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Spanish school in San Jose: Academia Tica

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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, 400 este del Súper La Finca, 11102 - San Jose (Costa Rica).

Accreditations and Quality seals

Instituto CervantesPreferential Terms in Case of Visa RefusalNYSAFLT, Spanish in Costa Rica (language school association), Costa Rican Tourism Chamber

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 some 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.2017In 2018 (including national and regional bank holidays): 01.Jan.2018 - 07.Jan.2018, 29.Mar.2018 - 30.Mar.2018, 11.Apr.2018, 01.May.2018, 25.Jul.2018, 02.Aug.2018, 15.Aug.2018, 12.Oct.2018, 23.Dec.2018 - 31.Dec.2018
School policy regarding bank holidays:
Private classes are recuperated or refunded. Group classes not.

Spanish Courses

Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in US$ 470 447 940 893 1390 1321 1840 1748 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
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
Special Offers
For enrolments of a minimum of 2 weeks - 20% off in residence single room. . Only valid for courses starting before 11.12.2017.
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in US$ 270 257 540 513 790 751 1040 988 1270 1207 1500 1425 1710 1625 1920 1824 2320 2204 2720 2584 200 190
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
Special Offers
20.00 % discount: 20.00 % discount on tuition fees only, For enrolments of a minimum of 2 weeks. Only valid for courses starting before 11.12.2017.
For enrolments of a minimum of 2 weeks - 20% off in residence single room. . Only valid for courses starting before 11.12.2017.
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in US$ 250 238 500 475 750 713 1000 950 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
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
Special Offers
For enrolments of a minimum of 2 weeks - 20% off in residence single room. . Only valid for courses starting before 11.12.2017.
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in US$ 270 257 540 513 810 770 1080 1026 1250 1188 1500 1425 1750 1663 2000 1900 2440 2318 2880 2736 220 209
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
Special Offers
For enrolments of a minimum of 2 weeks - 20% off in residence single room. . Only valid for courses starting before 11.12.2017.
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Additional Week
Price in US$ 460 437 880 836 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 420 399
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
Special Offers
For enrolments of a minimum of 2 weeks - 20% off in residence single room. . Only valid for courses starting before 11.12.2017.
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in US$ 380 361 760 722 1120 1064 1480 1406 1820 1729 2160 2052 2480 2356 2800 2660 3420 3249 4040 3838 310 295
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
Special Offers
20.00 % discount: 20.00 % discount on tuition fees only, For enrolments of a minimum of 2 weeks. Only valid for courses starting before 11.12.2017.
For enrolments of a minimum of 2 weeks - 20% off in residence single room. . Only valid for courses starting before 11.12.2017.
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in US$ 490 466 980 931 1450 1378 1920 1824 2370 2252 2820 2679 3250 3088 3680 3496 4520 4294 5360 5092 420 399
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
Special Offers
20.00 % discount: 20.00 % discount on tuition fees only, For enrolments of a minimum of 2 weeks. Only valid for courses starting before 11.12.2017.
For enrolments of a minimum of 2 weeks - 20% off in residence single room. . Only valid for courses starting before 11.12.2017.
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in US$ -- 1695 1653 -- 3195 3116 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Course price includes accommodation
Homestay, Single room, Breakfast & 1 meal
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.
2018: 25.Feb.2018, 11.Nov.2018.
Required minimum language level
Elementary (A2) or higher
Special Offers
For enrolments of a minimum of 2 weeks - 20% off in residence single room. . Only valid for courses starting before 11.12.2017.
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in US$ 375 357 750 713 1105 1050 1460 1387 1795 1706 2130 2024 2445 2323 2760 2622 -- -- --
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
Special Offers
For enrolments of a minimum of 2 weeks - 20% off in residence single room. . Only valid for courses starting before 11.12.2017.
Exam dates
23.May.2017, 15.Jul.2017, 26.Nov.2017
Exam fee
105 US$
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Lesson duration: 50 minutes
Individual classesSingle individual lessons of tuition can be reserved 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 & 1 meal, 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 & 1 meal, 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 possibledistance from school
Basketball5 km
Cooking 
Dancing 
Diving120 km
Football (soccer)2 km
Horse riding5 km
Mountainbiking5 km
Music5 km
Rugby 
Swimming1 km
Table Tennis 
Tennis5 km
Volleyball 
Yoga2 km

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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