COSI San Jose
COSI San Jose

Language School COSI

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 4
Value for Money 4.1
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 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 2014 Show
Lessons per week 20
1  Week 285
2  Weeks 561
3  Weeks 762
4  Weeks 976
5  Weeks 1214
6  Weeks 1453
7  Weeks 1691
8  Weeks 1930
9  Weeks 2168
10 Weeks 2407
11 Weeks 2645
12 Weeks 2884
16 Weeks 3838
20 Weeks 4792
24 Weeks 5747
Lessons per week 20
1  Week 340
2  Weeks 670
3  Weeks 910
4  Weeks 1165
5  Weeks 1450
6  Weeks 1735
7  Weeks 2020
8  Weeks 2305
9  Weeks 2590
10 Weeks 2875
11 Weeks 3160
12 Weeks 3445
16 Weeks 4585
20 Weeks 5725
24 Weeks 6865

Prices 2015 Show
Lessons per week 10 20
1  Week 147 293
2  Weeks 293 586
3  Weeks 440 879
4  Weeks 586 1030
5  Weeks 733 1281
6  Weeks 879 1532
7  Weeks 1026 1783
8  Weeks 1172 2034
9  Weeks 1319 2286
10 Weeks 1465 2537
11 Weeks 1612 2788
12 Weeks 1758 3039
16 Weeks 2344 4043
20 Weeks 2930 5048
24 Weeks 3516 6052
Lessons per week 10 20
1  Week 175 350
2  Weeks 350 700
3  Weeks 525 1050
4  Weeks 700 1230
5  Weeks 875 1530
6  Weeks 1050 1830
7  Weeks 1225 2130
8  Weeks 1400 2430
9  Weeks 1575 2730
10 Weeks 1750 3030
11 Weeks 1925 3330
12 Weeks 2100 3630
16 Weeks 2800 4830
20 Weeks 3500 6030
24 Weeks 4200 7230

B. Private tutoring (2014)

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 2014 Show
Lessons per week 20
1  Week 515
2  Weeks 1013
3  Weeks 1432
4  Weeks 1796
5  Weeks 2248
6  Weeks 2700
7  Weeks 3152
8  Weeks 3604
9  Weeks 4056
10 Weeks 4508
11 Weeks 4960
12 Weeks 5412
Lessons per week 20
1  Week 615
2  Weeks 1210
3  Weeks 1710
4  Weeks 2145
5  Weeks 2685
6  Weeks 3225
7  Weeks 3765
8  Weeks 4305
9  Weeks 4845
10 Weeks 5385
11 Weeks 5925
12 Weeks 6465

Prices 2015 Show
Lessons per week 20
1  Week 515
2  Weeks 1013
3  Weeks 1432
4  Weeks 1796
5  Weeks 2248
6  Weeks 2700
7  Weeks 3152
8  Weeks 3604
9  Weeks 4056
10 Weeks 4508
11 Weeks 4960
12 Weeks 5412
Lessons per week 20
1  Week 615
2  Weeks 1210
3  Weeks 1710
4  Weeks 2145
5  Weeks 2685
6  Weeks 3225
7  Weeks 3765
8  Weeks 4305
9  Weeks 4845
10 Weeks 5385
11 Weeks 5925
12 Weeks 6465

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 2014 Show
Lessons per week 20+10
1  Week 515
2  Weeks 1013
3  Weeks 1432
4  Weeks 1796
5  Weeks 2248
6  Weeks 2700
7  Weeks 3152
8  Weeks 3604
9  Weeks 4056
10 Weeks 4508
11 Weeks 4960
12 Weeks 5412
Lessons per week 20+10
1  Week 615
2  Weeks 1210
3  Weeks 1710
4  Weeks 2145
5  Weeks 2685
6  Weeks 3225
7  Weeks 3765
8  Weeks 4305
9  Weeks 4845
10 Weeks 5385
11 Weeks 5925
12 Weeks 6465

Prices 2015 Show
Lessons per week 20+10
1  Week 515
2  Weeks 1030
3  Weeks 1545
4  Weeks 1796
5  Weeks 2244
6  Weeks 2691
7  Weeks 3139
8  Weeks 3587
9  Weeks 4035
10 Weeks 4483
11 Weeks 4930
12 Weeks 5378
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

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, dinner and laundry service 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 2014 Show
Room Single room Double room
Board Half board Half board
Bath Shared Bathroom Shared Bathroom
1 week147147
2 weeks273273
3 weeks390390
4 weeks519519
5 weeks645645
6 weeks771771
7 weeks896896
8 weeks10221022
12 weeks15241524
Room Single room Double room
Board Half board Half board
Bath Shared Bathroom Shared Bathroom
1 week175175
2 weeks325325
3 weeks465465
4 weeks620620
5 weeks770770
6 weeks920920
7 weeks10701070
8 weeks12201220
12 weeks18201820

Arrival: Sunday
Departure: Saturday
Prices 2015 Show
Room Single room Double room
Board Half board Half board
Bath Shared Bathroom Shared Bathroom
1 week155134
2 weeks310268
3 weeks465402
4 weeks557482
5 weeks695599
6 weeks833716
7 weeks971833
8 weeks1110950
12 weeks16621419
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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