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Course title: Individual Intensive Course
Course hours: 08:30 - 13:00
Minimum age: 18
€365.75
€389.10
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Days of the course: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri Maximum class size: 1
School admin. fee: €46.62 tooltip Average number of students: 1
Lesson duration: 60 minutes Course materials: Mandatory and not included
Course certificate: No  
Levels: Beginner, Elementary - Level A1, Pre-Intermediate - Level A2, Intermediate - Level B1, Upper Intermediate - Level B2, Advanced - Level C1, Proficient - Level C2
In our individual classes, the content of the course as well as the tempo is personalized according to the student‘s needs and wishes. Therefore students are afforded the maximum amount of flexibility and individual support.
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Course title: Intensive Course
Course hours: 08:30 - 13:00
Minimum age: 18
€286.07
€304.33
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Days of the course: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri Maximum class size: 5
School admin. fee: €46.62 tooltip Average number of students: 3
Lesson duration: 60 minutes Course materials: Mandatory and not included
Course certificate: Yes  
Levels: Beginner, Elementary - Level A1, Pre-Intermediate - Level A2, Intermediate - Level B1, Upper Intermediate - Level B2, Advanced - Level C1, Proficient - Level C2
The Intensive Course is our standard program of 20 lessons per week of general Spanish. This means you will have 4 hours of class per day from Monday to Friday. The course is offered year-round at all 6 levels and is taught in mini groups with maximum 5 and average 3 students with the same proficiency level. Before the start of your language course, you will take a placement test which helps us to place you in the correct group. You will develop and improve all language skills (writing, reading, listening and speaking). Besides the language, you will also learn more about the culture of Latin America and the specific country where you are studying.
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Course title: Super Intensive Course 30
Course hours: 08:30 - 16:00
Minimum age: 18
€314.76
€334.85
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Days of the course: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri Maximum class size: 5
School admin. fee: €46.62 tooltip Average number of students: 3
Lesson duration: 60 minutes Course materials: Mandatory and not included
Course certificate: Yes  
Levels: Pre-Intermediate - Level A2, Intermediate - Level B1, Upper Intermediate - Level B2, Advanced - Level C1, Proficient - Level C2
For students who want a more intensive course we offer our Super Intensive Course of 30 lessons per week. You will have 6 hours of class per day, consisting of the 20 lessons intensive course plus 2 lessons of extra focus on conversation, writing and revision of difficulties.
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Course title: Intensive Plus Course 30
Course hours: 08:30 - 16:00
Minimum age: 18
€362.57
€385.71
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Days of the course: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri Maximum class size: 5
School admin. fee: €46.62 tooltip Average number of students: 3
Lesson duration: 60 minutes Course materials: Mandatory and not included
Course certificate: Yes  
Levels: Pre-Intermediate - Level A2, Intermediate - Level B1, Upper Intermediate - Level B2, Advanced - Level C1, Proficient - Level C2
The Intensive Plus Course is a combined course of the 20 lessons intensive general Spanish in mini groups plus 10 individual classes in the afternoon to address personal interests or difficulties in the language.
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Course title: Individual Super Intensive Course
Course hours: 08:30 - 16:00
Minimum age: 18
€501.22
€533.21
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Days of the course: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri Maximum class size: 1
School admin. fee: €46.62 tooltip Average number of students: 1
Lesson duration: 60 minutes Course materials: Mandatory and not included
Course certificate: Yes  
Levels: Beginner, Elementary - Level A1, Pre-Intermediate - Level A2, Intermediate - Level B1, Upper Intermediate - Level B2, Advanced - Level C1, Proficient - Level C2
In our individual classes, the content of the course as well as the tempo is personalized according to the student‘s needs and wishes. Therefore students are afforded the maximum amount of flexibility and individual support.
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Host Family - Single, Half board
Students per room: 1
Board: Half Board
Minimum age: 18
Accommodation type: Host Family

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€135.63
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Distance from school: 15-30 minutes walking
Facilities: Bed linen
Host family stays provide an excellent opportunity to experience the culture of the country and its way of life. You will speak Spanish with your family, eat the local food and see how they live in the respective country. You will be given bedding, but must bring your own towels. Please state if you have any dietary requirements. Families can wash and dry your clothes for no additional cost once per week.
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Host Family - Single, Full board
Students per room: 1
Board: Full Board
Minimum age: 18
Accommodation type: Host Family

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€156.83
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Distance from school: 15-30 minutes walking
Facilities: Bed linen
Host family stays provide an excellent opportunity to experience the culture of the country and its way of life. You will speak Spanish with your family, eat the local food and see how they live in the respective country. You will be given bedding, but must bring your own towels. Please state if you have any dietary requirements. Families can wash and dry your clothes for no additional cost once per week.
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Shared Apartment - Double Room, Self-catering
Students per room: 2
Board: Self Service
Minimum age: 18
Accommodation type: Apartment

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€97.49
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Distance from school: 15-30 minutes walking
Facilities: Bed linen, Kitchen, Wireless (WIFI) Internet
Many students live in our spacious, comfortably furnished shared apartments near the school. Each one has two or more bedrooms, a living room with TV and an adjacent kitchen, and one or more bathrooms. The kitchen is fully equipped. They are cleaned and the bedding is changed once per week, but we kindly ask that you bring your own towels.
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Shared Apartment - Single Room, Self-catering
Students per room: 1
Board: Self Service
Minimum age: 18
Accommodation type: Apartment

Total price

€148.35
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Distance from school: 15-30 minutes walking
Facilities: Bed linen, Kitchen, Wireless (WIFI) Internet
Many students live in our spacious, comfortably furnished shared apartments near the school. Each one has two or more bedrooms, a living room with TV and an adjacent kitchen, and one or more bathrooms. The kitchen is fully equipped. They are cleaned and the bedding is changed once per week, but we kindly ask that you bring your own towels.
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General information: Academia Columbus Costa Rica

Number of classrooms: 15

Average nº of student per classroom: 3

Minimum student age: 18

Level test on first day:

Distance from the airport: 15 km.

Closest airport: Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO)

Year school opened: 2005

School opening times: 8:00 - 16:00

School close dates: Show

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•Our schools use the ´Prisma Latinoamericano´ teaching materials as a base for our programs. This method has been specifically developed to cover the latest aspects of teaching Spanish to foreign students within the Latin American countries. The teaching materials are up to date and follow the guidelines developed by the Instituto Cervantes, guaranteeing efficient study of Spanish as a foreign language. Besides text and exercise books, we use a wide range of additional teaching materials (broadcasts, CDs, video, television, movies and lectures), guaranteeing high quality instruction in all areas: speaking, reading, writing, listening, grammar and vocabulary. We use games and roleplays to improve communication between students and to inspire their creativity, powers of association and reflection as well as their cultural understanding. After successful completion of their course (minimum attendance of 80%), all students will receive a course certificate.

• All our teachers have a degree and extensive experience in teaching Spanish as a foreign language. Continuous training further guarantees our teachers‘ expertise and therefore optimal learning success. We employ a wide range of modern teaching strategies, supported by multimedia elements. Central to all of our courses is a strong focus on applying the language in practice following our philosophy ´Living and Learning Spanish´.

• All students take an online test prior to the course start which will help us to determine their level of Spanish. Beginners are not required to take the test, and should start only on beginner starting dates. Students will be assigned to their course based on the test results and a short interview on the first day of classes. In addition to the course levels, we are able to divide the levels even further, if necessary, to place our students in the most suitable class for them. Should a student be unhappy with his/her assigned course, it is possible to change the course after consulting the teacher or the director of studies.

• In addition to our language courses, we also offer a weekly workshop on grammar or pronunciation for all students at a fixed time in the afternoon. Furthermore, you can request free tutoring once per week to repeat topics from your lessons for which you require further explanation. Students can contact our director of studies at school in order to arrange a time for the tutoring lesson.

Terms & Conditions: Academia Columbus Costa Rica

- Services must be paid in full 14 days before the course starts in order to complete the enrolment and secure a place in the course and/or accommodation.
- Bank charges are payable by students
- Students must be 18 years of age or over

Cancellation policy

- The cancellation needs to be communicated in writing to the school by the person who booked the course.
- The deposit is non-refundable.
- Enrolment fee is non-refundable.
- There is no refund for any cancellation once the course has commenced.
- After a course has started there is no refund for any accommodation or other item booked.
- No tuition refunds are given for late arrivals, early departures or absences, for whatever reason, from classes during any course.
- If a student is absent for one or more weeks at a time, arrangements can be made for the course duration to be extended at no extra cost.

Refund policy

- Bookings may be cancelled up to 2 weeks prior to commencement of the course without penalty or fee.
- If a course is cancelled between 14 and 1 days before course start: 75% refund
- If a course is cancelled less than 1 days before the start date full price will be charged.

Visa refusal

- 1- No refunds whatsoever are given for Visa refusal.


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ENROLLMENT
Please use the enrollment form provided by us for booking your language course. Your travel booking with Academia Columbus will be binding for us as soon as you have received written confirmation of your enrollment. As a rule, you will receive confirmation within the shortest time possible.
TRAVEL DOCUMENTS
You will receive informational materials and travel documents approximately three weeks before your departure. These include the language school and respective accommodation (host family, shared student apartment, etc.) addresses.

NATIONAL HOLIDAYS
On national holidays of the respective country, classes will not be held and there will be no compensation for instructions hours lost.

REDUCTION OF HOURS
In the exceptional case where there will be just 1 student registered for a certain level, the number of lessons per week will be reduced to 60%.

CANCELLATIONS
You can withdraw from your language tour at any time without having to provide reasons for this decision. In your own interests and to avoid misunderstandings, we encourage you to declare your withdrawal in a written statement. If a participant withdraws from the language tour up to four weeks before the scheduled departure, a processing fee in the amount of 10% of the total language tour fees will be assessed. When a withdrawal is received within 2 to 4 weeks before the scheduled departure, a processing fee in the amount of 25% of the total language tour fees will be assessed. When a withdrawal is received less than 2 weeks before the scheduled departure, a processing fee in the amount of 50% of the total language tour fees will be assessed. Should a customer fail to depart for a scheduled language tour or if the cancellation is received less than 3 days prior to arrival, the cancellation fee amounts to 90% of the total language tour fees. Booked services that are not made use of are not refunded. Participants have the right to provide evidence that the organizer‘s costs are actually less than they are said to be.

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The start dates of intensive and standard language courses are generally flexible. If you have some basic knowledge of the language, you will be able to start any Monday of the year at almost any school. If you are a total beginner, courses usually start once or twice a month.
You should be aware that language schools have more students in July and August than during any other time of year, which means that course fees, housing prices and the overall cost of living are often more expensive during this time. If you would like to book a course in July or August, you should do so very early: schools have limited spots and might be booked well in advance for the high season. Your chances to get your preferred housing type are also greater if you book your course early. Housing options near the school are especially difficult to secure in the summer and tend to fill up quickly.
Language courses during the low season (September to June) are not only less expensive, but also have smaller classes. If you are able to wait to take your courses during this time you will pay less for your courses, and  you may even receive better housing, since demand is much lower. Please, review this information within the language course details on the language school page.
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