Certified SpanishWelcome to the Official Language School of the Americas (OLSA) Certified Spanish University Program. This accelerated program is inspected, monitored and certified by the Secretary of Education of Medellin.  OLSA’s Certified Spanish University courses (known by the Colombian government as Certificado de Aptitude Occupacional para el Programa de Comocimientos Académicos en Español para Extranjeros niveles A1, A2, B1 y B2) qualify for a Colombian student visa and are an excellent choice for gap-year students, university students and/or professionals looking to gain Spanish fluency in an accelerated immersive environment.

En OLSA, hacemos algo más que proporcionar los mínimos (10 horas a la semana de la gramática). Nos centramos en la enseñanza para speak Spanish at a conversational level. Together our (optional) daily language exchanges, socials, excursions and other activities, our students experience Spanish and the Latin culture.

Note:  This certification is not a professional university degree, but an occupational certificate for Spanish; aligned with the Common European Framework and certified by the Secretary of Education of Medellin.

Aquí está una breve descripción de lo que usted puede esperar con OLSA!

Certificado De Español De Los Cursos De La Universidad 
La gramática de los Cursos Incluidos en Cursos Universitarios en españa
We use the United States university-accredited Vistas and Facetas systems as the foundation of our Certified Spanish University grammar courses. These two systems are used by more than 100 universities across the United States for Spanish 101, 102, 201 and 202. We have adapted these systems for an international Spanish certification through the Common European Framework for levels A1, A2, B1 and B2. Our Certified Spanish University program meets four days per week (Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays) for three hours each day. Wednesdays are reserved for teacher office hours – struggling students are welcome to schedule some extra help during this time with their teacher at no additional cost.  With OLSA, students can complete all four levels in just over one year! This gives our students the opportunity to complete nearly two years of university Spanish in about one year abroad at OLSA.

Clases de conversación de español – Incluido en Cursos Universitarios en españa
Diario español, es nuestra conversación en español plan de estudios diseñado para ayudar a los estudiantes extranjeros, expatriados y/o estudiantes a tiempo completo a aprender, entender y hablar español coloquial. Este programa, escrito, grabado y enseñadas por los hablantes nativos de español, utiliza la temática de las conversaciones, historias, videos y otros contenidos multimedia para presentar la vida de español fuera de las restricciones gramaticales de un libro de texto. Esta es la real española, los estudiantes escucharán y su uso en la calle, en el mercado, hacer nuevos amigos y participar en eventos con hablantes nativos de español.

Certificado De Español De La Universidad De Logística Del Programa, Costos, Descuentos

Courses A1, A2, B1.1, B1.2, B2.1 & B2.2 are 9 weeks each, meet for 108 hours each and typicaly have a one-week break at the end of each course (for your rest and travel).
Mínimo de seis meses requerido para calificar para una visa de estudiante.
Our Certified Spanish University courses include our certified grammar courses + our conversational Spanish classes!
See multi-session discounts below.

Group Courses – in-person: $891 US dollars per 9-week session. (8% savings over the weekly price)
12 hours per week (Certified Spanish University course + Conversational Spanish classes)
Classes are four days per week (Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays) for three hours per day.  Wednesdays are used at excursion days and are for teacher office hours.
1 session (about 2.5 months) = $891 USD
2 sessions (about 5 months) = $1,782 USD
3 sessions (about 7.5 months) = $2,535 USD 
includes 5% discount
4 sessions (about 10 months) = $3,385 USD – includes 5% discount
5 sessions (about 12 months) $4,140 USD includes 7% discount
All 6 sessions (about 14.5 months) = $4,810 USD includes 10% discount

Group classes are an excellent way to gain your Spanish education. OLSA’s group classes offer the best price per hour of any certified academy in Medellin. In addition, with OLSA, it’s all about gaining a practical skill from your investment. So, OLSA courses focus on speaking Spanish, not just learning Spanish grammar.

Private Courses – in-person/virtual: $1,785 US dollars per 9-week session (second person add 50%)
12 hours per week of grammar / conversational Spanish combination
Classes are coordinated on a fixed schedule arranged between the student and the teacher – as long as 12 academic hours are achieved.
1 session (about 2.5 months) = $1,785 USD
2 sessions (about 5 months) = $3,570 USD
3 sessions (about 7.5 months) = $5,085 USD – includes 5% discount
4 sessions (about 10 months) = $6,780 USD – includes 5% discount
5 sessions (about 12 months) $8,300 USD – includes 7% discount
All 6 sessions (about 14.5 months) = $9,635 USD – includes 10% discount

Private classes offer the student one-on-one attention and a more flexible schedule – in-person and/or virtually. Check with the OLSA administration for your scheduling needs.

Discounts for multiple courses:

Sessions are considered to be A1, A2, B1.1B1.2B2.1, and B2.2 – each session 9 weeks.

5% discount when you purchase at least three full sessions
7% discount when you purchase at five full sessions
10% discount when you purchase all six sessions

Course Start Dates 2023 / 2024 / 2025



January 09 – March 8
March 11 – May 17
May 27 – July 26
August 05 – October 4
October 15 – December 13

January 13 – March 14
March 17 – June 23
June 03 – August 1
August 11 – October 10
October 20 – December 19

Colombiana de Certificación y los Requisitos de Visa

OLSA International is certified to offer up to 12-month+ visas with our operators license #201950072145 and our Spanish program license #201950077394 through the Ministry of Education of Colombia. 

To acquire a Colombian student visa, the student will need to take the following steps.

1.  Submit a valid original passport with at least two blank pages.
2.  Present the last stamp of entry to Colombia or document that shows that you immigration status is confirmed.
3.  Present one photo 3 x 5 cms with a white background.
4.  Present bank statements for the last six months for the person who assumes the economic responsibility of the student.
5.  Present proof of health insurance (minimum $60,000 USD coverage-see visa agent for quotes) for the time of the visa.
6.  Purchase for your courses at OLSA International for the time of the visa.  The Colombian government will not consider a student visa application until the courses are paid in full.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Colombia reserves the right to request additional documents.

Extra options apart from Certified University Program

EXCURSIONES – To really learn a language, you must immerse yourself in the culture. Every Wednesday, or Saturday, our students have the opportunity to leave their books at home and participate in OLSA-guided excursions to local museums, parks and activities, historical tours and nearby historical cities, nature tours, adventure destinations and more as part of our unique South American Cultural Immersion program. See the Weekly Excursions tab above for more information.  Contact the OLSA office for availability and pricing.

BAILAR SALSA – Another key component of our Cultural Immersion program is our Salsa dance school. Apart from the great exercise, these Salsa classes bring a new level of understanding to what it means to be part of a Latin culture.  For more information see Salsa Dance Classes.

INTERCAMBIO DE IDIOMAS – Para acompañar el lema de nuestra escuela, "Poner en Práctica", OLSA Internacional acoge un semanario gratuito de intercambio de idiomas en las noches de los miércoles de 6:30 a 9:00. Cada semana un tema diferente y es una gran manera de hacer nuevos amigos/contactos de una variedad de países.

FRIDAY HANG-OUT / SOCIAL – Every Friday night OLSA hosts the Friday Hang-Out for our students and community the opportunity to come together for a fun-filled language exchange/social event from 6:00pm – 10:30pm at which time, those interested go out to the official discotecas on the 70 or the 33. 

Esto da a los estudiantes extranjeros la oportunidad de conocer a los lugareños en un pequeño evento, hacer amigos, aprender Salsa y Bachata, luego salir como un grupo donde usted puede introducir más de sus amigos. Una especie de círculo íntimo de atajo, si se quiere.  En contacto con la OLSA de la oficina para COVID restricciones.

ALOJAMIENTO – Si usted está en necesidad de vivienda, OLSA Internacional tiene excelentes relaciones con los propietarios de viviendas privadas, alquiler de habitaciones y hostales, todos los cuales están dentro de distancia que camina a la escuela.

Resumen del programa:

  • Acreditado Los Cursos De La Universidad Española
  • Diario Español, Clases De Conversación
  • Semanales Excursiones
  • Clases De Baile De Salsa
  • Intercambio De Idiomas
  • Pre-Partido

Nuestro objetivo es que nuestros estudiantes no volver a casa con sólo la gramática española, pero con fuertes habilidades para hablar el español, rico en experiencias y habilidades que puede compartir con la familia, amigos y compañeros de trabajo y mejorar sus vidas.

Pre-registration is highly recommended to secure your place in OLSA Spanish University Courses. Pre-registration may be done by Whatsapp, by email, or in person. Your place is secure once payment and visa are processed.

Queremos darte las gracias por considerar OLSA como su nivel de español de inmersión en el lenguaje de la escuela! Su futuro es realmente importante para nosotros y estamos muy contentos de compartir esta experiencia con ustedes. Así, invertir en su futuro. Mejorar su comercialización. Únete a nosotros en OLSA!