Spanish program includes
Airport transfers (only available if requested in advance and for additional fee):
If you request airport pick-up in advance, at arrival to Costa Rica a member of the host family will be at Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) with a sign with the name of the participant on it, if arrival is before 10:00 p.m. If requested, the participant could also have Airport transfer on departure date.
Orientation session and placement test: The host
family will show each participant the way to ICLC
orientation session on Monday at 8:00 a.m., new participants will meet ICLC
staff and will receive general information about
cultural aspects, weekly activities and details
about the Language Program. Each student will have
an Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI), to be placed
according to the Spanish level (Novice,
Intermediate, Advance or Superior level). A written
test will also be given to assess writing skills and
comprehension of Spanish grammar. There are no
Spanish lesson the first day at ICLC due to the
orientation and placements procedure.
Walking tour: The walking tour is an afternoon
activity the first Monday at ICLC, to learn how to come and go to the closest
city using public transportation and to have access
to banks, internet services, bus stops, stores,
cafeterias, restaurants, gyms, dance academy, etc.
Spanish classes: Spanish instruction -the first
week-, will start on Tuesday for
4 hours per day from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 m.d.
Conversational Spanish will always be emphasized.
There will be a maximum of 5 students in each group.
Alajuela city tour: It is an afternoon activity
that initiates on Tuesday at 12:15 p.m., with a welcome lunch in the typical
restaurant. In addition to the
panoramic tour around Alajuela city the activity
includes a visit to Juan Santamaría Historical Museum, main bus stations, banks and city services.
Site visits: Week by week ICLC offer optional afternoon site visits for participants to learn more about the Costa Rican institutions, provinces, places or interest.
family accommodation: Students stay with Costa
Rican families in order to use Spanish speaking
abilities. The family will provide breakfast, dinner
and laundry service and the opportunity to live in
the way Costa Ricans live. Food provided is typical,
balanced and very healthy.
Accreditation: ICLC is a well-known institution
accredited in many colleges and universities in the
United States. All procedures to apply for Academic
Credits must be completed before arriving to Costa
Rica. In order to earn Academic Credits participants
must follow the guidelines established. For more
information please contact Mr. Ronny García to the
following e-mail address: