Academia Tica

Learn Spanish in Coronado, Costa Rica

The Area & School

Coronado is just 7 miles outside of San Jose, but it feels like a world away. The town sits on the edge of the Braulio Carrillo National Park and is surrounded by the lush green jungles and mountains that Costa Rica is famous for. Outdoor enthusiasts will find a vast playground awaiting them near Coronado, with endless trails for biking, hiking, and horseback riding, just a short distance away. The National Park to the north is home to 185 square miles of terrain, with peaks as high as 9,800 ft. The park hosts a number of ecosystems and natural features, including tropical rain forests, cloud forests, rivers, waterfalls, and volcanoes. Coronado is a wonderful place to learn Spanish and have an authentic immersion experience.

The school itself sits in the center of Coronado, and houses 10 classrooms, large tropical gardens, and an on-site student residence. Free WiFi is available throughout the campus. There is also a lounge area, multiple study areas, a rec-room, and a computer lab. Students will also receive a free fitness club membership upon enrollment.

Spanish Courses

Standard 20 Spanish

20 small group Spanish immersion classes per week totaling 16 hours and 20 minutes. Each class is 50 minutes in length, courses are limited to a maximum of 6 students. All lessons are taught by native speakers and are accredited by the Instituto Cervantes.

Starts at $270 for one week

Intensive 30 Spanish

30 small group Spanish immersion classes + 10 Private one-on-one courses per week totaling 25 hours. Each class is 50 minutes in length, courses are limited to a maximum of 6 students. Private courses are taught one-on-one with an instructor. All lessons are taught by native speakers and are accredited by the Instituto Cervantes.

Starts at $505 for one week

Dele Exam Preparation

This courses consists of 20 group + 10 mini-group lessons per week focused on preparing for the DELE Spanish exam. The first 20 lessons each week will parallel the Standard 20 Spanish courses, while the 10 mini-group lessons will be focused specifically on DELE test prep. Students will learn test taking strategies, and have the opportunity to work through numerous practice exam problems. DELE Exam The DELE exam is the official Spanish language proficiency test, issued by the Instituto Cervantes in Madrid, Spain...

Starts at $375 for one week


Shared Apartment

(Private room, no meals) The shared apartments are located on the school campus, and are equipped with high speed internet, A/C, television, tropical gardens, kitchen and more. Students will have a private bedroom and shared common areas. Bed linen and weekly cleaning service is included.

Starts at $160 / week

Host Family

(Private room, half-board) Staying with a Costa Rican host family is the ideal way to learn Spanish in an immersion environment. Homestays are located 10-20 minutes from school and include breakfast and dinner daily. Each host family has been screened and selected by the accommodation staff at the school. Please note that host families will not provide WiFi.

Starts at $180 / week

Additional Details

The school will be closed on the following holidays:

  • April 2nd, 2015
  • April 3rd, 2015
  • May 1st, 2015
  • September 15th, 2015
  • October 12th, 2015
  • December 21st, 2015 through January 3rd, 2016

The school recommends students fly into Juan Santamaría - San Jose International Airport (SJO). Flights arrive daily into SJO from most international locations.

Getting to Coronado from San Jose

  • By Bus: The buses between San José and Coronado run every 20 minutes.
  • By Shuttle: A private shuttle can be arranged by the school for $45 USD
Max Group Class Size: 6.0 students per class
Max Capacity: 60 students
Adjusted Price of INT 20: $16.20 per class hour

The school organizes a variety of activities that are open to participation from all students. Students will be presented with a list of available activities each Monday, and there is no need to reserve in advance. Weekday activities are organized a few evenings per week and are usually free or cost between $5-10 USD. A sampling of these activities includes:

  • Visit to animal rescue centers
  • Biking
  • Horseback riding
  • Visits to active volcanoes and National Parks
  • Organic chocolate and coffee tasting tours
  • Club Los Jaúles pool and fitness center
  • Visit to San Isidro Neo-gothic church
  • Exploration excursion in San José city
  • Museum visits
  • Costa Rica cooking lessons, yoga and latin dance lessons

All courses at the school are accredited by the Instituto Cervantes in Madrid. This academy is the first private school in Costa Rica to achieve that distinction. All courses are taught by native speakers using an immersion style, meaning classes at every level are taught completely in Spanish. Group classes are limited to a maximum of 6 students.


It's easy for me to read Spanish so I don't need to work on this. Is there a lot of reading?

Generally, no. The classes focus on building a well rounded Spanish education, but there isn't a large focus on reading. You will be forced to learn vocabulary and use it in a real world context daily in the program. Most of the reading in the intensive Spanish courses is to spur a discussion (newspaper articles etc), or to understand a prompt for an assignment.

If you have classes starting every week, is there some sort of progression in the material being covered? How does that work?

Upon arrival, you will take a placement test and be assigned one of the sublevels based on the official DELE curriculum as prescribed by Instituto Cervantes in Madrid (A1,A2,B1,B2,C1,C2). Within each level, there is a recommeded number of weeks of intensive study to progress to the next level. So for example, if you placed into week 3 in B1, you would move to week 4 the next week, week 5 the following week and so on until you completed the B1 level. The programs at schools using the DELE format are designed so students can begin any week of the year, be placed in a class with students of a similar level and progress accordingly.