COSI Manuel Antonio
COSI Manuel Antonio

Language School COSI

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
AATSP.

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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 4.3

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Nationality Balance Show

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Map

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 17+
Minimum Level Absolute Beginner
Lessons per Week 20, 10
Course Duration 1-24 weeks
Students per Class Average 2-3, max. 8
Schedule
  • Spanish classes: 8:00-12:00 or 13:00-17:00, Mon – Fri (mostly morning class)
  • 1 lesson = 45 min.
Course Start Any Monday
Prices 2015 Show
Lessons per week 10 20
1  Week 163 326
2  Weeks 326 652
3  Weeks 489 977
4  Weeks 652 1153
5  Weeks 815 1437
6  Weeks 977 1721
7  Weeks 1140 2004
8  Weeks 1303 2288
9  Weeks 1466 2572
10 Weeks 1629 2856
11 Weeks 1792 3140
12 Weeks 1954 3424
16 Weeks 2606 4560
20 Weeks 3257 5695
24 Weeks 3908 6831
Lessons per week 10 20
1  Week 195 390
2  Weeks 390 780
3  Weeks 585 1170
4  Weeks 780 1380
5  Weeks 975 1720
6  Weeks 1170 2060
7  Weeks 1365 2400
8  Weeks 1560 2740
9  Weeks 1755 3080
10 Weeks 1950 3420
11 Weeks 2145 3760
12 Weeks 2340 4100
16 Weeks 3120 5460
20 Weeks 3900 6820
24 Weeks 4680 8180

B. Private tutoring (2014)

The 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, South American Spanish Culture, etc.

Age group 17+
Minimum Level Absolute Beginner
Lessons per Week 20
Course Duration 1-12 weeks
Students per Class 1
Schedule
  • Spanish classes: 8:00-12:00 or 13:00-17:00, Mon – Fri
  • 1 lesson = 45 min.
Course Start Any Monday
Prices 2015 Show
Lessons per week 10 20
1  Week 163 326
2  Weeks 326 652
3  Weeks 489 977
4  Weeks 652 1153
5  Weeks 815 1437
6  Weeks 977 1721
7  Weeks 1140 2004
8  Weeks 1303 2288
9  Weeks 1466 2572
10 Weeks 1629 2856
11 Weeks 1792 3140
12 Weeks 1954 3424
16 Weeks 2606 4560
20 Weeks 3257 5695
24 Weeks 3908 6831
Lessons per week 10 20
1  Week 195 390
2  Weeks 390 780
3  Weeks 585 1170
4  Weeks 780 1380
5  Weeks 975 1720
6  Weeks 1170 2060
7  Weeks 1365 2400
8  Weeks 1560 2740
9  Weeks 1755 3080
10 Weeks 1950 3420
11 Weeks 2145 3760
12 Weeks 2340 4100
16 Weeks 3120 5460
20 Weeks 3900 6820
24 Weeks 4680 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 17+
Minimum Level Absolute Beginner
Lessons per Week 20+10
Course Duration 1-12 weeks
Students per Class Mini-group classes: Ave. 2-3, Max. 8
Private classes: 1
Schedule
  • Minigroup classes: 8:00-12:00, Mon – Fri
  • Private classes: 13:15-15:15, Mon – Fri
  • 1 lesson = 45 min.
Course Start Any Monday
Prices 2015 Show
Lessons per week 20+10
1  Week 577
2  Weeks 1153
3  Weeks 1729
4  Weeks 2042
5  Weeks 2556
6  Weeks 3069
7  Weeks 3583
8  Weeks 4096
9  Weeks 4610
10 Weeks 5123
11 Weeks 5637
12 Weeks 6150
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, South American Spanish Culture, etc.

Age group 17+
Minimum Level Absolute Beginner
Lessons per Week 5, 10, 15, 20
Course Duration 1-12 weeks
Students per Class 1
Schedule
  • Spanish classes: 8:00-12:00 or 13:00-17:00, Mon – Fri
  • 1 lesson = 45 min.
Course Start Any Monday
Prices 2015 Show
Lessons per week 10 15 20
1  Week 326 489 577  
2  Weeks 652 977 1153  
3  Weeks 977 1466 1729  
4  Weeks 1153 1729 2042  
5  Weeks 1437 2155 2556  
6  Weeks 1721 2581 3069  
7  Weeks 2004 3006 3583  
8  Weeks 2288 3432 4096  
9  Weeks 2572 3858 4610  
10 Weeks 2856 4284 5123  
11 Weeks 3140 4710 5637  
12 Weeks 3424 5136 6150  
Lessons per week 5
1  Week 163      
2  Weeks 326      
3  Weeks 489      
4  Weeks 577      
5  Weeks 719      
6  Weeks 861      
7  Weeks 1002      
8  Weeks 1144      
9  Weeks 1286      
10 Weeks 1428      
11 Weeks 1570      
12 Weeks 1712      
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 Costa Rica while improving your Spanish proficiency.  For this reason, it is advised to take a volunteer placement in San Jose, but there are some off-site conservation placements as well. The volunteer program includes:

  • 2 hour group Spanish lessons per day for 4 weeks
  • 2-4 hours per day of volunteering
  • project orientaiton
  • airport pick-up
  • a shared 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 18+
Minimum Level Elementary 1 (A1)
Lessons per Week 20
Course Duration 8 weeks
Students per Class Max.8
Schedule Monday - Friday: 2 hours of Intensive Spanish Course + 2-4 hours of volunteering
Course Start Any Monday
Prices 2015 Show
Lessons per week 10 15 20
1  Week 326 489 577  
2  Weeks 652 977 1153  
3  Weeks 977 1466 1729  
4  Weeks 1153 1729 2042  
5  Weeks 1437 2155 2556  
6  Weeks 1721 2581 3069  
7  Weeks 2004 3006 3583  
8  Weeks 2288 3432 4096  
9  Weeks 2572 3858 4610  
10 Weeks 2856 4284 5123  
11 Weeks 3140 4710 5637  
12 Weeks 3424 5136 6150  
Lessons per week 5
1  Week 163      
2  Weeks 326      
3  Weeks 489      
4  Weeks 577      
5  Weeks 719      
6  Weeks 861      
7  Weeks 1002      
8  Weeks 1144      
9  Weeks 1286      
10 Weeks 1428      
11 Weeks 1570      
12 Weeks 1712      
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      

Host family

Host family

The homestay option is a great opportunity to live with a Costa Rican 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
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 2015 Show
Room Single room Double room
Board Half board Half board
Bath Shared Bathroom Shared Bathroom
1 week163142
2 weeks326284
3 weeks489426
4 weeks585510
5 weeks731635
6 weeks877760
7 weeks1023886
8 weeks11691011
12 weeks17541512
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
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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