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 164 328
2  Weeks 328 656
3  Weeks 492 984
4  Weeks 577 1153
5  Weeks 717 1434
6  Weeks 858 1715
7  Weeks 998 1996
8  Weeks 1139 2277
9  Weeks 1280 2559
10 Weeks 1420 2840
11 Weeks 1561 3121
12 Weeks 1701 3402
16 Weeks 2263 4526
20 Weeks 2826 5651
24 Weeks 3388 6775
28 Weeks 3950 7899
32 Weeks 4512 9024
36 Weeks 5074 10148
40 Weeks 5637 11273
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 164 328
2  Weeks 328 656
3  Weeks 492 984
4  Weeks 577 1153
5  Weeks 717 1434
6  Weeks 858 1715
7  Weeks 998 1996
8  Weeks 1139 2277
9  Weeks 1280 2559
10 Weeks 1420 2840
11 Weeks 1561 3121
12 Weeks 1701 3402
16 Weeks 2263 4526
20 Weeks 2826 5651
24 Weeks 3388 6775
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 577
2  Weeks 1153
3  Weeks 1729
4  Weeks 2010
5  Weeks 2512
6  Weeks 3013
7  Weeks 3514
8  Weeks 4016
9  Weeks 4517
10 Weeks 5018
11 Weeks 5519
12 Weeks 6021
16 Weeks 8026
20 Weeks 10031
24 Weeks 12036
28 Weeks 14041
32 Weeks 16047
36 Weeks 18052
40 Weeks 20057
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 577
2  Weeks 1153
3  Weeks 1729
4  Weeks 2010
5  Weeks 2512
6  Weeks 3013
7  Weeks 3514
8  Weeks 4016
9  Weeks 4517
10 Weeks 5018
11 Weeks 5519
12 Weeks 6021
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 328 492 577  
2  Weeks 656 984 1153  
3  Weeks 984 1476 1729  
4  Weeks 1153 1729 2010  
5  Weeks 1434 2151 2512  
6  Weeks 1715 2573 3013  
7  Weeks 1996 2994 3514  
8  Weeks 2277 3416 4016  
9  Weeks 2559 3838 4517  
10 Weeks 2840 4259 5018  
11 Weeks 3121 4681 5519  
12 Weeks 3402 5102 6021  
16 Weeks 4526 6789 8026  
20 Weeks 5651 8476 10031  
24 Weeks 6775 10162 12036  
28 Weeks 7899 11849 14041  
32 Weeks 9024 13535 16047  
36 Weeks 10148 15222 18052  
40 Weeks 11273 16909 20057  
Lessons per week 5
1  Week 164      
2  Weeks 328      
3  Weeks 492      
4  Weeks 577      
5  Weeks 717      
6  Weeks 858      
7  Weeks 998      
8  Weeks 1139      
9  Weeks 1280      
10 Weeks 1420      
11 Weeks 1561      
12 Weeks 1701      
16 Weeks 2263      
20 Weeks 2826      
24 Weeks 3388      
28 Weeks 3950      
32 Weeks 4512      
36 Weeks 5074      
40 Weeks 5637      
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 328 492 577  
2  Weeks 656 984 1153  
3  Weeks 984 1476 1729  
4  Weeks 1153 1729 2010  
5  Weeks 1434 2151 2512  
6  Weeks 1715 2573 3013  
7  Weeks 1996 2994 3514  
8  Weeks 2277 3416 4016  
9  Weeks 2559 3838 4517  
10 Weeks 2840 4259 5018  
11 Weeks 3121 4681 5519  
12 Weeks 3402 5102 6021  
Lessons per week 5
1  Week 164      
2  Weeks 328      
3  Weeks 492      
4  Weeks 577      
5  Weeks 717      
6  Weeks 858      
7  Weeks 998      
8  Weeks 1139      
9  Weeks 1280      
10 Weeks 1420      
11 Weeks 1561      
12 Weeks 1701      
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 week174150
2 weeks347300
3 weeks521450
4 weeks624539
5 weeks778670
6 weeks933802
7 weeks1087933
8 weeks12421064
12 weeks18601589
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 week174150
2 weeks347300
3 weeks521450
4 weeks624539
5 weeks778670
6 weeks933802
7 weeks1087933
8 weeks12421064
12 weeks18601589
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 weeks745
5 weeks969
6 weeks1193
7 weeks1417
8 weeks1641
12 weeks2537
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 weeks745
5 weeks969
6 weeks1193
7 weeks1417
8 weeks1641
12 weeks2537
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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