Intensive Spanish Program

For many people today, learning Spanish is rapidly becoming a business necessity. Spanish is everywhere, and your key to successful learning is here at the University of Miami. Your success in the Spanish language is our business.

Our small class sizes combined with experienced expert faculty and innovative curriculum guarantee you fast access to the language of your choice.

Focus on communication in our Spanish language classes; native-speaking faculty bring their dynamic teaching techniques to jump-start or polish your language skills.

Students are asked to take an online language proficiency test for Spanish.

The online test has two parts: grammar and writing, and a speaking portion. Once you submit your assessment, an instructor from the Intensive Language Institute will determine your placement level based on your written and oral submissions.

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Program Information

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  • About the program

    The mission of the Intensive Language Institute at the University of Miami is to provide high-quality language instruction with culturally sensitive and personalized service. Our goal is to help you improve your communicative abilities in the language of your choice. Our classes focus on vital communication skills such as speaking, listening, writing and reading. We give you the tools, like vocabulary and pronunciation strategies, and the practice necessary to take your language skills to the next level.

  • How will I benefit from the Intensive Spanish Program?

    Our Spanish classes have been divided into four levels for your convenience. In our classes, we focus on you, the student, and your ability to communicate in the target language. At the end of each program, you will receive a personalized, written evaluation of your progress with recommendations for further development. This report will help you assess your achievement and serve as a guiding strategy to continue the development of your language skills.

    Included with your Spanish classes:
    • University of Miami native-fluency instructors
    • Curriculum focused on communication skills
    • University of Miami Certificate of Completion

    Value-added Features of a Customized Language Program:
    • In-depth needs assessment and skills evaluation
    • Curriculum specifically designed to fit your needs and requirements
    • Training on-site or at University of Miami facilities
    • Flexible schedules in a variety of formats
    • Highly qualified and experienced instructors
    • Effective methodology
    • Continuous adaptation throughout the program
    • Personalized service

  • Levels of Spanish instruction

    After completing LEVEL 1, students should be able to:

    • Greet people
    • Exchange polite questions and answers
    • Exchange phone numbers
    • Talk about days and dates
    • Describe colors
    • Speak about daily activities/routines
    • Talk about restaurants and related topics
    • Talk about family
    • Talk about traveling and hotels

    After completing LEVEL 2, students should be able to do what a LEVEL 1 student can do, and:
    • Talk about and make travel arrangements
    • Talk about sports and other outdoor activities
    • Give commands and make polite requests
    • Speak about activities in the past
    • Talk about shopping and the weather

    After completing LEVEL 3, students should be able to do what a LEVEL 2 student can do, and:
    • Speak using the imperfect tense
    • Speak using the past progressive tense
    • Talk about topics related to shopping and automobiles
    • Speak using the present perfect (pluperfect) tense
    • Speak using the future tense
    • Speak using conditionals

    After completing LEVEL 4, students should be able to do what a LEVEL 3 student can do, and:
    • Speak using the subjunctive
    • Make comparisons and use superlatives
    • Talk about hospitals and health care situations
    • Express doubt, disbelief, and denial using the subjunctive
    • Speak using the present perfect subjunctive
    • Speak using the imperfect subjunctive

    From time to time, we offer LEVEL 5 and the focus is on conversation. Students will converse in Spanish about current events and special topics such as marketing, Spanish film, literature, music, and other topics of interest.

  • Instructors

    At the Intensive Language Institute, our faculty is our greatest asset. Our instructors all have advanced degrees and years of teaching experience. These dedicated professionals are personally committed to your progress in learning the language and making your language learning experience productive and enjoyable.