Spanish Language Schools in San Jose - Ranking 2022

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

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What our students said about San Jose

Rating: 5/5


Coronado itself is not that beautiful, not a place where I would like spend my holidays. But as I was there for the school and to study Spanish it was great! In Coronado you find everything and there is every 10 minutes a bus to San José.


Rating: 5/5


I lived in Coronado, about 35 minutes by bus to San José, where I was only twice. The city was too noisy for me and offers very few attractions. But I am also more of a nature lover.


How our students rated their experience in San Jose


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Overall city attractiveness
14 authentic reviews from students who reserved with us

Rating: 4.0/5.0

Friendliness of locals

Rating: 4.2/5.0

Interesing things to do

Rating: 3.3/5.0

Geographic setting

Rating: 3.3/5.0

Public transport

Rating: 4.0/5.0


Rating: 4.2/5.0


Rating: 3.5/5.0


Rating: 4.7/5.0


Rating: 4.3/5.0


Rating: 4.2/5.0


Most recent student reviews of language schools in San Jose

Rating: 4.7

4.7 | 7 reviews

The school is very well organised and the teachers are very experienced. There are plenty of classrooms. The classes are actually put together according to level and the teacher changes every week. I liked that, because you always learn new teaching methods. I can't say anything about the accommodation at the school, as I stayed with a family.

14 February 2022
Course: Intensive Course - 2 weeks
Student age: 68 years


Rating: 4.7

4.7 | 7 reviews

- Very good and kind teachers, - Fun activities, - Proper and clean school, - I felt really comfortable and welcomed, - If you need help or have question there is always someone you can talk to, - Great garden in front of the house, - Surrounded by a lot of nature.

7 December 2021
Course: Intensive Course - 1 week
Student age: 20 years


Rating: 4.7

4.7 | 7 reviews

The school team was very nice and open!

29 August 2018
Course: Intensive Course - 2 weeks
Student age: 23 years


Rating: 4.7

4.7 | 7 reviews

The atmosphere, the teachers, the lessons were very adapted to the needs

4 January 2018
Course: Intensive Course - 1 week
Student age: 36 years


Rating: 3.8

3.8 | 5 reviews

Good teachers, great organization, we felt looked after very well and set aside.
We were all totally uncomplicated and easy! At any time.

19 July 2010
Course: Spanish 6-4 - 1 week
Student age: 37 years


Rating: 3.8

3.8 | 5 reviews

The staff were all very helpful.
I believe the school should not put students taking 3 hours of class in the same classroom as students with 5 hours of classes. I consistently felt behind because the rest of my class had an extra 2 hours of class everyday. I believe students should be put with other students taking the same amount of class time.

5 July 2010
Course: Spanish 3-4 - 4 weeks
Student age: 23 years

United States

Rating: 3.8

3.8 | 5 reviews

Facilities were great, teachers are very good and you can learn a lot in the time you are there if you study hard.

3 July 2010
Course: Spanish 6-5 - 3 weeks
Student age: 32 years

United States

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.

Interesting information about San Jose

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 = 0.0015 USD)
Name of city in Spanish: San José
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.
High season: July
Low season: June
Average course price per week (High season): 215 US$
Average course price per week (Low season): 298 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):2,635.73 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

Weather 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 2022On 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

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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.
  • Academia Tica was rated highest for quality of teaching.
  • 'Homestay' 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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