COSI San Jose
COSI San Jose

Language School COSI - Maximo Nivel

In San Jose we recommend the Costa Rica Spanish Institute (COSI). 

The school is located in San Pedro, a university area with easy access to banks, public transportation, shopping, movie cinemas, and restaurants.

COSI strives to be one of the best language schools in Latin America by offering high-quality, personalised courses at a reasonable price. We offer personalized attention in a professional, friendly atmosphere with modern facilities and equipment in pleasant, clean classrooms.

Founded in
1994
School Size
Small
Internet
8 computers at the school, free wifi
Location
Safe, quiet suburb 10min from city centre

Activities Show
TypeDescription
Afternoon & EveningCartago/Lankester Gardens, Heredia (city of flowers), Volcan Poas.
WeekendWhite water rafting, Tortuga Island.

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Testimonials Show
Itzhak Helman (Israel)COSI is great because the teachers work according to the needs of the student. The experience is very pleasant and very relaxed. It’s fun!!! 
Itzhak Helman (Israel)
Caroline W (USA)COSI is an outstanding school for anyone with the desire of learn or improve their Spanish.Teachers are excellent, patient, and motivating. The staff was always willing to assist in any way possible.COSI is a fantastic, friendly and reliable school. I hope to return one day soon. 
Caroline W (USA)
Robert K. (PhD)What I like about COSI is the attention that the entire staff demonstrates with regard to all aspects of the study abroad experience. The classes, housing and tour arrangements could not be any better. Since I take students from the United States to Costa Rica every year, I had to find a well established institute with reliable personnel. After interviewing directors from various schools as well as visiting their premises, I had no difficulty choosing COSI. Their staff will do everything possible to help the student master the Spanish language in a very friendly environment. They are also there to help in any situation that may arise. My students and I are thoroughly satisfied.
Robert K. (PhD)

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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
17 classrooms, cafeteria with snacks and free coffee/tea, computer room, free internet and material.

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Quality Score Show
Teaching 4.3
Service 4.6
Facilities 4.3
Activities 3.8
Value for Money 4.1
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 167 333
2  Weeks 333 666
3  Weeks 500 999
4  Weeks 585 1170
5  Weeks 728 1456
6  Weeks 871 1741
7  Weeks 1013 2026
8  Weeks 1156 2311
9  Weeks 1299 2597
10 Weeks 1441 2882
11 Weeks 1584 3167
12 Weeks 1727 3453
16 Weeks 2297 4594
20 Weeks 2868 5735
24 Weeks 3438 6876
28 Weeks 4009 8017
32 Weeks 4580 9159
36 Weeks 5150 10300
40 Weeks 5721 11441
Lessons per week 10 20
1  Week 175 350
2  Weeks 350 700
3  Weeks 525 1050
4  Weeks 615 1230
5  Weeks 765 1530
6  Weeks 915 1830
7  Weeks 1065 2130
8  Weeks 1215 2430
9  Weeks 1365 2730
10 Weeks 1515 3030
11 Weeks 1665 3330
12 Weeks 1815 3630
16 Weeks 2415 4830
20 Weeks 3015 6030
24 Weeks 3615 7230
28 Weeks 4215 8430
32 Weeks 4815 9630
36 Weeks 5415 10830
40 Weeks 6015 12030

Prices 2016 Show
Lessons per week 10 20
1  Week 167 333
2  Weeks 333 666
3  Weeks 500 999
4  Weeks 585 1170
5  Weeks 728 1456
6  Weeks 871 1741
7  Weeks 1013 2026
8  Weeks 1156 2311
9  Weeks 1299 2597
10 Weeks 1441 2882
11 Weeks 1584 3167
12 Weeks 1727 3453
16 Weeks 2297 4594
20 Weeks 2868 5735
24 Weeks 3438 6876
Lessons per week 10 20
1  Week 175 350
2  Weeks 350 700
3  Weeks 525 1050
4  Weeks 615 1230
5  Weeks 765 1530
6  Weeks 915 1830
7  Weeks 1065 2130
8  Weeks 1215 2430
9  Weeks 1365 2730
10 Weeks 1515 3030
11 Weeks 1665 3330
12 Weeks 1815 3630
16 Weeks 2415 4830
20 Weeks 3015 6030
24 Weeks 3615 7230

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 585
2  Weeks 1170
3  Weeks 1755
4  Weeks 2040
5  Weeks 2549
6  Weeks 3058
7  Weeks 3567
8  Weeks 4076
9  Weeks 4584
10 Weeks 5093
11 Weeks 5602
12 Weeks 6111
16 Weeks 8146
20 Weeks 10181
24 Weeks 12216
28 Weeks 14251
32 Weeks 16286
36 Weeks 18322
40 Weeks 20357
Lessons per week 20+10
1  Week 615
2  Weeks 1230
3  Weeks 1845
4  Weeks 2145
5  Weeks 2680
6  Weeks 3215
7  Weeks 3750
8  Weeks 4285
9  Weeks 4820
10 Weeks 5355
11 Weeks 5890
12 Weeks 6425
16 Weeks 8565
20 Weeks 10705
24 Weeks 12845
28 Weeks 14985
32 Weeks 17125
36 Weeks 19265
40 Weeks 21405

Prices 2016 Show
Lessons per week 20+10
1  Week 585
2  Weeks 1170
3  Weeks 1755
4  Weeks 2040
5  Weeks 2549
6  Weeks 3058
7  Weeks 3567
8  Weeks 4076
9  Weeks 4584
10 Weeks 5093
11 Weeks 5602
12 Weeks 6111
Lessons per week 20+10
1  Week 615
2  Weeks 1230
3  Weeks 1845
4  Weeks 2145
5  Weeks 2680
6  Weeks 3215
7  Weeks 3750
8  Weeks 4285
9  Weeks 4820
10 Weeks 5355
11 Weeks 5890
12 Weeks 6425

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 333 500 585  
2  Weeks 666 999 1170  
3  Weeks 999 1498 1755  
4  Weeks 1170 1755 2040  
5  Weeks 1456 2183 2549  
6  Weeks 1741 2611 3058  
7  Weeks 2026 3039 3567  
8  Weeks 2311 3467 4076  
9  Weeks 2597 3895 4584  
10 Weeks 2882 4323 5093  
11 Weeks 3167 4751 5602  
12 Weeks 3453 5179 6111  
16 Weeks 4594 6890 8146  
20 Weeks 5735 8602 10181  
24 Weeks 6876 10314 12216  
28 Weeks 8017 12026 14251  
32 Weeks 9159 13738 16286  
36 Weeks 10300 15449 18322  
40 Weeks 11441 17161 20357  
Lessons per week 5
1  Week 167      
2  Weeks 333      
3  Weeks 500      
4  Weeks 585      
5  Weeks 728      
6  Weeks 871      
7  Weeks 1013      
8  Weeks 1156      
9  Weeks 1299      
10 Weeks 1441      
11 Weeks 1584      
12 Weeks 1727      
16 Weeks 2297      
20 Weeks 2868      
24 Weeks 3438      
28 Weeks 4009      
32 Weeks 4580      
36 Weeks 5150      
40 Weeks 5721      
Lessons per week 10 15 20
1  Week 350 525 615  
2  Weeks 700 1050 1230  
3  Weeks 1050 1575 1845  
4  Weeks 1230 1845 2145  
5  Weeks 1530 2295 2680  
6  Weeks 1830 2745 3215  
7  Weeks 2130 3195 3750  
8  Weeks 2430 3645 4285  
9  Weeks 2730 4095 4820  
10 Weeks 3030 4545 5355  
11 Weeks 3330 4995 5890  
12 Weeks 3630 5445 6425  
16 Weeks 4830 7245 8565  
20 Weeks 6030 9045 10705  
24 Weeks 7230 10845 12845  
28 Weeks 8430 12645 14985  
32 Weeks 9630 14445 17125  
36 Weeks 10830 16245 19265  
40 Weeks 12030 18045 21405  
Lessons per week 5
1  Week 175      
2  Weeks 350      
3  Weeks 525      
4  Weeks 615      
5  Weeks 765      
6  Weeks 915      
7  Weeks 1065      
8  Weeks 1215      
9  Weeks 1365      
10 Weeks 1515      
11 Weeks 1665      
12 Weeks 1815      
16 Weeks 2415      
20 Weeks 3015      
24 Weeks 3615      
28 Weeks 4215      
32 Weeks 4815      
36 Weeks 5415      
40 Weeks 6015      

Prices 2016 Show
Lessons per week 10 15 20
1  Week 333 500 585  
2  Weeks 666 999 1170  
3  Weeks 999 1498 1755  
4  Weeks 1170 1755 2040  
5  Weeks 1456 2183 2549  
6  Weeks 1741 2611 3058  
7  Weeks 2026 3039 3567  
8  Weeks 2311 3467 4076  
9  Weeks 2597 3895 4584  
10 Weeks 2882 4323 5093  
11 Weeks 3167 4751 5602  
12 Weeks 3453 5179 6111  
Lessons per week 5
1  Week 167      
2  Weeks 333      
3  Weeks 500      
4  Weeks 585      
5  Weeks 728      
6  Weeks 871      
7  Weeks 1013      
8  Weeks 1156      
9  Weeks 1299      
10 Weeks 1441      
11 Weeks 1584      
12 Weeks 1727      
Lessons per week 10 15 20
1  Week 350 525 615  
2  Weeks 700 1050 1230  
3  Weeks 1050 1575 1845  
4  Weeks 1230 1845 2145  
5  Weeks 1530 2295 2680  
6  Weeks 1830 2745 3215  
7  Weeks 2130 3195 3750  
8  Weeks 2430 3645 4285  
9  Weeks 2730 4095 4820  
10 Weeks 3030 4545 5355  
11 Weeks 3330 4995 5890  
12 Weeks 3630 5445 6425  
Lessons per week 5
1  Week 175      
2  Weeks 350      
3  Weeks 525      
4  Weeks 615      
5  Weeks 765      
6  Weeks 915      
7  Weeks 1065      
8  Weeks 1215      
9  Weeks 1365      
10 Weeks 1515      
11 Weeks 1665      
12 Weeks 1815      

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 Max. 15 min walk. During the summer, some students might be placed a bit farther (approx. 10 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 week176153
2 weeks352305
3 weeks528457
4 weeks633547
5 weeks790680
6 weeks947814
7 weeks1104947
8 weeks12611080
12 weeks18881612
Room Single room Double room
Board Half board Half board
Bath Shared Bathroom Shared Bathroom
1 week185160
2 weeks370320
3 weeks555480
4 weeks665575
5 weeks830715
6 weeks995855
7 weeks1160995
8 weeks13251135
12 weeks19851695

Arrival: Sunday
Departure: Saturday
Prices 2016 Show
Room Single room Double room
Board Half board Half board
Bath Shared Bathroom Shared Bathroom
1 week176153
2 weeks352305
3 weeks528457
4 weeks633547
5 weeks790680
6 weeks947814
7 weeks1104947
8 weeks12611080
12 weeks18881612
Room Single room Double room
Board Half board Half board
Bath Shared Bathroom Shared Bathroom
1 week185160
2 weeks370320
3 weeks555480
4 weeks665575
5 weeks830715
6 weeks995855
7 weeks1160995
8 weeks13251135
12 weeks19851695

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
Travel time to the school 2 min. walk
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

San José the capital of the country and considered by many to be the "real" Costa Rica has many museums, theaters, international restaurants, discos and bars providing a lively enviroment during the week and an even better one on the weekends.

‘Ticos’ the nick nane for Costa Ricans, are extremely friendly and welcoming, so be sure to join in on some of the ‘fiestas’ and enjoy the local music, plays and dances at the remaining colonial theatres. The market places is also a must see.



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