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BCN LIP (Language Immersion Programs) Language School is an academy founded by school director Sofia Pariente Buzón in 2008. Our name demonstrates the philosophy that we wish to impart, that our programs are based on real-life learning in useful contexts.

Our Staff


Born in Barcelona in 1974, Sofia Pariente Buzón traveled to the United States at the age of 17 to finish high school, and received a BA in English and Spanish Philology from the University of Barcelona in 1997. In 1998, she received a postgraduate degree in Postcolonial Literatures. And in 2001, she completed a course in Spanish as a foreign language for teachers at the International House. Since 2002, she has worked as an educator in different centers in Barcelona, and in 2008 founded BCNLIP. She has been the director and a teacher at the school since its inception.

 If there is one unique difference between BCNLIP and other schools, it is that we treat our students in a very personal and real way. As director, I like to get to know all of the students personally and help them with everything they need. For this reason, I do my best to spend the majority of my time at our school meeting their needs and ensuring their satisfaction at all times. For me, among all of the duties involved in management, caring for the students is the most important part.

Management team

Carlos Puga Contabilidad y Responsable de gestión de exámenes CCSE
Alejandro Danilo Saenz Jefe de estudios
Maria Selezneva Administration and Reception
Irada Gardashova
Viktoriia Uskova
Magdalena Trimarchi
Sabrina Hamchaoui
Olga Mandzhieva
Mohamed Chbab

Our teachers

All of our teachers meet the following academic requirements:

Academic requirements

  • University degree in a humanities or language field, preferably Hispanic philology
  • Having completed an ELE course, or a language teaching course
  • Minimum of 2 years experience as a language teacher
  • Having mastered a foreign language
  • Publications related to teaching are valued
  • Interest in continued training is valued

Personal requirements

  • Dedication to teaching.
  • Responsibility and punctuality.
  • Motivation capacity.
  • Interest in other cultures.

Spanish Teachers

In order to provide our students with quality education, updated curriculum, and to enable learning in a way that is dynamic and interactive, our teaching team meets monthly to discuss the latest developments and coordinate the different school activities. Each teacher has an important role in this process:

Maria Carmen Domingo Bernal
Maria Velazquez Prados Alumno del mes
Andres Mercado
Cesar Rojo
Elena García Lorca
Carlos Alberto Garzón
Valeria Dimaté Campos
Miguel Cano Díaz
Noelia Sanz Productora de eventos
Carlos Hernández Martín
Ferrán Martinez
Karina Fernandes
Nenad Paunović
Diego Rodríguez
Judith Benítez Ávila
Elena Jrisoulas Lafuente
Ángel Alfonso Poza
Rafa Aguilar
Nerea Yera
Dani Broncano
Marta Martínez Corpas
Lluis Pérez
Ingrid Cobo
Viviana Da Costa Da Silva
Amaia Calzada Gorricho
Silvia Bedmar Pérez
Silvina Garrido Hermann
Carmen Verdugo Caballano
Julia Rearte Gil
Saúl Chaza Ibáñez

Other Languages

Elisenda Torrell Cascallo Catalan
Jero Férec Inglés
Eric Stone Francés
Sarah Caruso
Gagandeep Singh
Verena Gründhammer
Marina Kétlerova

Our services

Virtual Tour & Gallery

Virtual Tour & Gallery

Center equipped for handicapped students: entrance with ramp and bathroom with hand bar.

WiFi connection.

Delivery of diploma and certificate of achievement at the end of the course

Computers available for students and teachers.

Free cafeteria with coffee, teas, water, pastries, candies, and more, all day.

Air conditioning and heat.

Check-out service for books and films.

Free newspapers and magazines in various languages.

Airport pick-up.

Housing near the school and with host families.


Monthly activities, such as festivals, nights out, and daytime excursions. Linguistic immersion activities integrated into the courses

Support for foreign students seeking official documentation, such as the NIE and student visas.

Free linguistics exchange service

Constant hours of public attention via a mobile phone and email.

Multilingual advice regarding different aspects of life in Barcelona: culture, activities, gastronomy, festivals…

8 classrooms, minimum 4 students — maximum 15 students


Just as we are a language school situated in the most cosmopolitan and multicultural part of Barcelona, our students are of all nationalities, cultures, and ages. If you would like to know more about our open-minded environment and the openness that characterizes us, check out what our students think about our classes and hear about their experiences. All in all, they are the heroes!

Who is Our Student of the Month?

Who is Our Student of the Month?


Our Philosophy

Learning a language – means living it!

  1. We teach the four key language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) but we place special importance on speaking. We ensure that our students are speaking from day one.
  2. We use a communicative method that is based on the task-based approach: we encourage our students to communicate in everyday situations where they have to practice what they have learned.
  3. We pay special attention to our activities and events. They are an important part of our educational ethos, reflecting the multicultural and diverse spirit of the school and presenting the perfect opportunity to practice speaking languages beyond the classroom. It is important that our students understand that the activities and events are not only for socialising, but are designed specially to help students live outside the school environment.
  4. We have regular assessments so that our students are motivated in class and are given a clear indication of their progress. We offer extra revision classes when we consider them necessary in order for students to keep up with their courses. Likewise, both our teachers and our school also undergo continuous assessment.
  5. Our school spirit is animated and innovative as we are constantly changing and adapting to embrace new technology, new forms of learning, the best materials, most original activities …
  6. In order to encourage a good atmosphere in the classroom and to ensure a dynamic learning environment, we have created these rules of behaviour for the classroom. They are also a reflection of your own demands as students.

The 10 Commandments of BCNLIP

  1. Thou shalt not be late
  2. Thou shalt not use the mobile phone in class
  3. Thou shalt not take breaks in the middle of the class
  4. Thou shalt not speak thy native language
  5. Thou shalt respect thy teacher
  6. Thou shalt come to class prepared and respect your classmates
  7. Thou shalt take the level test
  8. Thou shalt do your homework
  9. Thou shalt come to class regularly
  10. Thou shalt contribute to the good atmosphere in class

왜 BCNLIP 이여되냐? 이유는 하나입니다.

저희가 수업 방식과 교수들, 내부시설, 개인서비스 등을 얘기하면 다른 아카데미하고 별로 틀리지 않게지요 하지만 저희는 학생들을 위한 노력은 절대적이며 효과적인 학습을 보장해준니다. 단, 이말이 그냥 허세가 아니라는 것을 증면 하기 위해서는 직접 방문을해서 체험하는 것 뿐입니다.

이 세상에는 말하지 않아도 필수적인게 있습니다, 국제 연합 교육 센터도 아닙니다, 사랑과 애정이니다. 그것만 있스면 모든 것을 할 수가 있습니다. 그리고 그 애정은 BCNLIP에 발을 들이는 순간부터 느낄수 있습니다.

확실하고 쾌척한 환경에서 배우고 싶으신 분들은, BCNLIP을 추천 들입니다.

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BCNLIP-Language School has been accredited by Instituto Cervantes, which means it meets the conditions set by Instituto Cervantes Accreditation System for Centers, the only International accreditation exclusively focused on the teaching as Spanish as a foreign language.

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