Instituto Jovel was founded in 1993 by one of its current directors and in 2006 moved to its current location, two and a half blocks from the central plaza.


the atmosphere

We have our own beautiful building with gardens and fountains, right in the colonial center of San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico. Our aim at Instituto Jovel is to make your stay with us as successful and pleasant as possible.

That means: offering high quality language classes, providing home stays with Mexican families where you feel comfortable and giving you any assistance you need regarding travel, leisure and other personal needs.

We pride ourselves on our friendly and relaxed study atmosphere and do our best to make your time with us as fun as it is educational. All of our teachers are native Mexican Spanish speakers, specially-trained as second language teachers; they are also fluent in English, necessary sometimes to explain specific concepts or problematic structures. The combination of linguistic/cultural immersion with high-quality Spanish classes results in rapid Spanish language acquisition at every level.

In addition to the Spanish classes, students have the opportunity to participate in cultural workshops and activities, in an intercambio program with members of the community and optional excursions to nearby places of interest. Accommodation options include staying in the home of a local family, in a posada, in a comfortable apartment or at a hotel.