Intensive Spanish Immersion Program in Heredia, Costa Rica

Costa Rica
1 to 8 weeks
Host Family Hostel Hotel
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About This Program

Tico Lingo offers the most personalized and immersive Spanish programs in Costa Rica. We offer students a relaxed learning environment with small classrooms, free coffee, and good vibes.

Our Intensive Spanish Immersion Program aims to give students linguistic fluency through cultural immersion and an intensive Spanish curriculum. We emphasize oral communication and application by connecting students directly to the local community through conversational classes and homestay accommodation.


  • Flexible Start Dates
  • Non-Toursty Environment
  • Fun Add-ons Available

Live life like a Costa Rican. Walk the streets, eat the food, hear the music, and speak the language of Costa Rica on a daily basis. Receive catered classes to your level to allow you to connect with locals immediately.

A Regular Day:

7:15 am - Eat a hearty Costa Rican breakfast with your homestay family

7:45 am - Walk to Tico Lingo, finish homework, and drink your morning coffee

8:00 am - Start Spanish class with your professor and classmates (no more than 5 to a classroom)

10:00 am - Enjoy a short break and refill on coffee

10:15 am - Return to class

12:00 pm - Finish class and participate in program activities like yoga, dance, and/or cooking class

1:15 pm - Leave the school and walk through Heredia to find your favorite local restaurant. Spend time speaking with locals, studying material, and connecting to the local community.

4:00 pm - Return to homestay to spend time with your family

6:00 pm - Enjoy a homecooked Costa Rican dinner, complete homework, and relax at home

What's Included
Some Meals
What's Included (Extra)

Class materials and local city map
Airport pickup from SJO

What's Not Included
Domestic Airfare
Some Meals

Tico Lingo provides each student the opportunity to live with a local family located within walking distance of the school. Each homestay family offers students endless occasions to practice “real life” Spanish. Beyond the benefits to students, the program also benefits the local families involved with the program. 90% of student payment goes directly to the families hosting.

Housing includes a private room, laundry service, breakfast, dinner, and wifi.

Costa Rican cuisine is known to be nutritionally well rounded, meals are always cooked from scratch, and loaded with the many exotic fruits and vegetables readily available locally. Traditional meals have a home-cooked, comforting feel to them and with the Homestay Program, you’ll be given two meals a day, breakfast and dinner.

Hosted by Tico Lingo

Located two hours from the Pacific ocean and three hours from the Caribbean, Tico Lingo offers a complete Spanish immersion program curated by our expert Spanish professors. Utilizing groups of no more than six students per class, we submerse out...

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1 Week
$495 USD
2 Weeks
$890 USD
3 Weeks
$1335 USD
4 Weeks
$1780 USD
5 Weeks
$2225 USD
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6 Weeks
$2670 USD
7 Weeks
$3115 USD
8 Weeks
$3560 USD
9 Weeks
$4005 USD
10 Weeks
$4450 USD
11 Weeks
$4895 USD
12 Weeks
$5340 USD
13 Weeks
$5785 USD
14 Weeks
$6230 USD
15 Weeks
$6675 USD
16 Weeks
$7120 USD
17 Weeks
$7565 USD
18 Weeks
$8010 USD
19 Weeks
$8455 USD
20 Weeks
$8900 USD
21 Weeks
$9345 USD
22 Weeks
$9790 USD
23 Weeks
$10235 USD
24 Weeks
$10680 USD


based on 32 reviews
  • Instruction 9.7
  • Support 9.8
  • Fun 9.4
  • Housing 9.6
  • Value 9.7
  • Academics 10
  • Support 10
  • Fun 10
  • Housing 10
  • Safety 10
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An Unforgettable Experience

I was in Costa Rica for a yoga retreat and wanted to spend about three extra weeks in this beautiful country trying to advance my very limited Spanish language skills. I am so happy I found Tico Lingo. Chris, the owner, gave me an excellent rate and my teacher, Freddie, taught me so much more than any college or high school level Spanish class ever did. Heredia is a beautiful town -- very non-touristy. It was perfect for me. I wanted to actually learn the language and the residents and shop owners provided plenty of opportunities for practice. As my knowledge of the language grew, so too did my confidence. It was such a rewarding experience and one that I will never forget. Thank you, Tico Lingo!

How can this program be improved?
I love the structure of the learning day -- classes in the morning and activities in the afternoon. Honestly, I can't think of anything I'd change.
Response from Tico Lingo

Great Review Leila!

Thanks so much for the kind words! It was quite fantastic to see your Spanish skills sky-rocket just over those first few days. It must have been your strong background in English and writing that led to you really picking up Spanish so quickly. Really was something cool to see!

Hope to see you back down here again soon! We're growing our yoga program down here and are hoping to offer different practices to the roster over the next month or so! Would love to have you down again to check them out!

¡Gracias por venir Leila! ¡Esperemos verte de nuevo pronto!


Yes, I recommend this program
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Awesome School, Great Classes, Relaxed Atmosphere

I loved my experience at Tico Lingo!. I learned Spanish enough to have conversations with locals within 3 weeks! I had been doing DuoLingo on my phone for 3 months and got no where near this far. I was placed with an excellent host family who loved me as their own. I couldn't believe how open, loving, and relaxed this family was. So so different than my family back in New York...

I made some lasting relationships with people I met there from all over the globe! My new bestie (from Germany) and I went out dancing in Heredia almost every other night! It was fantastic.

The teachers are professional, knowledgeable and friendly and the school made it easy to take fun side trips around the country as well. We went out to a volcano, took a beach trip, and visited some locals out in the mountains. It was really an incredibly expereince that I wont forget! Thanks guys!

How can this program be improved?
I really don't think I'd change anything in the program. I learned so much and had such lasting experiences with the people at Tico Lingo, I can't imagine changing anything.
Response from Tico Lingo

So awesome Connor! Great to hear your travels South have been successful!

Thanks so much for the kind words!

¡Buen viaje amigo!

Yes, I recommend this program

Questions & Answers

Tico Lingo would definitely be worth your time and money. I am 58 years old and did not feel out of place even though most students are in their 20s. Rather than participate in the school's weekend and evening social activities, I did my own exploring of San Jose and surrounding areas. Also did some fun things with my Tico host family. Being young at heart is the key to success.
I'm so glad I decided to stay with a family during my studies at Tico Lingo. I can be pretty introverted at times, so I was nervous about living with a family that expected me to socialize. My homestay mom was super outgoing and friendly, but she always respected my space and wouldn't get offended if I didn't take up her offer to go out to karaoke. But really that was kind of the best part- she...


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