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Spanish school in San Jose: Academia Tica

4.5/5

Rating: 4.5/5.0

What we like about the school

  • Small class sizes
  • Apartment - shared / Residence accommodation very close to school
  • Top rated school facilities
  • Indoor swimming pool
  • Outdoor swimming pool

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 school address is: Quinta Toyopán, 400 este del Súper La Finca, 11102 - San Jose, Costa Rica (see on map)
Legal name / parent company: Dialogo-Academia Tica S.A.| Tax registration ID: 3-101-216164

School currently open
Covid-19 school related information
Covid-19 measures policy: As part of our preparation for receiving students once again, Academia Tica Spanish School in implementing the following policies: - 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.
Costa Rica currently has no date for allowing international travel. We will keep you updated.

Accreditations and Quality seals

Instituto CervantesPreferential Terms in Case of Visa RefusalNYSAFLT, Spanish in Costa Rica

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

Classroom equipment

  • TV in some classrooms

  • Ample natural light in all classrooms

Number of classrooms:

8

Number of public PC workstations:

4

Facilities for disabled students

  • Disabled car park

  • Wheelchair access to classroom

  • Disabled toilet

  • Wheelchair access to cafeteria

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 consultation about suitable college/university programs by a qualified consultant
  • INCLUDED Free assistance in applying to college/university programs by a qualified consultant
  • INCLUDED 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

Optional airport transfer

Best arrival airport is Juan Santamaria International Airport.

Juan Santamaría International Airport:
45 US$ pick up
90 US$ return (both ways)

Days without class

In 2020 (including national and regional bank holidays): 01 Jan. 2020 - 06 Jan. 2020, 09 Apr. 2020, 10 Apr. 2020, 01 May 2020, 15 Sep. 2020, 19 Dec. 2020 - 31 Dec. 2020.
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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Free cancellation up to 7 days before the start of your course. Valid for bookings from April 2020.
Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Additional Week
Price in US$ 250 238 500 475 750 713 1000 950 1220 1159 1440 1368 1660 1577 1880 1786 -- -- 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
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Price in US$ 450 428 900 855 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
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$ 360 342 720 684 1080 1026 1440 1368 1770 1682 2100 1995 2430 2309 2760 2622 -- -- 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
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Additional Week
Price in US$ 470 447 940 893 1410 1340 1880 1786 2320 2204 2760 2622 3200 3040 3640 3458 -- -- 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
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Price in US$ -- 1950 1902 -- 3950 3852 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Course price includes accommodation
Homestay, Single room, Breakfast & 1 meal
Starting dates
2020: 01 Mar. 2020, 05 Jul. 2020.
Required minimum language level
Elementary (A2) or higher
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Price in US$ 450 428 900 855 1350 1283 1800 1710 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
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$ 250 238 500 475 750 713 1000 950 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
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
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Junior
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Price in US$ 495 471 990 941 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
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  - 11:40
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Private
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Price in US$ 250 238 500 475 750 713 1000 950 1240 1178 1480 1406 1720 1634 1960 1862 -- -- 220 209
Starting dates
Every Monday.
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Additional Week
Price in US$ 500 475 1000 950 1500 1425 2000 1900 2450 2328 2900 2755 3350 3183 3800 3610 -- -- 400 380
Starting dates
Every Monday.
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Additional Week
Price in US$ 750 713 1500 1425 2250 2138 3000 2850 3700 3515 4400 4180 5100 4845 5800 5510 -- -- 650 618
Starting dates
Every Monday.
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Exam Preparation
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in US$ 200 190 400 380 600 570 800 760 980 931 1160 1102 1340 1273 1520 1444 -- -- --
Starting dates
Every Monday.
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in US$ 390 371 780 741 1170 1112 1560 1482 1920 1824 2280 2166 2640 2508 3000 2850 -- -- --
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
Exam dates
17 Apr. 2020, 16 May 2020, 10 Jul. 2020, 14 Nov. 2020
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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

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Price in US$ 150 300 450 600 750 900 1050 1200 1500 1800 150
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
Student Residence, Academia Tica, San Jose - 1
Student Residence, Academia Tica, San Jose - 2
Price extra night:
25 US$ (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Distance from school:
3 minutes walking (average reported by 2 former students)
Includes:
TV, Phone, 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
Maximum age of students: 99
weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in US$ 200 400 600 800 1000 1200 1400 1600 2000 2400 200
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, 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 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in US$ 170 340 510 680 850 1020 1190 1360 1700 2040 170
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
Example image of this accommodation category provided by Academia Tica - 1
Example image of this accommodation category provided by Academia Tica - 2
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, 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 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in US$ 120 240 360 480 600 720 840 960 1200 1440 120
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
Student Residence, Academia Tica, San Jose - 1
Student Residence, Academia Tica, San Jose - 2
Price extra night:
20 US$ (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Double room (only for 2 people travelling together).
Includes:
TV, Phone, 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
Maximum age of students: 99

Leisure activities

activity possibledistance from school
Basketball5 km
Cooking 
Dancing 
Diving120 km
Football (soccer)1 km
Horse riding5 km
Mountainbiking5 km
Music5 km
Rugby 
Swimming1 km
Table Tennis 
Tennis5 km
Volleyball5 km
Yoga1 km
 Social Activities (PDF)

Reviews

4.5/5.0

Rating: 4.5/5.0

Location of the school

Rating: 3.3/5.0

3.3/5.0 
Organisation

Rating: 4.5/5.0

4.5/5.0 
Facilities

Rating: 5.0/5.0

5.0/5.0 
Social activities

Rating: 3.5/5.0

3.5/5.0 
Course quality / Progress in language

Rating: 4.2/5.0

4.2/5.0 
Value for money

Rating: 4.5/5.0

4.5/5.0 
Accommodation
Homestay

Rating: 5.0/5.0

5.0/5.0 
Shared Flat (apartment)

Rating: 4.7/5.0

4.7/5.0 
Other
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Students liked about Academia Tica, San Jose
The Organisation
Overall rating
4.0/5.0
Value for money
5.0/5.0
Detailed review
City/place
2.0/5.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
5.0/5.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
3.0/5.0
School organization
5.0/5.0
Social activities
4.0/5.0
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: I was there only a week.
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
Student 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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    FAQ about Academia Tica, San Jose

  • Spanish courses at Academia Tica start at 190 US$ for DELE Exam Practice course with 10 lessons per week. When booking here you benefit from an exclusive discount.
  • The accommodation Student Residence is the most popular among all our clients of Academia Tica
  • Yes. The school offers pickup from Juan Santamaría International Airport (45 US$)
  • Depending on the chosen course, the maximum number of students at Academia Tica varies from 1 students (Private 10) to 8 students (Traveling Classroom)
  • 100% of teachers at Academia Tica hold a university degree. 100% hold a recognized language teaching certificate.
  • The highest Nationality percentage at Academia Tica comes from USA with a 17% representation, followed by students from Germany (13%) and Switzerland (11%).
  • 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 22 during the summer and 25 for the rest of the year.
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