There are a range of course formats and optional accommodation to choose from in each location.

Small group class (2-4 hours/day)

Small group classes have a maximum of 8 students and usually less. Classes take place Monday - Friday for a total of 10-20 hours/week. Your group assignment will be determined by a brief placement exam Monday morning.

Private class (2-4 hours/day)

Private lessons are more intensive and good if you have specific learning goals.

6-hour combination of classes

This option includes 4 hours of group classes plus 2 hours of private classes each day for a total of 30 hours/week.

Note regarding group classes: In the unlikely event that you are the only student at your level, any two hours of group lessons will be replaced with one hour of private lessons. This is rare.

San Jose, Costa Rica

Classes

DurationGroup (2 hrs)Group (4 hrs)Private (2 hrs)Private (4 hrs)6-Hour Combo
1 week$195$390$390$675$675
2 weeks$390$780$780$1,350$1,350
3 weeks$585$1,170$1,170$2,025$2,025
4 weeks$685$1,370$1,370$2,175$2,175
additional weeks$170$340$340$545$545

Accommodation

DurationHost family shared roomHost family private roomHostel shared roomHostel private roomHotel
1 week$195$225$85$240$630
2 weeks$390$450$175$510$1,365
3 weeks$585$675$265$780$2,100
4 weeks$740$855$355$1,050$2,835
additional week$185$215$90$270$735
additional days$33$38$14$40$105

Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

DurationGroup (2 hrs)Group (4 hrs)Private (2 hrs)Private (4 hrs)6-Hour Combo
1 week$215$430$430$725$725
2 weeks$430$860$860$1,450$1,450
3 weeks$645$1,290$1,290$2,175$2,175
4 weeks$735$1,470$1,470$2,495$2,495
additional weeks$180$360$360$625$625

Accommodation

DurationHost family shared roomHost family private roomHostel shared roomHostel private roomHotel
1 week$195$225$95$240$625
2 weeks$390$450$205$510$1,350
3 weeks$585$675$315$780$2,075
4 weeks$740$855$425$1,050$2,800
additional week$185$215$110$270$725
additional days$33$38$16$40$105

What’s Included

  • Pickup from San Jose airport on Sunday (extra night Saturday included for Manuel Antonio)
  • Public bus ticket to Quepos for programs in Manuel Antonio
  • Orientation and brief language placement exam meeting Monday morning
  • Language classes Monday through Friday
  • Language exchanges and social activities
  • 24-hour emergency line
  • Pre-departure and alumni support

Host family accommodation includes home cooked breakfast and dinner 7 days/week. It’s a great way to get a bit more language practice in with your hosts, and to meet other travelers at the same time. Host families may have multiple rooms available so it’s possible that with a private room you will still have other students or volunteers in the home, possibly sharing a bathroom.

Hostel Accommodation

Hostels are clean, safe, but basic accommodations. Shared rooms can have 10+ people. The first week includes 6 nights and additional weeks include 7 nights.

Hotel Accommodation

The schools work with comfortable 3-stay hotels with breakfast included. The first week includes 6 nights and additional weeks include 7 nights.

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