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

4.0/5

Rating of 4 out of 5 stars

What we like about the school

  • Small class sizes

Don Quijote / Academia Columbus

The language school Don Quijote / Academia Columbus was founded in Santo Domingo de Heredia, Costa Rica in 2005. 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, n/a - Santo Domingo de Heredia, Costa Rica (see on map)

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

Optional airport transfer

Best arrival airport is San José (SJO).

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

Days without class

In 2019 (including national and regional bank holidays): 01.Jan.2019, 11.Apr.2019, 18.Apr.2019, 19.Apr.2019, 01.May.2019, 25.Jul.2019, 02.Aug.2019, 15.Aug.2019, 15.Sep.2019, 14.Oct.2019, 25.Dec.2019.
School policy regarding bank holidays:Private classes are recuperated or refunded. Group classes not.

Spanish Courses

Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 8 10 12 13 Additional Week
Price in US$ 355 338 710 675 1065 1012 1420 1349 1575 1497 1890 1796 2520 2394 3150 2993 3540 3363 3835 3644 295 281
20 Spanish lessons + 5 cultural and conversation workshops per week.
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 8 10 12 13 Additional Week
Price in US$ 255 243 510 485 765 727 1020 969 1145 1088 1374 1306 1832 1741 2290 2176 2580 2451 2795 2656 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 8 10 12 13 Additional Week
Price in US$ 465 442 930 884 1395 1326 1860 1767 2095 1991 2514 2389 3352 3185 4190 3981 4740 4503 5135 4879 395 376
20 Spanish lessons + 5 cultural and conversation workshops + 5 mini group lessons per week.
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 8 10 12 13 Additional Week
Price in US$ 420 399 840 798 1260 1197 1680 1596 2100 1995 2520 2394 3360 3192 4200 3990 5040 4788 5460 5187 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 8 10 12 13 Additional Week
Price in US$ 330 314 660 627 990 941 1320 1254 1650 1568 1980 1881 2640 2508 3300 3135 3960 3762 4290 4076 330 314
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 8 10 12 13 Additional Week
Price in US$ 230 219 460 437 690 656 920 874 1150 1093 1380 1311 1840 1748 2300 2185 2760 2622 2990 2841 230 219
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 8 10 12 13 Additional Week
Price in US$ 115 110 230 219 345 328 460 437 575 547 690 656 920 874 1150 1093 1380 1311 1495 1421 115 110
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$ -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 620 589
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 8 10 12 13 Additional Week
Price in US$ 370 352 740 703 1110 1055 1480 1406 1720 1634 2064 1961 2752 2615 3440 3268 3960 3762 4290 4076 330 314
20 Spanish lessons + 5 culture lessons per week.
Starting dates
Every Monday.
General course schedule
5 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 8 10 12 13 Additional Week
Price in US$ 559 532 1118 1063 1677 1594 2236 2125 2495 2371 2994 2845 3992 3793 4990 4741 5700 5415 6175 5867 475 452
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$ 355 338 710 675 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Starting dates
2019: 25.Nov.2019, 02.Dec.2019, 23.Dec.2019, 30.Dec.2019.
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$ -- -- -- 1170 1112 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Starting dates
Every first Monday of month.
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$ -- -- -- 1570 1492 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Starting dates
Every first Monday of month.
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$ -- 900 855 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
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$ -- 695 661 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 348 331
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 Additional Week
Price in US$ -- -- -- 1390 1321 -- -- -- -- -- -- 348 331
Courses start 4 weeks before the exam date. Exam dates vary depending on the level.
Starting dates
2019: 14.Jan.2019, 11.Mar.2019, 29.Apr.2019, 17.Jun.2019, 19.Aug.2019, 09.Sep.2019, 28.Oct.2019.
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
08.Feb.2019, 05.Apr.2019, 25.May.2019, 12.Jul.2019, 13.Sep.2019, 04.Oct.2019, 23.Nov.2019
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Additional Week
Price in US$ -- -- -- 1790 1701 -- -- -- -- -- -- 448 426
Exam dates vary depending on the level.
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 9 10 11
Price in US$ -- -- -- 1390 1321 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Starting dates
Every first Monday of month.
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 9 10 11
Price in US$ -- -- -- 1790 1701 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
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 8 10 12 13 Additional Week
Price in US$ 370 352 740 703 1110 1055 1480 1406 1720 1634 2064 1961 2752 2615 3440 3268 3960 3762 4290 4076 330 314
20 Spanish lessons + 5 salsa lessons per week.
Starting dates
Every Monday.
General course schedule
5 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 8 10 12 13 Additional Week
Price in US$ 370 352 740 703 1110 1055 1480 1406 1720 1634 2064 1961 2752 2615 3440 3268 3960 3762 4290 4076 330 314
20 Spanish lessons + 5 cooking lessons per week.
Starting dates
Every Monday.
General course schedule
5 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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Note: All courses offered by Don Quijote / Academia Columbus, Santo Domingo de Heredia 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: 55 minutes
School's administrative fee: 65.00 US$
Individual classesSingle individual lessons of tuition can be reserved at 24 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:

Accommodation

weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in US$ 155 310 465 620 775 930 1085 1240 1550 1860 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 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in US$ 165 330 495 660 825 990 1155 1320 1650 1980 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 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in US$ 190 380 570 760 950 1140 1330 1520 1900 2280 190
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:
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 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in US$ 145 290 435 580 725 870 1015 1160 1450 1740 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 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in US$ 155 310 465 620 775 930 1085 1240 1550 1860 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 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:
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 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in US$ 145 290 435 580 725 870 1015 1160 1450 1740 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, Access to Wifi in building (Free WIFI), No meals, Shared bathroom.
Age of students
Minimum age of students: 18
weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in US$ 195 390 585 780 975 1170 1365 1560 1950 2340 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, Access to Wifi in building (Free WIFI), No meals, Shared bathroom.
Age of students
Minimum age of students: 18

Leisure activities

activity possibledistance from school
Basketball1 km
Cooking 
Dancing 
Football (soccer)1 km
Mountainbiking 
Squash 
Tennis 
Volleyball1 km
Leisure programme for adults & juniors (sample):
 Schedule of activities - adults and juniors (PDF)

Reviews

4.0/5.0

Rating of 4 out of 5 stars

City

Rating of 3.3 out of 5 stars

3.3/5.0 
Organisation

Rating of 3.7 out of 5 stars

3.7/5.0 
Facilities

Rating of 3.3 out of 5 stars

3.3/5.0 
Social activities

Rating of 2.3 out of 5 stars

2.3/5.0 
Course quality / Progress in language

Rating of 4 out of 5 stars

4.0/5.0 
Value for money

Rating of 4 out of 5 stars

4.0/5.0 
Accommodation
Homestay

Rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars

4.7/5.0 
Shared Flat (apartment)
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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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