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1 week to 1 year
Availability : All year
Cusco
Min Age : + 16
  • Class duration 55min
  • Monday to Friday
  • 8 students / class
  • 20, 25 or 30 lessons / week
  • General Spanish
  • Certificate

Spanish Language School in Costa Rica

Learn Spanish in Paradise: Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica 

Our Spanish language school in Manuel Antonio overlooks the pristine waters of the Pacific coast. Participants study amidst the natural beauty of the rainforest and white sand beaches that only Costa Rica can offer! After class, you can escape to the beach, which is just minutes away via bus or on foot.

Manuel Antonio National Park is Costa Rica’s largest protected rainforest. The National Park abounds with flora and fauna and you can see howler, squirrel, and white-faced monkeys; two-toed sloths; coatimundis; iguanas; over 350 species of birds; and lots of other wildlife.

The School

MANUEL ANTONIO SPANISH SCHOOL 

Our Spanish school is located in Quepos, which is a town next to Manuel Antonio Beach. 

The school is a single-store building with 13 open-air classrooms and 2 enclosed air-conditioned classrooms. In true “pura vida” fashion, the terrace overlooks the clear blue waters of the Pacific coast. The common areas have a beachy-breezy feel and include both indoor and outdoor spaces, a snack bar, and a computer lab. 

  • Courses are led by certified native Spanish-speaking teachers.
  • Classes are small with a maximum of 8 students in a group (3 to 5 students on average).
  • Free activities and cultural events: Free salsa dance classes, Free cooking classes.
  • Free coffee and tea with on-site snack bar.
  • White sand beaches beach which is just minutes away via bus or on foot.

TEACHING METHODOLOGY

The school’s Spanish curriculum is based on the communicative approach and direct method— it is very immersive and emphasizes speaking and conversation. Classes are taught in Spanish and all language skills are integrated through various activities in and out of the classroom.

Learners and teachers utilize Spanish conversation, context, and visuals to ensure understanding of vocabulary and grammar. Students naturally acquire the language as they are pushed to learn through practice.

Programs

SPANISH IMMERSION COURSES IN COSTA RICA FOR EVERY LEVEL

From small group classes ranging from 2-8 people to private classes tailored to your specific needs, our partner school provides quality immersion programs led by certified, native Spanish instructors. If you are looking for a university Spanish course or super-intensive summer program, all levels and various subject areas are available, from basic to advanced topics. Pair your Spanish program along with accommodations in a host family, and you can be sure to quickly move up the learning ladder.

Our Spanish school in Costa Rica offers intensive Spanish programs tailored to all kinds of learning objectives. Spanish courses are available for travelers and language lovers, as well as university students. We offer both small group classes and 1-on-1 private lessons for all levels ranging from Beginner Spanish to Advanced and Fluency. Our partner school also offers customized Spanish programs, specialized tutoring, Medical Spanish, and Business Spanish. Advanced university courses including Latin American Civilization & Culture, Conversation & Composition, and Advanced Spanish Grammar, among others, are also available. Contact us for more information. 

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Small Group Classes
– Small group classes are designed to facilitate interaction among all learners in the group
– Groups help provide a “safety net” and take the pressure off—everyone’s in it together
– Other learners may ask questions that you have not thought of—bringing more clarity to each lesson
– There is a great social aspect in group classes—easy to make friends and find study partners

Private Classes
– Move through material at your own pace
– Focus on material that is especially relevant to YOU
– 100% personalized feedback and uninterrupted attention from your teacher
– Your personal learning style forms the basis for every lesson
– Private classes are very flexible in terms of organizing your time in-country

Super Intensive Program
– Combine daily small-group and private Spanish classes (6 hours/day)
– Get the added bonus of one-on-one attention to focus on areas specific to you
– Maintain structured group classes while remaining flexible with your private classes
– Advance your Spanish level more quickly

University Courses
Our partner school offers a wide variety of university Spanish courses ranging from 100 to 400 level courses. These programs may be grouped or 1-on-1 private lessons. University courses are 60-80 hours and require 3-4 weeks to complete in order to earn academic credit.

Spanish for Special Purposes
Spanish for Special Purposes (SSP) includes courses in Medical Spanish and Spanish for Business. SSP teachers are some of our most experienced instructors and have additional expertise in Business and Healthcare. SSP programs are intended for medical students, traveling doctors and nurses, and business people who need specialized Spanish for their careers. SSP Classes are best taught in a 2-hour per day format.

Contact us now for more information!

Activities

Learning Spanish is not just about attending classes, our Spanish school in Manuel Antonio offers a variety of extracurricular activities that expand your Spanish language skills. 

Every week there are activities for students to join that include tours, site visits, free salsa lessons to prepare you for your nights, and free cooking classes with a local chef to show you how to prepare traditional recipes using local ingredients.

There are lots of opportunities to enjoy the ocean with scuba, surfing, snorkeling, bodyboarding, and more; or stick to land and explore the National Park—hiking, doing adventure tours, ziplining, etc.

No matter what you do, you are sure to expand your Spanish language skills living and studying abroad in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica. 

Great Ideas Outside of Class

– Explore the white sand beaches and National Park at Manuel Antonio
– Go whitewater rafting on class III and IV rapids
– Fly over the forest on an amazing zipline
– Learn to ride the waves at surf school
– Discover the underwater world with Scuba certification
…and much more

Accommodation

For a more immersive experience, host families are ideal. Host Family accommodations include breakfast and dinner 7 days/week.

Accommodation is from the Sunday prior to the course start date until the Saturday after the end of the course (you can book extra-nights).

More about host family accommodations...

If you want an authentic cultural experience with a Costa Rican family, to learn new vocabulary or local expressions, and immerse yourself in Costa Rican culture, staying with a host family is the best choice for you. We recommend it to all of our students. 

Family stays are with approved host families who have been working with our partner school for years. Family stays include a shared room with a shared bath. Private rooms and bathrooms are also available as an upgrade to your program. In shared rooms, you are grouped with people of the same gender and approximate age. Host families offer comfortable beds, hot showers, and WiFi, although internet service can be slow. Guests are free to come and go as they please, but you should always respect the basic rules of living with a host family.

Host family accommodations include breakfast and dinner 7 days/a week. Our families are very accustomed to hosting international guests and are happy to cook vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free meals. When registering, please let us know about any dietary restrictions.

All family stays are within a 10-20 minute walk or 5-10 minute taxi/bus ride from our partner Spanish school in Manuel Antonio.

Dates & Price

Dates

Every Monday (accommodation from Sunday to Saturday) all year-round

Complete beginners can begin any Monday as well.

Course duration

1 week to 1 year

Bank holidays

01 Jan, 11-14-15-16 Apr, 02 May, 25 July, 02 Aug, 15 Aug, 15 Sept, 05 Dec, 24 Dec, 25 Dec, 31 Dec 2022.

School policy regarding bank holidays: Classes and projects are not offered on these days, but field trips and cultural events are planned for every holiday and Spanish students should take part in lieu of regular classes.

 

Price Includes

  • Flights
  • Insurance

Price Excludes

  • Flights
  • Insurance

Optional extras

  • Private room in host family accommodation

Courses

The school offers different intensities of courses depending on how fast you want to learn Spanish.

Small Group Classes (2 hours/day)

Small Group Classes (4 hours/day)

Super Intensive (4 hours group + 2 hours private)

  Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
1 Week €199
2 Weeks €399
3 Weeks €595
4 Weeks €780
Extra Week €185
  Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
1 Week €399
2 Weeks €798
3 Weeks €1,185
4 Weeks €1,555
Extra Week €368

 

  Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
1 Week €669
2 Weeks €1,335
3 Weeks €1,999
4 Weeks €2,620
Extra Week €620

Private Classes (1 hour/day)

Private Classes (2 hours/day)

Private Classes (4 hours/day)

  Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
1 Week €199
2 Weeks €399
3 Weeks €595
4 Weeks €779
Extra Week €185
  Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
1 Week €395
2 Weeks €790
3 Weeks €1,185
4 Weeks €1,555
Extra Week €369

 

  Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
1 Week €666
2 Weeks €1,332
3 Weeks €1,999
4 Weeks €2,574
Extra Week €574

Accommodation

Host Family – Shared Room

Host Family – Private Room

  Antigua, Guatemala
Daily €23
Weekly €138
4 Weeks €525
Extra Week €130
  Antigua, Guatemala
Daily €28
Weekly €162
4 Weeks €610
Extra Week €152

 

The Spanish of Costa Rica

¡PURA VIA!

Costa Rican Spanish has a unique style, accent, and vocabulary. Studying Spanish in Costa Rica means you become familiar with the common terms, and formalities of “Tico talk.” You quickly learn that “mae” replaces “dude” or “bro,” “vos” replaces “tu” and “pura vida” can replace just about anything! The more formal “usted” is commonly used across all ages in Costa Rica, whereas in most other Latin American countries, “usted” is only used when speaking to an elder or in a formal setting. Those who have taken Spanish courses in the past may not be familiar with the common use of “usted” and “vos,” but no worries–our Spanish immersion program has you speaking like a Tico in no time.

Culture & Safety

Guatemalan culture is an interesting mix of indigenous traditions with colonial Spanish and modern western influences. For example, the main religions are a combination of Catholicism or Evangelical Christianity combined with Mayan beliefs resulting in a unique spirituality. Guatemalans are very conservative and you should take care not to draw extra attention to yourself.

Some cultural recommendations include:

– Dress conservatively
– Avoid open displays of affection in public
– Cover your tattoos, as these are associated with gangs
– Wear shoes or sandals at your family-stay
– Understand that “Guatemala time” is often flexible
– Do not point your finger at people
– Speak softly and politely even if you are angry 
– Avoid topics such as pre-marital sex and teen pregnancy

In Antigua, there is lively nightlife with a wide variety of places, including live music. Bars and restaurants officially wrap up business at 1:00 AM, but there is an active after-hours scene, so people who prefer late nights are never disappointed.

Antigua is a safe city, but it pays to be vigilant. You should never walk alone at night, and be very careful with your valuables.

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