Experience ILE


Daily Life

Classes will be held either in the morning or afternoon, leaving the rest of the day to study, explore, and practice the Spanish language. 

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Abstract Structure

Singles and couples are offered and encouraged to live with a host family during their stay at the Institute. This housing option gives students a full perspective of culture, as well as a more in-depth language immersion experience. Host families cook all meals for their students, including a packed lunch if requested. Many of our families have been hosting for over fifteen years and are happy to help with homework, cultural questions, and other life experiences.


Living with a host family


Weekends are exciting times here at the Institute because not having classes means students have time to explore the beautiful country that is Costa Rica! Groups of students often plan "paseos" or "little trips" to see places such as Manuel Antonio Beach, Monteverde National Park, and La Paz Waterfall. If you are interested in exploring a place on your own, our staff is happy to assist in planning the best route to get there, and let you in on some greats spots you won't want to miss while you're there.


*Excursions are not included in tuition