With its 5km of sandy white beach, Pacific Beach (known as “PB” by the locals) is a stunning city in southern California between Mission Bay and La Jolla. This city is a heaven for surfers and definitely represents an element of the ‘Californian dream’. What with its Cape Cod style houses in Crystal Pier and its boutiques that look right onto the Pacific ocean, this dynamic city has something for everyone. If you take a stroll down Garnet street, you’ll find yourself in the heart of the city with numerous bars, clubs & restaurants. Pacific beach is known for having the best nightlife and restaurants in all of San Diego.

The population is largely composed of students, young professionals and international travellers, giving the city a dynamic and lively atmosphere.

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

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 10 (on average 6-7)
  • 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)

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 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

Shared room (with a student of a different nationality), shared bathroom, half board

Extra option: single room

Travel time to 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.

Standard (4 weeks minimum)

Features:

  • Shared room with a student of a different nationality or a single room (for a fee), shared bathroom
  • No meals included
  • Travel time to school: 10-25 minutes on foot
  • Location: in Pacific Beach itself

Each apartment is equipped with:

  • 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom
  • 1 fully equipped kitchen
  • Free WiFi
  • 1 lounge with a TV

Services/Facilities available:

  • Bedding and towels provided
  • Laundry services (for a fee)
  • Rooms are cleaned once a week but students are responsible for keeping the apartment clean the rest of the time

Features:

  • Shared room with a student of a different nationality
  • Bathroom in the room
  • No meals included
  • Distance from school: a 25 minute walk
  • Location: 5 minutes from the Bay (calm water), 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)
  • Rooms are cleaned once a week but students are responsible for keeping the apartment clean the rest of the time

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

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 2020

Dates 2020

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 the 23/11, which will be rescheduled): 01/01, 20/01, 17/02, 25/03, 03/07, 07/09, 26/11, 27/11, 25/12.

The school does not close during the Christmas holidays, with the exception of the 25/12.

Prices 2021

WPCS 42.0.1
Courses & accommodation
Homestay, shared room, half board
Duration20 lessons24 lessons30 lessons
2 weeks 1.295 1.350 1.455
3 weeks 1.775 1.855 2.015
4 weeks 2.310 2.415 2.625
6 weeks 3.375 3.535 3.850
8 weeks 4.330 4.545 4.970
12 weeks 6.410 6.730 7.365
16 weeks- 8.770 9.620
18 weeks- 9.845 10.800
20 weeks- 10.385 11.450
24 weeks- 12.425 13.705
32 weeks- 16.225 17.930
36 weeks- 18.230 20.150
Additional week- 500 555
Supplements - Per weekLow seasonHigh season (26/06-14/08)
Homestay
Shared room, half board- 20
Single room, half board 25 45
Premium, shared room, half board 55 70
Premium, single room, half board 115 135
Diet (vegan, intolerance...) 30 30
Shared Apartment Superior
Shared room, no meals 45 60
Single room, no meals 295 380
Other
Surf option (2 lessons x 2 afternoons / week) 150 150
Transfer - from San Diego Airport (SAN)
To go 90
Round trip 180

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