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Program & Admission Information - Sucre, Bolivia  


Program Overview

Nine levels of study are offered in accordance with the ACTFL guidelines (American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages): Lower beginner, medium beginner, high beginner, lower intermediate, medium intermediate, high intermediate, advanced, high advanced and superior. Students must pass tests at each level in order to progress to the next level. We recognize that every student has the best insight into their educational needs, which is why we will work with each student to ensure, as best possible, that they are receiving the training and support they need. Upon arrival a placement test is given and an evaluation is made by the faculty. Results of the test and the students needs are taken into consideration and used to create the most productive program in the time available.

Our goal is to provide excellence in education with a particular emphasis on grammar and vocabulary. To ensure the success of each student, high quality teaching materials are provided. Textbooks, along with audio-visual materials, newspapers, magazine articles, and practical instruction, create a well-rounded program for all levels.

Students may enroll for as many weeks as desired. In order to make sufficient progress and gain the maximum benefit from the course, the following program duration ranges are recommended: Beginner (2-12 weeks), Intermediate (4-8 weeks) and advanced (2-8 weeks). Courses lasting for more than 3 months will require a visa from the Bolivian government. On the first Monday, students are given a language assessment and information about the city, school, family life and culture.

We find that the most successful students, the ones who achieve the most fluency and accuracy in the language, are the students who study for six hours each day. This approach provides the student with a very efficient program designed to teach and improve Spanish grammar, usage, and conversational skills. The student studies with one teacher each morning from 8 a.m. until 12 noon with the primary focus being on grammar and usage. In the afternoon, from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m., the student will study with another teacher who will concentrate on improvements in conversational skills.

Standard Program
Includes 20 hours per week of one-to-one tutor Spanish classes. This course is designed for those students who want maximum language learning and/or special vocabulary in Spanish. Close attention is paid to the individual student's goals and needs. The method is based on the 4 language skills: listening, grammar, oral and written comprehension. No English will be used in class. At the conclusion of your studies, you will receive a certificate of completion. Dates and Fees click here

Intensive Program Includes 30 hours per week of Spanish lessons with a private tutor. The program is recommended for any student wanting an intensive language learning program and those students at Advanced and Superior levels who have special objectives (i.e. special vocabulary, Bolivian history or literature, etc.). Please inform NRCSA of any special requests at least 30 days in advance . Dates and Fees click here

The Children's Tutor Program

Our teachers have many years of experience teaching children and young adolescents. It is possible for parents to take individualized lessons while their children are being taught and entertained nearby. Our specialist teachers combine learning Spanish with a variety of games and activities that are fun and instructive for all involved.

Developmentally, children often are ready to learn Spanish, and will surprise adults with their rapid progress when placed in a total immersion environment.

Special programs for students aged 8-16 are available. This program is designed as a Tutor (one-on-one) program and utilizes Spanish TV programs, audio cassettes, children's Spanish books and games to create a fun language learning atmosphere. The cost is the same as the adult Group Program.

* Please Note: Since Tutors are limited in availability, it is suggested that you make reservations for this program 2 months in advance. Child care may be possible upon special request.

Volunteer Opportunities
Several volunteer opportunities are available for interested students. Minimum Spanish language level is dependent on type of work and a short Spanish course may be required regardless of level before volunteer program begins.

Participants must have a University degree or be working toward one. Volunteer positions are unpaid. To be considered for one of the volunteer or internship positions, please write "volunteer" and/or "internship" in the Options box the NRCSA Preregistration form and fax or mail your form along with an introductory letter and resume.

For a sample day of a program
Day - At - A - Glance
8:00 am / 12:00 pm: classes focusing on grammar and usage - with at least one coffee break!

(Break for lunch)

14:00 / 16:00 am: classes focusing on conversation skills.

**Day-At-A-Glance is a sample day and will vary depending on enrollment, time of year, lodging, etc. It is designed to show content rather than precise scheduling

NRCSA programs will held an Orientation session locally. The orientation is designed to provide students with important information about immigration, law of the countries, and the services offered by the school. The orientation program also introduces you to the educational and cultural atmosphere and provides an opportunity to meet other students.

First Day:
With regards to the program, all levels of the language are accepted, from complete beginner to advanced, and your exact level is determined by a placement test to make sure we put you in the right class. One of the unique things about the NRSCA program is the ability to combine the language classes with an extensive choice of culture classes. In addition to the language classes, we also include our culture and social events program in the afternoons for students to interact with other students and learn about the culture.

Teachers use a variety of course books and supplements, such as selected audios, videos, and current readings.

All of our teachers are native Spanish speakers and are very experienced teaching Spanish to foreigners. Most have learned a second language themselves and understand the student's perspective. They are devoted to helping students best reach their goals and keep the classes enjoyable and entertaining.


Admissions & Academic Credit

Students age 16 years and older are welcomed regardless of educational background, occupation or nationality. Students under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult or have parental consent. No previous knowledge of Spanish is required except where otherwise indicated.

Students desiring credit for their study program should contact their home school or request the NRCSA Credit Fact Sheet. Generally, U.S. universities consider 15 hours of study to be equal to 1 semester credit.

For those students who have arranged with their home college or university to receive credits for Spanish study abroad, a letter will be issued stating dates of study, hours completed, progress and level of achievement. Get a letter of instructions from your home school and advise the foreign school administrators upon arrival of your credit transfer needs.

For more information about academic credit in Spanish speaking countries, please click here.
For general information on academic credit, please click here.

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All students receive a certificate from the school indicating the student's satisfactory progress and a description of each course completed.

Program Overview (PDF)

Standard Program
Private Classes
Group/Tutor Combo Program
The children's Tutor Program
Volunteer Opportunities

Admissions & Academic Credit

Excursions,Cultural & Social Activities


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