Choose an English language course with us in San Francisco and get to know this beautifully scenic, hilly and friendly Californian city by the bay! The city is fairly compact, standing on a square of land at the tip of the peninsular between the Pacific Coast and the San Francisco Bay!
San Francisco is known for the world-famous Golden Gate Bridge, a stunning structure, known to be one of the top ten construction achievements of the 20th Century! Take a walk through Golden Gate Park and you will find a huge area of lush terrain and another of the city’s greatest treasures, where people relax or keep fit and where you will discover gardens, lakes, playgrounds, picnic areas, monuments and walking trails, as well as many events and venues throughout the year!
You can explore the city by cable car, as you jump from hill to hill. You can wine and dine to your heart’s content in the city’s excellent restaurants, take a tour of Fisherman’s Wharf – a popular neighbourhood with shops and seafood eateries, take the ferry to Alcatraz and come back feeling happy to be free! You can stroll around Haight, famous for being home of the hippie movement and still an eclectic bohemian area and you can admire the incredible hilltop vistas from many points around the city.
Our school is situated close to Union Square and Chinatown, in the centre of San Francisco. The school has modern facilities, learning materials and resources to help you to make the most out of your English course. There are 34 classrooms with whiteboards, a digital language study, a self-access resource centre, a library, computer room with WiFi internet access, two student cafeterias and a common room, where students can relax in between or after classes.
For improving your general English language skills there is an Intensive or a Super-Intensive group course, of either 20 or 28 lessons per week. These programmes cover all aspects of the language to improve your reading, listening, writing, and spoken skills. You can start on any Monday of the year, unless you are a complete beginner of English, in which case there is a special 4-week course with certain start dates in the year. Beginners need to follow this course before progressing to other group courses, or alternatively take a few Private Classes first, in order to bridge the gap.
Private English Lessons are for students who have limited time available, or for those who wish to accelerate their progress and skills during their stay, as well as for complete beginners who wish to start a course on a non-beginner start date.
Intermediate level English students who require to further their language skills to use in an English-speaking workplace, can opt for the Business English course, combining 20 general English classes with 8 English for Business classes each week.
Alternatively, there is a tailor-made, specific Business course in more exclusive school surroundings, for experienced business professionals, consisting of 20 Business English classes per week in smaller groups of just 5 students maximum.
Our school also offers Exam Preparation Courses for the Cambridge exams or for the TOEFL certificate. Please contact us for course start dates and exam dates, if you are interested in these programmes.
Stay with a Californian host family for an insight into the San Francisco way-of-life and for the chance to practise your English with native speakers outside of your classes. There are also some executive host families, offering students private bathroom facilities. Host family accommodation is either with breakfast or half-board included and all of the hosts live approximately 30-45 minutes from the school by public transport.
An alternative accommodation option, for students who would prefer to live more independently and share the common areas with other international students, is to stay in one of the school’s residence buildings. These are modern and extremely comfortable single or shared rooms, located either within walking distance of the school, or 30 minutes by public transport. There is WiFi access throughout the building and one of the buildings serves meals whilst the other is a self-catering option, with a fully equipped kitchen and dining room. The residence buildings have a large lounge, library and onsite laundry facilities.
Take part in the social and cultural programme offered at our school and you will soon get to know San Francisco and the surrounding area. There are hundreds of things to see and do in your free time to thoroughly enjoy your stay in California! The regular activities include welcome parties, visits to the Golden Gate Bridge and Park, museum tours, film evenings and bay cruises, including a visit by boat to the world-famous Alcatraz prison.
There are also excursions offered from the school for students who wish to travel further and discover other parts of the USA! Nature lovers can visit the Yosemite National Park, Lake Tahoe or the Napa Valley Wine Region; other excursions take you to Los Angeles, Hollywood and Disneyland! The full programme of activities will be available on your arrival, on the first day of your course.
Fly into San Francisco International Airport. Our school can arrange a transfer to your accommodation for an additional fee. Alternatively, you can take public transport to the city centre (30 minutes).