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English in San Diego Downtown - CEL

Why study English in San Diego?


Language programme in 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.

San Diego boasts more than 86 golf courses, 1,200 tennis courts, 60 miles of beaches and a water park covering about 2000 hectares. 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.

CEL School of English

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:

Activites/excursions 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 are free and some may require a fee. The availability and variety of these activities depends on the season.

Possible activities may include:

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

Choice of programme

Standard course: 20 lessons of general English per week

Semi-intensive course: 24 lessons of general English per week

Intensive course: 30 lessons of general English per week

TOEFL preparation course: 20 or 24 lessons per week


Host family (ages 16+)

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:

Standard residence - Little Italy (ages 18+)

Minimum stay: 4 weeks


Services/Facilities available:

Shared Premium apartments - Downtown (ages 18+)

With access for students with reduced mobility

These shared apartments are located in a 45-storey residential building in the 'East Village' (San Diego city centre).


Each apartment is equipped with:

Services/Facilities available:

Shared Premium apartments - Pacific Beach (ages 18+)

Located in Pacific Beach or Mission Bay


Each apartment is equipped with:

Services/Facilities available:

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.

Bank holidays & holidays (no classes will be held on these or rescheduled - apart from 23/11, which will be rescheduled): 01/01, 21/01, 18/02, 27/05, 04/07, 02/09, 28-29/11, 25/12. The school does not close during the Christmas holidays, with the exception of both 25/12 and 01/01.

Booking prices -

All taxes and enrolment fees included

Course & accommodation in a host family, individual room, breakfast included OR shared room, full board, OR residence*, shared room, no meals included
Duration20 lessons & TOEFL24 lessons 30 lessons
2 weeks$1,440$1,480$1,600
3 weeks$1,970$2,030$2,210
4 weeks$2,560$2,640$2,880
6 weeks$3,740$3,860$4,220
8 weeks$4,800$4,960$5,440
12 weeks$7,100$7,340$8,060
16 weeks-$9,560$10,520
18 weeks-$10,730$11,810
20 weeks-$11,700$12,900
24 weeks-$14,000$15,440
32 weeks-$18,280$20,200
36 weeks-$20,540$22,700
Extra week-$555$615
*Residence, min. 4 weeks
Extras - Per week
Host family, single room, half board$30
Downtown shared flat, shared room, no meals$25
Downtown shared flat, single room, no meals$270
Pacific Beach shared flat, shared room, no meals$15
Pacific Beach shared flat, shared room, no meals$210
Express visa delivery charges$75
Surfing option (2 lessons x 2 afternoons per week)$170
Transfer from San Diego airport (SAN)
One-way journey$85
Return journey$65
Round journey$145

Prices include:

Prices do not include:

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 :

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.