1. Linguistic Pluralism in the Basque Country
The Basque Country has 2 official languages: Basque and Spanish.
The Official Schools of Languages, and the University of the Basque Country, the University of Deusto, and the Distance University UNED, as well as many private academies, offer the opportunity to study and obtain qualifications in Spanish, Basque and other languages.
2. Learning Spanish
Below is a list of the most important organisations where you can learn Spanish and/or Basque, as well as other languages.
The Instituto Cervantes is a public institution for the promotion and teaching of the Spanish language and for the dissemination of the Spanish and Hispano-American culture.
The Institute also offers online Spanish courses.
Official Exam Centres of Diplomas in Spanish as a Foreign Language (DELE):
INTERNATIONAL SPANISH CENTRE (CIDE)
Faculty of Social and Human Sciences (University of Deusto)
Avda. de las Universidades 24. 48007 Bilbao
Tel. 944 139 092
Secretaría de los Cursos de Lenguas para Estudiantes Visitantes
Vicerrectorado de Proyección Internacional (Campus de Álava – Planta baja, despacho 3)
C/ Comandante Izarduy 2. 01006 Vitoria-Gasteiz
Tel. 945 013356
Apart from that, in Bizkaia there are two accredited centres:
C/ Bailén, 5 2º dcha. 48003 Bilbao
Tel.94 416 79 01
EIDE, ESCUELAS INTERNACIONALES PARA LA EDUCACIÓN Y EL DESARROLLO
C/ Genaro Oraa, 6
Tel. 94 493 70 05
In Gipuzkoa there are two accredited centres:
LACUNZA ESCUELA INTERNACIONAL
Camino de Mundaiz, 8, ent.D
20012 Donostia-San Sebastián
Tel. 943 32 66 80
TANDEM SAN SEBASTIÁN
C/ Pasajes, 4
20013 Donostia-San Sebastián
Tel. 943 32 67 05
3. Learning Basque
Helduen Alfabetatze eta Berreuskalduntzerako Erakundea – HABE
The fundamental objective of HABE (Basque Literacy and Basque Language Learning Institute for Adults) is to encourage literacy and the use of the Basque language among adults.
An euskaltegi is an adult centre where the Basque language is taught. In terms of their legal status, there are both public and private euskaltegis in the Autonomous Community of the Basque Country. The public euskaltegis (Udal euskaltegiak) are run by the municipalities. Many of the private euskaltegis have come together to form federations (AEK, Elkarlan, Batuz, IKA),although there are some that are not in federations, such as Bai&by and Mondragon Lingua. To these one must add the Approved Self-Learning Centres (ALTZA, DEUSTUko Unibertsitatea, GOTZON GARITAONAINDIA, HEGOALDE, JOSE ANTONIO AGIRRE, LABAYRU IKASTEGIA LEIZAUR, MAIZPIDE, MATIKO-TROKA, URUMEA, ZORNOTZAko Barnetegia)
In addition to the euskaltegis there are other centres where you can learn the Basque Language:
In the portal for people learning the Basque language, Ikasbil, there are videos, audio clips and texts which will help you with your learning. .
At HABE you can obtain financial support for learning the Basque language. You can also check with your local council to see whether they offer grants for courses.
4. Other languages and Centres
- Official School of Languages: The Official School of Languages (EOI) is a public centre for the official Spanish languages and foreign languages.
- CUID-UNED (Distance Learning University Language Centre)
- British Council Bilbao
- Chamber of Commerce Language Centre
- Directory of language academies