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Spanish Language School in San Rafael, Costa Rica

Learn Spanish with Escuela Internacional at our Spanish language school in San Rafael, Costa Rica. This school is certified by the Instituto Cervantes.Spanish Language School Certified by the Instituto Cervantes

Director of our Spanish School in Costa Rica

“It gives me great pleasure to invite you to visit Costa Rica. Costa Rica is a Central American country with a fascinating biodiversity, and well known worldwide for being a peaceful country. Here you can explore natural surroundings and enjoy outdoor adventure.
Our Costa Rica Spanish language school is located in the friendly and welcoming community of Coronado, located at the foot of the Braulio Carrillo National Park, and only 10 kilometers from Costa Rica’s capital city of San Jose.
Whether you are taking your first steps towards learning Spanish or building and perfecting the Spanish you already know, you will enjoy studying in the peaceful setting surrounded by lush tropical gardens that are home to E.I.’s Center in Costa Rica. Learn to speak Spanish as our professors and staff here are happy to contribute to your Spanish language learning experience.”
Ana Mercedes Rodríguez - Director of E.I. Costa Rica

Spanish School in Costa Rica The Spanish language school in Costa Rica is an independent school of the Escuela Internacional Group. Founded in 1986, it is one of the oldest language schools in Costa Rica. Sharing the same teaching methods and philosophies as those implemented at Escuela Internacional’s Spanish schools in Spain, this center joins E.I. in offering its students a top quality and professional Spanish language education.

The Spanish school in Costa Rica is located in a large house that resides on the grounds of an old farm called “Quinta Toyopan” (Place of the Gods). It is surrounded by 5000 square meters of extensive tropical gardens, that are home to more than 100 different plants and trees, as well as a variety of birds and butterflies. The school location offers a peaceful and relaxed study atmosphere with magnificent panoramic views of the central valley.

Spanish Students in Costa Rica The language School itself has 7 classrooms, a reception area with student lounge, computers for further self-studies and e-mail access, a winter garden with a library including daily newspapers, magazines, tourist info, a functional kitchen for making coffee, and administrative office. During the winter months this Center has a total student population of 25-35, while during the summer there are between 15-25 students at the same time.

Traveling to and from the Spanish school is convenient and easy. The majority of the host families live within walking distance and there are public buses that stop at the main entrance to Quinta Toyopan. The main bus station in Coronado is located approximately 850 meters away with buses that leave every 10-15 minutes to Quinta Toyopan.

Choose from a selection of Spanish language and culture courses and lessons that include the Intensive, Super-Intensive, and Individual courses. Experience the benefits of small class sizes (a maximum of 6 students per class), taught by native professors with experience in the direct method of learning a foreign language. Volunteer work and Internships also available. Click here to see a complete list of E.I.'s Spanish courses in Costa Rica.

Out of class take advantage of the various sports activities available at the Center. These include table tennis, basketball, and mountain bike rentals, all available free of charge (a refundable deposit required for use of mountain bikes).

For other types of sports activities such as swimming, tennis, soccer, and running the school in Costa Rica has an agreement with a nearby Sports Club called La Garena. The first visit is free and for additional visits you may pay for each individual visit or purchase a month membership.
Spanish School's Garden in Costa Rica Other services available at this Center:

  • Carefully selected accommodations in host family or shared student apartments.

  • Leisure-Time Activities Program

  • Free transfer service from San Jose Airport to accommodation with host family.

  • Small travel agency located inside the School for travel information and preparation assistance.

There are many reasons to choose E.I. San Rafael!

  • Costa Rica is a country full of mountains, tress, flowers and beaches. It is ideal for nature Spanish Students in the Gardenlovers who want to study Spanish while enjoying adventure in the outdoors and exploring the unique beauty found in this Central American country.
  • In Coronado students enjoy the best study conditions thanks to the ideal location of the school and its beautiful surroundings. Enjoy learning in a friendly, clean and safe environment. Even female students going out alone will always feel comfortable.
  • Costa Rican Spanish is considered to be among the best Spanish spoken in the world. Costa Ricans speak slowly with a clear and accurate pronunciation.
  • Easy arrival and access from international locations, San Jose (Juan Santamaría International Airport) 45 minutes by car. <
  • The host families are especially kind and friendly and actively take part in the home stay program. The families have a genuine interest in the cultural exchange with the students. They provide a unique possibility to learn to speak Spanish and learn a lot about the daily life and customs of a Latin American family.

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