Mission:

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.

Vision:

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

Why Intensa?

  • Experience: Over 40 years of experience and thousands of students back up our methodology!.
  • Methodology: We want our students to be able to have fluent conversations in day to day activities, at school and/ or professionally… So, we focus on intensive oral practice to achieve that proficiency, without neglecting writing and underlying grammar.
  • Flexibility & adaptability: Small groups in dynamic and interactive lessons, all year round!

  • Multiple locations: Intensa has 4 different locations in 3 provinces to choose from!

  • Accommodation: 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, including homestay families, that have been meticulously picked and that comply with our standards..

  • Activities: We have multiple activities for our students to participate in and immerse in the Costa Rican culture like cooking, dance, walking tours and others.
  • Expeditions: Costa Rica offers something for everyone. Whether you wish to spend your day hiking through the rain forest and gazing at exotic birds, or sipping tropical drinks in a natural hot spring while admiring the explosion of an active volcano. Both oceans provide excellent surfing, scuba diving and snorkeling opportunities. With over 15 different ecosystems, students will have a wide variety of landscapes, climates and activities to choose from our selected expeditions.

  • Volunteering: Volunteering helps not only to develop or improve hard and soft skills that will advance your career, but is also proven to make you happy! From taking care of baby sea turtles, to teaching English to young adults in high vulnerability contexts; from translation for non-government organizations to learning how to run a sustainable and organic farm… We have many options to choose from to volunteer and make a difference!

  • International programs coordinator: Student support before, during and after the program.

  • Credits: Students can receive university credits for studies at Intensa, further information provided upon request.

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Locations

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.

Alajuela

Known as the city of mangos, 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.

Escazú

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

Heredia

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.

Our Story

2017
May 6

Portugues

Portugues
Você fala português? Now you can do it with Intensa!
2016
September 7

Program 60 Plus

Program 60 Plus
The 50 plus program opens the first group
2012
February 20

Location Alajuela

Location Alajuela
Intensa Alajuela moves to its current location
2009
July 7

Kids

Kids
Intensa opens the first group for Kids
June 26

Heredia

Heredia
Located in Plaza Bratsi
2008
July 10

MET Test

MET Test
Intensa manages to be part of the accredited Center for…
2003
January 8

Business courses

Business courses
In this year, Intensa launches the English program for companies
2002
April 17

Escazú

Escazú
Intensa opens its headquarters in Escazú, in the Trilogía building.…
2000
September 26

Semi-Intensive Courses

Semi-Intensive Courses
Semi-intensive programs are included in the academic offer
1995
March 20

Barrio Escalante

Barrio Escalante
Intensa Barrio Escalante was the first location that was opened…
1980
October 10

Foundation

Foundation