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Who we are

The founders of Centro Catalina are Swiss-Colombian nationals wishing to promote language exchange in Colombia.

The Swiss-Colombian founders of Centro Catalina, impressed with the riches and beauty of Colombia, decided to open a Spanish school in Cartagena to promote language exchange in this wonderful country, which is still badly known.

The founders are graduates in foreign languages from the University of Geneva. They are seriously committed to offer high quality teaching with the best study methods and materials for ELE (Español como Lengua Extranjera).

The Team

Our Spanish teachers are all from Colombia and very dynamic, motivated, and professional.

The Centro Catalina team is well prepared to offer students a high quality service and Spanish educational program. The teachers are very qualified, motivated, and experienced. We choose our Spanish teachers not only on the basis of their university studies, but also on the basis of their personality. There are often meetings between founders and teachers to share experiences and optimize our methodology. This way we offer our students the maximum of our knowledge during classes.

Spanish school in Cartagena

Located just one block away from the well-known Fernández de Madrid Square and the famous Sofitel Santa Clara Hotel. We are located in one of the most secure parts of the old city center.

Our Spanish school is housed in a colonial building and offers all the necessary facilities for the organization of the classes: Internet access, Wi-Fi, air conditioning (AC), a small library, video projectors, audio material, TV, and DVD players.

We also have a patio and a coffee shop where students can take a break while enjoying a good Colombian coffee.

Our Spanish school in Medellín

Now you can travel to the two most beautiful cities of Colombia, following your academic program with the same quality and organization we offer in Centro Catalina Cartagena.

Our new school in Medellín is located in the renowned and very nice neighbourhood El Poblado, just 5 minutes walk from Parque Lleras and Poblado Park. We are located on a quiet street, which allows to be calm and concentrated when studying, surrounded by beautiful green areas and parks. At the same time, just two blocks away, you will be in Poblado Avenue, close to the best restaurants, hotels, bars and points of interest of the city.


Centro Catalina Medellín is located in a beautiful typical house, about 720 square meters, 6 classrooms, a courtyard, an outdoor garden where we can meet, do barbecues, and have good time together. We also have a library of free use and free WiFi access. The back of the house is suitable for our student residence, an excellent option to stay, to be with the other students and stay in the best area of ​​the city. 

Our cafeteria offers the best coffee of the region, tropical juices of all kinds and delicious snacks to accompany your drink.

Students’ residence

In addition to the host families, hotels and apartments, Centro Catalina in Medellín now offers our new option of accommodation: our students’ residence. You will enjoy all the amenities: large rooms, equipped kitchen available for cooking with your friends, garden with BBQ, fireplace for cool nights, free WiFi.

You will be a 5-minute walk from Parque Lleras, so when you decide to go out at night, it won’t be a problem to go back home. Enjoy the delisious breakfasts included in the price. Standard room (single bed): 209 usd. Superior room (double bed with private bathroom): 259 usd.

Don’t change your lessons program!

The courses we offer in Medellín are identical to that of Cartagena (group courses, private, DELE, combined, etc.), therefore, you can continue with exactly the same program, the same material and the same methodology, without having to re-do the level test and without repeating topics you have already seen. 

Our teams in Cartagena and Medellín are in constant contact thus ensuring the perfect continuation of your curriculum. Once enrolled in Centro Catalina Cartagena, you won’t have to pay any enrollment to continue your studies in Medellín.