Playa TamarindoCosta Rica

Study in Playa Tamarindo

Study in Playa Tamarindo with EF and immerse yourself in Costa Rica’s pristine beaches, lush rainforest jungles, and endless array of wildlife.

Spend a year in Playa Tamarindo and gain access to one of the most ecologically diverse spots on earth. Exotic wildlife is everywhere, as colorful birds chirp away melodies and howler monkeys swing from the trees around town, including those over EF’s pool. Sustainable tourism is a major economic engine and the government has pledged to make Costa Rica the world’s first carbon neutral nation. Our internship offerings in Nature Preservation and Eco-tourism can kick-start an international career. EF’s study programs familiarize students with Costa Rican culture, and the special interest classes in Costa Rican Cooking and Costa Rican National Parks are especially popular.

Study in Playa Tamarindo, where our language center sits between the edge of a lush Costa Rican jungle and the sandy beaches of the Pacific Coast. EF is housed in a fully-renovated, colonial-style villa. The building was once a resort hotel and it still feels like one. EF Playa Tamarindo wraps around a crystal-clear pool, classrooms open to tropical gardens, and the cafeteria serves traditional Costa Rican dishes.

Naturally beautiful

The steady swells of Playa Tamarindo have drawn surfers for decades. Today’s Tamarindo blends a dose of surf culture with authentic Costa Rican living. Eating a breakfast of gallo pinto before hitting the waves is not uncommon. Much more than just a lazy surf town, Playa Tamarindo matches a beautiful coastline with a jungle interior. The waterfalls, mangrove swamps and nesting leatherback sea turtles of Parque Nacional Marino Las Baulas are all within walking distance of EF.

Study in Playa Tamarindo and experience Costa Rica’s unique blend of rich culture and spectacular settings. Attend a rodeo alongside cowboy hat-wearing locals, a favorite Costa Rican pastime. Venture into the rainforest and go on an unforgettable zip-line tour between the thick trees. Surf Playa Tamarindo’s incessant swells or share a cup of stiff coffee with a friendly ‘Tico’, as Costa Ricans are fondly known.

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Program Highlights
  • Combine language and academic studies
  • Study abroad for 6, 9 or 11 months
  • Achieve complete language fluency
  • Network with students from 100 countries

School Highlights

  • Unique location bordering lush forest with exotic wildlife
  • Private swimming pool and sun deck
  • Easily reach the clear waters and white sand of the nearby beach in minutes on foot
  • 10-minute walk from shops, markets and nightlife in the city center
  • Onsite accommodation available

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Your pathway to fluency

Combined language and academic studies. You’ll achieve language fluency with your personalized program – while focusing on the career or academic pursuit of your choice.

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  • EF Intensive Program

    Accelerated language acquisition, our most popular course

    32 Lessons / weekLearn more

    Beginner to Advanced

    9 months, 11 months (year) or 6 months (semester)

    32 of 40 min per week

    Start dates
    January, April, June and September

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      • EF General Program

        A well-rounded program of language study

        26 Lessons / weekLearn more

        Beginner to Advanced

        9 months, 11 months (year) or 6 months (semester)

        26 of 40 min per week

        Start dates
        January, April, June and September

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      • EF Exam Preparation Program

        Prepare for and take an internationally recognized language exam.

        32 Lessons / weekLearn more

        Beginner to Advanced

        9 months, 11 months (year) or 6 months (semester)

        32 of 40 min per week

        Start dates
        January, April, June & September

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      Live like a local

      Experience total cultural immersion. You’ll feel at home in Playa Tamarindo – whether you’re making fried plantains with a local family or living steps from the Pacific Ocean on EF’s campus.

      • EF Homestay

        Immerse yourself in the daily life of your new host country by living in a private local home. You’ll enrich your understanding of the culture, pick up expressions with greater ease and acquire a more authentic accent. Homestay hosts are conveniently located, so that you can come and go as you please.

      • EF Residence

        Live in the heart of the city alongside EF students from over 100 countries. Enjoy easy access to your course center by public transportation – as well as the city’s shopping, restaurants and sport facilities. Residences vary, but often offer Wi-Fi internet access, meal plans and more.

      • EF Campus

        Stay on-site, just steps from your classes. You’ll experience a vibrant campus life while living alongside students from over 100 countries. Enjoy facilities such as a cafeteria, student lounge, sport complexes, Wi-Fi internet access and more. Live-in EF staff are always on call.

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      Student talk: Playa Tamarindo

      • Lesly VervondelBelgium
      • LotteNorway
      • “My advice for future students is don't be afraid – EF will be the experience of your life”

        Lesly Vervondel

      • “Playa Tamarindo is so charming. And there's so much to do – put on your swimsuit and you can walk kilometer after kilometer along the beaches, get your jogging shoes and explore the area around the school or rent a bike and ride into the city.”


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      Student life in Playa Tamarindo

      Playa Tamarindo is a nature lover’s paradise. Each day, you’ll be placed in the enviable dilemma of deciding between surfing Pacific Ocean breaks, hiking to epic waterfalls deep in the jungle, climbing to the top of an active volcano or simply lounging at EF’s own pool. Our activities coordinators are onsite to introduce you to all Costa Rica has to offer.

      Sightseeing & CultureShoppingSports & OutdoorsExcursionsEntertainment & Nightlife
      Walk from your EF classroom to Playa Grande beach and Las Baulas National Marine Park, where white sands brush against the thick forests of Costa Rica’s preserved coastline. Here you’ll find surfers carving Pacific swells in sight of one of the planet’s most important leatherback sea turtle nesting areas. Venture into the rainforest and stumble upon pristine waterfalls and a dizzying array of indigenous wildlife. Tour an organic coffee bean farm and learn the roasting process from a local farmer.
      Playa Tamarindo is one of Costa Rica’s top shopping destinations, especially for tourists. Most of the shops cater to vacationing surfers and you’ll be able to buy a board, wet suit and laid-back clothing just steps from our school.
      Take daily surfing lessons on the picture-perfect swells of Playa Tamarindo. Spot sea turtles while snorkeling around the crystal clear waters. Ocean kayak down the coast, stopping for a swim on isolated beaches. Swing above the roof of the rainforest on an exhilarating zip line tour. Splash your way through the jungle on a whitewater rafting outing and ride through the Costa Rican hinterland on horseback.
      Get a taste of Costa Rican cowboy culture from the stands at a local rodeo. Hike around the Arenal Volcano, the country’s smoldering active peak. Explore the capital of San Juan and the protected cloud forests of Monteverde. You’ll also have the opportunity to travel to Panama’s Bocas del Toro archipelago and Nicaraguan colonial city of Granada.
      The presence of so many surfers in town has shaped Tamarindo’s nightlife which is a blend of chilled-out lounges and rowdy beach bars. Take salsa lessons at EF to prepare for nights spent dancing to traditional music at local clubs.

      Prices & Dates for Playa Tamarindo

      Personalized and flexible. Your program is personalized to meet your specific needs. With start dates in January, April, June and September and programs lasting 6, 9 and 11 months – you can study when it’s most convenient for you. All prices include accommodation with a local host family.

      Included in the Price

      • 20,26 or 32 Spanish lessons per week (40-minute lessons)
      • EF Placement test and progress tracker
      • EF Course Certificate
      • EFELT report
      • Online pre & post course
      • Access to My EF™ from enrollment
      Lesson materials
      • Digital learning media (tablet)
      • Academic material
      • Welcome package and orientation
      • Wireless Wi-Fi Internet at EF school
      • Monday-Friday: breakfast & dinner
      • Weekends: all the meals
      • Twin room with homestay
      CourseStart DatesSemesterYear11 months
      16 Jun 2014, 08 Sep 2014, 05 Jan 2015, 13 Apr 2015
      $ 12,490$ 15,990$ 20,490Get price details
      Exam Preparation
      16 Jun 2014, 08 Sep 2014, 05 Jan 2015, 13 Apr 2015
      $ 13,290$ 17,150$ 22,130Get price details
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