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English school in San Francisco: EC

Key points

  • Captivating and open-minded city
  • Great cultural diversity
  • Wide choice of accommodation options
  • Central location allowing for a large number of activities and excursions

The school

Levels
Beginner to Advanced
Exams
TOEFL
School size
L
Accommodations
Host family, Residence
Disabled access
Disabled access at school
Wifi
WiFi is free

The students

Minimum age
16 years
Average age
26 years
Nationality mix
Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Japan, etc..
ratings
80 authentic opinions

Our partner school is located in the city centre, in the shopping district, just a stone's throw from the magnificent San Francisco Bay! It occupies a modern building close to public transport and near various shops, restaurants and cafés in this dynamic and welcoming city. The course centre includes 15 well equipped classrooms with interactive whiteboards and a student lounge where you can hang out with your fellow international students. The school also contains a library and 23 student computers, and Wi-Fi is free. There are plenty of public transport options right on the doorstep, so you can head off to see iconic San Francisco sights like the Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman's Wharf in only 15-30 minutes!

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Choosing the right course for you

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Included in the price

  • Level and needs assessment
  • Access to e-learning platform
  • Welcome activity
  • Orange Carpet Experience
  • Optional language workshops
  • Learning progress monitoring
  • End-of-course report and certificate
  • Activity programme

Lowest prices guaranteed

ESL guarantees you the most attractive prices on the market! If you find any price difference, you will be entirely refunded.

Standard course

Beginner to Advanced, 1 - 12 week(s)
1 week(s) - From 523.- EUR
(550.- USD)
Lessons
20 of 45 minutes
Course duration
1 - 12 week(s)
Levels
Beginner to Advanced
Students/class
max. 15
Minimum age
16 years
Schedule
09:00-12:15

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, double room, half board
1
550 USD
980 USD
- USD
2
940 USD
1710 USD
1820 USD
3
1330 USD
2440 USD
2605 USD
4
1720 USD
3170 USD
3390 USD
6
2500 USD
4630 USD
4960 USD
8
3280 USD
6090 USD
6530 USD
12
4600 USD
8770 USD
9430 USD
All prices are in USD.   USD 1 ≈ EUR 0.95   (Not-binding exchange rate)
Starting dates
Every week, throughout the year
Bank holidays
01.01 / 21.01 / 18.02 / 29.03 / 27.05 / 04.07 / 02.09 / 14.10 / 11.11 / 28.11 / 29.11 / 25.12.2019

Arrival day: Saturday prior to course start
Departure: Saturday following course end

Host family: arrivals after 10pm may not be possible. Other accommodation options: arrivals between 8pm and 8am may not be possible.

Please contact us for further information

Semi-intensive course

Beginner to Advanced, 1 - 48 week(s)
1 week(s) - From 561.- EUR
(590.- USD)
Lessons
24 of 45 minutes
Course duration
1 - 48 week(s)
Levels
Beginner to Advanced
Students/class
max. 15
Minimum age
16 years
Schedule
09:00-12:15 + 13:15-14:45 (2x/week)

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, double room, half board
1
590 USD
1020 USD
- USD
2
1020 USD
1790 USD
1900 USD
3
1450 USD
2560 USD
2725 USD
4
1880 USD
3330 USD
3550 USD
6
2740 USD
4870 USD
5200 USD
8
3600 USD
6410 USD
6850 USD
12
4900 USD
9070 USD
9730 USD
16
6480 USD
12010 USD
12890 USD
24
8920 USD
17170 USD
18490 USD
Extra week (24+)
365 USD
705 USD
760 USD
All prices are in USD.   USD 1 ≈ EUR 0.95   (Not-binding exchange rate)
Starting dates
Every week, throughout the year
Bank holidays
01.01 / 21.01 / 18.02 / 29.03 / 27.05 / 04.07 / 02.09 / 14.10 / 11.11 / 28.11 / 29.11 / 25.12.2019

Arrival day: Saturday prior to course start
Departure: Saturday following course end

Host family: arrivals after 10pm may not be possible. Other accommodation options: arrivals between 8pm and 8am may not be possible.

Please contact us for further information

Intensive course

Beginner to Advanced, 1 - 48 week(s)
1 week(s) - From 622.- EUR
(655.- USD)
Lessons
30 of 45 minutes
Course duration
1 - 48 week(s)
Levels
Beginner to Advanced
Students/class
max. 15
Minimum age
16 years
Schedule
09:00-14:45

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, double room, half board
1
655 USD
1085 USD
- USD
2
1150 USD
1920 USD
2030 USD
3
1645 USD
2755 USD
2920 USD
4
2140 USD
3590 USD
3810 USD
6
3130 USD
5260 USD
5590 USD
8
4120 USD
6930 USD
7370 USD
12
5560 USD
9730 USD
10390 USD
16
7360 USD
12890 USD
13770 USD
24
9880 USD
18130 USD
19450 USD
Extra week (24+)
405 USD
745 USD
800 USD
All prices are in USD.   USD 1 ≈ EUR 0.95   (Not-binding exchange rate)
Starting dates
Every week, throughout the year
Bank holidays
01.01 / 21.01 / 18.02 / 29.03 / 27.05 / 04.07 / 02.09 / 14.10 / 11.11 / 28.11 / 29.11 / 25.12.2019

Arrival day: Saturday prior to course start
Departure: Saturday following course end

Host family: arrivals after 10pm may not be possible. Other accommodation options: arrivals between 8pm and 8am may not be possible.

Please contact us for further information

English for Work

Lower intermediate to Advanced, 1 - 23 week(s)
1 week(s) - From 622.- EUR
(655.- USD)
Lessons
30 of 45 minutes
(20 general + 10 English for Work)
Course duration
1 - 23 week(s)
Levels
Lower intermediate to Advanced
Students/class
max. 15
Minimum age
16 years
Schedule
09:00-14:30

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, double room, half board
1
655 USD
1085 USD
- USD
2
1150 USD
1920 USD
2030 USD
3
1645 USD
2755 USD
2920 USD
4
2140 USD
3590 USD
3810 USD
6
3130 USD
5260 USD
5590 USD
8
4120 USD
6930 USD
7370 USD
12
5560 USD
9730 USD
10390 USD
16
7360 USD
12890 USD
13770 USD
Extra week (16+)
450 USD
790 USD
845 USD
All prices are in USD.   USD 1 ≈ EUR 0.95   (Not-binding exchange rate)
Starting dates
Every week, throughout the year
Bank holidays
01.01 / 21.01 / 18.02 / 29.03 / 27.05 / 04.07 / 02.09 / 14.10 / 11.11 / 28.11 / 29.11 / 25.12.2019

Arrival day: Saturday prior to course start
Departure: Saturday following course end

Host family: arrivals after 10pm may not be possible. Other accommodation options: arrivals between 8pm and 8am may not be possible.

Please contact us for further information

TOEFL course

Intermediate to Advanced, 4 - 23 week(s)
4 week(s) - From 2033.- EUR
(2140.- USD)
Lessons
30 of 45 minutes
(20 general + 10 TOEFL)
Course duration
4 - 23 week(s)
Levels
Intermediate to Advanced
Students/class
max. 15
Minimum age
16 years
Schedule
09:00-14:45

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, double room, half board
4
2140 USD
3590 USD
3810 USD
6
3130 USD
5260 USD
5590 USD
8
4120 USD
6930 USD
7370 USD
12
5560 USD
9730 USD
10390 USD
16
7360 USD
12890 USD
13770 USD
Extra week (16+)
450 USD
790 USD
845 USD
All prices are in USD.   USD 1 ≈ EUR 0.95   (Not-binding exchange rate)
Starting dates
Every week, throughout the year
Bank holidays
01.01 / 21.01 / 18.02 / 29.03 / 27.05 / 04.07 / 02.09 / 14.10 / 11.11 / 28.11 / 29.11 / 25.12.2019

Arrival day: Saturday prior to course start
Departure: Saturday following course end

Host family: arrivals after 10pm may not be possible. Other accommodation options: arrivals between 8pm and 8am may not be possible.

Please contact us for further information

Options/Extras

One-to-one course (min. 2 lessons) (per lesson) 80 USD
Exam fees to be paid online, http://www.ets.org/toefl 205 USD
Supplement Course high season (per wk.) (17.06-13.09.2019) 20 USD
Sending of I-20 form for visa (Express) 75 USD
Special diet (per week) (on request) 45 USD
Supplement Accommodation high season (per wk.) (15.06-14.09.2019 Consult our online quote calculator)
Accommodation deposit (to be paid on site) (The Columbus, single room) 400 USD
Accommodation deposit (to be paid on site) (The Columbus, double room) 250 USD
Cleaning fee to be paid on site (The Columbus) 25 USD
Deposit (to be paid on site) (Keys, The Columbus) 25 USD
Airport transfer (on arrival) (San Francisco) (one-way) 140 USD

Free services offered by EC schools

EC offers you a range of services free of charge, including conversation and pronunciation clubs, sightseeing visits, sports and cultural activities, discussions around a cup of coffee, a drink or a meal, movie evenings, outings and welcome parties for new students.

Contact us for more information concerning the free academic extras offered at EC San Francisco

Other accommodation options

Residence, single room, half board (The Monroe)
Host family, double room, half board
Residence, single room, no meals (The Columbus (Minimum 4 weeks 01.10- 30.04))
Residence, double room, no meals (The Columbus (Minimum 4 weeks 01.10 - 30.04))

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.

4.3/5
Overall rating

96% of students recommending this school

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

80 students gave their opinion about this school

18 years old - France
/ 5
3 weeks, July – August 2019
Value for money (4 / 5)
Destination (4 / 5)
Overall impression of the city
Overall impression of the country
Overall impression of the trip
School (4.8 / 5)
School location
School facilities
Classrooms
Nationality mix
Teaching (4.3 / 5)
Course materials
Relations with the teachers
Classroom atmosphere
Accommodation (3.5 / 5) (Residence)
Bedroom
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?
« Oui, beaucoup de prononciation et de grammaire en cours permettent de progresser rapidement. »
School highlights
« Les sorties étaient intéressantes, très bien organisées et pas très chère. »
Top tips
« La traversé du Golden Gate en vélo, piers 39 et le shopping à Market street »
20 years old - Switzerland
/ 5
2 weeks, July 2019
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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Accommodation (5 / 5) (Residence)
Bedroom
Shower / Bathroom
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Leisure (5 / 5)
Leisure activities offered by the school
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24 years old - Italy
/ 5
4 weeks, March – April 2019
Value for money (5 / 5)
Destination (5 / 5)
Overall impression of the city
Overall impression of the country
Overall impression of the trip
School (5 / 5)
School location
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Teaching (5 / 5)
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Accommodation (5 / 5) (Residence)
Bedroom
Shower / Bathroom
Meals
Leisure (5 / 5)
Leisure activities offered by the school
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19 years old - Italy
/ 5
San Francisco è una città meravigliosa, nonostante sia anche costosa. Il corso che ho seguito presso la scuola Ec è stato fantastico, ottimi professori, staff cordiale e sempre pronto ad aiutarti, argomenti trattati molto interessanti e attività coinvolgenti.
3 weeks, March 2019
Value for money (4 / 5)
Destination (4.7 / 5)
Overall impression of the city
Overall impression of the country
Overall impression of the trip
School (5 / 5)
School location
School facilities
Classrooms
Nationality mix
Teaching (5 / 5)
Course materials
Relations with the teachers
Classroom atmosphere
Leisure (4.3 / 5)
Leisure activities offered by the school
Trips offered by the school
Staff availability
Do you think you've made progress?
« Penso di aver migliorato il mio inglese, ho avuto l’opportunita Di mettermi in gioco soprattutto per quanto riguarda la lingua parlata »
25 years old - Switzerland
/ 5
7 weeks, January – March 2019
Value for money (5 / 5)
Destination (4.7 / 5)
Overall impression of the city
Overall impression of the country
Overall impression of the trip
School (3.8 / 5)
School location
School facilities
Classrooms
Nationality mix
Teaching (4 / 5)
Course materials
Relations with the teachers
Classroom atmosphere
Accommodation (1.8 / 5) (Residence)
Bedroom
Shower / Bathroom
Meals
Leisure (4 / 5)
Leisure activities offered by the school
Trips offered by the school
Staff availability
Do you think you've made progress?
« Durch vieles sprechen und kontakt mit anderen Studenten. »
18 years old - France
/ 5
2 weeks, January 2019
Value for money (4 / 5)
Destination (4.3 / 5)
Overall impression of the city
Overall impression of the country
Overall impression of the trip
School (4.5 / 5)
School location
School facilities
Classrooms
Nationality mix
Teaching (4.7 / 5)
Course materials
Relations with the teachers
Classroom atmosphere
Accommodation (5 / 5) (Other)
Bedroom
Shower / Bathroom
Meals
Leisure (5 / 5)
Leisure activities offered by the school
Trips offered by the school
Staff availability
24 years old - Spain
/ 5
San Francisco es una ciudad perfecta para realizar un curso de inglés. Ciudad tranquila y agradable con gente muy abierta. La escuela EC San Francisco es genial, todo su personal es maravilloso y son muy profesionales. Hay alumnos de todas las nacionalidades, por lo que el ambiente es magnífico. La escuela se encuentra en pleno down town de San Francisco, con lo cual, acceder a ella es perfecto. Queda cerca de cualquiera de los transportes públicos de los que dispone la ciudad. Las instalaciones son geniales, la escuela se encuentra en el interior de un edificio moderno de oficinas. Se accede mediante unos amplios ascensores. Las aulas, la recepción, los baños... todo lo que contiene la escuela esta en perfectas condiciones, todo es nuevo, está muy bien cuidado y la higiene es perfecta. Sin duda, repetiría y la recomiendo a todo aquel que quiera pasar la mejor experiencia de su vida. El ambiente en clase es lo mejor de la escuela. Los profesores (en mi caso Ricky y Chloe) hacen las clases muy didácticas mezclado ejercicios orales con los compañeros y ejercicios de gramática. Da gusto ir a aprender en ese ambiente. La residencia es un edificio antiguo, pero está muy bien cuidado. Ofrecen desayuno y cena de lunes a sábado y la comida varia cada día y la calidad es buena. La habitación dispone de cama, armario, cómoda, lavabo, televisión y mini nevera. Todo lo que necesitas para tu estancia. El personal de la residencia es muy amable y para cualquier cosa dispones de ellos en recepción.
3 weeks, November – December 2018
Value for money (5 / 5)
Destination (5 / 5)
Overall impression of the city
Overall impression of the country
Overall impression of the trip
School (5 / 5)
School location
School facilities
Classrooms
Nationality mix
Teaching (5 / 5)
Course materials
Relations with the teachers
Classroom atmosphere
Accommodation (4 / 5) (Residence)
Bedroom
Shower / Bathroom
Meals
Leisure (3 / 5)
Leisure activities offered by the school
Trips offered by the school
Staff availability
School highlights
« La ubicación de la escuela, las instalaciones, el personal.. »
Top tips
« Pasear por toda la ciudad de San Francisco. Cada rincón de la ciudad es fascinante. »
17 years old - Switzerland
/ 5
3 weeks, September – October 2018
Value for money (5 / 5)
Destination (5 / 5)
Overall impression of the city
Overall impression of the country
Overall impression of the trip
School (5 / 5)
School location
School facilities
Classrooms
Nationality mix
Teaching (5 / 5)
Course materials
Relations with the teachers
Classroom atmosphere
Accommodation (5 / 5) (Host family)
Bedroom
Shower / Bathroom
Meals
Leisure (5 / 5)
Leisure activities offered by the school
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41 years old - Italy
/ 5
3 weeks, September 2018
Value for money (5 / 5)
Destination (5 / 5)
Overall impression of the city
Overall impression of the country
Overall impression of the trip
School (4.8 / 5)
School location
School facilities
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Nationality mix
Teaching (5 / 5)
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Accommodation (3.7 / 5) ()
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Leisure (5 / 5)
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Do you think you've made progress?
« Sì, riscontrabili anche dal confronto tra il test d’ingresso e il test finale, il miglioramento più significativo è senz’altro quello relativo alla comprensione, oltre ad aver arricchito il vocabolario, migliorando la capacità di parlare. »
31 years old - Spain
/ 5
2 weeks, August 2018
Value for money (5 / 5)
Destination (5 / 5)
Overall impression of the city
Overall impression of the country
Overall impression of the trip
School (5 / 5)
School location
School facilities
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Nationality mix
Teaching (5 / 5)
Course materials
Relations with the teachers
Classroom atmosphere
Accommodation (3.3 / 5) (Residence)
Bedroom
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Meals
Leisure (5 / 5)
Leisure activities offered by the school
Trips offered by the school
Staff availability

Testimonials

Adeline Zeni
Adeline Zeni
EC, San Francisco
Duration: 6 weeks

My two-month stay in San Francisco was an unforgettable experience! I didn’t expect to live such an adventure. EC is a very good school, lots of activities… I recommend living on campus! I made the most beautiful encounters and I spent wonderful moments thanks to the people I met on campus.

A big thanks to Amanda from ESL for her advice!

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Christelle P.
Christelle P.
EC, San Francisco
Duration: 7 weeks

My language stay at EC San Francisco was absolutely incredible and unforgettable.
With enriching and varied courses, the school gave me the chance to develop the English language with a more creative and familiar approach. The school team (admin and teachers) – always very helpful – is very competent and does its best to make students feel at home. With high-quality courses, EC helped me to improve pretty fast. Furthermore, thanks to my host family and the people I met (students and American citizens), the learning process became easier and faster: the more I spent time on it, the more I started “thinking” in English.
Despite my initial concerns, thanks to ESL and to my personal adviser, I was able to leave and I didn’t have any regret. I recommend this value-for-money experience to anyone who wants to improve his/her English skills, with a professional or school aim.
However, when you choose your destination, it is also important to consider your English level. In California, the American accent is pretty strong and faster than in the UK, which makes it a bit difficult for people who don’t speak a word of English. I highly recommend this experience; there are so many possible destinations and programmes! In a professional or holiday context, improving your English will always be useful!
Christelle

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Host family
Accommodation with one of the host families selected with care by our partner school in San Francisco is the ideal solution for full immersion in the American way of life! You'll be able to discover the American culture and share experiences with your hosts. All of the host families are situated 45-65 minutes from the school by public transport and offer accommodation in a single or double room (doubles available only for students travelling together). You'll be provided with half-board.

Note: It is compulsory for students under 18 to book homestay accommodation and provide a parental consent form.

Monroe standard residence (ages 18+) - minimum stay: 2 weeks
Stay in a beautiful Victorian building in the lovely Pacific Heights neighbourhood. The residence boasts single and twin rooms (which can be booked individually or by students travelling together), each of which is equipped with free Wi-Fi and bed linen, a TV, sink, desk, dresser and closet. Bathrooms are shared. This option comes with half-board, and other perks include 24/7 security, a games room, laundry facilities and a gorgeous fireplace, perfect for gathering around with your new friends when it’s chilly out. The school is a half hour’s walk away, or for a true San Francisco experience, take the cable car and be there in 20 minutes!

Columbus comfort residence (ages 18+)
Just a 10-minute walk from the school, this historic residence is centrally located between Chinatown, the Embarcadero waterfront and the Financial District. Single rooms come with regular or lofted single beds, while twin rooms have bunkbeds (twin rooms can be booked individually or by students travelling together). All feature free Wi-Fi and bed linen, a mini fridge, desk and dresser. Bathrooms are shared. Cook meals in the shared kitchen with your fellow residents, or hang out in the lounge. There are microwaves on each floor and vending machines in the building. Laundry facilities and 24/7 reception round out the great facilities!

NOTE: from 1st October to 30th April, the minimum stay is 4 weeks

Every week, our partner school in San Francisco prepares a programme of the most diverse activities. A visit to the mythical prison of Alcatraz, walks in the city centre, kayaking in the bay, or even sport in Golden Gate Park are amongst the possibilities in this multicultural city. Shopping fans will be able to treat themselves in Union Square. For a bit of relaxation there’s nothing like a bikeride along the waterfront or relaxing in a café in historic North Beach. In the evenings, you will be able to dine with the other students in the Pier 39 district, famous for its restaurants and bars, or go to listen to a concert in the Golden Gate Park. Excursions will also be proposed to Lake Tahoe in the winter or to Yosemite National Park, to Santa Cruz, the Napa Valley wine region, and to Los Angeles.

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Special offers
Save on the price of your accommodation in the USA

Save on the price of your accommodation in the USA

Book a course at one of our EC partner schools in the USA and take advantage of the following offers:

Boston
• North End shared Apartment or host family: 15% discount
• Valid for stays taking place between 28.09.2019 - 28.12.2019

New York
• Host family in single room: 10% discount
• Valid for stays taking place between 31.08.2019 - 02.11.2019

San Francisco
• Host family in single room: 15% discount
• Valid for stays taking place between 31.08.2019 - 28.12.2019

Miami
• The Loft Residence Studio (single): 20% discount
• The Loft Residence Studio (twin): 25% discount
• Valid for stays taking place between 31.08.2019 - 28.12.2019

Conditions:
- Valid for new bookings received before 28.09.2019
- Minimum stay: 2 weeks

To find out more or take advantage of this offer, please get in touch with our customer service team.

Published on 07.08.2019

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