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Spanish by the River, Turrialba, Costa Rica

What we like about the school

  • 5 locations, all offering the same Spanish program
  • Unique eco classroom (outside)
  • Best rated school in Costa Rica
  • Small class sizes
  • Excellent rating of teaching quality
  • Top rated social activities
  • Turrialba is one of the top destinations our students liked most

Turrialba  

Spanish by the River

The language school Spanish by the River was founded in Turrialba, Costa Rica in 2002. The school was founded in June 2002 and is located a little outside of the typically 'tico' town of Turrialba. The school offers an incredible view of the lush green surroundings, including the active Turrialba volcano. Classes are often held on the balcony, from where you can spot exotic birds like toucans, hummingbirds and many other tropical animals.

The school address is: Barrio El Recreo, 42-7150 - Turrialba (Costa Rica).

Accreditations and Quality seals

Private University OTEIMA

School Size:

Facilities

  • Cafeteria

  • Kitchen for student use

  • Microwave for student use

  • Fridge for student use

  • Library

  • Movie rental

  • Movie room

  • Games room

  • Lounge

  • Garden

  • Balcony / terrace

  • Student support desk

  • Copy machine

  • Printer for student use

  • Soccer field / football pitch

  • Free coffee

  • Free WIFI

Classroom equipment

  • Ample natural light in all classrooms

Number of classrooms:

10

Number of public workstations:

1

Prices include

  • Organized activities
  • Internet access and use of school computers
  • 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

Course material:

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

Average number of students

  • Adult courses in summer: 40
  • Adult courses throughout the year: 20
  • Junior courses in summer: 10
  • Junior courses throughout the year: 10

Average age of students

  • in summer: 20 years
  • throughout the year: 25 years

Average number of levels

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

Minimum age of students

  • 15 years
  • 6 years for specific Junior courses

Spanish teacher qualifications

  • 50 % hold a university degree
  • 80 % hold a recognised language teaching qualification

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

25
2
2
25
10
20
15

Airport transfer

Best arrival airport is SAN JOSE - SANTAMARIA. It takes 90 minutes by taxi to school.

Language school closed

In 2016 (including national and regional bank holidays): 01.Jan.2016, 24.Mar.2016, 25.Mar.2016, 01.May.2016, 25.Dec.2016 In 2017 (including national and regional bank holidays): 01.Jan.2017, 13.Apr.2017, 14.Apr.2017, 01.May.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$ 300285 600570 900855 12001140 15001425 18001710 21001995 24002280 30002850 36003420 300285
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Morning: 8:00  - 12:00
Afternoon: 13:00  - 19:00
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$ 225214 450428 675642 900855 11251069 13501283 15751497 18001710 22502138 27002565 225214
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Morning: 8:00  - 12:00
Afternoon: 13:00  - 19:00
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$ 360342 720684 10801026 14401368 18001710 21602052 25202394 28802736 36003420 43204104 360342
Starting dates
Every Day .
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Morning: 8:00  - 12:00
Afternoon: 13:00  - 19:00
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$ 225214 450428 675642 900855 11251069 13501283 15751497 18001710 22502138 27002565 225214
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Morning: 8:00  - 11:00
Afternoon: 13:00  - 19:00
Required language level
Beginner (A1) - No previous knowledge required
BOOK online at lowest price »
Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in US$ 300285 600570 900855 12001140 15001425 18001710 21001995 24002280 30002850 36003420 300285
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Morning: 8:00  - 12:00
Afternoon: 13:00  - 19:00
Required language level
Beginner (A1) - No previous knowledge required
BOOK online at lowest price »
Note: All courses offered by Spanish by the River, Turrialba 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: 60 minutes
School's administrative fee: 25.00  US$
Individual classes Single individual lessons of tuition can be booked at 22.50 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$ 210 420 630 840 210
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Sunday
Price per person
Breakfast can be booked for US$6 per person per day (Monday – Saturday)
Price extra night:
30 US$ (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Includes:
TV, Phone, Daily cleaning, Towels, Bedding/linen, Access to laundry service, Kitchen, Access to Wifi in building (free WIFI), No meals, 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$ 154 308 462 616 154
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Sunday
Price per person
Price extra night:
22 US$ (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Distance from school:
15 minutes by public transport
Includes:
TV, Phone, Daily cleaning, Towels, Bedding/linen, Access to laundry service, Kitchen, Half board, Shared bathroom.
Age of students
Minimum age of students: 0
Maximum age of students: 0
weeks 1 2 3 4 Additional Week
Price in US$ 175 350 525 700 175
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Sunday
Price per person
Price extra night:
25 US$ (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Distance from school:
15 minutes by public transport
Includes:
TV, Phone, Daily cleaning, Towels, Bedding/linen, Access to laundry service, Kitchen, Full board (breakfast + lunch + dinner), Shared bathroom.
Age of students
Minimum age of students: 0
Maximum age of students: 0
weeks 1 2 3 4 Additional Week
Price in US$ 126 252 378 504 126
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Sunday
Price per person
Price extra night:
18 US$ (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Distance from school:
15 minutes by public transport
Includes:
TV, Phone, Daily cleaning, Towels, Bedding/linen, Access to laundry service, Kitchen, Breakfast, Shared bathroom.
Age of students
Minimum age of students: 0
Maximum age of students: 0
weeks 1 2 3 4 Additional Week
Price in US$ 210 420 630 840 210
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Sunday
Price per person
Price extra night:
30 US$ (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Distance from school:
15 minutes by public transport
Includes:
TV, Phone, Daily cleaning, Towels, Bedding/linen, Access to laundry service, Kitchen, No meals, 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$ 140 280 420 560 140
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Sunday
Price per person
Breakfast can be booked for US$6 per person per day (Monday – Saturday)
Price extra night:
20 US$ (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Includes:
TV, Phone, Daily cleaning, Towels, Bedding/linen, Access to laundry service, Kitchen, Access to Wifi in building (free WIFI), No meals, Shared bathroom.
Age of students
Minimum age of students: 0
Maximum age of students: 0
weeks 1 2 3 4 Additional Week
Price in US$ 245 490 735 980 245
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Sunday
Price per room
Breakfast can be booked for US$6 per person per day (Monday – Saturday)
Price extra night:
35 US$ (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Double room (only for 2 people travelling together).
Includes:
TV, Phone, Daily cleaning, Towels, Bedding/linen, Access to laundry service, Kitchen, Access to Wifi in building (free WIFI), No meals, Private bathroom.
Age of students
Minimum age of students: 0
Maximum age of students: 0
  • Max. 1 student of each nationality possible? no
  • Single room: on request
  • Optional airport transfer
    Juan Santamaría International Airport: for 100 US$ (drop off); free airport transfer without additional costs (pick up); for 200 US$ (return trip)

Leisure activities

activity possible distance from school
Cooking  
Dancing 4 km
Horse riding  
Mountainbiking 2 km
Music  
Yoga 4 km
Other leisure options: White water rafting, Ziplining in Treetops, Hiking, Birdwatching, Coffee Tours,
Examples of social activities
organised by language school:
Movie evening, BBQ with happy hour drinks on the school on fridays.

Reviews

City
5.0/5.0 
Organisation
5.0/5.0 
Facilities
4.0/5.0 
Social activities
5.0/5.0 
Course quality / Progress in language
5.0/5.0 
Value for money
5.0/5.0 
Accommodation
Host Family
5.0/5.0 
Shared Flat (apartment)
5.0/5.0 
Other
5.0/5.0 

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