Services and Facilities

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Our School and Facilities

The COSI Spanish schools have been designed with the needs of our students and staff in mind. Each of our location is open 7 days/week year-round. Our schools feature free WiFi, computer lounges, large common areas, and an onsite snack bar where every morning the coffee and tea are piping hot and free. Every classroom is equipped with comfortable chairs and tables, over-sized whiteboards, and audio-video equipment. All COSI schools always have very nice indoor and outdoor areas and it’s a perfect meeting place for everyone to get to know each other, to plan activities, and to practice your Spanish.

COSI Manuel Antonio

The COSI Spanish School in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica overlooks the pristine waters of the Pacific Coast. Students study Spanish amidst the natural beauty of the rainforest, beaches, and ocean views. It’s a fast and easy escape to the beach after class, which is just minutes away by bus or on foot.

Address: Al frente de la Escuela Publica Bilingüe, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

COSI San Jose

The COSI Spanish School in San Jose, Costa Rica is located in the university district of San Pedro, just 5-10 minutes from the city center, and just a 5-minute walk from three of San Jose’s major universities. The community is filled with great restaurants, gyms, and a large mall, as well as great nightlife with live music and dancing. The institute is only a short 10-minute bus ride from downtown San Jose.

Address: De la Farmacia La Bomba, 75 metros Sur, San Pedro, San José, Costa Rica

What’s Included?

The COSI Spanish immersion programs include:

– Airport pick-up
– Program and safety orientation
– Walking tour
– Official Spanish certificate
– Free Spanish books and materials
– Free Spanish language tutoring table
– Free Tandem Conversation Program
– Free office-wide WiFi and computer lounge
– Free salsa dance classes and cooking lessons
– Free coffee and tea and on-site snack bar
– Institute is open 7 days/week
– Emergency contact number 24/7

Airport Pick-up

Airport pick-up is included in every COSI program. No matter what time you arrive at the airport, we will be there waiting for you! Look for the COSI driver who’s always carrying a yellow smiley-face flag.  😀

The COSI driver takes each participant to their host family, hotel, hostel, or apartment; and you receive our Welcome Folder with all the information you need regarding your orientation, your accommodations, and your program.

If you are studying with COSI in Manuel Antonio, you should fly into the San Jose Airport. Our driver meets you there. You spend one night in San Jose and then travel to Manuel Antonio by public bus the next day. COSI arranges everything for your one-night stay in San Jose, either with a host family or in a hotel. Buses leave San Jose every day at 6 AM, 12 PM, and 6 PM. It is approximately 3 hours by bus to Manuel Antonio. The COSI team buys your bus tickets in advance and we make sure you get on the bus safely—we handle everything! Note that it’s recommended participants arrive in San Jose on or before the Saturday prior to the start of classes.

Cultural Programs:

At COSI, we like to create opportunities for intercultural exchange where people can interact and learn from each other. Check our weekly events calendar with things going on both inside the school and around town. Free salsa classes and free cooking lessons are scheduled every week.

We also strongly encourage you to take part in our Tandem Conversation Program, which is a free language and cultural exchange. In the Tandem Program, the COSI team matches up international Spanish learners (like you) and local English learners (Costa Ricans) who want to meet new friends and develop their speaking skills. Conversations are open and friendly and allow you and your tandem partner to move forward with your language skills by learning from each other.

Money:

Money can be exchanged at the San Jose Airport upon arrival, but these services do not offer you the best rate. We recommend only changing approximately $50 to cover immediate expenses during your first 24 to 48 hours. After your orientation, you will receive a walking tour of the surrounding area and we show you banks where you will be able to exchange larger amounts of money, as well as point out the ATMs available right in our neighborhood.

Accomodations:

Host Families

Home stays with local Costa Rican families are the most popular type of accommodations we offer. Home stays are all with pre-approved families and include breakfast and dinner seven days per week. You can elect to have a shared room or private room. Most home stays only offer shared bathrooms, but private rooms with ensuite or private bathrooms are available for an additional charge, but availability is limited.

When staying with a host family, you are free to come and go as you please, but it’s important that you respect the routine and rules of the family. All host families are within walking distance (10 to 25 minutes) or within a 5- to10-minute taxi/bus ride from the COSI Spanish School.

Apartments

COSI offers a limited number of comfortable, fully-furnished private apartments for students who prefer more privacy and independence. Apartments come with equipped kitchens, internet access, cable TV, and all utilities are included. Our apartments are centrally located and within easy walking distance or a short taxi/bus ride to the COSI school.

Hotels

We offer a wide variety of hotels right near our schools. The COSI team makes all the arrangements necessary at the best prices available. Please note that busy season in Costa Rica is from December to April. During this time, hotel reservations should be made well in advance.

Hostels

More basic and inexpensive housing is also available at local hostels, where you can choose from shared or private rooms.

Tours:

The COSI team is always happy to help students with booking tours, car rentals, and making other travel reservations while you are in Costa Rica—and there are many options for traveling on the weekends and  after classes.

Tours in San Jose
Tours in Manuel Antonio