At Nosara Spanish Institute, our families are carefully selected and guided by a set of established regulations to ensure our students a comfortable and enjoyable experience.
20 Hours Group Classes
Our 20-hour course includes two 1 hour and 40-minute classes per day Monday – Friday. The 20-hour course is scheduled from 8-11:40am or 1-4:40pm.
Living with a local family is a great way to learn more about the language and culture here in Guanacaste. Locals are friendly, helpful and very accepting of other cultures.
Features include: Should you decide on a homestay, it is of utmost importance to understand the differences in standards of living between what many westerners are accustomed to. Houses are very clean, but small and rustic. While each house provides for all the basic needs, students should understand that many of the more modern amenities are likely not available. Students are guaranteed a private room but bathrooms might be shared with the entire family. Breakfast, dinner and laundry service is included.
Rates: The homestay takes place from Sunday to Sunday. $250.00 USD per week. Payments are made directly to the school.
Note that while Nosara Spanish Institute strives to meet each student’s schedule requests, we are unable to guarantee specific time slots due to the fluctuating number of students and level requirements we receive each week. Students are always be scheduled according to their Spanish level.
50% is required to reserve your space on the course. The remainder is not due until arrival. The deposit can be made via credit/debit card or paypal. The remainder may be paid in cash or credit card on campus
A notebook and a pen.
Depending on how many hours of instruction students participate in, a typical day will consist of Spanish language classes Monday-Friday between the hours of 8am-5pm. Lunch break runs from 11:40-1pm and students often walk down the street to eat at the cafes/restaurants, go surfing or stay at the school and eat. 2-3 days per week the school also organizes activities like cooking classes, salsa classes, half day trips to nearby beaches, waterfalls, etc. You can view the actives on our activity board in the common area on campus.
All students complete an online assessment then sit for an oral interview. NSI’s students are placed in one of the six levels based on the communicative competences of the student, framed in three sets of descriptors: basic speaker, independent speaker and proficient speaker. Our levels adapt to the descriptions and parameters of the CEFRL, and are organized with an alphanumerical designation: A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2.
Yes, we can provide a certificate and completion letter stating the hours and level achieved.
Beginner and intermediate are the typical levels
At NSI we do most of our work in class but Monday – Thursday we do provide materials/assignments to be completed outside of class. These are not graded but we do encourage students to complete any assignments so as to reinforce learning that happens in the classroom.
Most students of course head to the beach but there are a number of things to do which include yoga, martial arts, ziplining, horseback riding, surfing, ATV tours and much much more.
NSI offers two limited options that can be reserved directly with the school which are Student Housing and Homestay. Otherwise students often stay in airbnb’s, hotels and hostels. Please see our accommodations page.
Please see our cancellation policy