COSI Manuel Antonio
COSI Manuel Antonio

Language School COSI - Maximo Nivel

In Manuel Antonio we recommend the Costa Rica Spanish Institute (COSI-Máximo Nivel). It is located on a hill with astonishing views overlooking the Pacific Ocean and just 3 kilometeres from the beach. COSI strives to be one of the best language schools in Latin America by offering high-quality, personalised courses at a reasonable price. At the school you will find excellent facilities to make you feel at home and an ideal setting to meet new friends from all over the world.

Public bus transfer to and from Manuel Antonio is included in the price (from San José, about 3 hours). Participants are grouped together on the 12 PM and 6 PM bus services to Manuel Antonio. The day of your departure for Manuel Antonio, you will be provided with your bus ticket.

Founded in
2000
School Size
Small
Internet
6 computers at the school, cost $3 per hour
Location
Near Quepos on a farm overlooking the sea

Activities Show
TypeDescription
Afternoon & EveningCooking lessons, Dancing lessons, Manuel Antonio National Park.
WeekendRafting Tour, Horse back riding Tour.

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Testimonials Show
A great staff and great teachers make for a great experience!
Allen Jones (USA)
Eric Vocking (Dutch)The teaching style, makes learning Spanish fast and fun. I really enjoyed the Spanish classes and Cultural activities.
Eric Vocking (Dutch)
The experience at COSI was wonderful. The staff was friendly and helpful! The activities planned and organized by the staff helped to enrich the experience.
Lauren C. (USA)

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Accreditation Show
NAFSA, ALTO.

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Official Holidays Show
Dec/25/2012, Jan/01/2013, Mar/28/2013, Mar/29/2013, May/01/2013, Aug/15/2013, Dec/25/2013, Jan/01/2014, Apr/11/2014, Apr/17/2014, Apr/18/2014, May/01/2014, Aug/15/2014, Sep/15/2014, Oct/12/2014, Dec/24/2014, Dec/25/2014, Dec/31/2014, Jan/01/2015

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Facilities Show
12 Classrooms, Internet Access, Fax and telephone, COSI Books and Materials supplied.

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Quality Score Show
Teaching 4.5
Service 4.5
Facilities 4.5
Activities 3.9
Value for Money 3.9
Accommodation 4.2

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Nationality Balance Show

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Small Group Classes

Small Group ClassesThe Mini-group course covers all of the four aspects of language learning (listening, speaking, reading and writing). Classes emphasize on oral communication to achieve specific goals. Teachers are rotated every week to ensure that the students are exposed to a variety of Spanish accents.

Age group 16+
Minimum Level Absolute Beginner
Lessons per Week 20, 10
Course Duration 1-40 weeks
Students per Class Average 2-3, max. 8
Schedule
  • Spanish classes: 09:00-13:00 or 14:00-18:00, Mon – Fri (mostly morning class)
  • 1 lesson = 55 min.
Course Start Any Monday
Prices 2016 Show
Fees In USD
Lessons per week 10 20
1  Week 178 356
2  Weeks 356 712
3  Weeks 534 1068
4  Weeks 630 1259
5  Weeks 785 1569
6  Weeks 940 1879
7  Weeks 1095 2189
8  Weeks 1250 2499
9  Weeks 1405 2809
10 Weeks 1560 3120
11 Weeks 1715 3430
12 Weeks 1870 3740
16 Weeks 2490 4980
20 Weeks 3110 6220
24 Weeks 3731 7461
Lessons per week 10 20
1  Week 195 390
2  Weeks 390 780
3  Weeks 585 1170
4  Weeks 690 1380
5  Weeks 860 1720
6  Weeks 1030 2060
7  Weeks 1200 2400
8  Weeks 1370 2740
9  Weeks 1540 3080
10 Weeks 1710 3420
11 Weeks 1880 3760
12 Weeks 2050 4100
16 Weeks 2730 5460
20 Weeks 3410 6820
24 Weeks 4090 8180

Small group + Private tutoring

Small group + Private tutoringOn this intensive program, students will take Mini-group lessons in the morning with other students and attend private lessons in the afternoon. During the private tuition, students can work on their specific needs such as vocabulary, pronunciation, etc.

Age group 16+
Minimum Level Absolute Beginner
Lessons per Week 20+10
Course Duration 1-40 weeks
Students per Class Mini-group classes: Ave. 2-3, Max. 8
Private classes: 1
Schedule Schedule sample:
  • Minigroup classes: 9:00-13:00, Mon – Fri
  • Private classes: 14:00-18:00, Mon – Fri
  • 1 lesson = 55 min.
The schedule of the combined program can be either in the morning or in the afternoon but not necessarily group classes in the morning and private in the afternoon.
Course Start Any Monday
Prices 2016 Show
Fees In USD
Lessons per week 20+10
1  Week 630
2  Weeks 1259
3  Weeks 1888
4  Weeks 2230
5  Weeks 2791
6  Weeks 3352
7  Weeks 3913
8  Weeks 4474
9  Weeks 5035
10 Weeks 5596
11 Weeks 6156
12 Weeks 6717
Lessons per week 20+10
1  Week 690
2  Weeks 1380
3  Weeks 2070
4  Weeks 2445
5  Weeks 3060
6  Weeks 3675
7  Weeks 4290
8  Weeks 4905
9  Weeks 5520
10 Weeks 6135
11 Weeks 6750
12 Weeks 7365

Private Classes

Private ClassesThe one-to-one course can be tailored precisely to the student's needs. This course is also suitable for students who are interested in Business Spanish, Medical Spanish, Latin American Culture, etc.

Minimum Level Absolute Beginner
Lessons per Week 5, 10, 15, 20
Course Duration 1-40 weeks
Students per Class 1
Schedule
  • Spanish classes: 9:00-13:00 or 14:00-18:00, Mon – Fri
  • 1 lesson = 55 min.
Course Start Any Monday
Prices 2016 Show
Fees In USD
Lessons per week 10 15 20
1  Week 356 534 630  
2  Weeks 712 1068 1259  
3  Weeks 1068 1601 1888  
4  Weeks 1259 1888 2230  
5  Weeks 1569 2353 2791  
6  Weeks 1879 2819 3352  
7  Weeks 2189 3284 3913  
8  Weeks 2499 3749 4474  
9  Weeks 2809 4214 5035  
10 Weeks 3120 4679 5596  
11 Weeks 3430 5144 6156  
12 Weeks 3740 5609 6717  
Lessons per week 5
1  Week 178      
2  Weeks 356      
3  Weeks 534      
4  Weeks 630      
5  Weeks 785      
6  Weeks 940      
7  Weeks 1095      
8  Weeks 1250      
9  Weeks 1405      
10 Weeks 1560      
11 Weeks 1715      
12 Weeks 1870      
Lessons per week 10 15 20
1  Week 390 585 690  
2  Weeks 780 1170 1380  
3  Weeks 1170 1755 2070  
4  Weeks 1380 2070 2445  
5  Weeks 1720 2580 3060  
6  Weeks 2060 3090 3675  
7  Weeks 2400 3600 4290  
8  Weeks 2740 4110 4905  
9  Weeks 3080 4620 5520  
10 Weeks 3420 5130 6135  
11 Weeks 3760 5640 6750  
12 Weeks 4100 6150 7365  
Lessons per week 5
1  Week 195      
2  Weeks 390      
3  Weeks 585      
4  Weeks 690      
5  Weeks 860      
6  Weeks 1030      
7  Weeks 1200      
8  Weeks 1370      
9  Weeks 1540      
10 Weeks 1710      
11 Weeks 1880      
12 Weeks 2050      

4+4 Study & Volunteer Program

4+4 Study & Volunteer ProgramThis program involves 4 weeks of intensive Spanish followed by 4 weeks of volunteering, giving you the opportunity to live and work in the country while improving your Spanish proficiency.  For this reason, it is advised to take a volunteer placement in the city you study in, but there are some off-site conservation placements as well. The volunteer program includes:

  • Intensive Spanish lessons for 4 weeks
  • 3-4 hours per day of volunteering
  • project orientaiton
  • airport pick-up
  • a single room with a host family
  • 2 meals per day (breakfast and dinner)
Programs can be extended to include additional Spanish and volunteering. Participants can ask for a certificate after the end of the program and letters of recommendation. 

Age group 17+
Minimum Level Elementary 1 (A1)
Lessons per Week 20
Course Duration 8 weeks
Students per Class Max.8
Schedule Monday - Friday: Intensive Spanish Course + 2-4 hours of volunteering. 09:00-13:00 and 14:00-18:00
Course Start Any Monday

Host family

Host family

The homestay option is a great opportunity to live with a local family. A private room, keys to the house, breakfast and dinner are all provided.

The school chooses the families according to their interest in sharing with foreigners and from the evaluations received from previous students.

Availability All year
Travel time to the school approx. 20 min by bus
Rooms Single room, Double room
Bath Shared Bathroom
Meal Options Half board
Kitchen No
Cleaning Yes
Laundry Not included
Towels Provided
Internet May be available, but is not guaranteed
Notes Age: 17+
Cleaning: weekly
Laundry: Not included. Students can pay the families $5/kilo for laundry or they can use private laundry services that are located close to the COSI-Maximo Nivel school.
Towels: no
Internet: no
Prices 2016 Show
Room Single room Double room
Board Half board Half board
Bath Shared Bathroom Shared Bathroom
1 week178156
2 weeks356311
3 weeks534466
4 weeks639557
5 weeks798694
6 weeks958830
7 weeks1118967
8 weeks12771104
12 weeks19161651
Room Single room Double room
Board Half board Half board
Bath Shared Bathroom Shared Bathroom
1 week195170
2 weeks390340
3 weeks585510
4 weeks700610
5 weeks875760
6 weeks1050910
7 weeks12251060
8 weeks14001210
12 weeks21001810

Arrival: Sunday
Departure: Saturday

Private Apartment

Private Apartment

Each apartment has a computer with internet access, refrigerator, stove, microwave oven, cooking utensils and TV. Room cleaning service is also provided.

Availability All year
Rooms Whole Apartment
Bath Private Bathroom
Meal Options no board
Kitchen Yes
Notes Age: 18+
Cleaning: weekly
Laundry facility: yes
Towels: no
Internet: yes
Prices 2016 Show
Room Whole Apartment
Board no board
Bath Private Bathroom
4 weeks726
5 weeks944
6 weeks1161
7 weeks1379
8 weeks1597
12 weeks2469
Room Whole Apartment
Board no board
Bath Private Bathroom
4 weeks795
5 weeks1034
6 weeks1273
7 weeks1512
8 weeks1751
12 weeks2707

Arrival: Saturday, Sunday
Departure: Same as entry day
City Info
This Pacific Ocean destination is a picture of white sandy beaches and an unspoilt natural paradise for nature lovers and students from all over the world. Manuel Antonio National Park has some of the best beaches on Costa Rica's coastline for swimming and snorkelling. The park is also wonderful for short walks or full-day hikes you may even see howler, squirrel, or white-faced monkeys, two-toed sloths, coatimundis, raccoons and iguanas! Plus there is over 350 species of birds and other animal species to keep an eye out for.

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