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Program & Admission Information - San Jose, Costa Rica  


 

Programs

Our Spanish immersion programs are for people who desire to speak and read Spanish, and aim to do so in a reasonably short period of time. With this objective in mind, our programs emphasize intensive conversation practice as the most effective and rapid way of learning to converse and read in Spanish.

Students arrive in San Jose with different language backgrounds. Consequently placement tests are given on the first day of classes to place students into small groups which match their conversational level. The groups range from complete beginner to advanced. Students will be moved to different groups as their Spanish improves to ensure they are always receiving the best instruction for their current language level. Under certain circumstances there may not be a group which matches the students current level. When this occurs the student will be given 3 hours of individual (one-on-one) lessons instead of 4 lessons in a group. This ensures that students should never feel like they are being over/under whelmed by the course content. Small groups classes (and individual lessons) ensure you will receive the attention and extensive oral practice so essential to developing your language ability.

Custom text materials have been developed and are given to each student attending classes. The customized material uses a well-established language acquisition program, providing live, meaningful situations in which students can acquire communicative competence in speaking and reading Spanish. Performance objectives for language structures, culture, and pronunciation are clearly delineated as well as functional conversational goals.

Students who start later than Monday will not be able to make up missed hours. Lessons are not held on national holidays.


Day - At - A - Glance

Your first day of classes will be similar to one of the following:

Group 20 hrs/wk

07:30 Final registration details, placement interview, and group assignment
08:00 Welcome Orientation
08:45 Classes Begin
09:30 Break
09:45 Classes
11:00 Break
11:10 Classes
12:00 Lunch and free time

Group 30 hrs/wk

07:30 - 12:00 Same as Group 20 hrs/wk
13:00 Classes
13:50 Break
14:00 Classes
15:30 Free time (On Friday classes are over at noon)

* Day-At-A-Glance is a sample day and will vary depending on enrollment, time of year, lodging, etc. It is designed to show content rather than precise scheduling.


Standard Program
20 hours per week. The Standard Program consists of 4 hours per day, Monday through Friday, of Spanish language study in a group setting with a maximum of 6 students per class. Because of the small class size students receive individualized attention allowing for maximum contact with both the Spanish language and the culture.Dates and Fees click here

Intensive Group
30 hours per week. The Intensive Group consists of 6 hours per day, Monday through Friday, of Spanish language study in a group setting with a maximum of 6 students per class. Because of the small class size students receive individualized attention allowing for maximum contact with both the Spanish language and the culture.Dates and Fees click here

Group/Tutor Spanish Combo Program
30 hours per week. This program combines 20 hours of the Group course with 10 hours of Tutor one-on-one instruction weekly. It is designed for those students who want maximum language learning and/or special vocabulary in Spanish. Close attention is paid to the individual student's goals and needs.Dates and Fees click here


Intensive Group Private Spanish Classes
20 hours per week. Get the most intensive Spanish course available with the Tutor program. Students are taught in a one-on-one setting with a private tutor for maximum immersion. This program is ideal for business professionals or anyone who has tight schedule and/or specific needs. .Dates and Fees click here

 
Spanish & Volunteer
 
20 hours per week Spanish plus 15-20 hours per week of Volunteer activities. An ideal experience for social workers, psychologists, preschool and physical education teachers, medical personnel and youth workers. Spend two or more weeks improving Spanish conversation skills while doing volunteer work.

Volunteer work is done in conjunction with Spanish study: 20 hours per week Spanish plus 15-20 hours per week of volunteer. Some programs require a 4 week commitment.
 
For details on the volunteer opportunities available, please click here.
 

 

Admissions & Academic Credit

Students age 17 years and older are welcome regardless of educational background, occupation or nationality. Students under the age of 17 must be accompanied by an adult. No previous knowledge of Spanish is required except where otherwise indicated.

Students desiring credit for their study programs should contact their home school or request the NRCSA Credit Fact Sheet. Generally, U.S. universities consider 15
hours of study to be equal to 1 semester credit.


For more information about academic credit in Spanish speaking countries, please click here.
For general information on academic credit, please click here.
 
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