Cultural component

We provide the fitting space to get to know and learn Colombian culture and, more specifically, the coffee region’s culture, whilst having complimentary, experienced-based classes within and outside the University campus. To this end, the programme relies on a calendar of cultural trips which is tailored to the objectives of each course and to the participants’ preferences and needs.


Essentially, the methodological focus is communicative, as for the students to be capable of coping with real, communicative situations which entail interactions in varying conversational situations with different native Spanish speakers.
As for the coherent development of the communicative methodology, it is necessary to integrate the four skills: listening comprehension, reading comprehension, written expression and oral expression. The balanced development of such skills will
guarantee the reception and subsequent production of acquired knowledge, by the student; from the classroom to the socio-cultural domain in which they are immersed in, it will add to and help with their personal and academic enrichment.

The relative topics in Colombian culture and society constitute to the context in which the aforementioned communicative and grammatical content is developed, through dialogue, texts, listening exercises, etc., and guided trips with the teacher. This has the objective of consolidating what had been learnt in class, widening vocabulary, getting to know new aspects of daily Colombian life and developing or perfecting communicative skills in real interactions with different Spanish speakers (a street-seller, a bus driver, a receptionist, etc.).

On completion of the programme, the students will be capable of developing the following competencies following the Common European Framework of Reference for Language (CEFR).

  • To adequately communicate with native speakers in different contexts and situations.
  • To spontaneously express yourself in everyday conversations.
  • To public present ideas, processes or reports about specific topics.
  • To understand messages from different sources (recordings, radio, television, film, etc.).
  • To understand, analyse and discuss with ownership and sufficiency about general topics.
  • To read and understand different types of texts.
  • To adequately elaborate, with certain originality, compositions and short essays about current topics or ones of personal interest.


The programme is made up of 600 hours, distributed over six levels: A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 and C2, with an emphasis on the cultural aspect, built around the proficiency levels described by the Common European Framework of Reference for Language (CEFR).

Level of competence Hours
Nivel A1 - Basic 60
Nivel A2 - Preintermediate 60
Nivel B1 - Intermediate 120
Nivel B2 - Intermediate 120
Nivel C1 - Advance 120
Nivel C2 - Advance 120


Total: 600 hours.

Academic Semester

64 hours
26 hours of off-site work


The courses are conducted by high-quality, native Spanish teachers with extensive experience and certification in teaching Spanish.

Timetable intensity

The class schedule is generally from Monday to Friday from 8:00am until 12:00pm or between 2:00pm until 6:00pm. However, schedule intensity is flexible and variable in line with the needs of the students and the planned activities. The classes are 60 minutes and the courses start and end following the academic calendar and/or by the request of one of course students. The Spanish course participants will have classes combining on-site and off-site work, through virtual classrooms or extra

Placement test

This examination is on-site from Monday until Friday and is free of cost. The level of each applicant is determined through a diagnostic test (placement test) before the start of classes. The examinations take place in the Language Institute at UAM, with a pre-determined appointment.


The classes take place on the Autonoma University of Manizales (UAM) campus. The Spanish students have access to all the facilities and services at UAM, as follows:

Additional services

  • Use of the library, internet and computer rooms
  • Sports facilities (gym, six-aside pitches, basketball courts)
  • Language lab
  • University cultural agenda.