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Spanish by the River, Turrialba, Costa Rica

4.6

Rating: 4.6/5.0

Barrio El Recreo - 42-7150 Turrialba - see on map

What we like about the school

  • 5 locations, all offering the same Spanish program
  • Unique eco classroom (outside)
  • Balcony setup with hammocks for students to relax in.
  • Hotel / Hostel accommodation very close to school
  • Top rated school facilities (4.4/5.0)

What we dislike about the school

  • It is a 2-hour bus or taxi ride from San José.

Spanish Courses

General Language
Private
Language Plus Activity
Information for all courses offered by Spanish by the River
Comments about courses:2% tax not included in the price on all courses. The Yoga addition is subject to availability and prices may vary throughout the year. Course price is reduced to USD 175 per week when booking over 4 weeks, but the course must be in the same location for the entire duration.
Lesson duration: 55 minutes
School's administrative fee: 25.00 US$
Level testA test to assess your exact language level takes place at the school on the first day of the course.
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.
Days without class
In 2022 (including national and regional bank holidays):
01 Jan. 2022, 11 Apr. 2022, 01 May 2022, 25 Jul. 2022, 02 Aug. 2022, 15 Aug. 2022, 15 Sep. 2022, 12 Oct. 2022, 25 Dec. 2022.
School policy regarding bank holidays:Full number of lost classes are made up

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 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.
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 let us know.

Videos & Photos

  • Spanish by the River - General School Video1/10
  • School
    School2/10
  • Idyllic spot
    Idyllic spot3/10
  • Terrace
    Terrace4/10
  • Nightlife
    Nightlife5/10
  • Sitting area
    Sitting area6/10
  • Perfect siesta
    Perfect siesta7/10
  • Time for a break
    Time for a break8/10
  • Delicious meal
    Delicious meal9/10
  • Open air lesson
    Open air lesson10/10

Spanish by the River


    • Location: 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 language school Spanish by the River was founded in Turrialba, Costa Rica in 2002.
      • Legal name / parent company: Spanish by the River, SA
      • Tax registration ID: CPR3-101-320172
      • Covid-19 Status: School currently open

Accreditations and Quality seals

Preferential Terms in Case of Visa Refusal

Spanish teacher qualifications

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

First day of course:

Written and oral level test is performed. Students should arrive at 8:00

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

“You will not regret coming to study in Turrialba for a bit, live the real Tica experience and immerse completely! ”

School Size:

  • 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

  • Facilities for islamic students

    • Available area to pray at the school

    • Facilities to wash feet before praying

  • Classroom equipment

    • Ample natural light in all classrooms

    Number of classrooms: 10
    Number of public PC workstations: 1

Offer for returning students

You will be refunded/waived the school's administration fee If you already attended previously a course at Spanish by the River and you book here.

Payment methods accepted for payments made directly to the school

  • Visa - logo
  • Mastercard - logo
  • PayPal - logo
  • Bank Transfer - logo

Student Age / Nationality

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

Minimum age of students

  • 15 years
  • 6 years for specific Junior courses

Average number of levels

  • Adult courses In summer: 6
  • Adult courses Throughout the year: 6

Average age of students

Top student nationalities

Age of students

Airport transfer

Optional airport transfer

Best arrival airport is SAN JOSE - SANTAMARIA.

Juan Santamaría International Airport:
100 US$ one way
200 US$ return (both ways)

Visa Documents

Nationals from USA do not require a visa to study short term courses up to 90 days. Check visa requirements for nationals from other countries.
Nationals from countries that require a visa will receive documents from the school, related to booking confirmation, which is required for the visa application.
Full payment of all fees required before school dispatches documents required for visa application:
No
Preferential cancellation terms in case of visa refusal:
School agreed that students booking online on this site will benefit from preferential cancellation fees in case of visa refusal, and in this case will never exceed EUR 180.

Leisure activities

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

Accommodation

Reviews

4.6

Rating: 4.6/5.0

Overall school rating of
Spanish by the River, Turrialba
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Rating: 4.3/5.0

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Rating: 4.1/5.0

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Rating: 4.4/5.0

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Rating: 3.9/5.0

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Rating: 4.8/5.0

4.8
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Rating: 4.4/5.0

4.4
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Rating: 4.9/5.0

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What students liked about Spanish by the River, Turrialba
My stay was very beneficial. Alone and the first student during this pandemic, I have always felt safe. I appreciated the quality of the courses and the personalized aspect which allowed me to orient my learning according to my needs. And I had a really good contact with Ingrid. I can only warmly recommend it.
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Positive aspects of school: My stay was very beneficial. Alone and the first student during this pandemic, I have always felt safe. I appreciated the quality of the courses and the personalized aspect which allowed me to orient my learning according to my needs. And I had a really good contact with Ingrid. I can only warmly recommend it.
Other comments: I felt welcome from the start.
The classroom on the deck that's due to the hillside, resided mid height among the trees with may visiting birds and butterflies was outstanding. The teacher was very good in observing what we knew and did not know, and adapting the lessons accordingly. Very impressive.
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Positive aspects of school: The classroom on the deck that's due to the hillside, resided mid height among the trees with may visiting birds and butterflies was outstanding. The teacher was very good in observing what we knew and did not know, and adapting the lessons accordingly. Very impressive.
Insider tips about what future students should not miss: With four hours a day it is hard to do any sightseeing beyond the school using public transportation, so if that is a desire, a rental car is a necessity.
Other comments: The evening events with the local community were great.
The lessons were very very good and teachers very competent. Thanks to our 2-week language course, we were able to improve our level extremely (from A1 to B1) and we can now communicate much better in Spanish.
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Staying with my family was a pleasure and I have felt at home. Our teacher Krysia was super committed with great ideas, we had a lot of fun and many very interesting conversations!!!
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    FAQ about Spanish by the River, Turrialba

  • Yes, it is possible to move around the area and go to school by bicycle, but it is very hard and you will definitely want to take a shower when you arrive at school and before taking classes... ;) Also, it is very difficult to find bicycles to rent in Turrialba.
    Ingrid Lommers, Reservations team from Spanish by the River
    14-10-2021
  • Near the school there is a small restaurant called Casa del queso. The school has a well-equipped kitchen so you can prepare your own lunch, if necessary. On the other hand, if you request full board as a family, the family can prepare packed lunch for you so that you can eat it at school.
    Ingrid Lommers, Reservations team from Spanish by the River
    14-10-2021
  • Near the school there is a small restaurant called Casa del queso. The school has a well-equipped kitchen so you can prepare your own lunch, if necessary. On the other hand, if you request full board as a family, the family can prepare packed lunch for you so that you can eat it at school.
    Ingrid Lommers, Reservations team from Spanish by the River
    14-10-2021
  • Spanish by the River in Turrialba does not offer a specialised Spanish programme for senior students. The school offers Spanish lessons for students of mixed ages. Teachers have plenty of experience in having students of all ages and adapting the content and rhythm of the class to students regardless of their age. In the case it does not work for the student, the school can convert the amount paid for group lessons to private lessons.
    Richelle Lankhaar, Reservations team from Spanish by the River
    13-12-2021
  • You should contact the contact person Ingrid by Whatsapp before 5 p.m. on the day of arrival (Sunday) at the latest. You will also discuss the times of the lessons on the following days as well as organisational matters.
    Sabine Krafack from LanguageCourse.net
    21-12-2021
  • In Turrialba, I am afraid that homestay accommodation is not located within walking distance of the school. The average location is 20 minutes by public transport. As an alternative, you can book a single room in a hostel, but meals are not offered.
    Ana Carolina from LanguageCourse.net
    04-04-2022
  • Yes, there is an exclusive discount that only applies when booking online here.
  • Spanish by the River offers courses from 15 years to 99. Average age is 20 during the summer and 25 for the rest of the year.
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