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Spanish by the River, Turrialba, Costa Rica

Average student rating for this school was the best or in the top 20% among all schools in Costa Rica

What we like about the school

  • 5 locations, all offering the same Spanish program
  • Unique eco classroom (outside)
  • Best rated school in Costa Rica
  • Small class sizes
  • Excellent rating of teaching quality
  • Top rated social activities
  • Top rated school facilities
  • Turrialba is one of the top destinations our students liked most

Turrialba  

Spanish by the River

The language school Spanish by the River was founded in Turrialba, Costa Rica in 2002. The school was founded in June 2002 and is located a little outside of the typically 'tico' town of Turrialba. The school offers an incredible view of the lush green surroundings, including the active Turrialba volcano. Classes are often held on the balcony, from where you can spot exotic birds like toucans, hummingbirds and many other tropical animals.

The school address is: Barrio El Recreo, 42-7150 - Turrialba (Costa Rica).

Accreditations and Quality seals

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School Size:

Facilities

  • Kitchen for student use

  • Microwave for student use

  • Fridge for student use

  • Library

  • Movie rental

  • Movie room

  • Games room

  • Lounge

  • Garden

  • Balcony / terrace

  • Student support desk

  • Copy machine

  • Printer for student use

  • Soccer field / football pitch

  • Free coffee

  • Free WIFI

Classroom equipment

  • Ample natural light in all classrooms

Number of classrooms:

10

Number of public PC workstations:

1

Prices include

  • Organized activities
  • Internet access and use of school computers
  • 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

Course material:

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

Average number of students

  • Adult courses in summer: 40
  • Adult courses throughout the year: 20
  • Junior courses in summer: 10
  • Junior courses throughout the year: 10

Average age of students

Average number of levels

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

Minimum age of students

  • 15 years
  • 6 years for specific Junior courses

Spanish teacher qualifications

  • 50 % hold a university degree
  • 80 % hold a recognised language teaching qualification

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

25
2
2
25
10
20
15

Airport transfer

Best arrival airport is SAN JOSE - SANTAMARIA.It takes 90 minutes by taxi  to school.

Language school closed

In 2017 (including national and regional bank holidays): 01.Jan.2017, 29.Mar.2017, 30.Mar.2017, 01.May.2017, 25.Dec.2017
School policy regarding bank holidays:
Full number of lost classes are made up

Spanish Courses

Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in US$ 300 285 600 570 900 855 1200 1140 1500 1425 1800 1710 2100 1995 2400 2280 3000 2850 3600 3420 300 285
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: 8:00  - 12:00
Afternoon: 13:00  - 19:00
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$ 225 214 450 428 675 642 900 855 1125 1069 1350 1283 1575 1497 1800 1710 2250 2138 2700 2565 225 214
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: 8:00  - 12:00
Afternoon: 13:00  - 19:00
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$ 360 342 720 684 1080 1026 1440 1368 1800 1710 2160 2052 2520 2394 2880 2736 3600 3420 4320 4104 360 342
Starting dates
Every Day .
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: 8:00  - 12:00
Afternoon: 13:00  - 19:00
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$ 225 214 450 428 675 642 900 855 1125 1069 1350 1283 1575 1497 1800 1710 2250 2138 2700 2565 225 214
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: 8:00  - 11:00
Afternoon: 13:00  - 19:00
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$ 300 285 600 570 900 855 1200 1140 1500 1425 1800 1710 2100 1995 2400 2280 3000 2850 3600 3420 300 285
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: 8:00  - 12:00
Afternoon: 13:00  - 19:00
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Note: All courses offered by Spanish by the River, Turrialba 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: 25.00 US$
Individual classesSingle individual lessons of tuition can be reserved at 15 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
Price in US$ 175 350 525 700 175
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Sunday
Price per person
Breakfast + Evening meal
Includes laundry.
Price extra night:
25 US$ (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Distance from school:
15 minutes by public transport
Includes:
TV, Phone, Daily cleaning, Towels, Bedding/linen, Access to laundry service, Kitchen, Breakfast & 1 meal, Shared bathroom.
Age of students
Minimum age of students: 0
weeks 1 2 3 4 Additional Week
Price in US$ 154 308 462 616 154
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Sunday
Price per person
includes laundry
Price extra night:
22 US$ (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Distance from school:
15 minutes by public transport
Includes:
TV, Phone, Daily cleaning, Towels, Bedding/linen, Access to laundry service, Kitchen, Breakfast, Shared bathroom.
Age of students
Minimum age of students: 0
weeks 1 2 3 4 Additional Week
Price in US$ 196 392 588 784 196
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Sunday
Price per person
Laundry included.
Price extra night:
28 US$ (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Distance from school:
15 minutes by public transport
Includes:
TV, Phone, Daily cleaning, Towels, Bedding/linen, Access to laundry service, Kitchen, Breakfast & lunch & dinner, Shared bathroom.
Age of students
Minimum age of students: 0
weeks 1 2 3 4 Additional Week
Price in US$ 140 280 420 560 140
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Sunday
Price per person
Breakfast can be booked for US$6 per person per day (Monday – Saturday)
Price extra night:
20 US$ (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Includes:
TV, Phone, Daily cleaning, Towels, Bedding/linen, Access to laundry service, Kitchen, Access to Wifi in building (free WIFI), No meals, Shared bathroom.
Age of students
Minimum age of students: 0
weeks 1 2 3 4 Additional Week
Price in US$ 210 420 630 840 210
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Sunday
Price per person
Breakfast can be booked for US$6 per person per day (Monday – Saturday)
Price extra night:
30 US$ (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Includes:
TV, Phone, Daily cleaning, Towels, Bedding/linen, Access to laundry service, Kitchen, Access to Wifi in building (free WIFI), No meals, Private bathroom.
Age of students
Minimum age of students: 0
weeks 1 2 3 4 Additional Week
Price in US$ 245 490 735 980 245
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Sunday
Price per room
Breakfast can be booked for US$6 per person per day (Monday – Saturday)
Price extra night:
35 US$ (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Double room (only for 2 people travelling together).
Includes:
TV, Phone, Daily cleaning, Towels, Bedding/linen, Access to laundry service, Kitchen, Access to Wifi in building (free WIFI), No meals, Private bathroom.
Age of students
Minimum age of students: 0
  • Max. 1 student of each nationality possible? no
  • Single room: on request
  • Optional airport transfer
    Juan Santamaría International Airport: for 100 US$ (drop off);free airport transfer without additional costs (pick up); for 200 US$ (return trip)

Leisure activities

activity possibledistance from school
Cooking 
Dancing4 km
Horse riding 
Mountainbiking2 km
Music 
Yoga4 km

Reviews

City
5.0/5.0 
Organisation
5.0/5.0 
Facilities
4.5/5.0 
Social activities
5.0/5.0 
Course quality / Progress in language
5.0/5.0 
Value for money
5.0/5.0 
Accommodation
Homestay
4.7/5.0 
Shared Flat (apartment)
4.7/5.0 
Other
4.7/5.0 
Students liked about Spanish by the River, Turrialba
I appreciated that they could adjust to my personal preferences.
Overall rating
5.0/5.0
Value for money
5.0/5.0
Detailed review
City/place
5.0/5.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0/5.0
Accommodation
Homestay
4.0/5.0
Other
4.0/5.0
Shared Flat (apartment)
4.0/5.0
Additional information
Insider tips about what future students should not miss: The experience is greatly enhanced by staying with local family.
My teacher was terrific and I learned a great deal.
Overall rating
5.0/5.0
Value for money
5.0/5.0
Detailed review
City/place
5.0/5.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
5.0/5.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0/5.0
School organization
5.0/5.0
Social activities
5.0/5.0
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: Use flash cards as a teaching aid for beginners especially.
Other comments: The staff was friendly and helpful.
Location and view, ambience, teachers
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
5.0/5.0
Accommodation
Homestay
5.0/5.0
Other
5.0/5.0
Shared Flat (apartment)
5.0/5.0

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