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Turrialba Mega 2018-05-21T02:51:34+00:00

AEC in Turrialba

Experience the most immersive language school in Costa Rica.

Turrialba was selected as a campus site by AEC because of this unique location. By being outside the standard tourist flow, Turrialba has kept its Costa Rican native charm and therefore serves as the most immersive of our campuses.

Even though many tourists pass through town to experience its famous white water rafting, there are not many foreigners living in the area. This makes for an excellent environment for students wishing to practice their Spanish.

“AEC offers a great combination of learning experiences, mixed with fun options for seeing Costa Rica!”

The staff, the administrators, the teachers and the host families are all welcoming and wonderful. I have recommended the experience to many fellow students.

Lori Lawson

AEC Client, 2016

Turrialba Programs

Getting to Turrialba

Fly into Juan Santamaría International Airport, (SJO). You will need to arrive by Sunday afternoon to your lodging.
Use AEC’s airport pickup or direct pickup by a driver for ease of arrival to your campus.

Airport Pickup

AEC Spanish students traveling to Arenal can take advantage of the airport pickup package.

The AEC Airport Pickup Includes the following:

  • A pickup at the airport by a member of our staff.

  • Overnight stay at our near the airport guest house.

  • Continental breakfast in the morning.

  • Routing to the proper bus terminal and paid bus fare.

Price: $140 per person

Take the Bus

If you have been to Costa Rica before, and are familiar with Costa Rica’s public bus system, taking the bus is also an option.

Things to know about taking the bus to Turrialba:

  • The Turrialba bus station is known as Transtusa located in downtown San Jose..

  • One will have to arrange a taxi from the airport to Transtusa, about a 1/2 from the airport.

  • The bus leaves every hour from 8am to 8pm to Turriialba.

  • Make sure you take the “Directo to Turrialba”.

  • Once you arrive in Turrialba taxis are available to take you to your host f

  • Make sure you contact the host family before you arrive on Sunday afternoon.

Lodging in Turrialba

Home stays are with local Costa Rican families in the town of Turrialba. Each student will have a private room with their own bathroom. Couples can stay with the same family. Weekly laundry service is provided along with two meals a day, breakfast and dinner. Almost all of our families are within walking distance to our school campus. The families are of middle income and usually professionals. They have all been in our service for years and we have some the best host families in all of Costa Rica says coordinating staff for “Rustic Pathways”.

They have to meet certain criteria for becoming a host family, cleanness, bathroom required and overall interest in our student’s experience. Some of the best families are where their children have left the nest and they enjoy having cultural exchanges with our students. They help with homework, speak slower and want to be part of the experience and not looking at students as a dollar sign but wanting the best overall experience for them.

2018 Turrialba Pricing

Program Options Desciption 1 Week 2 Weeks 3 Weeks 4 Weeks Extra Week
Standard 16 Hour Group lessons with
a class size of 6.
$280 $550 $780 $990 $235
Intensive 20 hour Group lessons with a
class size of 6
$325 $640 $900 $1,140 $285
Super Intensive 28hr Group lessons with a
class size of 6 and private.
$485 $960 $1,380 $1,780 $445
16 hour Medical Program Group lessons with a
class size of 6.
$400 $790 $1,140 $1,470 $355
16 hour Nursing Program Group lessons with a
class size of 6.
$400 $790 $1,140 $1,470 $355
20 hour Medical Program Group lessons with a
class size of 6.
$445 $880 $1,260 $1,620 $405
20 hour Nursing Program Group lessons with a
class size of 6.
$445 $880 $1,260 $1,620 $405
Childrens 16 Hour Program Ages 8-13 $252 $504 $756 $1,008 $240
Childrens 20 Hour Program Ages 8-13 $292 $584 $876 $1,168 $260
Kinder 20 Hour Program Ages 3-7 $195 $390 $585 $780 $190
Program Start Dates
  • Classes start every Monday of the year except on Costa Rican National Holidays.

  • There are no refunds for missed days because of holidays.

  • For weeks with a national holiday, students have the option of dropping down to the 16 hour program and price.

Holidays

The following Costa Rica Holidays are observed by the school

  • January 1st, 2018
  • March 29th to 30th, 2018
  • April 11th, 2018
  • May 1st, 2018
  • July 25th, 2018
  • August 15th, 2018
  • September 15th, 2018
  • Decebmer 25th, 2018

How to Register

Contact our registration coordinator, Jeff Garrison, for more information and assistance with booking your course sessions. To contact Jeff please use the numbers below or submit a message via the contact form.

Call Us

For calls placed from within the U.S., please call:

800-237-2730

For international calls, please call:

209-728-8344

Inquiry Form

Please fill out our inquiry form one of our knowledgeable representatives will get back to you within one business day.

Explore a Turrialba

Turrialba was selected as a campus site by AEC because of this unique location. By being outside the standard tourist flow, Turrialba has kept its Costa Rican native charm and therefore serves as the most immersive of our campuses. Even though many tourists pass through town to experience its famous white water rafting, there are not many foreigners living in the area. This makes for an excellent environment for students wishing to practice their Spanish.

There are over 70,000 inhabitants of the Turrialba valley and the town is its social, political, economic and cultural heart. Here, the people are famous for their love of life, outgoing natures and devotion to family. This spirit radiates to all who visit and spend time here. Visitors become a part of this extended family and can feel as safe and secure as if it were their own hometown.

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Turrialba Facts

Country: Costa Rica

Province: Cartago

Altitude: 2,093 feet

Climate: Tropical Rainforest

Average Yearly Rainfall: 131 inches yearly

Average Temperature: 75°F

Things to See

Coffee Plantations, The Guayabo National Monument, and abundant wildlife.

Things to Do

Learn Spanish, adventure tours, river rafting, hiking, zip lining and mountain biking.