The Regular Course is a one-year long program, divided into three trimesters. A student may enter the program in January, May, or August. Classes are held from 7:30 a.m. to 12:05 p.m., Monday thru Friday. Group size ranges from 6 to 12 depending on the subject. Placement is determined through a short grammar test and an oral interview which take place during Orientation.
Since students may know some Spanish before arrival, all courses will be adapted to the levels of the students. The scale used for levels is the ACTFL Guidelines, which divides learners into Beginners, Intermediates, Advanced, and Superiors.
Tests are given in each course, but students may choose to receive grades or not. The Institute provides official documents: (a) transcripts—include number of hours studied, names of courses taken and grades; $10 per copy; (b) certificates—include only the number of hours studied; no charge; and (c) diplomas—for students who reach the Advanced Level orally and in writing; no charge.
Books are written by the Institute faculty.