CLIC IH opened its doors in 1983 under the name ¨Centro de Lenguas e Intercambio Cultural¨ (Center for Languages and Intercultural Exchange). Twenty-five years later, it is one of the most important language centers in Spain, where yearly around 2,000 Spaniards study Japanese, Arabic, French and English, among other languages, and around 2,300 students a year come from all over the world to learn Spanish.
By intercultural exchange we mean the sharing of cultural differences at myriad levels: social, political, and ethnic, to name a few. ¨Inter¨ is a key prefix to understanding this concept in Spanish, as it means between, among, and within, at once. Cultural exchange then is experiencing first-hand the positive friction of cultural difference, one that both defines us in relief to others, and makes us aware of our commonalities as human beings.
This is one of the goals of CLIC IH as a language institute and a center for cultural encounters. It is most evident in our multicultural student population. At CLIC you will not study in a protected bubble in classes dominated by your own nationality, but will meet students from all corners of the world. We believe that through intercultural exchange, facilitated in language education, we come to know one another, and by knowing one another, we can construct positive social change.