Language Lab

In Language Lab in the heart of Barcelona, we offer a wide range of free language classes for members of our NGO. Our membership for those who want to join the classes is only 20 euros per month. Migrant and refugee people can join cost-free if they meet our scholarship criteria.



2 hours per week in the evening



2 hours per week in the evening



2 hours per week in the evening



2 hours per week in the evening



2 hours per week in the evening

Important note: Our classes are all online at the moment. However, whenever possible, we organise regular in person events!

What can you expect?

  • Voluntary, enthusiastic teachers, some experienced and some in the early phase of their teaching career.
  • A great atmosphere in our Cultural Center community, where you will meet people from all over the world
  • To make an impact: your contribution as a member is directly used to provide scholarships to our language classes for migrant, refugee, and vulnerable people.

Integration and community building through our classes

Many of our classes are given by migrants or refugees who have arrived in Barcelona. Through teaching, they can gain professional experience in language instruction, feel empowered, and share their culture with others. For teachers who commit to teaching for us long term, we offer additional courses for their professional development!

Schedules and start date

New classes start every 3 months: January, April, July, and September.

Each cohort lasts 3 months and has 2 classes on a weekly basis. After finishing a full class period, you can move to the next level of your language, or switch languages!

We kindly ask students who commit to our classes to show up at our class activities or let us know in time if they cannot make a class. As we work with volunteer teachers, motivated students is the best way to reward them!

*If you have any questions, please reach out to

How to start?

Starting at our school is easy, depending on your situation, you can find out how to register for classes below.

For anyone

Membership from 20 euros a month.

For each paid membership we are able to offer a space in the class to two vulnerable refugees/migrants!  Classes are split into four terms, each lasting three months, with two classes per week. 

To join Language Lab, you need to sign up as a member of OCC through the button below and follow the steps to start learning a language with us.

*Please note that our Catalan classes are offered free to all members of the community. To register for Catalan, send an email to

For migrant and refugee people


We have a limited number of spaces that we can offer free of cost to people with a migration background in vulnerable situations. To apply for cost-free tuition please fill out this form and we will get back to you as to whether or not you have met the criteria within a week.

*If you have any questions, contact us at

Other ways to practice


To provide additional practice, we organise in-person language exchange events at our center, on the beach, or in a park!  We also offer a language pairs program “Language Buddies” in which you can be matched with someone who speaks the language you want to learn, and wants to practice yours!

*Please note that these activities are open to anyone. If you have any questions, contact us at

How do we teach?

All our classes are online. We use two main tools to teach our classes and grow our language-exchange community:

  • Slack: to talk to other students, with teachers, ask questions between classes, and find other useful information.
  • Google Meet: to have online classes and be in direct contact with your teachers and fellow students.

A great way to learn new languages while also getting to know new people from different countries and cultures!

Student at Open Cultural Center