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Instituto Intercultural del Caribe (IIC), Sosua, Dominican Republic

What we like about the school

  • Possibility to combine courses in Sosua and Santo Domingo
  • Small class sizes

Sosua  

Instituto Intercultural del Caribe (IIC)

The language school Instituto Intercultural del Caribe (IIC) was founded in Sosua, Dominican Republic in 1994. The school is beautifully situated in a quiet part of the city within a tropical garden, only a 5-minute walk from the beach. Lectures are sometimes held in the garden or on one of the beautiful terraces outside.

The school address is: Apartado Postal 326, La Puntilla 2, El Batey, 57000 - Sosua (Dominican Republic).

Accreditations and Quality seals

School Size:

Facilities

  • Kitchen for student use

  • Library

  • Garden

  • Balcony / terrace

  • Table tennis

  • Free water dispenser

  • Free WIFI

Classroom equipment

  • TV in some classrooms

  • Ample natural light in all classrooms

Number of classrooms:

6

Prices include

  • Organized activities
  • Wireless LAN zone at school
  • Free certificate of course attendance
  • Language level placement test before arrival
  • For adult courses: a minimum of one free organized leisure activity per week

Course material:

Generally course material is distributed free to students and will stay in student property.

Average number of students

  • Adult courses in summer: 15
  • Adult courses throughout the year: 15

Average age of students

  • in summer: 30 years
  • throughout the year: 32 years

Average number of levels

  • Adult courses in summer: 4
  • Adult courses throughout the year: 4

Minimum age of students

  • 16 years

Spanish teacher qualifications

  • 90 % hold a university degree
  • 100 % hold a recognised language teaching qualification

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

2
30
6
4
5
5
5
5
4
15
17

Airport transfer

Best arrival airport is Puerto Plata. It takes 15 minutes by car or taxi to school.

Language school closed

In 2016 (including national and regional bank holidays): 01.Jan.2016, 21.Jan.2016, 27.Feb.2016, 25.Mar.2016, 01.May.2016, 24.Sep.2016, 25.Dec.2016 In 2017 (including national and regional bank holidays): 01.Jan.2017, 21.Jan.2017, 27.Feb.2017, 14.Apr.2017, 01.May.2017, 24.Sep.2017, 25.Dec.2017

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$ 230219 380361 570542 760722 950903 11401083 13111246 14821408 18241733 21662058 171163
If there is an official holiday (see list Dates & Prices 2016), IIC will now offer for Group Courses an optional 2-hour “Spanish & Culture“-group class for compensation. If there is only 1 student assigned for a group level, the school reserves the right to convert the group course into Private 1-on-1 tuition instead which will result in a 50% reduction of class time.
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 12:30
Afternoon: 13:30  - 16:45
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$ 410390 740703 10801026 14201349 17601672 21001995 24062286 27122577 33243158 39363740 306291
Private lessons continue to be re-scheduled if they fall on the public holiday.
Starting dates
Every first Monday of month .
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Afternoon: 13:30  - 16:45
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$ 430409 750713 11101055 14701397 18301739 21902081 25142389 28382697 34863312 41343928 324308
If there is an official holiday (see list Dates & Prices 2016), IIC will now offer for Group Courses an optional 2-hour “Spanish & Culture“-group class for compensation. Private lessons will be re-scheduled. If there is only 1 student assigned for a group level, the school reserves the right to convert the group course into Private 1-on-1 tuition instead which will result in a 50% reduction of class time.
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 12:30
Afternoon: 13:30  - 15:00
Required language level
Beginner (A1) - No previous knowledge required
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Additional Week
Price in US$ 280266 480456 720684 960912 12001140 14401368 16561574 -- -- -- 216206
The course combines 20 group lessons á 45min (standard course) with 2 hours (a 60 min) of private tuition per week. Usually 4 group lessons in the morning; the 2 cultural classes will be scheduled throughout the week in the afternoon. If there is only 1 student assigned for a group level, the school reserves the right to convert the group course into Private 1-on-1 tuition instead which will result in a 50% reduction of class time.
Starting dates
Every Monday .
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$ -- -- -- 720684 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Program consists of: 2 weeks Spanish Group Course (20 lessons/wk= 40lessons all together in 2 weeks) plus 2 weeks Volunteer Work (min. 15 h/wk).
Starting dates
2016: 11.Jan.2016, 25.Jan.2016, 08.Feb.2016, 22.Feb.2016, 07.Mar.2016, 21.Mar.2016, 04.Apr.2016, 18.Apr.2016, 02.May.2016, 16.May.2016, 30.May.2016, 13.Jun.2016, 27.Jun.2016, 11.Jul.2016, 25.Jul.2016, 08.Aug.2016, 22.Aug.2016, 05.Sep.2016, 19.Sep.2016, 03.Oct.2016, 17.Oct.2016, 31.Oct.2016, 14.Nov.2016, 28.Nov.2016, 12.Dec.2016, 26.Dec.2016.
2017: 09.Jan.2017, 13.Feb.2017, 13.Mar.2017, 10.Apr.2017, 08.May.2017, 12.Jun.2017, 10.Jul.2017, 14.Aug.2017, 11.Sep.2017, 09.Oct.2017, 13.Nov.2017, 11.Dec.2017.
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$ -- 740703 10801026 14201349 17601672 21001995 24062286 27122577 33243158 39363740 306291
Exam fee not included.
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 12:30
Afternoon: 13:30  - 16:45
Required language level
Beginner (A1) - No previous knowledge required
Exam dates
15.Apr.2016, 21.May.2016, 15.Jul.2016, 21.Oct.2016, 26.Nov.2016
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in US$ -- -- 995946 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
20 general group lessons + 10 private lessons DELE preparation Exam fee not included.
Starting dates
2016: 25.Apr.2016, 20.Jun.2016, 31.Oct.2016.
2017: 17.Apr.2017, 19.Jun.2017, 30.Oct.2017.
Required language level
Elementary (A2)
Exam dates
15.Apr.2016, 21.May.2016, 15.Jul.2016, 21.Oct.2016, 26.Nov.2016
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in US$ 345328 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
20 regular Spanish group lessons + 3 dives (with own equipment). 20 US$ to rent equipment.
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 10:30
Afternoon: 11:00  - 12:30
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$ 390371 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
20 general group Spanish lessons + 3 lessons of 1 hour BEGINNER private/semi-private COURSE included. Free use of equipment during course days.
Rate for ADVANCED WINDSURF COURSE 3 x 1 hour instead: plus 40US$.
Surf pool for 7 days (no course)= 295 US$, W-1 can be booked only once. Additional weeks of Spanish and/or Windsurfing can be booked.
Starting dates
Every Monday .
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$ 550523 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
20 general group Spanish lessons + 3 x 1.5 hours ADVANCED private /semi-private course.
Rate for BEGINNER GROUP COURSE with 5 x 1.5 hours instead: plus 160 US$.
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Afternoon: 14:00
Required language level
Beginner (A1) - No previous knowledge required
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in US$ 175167 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Only in combination with Spanish Course Standard (20 les/wk)(not incl in the preis) and for certified divers only. The price includes 5 fun dives (with own equipment). For rental equipment for 5 fun dives additional 35 US$.
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 11:30
Afternoon: 12:30  - 15:00
Required language level
Beginner (A1) - No previous knowledge required
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in US$ 665632 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
20 Spanish group lessons + Diving Course for beginners, including: introduction, pool training, 5 theory units, 4 open water dives, equipment, tanks and weight belt, boat transfers, final exam. PADI-certification fee and study material are included. Minimum stay of 7 nights for PADI Open Water License Due to the change in PADI Standards for the Open Water Diver license (OWD), students will now need a minimum of 6 half-days to complete their PADI OWD course.
Starting dates
Every Monday .
Required language level
Beginner (A1) - No previous knowledge required
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Additional Week
Price in US$ 315300 550523 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 275262
20 Spanish group lessons á 45min + 4 hours (á 60min) private dancing lessons in the Dance Academy (about 5min by public transport)
Starting dates
Every Monday .
Required language level
Beginner (A1) - No previous knowledge required
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Note: All courses offered by Instituto Intercultural del Caribe (IIC), Sosua 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: 45 minutes
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: If you book a course for two weeks or more, you can combine the two school locations Santo Domingo and Sosua (without any additional cost).

Accommodation

weeks 1 2 3 4 Additional Week
Price in US$ 195 395 590 785 195
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
No breakfast on Sundays or national holidays. The check-in time is fixed up front as the school is closed in the evenings and on the weekends. For late evening/early morning arrivals students are requested to book the POP airport pick-up with us in order to be able to check in in the night of their arrival. Double occupancy at regular list price -25% per person
Price extra night:
30 US$ (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Distance from school:
1 minutes walking
Includes:
TV, Daily cleaning, Towels, Bedding/linen, Weekly cleaning, Access to laundry service, Kitchen, Access to Wifi in building (free WIFI), Breakfast, Private bathroom.
Age of students
Minimum age of students: 0
Maximum age of students: 0
weeks 1 2 3 4 Additional Week
Price in US$ 195 395 590 785 195
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
No breakfast on Sundays or national holidays. The check-in time is fixed up front as the school is closed in the evenings and on the weekends. For late evening/early morning arrivals students are requested to book the POP airport pick-up with us in order to be able to check in in the night of their arrival. Double occupancy at regular list price -25% per person
Price extra night:
30 US$ (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Distance from school:
1 minutes walking
Includes:
TV, Daily cleaning, Towels, Bedding/linen, Weekly cleaning, Access to laundry service, Kitchen, Access to Wifi in building (free WIFI), Breakfast, Shared bathroom.
Age of students
Minimum age of students: 0
Maximum age of students: 0
  • *HOTELS & PRIVATE STANDARD AND EXECUTIVE APARTMENTS ALSO AVAILABLE: Prices now on demand (High & Low season rates) MID-RANGE HOTEL (single/breakfast) in Sosua, about 10min walking from the school, rates start at USD 67/night EXECUTIVE PRIVATE APT. in Sosua (single/self-catering), about 2-10min walking from the school, rates start at USD 105/night STANDARD PRIVATE APT. in Sosua (single/self-catering), about 15min walking from the school, rates start at USD 48/night HOTELS & Apts. in Cabarete also available on demand
  • Max. 1 student of each nationality possible? no
  • Single room: always

Leisure activities

activity possible distance from school
Baseball 12 km
Cooking  
Dancing  
Diving  
Golf 20 km
Horse riding 10 km
Mountainbiking 25 km
Music  
Sailing  
Swimming  
Table Tennis  
Tennis 10 km
Volleyball  
Windsurfing 12 km
Yoga  
Other leisure options: Kitesurfing

Reviews

City
3.5/5.0 
Organisation
4.4/5.0 
Facilities
4.2/5.0 
Social activities
3.8/5.0 
Course quality / Progress in language
4.2/5.0 
Value for money
4.3/5.0 
Accommodation
Host Family
3.7/5.0 
Shared Flat (apartment)
3.7/5.0 
Other
4.0/5.0 
Students liked about Instituto Intercultural del Caribe (IIC), Sosua
Location and organizer. Service
Overall rating
4.0/5.0
Value for money
5.0/5.0
Detailed review
City/place
4.0/5.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
4.0/5.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
4.0/5.0
School organization
5.0/5.0
Social activities
5.0/5.0
Accommodation
School Apartment
4.0/5.0
Additional information
Insider tips about what future students should not miss: Museum visit Sosua
Other comments: I want to highlight the professional management, the friendly atmosphere and the individual service and assessment
The friendly 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)
4.0/5.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0/5.0
School organization
5.0/5.0
Social activities
4.0/5.0
Accommodation
Other
5.0/5.0
Additional information
Other comments: You can learn a lot. The staff is nice and you can have much fun.
Friendly ambiance and small class size. Students aged 20-75.
Overall rating
5.0/5.0
Value for money
4.0/5.0
Detailed review
City/place
3.0/5.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
4.0/5.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
4.0/5.0
School organization
5.0/5.0
Social activities
5.0/5.0
Accommodation
Additional information
Insider tips about what future students should not miss: Lots of great restaurants, easy to walk to in town.
Other comments: IIC is well organized and well run. Staff is very welcoming.
the teachers
Overall rating
4.0/5.0
Value for money
4.0/5.0
Detailed review
School organization
5.0/5.0
Social activities
3.0/5.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
4.0/5.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0/5.0
Accommodation
Host Family
4.0/5.0
Other
4.0/5.0
School Studio
4.0/5.0
Additional information
Other comments: very nice, quiet place amidst Sosua, dominated by ancient trees - an oasis located almost directly at the beach
Lessons outside on the terrace and the coffee break mid-morning
Overall rating
4.0/5.0
Value for money
3.0/5.0
Detailed review
City/place
3.0/5.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
4.0/5.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
4.0/5.0
School organization
5.0/5.0
Social activities
2.0/5.0
Accommodation
Host Family
4.0/5.0
Other
4.0/5.0
School Studio
4.0/5.0

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