Los Angeles / Santa Monica

The unique city of Los Angeles (also known as “L.A.”), is the second largest city in the US next to New York. The ‘City of Angels’ has a booming cultural and arts scene, giving it a dynamic and individual identity. Not only is it the centre of the US’ film and music industry, but it’s also a huge business and trade quarter. This city really does have it all!

If you’re looking for entertainment, Venice Beach has some of the city’s best performers that crowds flock to go see or go on a hike up to the Hollywood sign. Take your pick from restaurants, bars, live music venues & rooftop views from seaside pubs. It’s safe to say you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Sea, sand and sun are all part of the lifestyle – and its ideal location in the Sun Belt keeps the temperature warm all year round meaning that you can enjoy lounging in the sun and benefit from its 340 days of sunshine a year.

Santa Monica is known as the ‘pearl of Los Angeles’ and is without a doubt one of the most European areas in the country. Located right next to the ocean, the pier is one of the beach’s many highlights. Dip your toes into the ocean and experience a culture unlike any other.

EC Los Angeles is located just a few minutes’ walk from the seafront and the spectacular beach of Santa Monica. The nearby Pier attracts the locals and tourists alike with its famous funfair that’s held all year round. 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica’s main shopping street, is just around the corner. What more could you ask for?

EC is accredited by ACCET and English USA.

School facilities include:

  • Modern infrastructure
  • 22 bright, spacious classrooms
  • SmartBoards
  • IT suite with 30 computers
  • Free WiFi access throughout the centre
  • Student Resource Centre
  • Excellent library facilities
  • Self-study room

VIP Service – The Orange Carpet Experience

EC welcomes you with their orange carpet

  • Before your arrival: access to the online platform of EC to prepare for your stay
  • A warm welcome upon your arrival at the airport of station
  • A warm welcome in the residence or in your host family
  • A welcome activity on Sunday to meet the other students
  • On the first day of course: a VIP reception at the school
  • A presentation of all members of the EC team

Now you’re ready to learn!

Language courses: the basics

  • One lesson duration: 45 minutes
  • Number of students per class: 15 maximum (average 12)
  • Timetable: Classes take place in the morning and/or afternoon
  • Placement test: on the first day of the course
  • Certificate of participation at the end of the stay
  • Free access to the EC-Online platform up to 12 weeks after the end of the courses
  • Regular evaluation of progress (oral test every week, written test every 6 weeks)
  • The teachers are qualified to teach their mother tongue to foreigners

20 lessons per week

4 lessons a day will give you a practical understanding of the English language and take you all the way to fluency. See your confidence improve as EC trains you in all four communication skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing.

Language level: all levels

30 lessons per week

The ideal course to get your English where you want it to be, fast. Includes the above General English classes, and also allows you to personalise your course by taking an additional 10 lessons per week across a wide selection of electives (see the choices below).:

  • Write Now
  • Media Studies
  • The Language of Music
  • Film Studies
  • Global Citizenship
  • Comparative Culture & Communication
  • Basic English Writing
  • Academic Techniques in Practice (writing assignments, taking notes and preparing presentations)
  • Get Talking
  • And many more!

Language level: all levels

30 lessons per week

EC’s English for Work course will allow you to improve your English fluency and empower you with the language, knowledge and skills to confidently deal with a variety of business issues. Every week you will take 30 lessons: 20 lessons of General English and 10 lessons of Business English.

Business Skills:

  • Expressing personal opinions
  • Making suggestions
  • Presenting case studies
  • Problem solving

Business Focus – 10 tailored lessons :

  • Negotiating contracts
  • Management and HR
  • Branding and promotional strategies
  • Project management
  • Business ethics and CSR

Specific business techniques such as business English on the phone and interview skills are also covered.

Language level: Lower Intermediate to Advanced

Cambridge ESOL: 30 lessons per week
Session length: 10 weeks with specific start dates (see “Prices and Dates”).

Your teachers will guide and monitor you to make sure that you progress at the correct rate to succeed in your exam, giving you the specific vocabulary and grammar and study plan you need. Using sample exam papers you will learn how to effectively answer questions so by the time you take the test, you will know the style of questions to expect and how to answer them.

Language level:

  • FCE: Intermediate (10/12 weeks)
  • CAE: Upper Intermediate (10/12 weeks)

30 lessons per week
Session length: 4 or 8 weeks

If you wish to attend university in an English-speaking country, preparing for the IELTS, TOEFL or TOEIC exam is the first step to success. EC teachers will meet with you individually to assess your language proficiency and goals. Sample papers will help you learn how to effectively answer questions and learn the techniques you need to sit the exam with confidence.

Language Level : Upper Intermediate

EC follows a ‘Communicative Method’ syllabus, which works to develop all four English language skills – reading, writing, speaking and listening. Special attention is paid to speaking, grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation.

To give an engaging and relevant framework to learning these skills, each lesson will focus on a specific topic, which will vary from current affairs to everyday issues. Your professional and friendly teachers will select topics that create interest, discussion and debate in the class, allowing you to develop your confidence both in speaking and listening throughout your stay, in a friendly and encouraging atmosphere.

The teaching materials EC uses are specially designed by the school and realia such as newspapers, videos and other materials is also used.

As well as taking an active part in classroom discussions – the best way to improve your fluency – you will work on your language skills in small groups, pairs or individually on tasks and projects. EC’s teachers work to create a welcoming environment with mutual support among students – so you’ll feel at home while your English improves!

As an EC student, you will enjoy a calendar of various social and leisurely activities in the afternoons/evenings every week. These activities are optional and some may require a fee. All activities are subject to change and vary depending on the time of year. Activity planning can be viewed on the online EC platform.

Some of the many activities available include:

  • Welcome Event
  • Beach sports
  • Cycle tour of Venice Beach
  • Photo contest
  • Tour of Los Angeles and Hollywood
  • Universal Studios Hollywood, Six Flags Amusement Park and Disneyland
  • Movie and restaurant nights
  • Day trips to San Francisco, Las Vegas and San Diego

Single room, shared bathroom and breakfast.

Travel time to EC: Travel time to EC takes 30-60 minutes by public transport.

Practical information:

  • Bedding and towel provided
  • Laundry: Not all households in Los Angeles own a washing machine. Some of our host families may do their laundry at a nearby laundromat. Usually, host families with a washing machine at home will let you use it for your laundry.

Optional Extra:

  • Half board

Features:

  • 2 rooms and 2 bathrooms per apartment
  • Single or shared room
  • No meals included
  • Located in the heart of Marina del Rey, a seaside community with a laid-back vibe and one of the largest man-made small boat harbors in the US
  • Deposit to be paid on arrival (see Dates & Prices tab), to be refunded at the end of your stay provided no damages are incurred

Facilities and services

  • Linens/towels provided
  • Free WiFi access
  • Fully-equipped shared kitchen
  • Common room
  • TV in each room
  • Air conditioning
  • 2 pools and 2 jacuzzis
  • Gym
  • 24hr security
  • Coin laundry facility on-site
  • Weekly cleaning service; please note that outside of this service, students are responsible for cleaning their rooms

Optional Extras:

  • Single room
  • Air conditioning (5€ a day, to be paid on site)
  • Private bathroom

Travel

Arrivals: Saturday

Departures: Saturday

If residence accommodation: Check-in: 4:00 p.m. (Saturday); Check-out: 11 a.m. (Saturday)

  • Arrival airport:
  • Los Angeles International, LAX

Airport transfers available on request (fees apply, see price list)

Please note: Do not make travel arrangements until we have confirmed your enrolment in your chosen course.

Visa Information

You might need a visa for this course. For more information please visit our Visa Information page.

EU citizens do not require a visa for stays in the United States under 90 days. However, EU nationals do require an ESTA Travel Authorization.

Do not hesitate to contact us by phone or email if you require any additional information.


Dates & Prices 2020

Dates 2020

Beginning of the sessions : The majority of courses start every Monday, throughout the year, unless otherwise stated below. If Monday is a public holiday, the session starts on Tuesday.

Public holidays and vacations (no courses will be given on these dates, nor made up later; no compensation will be granted): 01/01, 20/01, 17/02, 30/03, 25/05, 03/07, 07/09, 12/10, 11/11, 26/11, 27/11, 25/12

Business English course starts every Monday for a maximum duration of 11 weeks.

Dates of exam preparation sessions: contact us

Prices 2020

All taxes and registration fees included

WPCS 42.0.1
Course - homestay accommodation - Single room, breakfast
Duration20 lessons30L or Business
2 weeks 1.475 1.665
Three weeks 2.105 2.390
4 weeks 2.735 3.115
6 weeks 3.990 4.565
8 weeks 5.245 6.015
12 weeks 7.550 8.440
16 weeks 9.995 11.185
18 weeks 11.220 12.555
20 weeks 12.440 13.925
24 weeks 14.780 15.620
32 weeks 19.635 20.750
36 weeks 22.060 23.320
Additional week 610 645
Exam preparation & homestay accommodation - Single room, breakfast
DurationCambridgeTOEFL
4 weeks- 1.800
8 weeks- 3.595
10 weeks 7.510-
11 weeks 8.235-
12 weeks 8.495-
Accommodation supplements (per week)
Host family, single room, half board 25
Double room in shared apartment 30
Single room in shared apartment 330
High season supplements (per week)
Course (from 1 to 12 week (s) only) (15 / 06-11 / 09) 15
Family accommodation (from 13/06 to 12/09) 25
Apartment accommodation (from 13/06 to 12/09) 20
Other supplements
Transfer from LAX airport 135
Expenses express delivery document I-20 Visa 70

Prices include:

  • Your chosen course
  • Homestay or residence accommodation, breakfast
  • Course materials
  • Limitless WiFi access
  • Activities and language workshops
  • Welcome activity
  • Access to the EC e-learning platform up to 12 weeks after the course
  • All taxes and enrolment fees

Prices do not include:

  • Travel to Los Angeles
  • Airport transfers
  • Optional extras
  • Midday and evening meals (if homestay), all meals (if residence)
  • Transportation in and around Los Angeles
  • Optional activities
  • Deposit on arrival, where applicable ($300)
  • Exam fees, where applicable (Cambridge, IELTS, etc)
  • Visa fees
  • Optional insurance

Please note: a medical and assistance insurance is mandatory to enter the USA.