Our Spanish for Foreigners Program (PEX) is designed for people who visit us from other latitudes with the purpose of offering, from an interdisciplinary approach, certain categories of linguistic pragmatics, learning, practice and development of Spanish as a second language. Some general notions of pragmatics, such as acts of speech and the notion of social image, are used as a starting point to realise the importance of integrating these aspects into a curriculum of Spanish as a second language. The courses are divided into common levels of learning, according to The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment (CEFR).
The university signed an agreement with the Caro y Cuervo Institute to strengthen the program. The university is also part of the Red ELE (Red Académica para el Desarrollo del Español como Lengua Extranjera) (Academic Network for the Development of Spanish as a Foreign Language).
Levels and courses:
These levels were designed at common learning levels based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment (CEFR).
A1 80 Hours
A2 80 Hours
B1 80 Hours
B2 80 Hours
C1 80 Hours
A1.1 A1.2 A2.1 A2.2 B1.1 B1.2 B2.1 B2.2 C1.1 C1.2
40 40 40 40 40 40 40 40 40 40
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We offer the four courses options shown below:
OPTION 1: Private course (1 person) = COP $2’650.000 per course (40 hours).
OPTION 2: Semi-private course (2 people) = COP $1’908.000 per course (40 hours).
OPTION 3: Group course (3 to 10 people) = COP $1’272.00 per course (40 hours).
OPTION 4: Survival Spanish = COP $742.000 (10 hours).
Hours per week
Group: Classes are offered Monday to Friday for two hours in the morning 8 am–10 am or 10 am-12 pm for 4 weeks (10 hours per week).
Semi-private: Classes are offered Monday to Friday for two hours in the morning 8 am-10 am or 10 am-12 pm or according to the preference of both students as long as the class is at the same time for both for 4 weeks.
Private: The private classes are more flexible, the schedule and content is defined according to the needs of the student, but these must be a minimum of 8 hours per week. These can be within the university campus, restaurants, cafes, libraries or any public place of interest for the student. In the same way, the content and methodology of study adjusts to the interest and objective of the student.
Survival Spanish: This short course has a minimum intensity of 2 hours per day, but it is the student who defines what daily intensity he wishes to study. This modality does not fall within the Common European Framework as the main objective is to teach specific content based on everyday situations (The restaurant, shopping in shopping malls, greetings and farewells, addresses, etc.) and this is taught through real experiences with the language so that students acquire basic linguistic bases for their stay in Latin America and / or Spain.
In addition, if the students at the end of the survival Spanish course wish to continue their training in the regular Spanish courses offered by the university, the 10 hours of this course will be homologated; so that the student will pay the value corresponding to the remaining 30 hours according to the modality in which he wishes to continue (private, semi-private or group).
Persons who are still abroad and will be in the PEX program of the University of Medellín for less than 6 months must obtain the PIP-2 seal (except for European Union students) upon entry into the country. In order to obtain it, you must show the Migration Colombia officials a letter of invitation from the University of Medellín. You will get 90 days upon entry, which can be extended up to a maximum of 90 additional days. In order for you to receive the letter, please send to the Language Center a copy of your passport and Pre-register and pay a minimum of three courses (120 hours) in the modality of your choice.
For longer stays, you must apply for a study visa before coming to Colombia. For further information regarding the student visa process, contact the Spanish for Foreigners program coordinator at the university's Language Center.
For people who are already in the country, before enrolling in the PEX Spanish for Foreigners program, they must already have a stamp or visa that allows them to study. From the address of the Language Center of the University you will be given a letter of invitation to the program so that you can make such a change in your passport.
- Determine with the Spanish for Foreigners coordinator the type of class you want, take the placement test to assess your initial level of the language and start at a level according to you. After this determine the number of courses you want to pay to generate the bill.
- Submit a copy of the identification page of your passport and visa or entry stamp.
- Enter your data into the system.
- Pay with debit card, credit card or cash at the treasury office of the University of Medellín.
Associated Services Offer
People who enroll in the PEX program will have access to the sports facilities of the University of Medellín, academic activities offered at the time of enrollment and work material.
We have open enrollment all the time. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.
You can also call (+57 4) 3405557, or go to the Language Center, located in block 17 of the University campus.