Last week I was walking home when I saw a group of Ticos right off the road. My interest piqued and I decided to see what all of the commotion was about. To my surprise, what I thought was a small space opened into a long hallway, and then turned into a maze of entrances and exits expanding a couple city blocks to make up what the locals call the Mercado Central, or Central Market.

According to recent research published in the New York Times, being bilingual makes you smarter! It can have a profound effect on your brain, improving cognitive skills not related to language and even shielding against dementia in old age. Even more reason to study Spanish in Costa Rica! For the complete article, please visit the New York Times. 

With its colonial feel and old-fashioned ambiance, Barva is a must-visit if you enjoy exploring a town with deep cultural roots. Surrounded by vast coffee plantations, coffee cultivation is this town’s main industry. However, many locals are also known for being excellent artisans and craftsmen. Recently in an attempt to beautify the town’s Central Park, different Costa Rican artists from all across the country donated statues to help give the park a face-lift.

Climbing a volcano is like learning a language: keep putting one foot in front of the other and you'll soon achieve your goal.  Confused? Let me explain...

If you want to really learn Spanish in Costa Rica, you need to learn the sayings and slang.  You may be listening to a conversation between two Ticos, or Costa Ricans, and not understand a single word of it!  Ticos are famous for their creativity and use of sayings, or dichos, to get their point across.  Check out this list of Costa Rican dichos and and this list of

Schon ausprobiert? Die kleinen I-Tüpfelchen, die dein Spanischprogramm verschönern!

Das Schöne an Heredia ist, dass man beim Schlendern durch die Straßen hier und da niedliche Souvenir-Geschäfte, kleine Cafés und Restaurants entdecken kann.

Costa Rica was named in the top 5 greenest countries in the world by Yale and Columbia Universities.

Costa Rica is the only country outside Europe in the top 10 list that includes: Switzerland, Latvia, Norway, Luxembourg, Costa Rica, France, Austria, Italy, U.K. and Sweden.  For more information, click here!

Spanish isn't just vocabulary - it's music, food, family and fun! 

Today was my first day at Intercultura and it was a busy day.  It started off with an early breakfast with my Tica Mom. “¡Buenos días!” she sang cheerfully, “¿Cómo amaneció?”  I knew from my Spanish class that this was just a way to say, “How did you sleep?”

Perhaps studying abroad and learning Spanish is seen as a luxury in the current economic climate but according to Rick Steves, renowned travel expert, it's a necessity.  Not only can you learn Spanish in Costa Rica, but the cultural immersion you'll experience will broaden your understanding of the world and your ability to effectively engage with people of other cultures.  So what are you waiting for?  Study Spanish in Costa Rica and become culturally adept!