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Tico Lingo - Spanish Immersion School Programs

Costa Rica

Adult Spanish Immersion Program

Tico Lingo's Spanish immersion programs encompass its philosophy to give students linguistic fluency through cultural immersion. The program includes four hours of language...

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Teen Spanish Immersion Summer Camp

The Teen Spanish Immersion Summer Camp runs for three weeks and combines intensive Spanish classes, daily cultural activities, and weekend excursions. It’s an all-inclusive...

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Business Spanish Immersion Program

The Business Spanish Immersion Program at Tico Lingo aims to develop the language skills of business students and professionals whom are seeking new opportunities in Spanish-speaking...

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Legal Spanish Immersion Program

Explicitly designed for lawyers, the specialized legal Spanish program focuses on legal industry terms, phrases, and practices. The program is centered around getting learners...

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Medical Spanish Immersion Program

When deciding between vital choices about the well-being of a patient, any medicinal expert will say that having the full image of that patient is key. Yes, the lab test...

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Tico Lingo - Spanish Immersion School Reviews

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Facilities

    10

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    9

Outstanding experience

Wow, I don't know where to begin. First the program is absolutely fantastic. It is very well organized and makes you feel very at home. The Tico Lingo school gives you that "feeling at home, in school" it was super comfortable. This was my first time traveling for an extended period of time... I attended the program for 4 weeks. The chill, laid back feeling of Costa Rica was amazing. The food, culture and people were amazing.
My homestay family was phenomenal, they made me feel at home every single day I was there. They practically took me everywhere with them, which was great for me to practice my Spanish. Chris had put together a wonderful program with awesome teachers (shout out to Freddie!). My confidence in Spanish increased, and the level the school brought me to exceeded my expectations. I highly recommend this program to anyone seeking to learn Spanish. You are going to love the experience and it's something you will take with you the rest of your life.

Program: Adult Spanish Immersion Program

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Facilities

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

Life-Changing Experience

Almost exactly 1 year ago, I enrolled at Tico Lingo. I originally signed up because my job at the time required that I be proficient in Spanish, but 1 year later, I can reflect and genuinely say that I left Tico Lingo with life-long friends and an invaluable skill that gave me the confidence to travel through South and Central America for months after my program end-date.
First (and most importantly), the people who run the program are some of the most engaging, relatable, kind, and intelligent people I've yet to meet. They have a very hands on approach and they really extend themselves to make sure that no one feels left behind or lost. When you're learning a new language in a foreign country its easy to get overwhelmed and feel a bit scared or behind; but the team at Tico Lingo really makes sure to expose you to the culture and get you feeling confident while out of your comfort zone so you WANT to learn the language as opposed to feeling like you HAVE to learn the language.

The class sizes are intimate. You really get one on one attention from your professors, which is so important when learning so much in such a short amount of time. It's a judgment free zone, with teachers who customize their curriculum to fit your needs and help you progress in the fastest way possible. They ALSO include yoga, cooking, and dancing classes in case your day of learning isn't full enough!! (NOTE: these are optional in case you really are too exhausted)
Point being: I came into Tico Lingo knowing almost no Spanish, but by the end of my four weeks with Chris and Freddy I was able to speak Spanish well enough to continue traveling through Spanish Speaking countries for three months.
(ALSO SHOULD BE NOTED: their curriculum is entirely comprehensible for ALL ages. When I was there I saw students ages 18-68 come through, learn, and enjoy their time there.)

Not only are the teachers exceptional, but the Host Families as well make this program stand out as one of the best. My host family felt like my real family. Both parents and their three children were so patient and eager to speak with me about my day, politics, hobbies, life and everything else I was able to properly pronounce. They even hung out with me on my days off and made me feel like I was actually part of the family.

Program manager, Chris, and my host family worked together to make sure I was never bored, which is a daunting task. They organized hikes, day trips, and market visits to make sure I was fully experiencing all that Costa Rica had to offer and I MISS IT AND THEM EVERY DAY!!!
Anyone who has even BRIEFLY considered enrolling in this Spanish Emersion program should 100% sign up NOW. It exceeded all of my wildest expectations and truly truly gave me knowledge and experiences that I will cherish forever, and never be able to forget.

Program: Adult Spanish Immersion Program

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Academics

    9

  • Facilities

    10

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Health & Safety

    10

Tico immersion

I went to Costa Rica for two reasons -- vacation and to improve my Spanish skills. I went for two weeks and signed up for the full Tico Lingo experience (after class activities and weekend activities). It was a slow time of year so it turned out I was the only one who signed up for those. At first it was fine but as I got to know the area more, I found that I wanted to spend more time exploring so I didn't do the after class activities the second week. I did keep the weekend activities, though. And as I was planning to go on them, the other students (who hadn't originally signed up) ending up joining me and we had so much fun. The weekend activities are a must, in my opinion. They really made the CR experience more rewarding. Tico Lingo was very accommodating in setting those up to what I was interested in.

The classes -- I had signed up because I truly wanted to improve my Spanish and the first week was in a class with another student far below my level. Because of that, it slowed down our classes and I knew I wasn't meeting my potential. But my teacher (Cynthia) was awesome and we were all getting along so I didn't say anything. But after one week the other student left and then I expressed my concerns. I was then placed in a one-on-one class where I learned more in one week than I could have in months at any other program. I switched teachers (Freddy) and he taught in a way that made my comprehension excel much farther.

Overall, my experience was amazing. Chris, Karen and the teachers are very personable and easy to talk to. The school is somewhat new (only a few years old) although Chris, the owner, is passionate about what he’s doing, about Costa Rica and the Spanish language. The program is great and because it’s still a small school, I feel it’s a more personable experience than a larger immersion program. (Previously, I went to a larger immersion program in Argentina and this was my second.)

Costa Rica is so gorgeous, the people are so hospitable, and I plan to go back again one day.

Program: Adult Spanish Immersion Program

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Academics

    8

  • Facilities

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

Once in a life time experience

I stayed in Costa Rica for a month in June 2017 it was a really rewarding experience. I couldn't have asked for a better home stay family, we still text everyday even months later. I went to costa rica with only having a year of learning Spanish prior coming to Tico lingo. I think it would have been a little better if I had a couple more years of experience before coming and that way I could have spoke, and improved my Spanish more. But overall I had an incredible experience with my home stay family and I'll definitely be returning to see them. My Tico family made me realise how much I truly love the language and so next year my American parents and I decided that I'll be spending my senior year abroad in Peru learning Spanish with rotary exchange program.

I was there in Costa Rica for a month and picked three weekend activities the beach, zip lining and white water rafting. Zip lining and white water rafting was so incredible meeting new people and getting to see two sides of Costa Rica. Seeing beautiful things, swimming in waterfalls and then living with a true costa rican family and adapting to their everyday life.

The program overall was incredible but I was put in a class for two weeks with people who had up to 5years of Spanish experience while I only had one year. In that perspective I thought academically I was not learning as much as I could have because the level was too hard and that was their easiest class they provided. But the teachers are really sweet and the town is incredibly safe you can always walk around! And as soon as I left, I could tell the difference between how much I gained in knowledge of spanish and how passionate I was to even learn more.

Heredia is so beautiful and walking to school everyday by yourself made you reflect on life back at home and made you appreciate things you never even thought of. I love you costa rica! And PURA VIDA!

Program: Teen Spanish Immersion Summer Camp

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Facilities

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    N/A

Wonderful language school near San Jose

I spent two weeks at Tico Lingo and learned so much more in those two weeks than I had in 4 months working through language apps on my own. I gained a lot of confidence in speaking which I had been missing studying on my own. My teacher, Freddy, was fantastic and made learning/speaking fun. We only had a class of 3 students, which helped us each get a lot of practice. The best part of my two weeks was the homestay that Tico Lingo set up for me and my husband (who was also a student). Our Tico family was so sweet and made us feel at home. It was fun to get to know them and learn about their city and culture. Elena (our Tica mom) took us to La Feria (a huge farmers market) and a fireworks show on the weekends, which only added to our experience. I still crave Elena's cooking and miss chatting with her after class. I would highly recommend Tico Lingo to anyone trying to increase their confidence in speaking Spanish, no matter the level you are at now!!

Program: Adult Spanish Immersion Program

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