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English in Los Angeles/Santa Monica - CEL

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Why choose this programme?

  • Ages 16+
  • Sessions starting from 2 weeks
  • 300m away from the beach
  • Excellent quality of education
  • 9 language levels available year round (A0 - C2)
  • General English, TOEFL exam prep
  • Max. 10 students per class
  • English & Surfing option
  • Host family or shared apartment


Language programme in 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.

Discover the delicious cuisines along Ocean Avenue and stroll along to the farmer's market to fill your room with fresh flowers. 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. Alive and buzzing with energy and activity 24 hours a day, it really is just like it is in the movies! As soon as the sun goes down, Santa Monica comes alive with its nightlife scene. 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. From the white sand beaches to iconic boulevards and neighbourhoods like Beverly Hills, Hollywood, Sunset Boulevard & Melrose Avenue, LA is a dream come true. If you're looking to spice up your day with a bit of a thrilling adventure, the Six Flags Amusement Park and Disneyland are only a short drive away, as are Universal Studios Hollywood.

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.

CEL School of English

Our partner school, CEL is located near Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica Pier, the beach, and Santa Monica's main shopping road, 3rd Street Promenade.

The school has a reputation for its academic excellence, and is recognised as such by the following official instances:

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

School facilities include:

  • 11 brightly light classrooms, equipped with the newest technology (smart TVs)
  • Air conditioned classrooms
  • Free WiFi access
  • Lounge room with a TV
  • Computer room

Activities / Outings during your stay

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..)
  • Hollywood tour, Venice Beach, Griffiths Observatory, Universal studios, etc.
  • Whale watching
  • Barbecues on the beach
  • Excursions to San Diego, Las Vegas, Disneyland, San Francisco, Universal studios, etc.

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

Required surfing experience: beginner to intermediate


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

Choice of programme

Standard course: 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)

Semi-intensive course: 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)

Intensive course: 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)

TOEFL preparation course: 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)


Host family (ages 16+)

Single room, shared bathroom, breakfast

Extras: half-board

Distance from the school: 30 to 45 minutes with public transport (maximum 60 minutes)

Practical information:

  • Bed linen and towels 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.

Shared apartments (ages 18+)

Standard Shared Apartment (4 weeks minimum)


  • Shared room (4 beds) with students from other countries, 2-person room or single room also available for a fee, with shared bathroom.
  • No meals included
  • Travel time to school: 30-40 minutes by public transportation
  • Location: Various neighbourhoods in Los Angeles (Westwood, for example)

Each apartment is equipped with:

  • 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms
  • 1 fully equipped kitchen
  • Free WiFi

Services/Facilities available:

  • Bed linen 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

Premium Shared Apartments


  • Shared room with a student of a different nationality or individual room and private bathroom
  • No meals included
  • Distance from school: 20 to 30 minutes via public transport
  • Location: different areas of LA, close to UCLA or Venice Beach

Each apartment is equipped with:

  • 2 rooms with 2 bathrooms
  • 1 fully equipped kitchen
  • Air conditioning
  • Free WiFi access
  • 1 lounge with TV
  • A balcony


  • Bed linen and towels provided
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Fitness centre
  • Laundry facilities (for a fee)
  • Rooms are cleaned once a week, but you are responsible for keeping it clean the rest of the time.

Dates & Prices 2019

Dates 2019

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.


No classes will be held on these dates, neither will they be rescheduled at a later date or refunded, with the exception of the 23/11 which will rescheduled: 01/01, 21/01, 18/02, 27/05, 04/07, 02/09, 28-29/11, 25/12

The school doesn't close during the Christmas Holidays, except for these specific dates: 25/12 & 01/01

Prices 2019

This programme contains classes Accommodation included Meal included 24h support
Booking prices -

All taxes and enrolment fees included

Course & accommodation in a host family, individual room, breakfast included OR standard* shared flat, 4-person room, no meals included
Duration20 lessons & TOEFL24 lessons30 lessons
2 weeks$1,440$1,480$1,600
3 weeks$2,060$2,120$2,300
4 weeks$2,680$2,760$3,000
6 weeks$3,890$4,010$4,370
8 weeks$5,040$5,200$5,680
12 weeks$7,460$7,700$8,420
16 weeks-$10,040$11,000
18 weeks-$11,270$12,350
20 weeks-$12,300$13,500
24 weeks-$14,720$16,160
32 weeks-$19,240$21,160
36 weeks-$21,620$23,780
Extra week-$595$655
*Standard shared flat, min. 4 weeks
Extras - Per week
Host family, single room, half board$50
Standard shared flat, twin room, no meals included$35
Standard shared flat, single room, no meals included$140
Premium shared flat, shared room, no meals included$40
Premium shared flat, single room, no meals included$340
Express visa delivery charges$75
Surfing option (2 lessons x 2 afternoons per week)$200
Transfer from Los Angeles airport (LAX)
One-way journey$125
Return journey$100
Round journey$225

Prices include:

  • The chosen language programme
  • Accommodation with a host family, single room & breakfast 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 Los Angeles 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

Practical Information


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 :

  • Los Angeles Airport, LAX

Transfers available on request (for a 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.