Apartado 1191-1007, Centro Colon, Costa Rica, Central America

dents may visit Nicoya, the colonial capital of the region, or the indigenous areas where traditional ceramics and art still flourish. For those students who wish to stay longer, volunteer opportunities are available.

Playa Samara


Samara is located on the northern Pacific coast in the Guanacaste region. It is 5km long, lined with palm trees, and enjoys a calm, clear water ocean in a protected coral reef bay. You can swim, dive, snorkel, kayak and surf/ boogie board. Offshore, an island with a  deserted beach is accessible by kayak or boat.

Samara also holds Costa Rica's prestigious 'Blue Flag' award, given only to the beaches and communities with the cleanest waters and proven environmentally sound practices.

Classes are held adjacent to the hotel where students are housed, close to the town center and services.It offers a large pool and gardens palm-thatched ranchos', social areas, restaurant/bar, and beach access (100 metres).
It also has tour services (domestic flights, horse-riding, bike rental, ultralight gliding, deep-sea fishing, dolphin tours, waterfall visits, etc) *these involve an additional cost*
swim   swimming poll

Classes are given in open-air ranchos, terraces, balconies, or in air conditioned rooms. Courses follow the Heredia program, with emphasis on conversational aspects and didactic activities. Every Friday, workshops are offered on political, social and cultural themes; students attend according to preference.


Extra-curricular activities offered include Latin dance and cooking classes, conversational interchanges with Tico students, optional tours, and a graduation party at the beachside cafe. In their free time students enjoy mountain biking to nearby beaches or forests, playing pool and darts, trying out the local "bocas" (typical dishes), spending time with friends at a beachside bar or cafe, or enjoying the sunset while riding horses down the beach.
beach Intensive Spanish class at the beach or by the pool


Students share rooms in a luxury hotel, with fan or Air Conditioning. Meals are available at the hotel or local restaurants. Students may also use hotel facilities for basic cooking needs. Rooms each have a balcony or terrace, private bathroom with hot water, bedside tables, lamp, desk, and ample closet and drawer space.
The hotel safe is available to store valuables, and laundry service is offered. Homestays are also available with local families, who provide a wonderful introduction to rural Costa Rican customs and lifestyles. Families live within walking distance of the school (bikes may also be rented for easy coming and going).


Samara is a local community with a variety of activities, such as sunset football games on the beach, a disco, card games, horse-riding, and more.
It has a typical Tico character, with a local art gallery on the beach, several ocean-side cafe/restaurants and bars, small supermarket, post office, medical clinic, internet cafe, etc.

samara   campus beach


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***A second week will be held in high season.
** An alternate or additional week may be held on Aug. 18 – 23 to accommodate returning university students.

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