Every year, the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC) offers a Spanish Winter School, which is an intensive, three-week course that begins in mid-January and finishes at the beginning of February.
Winter School aims to provide foreign students with an introduction to the Spanish language and culture through a series of courses, seminars and cultural/sports activities accompanied by our Canarian winter, with an average temperature of 20.6°C / 69°F, plenty of sun and the sea.
Courses and activities
The Spanish course offered by the Winter School is comprised of 60 hours of class for beginners. The teaching methodology used is fun and effective, emphasising interaction skills and communication in different situations. Classes are four hours daily from Monday to Friday. In addition to language classes, the programme provides an enriched experience with academic conferences that adapt to participants’ channels of study, with a choice between Humanities and Sciences. The contents of these Spanish classes are also complemented by activities and excursions on which students may employ their new linguistic skills. Finally, students will receive a certificate from the ULPGC upon completion of the course.
The island of Gran Canaria
The University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is located in the city of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, the island’s capital. Students can easily reach the campus by bus or by walking from their accommodation. The city is known for possessing one of the world’s best climates and beautiful beaches, in addition to a rich range of cultural options, which include museums that analyse the role of the Canary Islands in discovering the New World or the history of the guanches (the island’s aboriginal inhabitants). The island is often called a mini-continent due to the surprising variety of its landscapes with green mountains on the northern side contrasting with the sandy dunes and arid cliffs to the south.