San Diego

Our language program in Pacific Beach, Southern California, is designed for young students and adults aged 16 and above. It’s the perfect opportunity to learn or refine your English skills in an idyllic setting. Pacific Beach, or “PB,” is an iconic destination in California, offering 5 km of white sandy beaches, a surf vibe, and easy access to downtown San Diego. Immerse yourself in the local culture by exploring Crystal Pier and its quaint ocean-facing shops, or experience the lively nightlife on Garnet Street, with its bars, clubs, and restaurants. Dive into the California dream while enhancing your language skills in an exceptional environment.

San Diego has been named as one of the best cities to live within the United States on more than one occasion.

Highlights of the destination

  • San Diego-Pacific Beach, a beautiful beach destination, perfect for surf enthusiasts.
  • School located in the heart of downtown on Garnet Avenue, 300m from one of Southern California’s most popular beaches.
  • Lively and vibrant city with a thriving nightlife.
  • Small level groups (maximum of 12 students).

Our partner school, CEL in Pacific Beach is located in the middle of town on Garnet Avenue. Only 300 metres from one of the most popular beaches in southern California, CEL is just around the corner from numerous bars, clubs and restaurants. The school is known for its academic excellence, and goes through regular evaluations to ensure it keeps its academic standard to the highest level.

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

School facilities include:

  • 10 brightly light classrooms, equipped with the newest technology (smart TVs)
  • Air conditioned classrooms
  • Free WiFi access
  • Lounge room with a TV
  • Space to store surf boards and bikes

English Classes: General Information

  • Lesson length: 45 minutes
  • Number of students per class: maximum of 12 (on average 7)
  • 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)

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 + 2 modules to choose from, each consisting of 4 lessons.
  • 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)

23,24 or 28 lessons per week

  • 20 general English lessons + 3 TOEFL preparation lessons
  • 20 general English lessons + 4 TOEFL preparation lessons
  • 24 general English lessons + 4 TOEFL preparation lessons

  • Language level required: Advanced (C1)
  • Duration : From 1 to 8 weeks
  • Details & rates : contact us for more informations

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..)
  • Visit to San Diego zoo, the Aquarium, Museums
  • Hiking in Balboa Park
  • Bike rides along the beach
  • Barbecues on the beach
  • Outings to Seaworld, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Disneyland, Legoland..

Surfing option2 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 included

Average travel time to the school: between 30 and 45 minutes by public transportation (maximum 75 minutes)

Extra option

  • Premium (travel time to school: maximum 35 minutes by direct public transportation – limited availability)

Practical informations :

  • Most families offer complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Bed linens and towels provided
  • Laundry facilities available in most households
  • Shared room available upon request, only for 2 people traveling together

Shared room, shared bathroom, no meals

Travel time to school: between 15 and 35 minutes by bus, close to supermarkets, restaurants, and department stores

Features :

  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Living room
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Smart TV
  • Swimming pool and small fitness room in the residence complex

Practical informations :

  • Cleaning is done every other week
  • 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

Shared room, private bathroom, no meals

Average travel time to school : between 15 and 35 minutes by bus, close to supermarkets, restaurants, and department stores

Features:

  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Living room
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Smart TV
  • Swimming pool and small fitness room in the residence complex

Pratical informations :

  • Cleaning is provided every other week.
  • 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.

Shared room, private bathroom per room, no meals

Average travel time to school : 25 minutes walking distance from the school

Features :

  • Location: Pacific Beach/Mission Bay, 5 min walk to the Bay (calm waters) and 20 min walk to Pacific Beach (surf waves)
  • Each apartment consists of:
  • 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms
  • 1 fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher
  • Free Wi-Fi access
  • 1 living room with TV
  • 1 balcony
  • Air conditioning (only in common areas)

Optional :

Single room

Services/Facilities available:

  • Bed linens and towels provided
  • Laundry facilities available for a fee
  • Cleaning is done once a week. The rest of the time, you are responsible for cleaning your room.
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue area
  • Fitness center, tennis and beach volleyball courts
  • Parking (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

Travel

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 OR Los Angeles Airport (LAX)

Transfers available on request (for a fee, please see ‘Dates and Prices 2018’ tab)

Note: 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) 01/01, 15/01, 19/02, 27/05, 04/07, 02/09, 29/11, 25/12, 24/12.

Classes scheduled for November 29th will be made up. The school will not be closed during the Christmas week, except on December 25th.

Prices 2021

WPCS 42.0.3
Cours & logement chez l'habitant, chambre individuelle, petit-déjeuner ou chambre partagée, demi-pension ou Résidence*, chambre partagée, sans repas
Durée20 leçons24 leçons30 leçons
2 semaines 1.405 1.460 1.580
3 semaines 1.925 2.010 2.185
4 semaines 2.500 2.615 2.850
6 semaines 3.655 3.830 4.175
8 semaines 4.695 4.925 5.385
12 semaines 6.945 7.290 7.985
16 semaines- 9.505 10.430
18 semaines- 10.670 11.710
20 semaines- 11.255 12.410
24 semaines- 13.470 14.855
32 semaines- 17.585 19.435
36 semaines- 19.760 21.840
Semaine suppl.- 545 600
*Résidence, séjour de 4 semaines
Suppléments - Par semaineBasse saisonHaute saison (26/06-14/08)
Logement chez l'habitant
Chambre individuelle, petit-déjeuner- 10
Chambre partagée, demi-pension- 20
Chambre individuelle, demi-pension 30 50
Premium, chambre partagée, demi-pension 60 75
Premium, chambre individuelle, demi-pension 125 145
Logement en résidence Standard
Chambre individuelle, sans repas 75 75
Logement en appartement partagé
Superior Pacific Beach, chambre partagée, sans repas 50 65
Superior Pacific Beach, chambre individuelle, sans repas 315 415
Autres
régime spécial (vegan, sans lactose) 35-
Frais d'envoi express pour le visa 70-
Option surf (2 leçons x 2 après-midi/semaine) 165-
Transfert - depuis l'aéroport de San Diego (SAN)
Aller 95
Aller-retour 190

Prices include:

  • The chosen language programme
  • Accommodation with a host family, shared room & half board 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 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