Spanish school in San José - Coronado: Academia Tica

From 280.- USD
approx 239.- EUR
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Key points

  • Country with a very rich natural environment
  • Established, dynamic school offering quality academic programs
  • Voluntary work programs in the National Parks

The school

Levels
Beginner to Advanced
School size
S
Accommodations
Host family, Residence
Disabled access
Disabled access at school
Wifi
WiFi is free

The students

Minimum age
16 years
Average age
25 years
Nationality mix
United States, Germany, Switzerland, etc..
ratings
10 authentic opinions

Our partner school in San José Coronado is located on the “Quinta Toyopán”, a former farm surrounded by a tropical garden in a sunny and green area. Students have 10 well-equipped classrooms, a library, a multimedia centre with computers and Internet access, a television as well as a small cafeteria at their disposal. There is also easy access for wheelchair users. During their free time, students have the possibility of renting bikes, films and various games. The qualified teachers have both wide experience of teaching their mother tongue as well as a contagious enthusiasm for Spanish. Learning is directed towards daily spoken and written communication!

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  • Level and needs assessment
  • Welcome activity
  • Use of study centre
  • End-of-course report and certificate
  • Activity programme

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Standard course

Beginner to Advanced, 1 - 48 week(s)
1 week(s) - From USD 280.-
(about EUR 239.-)
Lessons
20 of 50 minutes
Course duration
1 - 48 week(s)
Levels
Beginner to Advanced
Students/class
max. 6
Minimum age
16 years
Schedule
08:00-11:40 (possibly afternoon during summer)

Schedule may vary depending on student’s level and time of year.
Course info
week(s)
Without accomodation
Host family, single room, half board
Residence, single room, no meals
1
280
460
440
2
560
920
880
3
820
1360
1300
4
1080
1800
1720
6
1560
2640
2520
8
2000
3440
3280
12
2800
4960
4720
16
3600
6480
6160
24
5200
9520
9040
Extra week (24+)
200
380
360
All prices are in USD.   USD 1 ≈ EUR 0.9   (Not-binding exchange rate)
Starting dates
Every week, throughout the year
Bank holidays
29.03 / 30.03 / 11.04 / 01.05 / 25.07 / 02.08 / 15.08 / 12.10.2018
Holidays
24.12.2017 - 06.01.2018
24.12.2018 - 06.01.2019

Arrival: Sunday prior to course start
Departure: Saturday following course end

Combined course 20+5

Beginner to Advanced, 1 - 48 week(s)
1 week(s) - From USD 390.-
(about EUR 333.-)
Lessons
25 of 50 minutes
(20 general + 5* one-to-one)
Course duration
1 - 48 week(s)
Levels
Beginner to Advanced
Students/class
max. 6
Minimum age
16 years
Schedule
08:00-13:10 (possibly afternoon during summer)
*one-to-one lessons to be specified with the teacher

Schedule may vary depending on student’s level and time of year.
Course info
week(s)
Without accomodation
Host family, single room, half board
Residence, single room, no meals
1
390
570
550
2
780
1140
1100
3
1150
1690
1630
4
1520
2240
2160
6
2220
3300
3180
8
2880
4320
4160
12
4120
6280
6040
16
5360
8240
7920
24
7840
12160
11680
Extra week (24+)
310
490
470
All prices are in USD.   USD 1 ≈ EUR 0.9   (Not-binding exchange rate)
Starting dates
Every week, throughout the year
Bank holidays
29.03 / 30.03 / 11.04 / 01.05 / 25.07 / 02.08 / 15.08 / 12.10.2018
Holidays
24.12.2017 - 06.01.2018
24.12.2018 - 06.01.2019

Arrival: Sunday prior to course start
Departure: Saturday following course end

Combined course 20+10

Beginner to Advanced, 1 - 48 week(s)
1 week(s) - From USD 500.-
(about EUR 428.-)
Lessons
30 of 50 minutes
(20 general + 10* one-to-one)
Course duration
1 - 48 week(s)
Levels
Beginner to Advanced
Students/class
max. 6
Minimum age
16 years
Schedule
08:00-14:00 (possibly afternoon during summer)
*one-to-one lessons to be specified with the teacher

Schedule may vary depending on student’s level and time of year.
Course info
week(s)
Without accomodation
Host family, single room, half board
Residence, single room, no meals
1
500
680
660
2
1000
1360
1320
3
1480
2020
1960
4
1960
2680
2600
6
2880
3960
3840
8
3760
5200
5040
12
5440
7600
7360
16
7120
10000
9680
24
10480
14800
14320
Extra week (24+)
420
600
580
All prices are in USD.   USD 1 ≈ EUR 0.9   (Not-binding exchange rate)
Starting dates
Every week, throughout the year
Bank holidays
29.03 / 30.03 / 11.04 / 01.05 / 25.07 / 02.08 / 15.08 / 12.10.2018
Holidays
24.12.2017 - 06.01.2018
24.12.2018 - 06.01.2019

Arrival: Sunday prior to course start
Departure: Saturday following course end

Options/Extras

Course material (to be paid on site) (optional) 30 USD
One-to-one course (min. 10 lessons/week) (per lesson) 25 USD
Accommodation deposit (to be paid on site) 100 USD
Voluntary work in a National Park (2 to 24 weeks) 150 USD
Volunteer Internship Program (8 to 24 weeks) 350 USD
Extra night with host family 30 USD
Extra night with host family, private bathroom 40 USD
Extra night in a residence 30 USD
Airport transfer (on arrival) (06:00-19:30) 45 USD

Other accommodation options

Host family, single room, half board (private bathroom)

Course info

100% authentic opinions

These students attended a course in this school through ESL – Language studies abroad and their evaluation has been checked. Students' opinions don't necessarily correspond to those of ESL – Language studies abroad, but reflect the individual experience of those participants. This is meant to provide you with further information about this school.

4.4/5
Overall rating

100% of students recommending this school

Destination
/ 5
School
/ 5
Accommodation
/ 5
Value for money
/ 5
Teaching
/ 5
Leisure
/ 5

10 students gave their opinion about this school

18 years old - Germany
/ 5
2 weeks, April 2018
Value for money (5 / 5)
Destination (4.7 / 5)
Overall impression of the city
Overall impression of the country
Overall impression of the trip
School (4.8 / 5)
School location
School facilities
Classrooms
Nationality mix
Teaching (4.7 / 5)
Course materials
Relations with the teachers
Classroom atmosphere
Accommodation (2.8 / 5) (Host family)
Bedroom
Shower / Bathroom
Meals
Leisure (5 / 5)
Leisure activities offered by the school
Trips offered by the school
Staff availability
Do you think you've made progress?
« Ja, auf jeden Fall. Ich habe gemerkt, dass ich schon nach 2 Wochen viel mehr verstanden habe als zu Beginn der Reise. Der Spanischunterricht hat einiges wiederholt, was ich schon kannte, aber auch diese Wiederholungen waren nochmal gut, um das Wissen zu vertiefen. »
School highlights
« Die Leute an der Schule waren alle sehr sympatisch, fröhlich und offen. »
Top tips
« Am Wochenende habe ich unabhängig von der Schule einen Ausflug zum Monteverdepark und zum Manuel Antonio Nationalpark gemacht.(Freitags mit dem Bus nach Santa Elena, dort eine Nacht in einem Hostel genommen und Samstags den Monteverdepark angesehen. Danach mit dem Bus nach Jaco, dort eine Nacht in einem weiteren Hostel verbracht und mir Sonntags Manuel Antonio Nationalpark angeschaut). Diese beiden Parks haben mir super gut gefallen und sind für jeden etwas, der gerne in der Natur ist. »
27 years old - France
/ 5
J'étais ravie d'améliorer mon espagnol dans cette école agréable et accueillante. L'équipe d'enseignants est très sympathique et le logement confortable. Des loisirs culturels, sportifs et écotouristiques sont proposés. Coronado permet une expérience locale, loin des touristes ou de la forte chaleur sur les côtes du pays, mais n'offre en contrepartie pas d'activités à proximité immédiate. Elle est en revanche à proximité (40 min en taxi ou bus) de San José, lieu de départ de diverses activités touristiques dans le pays.
2 weeks, March 2018
Value for money (5 / 5)
Destination (4.3 / 5)
Overall impression of the city
Overall impression of the country
Overall impression of the trip
School (4.3 / 5)
School location
School facilities
Classrooms
Nationality mix
Teaching (4 / 5)
Course materials
Relations with the teachers
Classroom atmosphere
Accommodation (4 / 5) (Residence)
Bedroom
Shower / Bathroom
Leisure (5 / 5)
Leisure activities offered by the school
Trips offered by the school
Staff availability
61 years old - United Kingdom
/ 5
The school is small, friendly and tranquil but offered everything I wanted / needed and the staff were very welcoming and friendly as well as professional.
1 week, February 2018
Value for money (5 / 5)
Destination (4 / 5)
Overall impression of the city
Overall impression of the country
Overall impression of the trip
School (4.3 / 5)
School location
School facilities
Classrooms
Nationality mix
Teaching (4.3 / 5)
Course materials
Relations with the teachers
Classroom atmosphere
Accommodation (3.5 / 5) (Host family)
Bedroom
Shower / Bathroom
Meals
Leisure (4.3 / 5)
Leisure activities offered by the school
Trips offered by the school
Staff availability
Do you think you've made progress?
« Yes. It was my first formal Spanish education after several years of informal learning. My confidence and ability both increased significantly. Both the classes and the 'immersion' in the local community helped this. I wish I's had longer and hope to do another course somewhere sometime this year. »
School highlights
« Very pretty place and comfortable surroundings, very friendly and efficient staff, easy interactions with other students and lots of socialising opportunities even though I was in a class on my own. Great lunchtime food delivered by a man with a van. Very supportive team and there was somebody in a specialist role to provide whatever you needed (advice, tourism info, transport, local gym membership etc) even though the number of students at the school at that time was quite low. »
18 years old - Germany
/ 5
Costa Rica ist ein wunderschönes Land, das definitiv einen Bewuch wert ist und in das ich auch auf jeden Fall zurückkehren werde!Der Kursort Coronado ist nicht umbedingt für sein pulsierendes Nachtleben oder viele tolle Aktivitäten tagsüber bekannt, aber San José ist mit dem Bus leicht zu erreichen und gleicht das ganze dann wieder aus. Im Allgemeinen lässt sich jedoch sagen, dass um Spanisch zu lernen Coronado super geeignet ist, einfach weil man sich nicht ablenken lassen kann und die Menschen dort, weil es kein Touristenort ist nur Spanisch sprechen. Die Academia Tica lässt sich nur empfehlen: herzliche Menschen, tolle Lehrer und super Freizeitaktivitäten! Schule hat noch nie so viel Spaß gemacht! Toller Unterricht mit lockeren Lehrern, die Spaß verstehen und auch wirklich gut Unterrichtsstoff vermitteln können! Das Studentenwohnheim ist recht einfach, aber definitiv schön gehalten. Ich habe mich dort immer wohl gefühlt.
6 weeks, May – June 2017
Value for money (5 / 5)
Destination (4.3 / 5)
Overall impression of the city
Overall impression of the country
Overall impression of the trip
School (4.8 / 5)
School location
School facilities
Classrooms
Nationality mix
Teaching (5 / 5)
Course materials
Relations with the teachers
Classroom atmosphere
Accommodation (4.3 / 5) (Residence)
Bedroom
Shower / Bathroom
Leisure (4.7 / 5)
Leisure activities offered by the school
Trips offered by the school
Staff availability
School highlights
« Besonders positiv in Erinnerung ist mir die Herzlichkeit und Nettigkeit der Mitarbeiter und Lehrer der Schule geblieben. Sie helfen in jeder Situation und haben so viel Spaß an ihrer Tätigkeit. Einfach toll! »
Top tips
« Einfach alles, was in der Schule angeboten wird ausprobieren. Die Leute machen einen so tollen Job und ich habe es nie bereut. »
26 years old - Switzerland
/ 5
Es hatte keinen Kurs auf meiner Stufe, aber ich habe dann einfach Einzelunterricht gekriegt. Bei Regen hört man leider im Unterrichtszimmer nichts, und der Strom fällt am Nachmittag oft aus. Man lernt aber damit zu leben :-) Ausser mir hatte es nur Leute aus den USA.
1 week, May – June 2016
Value for money (5 / 5)
Destination (4.3 / 5)
Overall impression of the city
Overall impression of the country
Overall impression of the trip
School (3.5 / 5)
School location
School facilities
Classrooms
Nationality mix
Teaching (5 / 5)
Classroom atmosphere
Accommodation (5 / 5) (Host family)
Bedroom
Shower / Bathroom
Meals
Leisure (2.7 / 5)
Leisure activities offered by the school
Trips offered by the school
Staff availability
36 years old - Germany
/ 5
4 weeks, March – April 2016
Value for money (4 / 5)
Destination (5 / 5)
Overall impression of the city
Overall impression of the country
Overall impression of the trip
School (5 / 5)
School location
School facilities
Classrooms
Nationality mix
Teaching (5 / 5)
Classroom atmosphere
Accommodation (5 / 5) (Host family)
Bedroom
Shower / Bathroom
Meals
Leisure (5 / 5)
Leisure activities offered by the school
Trips offered by the school
Staff availability
34 years old - Sweden
/ 5
Mycket trevligt studenthem!
2 weeks, November 2015
Value for money (4 / 5)
Destination (4 / 5)
Overall impression of the city
Overall impression of the country
Overall impression of the trip
School (3.8 / 5)
School location
School facilities
Classrooms
Nationality mix
Teaching (3.7 / 5)
Course materials
Relations with the teachers
Classroom atmosphere
Accommodation (4.7 / 5) (Residence)
Bedroom
Shower / Bathroom
Leisure (4 / 5)
Leisure activities offered by the school
Trips offered by the school
Staff availability
Do you think you've made progress?
« Ja, lite har jag lärt mig, men 2 veckor är kort tid. »
School highlights
« Läget, boendet och personalen var bra. »
22 years old - Italy
/ 5
10 weeks, June – August 2014
Value for money (5 / 5)
Destination (4.7 / 5)
Overall impression of the city
Overall impression of the country
Overall impression of the trip
School (4.3 / 5)
School location
School facilities
Classrooms
Nationality mix
Teaching (5 / 5)
Course materials
Relations with the teachers
Classroom atmosphere
Work placement (2 / 5)
Accommodation (5 / 5) (Host family)
Bedroom
Shower / Bathroom
Meals
Leisure (5 / 5)
Leisure activities offered by the school
Trips offered by the school
Staff availability
27 years old - Switzerland
/ 5
8 weeks, February – April 2014
Value for money (3 / 5)
Destination (4.7 / 5)
Overall impression of the city
Overall impression of the country
Overall impression of the trip
School (4 / 5)
School location
School facilities
Classrooms
Nationality mix
Teaching (4.3 / 5)
Course materials
Relations with the teachers
Classroom atmosphere
Accommodation (4.8 / 5) (Host family)
Bedroom
Shower / Bathroom
Meals
Leisure (3.7 / 5)
Leisure activities offered by the school
Trips offered by the school
Staff availability
26 years old - Malta
/ 5
2 weeks, March – April 2010
Value for money (5 / 5)
Destination (3.3 / 5)
Overall impression of the city
Overall impression of the country
Overall impression of the trip
School (4 / 5)
School location
School facilities
Classrooms
Nationality mix
Teaching (5 / 5)
Course materials
Relations with the teachers
Classroom atmosphere
Accommodation (5 / 5) (Residence)
Bedroom
Shower / Bathroom
Leisure (4.7 / 5)
Leisure activities offered by the school
Trips offered by the school
Staff availability

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Host family
Our partner school carefully selects host families who generally live around 15-30 minutes away from the school. In this way, you will share in the everyday experiences of a Costa Rican family and thus learn more about the culture, and will have the opportunity to practise your Spanish daily in a relaxed and motivating atmosphere. You will stay in a single room with half board provided. Please note that bedlinen is provided but not bath towels.

Residence
For students who wish to share with other international students during their stay, our partner school also proposes staying in a residence, which is on the same site as the school. You will stay in a single room and will share a kitchen, bathroom, laundry room, TV and a tropical garden with the other residents. Please note that bedlinen is provided and that the residence also has a WiFi connection.

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On campus Residence Academia Tica

General information

The Academia Tica Student Residence in Coronado is a very beautiful and private complex located right next to the school campus. It is surrounded by nice tropical gardens and provide all the basic services students need for a comfortable living for short or long periods. The property is located 10 minutes away from downtown Coronado with easy access to public bus (right in front of the school). Close by, the student can find places to eat and drink good Costa Rican coffee, supermarkets, pharmacies and all other services of a small town. A bus ride away, they will be in downtown San José with all the cultural amenities of the vibrant city, up and coming trendy areas and beautiful parks, plus the chance to move easily and cheaply around Costa Rica by public transportation.

School distance

Door-to-door travel time:
3 minutes
Means of transportation:
walking
Walking distance to public transport:
5 minutes

Walking Distance

Supermarket:
5 minutes
Coffee shops:
15 minutes
Restaurants:
15 minutes
Shops:
10 minutes
Pharmacy:
15 minutes

Availability

All year round
Minimum age : 16+

Arrival and departure

Check-in / Check-out
Sunday from 3:00 pm
Saturday until 12:00 pm
Flexible check in/check out
Entry card (building) 1
Key (building) 1
Code (building) 1
Staff on-site 24h 1
Deposit
100 USD
1

Meals

Use of kitchen 1
Meal-plan

Facilities

Reception desk
Smoking area
Outside
1
Cafeteria
Shared kitchen 1
Oven 1
Microwave 1
Cutlery available 1
Vending machine
Laundry 1
Common area/lounge 1
Wi-Fi internet access
Free
1
Cable internet access
TV in common room 1
DVD-player in common room
Balcony/terrace
Garden 1
BBQ area 1
Wheelchair accessible
Parking (cars) 1
Parking (bicycles) 1
Swimming pool
Gym
Students have free access to the Sports Club Los Jaúles
1

Room types and facilities

Single
6 rooms
~18 m2
1
Twin
6 rooms
~22 m2
Only for students traveling together
1
Air conditioning
Heating
Smoking
Duvet and pillow provided 1
Bed sheets provided 1
Towels provided
Toilet paper 1
Ensuite toilet
Ensuite shower
Wash basin
Shared toilets
to share between 2 or 3 students
1
Shared showers
to share between 2 or 3 students
1
Cleaning
weekly
1
Desk 1
Wardrobe 1
Cooking facilities 1
Microwave 1
TV
Wi-Fi internet access 1
Cable internet access
Floor
wood and ceramic
1
Balcony
Safe deposit box 1
Room key provided 1

The school offers a free activity each afternoon. On the first day, you will enjoy an orientation tour of Coronado; the next day, you will have a Latin dance lesson (salsa, cumbia, merengue, etc.), a cultural excursion or a cooking class where you can taste typical dishes of the region. Other activities are also offered, such as a trip to the Institute of Snakes Clodomiro Picado in Coronado, or a visit to the private sports centre in Moravia (swimming, tennis, basketball, volleyball, football, snack bar, bar and restaurant). The school has a small travel agency to provide information and to make the necessary reservations for students wishing to discover the marvels of the country during their free time. It organises half-day excursions, for example to the Irazu and Poas volcanoes, or full day and weekend trips: around the clock visits to the forest to see the animals; stays at the beach in basic hotels or 5-star establishments. Among the preferred destinations: Volcan and Lake Arenal, Monteverde, the Tortuguero National Park, the Peninsula of Nicoya, trips to the beaches Jaco, Manuel Antonio and Guanacaste.

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