Spanish Immersion Courses

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Costa Rica: Alajuela, Escazu, Heredia and 2 other cities


To Consider:
Programs start every Monday year round.
Average class size: 3 to 4 students maximum 6

Spanish Immersion Courses
- Group lessons (20 - 30 hours per week, Monday through Friday)
- Individual lessons (9 - 15 hours per week)
- Combination: Group lessons + private lessons.
- Custome made program (9 hours per week as a minimum)
- Adventure Program: Lessons Monday through Friday + Weekend trips anywhere in Costa Rica.

Academic Credits (Available through the Union University of Tenneessee):

Classes and Hours:
Classes are Monday through Friday, and class sizes range from three to six students. Classes are taught entirely in the target language, beginning at 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon and from 1:00 pm. until 3:30.
A student can receive credit for one 3-hour course in a 2-week program of study and two 3-hour courses in a 4-week program of study (50 contact hours per course).

Union University operates on the semester calendar and uses a 4-point grading system.

The university catalogue provides additional information about grading policies and practices. It is available online at www.uu.edu/catalogue.
Course numbers and curriculum for the Union University - Intensa program are consistent with the descriptions, syllabi and academic expectations of courses offered on the Union University campus.

Spanish 112 (3 hours) - Elementary Spanish
Pronunciation and fundamental grammatical structure in the language are introduced. Emphasis is placed on the development of all language skills.
Prerequisite: Spanish 111 or its equivalent from an accredited college or university or permission of Program Director. Successful completion of at least 2 of the following 3 modules: Module 4, Module 5, and Module 6.

Spanish 211 (3 hours) - Intermediate Conversation & Grammar
Further development of language skills with the introduction of more advanced grammatical structures is emphasized.
Prerequisite: Spanish 112 or its equivalent from an accredited college or university or permission of Program Director. Successful completion of at least 2 of the following 3 modules: Module 7, Module 8, and Module 9.

Spanish 313 (3 hours) - Advanced Conversation
Advanced comprehension, oral, and written expression of the language are emphasized.
Prerequisite: Spanish 211 or its equivalent from an accredited college or university or permission of Program Director.
Successful completion of at least 2 of the following 3 modules: Module 10, Module 11, and Module 12.


- Intensa has four schools and 33 years of a successful career in Costa Rica, thanks to the effectivity of its conversational methodology. 90% of its students come via word of mouth referrals.
- Intensa is Union University of Tennessee's campus in Costa Rica for accredited Spanish courses.
- Intensa is a member of NAFSA (Association of International Educators).
- All of Intensa's Spanish courses can be tailored to your occupation or your particular needs (i.e. Medical Spanish, Business Spanish, Spanish for Natural Resources, etc.).

Homestay (Selected Costa Rican families), includes:
- Airport pick-up and return
- Registration fee
- Private room
- Laundry service
- Two good meals (i.e. breakfast and a main meal).

The Adventure Program includes:
- Airport pick-up and return
- Registration fee
- Text materials
- Spanish lessons Monday thru Thursday
- Home stay
- Free internet
- Laundry
- 2 good meals
- Dance lessons 1 hour per week
- Cooking lessons 1 hour per week
- Round trip to weekend site chosen
- Adventure/Excursion Friday thru Sunday
- Two nights, three days at hotel
- Hotel taxes
**Additional activities are NOT included on the Adventure Program**


Fall, Spring, Summer, Winter, Throughout the year


Year round

Travel Types

  • Birdwatching
  • Dancing
  • Eco Tours
  • Homestay
  • Kayaking (Sea)
  • Native Culture Studies
  • RainForest Tours
  • Snorkeling
  • Summer Camp
  • Camping
  • Ecology
  • Golf
  • Horseback Riding
  • Nature Tours
  • Scuba
  • Surfing
  • Vacation Packages
  • Cooking
  • Environmental Studies
  • Kayaking (River)
  • Language Immersion
  • Rafting
  • Student Tours
  • Tours
  • Volunteering
  • Yoga


  • English
  • Spanish

Languages Used as a Medium of Teaching

  • English
  • English
  • English
  • English
  • English
  • English
  • English

Subject Areas

  • Languages / Linguistics
  • Spanish
  • Spanish Literature
  • Travel / Tourism

Cost in US$:

From USD 307 to 1,912 depending on the lenght of the course, hours per week, homestay or other services. Weekend adventure trips have an extra cost.

Program Fees Include:

The Registration Fee and the course materials

Credit Available


Experience Required


This Program is open to

Worldwide, American, European, Canadian, Australian, South African, Kiwi and Asian Participants.

Typical Living Arrangements

  • Home-stays
  • Other

Participants Travel

Independently or in Groups

Typically Participants Work

Independently or in Groups of 3-6

Application Process Involves

  • Written Application
  • In-Person Interview when Feasible
  • Online Application

Post Services Include

  • Alumni Network