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Spanish in San José - Costa Rica

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Programme Summary:

  • Ages 16+
  • Minimum stay: 1 week
  • Maximum 8 students per class
  • Lush, green surroundings and a relaxing atmosphere
  • Large school with its own garden
  • Homestay or flatshare accommodation


Spanish language programme in Santo Domingo de Heredia - San José

A quiet and small city of 60000 inhabitants, Santo Domingo de Heredia is located halfway (15 minutes by public transport) between the cosmopolitan capital city San José and Heredia, the country's historical capital, home to the University of Costa Rica.

Costa Rica offers an extraordinary combination of nature, culture, and adventure. A small country that has crawled its way out of extreme poverty in the past 50 years, Ticos (native Costa Ricans) enjoy a laid-back lifestyle, peaceful (and unarmed) democracy and sublime natural surroundings. Each year the Central American nation attracts tourists from around the world itching to explore its long sandy beaches, steamy rainforests, wildlife and volcanoes.

The dry season goes from December to April but temperatures remain comfortable and do not vary much during the whole year.


Our international language school, located in Santo Domingo de Heredia, is encircled by a tropical garden full of palm trees and other exotic plants.

School facilities include:

  • 15 bright and spacious classrooms
  • WiFi
  • 1 lounge area with table football

Accreditations: Instituto Cervantes registered institute, accredited by FEDELE, ELITE, AEECYL, the Bildungsurlaub German government programme, recognised by the Swedish government (CSN) and by several prestigious American universities.

Activities/Excursions during your stay

Every week, the school offers an activity programme with cultural and leisure activities in the afternoons and the evenings. These may include: dance classes, guided museum visits, conferences, cooking classes & parties. Excursions are also organised during the weekend so you can discover Costa Rica. These activities may be free or they may require a fee. The variety and availability of these activities depends on the time of year.

Possible excursions:

  • Arenal Volcano, still active
  • Tortuguero National Park (boat and canoe trip)
  • Poas Volcano
  • La Paz Waterfall (a famous lagoon)
  • Caribbean coast
  • Pacific coast
  • Montezuma
  • Rafting
  • Aerial Tram (guided hike and gondola ride through the national park)
  • Canyoning


Spanish classes: general information

  • Lesson length: 55 minutes
  • Maximum number of students per class: 8 (4 on average)
  • Timetable: classes are generally held in the morning by can also be held in the afternoon during peak season
  • Placement test: online written test after you register for the course and an oral test the first day of classes
  • Certificate of participation at the end of your stay
  • All teachers have university diplomas and are experienced in teaching Spanish as a foreign language.
  • Teaching is as personalised as possible.

Available programmes

  • Standard Program: 20 lessons per week in mini-groups

    Schedule: 8:30am - 1pm (possibly afternoons in summer)
    Develop and perfect written and oral competences, boost confidence in speaking skills and learn about Latin American culture.

    Language level: all levels

  • Intensive Program: 30 lessons per week

    Schedule: 8:30am - 2pm (possibly afternoons in summer)
    Standard Program + 10 extra lessons per week concentrating on conversation, writing and revision of difficulties encountered.

    Language level: all levels

  • Combined Program: 30 lessons per week (20 group lessons + 10 private lessons)

    Schedule: 8:30am - 10:30am, 2pm - 4pm
    Standard Program + 10 private lessons per week to work on individual objectives, goals and difficulties. Tailor-made to fit each student.

    Language level: all levels

  • Private Lessons: 20 lessons per week

    Schedule: 8:30am - 1pm (possibly afternoons in summer)
    Recommended for students who want to make fast, individual progress. The most flexible program, the lessons are tailor-fit to meet students' needs.

    Language level: all levels

  • Cultural options

    • Cooking - 6 classes a week: Learn to cook the local cuisine, and use your Spanish skills at the marketplace to discuss ingredients. Prepare and taste the national dishes of Costa Rica!
    • Dancing - 6 classes a week: your age or experience does not matter in the slightest. Your teacher will introduce you to the different types of latino-american dancing.
    • Culture - 6 classes a week: Discover Costa Rica's unique culture through literature, art, music, cuisine and sports. Students visit local cultural organizations, nearby attractions and learn all about the national traditions.


Host Family


  • Single room (double room available for two students travelling together)
  • Shared bathroom
  • No meals included
  • Distance from school: maximum 30 minute walk or by public transport. Families are usually located in Santo Domingo de Heredia.

Optional extras

  • Half board
  • Full board

Practical information

  • Bed linen provided
  • Towels are not provided
  • WiFi
  • Laundry: your host family will let you use their laundry facilities once a week or let you know their laundry day



  • Double room (available for two students travelling together)
  • Shared bathroom and toilet
  • Self-catering
  • Distance from school: 20 minute walk, 5 minutes by public transport
  • Location: city centre
  • Capacity: maximum of 8 students
  • Deposit to be paid on-site (reimbursable by the school at the end of your stay if no evidence of damage has been found). Please see 'Dates & Prices' tab for more details.

Facilities/Services available

  • Garden
  • Fully equipped communal kitchen
  • Lounge with a TV
  • Washing machine
  • WiFi
  • Bed linen provided (changed once a week)
  • Cleaning is carried out on a weekly basis. Students are responsible for keeping the apartment clean for the rest of the time.

Optional extras

  • Single room

Practical information

  • Towels are not provided

Prices and Dates 2019

Dates 2019

Course start dates: Most courses start every Monday year-round (exceptions are outlined below.) If Monday is a holiday then classes will start on the Tuesday.

Public holidays (No lessons will take place on these dates but they will be rescheduled within a week): 01/01, 11/04, 18/04, 19/04, 01/05, 25/07, 02/08, 15/08, 15/09, 14/10, 25/12

*If there are 2 holidays in the same week, please contact us.

Prices 2019

This programme contains classes Accommodation included 24h support
Booking prices -

Includes all taxes and enrolment fees, lessons and accommodation as described

Course & flatshare accommodation, double room, self-catering
Duration20 lessons30 lessons20+10 ou 20 private lessons
1 week$495$595$795
2 weeks$865$1,065$1,470
3 weeks$1,260$1,560$2,175
4 weeks$1,660$2,060$2,875
6 weeks$2,300$2,815$3,920
8 weeks$3,045$3,730$5,205
12 weeks$4,355$5,555$7,765
16 weeks$5,785$7,385$10,330
18 weeks$6,500$8,300$11,615
20 weeks$7,215$9,215$12,895
24 weeks$8,645$11,045$15,465
32 weeks$11,505$14,065$19,825
36 weeks$12,935$15,815$22,295
Extra week$360$440$620
Course extras - per week
Spanish & Dancing$130
Spanish & Culture$130
Spanish & Cooking$130
Private courses (per lesson)$35
Accommodation extra - per week
Single room in the flat$50
Homestay, single room, half board$30
Homestay, single room, full board$55
Extra night$35
Airport transfer (per journey)
From SJO airport (San José)$60

Prices include:

  • Your chosen course
  • Flatshare accommodation, double room
  • Course materials (loan)
  • Level test
  • Certificate of participation
  • All taxes and enrolment fees

Prices do not include:

  • Travel to/from Costa Rica
  • Airport transfers
  • Meals
  • Local transportation
  • Possible visa fees
  • Deposit, if applicable (USD 150, to be paid on-site)
  • Insurances

Practical Information


Arrivals: Sunday

Departures day: Saturday

Arrival airport: San José Aeropuerto Internacional Juan Santamaría (SJO)

Airport transfer available on request (fees apply, please see 'Dates & Prices' tab)

Please note: Do not make travel arrangements until we have confirmed your enrolment in your chosen course (about 4 days after deposit payment).

Visa Information

Do you need a visa for this programme? For more information please consult our page Visa Information.

Please do not hesitate to contact us by telephone or email if you require any additional information.


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