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Academia Tica, Jaco Beach, Costa Rica

4.6

Rating: 4.6/5.0

What we like about the school

  • Small class sizes
  • Outdoor swimming pool

Academia Tica

  • The school is conveniently located in a quiet residential neighborhood just a short walk from downtown Jacó and the beach. The school is in a beautiful property with a big garden and a pool, the perfect environment for learning Spanish at the beach.
  • The school is conveniently located in a quiet residential neighborhood just a short walk from downtown Jacó and the beach. The school is in a beautiful property with a big garden and a pool, the perfect environment for learning Spanish at the beach.
  • The language school Academia Tica was founded in Jaco Beach, Costa Rica in 1986.
  • Address: Calle Naciones Unidas No.15, 61102 - Jaco Beach, Costa Rica (see on map)
  • Legal name / parent company: Dialogo-Academia Tica S.A.
  • Tax registration ID: 3-101-216164
  • Covid-19 Status: School currently open

Covid-19 related security measures that are taken by Academia Tica

Academia Tica Spanish School is working normally for in-person classes. We are implementing the following measures to keep everyone safe while we continue offering a great experience for our students:

- Regular disinfection of classrooms, tables, chairs, etc., as well as common areas.
- Daily deep cleaning and disinfection.
- Use of protective equipment for service staff: face mask and gloves (reception, cleaning and other administrative staff).
- Hand washing stations readily available at the school common area. Hand sanitizer is available in all rooms/classes/areas.
- Classes will observe a maximum student number that allows for proper 2 meter spacing between each person.(depends on class size, since we have many).
- Students and teachers will keep a minimum 2 meter distance during classes.
- Policy for sharing rooms: only those students traveling together are allowed to share a room.
- Establishing a protocol for handling possible cases.
- Establishing a protocol if a case is confirmed and what to do if the school has to close or change operations due to a confirmed case.
- Establishing a protocol for school and accommodations: email, information displays, orientation, in class, etc. for communicating all measures, official health advice and ways to proceed in all cases.
- Periodic revision of all measures.
- Flexible booking and cancellation policy.
- Currently Costa Rica is open for travel from all countries
- No quarantine or test are required
- Travelers must bring insurance which should include $50.000 for medical expenses and $2000 for accommodation expenses in case quarantine is needed. The school can write a letter if the second requirement ($2000) is not readily included in your travel insurance.
- Travelers must fill out the "health pass" 72 hours or less before their trip.
- Testing is widely available in private labs across the country and in both our locations in case you need to get tested before traveling to your country.

Accreditations and Quality seals

Preferential Terms in Case of Visa RefusalNYSAFLT, Spanish in Costa Rica

School Size:

Facilities

  • Kitchen for student use

  • Fridge for student use

  • Computer lab

  • Library

  • Movie rental

  • Movie room

  • Games room

  • Lounge

  • Garden

  • Balcony / terrace

  • Student support desk

  • Copy machine

  • Printer for student use

  • Outdoor swimming pool

  • Free coffee

  • Free water dispenser

  • Free WIFI

Classroom equipment

  • Ample natural light in all classrooms

Number of classrooms:

7

Number of public PC workstations:

3

Facilities for disabled students

  • Wheelchair access to classroom

  • Wheelchair access to reception

Our price includes

  • INCLUDED Organized activities
  • INCLUDED Internet access and use of school computers
  • INCLUDED Free access to swimming pool
  • INCLUDED Wireless LAN zone at school
  • INCLUDED Free certificate of course attendance
  • INCLUDED Language level placement test at first day of classes
  • INCLUDED Language level placement test before arrival
  • INCLUDED For adult courses: a minimum of one free organized leisure activity per week
  • INCLUDED Free assistance in finding flats for long-term students
  • INCLUDED Learning progress guarantee

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: 10
  • Junior courses in summer: 15

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

Spanish teacher qualifications

  • 100% hold a university degree

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

5
15
7
6
9
1
8
3
1
14
19

Optional airport transfer

Juan Santamaría International Airport:
125 US$ pick up
250 US$ return (both ways)

Days without class

In 2021 (including national and regional bank holidays): 01 Apr. 2021, 02 Apr. 2021, 02 Aug. 2021, 15 Sep. 2021, 12 Oct. 2021, 01 Dec. 2021, 25 Dec. 2021.
School policy regarding bank holidays:Private classes are recuperated or refunded. Same as for nearly all language schools, group classes falling on bank holiday are not refunded and not recuperated.

Spanish Courses

General Language
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Price in US$ 310 295 620 589 930 884 1240 1178 1510 1435 1780 1691 2050 1948 2320 2204 2560 2432 2800 2660 3280 3116

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
Student comments

Rating: 5.0/5.0

5.0
Angela: "I booked the course for 4 weeks and could not be more satisfied than I was with the location and the school. The teacher's learning system is very much tied into conversation and it is in my opinion the most important thing. I would absolutely recommend Academia Tica."
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Price in US$ 420 399 840 798 1260 1197 1680 1596 2060 1957 2440 2318 2820 2679 3200 3040 3550 3373 3900 3705 4600 4370
This course offers 20 group lessons + 5 private lessons per week.
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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Price in US$ 530 504 1060 1007 1590 1511 2120 2014 2610 2480 3100 2945 3590 3411 4080 3876 4540 4313 5000 4750 5920 5624
This course includes 20 group lessons of the Intensive Course plus 10 group lessons of Spanish for Specific Purposes.
This course is for professionals that already have sufficient command of Spanish andprof want to learn the technical language in their field of expertise: Spanish for Teachers, Medical, Law and Business Spanish
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
Lower intermediate (B1) or higher
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Price in US$ 530 504 1060 1007 1590 1511 2120 2014 2610 2480 3100 2945 3590 3411 4080 3876 4540 4313 5000 4750 5920 5624
This course includes the Intensive Course plus 10 private lessons per week.
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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Price in US$ 515 490 1030 979 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
This course includes 10 Spanish lessons in a mini group, 5 cultural and/or educational activities and 2 excursions per week.
Starting dates
Every Monday.
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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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.
Required minimum language level
Lower intermediate (B1) or higher
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Private
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This course allows students to focus on their specific language needs.
Starting dates
Every Monday.
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
Student comments

Rating: 5.0/5.0

5.0
Tejas: "Adriana was a wonderful teacher. She was extremely personable and a motivating person."
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This course allows students to focus on their specific language needs.
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Every Monday.
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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This course allows students to focus on their specific language needs.
Starting dates
Every Monday.
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Language Plus Activity
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This course includes 20 group lessons plus 3 surf lessons per week.
Starting dates
Every Monday.
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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This course includes 10 private Spanish lessons plus 5 surf lessons per week.
Starting dates
Every Monday.
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Note: All courses offered by Academia Tica, Jaco Beach can be reserved online with LanguageCourse.Net. In case a course is not listed above, just let us know.
Lesson duration: 50 minutes
Individual classesSingle individual lessons of tuition can be reserved at 25 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 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in US$ 180 360 540 720 900 1080 1260 1440 1800 2160 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:
5 minutes walking
Includes:
TV, Bedding/linen, Weekly cleaning, Access to laundry service, Access to Wifi in building (Free WIFI), No meals, Shared bathroom.
Age of students:
Minimum age of students: 16
weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in US$ 210 420 630 840 1050 1260 1470 1680 2100 2520 210
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 by public transport
Includes:
Bedding/linen, Weekly cleaning, Access to laundry service, Breakfast & 1 meal, Shared bathroom.
Age of students:
Minimum age of students: 16
weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in US$ 180 360 540 720 900 1080 1260 1440 1800 2160 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:
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, Breakfast & 1 meal, Shared bathroom.
Age of students:
Minimum age of students: 16
weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in US$ 140 280 420 560 700 840 980 1120 1400 1680 140
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
Price extra night:
25 US$ (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Double room (only for 2 people travelling together).
Distance from school:
5 minutes walking
Includes:
TV, Bedding/linen, Weekly cleaning, Access to laundry service, Access to Wifi in building (Free WIFI), No meals, Shared bathroom.
Age of students:
Minimum age of students: 16
Late arrival package if flights arrive after 19:30: USD 200.

Leisure activities

activity possibledistance from school
Cooking1 km
Dancing1 km
Diving15 km
Football (soccer)1 km
Golf15 km
Horse riding5 km
Mountainbiking5 km
Music1 km
Swimming5 km
Volleyball1 km
Yoga1 km

Reviews

4.6

Rating: 4.6/5.0

Location of the school

Rating: 4.6/5.0

4.6
Organisation

Rating: 4.7/5.0

4.7
Facilities

Rating: 4.3/5.0

4.3
Social activities

Rating: 4.3/5.0

4.3
Course quality / Progress in language

Rating: 4.7/5.0

4.7
Value for money

Rating: 4.7/5.0

4.7
Accommodation
Homestay

Rating: 4.5/5.0

4.5
Shared Flat (apartment)

Rating: 3.5/5.0

3.5
Other
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What students liked about Academia Tica, Jaco Beach
They have very small group classes to ensure you are learning at the appropriate level. This was really great and made me feel like I was really getting what I needed from the course. Also, everyone was super nice. :)
Overall rating
5.0
Value for money
5.0
Detailed review
City/place
5.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
5.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0
School organization
5.0
Social activities
5.0
Accommodation
The learning system and kindness of the teachers.
Overall rating
5.0
Value for money
5.0
Detailed review
City/place
5.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
4.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0
School organization
5.0
Social activities
4.0
Accommodation
Homestay
5.0
Other
5.0
Shared Flat (apartment)
5.0
Additional information
Insider tips about what future students should not miss: Buy your smoothies at the Fruteria next to the apartments or near Jaco Walk next to Oasis, it is a little place on the right (cheaper and fresher).
Other comments: You are doing the right thing by choosing Academia Tica. A perfect organization!
The student community was great.
Overall rating
4.0
Value for money
4.0
Detailed review
City/place
4.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
3.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
3.0
School organization
4.0
Social activities
3.0
Accommodation
Homestay
3.0
Other
3.0
Student Apartment
3.0
Additional information
Insider tips about what future students should not miss: Spend more than 1 week there.One week is just not enough. Don't pay using Paypal.
Other comments: good experience, will recommend.

Brochures

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Videos & Photos

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  • Academia Tica - Student Interviews3/38
  • Academia Tica grounds
    Academia Tica grounds4/38
  • Coffee in Jaco Beach
    Coffee in Jaco Beach5/38
  • Scenery of Jaco Beach
    Scenery of Jaco Beach6/38
  • Academia Tica lesson
    Academia Tica lesson7/38
  • White river rafting
    White river rafting8/38
  • Activities in Jaco Beach
    Activities in Jaco Beach9/38
  • Beach walks
    Beach walks10/38
  • Waterfall
    Waterfall11/38
  • Trees
    Trees12/38
  • Bird in tree
    Bird in tree13/38
  • Students swimming
    Students swimming14/38
  • Accommodation
    Accommodation15/38
  • Travelling Classroom
    Travelling Classroom16/38
  • Day at the beach
    Day at the beach17/38
  • Beautiful views
    Beautiful views18/38
  • Academia Tica students
    Academia Tica students 19/38
  • Swimming pool
    Swimming pool20/38
  • Hiking
    Hiking21/38
  • Exploring Jaco Beach
    Exploring Jaco Beach22/38
  • Scenery
    Scenery23/38
  • Studying together
    Studying together24/38
  • Views of Jaco Beach
    Views of Jaco Beach25/38
  • Academia Tica garden
    Academia Tica garden26/38
  • Students enjoying the pool
    Students enjoying the pool27/38
  • Nature
    Nature28/38
  • Academia Tica outdoors
    Academia Tica outdoors 29/38
  • School
    School30/38
  • Studying
    Studying 31/38
  • Souvenir
    Souvenir32/38
  • Nature
    Nature33/38
  • Welcome to Academia Tica
    Welcome to Academia Tica34/38
  • Birds
    Birds35/38
  • Rafting
    Rafting36/38
  • Bathroom
    Bathroom37/38
  • Academia Tica accommdation
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    FAQ about Academia Tica, Jaco Beach

  • Spanish courses at Academia Tica start at 238 US$ for Spanish for Specific Purposes course with 10 lessons per week. When booking here you benefit from an exclusive discount.
  • The accommodation Student Apartment is the most popular among all our clients of Academia Tica
  • Yes. The school offers pickup from Juan Santamaría International Airport (125 US$)
  • Depending on the chosen course, the maximum number of students at Academia Tica varies from 1 students (Private 10) to 6 students (Intensive Course )
  • 100% of teachers at Academia Tica hold a university degree.
  • The highest Nationality percentage at Academia Tica comes from USA with a 19% representation, followed by students from Germany (15%) and Switzerland (14%).
  • Yes, there is an exclusive discount that only applies when booking online here.
  • Academia Tica offers courses from 16 years to 99. Average age is 23 during the summer and 25 for the rest of the year.
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