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English in San Diego Pacific Beach - CEL

Programme summary:


Language programme in Pacific Beach

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, and has a very affordable cost of living.

CEL School of English

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:

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:

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 16+

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:

Shared apartments (ages 18+)

Standard (4 weeks minimum)


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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 the 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 the 25/12 and the 01/01.

Prices 2019

Booking prices -

All taxes and enrolment fees included

Course & accommodation in a host family, shared room, half board OR standard flat*, shared room, no meals
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
Standard flat*: min. 4 weeks
Extras - Per week
Host family, single room, half board$30
Standard shared flat, single room, no meals$160
Premium shared flat, shared room, no meals$10
Premium shared flat, single 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 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.