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Máximo Nivel, San Jose, Costa Rica

4.0

Rating: 4.0/5.0

What we like about the school

  • Free Tandem Conversation Program
  • Free Spansih Tutoring Table
  • Excellent rating of teaching quality
  • Excellent rating of homestay accommodation
  • Excellent rating of student apartments

Máximo Nivel

The language school Máximo Nivel was founded in San Jose, Costa Rica in 1994. Conveniently located in San Pedro, about 15 minutes by bus from downtown San Jose and right by two major universities in an area full of diverse restaurants and shopping opportunities.

The school address is: De La Farmacia La Bomba 75m South, left side, 11501 - San Jose, Costa Rica (see on map)
Legal name / parent company: Maximo Nivel SA| Tax registration ID: 3-101468809

Covid-19 Status: School currently open

Covid-19 related security measures that are taken by Máximo Nivel

• Soap and hand gel are available in all institutes.
• Masks are available at the institutes for those who choose to wear them.
• Antibacterial wipes are present in the classrooms.
• During orientation, a medical professional does free basic screening for symptoms.
• During orientation, a travel history (last 90 days) will be collected from each participant.
• We are following all requirements of local governments for social distancing.
Flights may or may not be available for student''s travel dates. We expect this to open gradually from 15 July.

Accreditations and Quality seals

ALTONAFSA

School Size:

Facilities

  • Cafeteria

  • Microwave for student use

  • Fridge for student use

  • Computer lab

  • Free after-class access to language learning software

  • Lounge

  • Student support desk

  • Copy machine

  • Printer for student use

  • Free coffee

  • Free WIFI

Classroom equipment

  • TV in some classrooms

  • Ample natural light in all classrooms

Number of classrooms:

15

Number of public PC workstations:

12

Facilities for disabled students

  • Disabled toilet

  • Wheelchair access to cafeteria

Our price includes

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

Course material:

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

Average number of students

  • Adult courses in summer: 70
  • Adult courses throughout the year: 60
  • Junior courses in summer: 30

Average age of students

Average number of levels

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

Minimum age of students

  • 17 years
  • 13 years for specific Junior courses

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):

10
5
5
5
5
5
5
50

Optional airport transfer

Best arrival airport is SJO.

Juan Santamaría International Airport:
30 US$ drop off
free airport transfer without additional costs pick up

Days without class

In 2020 (including national and regional bank holidays): 01 Jan. 2020, 09 Apr. 2020, 10 Apr. 2020, 11 Apr. 2020, 01 May 2020, 25 Jul. 2020, 02 Aug. 2020, 15 Aug. 2020, 15 Sep. 2020, 24 Dec. 2020, 25 Dec. 2020, 31 Dec. 2020, 12 Apr. 2020.

If a bank holiday falls on a weekday there is no refund nor are classes recuperated. This is the case for the majority of language schools.

Spanish Courses

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Price in US$ 390 371 780 741 1170 1112 1370 1302 1710 1625 2050 1948 2390 2271 2730 2594 3410 3240 4090 3886 340 323
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
Afternoon: 14:00  - 18:00
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Price in US$ 195 186 390 371 585 556 685 651 855 813 1025 974 1195 1136 1365 1297 1705 1620 2045 1943 170 162
Starting dates
Every Monday.
General course schedule
2 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: 14:00  - 18:00
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Price in US$ 675 642 1350 1283 2025 1924 2175 2067 2720 2584 3265 3102 3810 3620 4355 4138 5445 5173 6535 6209 545 518
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: 14:00  - 18:00
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Price in US$ 540 513 1080 1026 1620 1539 1970 1872 2460 2337 2950 2803 3440 3268 3930 3734 4910 4665 5890 5596 490 466
20 Spanish lessons plus 1 hour of Culture & History lectures per week.
Starting dates
Every Monday.
General course schedule
4-5 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
Afternoon: 14:00  - 18:00
Required minimum language level
Elementary (A2) or higher
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Price in US$ 465 442 930 884 1395 1326 1670 1587 2085 1981 2500 2375 2915 2770 3330 3164 4160 3952 4990 4741 415 395
20 Spanish lessons plus 1.5 to 2 hours of museum & market tours per week.
Starting dates
Every Monday.
Required minimum language level
Elementary (A2) or higher
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Junior
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Price in US$ 1695 1653 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Course price includes accommodation
Homestay, Triple room, Breakfast & lunch & dinner
It includes tours and social activities, camp T-shirt, books and materials, free salsa and cooking classes, access to WiFi and computer lounge, certificate. Price includes
Supervision 24/7, Airport transfer (return trip)
Starting dates
2020: 05 Jul. 2020, 19 Jul. 2020.
General course schedule
3 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  - 12:00
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Private
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Price in US$ 390 371 780 741 1170 1112 1370 1302 1710 1625 2050 1948 2390 2271 2730 2594 3410 3240 4090 3886 340 323
Starting dates
Every Monday.
General course schedule
2 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: 14:00  - 18:00
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Price in US$ 585 556 1170 1112 1755 1668 2055 1953 2565 2437 3075 2922 3585 3406 4095 3891 5115 4860 6135 5829 510 485
Starting dates
Every Monday.
General course schedule
3 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: 14:00  - 18:00
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$ 675 642 1350 1283 2025 1924 2175 2067 2720 2584 3265 3102 3810 3620 4355 4138 5445 5173 6535 6209 545 518
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
Afternoon: 14:00  - 18:00
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
Reserve this course »
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FREE changes
Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in US$ 195 186 390 371 585 556 685 651 855 813 1025 974 1195 1136 1365 1297 1705 1620 2045 1943 170 162
Starting dates
Every Monday.
General course schedule
1 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: 14:00  - 18:00
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$ -- -- -- 1995 1946 -- -- -- 2995 2921 -- -- 295 288
Course price includes accommodation
Homestay, Single room, Breakfast & 1 meal
It includes orientation, project management, academic advising and 4-6 hours per day of work.
Starting dates
Every Monday.
General course schedule
1 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: 14:00  - 18:00
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$ -- -- -- 1995 1946 -- -- -- 3485 3398 -- -- --
Course price includes accommodation
Homestay, Single room, Breakfast & 1 meal
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
Afternoon: 14:00  - 18:00
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Language Plus Activity
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Price in US$ 465 442 930 884 1395 1326 1670 1587 2085 1981 2500 2375 2915 2770 3330 3164 4160 3952 4990 4741 415 395
20 Spanish lessons plus 1 cooking lesson per week.
Starting dates
Every Monday.
General course schedule
4-5 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
Afternoon: 14:00  - 18:00
Required minimum language level
Elementary (A2) or higher
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Price in US$ 485 461 970 922 1455 1383 1750 1663 2185 2076 2620 2489 3055 2903 3490 3316 4360 4142 5230 4969 435 414
20 Spanish lessons plus 2 Salsa lessons per week.
Starting dates
Every Monday.
Required minimum language level
Elementary (A2) or higher
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Lesson duration: 55 minutes
Comments about courses:Spanish Programs also include:
- Airport pick-up
- Safety orientation
- Walking tour
- Tandem Conversation Program (Language Exchange)

Accommodation

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Price in US$ 225 450 675 855 1070 1285 1500 1715 2145 2575 215
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
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This accommodation option includes airport pickup.
Price extra night:
38 US$ (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Distance from school:
20 minutes by public transport
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: 0
weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in US$ 195 390 585 740 925 1110 1295 1480 1850 2220 185
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
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Room for 2 to 5 people. This accommodation option includes airport pickup.
Price extra night:
33 US$ (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Triple room.
Distance from school:
20 minutes by public transport
Includes:
Towels, Bedding/linen, Weekly cleaning, Access to Wifi in building (Free WIFI), Breakfast & 1 meal, Shared bathroom.
Age of students:
Minimum age of students: 0
weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in US$ -- -- -- 795 -- -- -- 1590 -- 2385 --
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per room
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Can only be booked in 4-week blocks. This accommodation option includes airport pickup.
No extra nights bookable.
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Distance from school:
20 minutes by public transport
Includes:
TV, Towels, Bedding/linen, Kitchen, Access to Wifi in building (Free WIFI), No meals, Private 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$ 240 510 780 1050 1320 1590 1860 2130 2670 3210 270
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
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A 50% non-refundable deposit is required for hostel accommodation. This accommodation option includes airport pickup.
Price extra night:
40 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 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$ 630 1365 2100 2835 3570 4305 5040 5775 7245 8715 735
Prices based on accommodation from Saturday to Saturday
Price per person
A 50% non-refundable deposit is required for hotel accommodation. This accommodation option includes airport pickup.
Price extra night:
105 US$ (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Distance from school:
15 minutes walking
Includes:
TV, Daily cleaning, Towels, Bedding/linen, Access to Wifi in building (Free WIFI), Air conditioning, Breakfast, Private bathroom.
Age of students:
Minimum age of students: 18
Shared housing is typically in triple rooms. The school also works with different hostels and 3-star hotels. Prices are available upon request.

Leisure activities

activity possibledistance from school
Cooking 
Dancing 
Diving175 km
Football (soccer) 
Horse riding 
Mountainbiking 
Music 
Swimming 
Volleyball 
Yoga175 km

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Brochures

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    FAQ about Máximo Nivel, San Jose

  • Spanish courses at Máximo Nivel start at 186 US$ for Spanish Program - Group 10 course with 10 lessons per week. When booking here you benefit from an exclusive discount.
  • Yes. The school offers pickup from Juan Santamaría International Airport ( US$)
  • Depending on the chosen course, the maximum number of students at Máximo Nivel varies from 1 students (Private Lessons 10) to 8 students (Spanish Program - Group 20)
  • 100% of teachers at Máximo Nivel hold a university degree. 100% hold a recognized language teaching certificate.
  • The highest Nationality percentage at Máximo Nivel comes from USA with a 50% representation, followed by students from Germany (10%) and England (5%).
  • Yes, there is an exclusive discount that only applies when booking online here.
  • Máximo Nivel offers courses from 13 years (Spanish Camp, 15 lessons per week) to 99. Average age is 23 during the summer and 28 for the rest of the year.
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