Language courses for business: St Giles International

Key points

  • Specialised and highly flexible business English courses
  • All courses are tailored to meet your individual needs
  • Modern centre with refurbished business lounge
  • Excellent value for money
  • A truly cosmopolitan city with something for everyone

The school

School size
L
Disabled access
Disabled access at school
Wifi
WiFi is free

The students

Minimum age
years
Average age
37 years
Nationality mix
Switzerland, Japan, Brazil, etc..

The St. Giles International group is one of the most important language training organisations in the United Kingdom, Canada and the USA and has lengthy experience in teaching English to executives and professionals. Our partner language school in San Francisco is ideally situated in the heart of the city, in the SoMa district, a stone’s throw away from the shopping area of Union Square. Recently refurbished, the course centre has modern and comfortable facilities, allowing you to study English in optimal conditions. St. Giles San Francisco distinguishes itself thanks to its efficient, high quality intensive courses and its small class sizes. The student café and a comfortable lounge await you during breaks – these are ideal places for meeting people who share your interests and for establishing valuable contacts. Close to the school, the Yerba Buena gardens are a real oasis of peace at the heart of the city centre – perfect for relaxing after a day of classes or a visit to the Museum of Modern Art, unless you would prefer to travel across the hills of San Francisco in one of the famousl cable cars.

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4.2/5
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88% of students recommending this school

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24 students gave their opinion about this school

43 years old - Italy
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2 weeks, November 2018
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43 years old - Switzerland
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Eine teure aber hervorragende Wahl. Ich würde den Service über Sie, die Schule St Giles in San Francisco also sofort wieder buchen und kann es wärmstens weiterempfehlen. Dem Lehrer Ken West gebührt zudem ein riesiges Kompliment. Er macht das exzellent. Meine Gesamtbeurteilung nach diesem Monat = Bestnote. Top! Und eben der Lehrer Ken West macht einen super Job! Top! Habe privat ein zentrales Luxus-Apartment (Global Luxury Suites on Folsom Street) gemietet. Sehr teuer aber geniale Infrastruktur und Lage. War von A-Z schlicht grandios. Herzlichen Dank!
4 weeks, September – October 2018
Value for money (4 / 5)
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Do you think you've made progress?
« Ja, bezüglich Verständnis und Konversation konnte ich Fortschritte erzielen, habe meine Aufgaben stets gemacht aber ich bin keine zusätzlichen Extrameilen gegangen. Zu sehr habe ich die Vielseitigkeit dieser genialen Stadt San Fran genossen. War für mich also ein perfekter Mix. »
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« Vieles, war wie gesagt rundum zufrieden! »
48 years old - Germany
/ 5
2 weeks, September 2018
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36 years old - Switzerland
/ 5
3 weeks, June – July 2018
Value for money (4 / 5)
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47 years old - Germany
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4 weeks, May – June 2018
Value for money (4 / 5)
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Do you think you've made progress?
« Ja, meine Ziele wurden erreicht. Im Kurs hatten wir die Möglichkeit sehr viel zu sprechen, Präsentationen vorzutragen und verschiedene Themen zu erörtern. »
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« Flexibilität in der Gestaltung der Lerninhalte. Die Lehrer sind sehr offen und interessiert an der Vermittlung der Lerninhalte und der Kultur. »
50 years old - Italy
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2 weeks, August 2017
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54 years old - Germany
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1 week, April 2017
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« Toller Lehrer, tolle Klasse, sehr engagiertes Team »
47 years old - Italy
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2 weeks, August – September 2016
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40 years old - Spain
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2 weeks, August – September 2016
Value for money (5 / 5)
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38 years old - Spain
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1 week, July 2016
Value for money (4 / 5)
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Executive host family
Half board accommodation with a family in a single room with a private bathroom.

USA Hostel Residence Club (from 18 years, minimum 4 weeks)
Located in the heart of San Francisco, this residence offers affordable accommodation for tourists on the lower floors and accommodation for international students on the upper ones. You’ll stay in a single or twin room with a private or shared bathroom – Wi-Fi is free, and each room includes a TV, a microwave and a mini-fridge. Bed linen is provided and changed every week, but you should bring your own towel. Among the other facilities, you’ll have access to the coin-operated laundry room, the library, the cinema room and the videogames lounge.

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The Bartlett Bunkhouse residence (from 18 years, minimum 4 weeks)
Located in San Francisco’s lively business district, 5 minutes from the school, this residence features single and shared bedrooms with private bathroom, free Wi-Fi, a TV and a mini-fridge. The reception is open 24/7 and computers connected to the internet are available in the lounge. Cook your meals in the shared kitchens or buy a snack at the vending machines! A coin-operated laundry room is available on site.

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USA Hostel Residence Club

General information

Located just 3 blocks from Union Square in the centre of San Francisco, this modern hostel is surrounded by cafés, restaurants, museums and shopping options. It hosts students from various schools and is only two miles from the famous Pier 39 and one mile from Chinatown. The Westfield Mall is 15 minutes' walk away. The complimentary breakfast features all-you-can-eat pancakes, and there’s also a dining area and a guest kitchen with 8 cooking stations.

School distance

Door-to-door travel time:
15 minutes
Means of transportation:
Walking + bus
Average public transport cost:
MUNI card: $76 per month / $5 daily
Walking distance to public transport:
2 minutes

Walking Distance

Supermarket:
10 minutes
Coffee shops:
5 minutes
Restaurants:
5 minutes
Shops:
15 minutes
Pharmacy:
5 minutes

Availability

All year round
Minimum age : 18+

Arrival and departure

Check-in / Check-out
Saturday from 3:00 pm
Saturday until 12:00 pm
Flexible check in/check out
Entry card (building)
Key (building)
Code (building)
Staff on-site 24h
Deposit
cash or credit card (Visa or MasterCard). Prices on request.

Meals

Use of kitchen
Meal-plan
Breakfast included

Facilities

Reception desk
Smoking area
Cafeteria
Shared kitchen
Oven
Microwave
Cutlery available
Vending machine
Laundry
5 washing machines: $2.25 per load 7 dryers: $2 per load
Common area/lounge
Wi-Fi internet access
Free
Cable internet access
TV in common room
DVD-player in common room
Balcony/terrace
Garden
BBQ area
Wheelchair accessible
Parking (cars)
Parking (bicycles)
Swimming pool
Gym
Pool table
Pool table
Table soccer
Table soccer

Room types and facilities

Single
17
: 11 m2/ : 19 m2
Twin
29
: 11 m2/ : 19 m2
Air conditioning
Heating
Smoking
Duvet and pillow provided
Bed sheets provided
Towels provided
Toilet paper
Ensuite toilet
Ensuite shower
Wash basin
Shared toilets
5 on each floor
Shared showers
3 on each floor
Cleaning
Weekly cleaning of the rooms and daily cleaning of common areas
Desk
Wardrobe
Cooking facilities
Microwave
TV
Wi-Fi internet access
Cable internet access
Floor
Carpet
Balcony
Safe deposit box
Room key provided

The "Bartlett Bunkhouse" residence

General information

"The Bartlett Bunkhouse" residence is located right around the corner from iconic Union Square, the heart of San Francisco's shopping and entertainment district. Here you'll find something for everyone from cafés to theatres, nightlife, restaurants and of course, lots of shops! There are plenty of public transport options within 5 minutes on foot or less.

School distance

Door-to-door travel time:
5 minutes
Means of transportation:
walking
Average public transport cost:
MUNI Card: $79 monthly / $5 daily
Walking distance to public transport:
5 minutes

Walking Distance

Supermarket:
5 minutes
Coffee shops:
2 minutes
Restaurants:
2 minutes
Shops:
2 minutes
Pharmacy:
5 minutes

Availability

All year round
Minimum age : 18+

Arrival and departure

Check-in / Check-out
Sunday from 3:00 pm
Sunday until 11:00 am
Entry card (building)
Key (building)
Code (building)
Staff on-site 24h
Deposit
in cash or by credit card, prices on request.

Meals

Use of kitchen
Meal-plan

Facilities

Reception desk
Smoking area
Cafeteria
Shared kitchen
Oven
Microwave
Cutlery available
Vending machine
Laundry
2 washing machines: $3 per load / 3 dryers: $2.75 per load
Common area/lounge
Wi-Fi internet access
Cable internet access
TV in common room
DVD-player in common room
Balcony/terrace
Garden
BBQ area
Wheelchair accessible
Parking (cars)
Parking (bicycles)
Swimming pool
Gym

Room types and facilities

Single
23
: 8 m2/ : 9 m2
Twin
8
: 18 m2/ : 19 m2
Air conditioning
Heating
Smoking
Duvet and pillow provided
Bed sheets provided
Towels provided
Toilet paper
Ensuite toilet
Ensuite shower
Wash basin
Shared toilets
To share between 5 students
Shared showers
To share between 5 students
Cleaning
Weekly
Desk
Wardrobe
Cooking facilities
Microwave
TV
Wi-Fi internet access
Cable internet access
Floor
Hardwood
Balcony
Safe deposit box
Room key provided

To be discovered:
- Golden Gate Park
- Alcatraz
- Palace of Fine Arts
- Asian Art Museum
- San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

But also:
- Watch the Giants play baseball at the AT&T Park
- Picnic on the beach in the Marin Headlands Park
- Night out at Ruby Skye
- Shopping on Chestnut Street or inChinatown
- Soul food at the Brown Sugar Kitchen, Oakland

Activities:
- outings to the theatre or to the opera
- restaurant evenings
- museum and art gallery visits
- excursions during the weekend
- jogging along San Francisco Bay
- Excursions: Wine Country, Alcatraz, Monterey and Carmel, Lake Tahoe, Yosemite, Big Sur.
- Activities linked to the course: Alcatraz, Berkeley and Oakland, Land's End, North Beach, the Mission District.

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