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Spanish school in San Jose: Academia Tica

What we like about the school

  • Small class sizes
  • Top rated school facilities
  • Indoor swimming pool
  • Outdoor swimming pool

San Jose  

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Academia Tica

The language school Academia Tica was founded in San Jose, Costa Rica in 1986. The school is located in Coronado, an authentic typical small Costa Rican town just outside the capital city of San José and a step away from one of the most important Cloud forests in Central America: the Braulio Carrillo National Park. Here, students have many opportunities to practice since the town is non-touristic and a quiet beautiful environment halfway between the jungle and the city. The ease of access to the city brings opportunities for getting to know Costa Rica's cultural and history plus it's the transportation hub from where to start all the travels to discover the beautiful places the country has to offer.

The school address is: Quinta Toyopán, San Rafel de Coronado, 11102 - San Jose (Costa Rica).

Accreditations and Quality seals

NYSAFLT

School Size:

Facilities

  • Cafeteria

  • Kitchen for student use

  • Microwave for student use

  • Fridge for student use

  • Computer lab

  • Library

  • Daily press

  • Movie room

  • Games room

  • Lounge

  • Garden

  • Student support desk

  • Copy machine

  • Printer for student use

  • Gym

  • Volleyball court

  • Basketball court

  • Soccer field / football pitch

  • Table tennis

  • Outdoor swimming pool

  • Indoor swimming pool

  • Free coffee

  • Free water dispenser

  • Free WIFI

  • Free parking

Facilities for disabled students

  • Disabled car park

  • Wheelchair access to classroom

  • Disabled toilet

  • Wheelchair access to cafeteria

Classroom equipment

  • TV in most classrooms

  • Ample natural light in all classrooms

Number of classrooms:

8

Number of public PC workstations:

4

Prices include

  • Organized activities
  • Internet access and use of school computers
  • Free access to swimming pool
  • Wireless LAN zone at school
  • Free certificate of course attendance
  • Language level placement test at first day of classes
  • Language level placement test before arrival
  • For adult courses: a minimum of one free organized leisure activity per week
  • Free consultation about suitable college/university programs by qualified consultant
  • Free assistance in applying to college/university programs by qualified consultant
  • Free assistance in finding flats for long-term students

Course material:

Generally course material is distributed free to students but has to be returned to the school at end of course.

Average number of students

  • Adult courses in summer: 30
  • Adult courses throughout the year: 20
  • Junior courses in summer: 20

Average age of students

Average number of levels

  • Adult courses in summer: 6
  • Adult courses throughout the year: 6
  • Junior courses in summer: 6
  • Junior courses throughout the year: 6

Minimum age of students

  • 16 years
  • 13 years for specific Junior courses

The school is an official exam center

The following language examinations can be taken directly at the school:

Spanish teacher qualifications

  • 100 % hold a university degree
  • 100 % hold a recognised language teaching qualification

Languages spoken by school staff (cannot be guaranteed by school):

3
1
13
6
9
5
1
7
5
4
11
17

Airport transfer

Best arrival airport is Juan Santamaria International Airport. It takes 40 minutes by car to school.

Language school closed

In 2017 (including national and regional bank holidays): 01.Jan.2017, 06.Jan.2017, 13.Apr.2017 - 14.Apr.2017, 01.May.2017, 25.Jul.2017, 02.Aug.2017, 15.Aug.2017, 15.Sep.2017, 12.Oct.2017, 23.Dec.2017 - 31.Dec.2017
School policy regarding bank holidays:
Private classes are recuperated or refunded. Group classes not.

Courses

All prices in US$ (convert currency). Below the original school prices are displayed.
Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in US$ 270257 540513 790751 1040988 12701207 15001425 17101625 19201824 23202204 27202584 200190
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
4 daily lessons of 50 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Morning: 8:00  - 11:40
Afternoon: 12:20  - 16:00
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in US$ 250238 500475 750713 1000950 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
This course is for professionals that already have sufficient command of Spanish to learn technical language in their field of expertise: medicine, nursing, veterinary, business, law.
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
2 daily lessons of 50 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Afternoon: 12:20  - 14:00
Required minimum language level
Lower intermediate (B1) or higher
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in US$ 470447 940893 13901321 18401748 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
General Spanish and besides that, the student will work on technical language in their field of expertise: medicine, nursing, veterinary, business, law.
Starting dates
Every Monday .
Required minimum language level
Lower intermediate (B1) or higher
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in US$ 270257 540513 810770 10801026 12501188 15001425 17501663 20001900 24402318 28802736 220209
Starting dates
Every Day .
General course schedule
2 daily lessons of 50 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Morning: 8:00  - 9:40
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Additional Week
Price in US$ 460437 880836 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 420399
Includes: 10 Spanish lessons + 5 cultural activities + 2 excursions per week.
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
2 daily lessons of 50 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Morning: 8:00  - 10:00
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in US$ 380361 760722 11201064 14801406 18201729 21602052 24802356 28002660 34203249 40403838 310295
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
5 daily lessons of 50 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Morning: 8:00  - 13:10
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in US$ 490466 980931 14501378 19201824 23702252 28202679 32503088 36803496 45204294 53605092 420399
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
6 daily lessons of 50 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Morning: 8:00  - 14:00
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in US$ -- 16951653 -- 31953116 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Course price includes accommodation
Homestay, Single room, Breakfast & dinner 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.
Starting dates
2017: 05.Feb.2017, 23.Apr.2017, 03.Sep.2017, 05.Nov.2017.
Required minimum language level
Elementary (A2) or higher
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in US$ 375357 750713 11051050 14601387 17951706 21302024 24452323 27602622 -- -- --
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
6 daily lessons of 50 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Morning: 8:00  - 11:40
Afternoon: 12:20  - 14:00
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
Exam dates
23.May.2017, 15.Jul.2017, 26.Nov.2017
Exam fee
105 US$
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Note: All courses offered by Academia Tica, San Jose can be booked online with LanguageCourse.Net. In case a course is not listed above, just mention the course description in the comment field of the online registration form.
Lesson duration: 50 minutes
Individual classes Single individual lessons of tuition can be booked at 27 US$. The combination of group and individual lessons is highly recommended. Individual lessons will encourage you to actively speak the foreign language and will offer you the opportunity to discuss individual problems and weaknesses.

Accommodation

weeks 1 2 3 4 Additional Week
Price in US$ 160 320 480 640 160
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
Price extra night:
30 US$ (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Includes:
TV, Phone, Bedding/linen, Weekly cleaning, Access to laundry service, Kitchen, Access to Wifi in building (free WIFI), No meals, Shared bathroom.
Age of students
Minimum age of students: 16
Maximum age of students: 99
weeks 1 2 3 4 Additional Week
Price in US$ 180 360 540 720 180
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
Price extra night:
30 US$ (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Distance from school:
20 minutes by public transport
Includes:
Bedding/linen, Weekly cleaning, Access to laundry service, Access to Wifi in building (supplement fee), Breakfast & dinner, Shared bathroom.
Age of students
Minimum age of students: 16
Maximum age of students: 99
weeks 1 2 3 4 Additional Week
Price in US$ 155 310 465 620 155
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
Price extra night:
20 US$ (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Double room (only for 2 people travelling together).
Distance from school:
20 minutes by public transport
Includes:
Bedding/linen, Weekly cleaning, Access to laundry service, Access to Wifi in building (supplement fee), Breakfast & dinner, Shared bathroom.
Age of students
Minimum age of students: 16
Maximum age of students: 99
weeks 1 2 3 4 Additional Week
Price in US$ 110 220 330 440 110
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
Price extra night:
20 US$ (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Double room (only for 2 people travelling together).
Distance from school:
1 minutes walking
Includes:
TV, Phone, Bedding/linen, Weekly cleaning, Access to laundry service, Kitchen, Access to Wifi in building (free WIFI), No meals, Shared bathroom.
Age of students
Minimum age of students: 16
Maximum age of students: 99
  • Max. 1 student of each nationality possible? yes
  • Single room: cannot be guaranteed
  • Optional airport transfer
    Juan Santamaría International Airport: for 45 US$ (one way); for 90 US$ (return trip)

Leisure activities

activity possible distance from school
Basketball 5 km
Cooking  
Dancing  
Diving 120 km
Football (soccer) 2 km
Horse riding 5 km
Mountainbiking 5 km
Music 5 km
Swimming 1 km
Table Tennis  
Tennis 5 km
Yoga 2 km
Other leisure options: Tours around the country

Reviews

City
2.5/5.0 
Organisation
4.5/5.0 
Facilities
5.0/5.0 
Social activities
3.5/5.0 
Course quality / Progress in language
4.0/5.0 
Value for money
5.0/5.0 
Accommodation
Homestay
5.0/5.0 
Shared Flat (apartment)
5.0/5.0 
Other
5.0/5.0 
Students liked about Academia Tica, San Jose
The teacher and the atmosphere
Overall rating
5.0/5.0
Value for money
5.0/5.0
Detailed review
City/place
3.0/5.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
5.0/5.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0/5.0
School organization
4.0/5.0
Social activities
3.0/5.0
Accommodation
Homestay
5.0/5.0
Other
5.0/5.0
Campus Residence
5.0/5.0
Additional information
Insider tips about what future students should not miss: Manuel Antonio, Isla Tortuga, Canopy

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