Estimate includes tuition and housing costs ONLY. An additional Materials & Technology fee will be required for each session of study. All prices are listed in US Dollars the local currency of the ELS Center. Program & housing availability as well as cost are subject to change.
Centers & Locations
"The teachers know how to improve your English and they even do things with you together so you learn a lot about the habits, history and the American way of life."
Southern California is home to ELS/San Diego, located near downtown San Diego’s entertainment and shopping district. You can enjoy day trips to the beach, the world famous San Diego Zoo and Sea World®, or spend a weekend exploring Universal Studios Hollywood® or Disneyland®. San Diego’s very mild climate is considered by many to be the best in the United States. That makes the area ideal for the many festivals held throughout the year. There are also many restaurants, museums, art galleries, theatres, parks and professional sports.
Mild winter weather
San Diego Zoo & Wild Animal Park are nearby
Gaslamp Quarter nearby entertainment district with restaurants, cafes, clubs and theaters is within walking-distance
La Jolla, CA; Las Vegas, NV; Los Angeles, CA and Mexico convenient for possible weekend trips
Primary Residence Hotel, 10 minutes by foot to ELS/San Diego. Vantaggio Suites floors (but not rooms) are coed. Some American students are also housed here. Rooms have mini refrigerator and microwave. Linens, telephone and television is provided. Vantaggio offers a laundry room and computer rooms with Internet access.
Most students stay in single studio rooms. Shared double studios are also available. Vantaggio arranges roommates for shared doubles unless a couple books together. A $20-$30 carpet cleaning fee is charged each month, price depending on room type.
Price per Session
$625 - 1220
- Vantagio Suites room prices are charged on a monthly basis.
- J Street Inn offers Single Studios and prices are charged on a weekly basis.
Meals / week or Meal Credit
No meals are included
Island Inn(Student Residence (Off Campus))
Overflow or for budget short-term stays. Standard budget motel style single rooms. Rooms have linens, telephone, television. The Island Inn offers a laundry room and wireless Internet available for a fee.
MasterCard and Visa credit cards accepted for the credit card reservation.
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Price per Session
- The Island Inn offers Single Studios and prices are charged on a weekly basis.
Meals / week or Meal Credit
No meals are included
Center is handicapped accessible
Classrooms are handicapped accessible
What is Conditional Admission?
Institutions in the ELS University Conditional Admission Network offer conditional admission to students who are academically admissible based on the student’s academic record and other university and/or departmental and program requirements, but who have not yet demonstrated English proficiency. Your admission is “conditional” based upon satisfying English proficiency through completion of a specified level of the ELS English for Academic Purposes program and any other specific requirements prior to full admission. Once these requirements are fulfilled, you are able to fully matriculate. These requirements will be outlined on your Conditional Letter of Admission, and your selected ELS center will assist you in completing all of the necessary requirements for matriculation.
Additional matriculation requirements may include other required scores, for example, GMAT® or GRE® for graduate programs.
Our ELS University Partners will offer a Conditional Letter of Admission (CLA) detailing the additional requirements needed for matriculation. You and your family can be assured that you have a university placement and ELS registration prior to departing for the USA.
What is the Conditional Admission Process?
Find a university via our University Finder
Apply for university admission and enroll for English studies at ELS Language Centers with help from a local ELS authorized Counseling Agent.
If you are an acceptable candidate for university admission, you receive a letter of "Conditional university admission subject to English proficiency and submission of any other required documentation for matriculation."
Study at any of the 60 ELS Centers in the USA to fulfill the university entrance requirement for English proficiency.
Begin your university program!
Meet the Staff
Vince began working with international students in 1977. He has an MA in College Student Personnel Administration from Bowling Green State University. He worked for the ELS franchise in Taiwan from 1982 to 1988, as a teacher, Assistant Academic Director and Academic Director. He has been with ELS San Diego as Center Director since 1992. He also served ELS as a Regional Director from 1998 to 2000. In addition to his Center Director responsibilities, Vince has been the Director of Franchise Operations for the International Division of ELS since 2004. In that role, he has completed 35 inspection visits of ELS Centers in Canada, China, Korea, Malaysia, Japan, Indonesia, Panama, UAE, Qatar, Oman, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. Vince, Shu-fun, his wife of more than 30 years, and their 2 grown children have all studied abroad, taugh ESL and speak a second language.
Flavia has been the Academic Director at ELS San Diego since 2013. Prior to that, she held the same position at ELS Las Vegas. Flavia has worked for ELS since 2010. She is a native of Argentina and has more than 10 years’ experience teaching ESL. She has an MA in ESL and is totally bilingual in Spanish and English. When not teaching, Flavia enjoys cooking and spending time with her family.
Joyce comes to us from Taiwan. She visited Japan, Guam, Hong Kong, Vietnam, and China before coming to the United States and making it her home. She has a BA in Psychology and earned a Masters degree in International Marketing from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. Before joining our staff as our Registrar, Joyce was an individual and group counselor and a marketing assistant. She excels in managing our accounts and giving individual care to students that need financial help. She follows political and economic news and also enjoys painting, creating with Photoshop and Illustrator, designing websites, and doing various forms of art on her iPad. Joyce enjoys nature, Chinese philosophy, and fresh strawberries.
Gabriella, a Philadelphian, was awarded a full scholarship to a private college in Boston, MA, where she earned her B.S. and teaching credential in English Literature and Theatre Education. In San Diego, she taught creative writing, voice and articulation, drama, and directed plays as she continued to study Shakespeare and classical acting at the Old Globe Theatre. She began teaching ESL in 1988 and loves teaching international students. Her blend of artistic and technical skills creates a classroom that is structured and lively. Gabriella also coordinates the ELS Volunteer Program with projects such as: Toys for Tots, City of Refuge, Earth day and the popular monthly activity of serving lunch to the homeless at Father Joe's. Currently she enjoys: piano, singing, writing, and cooking ethnic food for friends and family. She looks forward to more traveling, Italy first (birthplace of her grandparents), but needs to find a benefactor and experienced cat sitter.
Ann Marie Groffner
Ann Marie decided to travel to Brazil in 2002, and it is here that she began teaching English and acquired her Portuguese. She has always felt inspired to travel, beginning with her study abroad program in Ecuador as an undergraduate. She received her B.A. in Philosophy and Environmental Studies. Ann Marie began teaching at ELS San Diego in 2007, where she began as a teacher and transitioned into her current role of International Student Advisor. Her favorite aspect of the job is assisting students with their educational goals; she has seen many students go from having no English abilities to being accepted into a four-year university program. She also enjoys introducing students to all the wonderful activities that San Diego has to offer. Although she has many passions from surfing to dancing, her number one priority is her family and her role as a mother.
Lisa began working at ELS San Diego in April of 2011. She plays many roles from administrative assistant to IELTS invigilator. On the weekend, she teaches kids ages six to eleven at a church program. She was attracted to ELS for its international flavor. Indeed, her passion for travel has taken her around the world from Italy to Egypt, from the Philippines to Israel--her all-time favorite destination. She thoroughly enjoys learning about the students and their varied backgrounds and lifestyles. In her free time, she participates in mission trips, including humanitarian work, like building homes for the poor in Mexico.
Phil's extensive career in teaching English goes all the way back to 1987 when he first began teaching at ELS San Diego. He received his B.A. in German Literature from the University of California, Berkley and followed up with a certificate to teach ESL from San Diego State University. He has worked in Germany, Switzerland, and Japan. His favorite vacation destination is Bali, which was both his last big vacation and his next big vacation. At ELS, he enjoys organizing field trips for the students to Balboa Park and La Jolla Cove. His favorite pastimes include international politics, swimming, and gardening.
Kristin started teaching English at 19, while still a college student. Since then, she has completed her degree in Elementary Education, with a minor in Spanish, and has finished her Master's degree in Special Education, with an emphasis on bilingual strategies. She also has an applied linguistics certificate from San Diego State University and spent a year teaching English in Taiwan. Kristen has a border collie named Woogie and loves cooking, eating, movies, books and roller coasters.
Christine is an experienced and well-qualified English teacher. Christine, a native San Diegan, has a BA in Speech Communication from San Diego State University, an M.Ed in TESOL from Temple University Japan and a California Single Subject Teaching Credential in English. She taught English in Japan as an Assistant Language Teacher (ALT) in the JET Program from 1998-2001. Christine began working for ELS in 2005. She's fluent in Japanese and has two beautiful daughters.
Dreah first began teaching English to Chinese students at a language institute in Shanghai called New World Education in 2005. After a few years, she decided to continue her education and began an M.A. in TESOL in 2008 at Azusa Pacific University. Upon finishing her Masters, the multiculturalism at Azusa Pacific inspired her to apply to teach at ELS San Diego. The opportunity to expand beyond Chinese students and work with language learners from around the world presented at once a new challenge and an exciting opportunity. Moreover, it has inspired her to travel. In addition to exploring the United States extensively, she has visited Germany and Thailand and plans to continue to explore worldwide. One thing she particularly likes about teaching is it that is has made her more outgoing. People, she believes, see her as an extrovert when in reality she considers herself an introvert. Indeed, Dreah is an early bird, waking up often before the sun has risen to workout, watch the news, read the bible, or just generally cherish the peace and solitude of the early morning.
Lorraine started working with ESL students as a bilingual, public-elementary-school teacher over 15 years ago. Her practical experience in teaching is rooted in her B.A. in Music Education from Metropolitan State College and her M.A. in English with an emphasis in TESOL from California State Polytechnic University in Pomona. Her love of travel is expressed by her study abroad experience at the University of Lancaster, England in addition to her years as a flight attendant--Prague, Cypress, Kuwait, Germany, Ireland, and Budapest being her most memorable destinations. Today, between reading books, watching movies, creative writing projects, and spending time with her pets, she doesn’t have time to be bored. Her life philosophy is to live with a spirit of gratitude, forgiveness, and love.
Andy began working with ESL students in Japan in 1999. He received his B.A. from Hope College and did a summer research program at Meiji Gakuin University in Tokyo. He is continuing his education at Northwestern University where he seeks an M.S. in Education Policy. Born in the U.K., he has had the good fortune to travel much of Europe and especially France due to his parents' love of the country. Building upon his childhood experiences, he has learned that traveling ought to be a process of removing the blinders and social filters put into place by society and enabling us to free our creativity and to understand the world. He applies these ideas to the classroom where he believes that every student, every person, has something to offer. He believes that the root of one’s confidence must be analyzed and questioned; such a notion is congruent with the belief that listening to others and utilizing introspection is critical for human development. Most importantly, Andy never forgets his sense of humor and enjoys his life to the fullest.
Paul first began teaching English in 1990 to business people in Japan, where he continued to live on and off over the next eleven years. He received his undergraduate degree in Accounting, and he expects to receive his M.A. in Applied Linguistics/TESOL by the end of 2011. In class, he believes that lessons are far more interesting for students if they do the majority of the talking: “After all,” he says, “I've had plenty of experience practicing my English since I was born and shouldn't spend class time preventing my students from getting the practice they need.”
Brian’s first contact with ELS Language Centers was through a friend and teacher who invited him to a conversation class at ELS in 1994. It instantly drew him into teaching as a career, and already having credentials and having taught in public school, he quickly found a full-time teaching position. Brian’s educational background spans many years and many fields, from history to psychology, from art to English. In 1997, his teaching career was briefly sidetracked by pursuit in computer programming. However, he craved the contact he once had with international students and gave up the high salary for the satisfaction that working at ELS provides. Brian has traveled far and wide: Mexico, Canada, Japan, Korea, and Peru. He would like to see China, Ghana, Thailand, and Italy. He divides his free time between his love of music (flute and drums), his passion for art, and his dogs.
Carolyn began working with ESL students in a middle school in Tenafly, New Jersey, where she taught grades six through eight for five years. She received her B.A. in Social Sciences from Northeastern University in Boston and then followed up with an M.A. in Education specializing in TESOL from Farleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, NJ. Before beginning at ELS San Diego in 2011, Carolyn taught adolescents through adults in public school, community college, private language schools, and in business settings. In fact, she has taught at ELS Language Centers a total of three separate times. She has lived in Africa, Asia and the Middle East and has traveled through Europe and Latin America. She would love to visit Australia one day.
August 16, 2013
Hello! I’m Carol from Brazil. I spent five months in ELS and it was the best experience of my life! I’m very satisfied with my improvement in English. I thank ELS, because the school has a group of efficient professionals that helped me to achieve my goal in English. Furthermore, I met friends that I will take for my whole life. I hope that you all can experience the same feeling!
August 16, 2013
My experience at ELS has been very great. The teachers are very competent and they can teach the subject in an easy and dynamic way.
Every month at ELS they have an activity schedule for students to experience a bit of American culture in San Diego. During the month the ELS gives us travel options with good agencies for different places like Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and San Francisco.
My first trip was to Las Vegas and it was so amazing. You can visit the fantastic place in just one weekend. The other thing that I did with ELS and I really liked is the San Diego County Fair. It is one American place that you would see in a movie with typical foods for everyone, a Ferris wheel and other games. Another place that you should go to is a baseball game which is amazing and it’s a good opportunity to enjoy the American culture.
The other positive thing about my experience is all day I am connected with people from different parts of the world, who are different than me and now are my friends. Because of this I can improve my English and have a conversation with them not just in the school but in other places.
I have been in San Diego for one month but my English is getting better every day and I know that the next months I am here in this school we will have many activities to do and will help me to improve my English.
I think ELS is like a family for me here. The teachers and coordinators always help me when I have problems.
Thanks so much, ELS!
Nicolò Mardegan, Italy
August 10, 2009
I think that ELS school is one of the best in the world. I have been in San Diego three months and I can't miss that time. I have improved my English thanks to a smart method. The teachers are friendly and competent. San Diego is wonderful: you can do everything and mostly you can meet a lot of young people from the world. Actually after this experience I have a lot of friends and with us I speak english often on Facebook, Skype or telephone. In the future I will visit their countries. Some of them yet visited my beautiful country: Italy!! So I invite you to study English in ELS - San Diego.Ciao.Nicolò