A four-week experience in Costa Rica
Targeted mainly at college students, working adults, and business people from the United States, Canada, Brazil, Europe and Asia, who would like to immerse in a 1-month intensive Spanish Program based in Costa Rica.
The main program is a 4 week, 4-hours a day, totaling 80-hour + 16 hours project with a final presentation, aimed at allowing students to reach a basic conversational level in Spanish. Tailor made programs also available upon request.
WIZARD is a leading language franchise with over 30 years of teaching experience and fully owned by Pearson Education. The Program is ofered by WIZARD Costa Rica, the Oficial Master Franchise of Costa Rica.
**US College Accreditation: University and College students enrolled in a US institution can earn up to 6 Higher Education credit for Basic and Conversational Spanish, from our US nation-wide accredited partner Atlantis University of Miami. www.atlantisuniversity.edu
2017 Program Dates
June From June 5 to 30 (arrival in Costa Rica by June 4 am)
July From July 3 to 28 (arrival in Costa Rica by July 2 am)
August From July 31 to Aug. 25 (arrival in Costa Rica by July 30 am)
** Other dates: Programs usually begins on the first Monday of every month. Longer and tailor-made Programs also available.
Arrival Date & Orientation Meeting:
Students should be in San Jose on the Sunday prior to the first day of classes, by 4pm at WIZARD Heredia at Centro Comercial
Torres de Heredia. Ater this orientation session, the students will be guided to their respective accommodation. Students who
miss the orientation meeting will need to find their own way to their respective accommodation and meet WIZARD staf at first
day of classes.
This course seeks to prepare students in the development of the four language skills in the Spanish language. Given the essential
role that languages currently play in professional and social contexts, this program is intended to provide an opportunity not only
to overcome the barrier of monolingualism but also to become a tool for the development of a foreign language, personal growth
and cultural exchange.
Classes will follow a neurolinguistic approach and will recreate situations where the exchange of ideas and experiences as well as
interaction with others are enhanced in order to develop a new communication system.
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A lifetime Investment
- Pick up at Arrival at Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO)
- Material: 1 Wizard book, 1 Wizard WizPen
- Regular Program: 4 week of Spanish classes (4h / day Mon-Fri 8am to 12 noon)
- Daily cofee break refreshments
- Free Wi-Fi inside school
- Wizard Program certificate
- 2 guided one-day tours included:
• Day tour to Poas Volcano, Volcán Irazú or other
• San Jose City Tour
** Price does not include accommodation, meals, insurance policy or any other item not listed above. Students must reserve and pay their own air travel arrangements to and from Costa Rica. Prices may change without notices.
Students could opt to stay in a local family house or in a lat / hotel of their choice. Wizard will advise and guide students with their accommodation alternatives but Wizard will not be responsible for accommodation services.
a) Local Family Room and Board
(breakfast and one meal + laundry) at family house (private room) – Cost $600 per month (4 weeks)
Note: Although Wizard is not responsible for the services provided by the room and board local providers, most of the host families recommended by Wizard have previous experience accommodating international students.
If you opt for Family Room accommodation, specify in your application form and our Program Manager (contact below) will make the matching and reservation with the host family. They payment should be made in Cash in the Orientation Coffee.
b) Walking distance Hotels from WIZARD Paseo Colon:
Park Inn Hotel San Jose.…………US$ 89 / night (500m from WIZARD)
Tryp Sabana …………………………….US$ 79 / night (800m from WIZARD)
Hostel del Paseo………………………US$ 50 / night (50m from WIZARD)
Aldea Hostel ……………………………US$ 35 / night (300 m from WIZARD)
** Prices are approximate. They may vary depending on the season of the year.
If you opt for Hotel Accommodation, you should make the reservation and payment directly with the chosen Hotel. For special rates, call the Hotel reservation directly and mentioned Wizard Spanish Camp or contact our Program Coordinator.
Travel Insurance and 24 hour Emergency Support, VISA and Vaccine
Every Student must provide a travel insurance, which covers travel and medical emergencies, valid for the duration of the stay, before arriving in Costa Rica. Our Program Coordinator can provide local insurance company providers if necessary. Students should send a copy of their insurance policy prior to arriving in Costa Rica.
Visa and yellow fever vaccine:
A travel visa is not required for US citizens, Canadians, Brazilians, Europeans and Australians. Please check with the local Costa Rican consulate if your country is required to have a VISA prior to coming to the Program. Students traveling from Brazil, and many other southern-hemisphere countries, are required to take the yellow fever shot at least 14 days before arriving in Costa Rica. If you are traveling from the northeast-hemisphere you do not need a yellow fever vaccine.
Cancelation and Reimbursement Policy
Cancelation made in written form by:
a) 30 days prior to the beginning of the program: 80% refund
b) 15 days prior to the beginning of the program: 50% refund
c) 5 days prior to the beginning of the program: 20% refund
Cancelations received 4 days or less before the program starts will not be reimbursed.
About Wizard by Pearson
Wizard is one of the largest language institute in the world, with over 30 years of language teaching experience. Wizard has
currently over 500,000 students and over 1,200 school sites in various countries. Wizard is a language franchise 100% owned by
Pearson Group, the largest education conglomerate in the world. www.pearson.com
Wizard Costa Rica is the oficial Wizard school in the country. It has over 4 years of operation, and has trained over 2,000
students since its launch in 2012. It has two school sites, located in the capital of Costa Rica, San Jose www.wizardcostarica.com
About Costa Rica
Costa Rica is one of the safest and friendliest countries in all Latin America. It is also one of the most well educated countries in the
region. A well-established democracy, Costa Rica abolished its army in 1948, and since then, government resources that would go
to the military industry are channeled mostly to education and the health system. The country has a population of approximately
5 million people and a GDP per capital of approximately $10,000. The local currency is the Colon, but American dollar is accepted
nationwide. For further information on Costa Rica:
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