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San Jose

6 Best language schools in San Jose (ranked based on student reviews)

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Why San Jose? San José, the capital of Costa Rica, is Central America´s most cosmopolitan city and known as the core of Costa Rican life. A part from a vibrant night life, San José also hosts the Gold Museum, which offers a rare look at various gold artefacts of the ancient Latin American civilizations. If you are interested in exploring the land outside the city limits, you will find a stunning variety of landscapes, micro-climates, flora and fauna. The country is an ecotourism heaven, making it one of the best places to experience the tropics. Nature lovers will not be disappointed.
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What school directors said about San Jose

Located in the Central Valley of Costa Rica, you have many opportunities to explore both Pacific and Caribbean coasts, volcanoes and waterfalls nearby

San Jose is the Capital of Costa Rica, you will find a lot of things to do, for example: tours, shopping, cultural activities and more. It has a lot of hotels, restaurants, stores, museums, theathers, zoo, amusement park, Malls, universities, schools and more.

Key Facts about San Jose

In terms of quality of life San Jose reached place number 108 in the 2019 Mercer.

Population: 336,000

Time zone: +4h. (GMT -6)

Region: San José,

Currency: CRC (1 CRC = 0.0016 USD)

Name of city in Spanish: San José

San Jose quality of life rating:

Rating: 3.1

3.1 (11 reviews by our former students)

Visa: 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.

universities: 28 (rankings of universities in San Jose)

High season: July

Low season: June

Average course price per week (High season): 245 US$

Average course price per week (Low season): 294 US$

Cost of Living:

* 100 = prices in New York

  • Student price index excluding rent:81* (19% cheaper than New York)
  • Student price index including rent:81* (19% cheaper than New York)
  • Price index food only:81* (19% cheaper than New York)
  • Big Mac price (Costa Rica average):2,461.32 CRC (31% cheaper than in USA)
Mains electricity:
  • Plug Type A
  • Plug Type B
  • Residential voltage: 120 V
  • Frequency: 60 Hz

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Public transportation in San Jose

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Events in San JoseBest time to take a language course in San Jose

Independence Day
Independence Day

15 September 2021On September 15th Costa Ricans celebrate the anniversary of their existence as an independent country. Events often have an official feel to them and include concerts, traditional dances and parades.

What to do in San Jose

National Theatre
National Theatre
Amon Quarter
Amon Quarter
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Arrival Airport

Juan Santamaría International (SJO) - 15 km. from San Jose city center

Public transportation to city center:

Every 10 minutes, 700,00 CRC, 30 minutes.

Main stops: San Jose Airport, San Jose

Taxi: 13.363 CRC, 18 minutes drive to city center of San Jose

Direct international flights from:
  • USA: Fort Lauderdale International, Houston George Bush Intercntl., Los Angeles International, New York Newark, Orlando International, Washington Dulles
  • United Kingdom: London Gatwick
  • Canada: Toronto Pearson International

    FAQ about schools in San Jose

  • Academia Tica has received the best overall rating in San Jose.
  • Academia Tica, located in Quinta Toyopán, 400 este del Súper La Finca, San Rafael de Vázquez de Coronado has been voted as the school with the best location in San Jose.
  • CRLA - Costa Rican Language Academy was rated highest for quality of teaching.
  • 'Student Residence' at Academia Tica is the best rated accommodation in San Jose.
  • The student price index in San Jose is 81.02. For details check the city's cost of living section.

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