexible and we do our best to work around your schedule for these classes. 

Private Course Schedules
Private classes are offered at OLSA International for $560.000 COP per week.  These classes are flexible and we do our best to work around your schedule for these classes.

Certification and Visa Requirements
OLSA International is certified to offer 3-month thru 12-month+ visas with our operators license #201950072145 and our Spanish program license #201950077394 through the Secretary of Education of Medellin and the Ministry of Education of Colombia.  According to the Colombian consulate, a student must take a minimum of six months of classes to qualify for a student visa.

To acquire a Colombian student visa through OLSA International, the student will need to take the following steps.

  • pay for your courses at OLSA International (the Colombian government will not consider an application for a student visa until the courses are paid in full – Colombian policy, not OLSA’s)
  • submit a valid original passport with at least two blank pages
  • present the last stamp of entry to Colombia or document that shows that yorur immigration status is confirmed
  • present one photo 3 x 5 cms with a white background
  • present bank statements for the last six months for the person who assumes the economic responsibility for the student
  • OLSA will take care of the rest (the ministry of Foreign Affairs of Colombia reserves the right to request additional documents).
 

 OLSA International – has several additional programs that supplement their Certified Spanish University Courses.  These programs can be found listed below with a short description.

SPANISH IMMERSION WEEKS PACKAGE

We are so excited to offer YOU the best immersive experience possible during your stay in Medellin.  It’s called the SPANISH IMMERSION WEEKS PACKAGE and it’s an excellent way to really get immersed in the Latin culture in a short amount of time.  These highly interactive hands-on packages are a great fit for Spring / Summer / Winter / Fall breaks, short-term travelers and backpackers.  Teachers can use these Cultural Immersion Weeks packages for 18 professional development hours, or 1.8 academic credits for each week!  Choose one week, two weeks, … up to eight amazing weeks with a different excursion each week!

Highlights:
4 days of Conversational Spanish Classes at OLSA International
4 days of Salsa Dance Classes at OLSA International
1 Excursion day-trip – Wednesday during the morning/day – excursions vary according to the week
1 OLSA language exchange – Wednesday night with a different theme every week
1 entrance to the OLSA Pre-Party – Saturday night

Focuses:
Have a great time while you improve your Spanish fluency through guided conversational Spanish practice, develop a deeper appreciation for the Latin culture through Salsa lessons and weekly excursions, socialize and make new international friends and return home with great photos and stories and maybe with some professional development hours, to boot!

This package runs on a continuous eight-week cycle with a different mid-week excursion each week.  Groups of 6+ students may choose the excursion they wish (out of rotation).  For a complete description of the excursions, click on each picture above.  These 6-day packages include:

Costs:
1 week = $495.000 COP – per week
2 weeks = $485.000 COP per week
3-8 weeks = $475.000 COP per week

Additional fee for Rafting (+300.000) and Paragliding (+100.000)

THE BIGGER PICTURE – DANDLION AND OLSA INTERNATIONAL

DANDLION – is a Non-Profit organization that helps to guide volunteers from different parts of the world in their desire to be catalysts of social transformation.  The most important thing that is required to become a volunteer, is love and passion to contribute to the lives of others and the desire to apply and share knowledge. Our intent is to inspire and supporting others with their empowerment, so that they can fulfill their life´s purpose.  We believe that volunteers should act as “APPRENTICES”, to have the necessary openness to learn from the context, the people and the culture in which they are immersed. From this learning, volunteers will be able to share their skills and knowledge with humility and simplicity!

CERTIFIED SPANISH UNIVERSITY – STUDENT VISA – At OLSA, we do more than just provide the minimums (10 hours per week of grammar), we focus on teaching you to speak Spanish at a conversational level.  At 14 hours per week + the optional weekly language exchanges, socials, excursions and other activities, our students experience Spanish and the Latin culture.

CONVERSATIONAL SPANISH – Spanish Daily is a Spanish conversation curriculum designed to help students learn, understand and speak colloquial Spanish.  This program, written, recorded and taught by native Spanish speakers, uses themed conversations, stories, games and activities, videos and other multimedia to present the living Spanish language outside of the grammatical restrictions of a textbook.  This is the actual Spanish students will hear and use on the street, in the market, making new friends and participating in events with native Spanish speakers.  For OLSA students, learning isn’t just for the classroom.

SPANISH IMMERSION WEEKS PACKAGE – These Cultural Immersion Weeks packages are why you came to Medellin in the first place – Conversational Spanish Classes, Salsa Dance Classes, Weekly Excursions, Weekly Language Exchanges, Weekly Socials, Chivas…  Take advantage of your time in Medellin! 

SALSA DANCE LESSONS – We offer Salsa, Bachata, Merengue, Vallenato, Poro Marcado and other Latin dance classes right here at the OLSA campus!

WEEKLY EXCURSIONS – For us, education is participatory. Every Wednesday we take our students on exciting and educational cultural immersion excursions including paragliding, Tejo, Arvi/Confenalco Ropes Course, Trekking, Coffee Finca tour, Guatape tour, Museum tour, Comuna 13 tour. 

LANGUAGE EXCHANGE – Every Wednesday evening OLSA hosts free language exchange and invited the whole community. Themes change every week and have included Game Night, Craft Night, Karaoke Night, Tailgate Night, Dance Nights, etc. Average attendance is 40-50 people weekly!

PRE-PARTY – As foreigners, it is sometimes difficult to meet locals. Therefore, we have set up the Saturday night Pre-Party. This social allows foreigners and locals to get to know each other while they take Salsa lessons and chat. After the event ends at 10pm, the group then goes out to the formal discotecas on the famous Calle 70.

SOCIAL EVENTS – In addition to the Pre-Party social, Enso Hostel and OLSA International also sponsor periodic events such as Chiva Rumbera, Picnic in the Park, Walk-n-Talk and others. We try to be creative.

VERIFY US – Don’t just take our word for it.  We have a 5-star average for reviews in both Google and Facebook.  See what others have to say about our commitment to our students and the quality of our programs.  OLSA International – The Language Center Estadio Needed.

AMERICAN CAFE RESTAURANT – Enjoy great food from various countries in the Americas.

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