Our students say it best…

Learn about previous students’ experiences and find out why CRLA is the best school for you.


I’m astounded by how much I learned in just 4 weeks.

Gayle Hankel Stone, USA
September 2016

I can actually communicate in Spanish, not always correctly, but well enough to be understood. So grateful to all the staff for their unwavering kindness and patience.

Amazing place to immerse yourself in Spanish.

Lav Sky
February 2017

Classes are small and offer individual attention to each student. After class you are able to learn to dance, cook and converse with awesome teachers! DEFINITELY RECOMMENDED!

Love the school and all of the extras offered!

Summer Alexis, TX, USA
June, 2016

This is an awesome place. They will help you with anything you need and make the transition to Costa Rican life pretty much seamless. I would recommend this program to anyone, in fact I will be recommending it to family and friends!

Incredible people, well-organized, warm and friendly environment.

Palmer Gleason, TN, USA
August, 2015

I would recommend this academy to anyone wishing to study Spanish, learn more about Costa Rica, and have a great time doing it!

I loved it so much I went back.

Tracy Watson, TX, USA
June, 2016

I first went to CRLA in 2004. Within a month it was remarkable what I learned. The staff is excellent!! Met the best group of people, almost all Europeans. Traveled every weekend. I loved it so much I went back 2005. I miss Costa Rica

One month at the Academy was like 3 years of high school Spanish.

Kevin Prehn & Travis Hansen, USA

The vigorous program was challenging, yet rewarding and extremely fun. The small classes let us get to know our professors on a one to one basis. They not only taught us but became our lifelong friends. Being at CRLA was like having a second family.

CRLA is a very high standard institute with a very friendly and relaxed atmosphere.

Fannar Baldvinsson
March 2017

Staff members are very enthusiastic about their work.

We all had a fantastic and meaningful experience. Hope to send many more groups. 

Anna, Towson University, USA

Thank you for allowing us to participate in this lovely program. We had a wonderful time!
Thank you for helping coordinate an incredibly successful program. We all had a fantastic and meaningful experience. I hope to send many more groups. Pura vida!

Not only do you learn Spanish, but you LIVE IT and ENJOY IT.

Nina Hilario, USA

Before I chose CRLA, I was the most skeptical person you could imagine. I asked dozens of questions about the program and even e-mailed the available references. Now that my stay is over, I´m only sorry that it went by so fast. The reason why

First time I´ve come across an institution which delivers exactly as promised.

Varum and Shabnam Frei, Switzerland, Dic.2009

Thank you for a wonderful experience with your school. My son and I have felt well looked after, safe, and all our needs were taken care of in a happy friendly way. The quality of teaching and all the services was excellent.

My students and I had the best experience and we are planning to come back. 

Sirlene Capers, USA
May 2015

Costa Rica is a wonderful tour destination. CRLA is an excellent language learning school. The staff and the teachers are the best. Costa Rica is Pura Vida!!!!

Your school is now my family too!

Sherilyn Fraess, Canada

I have been in the travel industry for seven years and Costa Rica is a country I wish to return to over and over.

CRLA is like a unified family!

Marcel Bouvier, Quebec, Canada

This is the second time in my adult life, that I can share all my thoughts and my feelings in a real community, aside from my own family. Everyone at CRLA: administrators, families, employees, teachers and students all make up a unified family with

Your homestay program alone is worth the price I paid for the entire program.  

Edward Joseph Klaas II, USA

The small size of the classes, often times one-on-one, and the diversity of instructors and students afforded me the opportunity to experience many different accents and teaching styles. Your instructors are intelligent, patient, kind and


Christine, Suiza, 2001

¡Hola chicas y chicos! Mañana tengo que regresar a Suiza. Muy triste para mí porque estos 3 meses en Costa Rica pasaron demasiado rápido. Pero fueron 3 meses muy bonitos. La gente costarricense, la escuela con todos sus profesores,

I couldn’t believe the staff already knew my name by the second day I was there.

Joyce Tomboulian, Canada
March, 2007

I have now returned to Canada and I just want to say how much I appreciated my month of study at CRLA in January.
Everything about my experience with the school was first rate: Your helpful e-mail communication before I arrived in Costa Rica, the

I know that with my “tico” host family and CRLA I will always have a second home.

Karin B., Switzerland

During 10 weeks I was attending Spanish classes at CRLA. Besides studying grammar, discussions about the world, and practicing the language, I learned a lot about Costa Rican culture, the way people live, their cuisine, their mentality. They are

Knew you could teach Spanish but had no idea you could teach enthusiasm so successfully.

Rick Shaughnessy, CA, USA.
September 2011

Thank you sincerely for the great experience Daniel had at CRLA and throughout Costa Rica.
His elevated Spanish skills have been especially noticed by his high school Spanish teacher and by our many Spanish-speaking friends. We saw


CRLA students have the opportunity of contributing to make a tangible difference in our world and to leave something positive for future generations.