Interview with Scott Murphy, Expanish Executive: “I believe that cultural immersion and on-site learning remain vitally important for language tourism”.


Scott Murphy, Executive, Expanish


Why would a student choose his school?

We have amazing facilities in a great location in Barcelona, one block from the metro and 10 minutes from the beach. Our school offers 4 free activities each week for students to practice Spanish outside the classroom, learn about Spanish culture and interact with others in the school. Our staff is friendly and welcoming and can help students with any questions about their program or about life in Spain.


In your opinion, what are the main benefits for a student studying abroad?

Studying abroad helps students learn more about other cultures, but also more about themselves. It broadens the perspective of the world and opens doors that nothing else can. Studying abroad is a life-changing experience.


How do you see the future of language tourism?

I believe that cultural immersion and on-site learning remain vitally important for language tourism. Yes, online options are more prevalent after the COVID-19 pandemic, but nothing can replace learning a language abroad while living with a host family and studying with students from around the world. As vaccinations increase around the world, I believe that language tourism will return to a somewhat normal state.


What is a day like for a student at your school and what is networking among peers like?

As telecommuting is becoming more and more common, there are more and more students living in Barcelona who need an evening course to learn Spanish. I think this will increase as Barcelona is such a popular city to live in because of its climate, food and culture and many young people will choose it as their home even if they don’t speak Spanish.



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What are the most significant things the school can offer?

We are a high quality Spanish language school and we make students feel comfortable and at home. Since we only have 9 classrooms, our staff knows every student’s name and all students receive personalized service. We pride ourselves on providing excellent customer service.

What are the types of courses taught at school?

Expanish offers both intensive courses for those looking to learn Spanish as quickly as possible and evening classes for those who live and work in Barcelona and are looking for a less intensive option.

What are the biggest attractions around the school and in the city in general?

The school is only 1 block away from the famous Casa Mila (La Pedrera), one of the most emblematic places in the city. We are also only 20 minutes walk from the Sagrada Familia and 10 minutes by bus from the beach.