One-to-one Spanish classes to fit your goals

One-to-one Spanish classes to fit your goals

                      Sistema Académico Intercultural SISAI

Sistema Académico Intercultural SISAI

Formally registered and recognized Spanish school by the Ministry of Education of Guatemala (MINEDUC) and the Institute of Tourism (INGUAT)

Welcome to the SISAI Spanish School

We are a total immersion not-for-profit Spanish school that offers 25-hours a week of custom tailored one-on-one Spanish classes for beginners to advanced, business, medical, social work and university accredited courses, SISAI Spanish School has been providing Spanish language instruction and total immersion experiences to people from around the world since 1989. We are located in the historic district of Quetzaltenango (Xela) which is nestled in the Western Highlands of Guatemala. While studying Spanish at SISAI, you will learn to speak, read, listen and comprehend Spanish. You will also learn about the cultural, history, and political aspects of Guatemala. Our teachers are university-educated and certified in teaching Spanish. SISAI is a legitimate registered school by the Guatemala government.


Estimados amigos:
Anunciamos cambios en nuestra organización por la evolución y crecimiento de nuestra escuela, tenemos un nuevo logotipo y nombre que nos identifican más a nuestro campo. Buscamos la calidad máxima en la enseñanza del Idioma Español.
El nuevo diseño representa un esfuerzo por parte de todos para marcar una nueva etapa en nuestra historia.
El nuevo nombre es: SISAI acrónimo de Sistema Académico Intercultural.
El nuevo logo: Representa el árbol sagrado de los mayas siendo La Ceiba. En la imagen se concibe el pensamiento maya sobre el inframundo, el mundo y el supra mundo.

Dear friends,
We’d like to announce some changes in our organization. For the evolution and growth of our school, we have a new logo and name that identify more with what we stand for. The new design represents an effort on our part to mark a new phase in our story.

He have changed the name from JUAN SISAY to SISAI, an acronym for Intercultural Academic System. (Sistema Académico Intercultural)

The new logo represents the tree sacred to the mayans, the Cieba. The image conveys the Mayan belief of the underworld, the world and the heavens.

Read more here on…

Why Choose “SISAl” as your Spanish School?

Why Xela over Antigua?

Why SISAI vs. Spanish schools in Antigua

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College Credits

cornell-college-logoAre you interested in completing your Spanish credits in a fun environment?  Try our total immersion program here at Sisai Spanish School. Send us an email with your request here.

To learn more about Cornell College and the study abroad program here.

Photos of past Cornell College students and others enrolled at Sisai Spanish School.

Meet Some of Our Teachers and Their Students

High School Students Attend SISAI


If you are looking for a place to send your high school student to study Spanish – look no further. Juan Sisay will take great care of your son or daughter from the moment their plane lands in Guatemala until the day they leave. I sent my son, Paul (age 17), by himself for four weeks in July 2014. The staff, teachers and host family were all so friendly and the other students, mostly college students or older, were very welcoming. I know Juan Sisay also welcomes families to attend and learn.