NRCSA: San Jose - Instituto Interamericano de Idiomas

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The campus is conveniently located in a quiet residential suburb just off a main bus route and within easy walking distance from bustling downtown San José. The University of Costa Rica is just half a mile away and there are restaurants, stores, t... read more

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The campus is conveniently located in a quiet residential suburb just off a main bus route and within easy walking distance from bustling downtown San José. The University of Costa Rica is just half a mile away and there are restaurants, stores, theaters, and malls in the surrounding area. With a dynamic approach to teaching Spanish through constant conversation practice is made possible by the high level of its teaching staff. Teachers have university degrees and are selected on the basis of their teaching experience and alert, active personalities.

Over the past 25 years, students have come from all over the world to study the NRCSA Center in San Jose, principally from North America and Europe. They are college students, teachers, business people, missionaries, military personnel, and diplomats among others. The participants arrive with different language backgrounds and expectations: some have no experience with Spanish at all; others have studied formally but have limited conversational skills while still others are fluent but want to improve their interaction with native speakers. Students may receive and send faxes from the school, with incoming faxes being free of charge, and e-mail accounts are available.

PROGRAMS
STANDARD GROUP
-20 group lessons/week
-50 minute classes
3-6 students per class

INTENSIVE GROUP
-30 group lessons/week
-50 minute classes
-3-6 students per class

GROUP + TUTORIAL
-20 group lessons/week
-3-6 students per class
-5 private tutor lessons/week
-50 minute classes

PRIVATE CLASSES
-15 hours of private classes/week
-50 minute classes

Group + Adventure
Four days of immersion Spanish language lessons followed by three days Adventure.

Classes are from Monday through Thursday and Adventure Friday through Sunday.

Quepos and Manuel Antonio National Park, on the ocean where you can put into practice what you have learned. Among the many additional adventure activities available there, you might consider these:

* Visiting Manuel Antonio National Park
* Horseback riding on the beach or in the mountains
* White water rafting (there are several rivers to choose from)
* Ocean, river or mangrove forest kayaking
* Canopy touring

Lodging is provided for the student in the home of a carefully selected Costa Rican family. Host families will provide a private room, breakfast and dinner. This arrangement will permit the student to continue practicing Spanish outside of the classroom while participating in the "Tico's" everyday life.

Participating families are chosen for their friendliness and helpfulness to the student. Most live within a 20 minute bus ride from the Institute, while a few are within walking distance. Lodging starts the day prior to the first day of classes and ends the day after your last day of class.

We can also provide a list of hotels and apartments for those students not wishing to participate in the homestay.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Custom
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