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Studying Spanish

Costa Rica is one of South America's most exciting locations to learn Spanish, and one of the closest for North American natives. Most of the language schools are located in San José and in the surrounding towns of the Central Highlands. There are also a few schools in Monteverde, Manuel Antonio, Playa Falmingo, Tamarindo, Malpaís, and Playa Nosara.

Classes are often taught one-on-one or in small groups, offered for anywhere from 2 to 8 hours a day. Most of the programs last for 2 to 4 weeks, but longer courses can be arranged.

Many programs incorporate activities outside of the classroom, such as one-day or multi-day adventure excursions, dance lessons, cultural workshops, and volunteer opportunities with wildlife rehabilitation centers, orphanages, and homes for children with disabilities, among others. Accommodations options usually include living with a middle-class host family, renting an apartment, or staying in a hotel. A homestay is your best bet for complete cultural immersion.

Here are a few suggestions for language schools:

Conversa ( is located in Santa Ana in the Central Highlands.

CPI Spanish Immersion School
( allows you to study in a typical town, at the beach, or in the cloud forest, offering a variety of programs for adults, retires travelers, families, and high school and college students.

Costa Rican Language Academy ( is located in San José.

Cosi ( offers courses in San José and in Manuel Antonio National Park on the Pacific Coast.

Intensa ( takes an adventure-based approach to teaching Spanish. Their main campus is just outside of San José in Barrio Escalante.

Here are some related tips to help plan your trip to Costa Rica: Eco-lodges, Safety, Student, PRETOMA Sea Turtle Restoration Project, Volunteer, Tourism, Safety, When to go, Safety and When to go.

19 Oct 2010

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