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 3.8
Value for Money 3.9
Accommodation 4.3

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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 2015 Show
Lessons per week 10 20
1  Week 186 371
2  Weeks 371 742
3  Weeks 557 1113
4  Weeks 657 1313
5  Weeks 818 1636
6  Weeks 980 1960
7  Weeks 1142 2283
8  Weeks 1303 2606
9  Weeks 1465 2930
10 Weeks 1627 3253
11 Weeks 1788 3576
12 Weeks 1950 3900
16 Weeks 2597 5193
20 Weeks 3243 6486
24 Weeks 3890 7780
28 Weeks 4537 9073
32 Weeks 5183 10366
36 Weeks 5830 11660
40 Weeks 6477 12953
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
28 Weeks 4770 9540
32 Weeks 5450 10900
36 Weeks 6130 12260
40 Weeks 6810 13620

Prices 2016 Show
Lessons per week 10 20
1  Week 186 371
2  Weeks 371 742
3  Weeks 557 1113
4  Weeks 657 1313
5  Weeks 818 1636
6  Weeks 980 1960
7  Weeks 1142 2283
8  Weeks 1303 2606
9  Weeks 1465 2930
10 Weeks 1627 3253
11 Weeks 1788 3576
12 Weeks 1950 3900
16 Weeks 2597 5193
20 Weeks 3243 6486
24 Weeks 3890 7780
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 2015 Show
Lessons per week 20+10
1  Week 657
2  Weeks 1313
3  Weeks 1969
4  Weeks 2326
5  Weeks 2911
6  Weeks 3495
7  Weeks 4080
8  Weeks 4665
9  Weeks 5250
10 Weeks 5835
11 Weeks 6420
12 Weeks 7005
16 Weeks 9344
20 Weeks 11684
24 Weeks 14023
28 Weeks 16362
32 Weeks 18702
36 Weeks 21041
40 Weeks 23381
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
16 Weeks 9825
20 Weeks 12285
24 Weeks 14745
28 Weeks 17205
32 Weeks 19665
36 Weeks 22125
40 Weeks 24585

Prices 2016 Show
Lessons per week 20+10
1  Week 657
2  Weeks 1313
3  Weeks 1969
4  Weeks 2326
5  Weeks 2911
6  Weeks 3495
7  Weeks 4080
8  Weeks 4665
9  Weeks 5250
10 Weeks 5835
11 Weeks 6420
12 Weeks 7005
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 2015 Show
Lessons per week 10 15 20
1  Week 371 557 657  
2  Weeks 742 1113 1313  
3  Weeks 1113 1670 1969  
4  Weeks 1313 1969 2326  
5  Weeks 1636 2454 2911  
6  Weeks 1960 2939 3495  
7  Weeks 2283 3424 4080  
8  Weeks 2606 3909 4665  
9  Weeks 2930 4394 5250  
10 Weeks 3253 4879 5835  
11 Weeks 3576 5364 6420  
12 Weeks 3900 5849 7005  
16 Weeks 5193 7789 9344  
20 Weeks 6486 9729 11684  
24 Weeks 7780 11669 14023  
28 Weeks 9073 13609 16362  
32 Weeks 10366 15549 18702  
36 Weeks 11660 17489 21041  
40 Weeks 12953 19429 23381  
Lessons per week 5
1  Week 186      
2  Weeks 371      
3  Weeks 557      
4  Weeks 657      
5  Weeks 818      
6  Weeks 980      
7  Weeks 1142      
8  Weeks 1303      
9  Weeks 1465      
10 Weeks 1627      
11 Weeks 1788      
12 Weeks 1950      
16 Weeks 2597      
20 Weeks 3243      
24 Weeks 3890      
28 Weeks 4537      
32 Weeks 5183      
36 Weeks 5830      
40 Weeks 6477      
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  
16 Weeks 5460 8190 9825  
20 Weeks 6820 10230 12285  
24 Weeks 8180 12270 14745  
28 Weeks 9540 14310 17205  
32 Weeks 10900 16350 19665  
36 Weeks 12260 18390 22125  
40 Weeks 13620 20430 24585  
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      
16 Weeks 2730      
20 Weeks 3410      
24 Weeks 4090      
28 Weeks 4770      
32 Weeks 5450      
36 Weeks 6130      
40 Weeks 6810      

Prices 2016 Show
Lessons per week 10 15 20
1  Week 371 557 657  
2  Weeks 742 1113 1313  
3  Weeks 1113 1670 1969  
4  Weeks 1313 1969 2326  
5  Weeks 1636 2454 2911  
6  Weeks 1960 2939 3495  
7  Weeks 2283 3424 4080  
8  Weeks 2606 3909 4665  
9  Weeks 2930 4394 5250  
10 Weeks 3253 4879 5835  
11 Weeks 3576 5364 6420  
12 Weeks 3900 5849 7005  
Lessons per week 5
1  Week 186      
2  Weeks 371      
3  Weeks 557      
4  Weeks 657      
5  Weeks 818      
6  Weeks 980      
7  Weeks 1142      
8  Weeks 1303      
9  Weeks 1465      
10 Weeks 1627      
11 Weeks 1788      
12 Weeks 1950      
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 2015 Show
Room Single room Double room
Board Half board Half board
Bath Shared Bathroom Shared Bathroom
1 week186162
2 weeks371324
3 weeks557486
4 weeks666581
5 weeks833723
6 weeks999866
7 weeks11651009
8 weeks13321151
12 weeks19981722
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
Prices 2016 Show
Room Single room Double room
Board Half board Half board
Bath Shared Bathroom Shared Bathroom
1 week186162
2 weeks371324
3 weeks557486
4 weeks666581
5 weeks833723
6 weeks999866
7 weeks11651009
8 weeks13321151
12 weeks19981722
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 2015 Show
Room Whole Apartment
Board no board
Bath Private Bathroom
4 weeks757
5 weeks984
6 weeks1211
7 weeks1438
8 weeks1666
12 weeks2575
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
Prices 2016 Show
Room Whole Apartment
Board no board
Bath Private Bathroom
4 weeks757
5 weeks984
6 weeks1211
7 weeks1438
8 weeks1666
12 weeks2575
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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