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Spanish by the River, Turrialba, Costa Rica

4.8/5

Rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars

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

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 (see on map)

Accreditations and Quality seals

Preferential Terms in Case of Visa Refusal

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
20
10
25
15

Optional airport transfer

Best arrival airport is SAN JOSE - SANTAMARIA.

Juan Santamaría International Airport:
100 US$ drop off
free airport transfer without additional costs pick up
200 US$ return (both ways)

Days without class

In 2019 (including national and regional bank holidays): 01.Jan.2019, 11.Apr.2019, 15.Apr.2019, 01.May.2019, 25.Jul.2019, 15.Aug.2019, 15.Sep.2019, 12.Oct.2019, 25.Dec.2019.
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$ 300 285 585 556 855 813 1110 1055 1360 1292 1610 1530 1860 1767 2110 2005 2610 2480 3110 2955 250 238
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$ 225 214 435 414 630 599 810 770 985 936 1160 1102 1335 1269 1510 1435 1860 1767 2210 2100 175 167
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$ 360 342 700 665 1020 969 1320 1254 1620 1539 1920 1824 2220 2109 2520 2394 3120 2964 3720 3534 300 285
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$ 300 285 585 556 855 813 1110 1055 1360 1292 1610 1530 1860 1767 2110 2005 2610 2480 3110 2955 250 238
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 12
Price in US$ 225 214 435 414 630 599 810 770 985 936 1160 1102 1335 1269 1510 1435 1685 1601 1860 1767 2210 2100
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in US$ 225 214 435 414 630 599 810 770 985 936 1160 1102 1335 1269 1510 1435 1860 1767 2210 2100 175 167
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
RESERVE & Secure the Lowest Price »
Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in US$ 300 285 585 556 855 813 1110 1055 1360 1292 1610 1530 1860 1767 2110 2005 2610 2480 3110 2955 250 238
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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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 12
Price in US$ 445 423 730 694 1000 950 1255 1193 1505 1430 1755 1668 2005 1905 2255 2143 2505 2380 2755 2618 3255 3093
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 10 12 Additional Week
Price in US$ 160 152 310 295 450 428 580 551 710 675 840 798 970 922 1100 1045 1360 1292 1620 1539 130 124
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Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Price in US$ 240 228 465 442 675 642 875 832 1075 1022 -- -- -- -- -- --
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Every Monday.
Required minimum language level
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 12
Price in US$ 250 238 485 461 705 670 910 865 1010 960 1310 1245 1510 1435 1710 1625 1910 1815 2110 2005 2510 2385
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Every Monday.
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Price in US$ 325 309 645 613 930 884 1210 1150 1485 1411 1760 1672 2035 1934 2310 2195 2585 2456 2860 2717 3410 3240
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 12
Price in US$ 445 423 730 694 1000 950 1255 1193 1505 1430 1755 1668 2005 1905 2255 2143 2505 2380 2755 2618 3255 3093
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Every Monday.
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Price in US$ 370 352 580 551 775 737 955 908 1130 1074 1305 1240 1480 1406 1655 1573 1830 1739 2005 1905 2355 2238
Starting dates
Every Monday.
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.
Comments about courses: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.

Accommodation

weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in US$ 175 350 525 700 875 1050 1225 1400 1750 2100 175
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Sunday
Price per person
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 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in US$ 154 308 462 616 770 924 1078 1232 1540 1848 154
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:
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 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in US$ 196 392 588 784 980 1176 1372 1568 1960 2352 196
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Sunday
Price per person
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 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in US$ 168 336 504 672 840 1008 1176 1344 1680 2016 168
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Sunday
Price per person
Price extra night:
24 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 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in US$ 210 420 630 840 1050 1260 1470 1680 2100 2520 210
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Sunday
Price per person
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 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in US$ 245 490 735 980 1225 1470 1715 1960 2450 2940 245
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Sunday
Price per room
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
Accommodation extras:
- Breakfast supplement for Hostels: USD 6 (per person per day).
- Laundry included in Homestay price.

Leisure activities

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

Reviews

4.8/5.0

Rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars

City

Rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars

4.3/5.0 
Organisation

Rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars

4.8/5.0 
Facilities

Rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars

4.4/5.0 
Social activities

Rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars

4.8/5.0 
Course quality / Progress in language

Rating of 5 out of 5 stars

5.0/5.0 
Value for money

Rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars

4.7/5.0 
Accommodation
Homestay

Rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars

4.7/5.0 
Shared Flat (apartment)
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Other

Rating of 5 out of 5 stars

5.0/5.0 
Students liked about Spanish by the River, Turrialba
Relaxed delivery of the lessons.
Overall rating
4.0/5.0
Value for money
4.0/5.0
Detailed review
City/place
4.0/5.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
4.0/5.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0/5.0
School organization
4.0/5.0
Social activities
4.0/5.0
Accommodation
Homestay
5.0/5.0
Other
5.0/5.0
Shared Flat (apartment)
5.0/5.0
It was beautifully located at the side of a mountain.
Overall rating
5.0/5.0
Value for money
5.0/5.0
Detailed review
City/place
4.0/5.0
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
Hostel
5.0/5.0
Shared Flat (apartment)
5.0/5.0
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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