Spanish Language Schools in Costa Rica

As with everybody who moved to Costa Rica, I had to learn the language.  That means I have some experience in this area.  If you would like to read about how I finally did it, and what I would do differently, read Learning Spanish.

There are a ton of language schools in Costa Rica, and many are really quite good.  Some use classroom study, some use a full immersion program where you live with a Tico family full time for periods of a week to as long as several months and some use a combination of the two (best in my opinion).  Some cater to college students who wish to come here for a time to polish their Spanish skills and earn college credit.

Your ability to learn Spanish, at any age, really depends on just how serious you are.  To go to a class, even for a few hours per day and then return home to watch CNN (in English), your favorite TV shoes (in English) and speak to all your friends (in English) will delay the learning process significantly.  You want to really learn the language? Immerse yourself!

One important thing.  Your ability to adjust and truly ENJOY the Latin culture depends greatly on whether you can speak the language.  I am not referring here to being able to order dinner, go shopping or tell a taxi drive where you wish to go (i.e. Survival Spanish).  I am talking about being able to communicate to the point where you can make friends!  It makes all the difference!

Spanish Language Schools

Academia de Español D'Amore

Academia Tica de Español

Ad Astra

Albergue Montaña Linda Spanish School-Orosi , Cartago, Costa Rica Youth Hostel and Spanish School, Cartago-Orosi

Centro Cultural Costarricense Norteamericano

Centro Lingüístico Conversa

Centro Panamericano de Idiomas Heredia, Monteverde, and Flamingo Beach

Central Valley Spanish School - San José


Costa Rica Language Academy

Costa Rica Spanish Institute

Costa Rica Study Abroad

Christian Immersion Spanish Academy

El Paraiso School 

Epifania Spanish School - San José

Escuela D’Amore

Forester Instituto Internacional

IECR Guadelupe (near San Jose)

Green Mountain Academy - San Ramon

Instituto Británico

Instituto Guanacasteco de Idioma - Nicoya, Guanacaste

Intercultura Language School


ILISA Instituto de Idiomas

Instituto Universal de Idiomas

Instituto Estelar Bilingüe Liberia Guanacaste Costa Rica

Intensa Spanish School (Escuela de Español Intensa)

Instituto Profesional de Español para Extranjeros (IPEE)

La Academia de Español D'Amore - Manuel Antonio

La Escuela Del Sol - Montezuma

Learn Spanish and Surf - Coronado near San Jose

Orosi Valley Spanish School

Personalized Spanish Costa Rica   Tres Rios

Pro Language

Pura Vida Language Institute  Rohrmoser, San Jose & San Joaquin de Flores, Heredia

The Spanish Zone, San José

Saint Gregory School

Samara Language School

School of the World (Jaco)

Spanish for Expats - Esscazu

Spanish for Success - Turrialba

Wayra Instituto de español Tamarindo


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