Spanish Immersion Program—Costa Rica | Guatemala | Peru

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Maximo Nivel offers the most intensive and professional Spanish immersion programs in Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Peru.

Our Native Spanish Program emphasizes oral communication and integrated skills development to help you really build your Spanish language proficiency—this is a great immersion experience.

Our native-speaking Spanish teachers are highly qualified professional instructors with years of experience.

Our Tandem Conversation program pairs Spanish program participants with our local English students for free conversation practice.

1. Earn university credit via our School of Record: California State University-Monterey Bay.
2. 1, 2, 3 or 4+ hours per day; Super intensive programs also available.
3. Free Tandem Conversation Program
4. Live with a host family, in an apartment, or in a hostel or hotel.
5. Preparation for the DELE Exam available.
6. Special add-on programs available: Surf School

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Reviews

98%
based on 45 reviews
  • Instruction 9.4
  • Support 9.7
  • Fun 9.5
  • Housing 9.6
  • Value 9.4
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Lakia
10/10

Perfecto!

Today is my last day at Maximo and I am truly sad to go home. I have spent the last 18 days in San Jose Costa Rica having the experience of my life! My teacher Azalea was the best! She made learning fun, was very descriptive and entertaining with her style of teaching which really made the 4 hours a day that we spent together most memorable. The staff here at Maximo are all smiles and truly great people. I have met many people from different countries and walks of life. My host mom was also very accomodating and kind. She did her very best to ensure that I was comfortable and never hungry! lol Overall I would rate my experience a 10/10 and I can´t wait to do it again!

How can this program be improved?
Overall everything was wonderful if I could add anything I would say to have more activities in the evening for the students in addition to the cooking and salsa class.
Yes, I recommend
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Marina
9/10

Spanish Classes

I was in San Jose, Costa Rica, for 6 weeks. I had Spanish classes for one hour everyday and I can say it was one of the best parts of my experience here! My Spanish improved a lot and I always looked forward my classes. Azalea was the best! I was happy I could be with her for all my weeks here! She brought different activities everyday, like a book to read or a vocabulary exercise, and we always had plenty of time to improve my convrsation skills. We became so close, she even took me to a museum for one class! Having one-to-one classes made the difference for me. Not only my teacher, but the whole Maximo team, were very atentive with me all the time, so it felt good having friendly people around everyday! I do recommend the classes! Pura vida!

Yes, I recommend
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Pasquale
10/10

Maximo Nivel: 15 week Immersion Program

I completed a 15-week internship throgh Maximo Nivel in San Jose, Costa Rica. With this program choice I also had a daily 1-hour one-on-one class with one of the Spanish teachers, Teddy. Teddy was very quick to pick out which aspects of my Spanish needed improving and was very good on improving my general level of Spanish, as well as my confidence in my own ability to speak the language. These classes, along with the Spanish speaking and bilingual members of the Maximo Nivel staff have helped my level of Spanish to improve and I am very grateful to all of the staff for this. I would recommend this program for anyone looking to improve their Spanish!

How can this program be improved?
In my opinion, these 15 weeks have been a great experience for me. I not only had an enjoyable stay but was able to improve my Spanish whilst also completing an internship. I have no recommendations and hope that the staff at Maximo Nivel keep up the good work.
Yes, I recommend
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Ean
10/10

Fantastic Program

My three weeks of Spanish classes flew by in Costa Rica. Everytime you arrive to the building, you will be greeted by the friendly faces of the local staff, who make every effort to make your stay as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. Activites like salsa classes, cooking classes, and pickup soccer games happen weekly, and even though my soccer skills are sub par compared to the locals, I had a great time. I looked foreward to my Spanish classes everyday, impressed at how fun and understandable my teacher Teddy was able to explain things.
I would highly reccomend Maximo Nivel programs.
Thanks so much,
Ean

Yes, I recommend
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Bernard
10/10

The Full Tour

I saw every Maximo Nivel campus and studied Spanish. They were all great places. My time in San Jose was good as well. My ride from the airport was prompt and courteous. My host family was ready for me and was helpful. They were a really nice family and the daughter was an angel. The projector screen was great and they let me watch my favorite basketball team on it. Everyone was very helpful at Maximo Nivel getting me where I needed to go. They really went above and beyond. The campus was clean and a nice size. My teacher Teddy was very funny and had a great method for teaching me Spanish. I learned a lot in a week. My trip to Arenal and Tabacon was great as well. I enjoyed my experience and would recommend it to everyone.

How can this program be improved?
Cheaper one on one learning courses. Possibly more eggs for breakfast instead of just toast. More group field trips and learning activities. Ways to help you meet more people on campus. Specific restaurant deals for people at Maximo Nivel. Specific group tours and projects with other people at Maximo Nivel.
Yes, I recommend
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Annelie
10/10

Great time in Costa Rica

Hi,

I`m Anni from Germany. I spent two weeks in Costa Rica to learn Spanish at Maximo Nivel. The first week I was in Quepos and attendet the Cosi Maximo Nivel School in Manuel Antonio. I really enjoyed my time! After clsses I went to the beautiful beaches to relax. The organisation at the school was great. In my second week I was in the capitel of Costa Rica, in San Jose. It`s a very interesting city! I learned a lot in my Spanish classes. After school I visited downtown and learned about the Costa Rican coffee production, which was very interesting! The school organized everything very well. I also liked my accomodation - I stayed at a very nice Costa Rican family.
I recommend to learn Spanish at Maximo Nivel!

Anni

Yes, I recommend
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Kelly
10/10

Clases de Español en Costa Rica

Yo estoy feliz que haya decidido tomar clases en máximo nivel. Aprendi mas en dos semanas de lo que jamas hubiera aprendido.
La clases estaban adecuadas a las habilidades de los esudiantese y hizo que la comunicacion con mi familia adoptiva fuera mucho mejor.

I am glad I decided to take classes through Miximo Nivel. I learned more in two weeksthan I thought possible. The classes were tailored to the students abilities and made it possible for me to communicate with my host family and at my volunteer site.

Yes, I recommend
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Rodney
10/10

Spanish Lessons and Volunteer-Costa Rica

I spent 1 week learning Spanish and teaching English. I took the 4 hour Spanish course and taught English for 2 hours.

The entire time there was a great experience. The Spanish teacher (Ana) was patient, easy to follow, and helpful. The class sizes are small. The program significantly improved my ability to understand the language when others are speaking.

Teaching English was great, as well. The students are highly motivated, which is satisfying.

The program is great and I will do it again.

How can this program be improved?
It would be helpful to have more detailed lesson plans for the teaching English volunteer project when the students are advanced.
Yes, I recommend
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Tierra
10/10

6 Week Spanish Program in Costa Rica

I spent 6 weeks in Costa Rica through COSI-Maximo Nivel in a Spanish immersion program. It was my first time outside of the United States and I couldn't have had a better experience. The teachers at COSI were amazing and extremely patient which was important to me because my Spanish was at the beginner level. The staff and teachers were very flexible and allowed us to add more activities to the curriculum that we felt would benefit our learning process. The staff were always available whenever I needed them and made sure everything went smoothly. There were extracurriculars such as cooking classes, soccer games, and salsa every Monday. My host family situation was organized as well and my host mom always made sure I had everything I needed. I met a lot of great people and made some awesome memories and I have this program to thank!

How can this program be improved?
The activities were sometimes during class, so try to have them at different times so more people can experience them! Other than that, everything was good.
Yes, I recommend
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Nicole
10/10

Spanish Study in San Jose

I took 3 spanish courses at Maximo Nivel in San Jose and it was an amazing experience. The staff is extremely helpful, my host family was amazing, and I got so much better at Spanish! There are also activities put on weekly and it is a very easy place to meet other students or volunteers. The location is wonderful, and there is a travel agency right next door that can provide excursions, bus tickets, etc. Highly recommend!!

Yes, I recommend
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maddie
10/10

Best Program Ever!

My time at Maximo Nivel, San Jose and Manuel Antonio, was one of the greatest experiences i have had out of the country. The program is well organized, and the teachers are excellent. Maximo is always there when you need them, and they really make sure your stay is as comfortable as it can get. The staff is very knowledgeable about the local areas. You never have the fear that something may go wrong with maximo, they always make sure everything runs smoothly. I spend two weeks in Costa Rica, with a program they host called Spanish camp, i have learned more Spanish in these two weeks, then a year of lessons prior.

Yes, I recommend
David
10/10

Awesome 6 Weeks Spent with Maximo

I took Spanish courses with Maximo Nivel in San Jose, Costa Rica for 6 weeks this summer and loved my time there. My language professors were great, which allowed me to improve more than I anticipated. I also was extremely impressed with the educational staff's ability and willingness to hear how classes are going for you, what you want to get out of them, and adapt within reason to make your experience better.
My home stay living situation was perfect for me. This is tougher to review because it will be different based on every family and each student is looking for and/or needs a different environment, but I do believe that Maximo Nivel does a quality job selecting host families and matching students with them.
The Maximo Nivel staff is so friendly and welcoming that I was sad saying goodbye to them at the end of the program. They care about you and your time in Costa Rica, work hard to do anything they can to help you, and always have a smile on their faces. I can't emphasize enough how wonderful of a team they have working together, and that will have a positive impact on your experience.
Also, Maximo offers some free events that are fun and a great way to learn new things and meet new people. We played soccer with other students and staff a few times, had a cooking lesson, and had salsa dancing classes every Monday night.
If you want to learn and practice Spanish, visiting Maximo Nivel in San Jose is a great way to do it!

Yes, I recommend
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Hannah
10/10

Spanish Literature Class

The best experience I've ever had. The class was so much fun, and I learned a ton both inside and outside the classroom. The professor was super nice, and she always made sure I understood the material before moving on, and I enjoyed the diversity of the assignments and the activities. Also, the employees at Máximo Nivel are incredibly nice and helpful with everything I needed. I don't know too many schools that would be willing to answer questions literally 24/7. I would definitely recommend this program to anyone who is thinking about traveling abroad, and I hope to return to the program myself in the near future!

Yes, I recommend
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Maria Rita
10/10

PURA VIDA

I had such a great time! Hope to be back soon! Btw, the food here in CR is really good! :) also I had the best teacher in the whole world, wich is Ana!! And I made wonderful friends as Chino and Ilda! I will never forget none of them! The experience of living the ''pura vida'' life was the most intense experience of my life. I'm grateful! Y con todo el español que aprendí aquí, yo pude practicar en otros lugares y me di cuenta como lo desarrolle en 3 meses!!!!!!!!!!!

Yes, I recommend
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Ann
10/10

Great Program!

After extensive research into language immersion programs we chose Maximo because of their professional website, quick responses to our emails with questions and online reviews. We are very happy that we did. There are things we would do differently should we chose to do a language immersion program again - but we will go with Maximo - or one they recommend if they don't have a program in the area we want to go to. They are very professional and supportive - they encourage you to ask questions and bring them any concerns immediately. We loved our home stay and have made life long friends. The last week we were there we traveled through their recommended agency and appreciated that Maximo kept tabs on us and confirmed that we had a good time.

How can this program be improved?
Since we had no Spanish speaking ability we wish we could have spent more time on survival Spanish phrases at the beginning of the program.
Yes, I recommend

About Maximo Nivel

Máximo Nivel (Maximum Level)—The Intercultural Center of Latin America

Máximo Nivel is a family-owned, social enterprise founded in 2003. Our three intercultural centers are locally-based organizations focused on international education and cross...