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in Havana, Cuba

Barclay Languages is a private center located in the heart of Central Havana that specializes in Spanish classes, lessons, and courses for those looking to study Spanish in Cuba. Our programs ignite an interest in learning and immerse you into the incredible, time forgotten city of Havana.

Our philosophy is simply – to give our students the confidence to communicate, it is this communication focus that means our students learn Spanish faster, have more fun and most importantly can interact with native Cubans. Sure, we have a strong methodology that ensures that you learn Spanish fundamentals, but at our school, we believe in ensuring that it is the student that is doing most of the talking and that they take this confidence with them outside the classroom.

We can’t wait to show you the addictive rhythm, culture, music and language of the Cuban people. By choosing to study Spanish in Cuba with us, students have the unique opportunity to practice their language skills with some of the friendliest and most outgoing people on the planet. Join us and experience the joy of mastering a new language while exploring the fascinating history and culture of Cuba.

Fast Learning

Our goal is to get you speaking and understanding Spanish as quickly as possible

Cultural Immersion

The vibrancy and fun of the Spanish language is in the street not in a stale classroom. Through excursions and activities we immerse you in the classroom that is Havana

All Levels & Purposes

Whether you’re traveling in Cuba, are here on business, or have relocated entirely– we offer Spanish lessons suitable for all levels and purposes.

Outstanding Teachers

Our language teachers are some of the best in Central and South America. Educated at some of Cuba’s top universities and having held teaching positions in Cuba’s most prestigious learning intuitions

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What we offer

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Spanish in Cuba

You’ve Never Learned Spanish Like This Before

Forget dry, mediocre classes and boring lesson plans. Our language centre offers an engaging, one-of-a-kind experience to students who want to learn Spanish– real Spanish– in an authentic and stimulating atmosphere. Set within the frozen in time district of Central Havana the language centre offers the perfect backdrop for your language learning adventure.

We go above & beyond to infuse your Spanish experience with fun, passion, and adventure– not to mention real-life interaction with native Spanish speakers. Spend some time with us, and you’ll walk away feeling more confident than ever in your Spanish-speaking abilities. You’ll be able to hold a real conversation in Spanish, whether you’re in Cuba, back home, or continuing your travels through the radiant Spanish Speaking world.

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Classes take place in “El Espacio” purpose built learning centre for languages. The building dates from around 1780, and has been at different times over its 240 year history, a luxury colonial Spanish house, a steel metal workshop during WW2 and the post revolutionary home for patriot families. It has now been lovingly restored over a period of more than 3 years to provide a learning centre in the middle of one of the most authentic neighbourhoods in Cuba
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Our teachers are simply some of the best that exist in Cuba and probably the region. All of our professors have held university faculty teaching positions hold bacherlors or masters degrees in linguistics from renowned universities. Most importantly however is that Barclay teachers have many have masters or other advanced degrees. In addition, all our staff have a passion for learning and a passion for fun…which at the end of the day is the most important thing!

Our Cuban advantage

WHAT WE DO

Spanish Classes in Havana

Havana represents a backdrop to learning like no other. Its architecture, people, museums and antiquities make it one of the world’s fastest growing tourist destinations. Havana is a city dedicated to knowledge, meaning access to great teachers and learning materials is unlike any other. It is also one for the funnest places in the world to learn Spanish; where else can you take language classes in the morning, dance lessons in the afternoon then spend the night watching world class ballet or getting sweaty in a salsa club.

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iris kandler
iris kandler
2024-02-12
Sehr guter Sprachunterricht (ich hatte 10 Einzelstunden bei Ariadna, die meine Spanischkenntnisse auf ein deutlich besseres Niveau gehoben haben); schönes Gebäude gut erreichbar in Habana Centro; gute und zuverlässige Organisation; gutes Preis-Leistungs-Verhältnis
Erin Armstrong
Erin Armstrong
2024-01-03
I just spent a week learning Spanish at Barclays with Ariadna and it was a fantastic experience. I learned so much, she especially helped me understand the differencs when using past tense. The class in the street was so much fun and after just a week in Cuba my confidence and understanding when using the language grew exponentially. I also stayed in a home stay. Yani and her family were so warm and welcoming. They truly helped me understand life in Cuba, and helped me practice what I had been learning in class. Thank you all for a great experience. I hope to be back soon and say to anyone considering Barclays you will not be disappointed. Muchas gracias!!
Brad Corlett
Brad Corlett
2023-04-02
I had a great experience at Barclay, the building was nice, friendly staff, learned a lot in my class. I also took a walking tour around Habana which was great as well!
Klaus Kornblum
Klaus Kornblum
2023-04-02
Das kleine Schulgebäude ist wunderschön mit Sichtmauerwerk gestaltet, jeder Klassenraum ist einer Persönlichkeit gewidmet (ich war im Raum Che). Die Lehrer sind sehr kompetent und nett. Ich konnte Wünsche bezüglich des Unterrichts äußern - sie wurden auch erfüllt. Die ganze Atmosphäre war sehr freundlich und entspannt. Ich habe viel gelernt, auch über Land und Leute. Die zentrale Lage in der Nähe des Capitolio ist ideal. Einzig die anfängliche Kommunikation auf Englisch hat mir nicht gefallen, schließlich wollte ich ja Spanisch lernen.
Yoko Kiyozawa
Yoko Kiyozawa
2023-01-15
I was very impressed with the school. This school was well planned and organized. The staff, Yaima and Albio were so friendly and helpful. Made me feel very comfortable being at the school. And the school was very clean and beautifully designed. The teacher, Javier was very patient with me who didn’t speak Spanish well. He encouraged me and taught me with care and good structure. He made me feel confident. I learned a lot of Spanish. I am very content and thankful. I definitely recommend this school if you want to learn Spanish in Havana.
Joachim Ackermann
Joachim Ackermann
2022-11-06
We had a wonderful time and experience during our three weeks packed with language, salsa and percussion sessions at Barclay: learning, exploring and great fun. If you are looking for a truly special experience - this is THE place! Barclay is unique and very authentic, far more than a typical language school as it provides a personal, warm hearted touch with the Cuban way of life (we especially liked the weekly 'out in real life' sessions). Liz is a great profesora espagnol with deep linguistic passion and professionalism. She made our back to school experience rewarding and deeply cares about her students beyond the classroom. Yaima is the soul of the school and manages everything from early interest, over arranging everything seamlessly to helping in understanding how life works and all its workarounds. I can highly recommend Barclay ! (average ratings close to 5.0 make me suspicous ... this one is a real A+) Many thanks Barclay team ... we are looking forward to come back one day.
Ghada Barakat
Ghada Barakat
2022-09-06
I have been learning Spanish around Latin America this summer, and Barclay was genuinely my favorite learning experience. The classes were very interactive and entertaining, including listening, speaking, and writing equally each day. There was also a lot of focus on correct pronunciation from day one. I highly recommend this school for all different language levels.
Whitney Blank
Whitney Blank
2020-08-11
I had an amazing time studying at Barclay school in Havana. They were incredibly professional, helpful, and communicative. They help organise outside trips as well and sorted lovely housing for me. All of the staff were so friendly, I didn’t want to leave!
Holly Taylor
Holly Taylor
2020-04-30
Barclay school was a vital and enjoyable start to my solo journey around Cuba. All of the teachers and staff are very professional, welcoming and supportive. The school is beautiful, modern but still full of character. The bonus of Salsa classes was great fun and a nice way to socialise with other students. I also valued the excursion once a week to learn Spanish while visiting places of interest. Thank you Barclay and everyone there for a memorable and useful experience
meika
meika
2020-03-16
I studied at Barclay for 3 weeks and I could not have asked for a better school. This was my first time traveling solo and Barclay not only provided comprehensive and personal classes, but also excursions, tours, salsa classes, and general help and recommendations - all of which deeply enriched my experience. The building is also incredibly beautiful. Yosvel coordinated my homestay for me as well, which was a wonderful experience. I also met some amazing friends who I've stayed in touch with. I absolutely loved my teacher - she brought so much fun into the classroom while thoroughly explaining concepts. I'm so surprised by how much I learned in such a short amount of time. Everyone at Barclay is so helpful and kind. They helped me create a little community I felt at home with in Havana. Thank you!