Frequently asked questions and their answers
1. Registration –
Is there a registration deadline?
No, we do not have a registration deadline, so short-term
bookings are possible. But we recommend that our students
register at least 4 weeks prior to the course starting date
to be able to guarantee the desired course.
How can I sign up?
You can use the registration form on our website. Or you
can write us, and we will send you a registration form by
email which you can complete and send back to us. After
receiving the information we will confirm your booking and
provide you with further details about your course package.
When do I have to pay?
We kindly ask our students to transfer the whole amount
to our bank account at least 3 weeks prior to their start
How can I pay?
We will send you an invoice with our bank details along
with the booking confirmation. Please transfer the whole
amount to our account. Once the transfer has been completed
please fax/email us a copy of the receipt. In case of
short-term bookings (less than 3 weeks before the course
start) it may be possible to pay the whole amount in cash; or by credit card (plus
5% surcharge) on the
first day of class directly at the Institute.
2. Course program
What types of Spanish courses are available?
In general, we distinguish between group courses with 20
or 30 lessons a week and private lessons with 20 or 30
lessons a week. Other combinations as well as special
courses in combination with sports or cultural activities (scuba
diving, surfing, dancing) are also available.
Can I combine different courses and course
Yes, you can combine various courses as well as
accommodations. You may want to divide your course between
the two course places Sosua and Santo Domingo. Due to the
flexible structure of the IIC program it is possible to
create a course which takes into consideration your wishes
Can I book a course only? Without booking
accommodation through the school?
Yes, you can also book a course only. Likewise, if you
travel together with your partner or friend and you would
like to book a course plus accommodation, the second person
can stay with you in double occupancy but does not need to
take a course.
When are the start dates of the courses?
Our courses usually start on Mondays all year round. If
Monday is a holiday, the course starts on the following
How will my Spanish level at course start be
When we confirm your booking by email, we will also
send you our placement test and ask you to fill it out (of
course without a dictionary or other means of help) and send
it back to us about 2 weeks prior to your course start by
fax or email. The test contains questions on various
difficulty levels and takes a maximum of 60 minutes.
What shall I bring to class?
It is helpful to bring a small dictionary. All other
study material needed for the course will be provided.
What will the first course day be like?
All new students will meet at the Institute in the
morning of the first day at 8:45am. There will be a short
welcome and introduction to the school and its staff. Then
you will go directly into your class. Those new students who
did not manage to send their placement test in two weeks
prior to their start date will then take the test and begin
with their classes after that. After lunch break our student
facilitator will take you on an orientation tour of the city
to introduce you to the most important places to know and
show you how to get around with public transport.
Can I get academic credits for a Spanish course
Yes. Through our partners we are accredited for academic
credits at several US universities.
3. Travel – Leisure time
Does the school offer any leisure time
activities for its students?
Our student facilitator usually offers two to three
activities/excursions per week for our students. In Santo
Domingo, these are more cultural oriented, in Sosua more
sport oriented. Due to the central location of Sosua there
is a broad variety of half-day, whole-day or weekend
excursions you could participate in.
What currency should I bring with me?
The best are US-Dollars and Euros, both currencies can
easily be changed within the country to the local currency
Dominican Peso RD$. You should bring various means of
payment with you: a small amount of cash for your first days,
traveler’s checks, ATM-card and/or credit card.
What airport is the nearest one to the school?
If you decide to study in Santo Domingo you should fly
into International Airport Las Americas Santo Domingo (SDQ).
If you take the course at IIC Sosua/Cabarete you should fly
into International Airport Gregorio Luperon Puerto Plata
(POP). Of course, we will be of help with further
information if you fly into another airport.
How do I get from the airport to my
accommodation? How do I find the school?
The transfer at arrival from the nearest airport can be
arranged through us as well at extra charge. This means that we will pick you up and take you to
your accommodation. With your booking confirmation you will
receive further details about how the transfer will work and,
if you have made reservations for accommodation through us
as well, the details, address and contacts of the
accommodation. Furthermore, you will receive a map and information
where the school is located. Also, visit our schools
here on this website.
Is it possible to stay extra nights in the
Of course, you can also stay extra nights. We calculate
accommodation from Sunday before the course begins until
Saturday after the course has finished. If you arrive
earlier or depart later, you can book extra nights at an
additional cost and based on availability.