Costa Rica

Costa Rica packs a multitude of experiences for the Spanish immersion student into a small, friendly, happy country. Visit Costa Rica’s official tourism site and read its official slogan, “No Artificial Ingredients”—a mantra of which you will not need reminding from the first moment you set foot in one of the country’s myriad waterfalls or stumble upon one of its 100-plus species of brightly colored frogs. The country is of a manageable size and the bus network is extensive, if somewhat slow due to rainy weather and less-than-perfect roads. Its two airports allow visitors to crisscross the country with speed but at greater expense (if you’ve got the time, a two-peso, six-hour bus ride is hard to turn down—as is the quality time you’ll get to spend with the locals).

Wild caribbean beach of Costa Rica – Manzanillo

The country, a veritable natural amusement park, offers active volcanoes, stunning beaches (both Caribbean and Pacific), and intoxicating rain forests full of exotic flora and fauna. In the country’s center is the famed Arenal Volcano, which is a hefty but picturesque hike from the small town over which it looms. The landmark also overlooks a waterfall and swimming hole as well as a luxury resort based around natural hot springs. Tortuguero National Park, on the Caribbean coast, is an epicenter for ecotourism and a hot spot for sea turtle watching and caring.

Featured School: Veritas Study Abroad

Universidad Veritas offers interdisciplinary Latin American studies courses with a sustainability-focused mindset. They provide an inclusive intercultural learning platform for international students in pursuit of becoming leaders with a vision of changing a challenging world. They offer an array of program lengths and courses focused on Sustainable Development Goals, social impact, all levels of Spanish Language, and three levels of Spanish for Health Professions for health track students. Contact: [email protected]

Featured School: CPI

CPI is the only Spanish immersion school in Costa Rica that allows students to see more of Costa Rica by combining classes at two or all three sites located in different regions: the city of Heredia, Monteverde Cloud Forest, and Flamingo Beach. CPI offers a high-quality language program at a competitive price and works with US universities to assign transfer academic credits.
Their courses are available year-round.


Widely recognized as one of the top language schools in Costa Rica, Intercultura has a variety of Spanish programs for all ages and learners. You can learn Spanish in Costa Rica with Intercultura’s internationally recognized Spanish programs, offered year-round at both city and beach campuses. Each Spanish course is designed for full immersion in real-life contexts and social interactions. Our primary goal is to teach you the Spanish language in a warm yet intellectually challenging environment. Classes at both of our campuses – Heredia city and Playa Samara – are conducted entirely in Spanish, providing students from all over the world with a complete and intensive learning experience.

Tico Lingo

From small group classes ranging from 2-6 people, to private Spanish classes tailored to your specific needs, Tico Lingo offers quality immersion programs lead by certified, native Spanish instructors. 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 drastic increases in Spanish language fluency after 3 to 4 weeks.