Los Angeles – Santa Monica

Have you ever dreamed of strolling down the famous Walk of Fame in Hollywood, wandering along the Santa Monica Pier or the bustling boardwalk of Venice Beach, or perhaps indulging in some retail therapy at the most astonishing shopping center in LA, The Grove?

Come study English in Los Angeles and uncover all the facets of this mythical city. Known, of course, for its film and entertainment industry, this sprawling metropolis, made up of multiple neighborhood-cities, has something to offer everyone and is just waiting to be explored. Here, there’s something for every taste at any time of day or night! Think of something, and it’s highly likely that it exists here !

Highlights of the destination :

  • A captivating and legendary city where boredom is never an option.
  • 340 days of sunshine per year.
  • School located in the heart of Santa Monica, the gem of LA, just a few blocks from Santa Monica Beach and the Pier.
  • Close proximity to Hollywood and Venice Beach.
  • Modern and fully air-conditioned school with breathtaking views of the city.
  • Small level groups (maximum of 12 students).

School temporarily unavailable

This school is temporarily unavailable. Do not hesitate to visit our other school in Los Angeles Santa Monica for a comparable language experience.

Our partner school, CEL is located near Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica Pier, the beach, and Santa Monica’s main shopping road, 3rd Street Promenade.

The school has a reputation for its academic excellence, and is recognised as such by the following official instances:

Accreditations: CEA (Commision of English Language Accreditation), English USA

School facilities include:

  • 8 brightly light classrooms, equipped with the newest technology (smart TVs)
  • Air conditioned classrooms
  • Free WiFi access
  • Lounge room with a TV
  • Computer room

Language courses: the basics

  • Lesson length: 45 minutes
  • Number of students per class: maximum of 12 (on average 8)
  • Timetable : classes are held either in the morning or the afternoon
  • Placement test: the first day of classes
  • Certificate of participation at the end of your stay
  • Weekly evaluation of your progress
  • All teachers have university qualifications (BA or MA) + special training in teaching their mother tongue as a foreign language

20 lessons of general English per week

  • 4 lessons a day will help you to develop the 4 fundamental language skills (speaking, writing, reading and listening). You will also develop the ability to use your English in everyday situations.
  • Classes take place from Monday – Friday from 08:45 – 12:00 or 14:15 – 17:30 (peak season only)
  • Language level: Beginners (A0) to Advanced (C2)

24 lessons of general English per week

  • This is an ideal programme if you’re looking to make fast progress. This course includes 20 lessons of general English + 4 lessons on a subject of your choice from a selection on your arrival
  • Classes are held from Monday – Friday from 08:45 – 12:00 + 2 days a week from 12:30 – 14:30 OR Monday – Friday 14:15 – 17:30 (peak season only) + 2 days a week from 12:30 – 14:00
  • Language level: Beginner (A0) to Advanced (C2)

28 lessons of general English per week

  • This is an ideal programme if you’re looking to make fast progress. This course includes 20 lessons of general English + 8 lessons on a subject of your choice from a selection on your arrival
  • Classes are held from Monday – Friday from 08:45 – 14:00 OR 12:30 – 17:30 (peak season only)
  • Language level: Beginner (A0) to Advanced (C2)

24 or 28 lessons per week

  • 20 general English lessons + 4 or 8 TOEFL preparation lessons
  • Language level required: Advanced (C1)

Each week the school organises cultural activities during the afternoons and the evenings. You are more than welcome to participate in these activities, though they are not mandatory. Some activities may be free and some may require a fee. The availability and variety of these activities depends on the season.

Possible activities may include:

  • Guided tour of the city on the 1st day for new arrivals
  • Sports activities (beach volley, basketball, baseball, football, surfing, kayaking etc..)
  • Hollywood tour, Venice Beach, Griffiths Observatory, Universal studios, etc.
  • Whale watching
  • Barbecues on the beach
  • Excursions to San Diego, Las Vegas, Disneyland, San Francisco, Universal studios, etc.

Surfing option: 2 surfing sessions x 2 afternoons per week combined with the language programme of your choice

Required surfing experience: beginner to intermediate

Single room, shared bathroom, breakfast

Extras: half-board

Distance from the school: 40 to 50 minutes with public transport (maximum 75 minutes)

Practical information:

  • Bed linen and towels provided
  • Laundry: Usually, host families with a washing machine at home will let you use it for your laundry.

Shared room available upon request, only for 2 people traveling together

Shared room (with a student from another nationality), shared bathroom, no meals

Features:

  • Shared room or single room
  • No meals included
  • Travel time to school: 30 to 45 minutes by public transportation
  • Location: Various neighbourhoods in Los Angeles (Westwood, for example)

Extra

  • Single room

Services/Facilities available:

  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Free WIFI access
  • Bed linens and towels provided
  • Laundry facilities available (fee applies)
  • Check-in on Saturdays from 4 p.m., check-out on Saturdays before 11 a.m.
  • $500 security deposit, refunded if no damage is observed
  • Common area cleaning is done every other week. You are responsible for cleaning your own room.

The Student House is a luxury hostel-style residence. It’s an ideal choice for meeting students from all over the world.

Rooms consist of sleeping pod cabins, shared bathroom, no meals provided.

Features:

  • “Sleeping pods”
  • No meals included
  • Shared bathroom and kitchen
  • Travel time to school: 30 minutes by public transportation
  • Location: Venice (20-minute walk from Venice Beach)

Facilities/Services:

  • Free WIFI access
  • Bed linens and towels provided
  • Large fully equipped kitchen
  • Rooftop terrace with BBQ
  • Outdoor patio
  • Fitness room
  • Jacuzzi
  • Yoga room
  • Lockers available
  • Laundry facilities available (fee applies)
  • $500 security deposit, refunded if no damage is observed
  • Common area cleaning is done daily from Monday to Friday

Travel

Day of arrival: Saturday
Day of departure: Saturday

Homestay accommodation : Check-in: before 10:00 PM

If you are staying in a student house or an appartment: Check-in: after 4 pm; Check-out : before 11 am

Arrival airport :

  • Los Angeles Airport, LAX

Transfers available on request (for a fee, please see ‘Dates and Prices’ tab)

Note: please do NOT buy your ticket before we have confirmed your place in the programme.

Visa Information

Do you need a visa for this programme? To find out more about visas and if you qualify, please see our page Visa information.

For people coming from the European Union: standard classes that do not exceed 90 days do not require you to obtain a student visa. ESTA will suffice for a short trip.

Please do not hesitate to contact us by mail or phone if you would like more information on this subject.


Dates & Prices 2024

Dates 2021

Session start dates

Classes start every Monday all year round, except in the case that Monday is a holiday, in which case classes start on a Tuesday.

Holidays

No classes will be held on these dates, neither will they be rescheduled at a later date or refunded, with the exception of the 23/11 which will be rescheduled: 1/01, 18/01, 15/02, 31/05, 5/07, 6/09, 25/11, 26/11, 24/12.

The school doesn’t close during the Christmas Holidays, except on the 24/12.

Classes of the 26/11 will be rescheduled.

Prices 2021

All taxes and registration fees included

WPCS 42.0.3
Lessons & accommodation (homestay, single room, breakfast OR shared standard appartment* Quadruple room, self catering
Duration20 lessons24 lessons30 lessons
2 weeks 1.405 1.460 1.580
3 weeks 2.010 2.095 2.270
4 weeks 2.615 2.730 2.965
6 weeks 3.800 3.975 4.320
8 weeks 4.925 5.155 5.620
12 weeks 7.290 7.640 8.330
16 weeks 9.965 10.890
18 weeks 11.190 12.225
20 weeks 11.835 12.985
24 weeks 14.160 15.545
32 weeks 18.510 20.355
36 weeks 20.800 22.875
Additional week 570 630
Supplements - Per weekLow seasonHigh season
Homestay
Single room, breakfast- 20
Single room, half board 50 65
Apartment accommodation
Standard shared apartment, twin room, no meals 60-
Standard shared apartment, single room, no meal 175-
Premium shared apartment, shared room, no meal 145-
Premium shared apartment, single room, no meals 415-
Student House accommodation
Shared room, no meals 145-
Single room, no meals 385-
Others
Special Diet 35-
Express shipping for visa 70-
Surf option (2 lessons x 2 afternoons / week) 250-
Transfer - from Los Angeles Airport (LAX)
Per journey 120

Prices include:

  • The chosen language programme
  • Accommodation with a host family, single room & breakfast OR in a standard apartment, shared room and no meals (4-week minimum)
  • Course materials
  • Unlimited internet access
  • All taxes and school administrative fees

Prices do not include:

  • Travel to Los Angeles and airport transfers
  • Exam fees (if applicable)
  • Deposit:
    • Standard shared apartment : 300-500$
    • Premium shared apartment : 350$
    • Student House : 350$
  • Visa fees
  • Optional insurances

Important: A medical insurance is required to enter the United States