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Don Quijote / Academia Columbus, Santo Domingo de Heredia, Costa Rica

What we like about the school

  • Small class sizes
  • Excellent rating of student apartments

Santo Domingo de Heredia  

Don Quijote / Academia Columbus

The language school Don Quijote / Academia Columbus was founded in Santo Domingo de Heredia, Costa Rica in 2005. The school is located in the picturesque town of Santo Domingo de Heredia, just 5 km (3 miles) from the capital city of San José. The school is surrounded by a tropical garden with palm trees and exotic plants. There are various shops, restaurants and bars all within walking distance.

The school address is: Del Inbioparque 600 mts. al este y 100 al sur, Santo Domingo de Heredia, n/a - Santo Domingo de Heredia (Costa Rica).

Accreditations and Quality seals

ALTONAFSAPreferential Terms in Case of Visa RefusalIEG, AATSP

School Size:

Facilities

  • Kitchen for student use

  • Microwave for student use

  • Fridge for student use

  • Lounge

  • Garden

  • Balcony / terrace

  • Free coffee

  • Free water dispenser

  • Free WIFI

Classroom equipment

  • TV in all classrooms

  • Ample natural light in most classrooms

Number of classrooms:

15

Prices include

  • Organized activities
  • Wireless LAN zone at school
  • Free certificate of course attendance
  • Free airport pickup for all junior courses (both ways)
  • Language level placement test at first day of classes
  • Language level placement test before arrival
  • For junior courses: every afternoon free organized leisure program
  • For adult courses: a minimum of one free organized leisure activity per week

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: 50
  • Adult courses throughout the year: 25

Average age of students

Average number of levels

  • Adult courses in summer: 6
  • Adult courses throughout the year: 3

Minimum age of students

  • 16 years

Spanish teacher qualifications

  • 70 % hold a university degree
  • 50 % hold a recognised language teaching qualification

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

2
2
38
4
6
3
9
3
29

Airport transfer

Best arrival airport is San José (SJO).It takes 45 minutes  to school.

Language school closed

In 2017 (including national and regional bank holidays): 01.Jan.2017, 11.Apr.2017, 13.Apr.2017, 14.Apr.2017, 01.May.2017, 25.Jul.2017, 15.Aug.2017, 15.Sep.2017, 12.Oct.2017, 25.Dec.2017In 2018 (including national and regional bank holidays): 01.Jan.2018, 29.Mar.2018, 30.Mar.2018, 11.Apr.2018, 01.May.2018, 25.Jul.2018, 02.Aug.2018, 15.Aug.2018, 15.Sep.2018, 12.Nov.2018, 25.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 10 12 Additional Week
Price in US$ 395 376 790 751 1185 1126 1580 1501 1775 1687 2130 2024 2485 2361 2840 2698 3350 3183 4020 3819 335 319
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 10 12 Additional Week
Price in US$ 255 243 510 485 765 727 1020 969 1145 1088 1374 1306 1603 1523 1832 1741 2150 2043 2580 2451 215 205
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
4 daily lessons of 55 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: 9:00  - 13:00
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$ 420 399 840 798 1260 1197 1680 1596 2100 1995 2520 2394 2940 2793 3360 3192 4200 3990 5040 4788 420 399
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
4 daily lessons of 55 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: 9:00  - 13:00
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$ 520 494 1040 988 1560 1482 2080 1976 2600 2470 3120 2964 3640 3458 4160 3952 5200 4940 6240 5928 520 494
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
6 daily lessons of 55 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: 9:00  - 13:00
Afternoon: 13:40  - 15:30
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$ 370 352 740 703 1110 1055 1480 1406 1720 1634 2064 1961 2408 2288 2752 2615 3300 3135 3960 3762 330 314
Intensive Course + 6 culture lessons per week.
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
5-6 daily lessons of 55 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: 9:00  - 13:00
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$ -- 860 817 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Starting dates
2017: 03.Jul.2017, 17.Jul.2017.
General course schedule
4 daily lessons of 55 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: 9:00  - 13:00
Required minimum language level
Upper intermediate (B2) or higher
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in US$ -- -- -- 1390 1321 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Exam fee not included.
To enroll in a DELE course, students must have at least the same level of Spanish they wish to take the exam in.
DELE exam dates are according to level: 10/2 (A2), 7/4 (A1-C1), 13/5 (A1-C2), 14/7 (A2-C1), 15/9 (A2), 13/10 (A2-B2), 24/11 (A1-C2).
Starting dates
2017: 16.Jan.2017, 13.Mar.2017, 17.Apr.2017, 19.Jun.2017, 21.Aug.2017, 18.Sep.2017, 30.Oct.2017.
2018: 22.Jan.2018, 12.Mar.2018, 23.Apr.2018, 18.Jun.2018, 20.Aug.2018, 10.Sep.2018, 15.Oct.2018, 23.Oct.2018.
General course schedule
4 daily lessons of 55 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: 9:00  - 13:00
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
Exam dates
10.Feb.2017, 07.Apr.2017, 13.May.2017, 14.Jul.2017, 15.Sep.2017, 13.Oct.2017, 24.Nov.2017
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in US$ -- -- -- 1790 1701 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Exam fee not included.
To enroll in a DELE course, students must have at least the same level of Spanish they wish to take the exam in.
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
4 daily lessons of 55 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: 9:00  - 13:00
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
RESERVE & Secure the Lowest Price »
Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in US$ 370 352 740 703 1110 1055 1480 1406 1720 1634 2064 1961 2408 2288 2752 2615 3300 3135 3960 3762 330 314
Intensive Course + 6 dancing lessons per week.
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
5-6 daily lessons of 55 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: 9:00  - 13:00
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$ -- 740 703 1110 1055 1480 1406 1720 1634 2064 1961 2408 2288 2752 2615 3300 3135 3960 3762 3960 3762
Intensive Course + 6 cooking lessons per week.
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
5-6 daily lessons of 55 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: 9:00  - 13:00
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Lesson duration: 55 minutes
School's administrative fee: 65.00 US$
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.
Comments about courses:For an additional $200/week, students attending our Intensive Spanish 20 program can also join in one of the following courses:
Pura Aventura
Surf
Nature and Rainforest Reserve

Internships and Volunteering projects available. Mediation fee is respectively US$350 and US$150. Always in combination with a minimum of 4 weeks Spanish course at the school.
In peak season, the maximum of students is 8 per class.
The schedule subject to change.

Accommodation

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:
27 US$ (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Distance from school:
20 minutes walking
Includes:
Bedding/linen, Weekly cleaning, Access to laundry service, Breakfast, Shared bathroom.
Age of students
Minimum age of students: 16
weeks 1 2 3 4 Additional Week
Price in US$ 165 330 495 660 165
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
Price extra night:
27 US$ (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Distance from school:
20 minutes walking
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 Additional Week
Price in US$ 190 380 570 760 190
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 walking
Includes:
TV, Bedding/linen, Weekly cleaning, Access to laundry service, Breakfast & lunch & dinner, Shared bathroom.
Age of students
Minimum age of students: 16
weeks 1 2 3 4 Additional Week
Price in US$ 145 290 435 580 145
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
Price extra night:
27 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 walking
Includes:
Bedding/linen, Weekly cleaning, Access to laundry service, Breakfast, Shared bathroom.
Age of students
Minimum age of students: 16
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:
27 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 walking
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 Additional Week
Price in US$ 180 360 540 720 180
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
Price extra night:
27 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 walking
Includes:
Bedding/linen, Weekly cleaning, Access to laundry service, Breakfast & lunch & dinner, Shared bathroom.
Age of students
Minimum age of students: 16
weeks 1 2 3 4 Additional Week
Price in US$ 145 290 435 580 145
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
Price extra night:
35 US$ (Only extra week bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Double room (only for 2 people travelling together).
Distance from school:
25 minutes walking
Includes:
TV, 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: 18
weeks 1 2 3 4 Additional Week
Price in US$ 195 390 585 780 195
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
Price extra night:
35 US$ (Only extra week bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Distance from school:
25 minutes walking
Includes:
TV, 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: 18
  • Max. 1 student of each nationality possible? no
  • Single room: always
  • Optional airport transfer
    Juan Santamaría International Airport: for 45 US$ (one way); for 90 US$ (return trip)

Leisure activities

activity possibledistance from school
Basketball1 km
Cooking 
Dancing 
Football (soccer)1 km
Mountainbiking 
Squash 
Tennis 
Volleyball1 km

Reviews

City
4.0/5.0 
Organisation
4.0/5.0 
Facilities
3.5/5.0 
Social activities
2.0/5.0 
Course quality / Progress in language
4.0/5.0 
Value for money
4.5/5.0 
Accommodation
Homestay
5.0/5.0 
Shared Flat (apartment)
5.0/5.0 
Other
5.0/5.0 
Students liked about Don Quijote / Academia Columbus, Santo Domingo de Heredia
Super nice teachers and host family. Lesson structuring
Overall rating
5.0/5.0
Value for money
5.0/5.0
Detailed review
City/place
5.0/5.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
4.0/5.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0/5.0
School organization
5.0/5.0
Social activities
2.0/5.0
Accommodation
Homestay
5.0/5.0
Additional information
Insider tips about what future students should not miss: Arenal and the hot spring
Students from all over the world contribute to a very nice atmosphere!
Overall rating
4.0/5.0
Value for money
4.0/5.0
Detailed review
City/place
3.0/5.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
3.0/5.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
3.0/5.0
School organization
3.0/5.0
Social activities
2.0/5.0
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: Cabrillo Parque Nacional - amazing!
Other comments: great school, unfortunately only moderate organisation. But still the stay was great!

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