STUDY SPANISH IN HEREDIA
Enjoy learning Spanish surrounded by hills and volcanoes, in a town with few tourists and a lot of opportunity for Spanish practice!
Study Spanish in the mountain city of Heredia, Costa Rica, and live with one of our wonderful and friendly homestay families. This typical, small Central American city has its own charm with colonial flair, and is located less than 10 km (6 miles) from San José, the capital of Costa Rica.
The colonial building of our historic campus is an oasis on the outskirts of downtown Heredia. From the moment you walk through the door, you will be welcomed in a friendly and familiar atmosphere.
INTERACT WITH THE LOCAL CULTURE AND COMMUNITY
What makes our Heredia city campus unique
We have daily FREE activities, such as Latin dance, cooking, conversation hour with locals, yoga and Zumba. In addition, our social activities staff takes students on weekly evening social outings and afternoon cultural tours. This is a great way for students to make new friends, socialize, and really get to know the town and the people of Heredia. Destinations can include visiting a coffee shop in a nearby colonial town, going to an art show, a night on the town at a popular university bar, or doing a museum trip in the capital. (Students pay only entry fees and transport).
Students will also find there are many ways to integrate into the community through sport: at a pick-up basketball game in the park one block from school; at the football field a few blocks north of us; going to the local gym or swimming at the Olympic-size public pool just two blocks from Intercultura.
Meet and connect with Costa Ricans without even having to leave the school!
Intercultura Heredia not only hosts Spanish students from around the world but also offers English & Brazilian Portuguese classes to local “tico” students, which guarantees a language and cultural exchange with locals right where you study!
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THE CITY OF HEREDIA
Heredia is an important cultural center for Costa Rica, and has managed to retain a typical Latin American "pueblo" feel despite increasing modernization. The colonial church and its central plaza, only 4 blocks from school, are still a favorite meeting place for Heredia's inhabitants, old and young. It is home to the National University and only 20 minutes from the airport and the capital city of San José. Known as the "City of Flowers" for the colourful, tropical vegetation in the surrounding mountains, Heredia provides the convenience and manageability of a smaller city (pop. 75,000) in an environment that has escaped to a large extent the normal urban problems affecting the capital. As tourism is minimal to non-existent in Heredia, students experience a truly authentic cultural and linguistic immersion during their stay here.
Easily accessible from the city are San José's museums and galleries, the nearby Poás and Barva volcanoes and, further afield, Costa Rica's numerous beaches and national parks. While learning the Spanish language during the week, you may thoroughly explore the country's natural wonders, world renowned for their beauty and biodiversity, on the weekends. Heredia's proximity to transportation hubs such as the airport and the central bus stations in San José make it an ideal base for your stay here.
We highly recommend a week or more in Heredia before moving to the beach campus!
There is a variety of services no more than a few minutes on foot from the school. For example the olympic-size swimming pool, gyms, yoga studios, bars, restaurants, basketball courts, the National University's theatre and grounds, the post office, daycares, banks, football fields, clinics and more.
THE PROVINCE OF HEREDIA
The province of Heredia is the coffee-growing capital of Costa Rica, and in the countryside you will still occasionally see loaded ox-carts bringing in the beans from the coffee plantations characteristic of the green mountainsides. In the nearby rural villages you will witness a way of life very different to that of the cities, and can see vestiges of the old colonial architecture once typical in the entire central valley. Nearby places such as Barva and San Rafael provide an wonderful experience of typical small-town Latin lifestyles, where you can participate in village festivals, buy fruits at the local farmers' markets or simply walk around and practice your Spanish with the locals.
Heredia's weather is breezy and pleasantly warm year-round with average temperatures of 80F/26C. The weather is ideal for both learning Spanish and exploring after school.
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