Location
  • Costa Rica
    • Nicoya
    • Samara Beach
Length
1 to 12 weeks
Language
Spanish

Program Details

Language Level
BeginnerIntermediateAdvanced
Immersion Level
Intensive Standard
Specialized Courses
Business Medical Professional Teaching
Class Size
Private Lessons Small Class (1-7)
Weekly Classroom Hours
20
Housing
Host Family
Age Min.
14

Pricing

Starting Price
590
Price Details
Price includes classes, with only 2 students per teacher, homestay with daily breakfast & dinner and laundry. Two in-school afternoon activities each week, course materials, a walking tour of Nicoya, and tax is included.
Airport transfers are available from the our nearest airport Liberia at an additional charge.
We only require a $100 deposit when enrolling, and the balance due amount is payable on the first day of class.
What's Included
Accommodation Activities Classes Some Meals Wifi
What's Not Included
Airfare Airport Transfers Travel Insurance Visa
Jan 29, 2022
Jan 26, 2022
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About Program

Our school was founded in 1997. We provide Spanish language classes to students from universities, high schools, working professionals, and those retired. We work with Indiana University, Washington and Lee University in the U.S., and Chester University in the UK. We also work with White Plains High School in New York.

The unique feature for those enrolling in our Immersion Programs is that we limit our class size to 2 students per teacher, guaranteed. This important feature promotes better learning and the ability to use Spanish faster.

Students stay with a local Costa Rica family which includes daily breakfast and dinner, and laundry. Classes are generally in the morning, and twice weekly we include two afternoon in-school activities. Weekend excursions are available, and we are only 30 minutes from our nearest beach, Samara. Students can join our "Partners in Learning" program, an interchange with Costa Rica students studying English, at no additional charge.

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Program Highlights

  • Maximum 2 students per teacher, guaranteed
  • Classes begin every Monday of the year
  • We are located in the cultural and historical city of Nicoya
  • National Parks and Samara Beach are nearby
  • Lodging included with a Costa Rican family

Program Reviews

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  • Instruction 9.8
  • Support 10
  • Fun 9.7
  • Housing 9.2
  • Value 10
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Julie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Academia de Español Nicoya - Excellent Program

The Academia de Español in Costa Rica is an excellent language immersion program. I went twice to Nicoya (first in 2016, then in 2021) where I did a week long homestay and took classes each day. As a lawyer, I requested to focus on Legal Spanish and I did the extended class time. Priscilla was my main teacher and she is amazing. She's very accommodating if you have particular areas to work on and very knowledgeable. The Samara Beach program is also nice if you're looking for more of a vacation while you study. Personally I think you get more out of the homestay because you interact with the family as well and in Nicoya there isn't a lot of English spoken whereas since Samara is a beach town, English is more prevalent.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
If you do one week in Samara and one week in Nicoya like I did in 2021, I would recommend Samara first to settle in and get the vacation time in. But finish in Nicoya because you learn so much more at the homestay.
12 people found this review helpful.
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Laura
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Academia de Español Nicoya

I first attended Academia de Español Nicoya in 2016 with Indiana University. The quality of instruction along with the immersion that I received was excellent! They have great teachers who make learning a new language fun!! The school matches you with the teacher that works best for your Spanish language immersion! Within the immersion experience is the important aspect of family homestays. These families welcome you and sincerely want to help in the process of Spanish language acquisition! They use the phrase Pura Vida (pure life) which truly defines the people of Costa Rica! I especially liked the conversational walking tours of Nicoya! Academia de Español is situated in the historic town of Nicoya, Costa Rica, an area known as the Guanacaste region. Not only is this a fantastic Spanish language immersion school but due to its location, there is much do and experience in this beautiful province. The school organizes day excursions to Palo Verde which is an immense national park of unique biodiversity and to the cultural village of Guatil where pottery is still created in the pre columbian way. Importantly, there are wonderful beach communities nearby where the school can organize overnight excursions to places like Samara and Tamarindo. My first experience in this special part of the world was so memorable that I returned this past summer 2021!

12 people found this review helpful.
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Sam
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I am finally conversational at Spanish!!

I recently completed a 4 week immersion program in Nicoya and I’m finally comfortably speaking Spanish! I started with online video classes with the tutor in early January – 2 classes/week. After 7 months, I then worked with the same tutor through the 4-week in-person program in Nicoya with the final week at Samara beach. What a great overall experience!!! My tutor, Pri, was incredible. I started the year with only the basics, barely able to speak. She has an incredible amount of patience as I built up my speed to normal speaking. The program included a review of all the basic rules of Spanish, then through a series of structured booklets, a significant amount of vocabulary building, reading stories, reading news, and an incredible amount of basic conversation. I highly recommend this school for anyone serious about finally getting conversational in Spanish. For me, taking online courses with the school ahead of the in-person immersion was helpful, but I think for someone more advanced, you can jump right into the immersion. I stayed at a family home next door - they were warm, wonderful, and patient with my Spanish, plus the home-cooked meals were amazing. My wife came for the 4th week and we enjoyed Samara beach.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
I enjoyed the weekends exploring beautiful natural sites nearby. Really loved Rincon de la Vieja - definitely plan a trip there enjoying the hot springs. If you're really adventurous, take a tour at Barra Honda caves - the hike to the cave was beautiful and the caves very different - but it was a workout.
14 people found this review helpful.
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Bernadette
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Academia de Espanol Nicoya

I have been studying Spanish for 2 years with Cervantes from Spain in their Albuqerque, NM location. I decided I needed help and a jump start so I decided to attend an immersion class with Academia de Espanol Nicoya. I took the class located in Samara, Costa Rica. It was an excellent experience. It was a one on one class and the Professor was very good and helped me review and nail down material I should have mastered in the 2 years with Cervantes. I was so impressed I decided to quit the Hispanic Cultural Center of NM Cervantes school and take on-line classes with Academia de Espanol Nicoya. The Instructors are customizing my classes so that I am reviewing what I should have learned but did not learn through Cervantes. I enjoy the class and I really enjoy my Instructors. This was a good decision for me and I hope to return to Costa Rica for a longer period of time but the next time I will go to the school in Nicoya.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
Horseback riding in Samara. It was very fun and the guide was very good but I had not ridden a horse in 20 years! It was a wonderful excursion but nerve-racking!
14 people found this review helpful.
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Laura
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Academia de Español Nicoya

I first attended Academia de Español Nicoya in 2016 with Indiana University. The quality of instruction along with the immersion that I received was excellent! They have great teachers who make learning a new language fun!! The school matches you with the teacher that works best for your Spanish language immersion! Within the immersion experience is the important aspect of family homestays. These families welcome you and sincerely want to help in the process of Spanish language acquisition! They use the phrase Pura Vida (pure life) which truly defines the people of Costa Rica! I especially liked the conversational walking tours of Nicoya! Academia de Español is situated in the historic town of Nicoya, Costa Rica, an area known as the Guanacaste region. Not only is this a fantastic Spanish language immersion school but due to its location, there is much do and experience in this beautiful province. The school organizes day excursions to Palo Verde which is an immense national park of unique biodiversity and to the cultural village of Guatil where pottery is still created in the pre columbian way. Importantly, there are wonderful beach communities nearby where the school can organize overnight excursions to places like Samara and Tamarindo. My first experience in this special part of the world was so memorable that I returned this past summer 2021!

14 people found this review helpful.
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Dennis
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Exceptional Spanish Immersive and Cultural Experience

If you desire a truly immersive language and cultural experience, this is best value and experience for your money! At this school you will walk everywhere and interact with the local people (Ticos/Ticas) and have access to the cafes (La Tortilleria, Canela Azul, etc) market, stores and the town. You may walk to the Olympic Training Center and pay $2 a day to swim in the outdoor Olympic Pool or use other athletic facilities. Living with a family, interacting with the local people and walking everywhere will require you to use the Spanish you are learning. Your hosts will cook daily for you and the food is great from locally sourced providers. There are a variety of activities such as cooking, hike (Cerro De La Cruz), latin dance classes, a trip to the beach at Samara (where there is also a campus of this school) and other activities. You will hear the troupes of Howler monkeys in the morning and evening and if fortunate (as I was) when hiking. The school has breaks during the morning with cafe (coffee) and fresh fruit. Finally, and most important are the staff; Priscilla, Gary, Alberto and others. They are warm, professional, knowledgeable and want to ensure you have a wonderful immersive experience and learn the language. I have taken on-line courses via Skype of 18 months, 75% cheaper than what you will pay in the states where you will pay, at minimum, $50 and hour. This is an exceptional program where you may either start on-line or travel to Nicoya then return home and continue your study and practice of Spanish or vice versa. An excellent program in a wonderful location!

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
Encountering a troupe of Howler monkeys crossing in the trees above me, within 10 feet, on Cerro De La Cruz.
11 people found this review helpful.

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