June 2002 issue

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Status: Spain 2001

Thank you to the following schools for taking part in our Status survey:

Academia Contacto, Madrid; Academia de Idiomas Trinty School, Cadiz; AIP Institute, Valencia; Alicante Proyecto Espanol, Alicante; Centro Humboldt, Barcelona; Colegio Delibes, Salamanca; Don Quijote, various; Escuela Internacional, various; Escuela Internacional de Espana Gadir, Cadiz; Estudio Internacional Sampere, various; Instituto de Idiomas Geos, Marbella; Malaca Instituto, Malaga; Malaga ¡Si!, Malaga; OISE Espanol Intensivo, Madrid; Spanish Language Centre, Marbella; UAB Barcelona, Barcelona; Universidad de Granada Centro de Lenguas Modernas, Granada.

Status Survey statistics are based on figures supplied by a selection of individual schools. Not all survey respondents answered every question in the survey. Figures are, in some cases, rounded up or down to the nearest whole. All information is treated with the strictest confidence.

The Status survey is a new venture by Language Travel Magazine, in collaboration with the Association of Language Travel Organisations (Alto), which gathers specific market data about all of the main language teaching markets in the world. For the first time, it is possible to compare world market statistics. 

If you would like to see the complete breakdown of data, including marketing spend per region and marketing budget analysis, and you are an agent (or a school that has completed or intends to complete the Status survey), please send us an email containing "Status survey web address" in the subject heading. We will then forward the web address to you.

Key points

No. of survey respondents in Spain: 17

Total no. of students in 2001: 28,399

Total no. of student weeks in 2001, estimated: 122,116 weeks

Overall average length of stay: 4.3 weeks

Average cost of a one-month course, excluding accommodation: e514 (US$452)

Average cost of residential accommodation per week: e85 (US$75)

Average cost of host family accommodation per week: e134 (US$118)

Average commission paid on a language course: 18 per cent (from 0 to 23)

Five institutions paid commission on accommodation, from 10 to 15 per cent

Means of recruiting students in Spain, 2001 Intensity of study (hours studied per week)
Agents 34%
Other means 26%
Local bookings 20%
Internet 20%
From 15 to 25
Overall average = 20.7

Student numbers by age range Top student nationalities in Spain by student weeks, 2001
8-11 0.5%
12-15 0.5%
16-18 6%
19-24 43%
25-30 27%
31-50 18%
51+ 5%
German 20.2%
Scandinavian + Finnish 17.1%
US 14.9%
British 8.4%
Dutch 5.8%
Swiss 5.2%
French 4%
Italian 3.6%
Brazilian 3.2%
Japanese 1.6%
Icelandic 1%
Canadian 0.8%
Polish 0.5%
Czech 0.3%
Israeli 0.3%
Hungarian 0.3%
Turkish 0.2%
Croatian 0.2%
Others, W. Europe 4.3%
Others, rest of world 8.1%