"We can only progress by thinking big. It is only possible to move forward when you look far beyond."
There are many reasons why our visitors think Spain is one of the best places to live in Europe. The mild-to-hot weather in most of the country and the generally friendly atmosphere means that most Spaniards spend a lot more time outside than at home and plan most of their free time outdoors. It is easy to see people socializing in a bar, a nice little cafe or a restaurant.
Also known as “castellano” or Castilian, the Spanish language is one of the most spoken languages in the world. The “Instituto Cervantes”, the most important Spanish Governmental Institution in charge of promoting Spanish language, supports this affirmation with the following data:
• More than 500 million people in the world speak Spanish.
• Spanish is the 2nd-ranking language in terms of number of speakers and the second most spoken language in international communication.
• The percentage of Spanish native-speakers in the world population is constantly increasing while others, such as Chinese or English native-speakers are decreasing.
• In 2030, 7.5% of the world population will be Spanish-speakers (around 535 million people).
• In three or four generations 10% of the world population will understand Spanish.
• In 2050 USA will be the first Spanish-speaker country in the world.
• Almost 20 million students are currently studying Spanish as a foreign language.
• The “Instituto Cervantes” experienced a 7% increase in number of registrations of students of Spanish during the school year 2011-2012.
TheIEX offers the School Immersion programs in different cities, both in the central area of the country (Madrid, Toledo, and Salamanca) or in the coast (Valencia).
Also, the parents will be able to choose among religious and non-religious schools, co-op or gender-separated schools. Being able to choose what kind of education their kids receive is one of the prerogatives parents will have in this program in Spain.