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Intensive oral practice is the key to achieve conversational proficiency, so our methodology focuses on the speaking and listening skills during class time.

We offer a large range of prices to adjust to the needs of each person, taking into consideration the quality of the academic material and the amount of hours that will be spent in class.

Being in a safe and comfortable environment is one of the most important things to consider when studying abroad, we have diverse options to offer our students.

Immersing in the culture is a great way to boost your development in a new language, that’s why there’ll be multiple activities in which you’ll have the opportunity to participate.

Barrio Escalante

Located in a trendy neighborhood in the heart of San Jose. It is characterized by its diverse cuisine and by being within walking distance of downtown San Jose, as well as museums, cultural centers and much more.


Known as the city of mangoes, this city is located near the Juan Santamaria International Airport. It is the ideal point to move around to visit volcanoes and mountains of the Central Pacific.


Located in the west of San Jose, it is close to shopping centers and important office centers that are the headquarters of large multinational companies that have their offices in Costa Rica. It is only 45 minutes away from the beaches of the Central Pacific.


With a privileged climate, it is considered the province of flowers. It is characterized by its friendly people and its picturesque historical towns such as Barva, Santo Domingo, among others. In addition, it is close to shopping and business centers.

About Us

Intensa began offering intensive Spanish and English language programs in 1980. The founders, both educators by profession, recognized a felt need among students, not met by existing institutions, to be able to converse as functional bilinguals in Spanish and English. Intensa’s innovative methodology, that focuses on maximizing the learner’s conversational practice while in class, has been successfully satisfying that need for more than 35 years.

Currently Intensa has four sites located in the Central Valley’s major urban centers: two in San José and one each in Heredia and Alajuela. The institute offers Spanish programs for individuals or groups or a combination of both, programs that are customized along professional lines and programs that combine learning and adventure.


To satisfy the need of our students to communicate as functional multilinguals through the use of an innovative methodology and personalized attention, in a reasonable time span and at a reasonable cost.


To be an innovative institution of higher education, a leader nationally and internationally in offering educational programs that are practical and intensive.

Why Intensa?

  • Over 35 years of experience with effective results. “You DO learn; ask our students.”
  • Our methodology focuses on intensive oral practice to effectively achieve conversational proficiency.
  • Our program is comprehensive, developing speaking, listening and reading skills without neglecting writing and the underlying grammar.
  • Dynamic and interactive lessons in small groups with an average of four students per class.
  • Intensa is an authorized examination center for the DELE, a diploma accrediting a person’s competency level in Spanish as a foreign language, issued and recognized by the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports.

Authorized Test Center