Language course Spanish in San José

Academia Tica

Learn Spanish in San Jose at our partner language school, Academia Tica. Academia Tica is situated 10 kilometres away from the centre of San José, in the picturesque small town of San Rafael de Coronado. Academia Tica is located on the site of a former coffee plantation, in a charming, quiet neighbourhood.

Key features of our partner Spanish school in San Jose:

  • Library
  • Canteen
  • Study room with computers (with internet access)
  • Terraces where the students can do their homework in the open.
  • Minimum age: 16 years

The school's teachers are native speakers and are all very friendly with a lot of experience in teaching Spanish foreign students. The school atmosphere is professional but relaxed, ensuring that students work hard but at the same time enjoy the work that they are doing. On arrival students undertake an oral or written language exam to determine within which class they will be placed to enhance their language development.

Social Programme

In addition to your Spanish course, you can also take part in a varied and interesting programme of activities organised by Academia Tica such as:

  • Cooking and dance lessons
  • Visits to the museum and films
  • Explore the surroundings on mountain bikes, which can  be rented near the school
  • Group excursions are regularly organized at the weekends

Minigroup

The minigroup course includes 20 lessons of 45 minutes per week, in groups of 6 or less students.

General language course: reading, speaking, pronunciation, listening comprehension, grammar, vocabulary expansion, Central American culture. If there is only one participant for a given level, that participant will receive 15 units of private instruction per week during their minigroup course instead of 20 units of group.

Minimum age is 16 year .

Prices 2018

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Prices in  €/EUR £/GBP $/USD

Max. 6 per class
Number of lessons per week:
20
Starting dates:  

every Monday

Note:  

1 lesson = 50 minutes

Course materials:  

€27, to be paid directly on arrival

Info host family:  

Stay in a host family in a single room with private bathroom: surcharge € 32 per week.

Stay in a host family in a double room with private bathroom: surcharge € 28 per week. If you would like to book this, please mention it on the bookingform ("remarks").

A double room can only be booked by 2 people who travel together.

Info school residence:  

The minimum age for the school residence is 18.

A double room can only be booked by 2 people who travel together.

Transfer:  

€42

The price stated here is for an airport transfer on arrival at San Jose International Airport (Juan Santamaria).


All prices include:

  • administration fees
  • course and accommodation as stated
  • certificate of attendance
  • Orientation kit & tour on first day
  • Use of computer room & Wi-Fi
  • Use of pool & gym at the campus
  • course materials

In 2018 the school is closed on: 01/01/2018 - 07/01/2018, 29/03/2018, 30/03/2018, 11/04/2018, 01/05/2018, 25/07/2018, 02/08/2018, 15/08/2018, 12/10/2018, 22/12/2018 - 06/01/2019. One-to-one lessons will be rescheduled, group lessons will not.

The teaching materials can be borrowed without additional cost. Students can also buy the book (optional) to be paid directly at the school.

Combined minigroup

The combined minigroup course includes 20 lessons of 45 minutes each, per week, in groups of 6 or less students.

General language course: reading, speaking, pronunciation, listening comprehension, grammar, vocabulary expansion, Middle American culture. If there is only one participant for a given level, that participant will receive 15 units of private instruction per week instead of 20 units of group.

In addition to the minigroup course with 20 lessons, you will have 5 lessons of 45 minutes each of private instruction per week to work on individual weaknesses/needs. You can also opt for 10 units of private instruction in addition to the minigroup with 20 hours. Duration: 1 to 34 weeks.

Minimum age is 16 year .

Prices 2018

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Prices in  €/EUR £/GBP $/USD

Max. 6/1 per class
Number of lessons per week:
25
30
  1 week 2 weeks 3 weeks 4 weeks 5 weeks 6 weeks 7 weeks 8 weeks  
Combined minigroup without accommodation 353 706 1040 1375 1692 2008 2307 2605
Combined minigroup with school residence, double room, no meals 453 905 1339 1773 2189 2605 3003 3401
Combined minigroup with school residence, single room, no meals 498 995 1475 1954 2415 2876 3319 3763
Combined minigroup with host family, double room, halfboard 493 986 1461 1936 2392 2849 3288 3726
Combined minigroup with host family, single room, halfboard 516 1031 1529 2026 2506 2985 3446 3907
Number of weeks:
  1 week 2 weeks 3 weeks 4 weeks  
Combined minigroup without accommodation 453 905 1339 1773
Combined minigroup with school residence, double room, no meals 552 1104 1637 2171
Combined minigroup with school residence, single room, no meals 597 1194 1773 2352
Combined minigroup with host family, double room, halfboard 593 1185 1759 2334
Combined minigroup with host family, single room, halfboard 615 1230 1827 2424
Starting dates:  

every Monday

Note:  

1 lesson = 50 minutes

Course materials:  

€27, to be paid directly on arrival

Info host family:  

Stay in a host family in a single room with private bathroom: surcharge € 32 per week.

Stay in a host family in a double room with private bathroom: surcharge € 28 per week. If you would like to book this, please mention it on the bookingform ("remarks").

A double room can only be booked by 2 people who travel together.

Info school residence:  

The minimum age for the school residence is 18.

A double room can only be booked by 2 people who travel together.

Transfer:  

€42

The price stated here is for an airport transfer on arrival at San Jose International Airport (Juan Santamaria).


All prices include:

  • administration fees
  • course and accommodation as stated
  • certificate of attendance
  • Orientation kit & tour on first day
  • Use of computer room & Wi-Fi
  • Use of pool & gym at the campus
  • course materials

In 2018 the school is closed on: 01/01/2018 - 07/01/2018, 29/03/2018, 30/03/2018, 11/04/2018, 01/05/2018, 25/07/2018, 02/08/2018, 15/08/2018, 12/10/2018, 22/12/2018 - 06/01/2019. One-to-one lessons will be rescheduled, group lessons will not.

The teaching materials can be borrowed without additional cost. Students can also buy the book (optional) to be paid directly at the school.

Travelling classroom programme

The Academia Tica Travelling Classroom program in Costa Rica gives students an integral travelling vacation for complementing language learning. The 2 or 4-week programme consists of 20 Spanish lessons per week, held on different locations, including the two main language schools in Coronado (near San Jose) and Jaco beach (at the Pacific coast). Apart from lessons, you’re joining many exiting and adventurous activities and excursions. This way you really get to know the beautiful country, the flora and fauna, the people and the culture.

During the 4-week programme, you’ll visit some important main locations, such as Coronado, Jacó Beach, Arenal/Monteverde, and Puerto Viejo. Additionally, some weeknd locations you’ll get to see include: Manuel Antonio, Pacuare, Río Celeste/Caño Negro. For the 2-week programme, you’ll get to see at least the two school locations in in Coronado (near San Jose) and Jaco beach (at the Pacific coast), but please see for a details programme overview the example of activities. Activity programme Travelling classroom

The program is designed for students with levels A2/B1 but level variations are possible. Students with a lower level can take a Spanish course prior to the starting date of the travelling classroom programme.
The course, accommodation and activities are all included in the price, as well as transfers from and to the airport to San Jose (arrivals on Sunday).
Breakfast is included in the accommodation during the whole programme. Dinner is included on the days you'll stay at a host family (during the first 2 weeks of the programme). The only things that aren’t included are:

  • Lunches (USD 5‐15)
  • Optional extra activities (USD 25‐100)
  • Tips for guides or in restaurants
  • Flights to and from Costa Rica

Minimum age is 18 year .

Prices 2018

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Prices in  €/EUR £/GBP $/USD

Max. 14 per class
Number of lessons per week:
20
Number of weeks:
  2 weeks 4 weeks  
Traveling classroom with accommodation traveling classroom, single room, no meals 1764 3573
Starting dates:  

intermediate : 26/02, 11/11

Note:  

1 lesson = 50 minutes

The Academia Tica Traveling Classroom program in Costa Rica gives students an integral traveling vacation for complementing language learning. The program brings together popular activities and excursions but also local knowledge for an authentic experience that goes beyond conventional tourism: nature, leisure, wildlife and Latin American culture. The students will learn in an intensive program (20 lessons per week) and practice every day in a different situation.

What’s included?

  • 20 hours of Spanish tuition per week (in and out of class) + course certificate
  • Accommodation in single or double room in home stays, residence or nice 2-star hotel (double or triple room), depending on the location
  • Breakfast during the whole programme (home stays or selected restaurants)
  • Dinner (only included on days you stay at a host family)
  • Transfer in and out of SJO airport to Coronado
  • Welcome dinner (school) and farewell dinner (restaurant)
  • Tickets and entrance fees to attractions mentioned in the program
  • All transportation from day 0?27 in private transfers or public bus
  • Program souvenir

What’s not included?

  • Lunches (€ 5-15)
  • Optional extra activities (€ 23?-100)
  • Tips for guides or in restaurants
  • Flights to and from Costa Rica

Course materials:  

€27, to be paid directly on arrival

Transfer:  

€42

The price stated here is for an airport transfer on arrival at San Jose International Airport (Juan Santamaria).


All prices include:

  • administration fees
  • course and accommodation as stated
  • certificate of attendance
  • Orientation kit & tour on first day
  • Use of computer room & Wi-Fi
  • Use of pool & gym at the campus
  • course materials

In 2018 the school is closed on: 01/01/2018 - 07/01/2018, 29/03/2018, 30/03/2018, 11/04/2018, 01/05/2018, 25/07/2018, 02/08/2018, 15/08/2018, 12/10/2018, 22/12/2018 - 06/01/2019. One-to-one lessons will be rescheduled, group lessons will not.

The teaching materials can be borrowed without additional cost. Students can also buy the book (optional) to be paid directly at the school.

D.E.L.E.-course

The D.E.L.E. (Diploma for Spanish as a Foreign Language) is the only official certificate for foreign students recognized by the "Instituto Cervantes". The diploma is a real asset for students who desire to study at Spanish universities or would like to work in a Spanish speaking country. The specific aim of the D.E.L.E course is to prepare students to pass the D.E.L.E. exam at any of its three levels:

Nivel Inicial: Certificate of an elementary level of Spanish.

Nivel Intermedio: Diploma of an intermediate level of Spanish.

Nivel Superior: Diploma of an advanced level of Spanish.
We strongly recommend a minimum age of 16 years old when considering taking a D.E.L.E course as they are very intensive and move rapidly. The exams are scheduled by the government and typically take place in May and November each year. The exact dates and cost of the exam are established by the "Instituto Cervantes".

To read more about the DELE examination course please click here.

Minimum age is 16 year .

Prices 2018

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Prices in  €/EUR £/GBP $/USD

Max. 6/3 per class
Number of lessons per week:
30
Number of weeks:
  4 weeks 8 weeks  
D.E.L.E.-course without accommodation 1447 2750
D.E.L.E.-course with school residence, double room, no meals 1845 3546
D.E.L.E.-course with school residence, single room, no meals 2026 3907
D.E.L.E.-course with host family, double room, halfboard 2008 3871
D.E.L.E.-course with host family, single room, halfboard 2099 4052
Starting dates:  

every Monday

Note:  

1 lesson = 50 minutes

Course materials:  

€27, to be paid directly on arrival

Info host family:  

Stay in a host family in a single room with private bathroom: surcharge € 32 per week.

Stay in a host family in a double room with private bathroom: surcharge € 28 per week. If you would like to book this, please mention it on the bookingform ("remarks").

A double room can only be booked by 2 people who travel together.

Info school residence:  

The minimum age for the school residence is 18.

A double room can only be booked by 2 people who travel together.

Transfer:  

€42

The price stated here is for an airport transfer on arrival at San Jose International Airport (Juan Santamaria).


All prices include:

  • administration fees
  • course and accommodation as stated
  • certificate of attendance
  • Orientation kit & tour on first day
  • Use of computer room & Wi-Fi
  • Use of pool & gym at the campus
  • course materials

In 2018 the school is closed on: 01/01/2018 - 07/01/2018, 29/03/2018, 30/03/2018, 11/04/2018, 01/05/2018, 25/07/2018, 02/08/2018, 15/08/2018, 12/10/2018, 22/12/2018 - 06/01/2019. One-to-one lessons will be rescheduled, group lessons will not.

The teaching materials can be borrowed without additional cost. Students can also buy the book (optional) to be paid directly at the school.

One-to-one

This course is designed for those who want to optimise their study time. The aim of this program is to offer a fully personalised method of teaching designed to meet the specific student's needs and desires. As the classes are private, the student will be able to decide the schedule and content.

Minimum age is 16 year .

Prices 2018

Click on a price for an exact price quotation and/or to book.
Prices in  €/EUR £/GBP $/USD

Max. 1 per class
Number of lessons per week:
20
Number of weeks:
  1 week 2 weeks  
One-to-one without accommodation 453 905
One-to-one with school residence, double room, no meals 552 1104
One-to-one with school residence, single room, no meals 597 1194
One-to-one with host family, double room, halfboard 593 1185
One-to-one with host family, single room, halfboard 615 1230
Starting dates:  

every Monday

Note:  

1 lesson = 50 minutes

Course materials:  

€27, to be paid directly on arrival

Info host family:  

Stay in a host family in a single room with private bathroom: surcharge € 32 per week.

Stay in a host family in a double room with private bathroom: surcharge € 28 per week. If you would like to book this, please mention it on the bookingform ("remarks").

A double room can only be booked by 2 people who travel together.

Info school residence:  

The minimum age for the school residence is 18.

A double room can only be booked by 2 people who travel together.

Transfer:  

€42

The price stated here is for an airport transfer on arrival at San Jose International Airport (Juan Santamaria).


All prices include:

  • administration fees
  • course and accommodation as stated
  • certificate of attendance
  • Orientation kit & tour on first day
  • Use of computer room & Wi-Fi
  • Use of pool & gym at the campus
  • course materials

In 2018 the school is closed on: 01/01/2018 - 07/01/2018, 29/03/2018, 30/03/2018, 11/04/2018, 01/05/2018, 25/07/2018, 02/08/2018, 15/08/2018, 12/10/2018, 22/12/2018 - 06/01/2019. One-to-one lessons will be rescheduled, group lessons will not.

The teaching materials can be borrowed without additional cost. Students can also buy the book (optional) to be paid directly at the school.

Host family

We recommend that you stay with a Costa Rican host family. The school knows all the families personally and regularly visits them. The host families are open-minded, interested, and generous hosts, and they offer you the ideal environment for practicing your Spanish.
With guest families in Coronado, in a single room, half board (breakfast and dinner), includes laundry service. Airport transfer to the guest family is included in the price. The host families live within walking distance of the school or just a few minutes away by bus.

School Residence

The school residence is being built using new environmentally friendly techniques such as recycled and recyclable materials, use of rainfall water, water saving faucets and equipment, maximum use of sunlight, electricity saving devices and use of indigenous plants in the gardens.

The school residence features three units, each one accommodates 8 students in single or double rooms. Each unit has a fully equipped kitchenette, TV, shared dining area and two bathrooms. There is WiFi, a laundry area, a garden, a parking area and 24 hour security. The units are cleaned weekly. Bed linen is provided, but you must bring your own towels. Students will have access to the school cafeteria.

Travelling classroom accommodation

During the travelling classroom programme, you’ll stay in different accommodation types: some days in single rooms in home stays (Coronado & Jacó) and the other days of the trip you’ll stay in nice 2‐star hotels in double or triple room. Prices include:

• Breakfast (homestays or selected restaurants, during all your stay)
• Dinner (only at homestays, meaning the first 2 weeks of the programme)
• Transfer in and out of SJO airport to Coronado
• Welcome dinner (school) and farewell dinner (restaurant)
• Tickets and entrance fees to attractions mentioned in the program
• All transportation during the programme in private transfers or public bus

• Program souvenir

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Learn Spanish in San José, the capital and largest city of Costa Rica, a small Central American country bordered by Nicaragua and Panam. San José has a population of approximately 350,000 largely made up of inhabitants living in the surrounding districts. Costa Rica has a tropical climate, with predominant dry and wet seasons. The countryside offers ideal possibilities for rafting, kayaking, windsurfing or diving.  Choosing to learn Spanish in San Jose means that you can easily explore the many attractive museums and little restaurants in the heart of the city in your free time.


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