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Universal de Idiomas Spanish School


Welcome to Universal de Idiomas!

We would love to help you with all your arrangements to study Spanish in Costa Rica. Contact us directly through our live-chat or browse our website for more information about our Spanish courses, cultural activities, high quality services and competitive prices!


School Mission

At Universal de Idiomas, we are eager to provide you the best opportunities possible in learning a language, be it with academic, professional or personal intentions. Intercultural interchange is stimulated for both national and foreign students, through an excellent methodology and a pleasant atmosphere.


Founded in 1981, Universal de Idiomas is among the most experienced Spanish Institutes in Costa Rica. The more than 30 years of experience have established a refined program and inspiring philosophy that sets us apart.  
Every year hundreds of students follow our immersion language courses. Our Spanish- and English department respectively receive over 200 and 800 students every year! We foster the interaction between the Spanish and English students through our interchange program; a great way to learn about other cultures and make friends from all over the world!


At Universal we begin with an environment conducive to learning. There is a warm, friendly atmosphere here. We encourage our students to speak and interact both inside and outside of the classroom and to generally have fun. This way you can practice your Spanish in a relaxed and natural manner. You will find it enjoyable to learn and therefore you will learn faster, and with less effort. While you are practicing your Spanish you will also be making friends.


We are located in the heart of San Jose, right where the action is. You will have countless restaurants, discotheques, museums, plays, and shopping at your fingertips. San Jose is also the ideal place of departure for trips to any place in the country. Need ideas on what to visit?


Spanish Courses

Our teachers have designed a Spanish curriculum that is suited for your specific level, whether it be beginner, intermediate or advanced. Our small classes enable teachers to cater to your individual needs and give you lots of opportunity to participate, e.g. through eliciting conversations. Our teachers are enthusiastic, qualified and experienced. They provide a positive classroom environment. Their knowledge and years of experience identify them as your ideal assistants and the Spanish experts for all your questions.
Upon arrival you are given a placement test in order to determine your appropriate level. We offer a number of course options, so that you always find the one that fits your personal needs. Course lengths vary from 3 days to 4 weeks and are either intensive or semi-intensive. Morning group classes can be supplemented with afternoon private tutoring to even further intensify your language learning experience.

Intercambio Program

In addition to our classes, we offer an "Intercambio" Program in the evenings. Here you can be paired with a Tico or Tica (a Costa Rican resident) for open conversation. This gives you the chance to talk and become friends with native Costa Ricans, while helping you improve your proficiency in speaking, pronunciation and listening.

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