Clock Tower and downtown Santa Cruz
Bixby Bridge, Big Sur (60 miles from Santa Cruz)
Capitola Village (5 miles from Santa Cruz)
Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco (80 miles from Santa Cruz)

About our school calendar

The Santa Cruz Language Institute strives to teach languages for communication, and give language students access to the communities of the world.

Our language school goal is to bring an excellent learning environment to our community, as well as to help each and every person in Santa Cruz develop their language speaking potential and become a citizen of the world. We have the experience required to help people from all walks of life learn the languages they need and love.

In our classes we create a casual and fun environment that fits the Santa Cruz lifestyle. Working in small groups, we cover both speaking proficiency and grammar with equal emphasis.

The Santa Cruz Language Institute is committed to help children, students, professionals, companies and organizations to bridge linguistic gaps, build and expand their network, and integrate in the communities they work.

The Santa Cruz Language Institute has a special interest in helping children develop their natural ability to learn languages, and become multicultural while having fun.

Our facilities offer free parking.

About us

Ariel Pérez

Language school founder and co-director

Ariel Pérez

Ariel is a Lecturer of Spanish at UCSC, and has taught at Stanford University and the Defense Language Institute. He is also a certified Oral Proficiency Interview tester for ACTFL and DLI. His experience ranges from curriculum development, test development, and computer assisted teaching, to teaching adults and young adults in the classroom. He holds a Masters in Teaching Foreign Languages from the Monterey Institute of International Studies (MIIS.) He likes to play chess, watch fútbol, go rowing at the gym; and when he grows up he wants to be an artist.


Michelle Barbosa

Language School founder and co-director

Michelle Barbosa

Michelle is a Spanish language consultant and teacher with vast experience teaching Spanish to children and adults. She has been teaching Spanish as a second language for sixteen years. In Córdoba, Argentina, she founded APIE, a Spanish teacher’s cooperative association for international students. In  San Diego, California, she collaborated with Julia Burnier’s Sing ‘n Speak Spanish® program. Throughout the years she has tailored her lessons to fit the needs of her clients, which has helped her develop many teaching strategies and teaching materials. She has a BA in Spanish from Universidad de Córdoba, Argentina, and an AA in Fine Arts and Graphic Design. She is also fluent in Portuguese,  French and some Italian. She’s currently  studying a specialization in Educational Pedagogy.