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Established in 1984, the Instituto Cultural Oaxaca (ICO) was the first Spanish Language School in Oaxaca. ICO provides Spanish language courses for beginners through advanced students. Spanish Language programs include intensive immersion, regular classes, private classes, and Cultural Workshops.

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Our Mission

Since 1984, we at Instituto Cultural Oaxaca have been dedicated to creating Spanish immersion programs to enable you to learn Spanish in Oaxaca in an enjoyable and practical way.

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Spanish Immersion Programs

ICO creates carefully designed Spanish Immersion Programs to support your Spanish Language journey and help you refine your Spanish skills. Cater to all ages and levels, children to adults and beginners to advanced students, classes at ICO are conducted to maximize your learning experience in a supportive, fun environment.

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Cultural Workshops

Enrich your Spanish immersion at Instituto Cultural Oaxaca by enrolling in our Cultural Workshops, where you can practice and learn "authentic" Spanish in an engaging & interactive way.

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Over the almost four decades of experience, ICO Spanish Language School  has developed a large network of  unique accommodations & build connections with many local families to welcome our students as part of ICO's homestay program for an authentic Spanish immersion experience!

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In addition to our one-day tours,  we offer 2-day all-inclusive eco-tours to the Sierra Norte, the mountains directly above Oaxaca.  These tours include delicious meals, accommodation in shared cabins & visits to various ecosystems such as cloud forests, macro fungal and orchid habitats

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ICO's Spanish Language Blog offers different pieces about learning Spanish, Living & Traveling in Oaxaca, and about its rich Culture.


“During my time here I met some amazing people and was able to excel in my Spanish. The teachers and administrators are incredibly helpful and kind. My trip to Oaxaca changed my life forever! Highly recommend attending!”

Hannah Christen

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