Why choose Intercultura?

INTERCULTURA COSTA RICA Spanish Schools with two beautiful custom-designed campuses – city and beachfront - were founded in 1993 with the aim to provide high-quality and a variety of Spanish immersion programs for all ages, nationalities and Spanish levels. Our programs go above all standards. With our two high-contrast locations we offer students the opportunity to learn AND live the Spanish language and Costa Rican culture through our:

  • Conversation-focused Spanish classes are dynamic and interactive
  • Free daily activities: Latin dance, yoga, cooking, films, Zumba, arts.
  • Homestay families are within walking distance of the school.
  • Outstanding quality of our academics (we are the only language school in Costa Rica recognized by the United Nations’ Global Compact) and have been chosen by Duke, UNC, University of Connecticut and others for study abroad programmes.
  • Friendly atmosphere, personalized approach and attention to detail
  • Commitment to sustainable community development (we co-run a non-profit program for local children, among other projects).

Take a look at our Heredia City Campus - from a student’s perspective:

SMALL CLASSES & COMMUNICATIVE APPROACH:

Our dynamic and intensive group classes contain a maximum of 6 students. By using the communicative approach of teaching we completely engage our students and put them on the road to language success.

GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY & VOLUNTEERING

In addition to helping students learn Spanish, Intercultura is also committed to contributing to responsible and sustainable development in the communities that host us. Approximately 3% of students' tuition fees is used to fund community development initiatives, environmental projects, cultural outreach events and to provide supplemental educational opportunities to local communities and staff members.

With our well established volunteer projects throughout the country and experienced volunteer coordinators on-site, Intercultura offers great and unique volunteer opportunities for all students who have completed a Spanish course with us. You can volunteer your time in the areas of education, social work, animal protection and environmental conservation.

UNITED NATIONS RECOGNITION:

Intercultura is also the first academic institution in Costa Rica to gain official recognition as a partner in the UN Global Compact, upholding the principles of sustainable development and corporate responsibility in human rights, labor laws and environmental practices.

Programs taught in:
  • English

This school also offers:

Courses

Intercultura Costa Rica

Our Spanish immersion program provides a complete Spanish immersion opportunity, Our program is based on four integrated components: daily classes, daily cultural activit ... [+]

Our Spanish classes are dynamic, fun and involve a wide variety of authentic learning activities appropriate for all learning styles, culture, and ages. Our program covers the six different levels established by the European Frame of Reference for Language Learning. Students usually stay at each level (or unit) for about two to three weeks, for a total of 12-16 weeks needed to go from complete beginner to high-advanced proficiency. Students learn to speak in meaningful, real-life situations that teach them to communicate appropriately in a social and linguistic context. Our syllabus and framework for class sessions are tailored to the needs of students in an immersion program and are designed to integrate cultural activities into the learning process. Ecological trips, community interviews, and other activities help students practice Spanish "en vivo" with local Costa Ricans. Spanish Class Options Hours/Week Description STANDARD GROUP - max. of 6 students per classroom 20 4 hours per day, Mo - Fr, with two 15 minute breaks Small group classes (min. 2, max. 6 students). Classes containing only 1 student will be reduced to 3 hours per day instead of 4. Classes are offered for all levels on the following schedules: Historic Heredia Campus: mornings (8:30 am - 12:30 pm), or in the afternoons (1:30 pm - 5:30 pm) depending on your Spanish level. CLASSES ALTERNATE WEEKLY. Sámara Beachfront Campus: in the mornings (8:00 am - 12:00pm) AND afternoons (1:00pm - 5:00pm). CLASSES ALTERNATE DAILY. Intensive Group + Private 25/30 Mo - Fr: 20... [-]
Costa Rica Heredia Sámara
Open Enrollment
Full-time
1 - 16 weeks
Campus
Intercultura Costa Rica

Our Heredia city campus has recently become an official SIELE examination center where students can take their SIELE exam and take classes beforehand to prepare themselve ... [+]

Our Heredia city campus has recently become an official SIELE examination center where students can take their SIELE exam and take classes beforehand to prepare themselves accordingly. Our accredited Spanish courses are in line with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

What is SIELE?

SIELE stands for Servicio International de Evaluación de la Lengua Española and is the most recognized Spanish proficiency certificate in the world, and is endorsed by the Instituto Cervantes, Universidad Autónoma de México, Universidad de Salamanca, and Universidad de Buenos Aires.

It is used to certify Spanish levels according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) and to improve the employability of students.... [-]

Costa Rica Heredia Sámara
Open Enrollment
Full-time
Campus
Intercultura Costa Rica

Want to learn more than just Spanish?! Are you looking to combine Spanish immersion classes with a volunteer project, private surf or latin dance classes or are you a med ... [+]

Spanish & Volunteering

If you are interested in volunteering in Costa Rica, exploring Latin American culture and local communities, and spending some of your time abroad dedicated to helping others, then Intercultura Language School is your best choice.

Our projects focus on development, education, health, social work, and the environment. We offer volunteer opportunities for adults, 18 years of age or older who can commit to at least 2 to 4 weeks of Spanish classes and at least another 2-4 weeks at the volunteer project. Time commitment and required Spanish level vary amongst the projects.

We invite you to participate in our programs and contribute to cultural understanding through the global exchange, awareness, and social & environmental development in Latin America. Your experience will deepen your understanding of both your own and Costa Rican culture, and it will undoubtedly change the way you see the world and your place in it.... [-]

Costa Rica Heredia Sámara
Open Enrollment
Full-time
1 - 12 weeks
Campus