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Frecuently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Why study at Centro Cultural?

Centro Cultural Costarricense-Norteamericano is the leading institution for English teaching in Costa Rica.

With CCCN, you can count on our 70 years of experience, instructors in constant process of evaluation and training, the latest in technology-assisted learning, and the most effective environment for learning in Costa Rica. Our classes are 100% dynamic and participative.

Where is Centro Cultural located?

In addition to our main center in San Pedro, we have locations in Heredia, Alajuela, Cartago and La Sabana (San José).

Look for addresses and information on services at each center in the LOCATIONS AND CONTACTS section.

Are classes at Centro Cultural just for adults?

No. At Centro Cultural, we offer a variety of programs for students of all ages and reasons for learning English.

We offer programs for children, teenagers and adults, all of which help students develop language skills in an integrated fashion.

Our programs are highly conversational and are supported by online support resources.

In addition, we offer semi-intensive schedules or intensive courses for students who need to see results faster. We also have advanced courses for students who want to continue improving their skills.

What do I need to do to study at Centro Cultural?

If you want to learn English with us at Centro Cultural, your first step is to take the placement test (PCN). The PCN will help determine your current level and place you in the right group in the program of your choice.

After the placement test, you choose the schedule that works best for you.

Simple as that; now you are a student of Centro Cultural.

Other than English programs, what else does Centro Cultural have to offer?

Centro Cultural works to maximize the impact of our students’ efforts in learning English, so we offer several complementary services, such as the Mark Twain Library – the largest bilingual library in Costa Rica.

We also offer multimedia labs, conversation clubs, and our Educational Advising Office, where you can get information on university-level study abroad opportunities in the United States.

As a cultural center, we strive to promote inter-cultural experiences between the people of Costa Rica and the United States. We maintain a busy schedule of performances by Costa Rican and international artists in our Eugene O’Neil Theater, and we present exciting shows in the Sophia Wanamaker Galleries.

How long does a course last at Centro Cultural? Is there a way to pay in installments?

At Centro Cultural, we schedule our courses in 7 weeks terms. Some terms will lose class days due to national holidays such as Holy Week, Mothers Day, among others, but these situations are taken into account during planning by our Academic Department, to ensure that students are not affected. Objectives are fulfilled and learning content is delivered regardless of holidays.

Regarding payment, at Centro Cultural we do not charge enrollment fees, and we also offer financing, discounts and permanent promotional discounts for our students.

Does Centro Cultural offer scholarships?

Yes. Centro Cultural has various financial aid programs available to the general public. Among these are the Programa de Asistencia Recíproca (Mutual Assistance Program), the Programa Anual de Becas (Annual Scholarship Program) and our 70 Anniversary Scholarship (50% Incentive Program).

For details on our financial aid programs and their requirements, visit the Enrollment Office in any of our centers and ask for the scholarship application.

How can I study English at the company where I work? Is that possible?

Yes, it is. Centro Cultural has developed a study program called On Site, in which a company puts together a group of employees interested in learning English and we send instructors directly to the company for the classes.

For more information on this service, please contact our Sales Department, at

When I finish my English courses at Centro Cultural, will I get a certificate?

A basic requirement for graduation from our programs for children, teenagers and adults is a minimum passing grade of 80 for all courses taken.

In the case of our adult programs, CCCN also requires that students take the TOEIC test, the most commonly used exam in the world to measure the English abilities of non-native-speaking students.

The student must score at or above the established minimum in order to graduate, at which time they will receive the course certificate as well as the internationally recognized TOEIC score certification. This certification is awarded only to those students who have achieved the minimum required score.