English school in Berkeley California: Language Studies International (LSI)

From 520.- USD
approx 458.- EUR
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Key points

  • Beautiful location in a magnificent region
  • Quality school with excellent teachers
  • Excellent programme of extra-curricular activities

The school

Levels
Elementary to Advanced
Exams
Cambridge (FCE, CAE), TOEFL
School size
M
Accommodations
Host family, Residence
Disabled access
Disabled access at school
Wifi
WiFi is free

The students

Minimum age
16 years
Average age
24 years
Nationality mix
Japan, South Korea, Brazil, etc..
ratings
20 authentic opinions

Our partner school is located in the centre of Berkeley, only a stone's throw away from the University and close to the main bus and subway lines. The school has 9 classrooms, a library, 2 computer rooms with free Internet access as well as 3 areas with a WiFi connection. The outdoor common areas will allow you to relax between classes and chat with your new friends over a coffee. Around the school, you will find Berkeley’s Asian district with its numerous theatres, jazz clubs, cafés and restaurants and the heart of San Francisco is only around 25 minutes away by subway.

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Included in the price

  • Level and needs assessment
  • Access to e-learning platform
  • Welcome activity
  • Use of study centre
  • End-of-course report and certificate
  • Activity programme

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Standard course

Elementary to Advanced, 1 - 12 week(s)
1 week(s) - From USD 520.-
(about EUR 456.-)
Lessons
20 of 50 minutes
Course duration
1 - 12 week(s)
Levels
Elementary to Advanced
Students/class
max. 15
Minimum age
16 years
Schedule
09:10-12:50

Schedule may vary depending on student’s level and time of year.
Course info
week(s)
Without accomodation
Host family, single room, half board
1
520
945
2
890
1650
3
1260
2355
4
1550
2980
6
2250
4350
8
2950
5720
12
4230
8100
All prices are in USD.   USD 1 ≈ EUR 0.93   (Not-binding exchange rate)
Starting dates
Every week, throughout the year
Bank holidays
21.01 / 18.02 / 19.04 / 22.04 / 27.05 / 04.07 / 02.09 / 14.10 / 28.11 / 29.11.2019
Holidays
22.12.2018 - 01.01.2019
24.12.2019 - 01.01.2020

Arrival: Saturday/Sunday prior to course start
Departure: Saturday/Sunday following course end

Intensive course 25

Elementary to Advanced, 1 - 48 week(s)
1 week(s) - From USD 577.-
(about EUR 506.-)
Lessons
25 of 50 minutes
Course duration
1 - 48 week(s)
Levels
Elementary to Advanced
Students/class
max. 15
Minimum age
16 years
Schedule
09:10-12:50 + 13:50-16:05 Mon-Wed or Tue-Thu

Schedule may vary depending on student’s level and time of year.
Course info
week(s)
Without accomodation
Host family, single room, half board
Residence, single room, no meals
1
577
1002
1222
2
1004
1764
1954
3
1431
2526
2686
4
1718
3148
3278
6
2502
4602
4492
8
3286
6056
5826
12
4734
8604
8374
16
6102
11232
10842
24
8118
15768
15058
Extra week (24+)
332
647
607
All prices are in USD.   USD 1 ≈ EUR 0.93   (Not-binding exchange rate)
Starting dates
Every week, throughout the year
Bank holidays
21.01 / 18.02 / 19.04 / 22.04 / 27.05 / 04.07 / 02.09 / 14.10 / 28.11 / 29.11.2019
Holidays
22.12.2018 - 01.01.2019
24.12.2019 - 01.01.2020

Arrival: Saturday/Sunday prior to course start
Departure: Saturday/Sunday following course end

Intensive course 30

Elementary to Advanced, 1 - 48 week(s)
1 week(s) - From USD 630.-
(about EUR 553.-)
Lessons
30 of 50 minutes
Course duration
1 - 48 week(s)
Levels
Elementary to Advanced
Students/class
max. 15
Minimum age
16 years
Schedule
09:10-12:50 + 13:50-16:05 (Mon-Thu)

Schedule may vary depending on student’s level and time of year.
Course info
week(s)
Without accomodation
Host family, single room, half board
1
630
1055
2
1110
1870
3
1590
2685
4
1890
3320
6
2760
4860
8
3630
6400
12
5250
9120
16
6790
11920
24
8790
16440
Extra week (24+)
360
675
All prices are in USD.   USD 1 ≈ EUR 0.93   (Not-binding exchange rate)
Starting dates
Every week, throughout the year
Bank holidays
21.01 / 18.02 / 19.04 / 22.04 / 27.05 / 04.07 / 02.09 / 14.10 / 28.11 / 29.11.2019
Holidays
22.12.2018 - 01.01.2019
24.12.2019 - 01.01.2020

Arrival: Saturday/Sunday prior to course start
Departure: Saturday/Sunday following course end

TOEFL course

Intermediate to Advanced, 1 - 23 week(s)
1 week(s) - From USD 630.-
(about EUR 553.-)
Lessons
30 of 50 minutes
(20 general + 10 TOEFL)
Course duration
1 - 23 week(s)
Levels
Intermediate to Advanced
Students/class
max. 15
Minimum age
16 years
Schedule
09:10-12:50 + 13:50-16:05 (Mon-Thu)

Schedule may vary depending on student’s level and time of year.
Course info
week(s)
Without accomodation
Host family, single room, half board
1
630
1055
2
1110
1870
3
1590
2685
4
1890
3320
6
2760
4860
8
3630
6400
12
5250
9120
16
6790
11920
Extra week (16+)
415
730
All prices are in USD.   USD 1 ≈ EUR 0.93   (Not-binding exchange rate)
Starting dates
Every week, throughout the year
Bank holidays
21.01 / 18.02 / 19.04 / 22.04 / 27.05 / 04.07 / 02.09 / 14.10 / 28.11 / 29.11.2019
Holidays
22.12.2018 - 01.01.2019
24.12.2019 - 01.01.2020

Arrival: Saturday/Sunday prior to course start
Departure: Saturday/Sunday following course end

Business course

Intermediate to Advanced, 1 - 48 week(s)
1 week(s) - From USD 630.-
(about EUR 553.-)
Lessons
30 of 50 minutes
(20 general + 10 business)
Course duration
1 - 48 week(s)
Levels
Intermediate to Advanced
Students/class
max. 15
Minimum age
16 years
Schedule
09:10-12:50 + 13:50-16:05 (Mon-Thu)

Schedule may vary depending on student’s level and time of year.
Course info
week(s)
Without accomodation
Host family, single room, half board
1
630
1055
2
1110
1870
3
1590
2685
4
1890
3320
6
2760
4860
8
3630
6400
12
5250
9120
16
6790
11920
24
10110
17760
Extra week (24+)
415
730
All prices are in USD.   USD 1 ≈ EUR 0.93   (Not-binding exchange rate)
Starting dates
Every week, throughout the year
Bank holidays
21.01 / 18.02 / 19.04 / 22.04 / 27.05 / 04.07 / 02.09 / 14.10 / 28.11 / 29.11.2019
Holidays
22.12.2018 - 01.01.2019
24.12.2019 - 01.01.2020

Arrival: Saturday/Sunday prior to course start
Departure: Saturday/Sunday following course end

Cambridge course (FCE) 30 lessons/week

Intermediate to Advanced, 12 week(s)
12 week(s) - From USD 5250.-
(about EUR 4607.-)
Lessons
30 of 50 minutes
Course duration
12 week(s)
Levels
Intermediate to Advanced
Students/class
max. 15
Minimum age
16 years
Schedule
09:10-12:50 + 13:50-16:05 (Mon-Thu)

Schedule may vary depending on student’s level and time of year.
Course info
week(s)
Without accomodation
Host family, single room, half board
12
5250
9120
All prices are in USD.   USD 1 ≈ EUR 0.93   (Not-binding exchange rate)
Starting dates
25.03 / 16.09.2019
Bank holidays
21.01 / 18.02 / 19.04 / 22.04 / 27.05 / 04.07 / 02.09 / 14.10 / 28.11 / 29.11.2019
Holidays
22.12.2018 - 01.01.2019
24.12.2019 - 01.01.2020

Arrival: Saturday/Sunday prior to course start
Departure: Saturday/Sunday following course end

Cambridge course (CAE) 30 lessons/week

Upper intermediate to Advanced, 12 week(s)
12 week(s) - From USD 5250.-
(about EUR 4607.-)
Lessons
30 of 50 minutes
Course duration
12 week(s)
Levels
Upper intermediate to Advanced
Students/class
max. 15
Minimum age
16 years
Schedule
09:10-12:50 + 13:50-16:05 (Mon-Thu)

Schedule may vary depending on student’s level and time of year.
Course info
week(s)
Without accomodation
Host family, single room, half board
12
5250
9120
All prices are in USD.   USD 1 ≈ EUR 0.93   (Not-binding exchange rate)
Starting dates
25.03 / 16.09.2019
Bank holidays
21.01 / 18.02 / 19.04 / 22.04 / 27.05 / 04.07 / 02.09 / 14.10 / 28.11 / 29.11.2019
Holidays
22.12.2018 - 01.01.2019
24.12.2019 - 01.01.2020

Arrival: Saturday/Sunday prior to course start
Departure: Saturday/Sunday following course end

Options/Extras

One-to-one course (min. 5 lessons/week) (per lesson) 83 USD
FCE Cambridge exam fee (to be paid on site) 350 USD
CAE Cambridge exam fee (to be paid on site) 350 USD
Exam fees to be paid online, http://www.ets.org/toefl
End-of-year holidays in host family (per week) (21.12.2019 - 28.12.2019) 55 USD
Supplement Accommodation high season (per wk.) (Host family, 16.06 - 28.08.2019) 35 USD
Airport transfer (on arrival) (San Francisco) 110 USD

Other accommodation options

Host family, single room, breakfast

Course info

100% authentic opinions

These students attended a course in this school through ESL – Language studies abroad and their evaluation has been checked. Students' opinions don't necessarily correspond to those of ESL – Language studies abroad, but reflect the individual experience of those participants. This is meant to provide you with further information about this school.

4.2/5
Overall rating

95% of students recommending this school

Destination
/ 5
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/ 5
Accommodation
/ 5
Value for money
/ 5
Teaching
/ 5
Leisure
/ 5

20 students gave their opinion about this school

23 years old - Spain
/ 5
4 weeks, June – July 2018
Value for money (5 / 5)
Destination (4.3 / 5)
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School (4.5 / 5)
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Teaching (4.7 / 5)
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Accommodation (4.3 / 5) (Residence)
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21 years old - Germany
/ 5
Berkeley, CA ist der optimale Standort für eine Sprachreise. Die Großstadt San Francisco ist schnell zu erreichen, während Berkeley selbst mit den vielen Restaurants und dem schönen Park am Universitätsgelände der UC Berkeley eine gute Atmosphäre zum Lernen und Ausgehen bietet.
4 weeks, February – March 2016
Value for money (3 / 5)
Destination (4.7 / 5)
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School (4.3 / 5)
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Teaching (5 / 5)
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Accommodation (4.3 / 5) (Host family)
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Leisure (2.7 / 5)
Leisure activities offered by the school
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Do you think you've made progress?
« Ja, ich habe Fortschritte im Sprechen gemacht. Der TOEFL Vorbereitungskurs gab mir eine gute Mischung aus Sprach-, Schreib- und Leseübungen. Ich habe mich weitestgehenst auf die Sprache konzentriert, da es in diesem Punkt noch am meisten zu verbessern gab. Nun fühle ich mich sicher genug für den TOEFL-Test. »
School highlights
« Ich habe Gemeinschaftsatmosphäre der Schule genossen. Das gemeinsame Mittagessen, das Zusammensitzen im Gemeinschaftsraum, ein paar Runden Fifa auf der Playstation in der Schule ;-) »
22 years old - Switzerland
/ 5
8 weeks, January – February 2016
Destination (5 / 5)
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School (4.3 / 5)
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Teaching (5 / 5)
Classroom atmosphere
Accommodation (4.8 / 5) (Host family)
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Shower / Bathroom
Meals
Leisure (4.3 / 5)
Leisure activities offered by the school
Trips offered by the school
Staff availability
Do you think you've made progress?
« Mon objectif était initialement d'oublier mon anglais trop "commercial" (formulation et vocabulaire simplifiés), mais j'ai accompli bien plus que cela. J'ai amélioré mon écriture, mon vocabulaire, ma grammaire, mon écoute et même ma compréhension écrite. De plus, je me suis surpris à réfléchir en anglais à plusieurs reprises. Selon ma famille d'accueil, c'est un grand pas vers le bilinguisme. »
23 years old - Switzerland
/ 5
15 weeks, February – May 2015
Value for money (3 / 5)
Destination (3.7 / 5)
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School (4.3 / 5)
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Teaching (3.7 / 5)
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Leisure (3.3 / 5)
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18 years old - Germany
/ 5
7 weeks, November – December 2014
Value for money (5 / 5)
Destination (5 / 5)
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School (5 / 5)
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Teaching (5 / 5)
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Leisure (5 / 5)
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45 years old - Switzerland
/ 5
4 weeks, July – August 2014
Value for money (4 / 5)
Destination (4.7 / 5)
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School (3.5 / 5)
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Teaching (4.7 / 5)
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Accommodation (1.3 / 5) (Residence)
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Shower / Bathroom
Meals
Leisure (3.3 / 5)
Leisure activities offered by the school
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24 years old - Italy
/ 5
8 weeks, June – July 2014
Value for money (4 / 5)
Destination (4.3 / 5)
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School (4 / 5)
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Teaching (5 / 5)
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Accommodation (2.5 / 5) (Residence)
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Leisure (3 / 5)
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Do you think you've made progress?
« Assolutamente si! È un'esperienza che fa avere dei risultati straordinari, soprattutto nel parlato che è il campo di maggior interesse nel mondo lavorativo. »
49 years old - Italy
/ 5
1 week, July 2014
Value for money (4 / 5)
Destination (4.3 / 5)
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School (4 / 5)
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Teaching (4.7 / 5)
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Leisure (3.3 / 5)
Leisure activities offered by the school
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27 years old - Belgium
/ 5
3 weeks, February – March 2014
Value for money (5 / 5)
Destination (5 / 5)
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School (4.8 / 5)
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Teaching (5 / 5)
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Accommodation (5 / 5) (Host family)
Bedroom
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Meals
Leisure (4.3 / 5)
Leisure activities offered by the school
Trips offered by the school
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School highlights
« La facilité d'accès, l'enthousiasme ambiant, la proximité avec les professeurs »
25 years old - Italy
/ 5
2 weeks, August 2013
Value for money (5 / 5)
Destination (5 / 5)
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School (5 / 5)
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Teaching (5 / 5)
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Relations with the teachers
Classroom atmosphere
Accommodation (4 / 5) (Host family)
Bedroom
Shower / Bathroom
Meals
Leisure (4 / 5)
Leisure activities offered by the school
Trips offered by the school
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Host family
It's by being continually immersed in the culture of a country that you learn a language best. Staying with a Californian family means sharing in the way of life of a new culture daily and having an unforgettable experience. The families are chosen with care, know the school well and are situated around 30-45 minutes away from the language school building. Students stay in singel rooms and have half board provided.

Downtown Berkeley YMCA residence (from 18 years)
Your convenience is guaranteed at this student residence, just a minute’s walk from the language school! Stay in a single or double room (available if 2 students are travelling together) with a desk plus free Wi-Fi, bed linens and towels. Shared bathrooms are found in the hallway. Get to know your fellow residents in the YMCA’s shared facilities including a spacious kitchen with free tea and coffee in the mornings, 3 swimming pools, a basketball court, workout rooms with fitness classes and a gym. On-site laundry facilities are also available.

The school gives students the opportunity to participate in a range of activities and outings, some free or at reduced prices, both during the week and on weekends. The number of options is impressive: basketball or volleyball games, shopping in San Francisco’s Union Square, BBQ’s on the Berkeley marina, swimming in Lake Anza or wine tasting in the Napa Valley… Weekend excursions are also possible, for example to the Yosemite National Park, Disneyland, Los Angeles or Las Vegas. You won’t have time to get bored! Sports fans are sure to have plenty to cheer about, with teams like the 49ers in American football, or the Giants in baseball.

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