Discover San Diego

San Diego has been named as one of the best cities to live within the United States on more than one occasion, and has a very affordable cost of living. San Diego’s sunny climate and warm breeze, sunny skies, beautiful beaches, islands and peninsulas attract thousands of people from all over the world and enables sportsmen to practise their favourites activities all year round.

To the east, an hour’s drive from the city centre, you’ll find the alpine landscape of Mounts Laguna, and just two hours away from this impressive mountain scenery, hot winds blow through the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. San Diego caters to everyone’s tastes, and the natural beauty of the surrounding scenery will take your breath away. The icing on the cake? Mexico is located just 20 minutes south of the city.

Our partner school, CEL in San Diego is located on A Street, in the town centre, a few minutes away from Gaslamp District, Little Italy and Horton Plaza shopping mall. The school itself is renowned for its academic excellence, with numerous accreditations and subject to regular inspections.

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

School facilities include:

  • 12 modern classrooms, equipped with the latest technology (smart TVs and sound systems)
  • Air-conditioned classrooms
  • Free WiFi access
  • Lounge room with a TV
  • Outdoor patio

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 – 14:30
  • Language level: Beginner (A0) to Advanced (C2)

30 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 + 10 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)

20 or 24 lessons per week

  • Classes are entirely devoted to exam preparation: sample exams will help you to become familiar with the exam format and expectations so you can acquire the specific techniques required in order to score the best possible grade.
  • 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 are free and some may require a fee. The availability and variety of these activities depend 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..)
  • Visits to San Diego zoo, Aquarium, Museums
  • Hiking in Balboa Park
  • Bicycle rides along the beach
  • Barbecues on the beach
  • Excursions to Seaworld, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Disneyland, Legoland…

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

Required surfing experience: beginner to intermediate

Shared room (with a student of a different nationality), shared bathroom, half board OR single room, shared bathroom and breakfast

Extra option: single room, half board

Distance from school: between 30 and 45 minutes by public transport (max. 60 mins)

Practical information:

  • Bed linen and towels provided
  • Laundry: Not all households in San Diego 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.

Minimum stay: 4 weeks


  • Shared room with a student of a different nationality (or a single room with additional fee), shared bathroom
  • No meals included
  • Bathroom in each room
  • TV, fridge and fan
  • Travel time to school: 15 minutes on foot
  • Location: in the lively area of Little Italy

Services/Facilities available:

  • Bed linen and towels provided
  • Fully equipped communal kitchen
  • Lounge room with a billiard table
  • Rooms are cleaned every 15 days. Students are responsible for keeping the rooms clean for the rest of the time.
  • 24/7 reception
  • $500 deposit to be paid on arrival (preferably by credit card)

Located in Pacific Beach or Mission Bay


  • Single or shared room with a student of a different nationality
  • Bathroom in the room
  • No meals included
  • Distance from school: 40 minutes by public transport
  • Location: 5 minutes from the Bay (calm waters), and 20 minutes from Pacific Beach (waves)

Each apartment is equipped with:

  • 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms
  • 1 fully equipped kitchen
  • Air conditioning
  • Free WiFi access
  • 1 lounge with a TV
  • 1 balcony

Services/Facilities available:

  • Bed linen and towels provided
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Gym, tennis and basketball courts
  • Laundry facilities (for a fee)
  • Communal rooms and bedrooms are cleaned on a weekly basis. Students are responsible for keeping their apartments clean for the rest of the time.


Day of arrival: Saturday
Day of departure: Saturday

If you are staying in a shared apartment or the residence: Check-in: after 4 pm; Check-out : before 11 am

Arrival airport :

  • San Diego International, SAN

Transfers available on request (additional 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 2021

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.

Bank holidays & holidays (no classes will be held on these or rescheduled – apart from 23/11, which will be rescheduled): 01/01, 18/01, 15/02, 31/05, 05/07, 06/09, 25/11, 26/11, 24/12. The school does not close during the Christmas holidays, with the exception of 25/12.

Prices 2021

All taxes and registration fees included

WPCS 42.0.3
Courses & Homestay, single room, breakfast OR shared room Half Board OR Residence*, shared room, no meals
Duration20 lessons24 lessons30 lessons
2 Weeks 1.430 1.490 1.610
3 Weeks 1.960 2.050 2.225
4 Weeks 2.550 2.665 2.900
6 Weeks 3.725 3.900 4.255
8 Weeks 4.785 5.020 5.490
12 Weeks 7.080 7.430 8.135
16 Weeks- 9.685 10.630
18 Weeks- 10.875 11.930
20 Weeks- 11.470 12.645
24 Weeks- 13.725 15.140
32 Weeks- 17.920 19.805
36 Weeks- 20.140 22.255
Additional Week- 555 615
*Residence, minimum 4 weeks
Supplements - Per weekLow seasonHigh season
Single room, breakfast- 10
Shared room, half board- 20
Single room, half board 30 50
Premium, shared room, half board 60 80
Premium, single room, half board 125 145
Single room, no meals 80 80
Shared Apartments#REF!
Superior Pacific Beach, shared room, no meals 50 70
Superior Pacific Beach, single room, no meals 325 420
Special Diet (vegan, no dairy) 35-
Express shipping costs for the visa 75-
Option surf (2 lessons x 2 afternoon/week) 165-#REF!
Transfers - from San Diego Airport (SAN)#REF!
One way 100
Return 195 90

Prices include:

  • The chosen language programme
  • Accommodation with a host family, single room and breakfast included, OR shared room & half board OR in standard residence, 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 San Diego and airport transfers
  • Exam fees for TOEFL etc. (if applicable)
  • Deposit (for residence or shared apartment)
  • Visa fees
  • Optional insurances

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