The Californian coastal city of San Diego is the second-largest city in the state and an incredible place to visit at almost any time of the year! With its mild Mediterranean climate, picturesque beaches and charming individual neighbourhoods, San Diego offers an outdoor culture and an abundance of attractions to satisfy any taste.
Choose to Learn English with us in this fascinating part of California, just north of the Mexican border and you will get to know the city´s history, the beautiful beaches, the incredible array of sports activities available, the stunning coastal walks and the endless entertainment options! All of these things are found in a relatively laid-back and slower-paced environment than you normally would expect from such a large city!
There are 6 downtown districts within walking distance of each other in San Diego, each with its own identity. These include the Core District, full of entertainment venues and great restaurants, the Gaslamp District which is famous for its nightlife and shopping possibilities and the Marina District, where you will find the famous Midway Museum and Seaport Village. Outside of the central downtown area there are 16 further districts, including La Jolla - a picturesque seaside area, Old Town, Pacific Beach, Ocean Beach, North Park and Mission Bay Park!
Our school in San Diego
Our English language school is a modern school located right in the centre of the city, just a short walk from the beautiful San Diego Bay and the historic Gaslamp District. The school is within easy reach of all of the main attractions, including Balboa Park, the world famous San Diego Zoo and the popular Horton Plaza shopping district!
There is a maximum of just 8 students per class and, with over 40 years of experience, the highly qualified teachers and school staff make it their goal to provide professional and personal English language classes. Modern teaching methods ensure that you can communicate with confidence and effectively, improving your English in a very short period of time.
Courses in San Diego
Choose the group language courses at our school in San Diego if your aim is to improve and develop your overall level of English. In addition to reading, writing and grammar exercises, these courses present a huge variety of activities to enable you to develop your listening and conversational skills, involving the use of idioms, role-play and class discussion.
The Intensive course consists of 20 group lessons per week and the Super-Intensive course consists of 28 group lessons per week, allowing you to meet, study and socialize with other international students. There is a minimum duration of 2 weeks and you can study for as many weeks as you like. These courses are available to students of all language levels, from beginner to advanced.
Students who have limited time in San Diego, or who are looking to maximize their progress with a tailor-made language course, have the option to book a course of Private English Lessons. This option is ideal for students who wish to cover certain and specific aspects of the language, or who need specialised English skills for their career.
Alternatively, you can choose an Intensive course with Private classes, where 5 extra individual classes each week will enable you to consolidate your knowledge and to concentrate on any areas of difficulty in much greater detail.
Our school offers a Business English Course, combining the Intensive programme of 20 classes per week with 8 specific afternoon Business English classes, to focus on developing your skills in negotiation, presentation, business correspondence, business etiquette, as well as in many other areas specific to the world of international business.
Our school is also an official Cambridge ESOL examination centre and you can choose to take the Cambridge Exam Preparation Course, for 8, 9 or 11 weeks, consisting of 20 classes each week, after which you can sit either the FCE or the CAE. The course covers strategies for all parts of the exam and you will study using authentic past exam papers, in order to be thoroughly prepared. There are specific start dates for these courses to coincide with the examination dates. The Cambridge Examination is the most respected formal English qualification, which can help you in your future studies or your career!
English students who are thinking to study at USA or Canada based colleges and universities often choose the TOEFL examination preparation course. This preparation course for the Test of English as a Foreign Language also has various specific start dates throughout the year and is available for durations of 4 or 6 weeks.
The ideal accommodation option for students who are looking to use their English skills outside of the classroom as much as possible, is to stay with a Californian host family. The hosts are selected carefully and monitored by the Accommodations Coordinator at the school, to ensure that they are friendly, welcoming and genuinely interested in meeting students from all over the world! Each student has a private bedroom and breakfast is included each day. There are rooms with private bathrooms available on request and all of the families are located between 20 and 40 minutes from the school by public transport.
For the chance to live with other international students, you can choose either a single or a shared room in the student residence. The residence building is situated just 15 minutes walking distance from the school, in one of the best districts of downtown San Diego, Little Italy, which is famous for charming cafes, bakeries and numerous restaurants! The Gaslamp district is also just a few minutes away. You will have your own room with private bathroom, in addition to microwave, mini-fridge and cable internet access. Bed linen and towels are provided and the building also has a laundry room, a computer room with free wireless internet, a student lounge and a study room. For students who would like to prepare their own meals, the residence has a community kitchen on the first floor and there is a 24-hour reception area.
For a more luxurious stay during your English course, there is also the option to book a Private Studio Apartment. The studios are located close to the famous Gaslamp District of the city centre, around 15 minutes from the school on foot. There is free wireless internet, air-conditioning and heating, cable TV, a laundry room and a fitness room! The studios are all equipped with microwave, telephone and refrigerator and bed-linen and towels are provided.
The school offers a wide range of activities and events every week, in addition to regular, exciting excursions, giving all students the chance to discover the city and surrounding area and to get to know one another. You will need to sign up around one week in advance, for all of the activities you wish to join. There are many water sports possibilities such as sailing, surfing, kayaking and whale watching! There are visits to cultural attractions in the city centre, as well as days on the beach, trips to the Zoo and to the Seaport Village. You can join bowling, hiking and indoor rock-climbing trips and our school also offers excursions to visit San Francisco, Los Angeles and Las Vegas!
How to get there
If you are staying with a host family in San Diego, then there is a free airport transfer service, for all arrivals between 9am and 9.30pm. For students staying in all other types of accommodation, our school can collect you from San Diego International Airport and take you directly to your accommodation. However the transfer cost is not included in the fees.