Features of Intercultura Costa Rica


Year founded 1992
Type of school Spanish Immersion and Cultural Center
Maximum number of native students/week (outside summertime) 800 after Spanish program
Maximum number of foreign students/week (summertime) 80
Number of permanent professors 13
Maximum number of students 6 / average group size 3- 4
Average age of students 29
Bilingual staff, program director yes
Percentage of students between 17-20 years-old 45%
Percentage of college students 60%
Percentage of students from USA 75%
Class duration four hours/day


Number of classrooms 20

Free use of e-mail yes
Fax service yes
Computer-based training n/a
Cafe/restaurant service on the premises only cafe
Terrace with a mountain and ocean view YES

Quiet urban location yes

Host Family
Meals per day with homestay two, dinner and breakfast
Maximum number of students assigned per family two
Private bedroom yes
Private bathroom no
Shared bedroom no
Walking distance from school yes
Hot shower yes
Special preferences taken into account re: smoking, restricted diets, children, distance to school, etc. yes
Flexible arrival/departure dates yes
Host families - families with teens/children yes
Special accommodations for teens yes
Family change without surcharge if not satisfied yes, but we never have that kind of situations

Spanish program/Related activities
Year round offerings of group classes yes, except the last two weeks of December and Holy week
Private classes are offered yes, only in low season
Combined group and private instruction n/a
Special programs for middle school, high school and college groups yes 
Child care and baby care workshops n/a
Executive option (super intensive) yes
Weekend classes no
Minimum / standard / maximum number of hours per day four hours per day
Special camp for children no
Spanish for professional purposes yes, medical Spanish
Study counseling service no
Cultural activity program yes at no cost.
Academic credit available yes