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Universidad EAFIT Medellin, Colombia - I Went To University To Learn Spanish

Colombia travel blog by Mark Berman - August 2010   » View Photoset (15 Photos)

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for 10yrs!
I wanted to improve my Spanish while living in Medellin in 2010 so I checked out some universities. I visited 3 universities to see what they offered
Colombia Photo - University EAFIT in Medellin has great language courses.
University EAFIT in Medellin has great language courses.
in language courses and decided I would enrol at Universidad EAFIT which is in Poblado and close to where I was. It was also the nicest looking university of the three I looked at. I enrolled in levels 1, 2 and 3 of Spanish, each level is 4 weeks semi-intensive with 2hrs per day or you can do intensive which is 4hrs per day for 2 weeks for each level. I decided that semi-intensive was what I wanted to do and paid for 3 months worth of study.

Visa for Study

The university then helped me change my visa from a tourist visa to a student visa, the good thing was that the student visa I
Colombia Photo - Buildings and walking areas in the center of University EAFIT, Medellin.
Buildings and walking areas in the center of University EAFIT, Medellin.
got was for 5 months. I knew some basic Spanish from my travels and things I had taught myself and also from a few previous lessons I had had, but I needed to start at level 1 and fill in the holes and progress from there.

Level 1 Spanish

In level 1 there were 3 people in my class including me and our tutor called Juan. We learned verbs, names of objects, alphabet, numbers and about speaking in the present and future tenses, it was a lot of fun.

Level 2 Spanish

For level 2 I was very lucky because I was the only student in my class with my teacher Andres. I learned all kinds of things such as verbs regular and irregular, many objects and things, telephone conversations, ear training, writing about things and people and casual conversation. I enjoyed
Colombia Photo - Pond, fountain and grassy park area at Universidad EAFIT in Medellin.
Pond, fountain and grassy park area at Universidad EAFIT in Medellin.
it very much.

Level 3 Spanish

Level 3 with teacher Beatriz had 4 students in total, this time we had a lot of emphasis on casual converstation where many times during the first hour of class we would talk to each other about things. This was good practice and good for ear training. In level 3 we learned about speaking in the past tense as well as more verbs and about pronouns, this was a rewarding experience also.

Keep Practising

So after a few months of daily Spanish my ability to speak and understand the language had definitely improved, but I still needed a lot more practice. I am thinking of continuing Spanish
Colombia Photo - Learn Spanish and other languages at University EAFIT in Medellin.
Learn Spanish and other languages at University EAFIT in Medellin.
at EAFIT with levels 4 and 5 in the future.

EAFIT University - How Is It?

As far as the university goes, it is a very nice place and has many facilities like a cafeteria with good hot meals during the day - 3 course lunch with drink is $4USD. It has a gym, pool, library, movie theatre, basketball court and courtyards to sit or study in. There are many people and the university has a wonderful and positive atmosphere, University EAFIT - open to the world.

Where to Live

While at university I lived for a while in Envigado, 10 minutes by bus from EAFIT and later 5 minutes walk from EAFIT in the Vegas apartments on the main road. The rooms in the apartments are cheap to rent and a lot of students live there.
Colombia Photo - Walking into Universidad EAFIT from the main student entrance on Av. Las Vegas, Medellin.
Walking into Universidad EAFIT from the main student entrance on Av. Las Vegas, Medellin.
There is a nice swimming pool, gym and security at the gates. The university itself can help with accommodation while students are studying, they have a list of families with spare rooms for example. This is also a good way to practice your Spanish but offers less freedom in your living style but is cheap at around $100-$200USD per month possibly including food. Being at University EAFIT was a great experience for me and I hope to continue there in the future. EDIT 2017: After 7yrs of living in Colombia and traveling South America my Spanish is now pretty fine!

     

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Map location: EAFIT University Medellin, Colombia. I went to university to learn Spanish! I did levels 1, 2, and 3 at EAFIT University, I recommend it!
 A : Medellin - Colombia 9 kms 9 kms straight distance | 37mins 37mins by car (12 kms) | 44mins 44mins by bus (12 kms) (12 kms)
 B : Guatape / Penol - Colombia 36 kms 36 kms straight distance | 1hr 44mins 1hr 44mins by car (71 kms) | 2hrs 4mins 2hrs 4mins by bus (71 kms) (71 kms)
 C : Medellin to Bucaramanga - Colombia 145 kms 145 kms straight distance | 3hrs 54mins 3hrs 54mins by car (200 kms) | 4hrs 40mins 4hrs 40mins by bus (200 kms) (200 kms)
 D : Salento - Colombia 173 kms 173 kms straight distance | 5hrs 21mins 5hrs 21mins by car (243 kms) | 6hrs 25mins 6hrs 25mins by bus (243 kms) (243 kms)
 E : Armenia - Colombia 184 kms 184 kms straight distance | 5hrs 40mins 5hrs 40mins by car (256 kms) | 6hrs 48mins 6hrs 48mins by bus (256 kms) (256 kms)
 F : Cali to Armenia - Colombia 245 kms 245 kms straight distance | 6hrs 25mins 6hrs 25mins by car (327 kms) | 7hrs 42mins 7hrs 42mins by bus (327 kms) (327 kms)
 G : Bucaramanga - Colombia 285 kms 285 kms straight distance | 7hrs 9mins 7hrs 9mins by car (397 kms) | 8hrs 34mins 8hrs 34mins by bus (397 kms) (397 kms)
 H : Bogota - Colombia 227 kms 227 kms straight distance | 7hrs 46mins 7hrs 46mins by car (428 kms) | 9hrs 19mins 9hrs 19mins by bus (428 kms) (428 kms)
 I : Cali - Colombia 334 kms 334 kms straight distance | 8hrs 28mins 8hrs 28mins by car (436 kms) | 10hrs 9mins 10hrs 9mins by bus (436 kms) (436 kms)
 J : Bucaramanga to Cucuta - Colombia 323 kms 323 kms straight distance | 9hrs 33mins 9hrs 33mins by car (475 kms) | 11hrs 27mins 11hrs 27mins by bus (475 kms) (475 kms)
 K : Barichara - Colombia 259 kms 259 kms straight distance | 10hrs 15mins 10hrs 15mins by car (482 kms) | 12hrs 18mins 12hrs 18mins by bus (482 kms) (482 kms)
 L : San Gil - Colombia 267 kms 267 kms straight distance | 9hrs 37mins 9hrs 37mins by car (498 kms) | 11hrs 32mins 11hrs 32mins by bus (498 kms) (498 kms)
 M : Magangue to Mompos - Colombia 349 kms 349 kms straight distance | 10hrs 28mins 10hrs 28mins by car (567 kms) | 12hrs 33mins 12hrs 33mins by bus (567 kms) (567 kms)
 N : Cucuta to Venezuela - Colombia 385 kms 385 kms straight distance | 12hrs 4mins 12hrs 4mins by car (596 kms) | 14hrs 28mins 14hrs 28mins by bus (596 kms) (596 kms)
 O : San Antonio to San Cristobal - Venezuela 402 kms 402 kms straight distance | 12hrs 51mins 12hrs 51mins by car (634 kms) | 15hrs 25mins 15hrs 25mins by bus (634 kms) (634 kms)
Driving times are accurate but approximate and are listed in the order of driving distance! Drive times are always affected by weather conditions, the terrain, time of day, altitude, dinner and bathroom stops, animals on the road, protests, a fast or slow bus driver, police checkpoints, border and river crossings, dropping off and picking up passengers etc. These drive times are obtained from Google Maps and are meant as a guide. Note however, times quoted in the main text of this page are exactly as the author experienced it.


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