"Even though I am still not fluent in spanish, I have a much easier time communicating and understanding in spanish. Since there are many spanish speaking people in the U.S. currently, it will be helpful in my future practice."
Medical student. Green Bay, WI
"Slowly but surely I am learning more Spanish to help me in the hospital. We have a fair amount of Spanish speaking patients."
Physician in Wisconsin.
NRCSA Medical Programs in Costa Rica
has the highest standard of medical care in all of Latin America and is home to a number of high quality medical facilities and teaching centers.
San José the capital of Costa Rica, has several excellent museums and many of the country's best hotels, restaurants, and nightlife options. The city's other great assets are its location and mild climate. San José enjoys pleasant weather year round and is situated in a broad fertile bowl ringed by jagged mountains, some of which are active volcanoes.
Group Spanish Lessons & Medical Vocabulary PLUS Medical Facilities Visits (Not available during mid-June through mid-August)
The Group Spanish instruction is offered at up to five levels from elementary to advanced. Students are given an evaluation exam upon arrival and are placed in the appropriate group. A team of teachers, working in rotation, will personally guide you in your studies. They will teach you in the four language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. With the assistance of audio cassettes, overhead projectors, video and other visual aids, your team will instruct you in grammar, correct pronunciation and the use of everyday idiomatic language. Classes are small with a maximum of 8 students and often with only 4 or 5 group participants. The small group size assures you individual participation and attention from the teacher.
The Medical Vocabulary Tutorial classes will focus on the words and phrases you use in your daily interaction with patients or will need in your area of work. These are private lessons that progress ot your level and abilities. It provides a chance to work on your personal strengths and weaknesses. You are encouraged to submit a list of vocabulary in advance for use in the class.
This program also includes two visits per week to local hospitals, clinics and other medical facilities. This allows students a chance to see how medical facilities are run in San Jose.
Families participating in the homestay program have been carefully chosen for their friendliness and willingness to help the students practice Spanish and acquaint themselves with the Costa Rican way of life. The host families are from the Costa Rican middle class and most have had foreign students as guests before. We will make every reasonable effort to match you and your interests with an appropriate family.
Homes are within easy commuting distance from the school. Students will be placed one student per family. The homestay will provide the student with experience in handling real language situations and will help the student acquire insights into local culture and customs, all of which add meaning to the language learning process.
The homestay includes a private room, and laundry service plus a good breakfast and a main meal. Normally, homestays begin on the weekend prior to starting classes. Student lodging with the family begins the day the student arrives in Costa Rica. Other benefits such as weekly laundry service are included.
Other Accommodations - For students wishing alternate lodging arrangements, we can make reservations at one of several nearby hotels or aparthotels. Please specify class level and amenities desired if this type of lodging is of interest to you. These options are on request and at additional cost.
Non-students (children, spouse) who are accompanying a student can receive lodging and meals with a family during non-peak months. Additionally, we will attempt to locate day care for children while parents are studying.
Students will be met at the San Jose Airport and transferred to their lodging at no additional cost provided flight information is conveyed at least 10 days in advance.A departure transfer is also provided. Lodging information is sent prior to departure. Information of where to go and how to get there will be sent to students prior to departure.
Cultural & Social Activities Since Intensa's San Jose location also teaches English to Costa Ricans, there is ample opportunity to meet and converse with native speakers at the school. Many students arrange informal conversation exchange sessions.
Weekday Tours Focus on attractions relatively close to San Jose such as museums, coffee plantations, nearby volcanoes, and botanical gardens.
Weekend Tours Offer the best opportunity to visit Costa Rica's tropical beaches and lush national parks. Active volcanoes, white water rivers, rain and cloud forests, coral reefs, and tropical jungles are some other options. Activites are generally available, with transportation and entrance fees payable locally.
We believe that relaxation through recreation is an important ingredient of any intensive study program. Therefore, the school has supplemented the instruction program with a cultural program which includes fieldtrips, Latin American dance lessons, and tours through the lush, green, picturesque countryside and to breathtaking tropical beaches.
- 20 hrs/week Group Spanish - 10 hrs/week Medical Vocabulary Tutorial - Two visits per week to local medical facilities. - Homestay lodging in single room. - Two meals daily. (Breakfast & Dinner) - Orientation (covering attractions, how to, health safety, entertainment) - Academic Assessment (placement-exit tests, achievement certificate) - International Emergency & Medical Insurance - Emergency Hotline Staffed 24/hrs day (call collect anywhere in the world) - Arrival & Departure transfer from airport to lodging address. - Laundry once per week. - Course materials.
Spanish & Medical Vocabulary Plus Medical Facilities Visits
Spanish & Medical Vocabulary Plus Medical Facilities Visits: 20 hours per week Spanish plus 10 hours per week of one and one classes. (Not available during mid-June through mid-August)
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The NRCSA Center in Costa Rica was founded in 1980, and it employs a highly qualified teaching staff. The length study can be as short as two weeks or as long as six months.
It is conveniently located in a quiet residential suburb just off a main bus route and within easy walking distance from bustling downtown San José. The University of Costa Rica is just half a mile away and there are restaurants, stores, theaters, and malls in the surrounding area.
The teachers take a dynamic approach to teaching Spanish through constant conversation practice which is made possible by the high level of its teaching staff. Teachers have university degrees and are selected on the basis of their teaching experience and alert, active personalities.
Over the past 17 years, students have come from all over the world to study, principally from North America and Europe. They are college students, teachers, business people, missionaries, military personnel, and diplomats among others.
The participants arrive with different language backgrounds and expectations: some have no experience with Spanish at all; others have studied formally but have limited conversational skills while still others are fluent but want to improve their interaction with native speakers. Students may receive and send faxes from the school, with incoming faxes being free of charge, and e-mail accounts are available.
• No maximum age. Minimum age is 17 (often waived if accompanied by an adult). • Location: Suburbs • Size: varies considerably by season. The 'average' is 26-80 foreign students. • Medical: school refers students if needed (medical costs additional). See below for information regarding insurance. • Arrival airport transfers are included if flights advised 30 days prior arrival. • Vacations: no class make-up on National, Regional, or local holidays.
• Foreign language classes are taught entirely in the foreign language (immersion method). • All levels are welcome (beginner to advanced) unless otherwise specified above. • Levels: placement tests are used. If there is no full group at your level, smaller group or tutor may be given with fewer hours per week. • Tutor means one-on-one class (private teacher). Shared tutor means two-on-one. • Students/class is maximum people per class ... which may be exceeded by 1-2 persons due to level placement. • School is popular with business and medical professionals seeking accelerated and special vocabulary classes. • Class-hour is 50 minutes (Most universities use a 50 minute hour).
Lodging & Meals
• Accommodation address given upon arrival. • In homestays, meal times and content will vary. • Lodging ends day after last day of class. Begins Sunday prior to start of class. • Meals: See 'cost includes' above for which meals included. (2 meals means breakfast and "main" meal). • If a special diet is preferred (vegetarian, allergies, etc.), please advise NRCSA upon registering for the program.
Cultural Program & Activities
• Excursions optional at additional cost, subject to minimum sign-up. • Many varied activities: some included, some optional.
• Lodging/daycare available at additional cost.
Insurance --- for study dates prepaid through NRCSA
• 24 Hour Emergency Multilingual Hotline (call collect from anywhere in the world) • $25,000 Emergency Medical Evacuation • $10,000 Accident or Sickness ($100 deductible per claim) • $5,000 Emergency Reunion • See policy for definitions and exclusions • Increased insurance coverages available on request and at additional cost. Please inquire with NRCSA at least 3 weeks prior to departure