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Spanish school in San Jose: Academia Tica

Among the Top 20% most popular Spanish schools in Costa Rica in the last 12 months

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

San Jose  

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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

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

Optional airport transfer

Best arrival airport is Juan Santamaria International Airport.

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

Language school closed

In 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$ 480 456 960 912 1420 1349 1880 1786 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
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
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 6 8 10 16 20 24 Additional Week
Price in US$ 280 266 560 532 820 779 1080 1026 1560 1482 2000 1900 2400 2280 3600 3420 4400 4180 5200 4940 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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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
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in US$ 250 238 500 475 750 713 1000 950 1200 1140 1440 1368 1680 1596 1920 1824 2360 2242 2800 2660 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
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in US$ 485 461 970 922 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
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
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in US$ 390 371 780 741 1150 1093 1520 1444 1870 1777 2220 2109 2550 2423 2880 2736 3500 3325 4120 3914 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 10 12 Additional Week
Price in US$ 500 475 1000 950 1480 1406 1960 1862 2420 2299 2880 2736 3320 3154 3760 3572 4600 4370 5440 5168 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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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in US$ -- 3900 3803 -- 15800 15405 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Course price includes accommodation
Homestay, Single room, Breakfast & 1 meal
The Academia Tica Traveling Classroom program in Costa Rica is the most complete language travel program around. 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
2018: 25.Feb.2018, 11.Nov.2018.
Required minimum language level
Elementary (A2) or higher
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in US$ 410 390 820 779 1210 1150 1600 1520 1970 1872 2340 2223 2690 2556 3040 2888 -- -- --
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
19.May.2018, 13.Jul.2018, 10.Nov.2018
Exam fee
105 US$
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Note: All courses offered by Academia Tica, San Jose can be reserved 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: 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 Additional Week Deposit (refundable)*
Price in US$ 160 320 480 640 -- 100
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:
3 minutes walking (average reported by our former students)
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
Dates
Fully booked on: 02.Jul.2018 - 28.Jul.2018, 19.Aug.2018 - 01.Sep.2018
weeks 1 2 3 4 Additional Week
Price in US$ 180 360 540 720 --
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 --
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:
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 Deposit (refundable)*
Price in US$ 110 220 330 440 -- 100
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

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
Leisure programme for adults & juniors (sample):
 Schedule of activities - adults and juniors (PDF)

Reviews

City
2.7/5.0 
Organisation
4.7/5.0 
Facilities
5.0/5.0 
Social activities
3.7/5.0 
Course quality / Progress in language
4.3/5.0 
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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