Study and find schools in Nicaragua





Nicaragua, officially known as the Republic of Nicaragua, is a country located in Central America, the largest country in the Central American isthmus with a total geographic area of just over 50,000 square miles.  The country is bicoastal, bordering the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Caribbean Sea to the east, and it shares land borders with Honduras in the north and Costa Rica to the south.  Due to its position—just north of the equator—Nicaragua is a tropical country and a biodiversity hotspot, one that is biologically significant for its unique ecosystems.  Its physical geography is divided into three major regions:  the Pacific lowlands, where the two largest lakes in Central America (Lake Managua and Lake Nicaragua) are located; the cooler and moister central highlands; and the Caribbean lowlands.  The capital and largest city in Nicaragua is Managua.
 
As of the last census, Nicaragua had a population of just over 5.8 million, of whom nearly 85 percent live in the country’s urban regions.  Approximately 70 percent of the population is Mestizo, a combination of indigenous Amerindian and European heritage, particularly Spanish, German, Italian and English, while the remainder of the population self-identifies as white or mostly European ethnicity (17%), Amerindian (5%) and black and other races (9%).
 
Spanish is the lone official language of Nicaragua and is used for all official purposes, including government, media, commerce and education.  It is also the most widely spoken language in the country, spoken as a first language by an overwhelming majority of the population.  Until the 19th century, a hybrid form of Nahuat-Spanish was the most common language, and today, Nicaraguan Spanish is still infused with many of the same words and syntax from the old language.  Religious freedom is guaranteed to all Nicaraguans by the constitution, but the majority of the population still practices Roman Catholicism, which was the official state religion up until 1939.  The various Protestant denominations and Mormonism make up the two largest religious minorities in the country.
 
Education in Nicaragua
 
Education in Nicaragua is under the supervision of the national government and administered by the individual states.  Education is free for all students and compulsory for eight years—the years that comprise a student’s elementary education.  The system itself is divided into three levels:  primary or elementary education, secondary education and tertiary or higher education. 
 
Although primary schooling is mandatory in Nicaragua, this law is not strictly enforced and many children, particularly those living in the country’s rural areas, do not attend school.  Those that do are instructed in a variety of subjects, beginning with reading, writing and basic arithmetic, followed by courses in science, mathematics, Spanish, English, history, geography, social and cultural studies, arts and physical education.
 
The secondary education system in Nicaragua is divided into two general tracks:  academic or general education and vocational education.  The general education track features a purely academic program, with courses and instruction that help prepare students for university admission.  Vocational education, on the other hand, offers a very basic general education, combined with vocational training in one of the many careers important to the Nicaraguan economy.
 
Due to the country’s poverty, the education system in Nicaragua faces many challenges, including run-down facilities, less than qualified teachers and low enrollment rates, but it is showing signs of improvement.  Prior to the 1980s, for example, when Nicaragua launched a full scale literacy campaign, the adult literacy rate was a dismal 51 percent.  This rose to 77 percent by the end of that decade, and today over 85 percent of the population is literate.

Language Courses in Nicaragua

Nicaragua has as many as ten languages, of which, seven are living languages and three have no known speakers. The primary and official language of Nicaragua is Spanish. However, many Nicaraguans on the Caribbean coast speak indigenous languages and English. The communities living on the Caribbean coast also have access to education in their native languages. Spanish or Nicañol is spoken by 90 percent of Nicaragua’s population. So learning Spanish can definitely help you communicate with Nicaraguans, as well as, other Latin Americans. Those who plan to visit Nicaragua for study or business would benefit greatly from having some knowledge of Spanish. Spanish is spoken many dialects throughout Latin America, and Central American Spanish is the dialect spoken in Nicaragua. The Voseo form of Spanish is common in Nicaragua, as well as, other countries in Central and South America such as Argentina, Bolivia, and Costa Rica.  
 
Learning Spanish:

There are several reasons for taking up Spanish. It is a popular second or third language among those looking to learn one; it is the fourth most widely spoken language in the world (after English, Chinese and Hindustani) with over 400 million speakers. According to experts, it has more native speakers than English does. It is the official language in four continents and is of historical importance elsewhere. Another reason why Spanish is so popular is that it is very easy to learn. A lot of words are similar to English, and written Spanish is almost completely phonetic. So it is relatively easy to pronounce Spanish words. It has a rich cultural backing, and one can find Spanish influences in every sphere of life- be it music, philosophy or literature. So for the world traveler, learning Spanish is almost a necessity.
 
Learning Spanish in Nicaragua:

When you go to Nicaragua, you will find numerous language courses on offer. The best part about them is that they go easy on the pocket. So while, you can relax in a colonial town and learn Spanish, you can also visit smaller cities and learn the language there. The Spanish that is taught in Nicaragua is understood all over the world, but the dialect is distinct; it is rapid and fluid and leaves off the ends of words at times. So, while choosing a school, remember that up-country campesino Spanish (with its own rhythm) is less intelligible to other Latin Americans than urban Spanish.

There are many language immersion schools in Nicaragua, and most of them offer classes throughout the year. For a small fee of about $150-$300 a week, Nicaraguan full-immersion schools offer around 20 hours of instruction, room and board with a family, meals, and field trips. Schools in the northern region of Nicaragua are cheaper. These courses offer 2–4 hours of classes in the morning and community service activities or field trips in the afternoons. These language trips are usually two- to four-weeks long, with discounts (nearly 10 per cent) generally offered for longer stays.

So learning Spanish in Nicaragua has a lot of benefits. For one, Spanish is a great language, and Nicaragua is a beautiful country.

Schools that offer language courses in Nicaragua




Spanish Dale!

Granada, Nicaragua
Want to learn Spanish fast? Learn Spanish with one-to-one tuition at Spanish Dale! Spanish School in the center of Granada, Nicaragua. Our native teachers offer a wide variety of Spanish courses and cultural activities for students of all levels and ages from all over the world.

Spanish School Nicaragua

Esteli, Nicaragua
Learn Spanish one on one in Esteli, Nicaragua. Our courses are tailored to your level and needs. Study Spanish as a second language with a native and qualified Spanish teacher. Also we offer you Spanish lesson via Skype. Spanish school Nicaragua offer cultural and social activities after school.

Cities to study in Nicaragua


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