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Intercultura Costa Rica Spanish Schools, Samara, Costa Rica

4.8

Rating: 4.8/5.0

What we like about the school

  • Small class sizes
  • Top rated social activities (4.6/5.0)
  • Top rated school facilities (4.6/5.0)
  • Electronic whiteboards in all classrooms.

What we dislike about the school

  • Younger students should consider that the average age of students at this school is significantly higher than at most other schools.
  • Nationality mix could be more balanced. 50.5% of students are from USA

Intercultura Costa Rica Spanish Schools

  • The school is right on the beach. The town center, shops, surf schools and restaurants are just a very short walk away.
  • The school is right on the beach. The town center, shops, surf schools and restaurants are just a very short walk away.
  • The language school Intercultura Costa Rica Spanish Schools was founded in Samara, Costa Rica in 1993.
  • Address: From The Dorado Hostel, 150m South, 50205 - Samara, Costa Rica (see on map)
  • Legal name / parent company: Centro de Idiomas Intercultura S.A.
  • Tax registration ID: 3-101-154356
  • Covid-19 Status: School currently open

Covid-19 related security measures that are taken by Intercultura Costa Rica Spanish Schools

- The administrative staff is on reduced hours, with very little contact with the public.
- All personnel must wear a mask if they have contact to the public.
- Facilities are cleaned and disinfected 4 times a day.
- The security guard has alcohol gel and spray compulsory supplied to all who enter.
- People with signs or symptoms of colds or temperatures above 37 degrees are not allowed to enter the school.
- No food sale on site.
- There are alcohol gel dispensers in every part of the school.
- We put up posters indicating the personal distancing protocol, correct hand washing, coughing or sneezing.
- Payments made on site have changed to avoid physical contact: the receipt is sent digitally, card payments are made without contact and the customer is given the option to sign the voucher or not, in the event that the card reader requests it. When they sign, the pen is cleaned with alcohol upon delivery to the customer.
As we reopen our campuses, our plan is to follow the guidelines set forth by the Costa Rica Ministry of Health. We intend to utilize our outdoor spaces as much as possible, limit group sizes by half in indoor classrooms, and offer proper sanitation support and encourage mask-wearing as needed. Our staff is constantly researching new information and updated international health guidelines. We know that each country and group will have different guidelines and specific needs and we intend to accommodate everyone as best we can. It is our goal to continue to offer onsite classes in ways that support community and public health in the best and safest ways possible.

Accreditations and Quality seals

Instituto CervantesPreferential Terms in Case of Visa RefusalUnited Nation Global Compact

Facilities

  • Microwave for student use

  • Fridge for student use

  • Computer lab

  • Movie room

  • Lounge

  • Garden

  • Balcony / terrace

  • Student support desk

  • Free coffee

  • Free water dispenser

  • Free WIFI

  • Free parking

Classroom equipment

  • TV in some classrooms

  • Electronic whiteboard in all classrooms

  • Air conditioning in all classrooms

  • Ample natural light in most classrooms

Number of classrooms:

15

Number of public PC workstations:

3

Facilities for disabled students

  • Disabled car park

  • Wheelchair access to classroom

  • Wheelchair access to reception

Our price includes

  • INCLUDED Organized activities
  • 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

Course material:

Generally course material is distributed free to students and will stay in student property.

Average age of students

Average number of levels

  • Adult courses in summer: 15
  • Adult courses throughout the year: 15
  • Junior courses in summer: 8
  • Junior courses throughout the year: 8

Minimum age of students

  • 18 years
  • 8 years for specific Junior courses

Spanish teacher qualifications

  • 100% hold a university degree
  • 75% hold a recognised language teaching qualification

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

8
2
2
21
46

Days without class

In 2021 (including national and regional bank holidays): 01 Jan. 2021, 28 Mar. 2021 - 04 Apr. 2021, 11 Apr. 2021, 03 May 2021, 26 Jul. 2021, 16 Aug. 2021, 13 Sep. 2021, 11 Oct. 2021, 29 Nov. 2021, 18 Dec. 2021 - 31 Dec. 2021.
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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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 8 10 12 16 Additional Week
Price in US$ 335 319 670 637 1005 955 1340 1273 1525 1449 1830 1739 2440 2318 2700 2565 3240 3078 3760 3572 235 224
Starting dates
Every Monday.
General course schedule
4 daily lessons of 60 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  - 12:00
Afternoon: 13:00  - 17:00
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Price in US$ 475 452 950 903 1425 1354 1900 1805 2225 2114 2670 2537 3560 3382 4100 3895 4920 4674 6000 5700 375 357
Standard Course (20 lessons in a group) plus 5 private lessons per week.
Starting dates
Every Monday.
General course schedule
5 daily lessons of 60 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  - 12:00
Afternoon: 13:00  - 17:00
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Price in US$ 615 585 1230 1169 1845 1753 2460 2337 2925 2779 3510 3335 4680 4446 5500 5225 6600 6270 8240 7828 515 490
Standard Course (20 lessons in a group) plus 10 private lessons per week.
Starting dates
Every Monday.
General course schedule
6 daily lessons of 60 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  - 12:00
Afternoon: 13:00  - 17:00
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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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
Lessons are specifically tailored to the student's language needs. For 2 students with the same level studying together.
Starting dates
Every Monday.
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Junior
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Price in US$ 355 338 710 675 1065 1012 1420 1349 1625 1544 1950 1853 2600 2470 3050 2898 3660 3477 4320 4104 270 257
This course includes 20 lessons per week for kids and teens.
Starting dates
Every Monday.
General course schedule
4 daily lessons of 60 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  - 12:00
Afternoon: 13:00  - 17:00
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Price in US$ 1500 1463 2340 2282 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Course price includes accommodation
Homestay, Single room, Breakfast & lunch & dinner
This course includes 20 lessons per week. It is designed specifically for teens.
Price includes
Airport transfer (return trip)
Starting dates
2021: 04 Jul. 2021.
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Private
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Price in US$ 280 266 560 532 840 798 1120 1064 1400 1330 1680 1596 1960 1862 2240 2128 2800 2660 3360 3192 280 266
Lessons are specifically tailored to the student's language needs.
Starting dates
Every Monday.
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Work & Study
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Price in US$ -- 670 637 1005 955 1340 1273 1525 1449 1830 1739 2135 2029 2440 2318 2700 2565 3240 3078 3760 3572
This course combines the Standard Course (20 lessons in a group) with a volunteering program. Students need to reach an elementary to advanced Spanish level, depending on the type of work. Possible areas: food delivery to families in need, soup kitchen, community garden, music workshops, and more.
Additional costs may include a lodging fee and donations.
Starting dates
Every Monday.
General course schedule
4 daily lessons of 60 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  - 12:00
Afternoon: 13:00  - 17:00
Required minimum language level
Elementary (A2) or higher
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Note: All courses offered by Intercultura Costa Rica, Samara can be reserved online with LanguageCourse.Net. In case a course is not listed above, just let us know.
Lesson duration: 60 minutes
Individual classesSingle individual lessons of tuition can be reserved at 28 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:If a national holiday falls on a weekday during the course, there will be a USD 30 discount on the price of that week.
Airport Transfers:
Special Transportation Package: Airport pick up and transportation to a homestay in Heredia, overnight stay with the host, transport to the bus station the next day and bus ride (ticket included) to Samara (5 hours): USD 102.
Standard Transfer Package: Pick up from SJO Airport to San Jose Center bus stop and direct bus to San Jose. Availability depends on arrival time and bus schedule: USD 78.
Pick up from Liberia airport: USD 114 (private taxi, to be paid in cash directly to the driver).

Accommodation

weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week Deposit (refundable)*
Price in US$ 434 868 1302 1736 2170 2604 3038 3472 4340 5208 434 200
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Sunday
Price per person
Price extra night:
62 US$ (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Distance from school:
1 minutes walking
Includes:
Towels, Bedding/linen, Access to laundry service, Access to Wifi in building (Free WIFI), Air conditioning, No meals, Private bathroom.
Age of students:
Minimum age of students: 18
Maximum age of students: 99
weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in US$ 189 378 567 756 945 1134 1323 1512 1890 2268 189
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Sunday
Price per person
Price extra night:
27 US$ (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Distance from school:
10 minutes walking
Includes:
Towels, Bedding/linen, Weekly cleaning, Access to laundry service, Access to Wifi in building (Free WIFI), Breakfast & 1 meal, Shared bathroom.
Age of students:
Minimum age of students: 8
Maximum age of students: 99
weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week Deposit (refundable)*
Price in US$ 154 308 462 616 770 924 1078 1232 1540 1848 154 200
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Sunday
Price per person
Price extra night:
22 US$ (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Shared room (multiple beds).
Distance from school:
1 minutes walking
Includes:
Towels, Bedding/linen, Weekly cleaning, Access to laundry service, Access to Wifi in building (Free WIFI), Air conditioning, No meals, Shared bathroom.
Age of students:
Minimum age of students: 18
Maximum age of students: 99

Leisure activities

activity possibledistance from school
Cooking 
Dancing 
Diving5 km
Football (soccer) 
Golf20 km
Horse riding 
Mountainbiking 
Music 
Squash 
Swimming 
Table Tennis30 km
Tennis 
Volleyball 
Yoga 

Reviews

4.8

Rating: 4.8/5.0

Location of the school

Rating: 5.0/5.0

5.0
Organisation

Rating: 5.0/5.0

5.0
Facilities

Rating: 4.6/5.0

4.6
Social activities

Rating: 4.6/5.0

4.6
Course quality / Progress in language

Rating: 4.8/5.0

4.8
Value for money

Rating: 4.3/5.0

4.3
Accommodation
Homestay

Rating: 1.0/5.0

1.0
Shared Flat (apartment)

Rating: 2.0/5.0

2.0
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What students liked about Intercultura Costa Rica Spanish Schools, Samara
I very much liked the overall atmosphere: students and teachers and other staff and all human beings are appreciated. Teachers seem to like each other and their work! I also liked to sit on a real chair and around a table (to be able to write!), not just on a plastic chair like somewhere else. The air conditioning worked, too - thank you!
Overall rating
5.0
Value for money
5.0
Detailed review
City/place
4.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
5.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0
School organization
5.0
Social activities
4.0
Accommodation
Method and most of the Teachers, the receptionist, And environment (sea , village). Some free activites.
Overall rating
5.0
Value for money
4.0
Detailed review
School organization
5.0
Social activities
5.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
4.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0
Accommodation
Being able to start any week, location, teachers, lessons.
Overall rating
5.0
Value for money
4.0
Detailed review
City/place
5.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
4.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0
School organization
5.0
Social activities
5.0
Accommodation
The teachers.
Overall rating
5.0
Value for money
4.0
Detailed review
City/place
5.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
5.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0
School organization
5.0
Social activities
5.0
Accommodation

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    FAQ about Intercultura Costa Rica Spanish Schools, Samara

  • Spanish courses at Intercultura Costa Rica start at 266 US$ for Private Course course with 10 lessons per week. When booking here you benefit from an exclusive discount.
  • The accommodation Samara Residence is the most popular among all our clients of Intercultura
  • Depending on the chosen course, the maximum number of students at Intercultura varies from 1 students (Private Course) to 6 students (Standard Course 20)
  • 100% of teachers at Intercultura Costa Rica Spanish Schools hold a university degree. 75% hold a recognized language teaching certificate.
  • The highest Nationality percentage at Intercultura Costa Rica Spanish Schools comes from USA with a 46.5% representation, followed by students from Switzerland (21.4%) and Germany (8.9%).
  • Yes, there is an exclusive discount that only applies when booking online here.
  • Intercultura Costa Rica Spanish Schools offers courses from 8 years (Kids & Teen Camp, 20 lessons per week) to 99. Average age is 50 during the summer and 40 for the rest of the year.
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