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
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
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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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 169 338
2  Weeks 338 676
3  Weeks 507 1014
4  Weeks 594 1187
5  Weeks 739 1477
6  Weeks 883 1766
7  Weeks 1028 2056
8  Weeks 1173 2345
9  Weeks 1318 2635
10 Weeks 1462 2924
11 Weeks 1607 3214
12 Weeks 1752 3503
16 Weeks 2331 4661
20 Weeks 2910 5819
24 Weeks 3489 6977
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 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 594
2  Weeks 1187
3  Weeks 1781
4  Weeks 2070
5  Weeks 2587
6  Weeks 3103
7  Weeks 3619
8  Weeks 4136
9  Weeks 4652
10 Weeks 5168
11 Weeks 5684
12 Weeks 6201
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, 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 338 507 594  
2  Weeks 676 1014 1187  
3  Weeks 1014 1520 1781  
4  Weeks 1187 1781 2070  
5  Weeks 1477 2215 2587  
6  Weeks 1766 2649 3103  
7  Weeks 2056 3084 3619  
8  Weeks 2345 3518 4136  
9  Weeks 2635 3952 4652  
10 Weeks 2924 4386 5168  
11 Weeks 3214 4821 5684  
12 Weeks 3503 5255 6201  
Lessons per week 5
1  Week 169      
2  Weeks 338      
3  Weeks 507      
4  Weeks 594      
5  Weeks 739      
6  Weeks 883      
7  Weeks 1028      
8  Weeks 1173      
9  Weeks 1318      
10 Weeks 1462      
11 Weeks 1607      
12 Weeks 1752      
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 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:

  • 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 18+
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
Course Start Any Monday
Prices 2015 Show
Lessons per week 10 15 20
1  Week 338 507 594  
2  Weeks 676 1014 1187  
3  Weeks 1014 1520 1781  
4  Weeks 1187 1781 2070  
5  Weeks 1477 2215 2587  
6  Weeks 1766 2649 3103  
7  Weeks 2056 3084 3619  
8  Weeks 2345 3518 4136  
9  Weeks 2635 3952 4652  
10 Weeks 2924 4386 5168  
11 Weeks 3214 4821 5684  
12 Weeks 3503 5255 6201  
Lessons per week 5
1  Week 169      
2  Weeks 338      
3  Weeks 507      
4  Weeks 594      
5  Weeks 739      
6  Weeks 883      
7  Weeks 1028      
8  Weeks 1173      
9  Weeks 1318      
10 Weeks 1462      
11 Weeks 1607      
12 Weeks 1752      
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      

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 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
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 week179155
2 weeks358309
3 weeks536464
4 weeks642555
5 weeks801690
6 weeks961826
7 weeks1120961
8 weeks12791096
12 weeks19161636
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
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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