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Don Quijote / Academia Columbus, Santo Domingo de Heredia, Costa Rica

What we like about the school

  • Best rated school in Costa Rica
  • Small class sizes
  • Excellent rating of student apartments

Santo Domingo de Heredia  

Don Quijote / Academia Columbus

The language school Don Quijote / Academia Columbus was founded in Santo Domingo de Heredia, Costa Rica in 2005. Academia Columbus Costa Rica is located in the picturesque town of Santo Domingo, just 5 km (3 miles) from the capital city of San José. The school is surrounded by a tropical garden with palm trees and exotic plants. There are various shops, restaurants and bars within walking distance of the school.

The school address is: Del Inbioparque 600 mts. al este y 100 al sur, Santo Domingo de Heredia, n/a - Santo Domingo de Heredia (Costa Rica).

Accreditations and Quality seals

IEG, AATSP

School Size:

Facilities

  • Kitchen for student use

  • Microwave for student use

  • Fridge for student use

  • Lounge

  • Garden

  • Balcony / terrace

  • Free coffee

  • Free water dispenser

  • Free WIFI

Classroom equipment

  • TV in all classrooms

  • Ample natural light in most classrooms

Number of classrooms:

15

Prices include

  • Organized activities
  • Wireless LAN zone at school
  • Free certificate of course attendance
  • Free airport pickup for all junior courses (both ways)
  • Language level placement test at first day of classes
  • Language level placement test before arrival
  • For junior courses: every afternoon free organized leisure program
  • For adult courses: a minimum of one free organized leisure activity per week

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: 50
  • Adult courses throughout the year: 25

Average age of students

  • throughout the year: 33 years

Average number of levels

  • Adult courses in summer: 6
  • Adult courses throughout the year: 3

Minimum age of students

  • 16 years

Spanish teacher qualifications

  • 70 % hold a university degree
  • 50 % hold a recognised language teaching qualification

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

2
2.5
38
4
6
3
9
3.5
29

Airport transfer

Best arrival airport is San José (SJO). It takes 45 minutes to school.

Language school closed

In 2016 (including national and regional bank holidays): 01.Jan.2016, 03.Apr.2016, 06.Apr.2016, 01.May.2016, 15.Sep.2016, 12.Oct.2016, 25.Dec.2016

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$ 395376 790751 11851126 15801501 17751687 21302024 24852361 28402698 33503183 40203819 335319
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 13:00
Afternoon: 13:40  - 15:30
Required language level
Beginner (A1) - No previous knowledge required
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in US$ 255243 510485 765727 1020969 11451088 13771309 16031523 18321741 21502043 25802451 215205
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 13:00
Required language level
Beginner (A1) - No previous knowledge required
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 12
Price in US$ 459437 918873 13771309 18361745 20451943 24542332 28632720 32723109 35013326 38903696 46684435
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 13:00
Required language level
Beginner (A1) - No previous knowledge required
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in US$ 629598 12581196 18871793 25162391 28252684 33903221 39553758 45204294 53505083 64206099 535509
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 13:00
Afternoon: 13:40  - 15:30
Required language level
Beginner (A1) - No previous knowledge required
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in US$ -- 640608 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Program includes 5 activities per week, such as salsa classes, cooking classes, movies, cultural lessons, crafts, Latin American songs, a social hour over coffee and organized visits and excursions.
Starting dates
Every first Monday of month .
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 11:55
Required language level
Beginner (A1) - No previous knowledge required
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in US$ 465442 930884 13951326 18601767 20951991 25142389 29332787 33523185 39503753 47404503 395376
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 13:00
Afternoon: 13:40  - 15:30
Required language level
Beginner (A1) - No previous knowledge required
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in US$ 559532 11181063 16771594 22362125 24952371 29942845 34933319 39923793 47504513 57005415 475452
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 13:00
Afternoon: 13:40  - 16:55
Required language level
Beginner (A1) - No previous knowledge required
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 12
Price in US$ 370352 740703 11101055 14801406 17201634 20641961 24082288 27522615 29702822 33003135 39603762
Intensive Course + 6 culture lessons per week.
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 13:00
Required language level
Beginner (A1) - No previous knowledge required
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in US$ -- 695661 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Starting dates
2016: 04.Jul.2016, 18.Jul.2016.
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 13:00
Required language level
Upper intermediate (B2)
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in US$ -- 895851 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 13:00
Required language level
Upper intermediate (B2)
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in US$ -- -- -- 13901321 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Exam fee not included.
To enroll in a DELE course, students must have at least the same level of Spanish they wish to take the exam in.
Starting dates
2016: 25.Apr.2016, 31.Oct.2016.
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 13:00
Required language level
Beginner (A1) - No previous knowledge required
Exam dates
15.Apr.2016, 20.May.2016, 21.May.2016, 15.Jul.2016, 21.Oct.2016, 25.Nov.2016
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in US$ -- -- -- 17901701 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Exam fee not included.
To enroll in a DELE course, students must have at least the same level of Spanish they wish to take the exam in.
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 13:00
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in US$ 370352 740703 11101055 14801406 17201634 20641961 24082288 27522615 33003135 39603762 330314
Intensive Course + 6 dancing lessons per week.
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 13:00
Required language level
Beginner (A1) - No previous knowledge required
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in US$ 370352 740703 11101055 14801406 17201634 20641961 24082288 27522615 33003135 39603762 39603762
Intensive Course + 6 cooking lessons per week.
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 13:00
Required language level
Beginner (A1) - No previous knowledge required
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Note: All courses offered by Don Quijote / Academia Columbus, Santo Domingo de Heredia 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: 55 minutes
School's administrative fee: 55.00  US$
Individual classes Single individual lessons of tuition can be booked at 22 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.
Comments about courses: Internships and Volunteering projects available. Mediation fee is respectively US$350 and US$150. Always in combination with a minimum of 4 weeks Spanish course with us.
In peak season, the maximum of students is 8 per class.
The schedule subject to changes.

Accommodation

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:
27 US$ (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Distance from school:
20 minutes walking
Includes:
Bedding/linen, Weekly cleaning, Access to laundry service, Breakfast, Shared bathroom.
Age of students
Minimum age of students: 16
Maximum age of students: 0
weeks 1 2 3 4 Additional Week
Price in US$ 165 330 495 660 165
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
Price extra night:
27 US$ (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Distance from school:
20 minutes walking
Includes:
Bedding/linen, Weekly cleaning, Access to laundry service, Half board, Shared bathroom.
Age of students
Minimum age of students: 16
Maximum age of students: 0
weeks 1 2 3 4 Additional Week
Price in US$ 190 380 570 760 190
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
Price extra night:
35 US$ (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Distance from school:
20 minutes walking
Includes:
TV, Bedding/linen, Weekly cleaning, Access to laundry service, Full board (breakfast + lunch + dinner), Shared bathroom.
Age of students
Minimum age of students: 16
Maximum age of students: 0
weeks 1 2 3 4 Additional Week
Price in US$ 145 290 435 580 145
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
Price extra night:
27 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 walking
Includes:
Bedding/linen, Weekly cleaning, Access to laundry service, Breakfast, Shared bathroom.
Age of students
Minimum age of students: 16
Maximum age of students: 0
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:
27 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 walking
Includes:
Bedding/linen, Weekly cleaning, Access to laundry service, Half board, Shared bathroom.
Age of students
Minimum age of students: 16
Maximum age of students: 0
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:
27 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 walking
Includes:
Bedding/linen, Weekly cleaning, Access to laundry service, Full board (breakfast + lunch + dinner), Shared bathroom.
Age of students
Minimum age of students: 16
Maximum age of students: 0
weeks 1 2 3 4 Additional Week
Price in US$ 145 290 435 580 145
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
Price extra night:
35 US$ (Only extra week bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Double room (only for 2 people travelling together).
Distance from school:
25 minutes walking
Includes:
TV, 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: 18
Maximum age of students: 0
weeks 1 2 3 4 Additional Week
Price in US$ 195 390 585 780 195
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
Price extra night:
35 US$ (Only extra week bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Distance from school:
25 minutes walking
Includes:
TV, 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: 18
Maximum age of students: 0
  • Max. 1 student of each nationality possible? no
  • Single room: always

Leisure activities

activity possible distance from school
Basketball 1 km
Cooking  
Dancing  
Football (soccer) 1 km
Mountainbiking  
Squash  
Tennis  
Volleyball 1 km

Reviews

City
4.0/5.0 
Organisation
4.0/5.0 
Facilities
3.5/5.0 
Social activities
2.0/5.0 
Course quality / Progress in language
4.0/5.0 
Value for money
4.5/5.0 
Accommodation
Host Family
5.0/5.0 
Shared Flat (apartment)
5.0/5.0 
Other
5.0/5.0 
Students liked about Don Quijote / Academia Columbus, Santo Domingo de Heredia
Super nice teachers and host family. Lesson structuring
Overall rating
5.0/5.0
Value for money
5.0/5.0
Detailed review
City/place
5.0/5.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
4.0/5.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0/5.0
School organization
5.0/5.0
Social activities
2.0/5.0
Accommodation
Homestay
5.0/5.0
Additional information
Insider tips about what future students should not miss: Arenal and the hot spring
Students from all over the world contribute to a very nice atmosphere!
Overall rating
4.0/5.0
Value for money
4.0/5.0
Detailed review
City/place
3.0/5.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
3.0/5.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
3.0/5.0
School organization
3.0/5.0
Social activities
2.0/5.0
Accommodation
Homestay
5.0/5.0
Other
5.0/5.0
Shared Flat (apartment)
5.0/5.0
Additional information
Insider tips about what future students should not miss: Cabrillo Parque Nacional - amazing!
Other comments: great school, unfortunately only moderate organisation. But still the stay was great!

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