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Some call it the Hawaii of Europe and because of the varied landscape some compare it to a small continent. Some say it’s just an exotic island exporting bananas. We say: it’s PERFECT.
Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands and situated to the southwest of Europe close to the African coast. It is a Spanish province so is part of the European Union and complies to its laws and standards.
This also means that people here speak Spanish! And what’s more, because of the strong influence of tourism, English, German and Russian are, amongst others, also very popular languages.
That’s one good reason why a student’s life on the island is great: you can practice and improve your foreign language skills in many everyday situations.
Being on the same latitude as the Sahara Desert fresh breezes, called “Los Alisios”, blow in from the Atlantic Ocean. Tenerife is also known as “The Island of Eternal Spring”. The temperatures range from 20ºC in winter to 30ºC in summer.
This is yet another good reason to come here: you can combine your language course with that holiday feeling all year round! Take your grammar book to the beach while your family and friends are complaining about the cold winter at home.
The most popular symbol of Tenerife is the extinct volcano “El Teide”, which is the highest mountain of Spain. Other well-known landmarks are the 300m to 600m high cliffs of Los Gigantes and the famous village and gorge in Masca.
You can hike in the laurel forests or swim in natural seawater pools. You can take a tour around the island by car or by bus to visit the villages or just explore them all from a bird’s eye perspective while tandem paragliding.
To sum up: There is so much to discover during your stay that you will never be bored! Have a closer look at all the options in our excursions section.
Apart from its beautiful scenery Tenerife also offers a lot of urban culture. With over 900.000 residents the island is the most populous of the Canary Islands.
The capital, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, and La Laguna, the University city, are the two biggest and most important residential and commercial areas, while Puerto de la Cruz in the north, and Playa de las Américas in the south are the two main tourist centers.
Whether you stroll through the city centres or if you prefer to visit the small traditional villages, you’ll see that each has its own charm. Many of them still reflect the islands history: explore with your own eyes in our culture section.
Be seduced by the multifaceted lifestyle of our fascinating island. We have the second largest Carnival in the world after Rio de Janeiro.
Of course student life wouldn’t be student life without bars, restaurants and nightclubs. Luckily there are plenty of them!
The cuisine on the Canary Islands is very varied and different from other regions of Spain. Meat cooked over a wood fire, fresh fish and the prize-winning goat’s cheeses are served with the famous salty, wrinkled potatoes called papas arrugadas.
There are also many fine wines made on the island too. Thanks to the many years of tourism you’ll of course also find numerous international restaurants and, what’s even better, the prices compared to the rest of Europe are really low.
So your money goes further on Tenerife! After dinner hit the clubs and enjoy the Latin rhythms. Just imagine yourself under the stars in a beach bar with a cocktail in your hand dancing the night away… Tempted? Check out our nightlife section.
After hearing about student life on the sunny island of Tenerife there is just one question left…What are you waiting for?