Spanish Programs in Costa Rica for Adults

Adult Spanish Programs in Costa Rica

Learn Spanish in Costa Rica

From small group classes ranging from 2-6 people, to private Spanish classes tailored to your specific needs, Tico Lingo offers quality Spanish immersion programs lead by certified, native Spanish professors. Paired with a local homestay family, students can be sure to quickly advance their speaking and comprehension skills.

Each program has a flexible duration ranging from 1-24 weeks. Many students have seen significant increases in Spanish language fluency after 3 to 4 weeks.

Included in each program:

  • Written and oral exam to assess Spanish level
  • Airport pickup from SJO and drop off at homestay
  • Orientation tour with map of Heredia and surrounding area
  • 24/7 support and local contact in Heredia
  • All necessary class materials: pencils, notebooks, etc.
  • Free internet access both at school and in homestays
  • Fresh coffee and tea each morning at school
  • Conversational classes with locals
  • Official certificate of course completion
Ages: 18 – 99
Duration: 1-24 weeks
Adult Spanish Immersion Program in Costa Rica - Students Studying Spanish
Student graduated from a Spanish immersion program in Costa Rica
Graduation day for students Learn Spanish at Tico Lingo
Three students celebrate a birth in a Costa Rican Spanish class

Intensive Group Spanish Classes

Group classes begin every Monday. Each student will be assigned to a small classroom and placed with like-leveled students. Students will be in group class for 20 hours/week (4 hours/day, Monday-Friday) and will be pushed to learn new grammar skills and to apply those skills verbally in the classroom. This class was specifically designed to get students to advance their speaking skills.

Benefits to Intensive Group Classes:

  • Small group classes are designed to facilitate interaction among all learners in the group.
  • Groups can take the pressure off – everyone is in the struggle together!
  • Others may ask questions that you’ve not thought of which can add clarity to each lesson.
  • There is a lot of social interaction – make friends and find study partners! 🙂
1 Week 2 Weeks 3 Weeks 4 Weeks Extra Week
Intensive Spanish Classes
20 Hours per Week
$290 $580 $865 $1150 $245
Private Spanish Classes in Costa Rica

Private Spanish Classes

Private Spanish classes offer students a more flexible Spanish learning experience. Classes place students 1-on 1 with a Spanish professor and focus on specific areas of weakness and interest the student wishes to study. They are typically organized in 2-hour sessions in the afternoon.

Benefits to Intensive Group Classes:

  • Move through material at your own pace
  • Focus on material that is especially relevant to YOU
  • 100% personalized feedback and uninterrupted attention from your teacher
  • Customizable schedule – you pick which days and how many hours each day (minimum of 5 hours/wk)
10 Hour Block 20 Hour Block 30 Hour Block 40 Hour Block Extra Block of 10 Hours
Private Spanish Classes
1-3 hours/day
$285 $560 $820 $1,070 $255
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Private Spanish class in Costa Rica at Tico Lingo Spanish school

Super Intensive Spanish Classes (Group + Private)

Participates of this Spanish program will take a total of 30 Hours of Spanish class per week; 20 hours of group classes and 10 hours of private 1-on-1 instruction with a professor. This program was designed for the student that wants to maximize their time in the classroom and advance their Spanish as quickly as possible.

Benefits to Intensive Group + Private Spanish Classes:

  • Get the added bonus of one-on-one attention to focus on areas specific to you
  • Maintain structured group classes while remaining flexible with your private classes
  • Advance your Spanish level more quickly if time is of the essence
  • Enjoy the combination of a social group setting with a private 1-on-1 setting.
1 Week 2 Weeks 3 Weeks 4 Weeks Extra Week
Super Intensive Spanish Classes
20 hours Group + 10 Private
$575 $1140 $1685 $2220 $500

Frequently Asked Questions

So that we place each student in the best class, we’ll conduct a thorough written and oral examination of each student’s Spanish level before they arrive. Each exam will be carried out roughly 14-21 days before the student arrives. The written is exam is done online (on mobile or on desktop/laptop), and the oral exam is conducted via Whatsapp with our Head of Student services.
We see many different types of students come to Tico Lingo throughout the year, from teenagers to traveling retirees. 
Remember, our Adult Spanish program is open to all students ages 18 – 99.

Depending on the time of year, the average student age at the school can fluctuate significantly. During June, July, and August, average ages tend to be younger, but usually ranges between 22-30 years old. During the rest of the year (September – May), the average age tends to be a bit older, usually between 35-50.
Upon each student’s arrival they’ll be given a weekly calendar of tours and activities that we will be organizing here at the school. We’ll be offering activities like dance and cooking class and tours like volcano hiking and white water rafting. Likewise, we’ll have information on where students can go on their own time after class in the afternoons and weekends.

You can get a really good idea of what we offer outside of Spanish class on our activities and tours page.
This can vary week to week as we receive students at all levels of Spanish competency. We take in students who are just beginning their Spanish language learning journey. Likewise, we take in students who are near fluent in Spanish and need to master some high level grammar.

On average though, especially during June and July, Spanish levels lean more basic and students tend to start with a basic foundation in the language and a lack of good conversational skills.
Once registered for your program, you will receive a PDF with information on the airport pickup team. After collecting your luggage and going through customs, students will be met by a member of our Airport pickup team just outside the airport (SJO). This person will be holding a sign with the Tico Lingo logo on it. In the unusual event that there is a problem with the airport pick-up, we advise you contact the team on Whatsapp at the number provided on the airport pickup PDF.
Yes! Tico Lingo has an atmosphere that encourages lots of interaction between students, as well between local Costa Rican’s. Our community “intercambio” invites locals to the school once a week to meet Tico Lingo students and help them with their conversational Spanish skills.
We try to avoid less effective worksheet homework and prefer to give homework that engages students and encourages them to speak with their homestay family or other native Spanish speakers. Interviewing your homestay family or a local shopkeeper, writing a story about where you went yesterday, or creating a song to share in class are typical homework assignments at Tico Lingo.
If staying with a homestay family, we simply ask that adult students communicate with their family if they plan to miss a meal or stay our past 10pm. Adult students will have a key to come and go as they please, but we ask that they respect the family and communicate with them as best they can.
You will have to go and report it to the airline upon arrival, but you must meet your airport pick-up person first. It’s best to pack two our three days changes of clothing in carry-on luggage…just in case!
We recommend a combination of debit/credit card and cash. We recommend students budget ~$50/week for lunch and other spending. Throughout Heredia, there are ATM machines where students can withdraw cash with a debit/credit card. Likewise, the majority of local restaurants and vendors now accept debit/credit cards as of 2019.

Still have some questions?

Don’t hesitate to contact us and talk directly to someone in Costa Rica
today about designing your perfect Spanish immersion experience.