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San Francisco-Downtown, CA

300 Montgomery Street, Suite 200
San Francisco, CA 94104
Tel.: (415) 796-5356
ELS Center Hours: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (closed on weekends and holidays)


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ELS/San Francisco-Downtown is located in the heart of the financial/shopping district of San Francisco. The building is a famous architectural landmark, known as the Original Bank of America Building. You can visit Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge. Other activities include sporting events or day trips to Muir Woods, Stinson Beach, Monterey Bay or the famous Napa and Sonoma Valley wine country. Weekend trips to Yosemite, Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon are also popular.

  • Mild winter weather
  • Walking distance to San Francisco tourist attractions
  • San Francisco's excellent public transportation
  • Napa and Sonoma Valley wine country for weekend trips

Distance to Key Locations from ELS Center

Location Minutes Transportation Method
Airport 20 to 30
Bank 1
Downtown Area 1
Post Office 1
Restaurant(s) 1
Shopping Mall/Outlet 1
Supermarket 10








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Programs available at this location

2015 Cost Per Session
$1790 USD

2015 Cost Per Session
$1680 USD

2015 Cost Per Session
$1410 USD

Business English

Communicate with Confidence in Business

2015 Cost Per Session
$1680 USD

American Explorer Program

Enjoy the Adventure

2015 Cost Per Session
$1350 USD

English for Executives

Group and One-to-One Instruction

2015 Cost Per Session
$5725 USD

Super Intensive English Program

One-to-One instruction

Super Intensive Plus

One-to-One Instruction

Student Residence Lounge Student Residence Bedroom Student Residence Room Student Residence Room (Side View) Spaulding Student Residence Room Hotel on Cable Car line

Homestays in the area(Homestay)

Host family students are responsible for their personal transportation. Most students use the train or bus to get to the Center.

Price per Session $1200
Occupancy Single, Single, Single
Minimum Age 17
Airport Pickup $95
Meals / week or Meal Credit
14 meals per week

Herbert/Spaulding Hotel(Student Residence (Off Campus))

Each room has bunkbeds with railings, desks, minifridge lamps, linen (sheets/blankets,pillows provided) WIFI internet access. Both Herbert and Spauilding buildings have a student lounge with microwave, and laundry facilities. Spaulding building has a full kitchen where students from Herbert and Spaulding may cook bkfst, lunch, dinner. Both hotel buildings are operated by the same management and have the same furnishings. Students are placed by bed availability in either building and will be informed by Central Admissions which building they will live in before arrival. If this information does not arrive, please contact and center will inform which building has been booked and assigned. Students requesting APU will automatically be transfered to correct building.

Price per Session $1075
Occupancy Double, Double, Double
Minimum Age 17
Airport Pickup $95
Meals / week or Meal Credit
7 meals per week

Golden Gate Bridge San Francisco Mountains and Lake San Francisco Napa Valley Our exciting downtown location in the heart of the city Ira Cohen Center Director Our new larger LTC Student lounge executive classroom entrance lobby Classic SF downtown architecture
  • Computer center
  • Internet access (Wireless)
  • 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?

  1. Find a university via our University Finder
  2. Apply for university admission and enroll for English studies at ELS Language Centers with help from a local ELS authorized Counseling Agent.
  3. 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."
  4. Study at any of the 60 ELS Centers in the USA to fulfill the university entrance requirement for English proficiency.
  5. Begin your university program!

Meet the Staff

Ira Cohen

Ira Cohen

Center Director

I have always found working with international students a great experience. I have graduate degrees in Slavic Languages and Literatures and have studied several foreign languages…I have lived and worked overseas, Mexico, Iran, Soviet Union, and understand the great benefit study and work abroad can provide. My 35 years of working in ESL as a teacher and administrator have been very rewarding. As Director of ELS San Francisco, I have had the opportunity to meet thousands of great people and come to understand the importance of international cooperation. Seeing our students graduate from ELS and go on to colleges gives me and my staff a great sense of purpose in our day-to-day interaction with students.

Thomas Breckenridge

Thomas Breckenridge

Assistant Academic Director

I have worked for ELS for over 35 years. My ESL career began after graduation from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio when I joined the Peace Corps and taught in Afghanistan. Shortly after returning to the US, I began to teach at ELS in Washington, D.C. After teaching for twelve years, I became an Academic Director in 1985. I've also worked at ELS centers in Redlands and Oakland, CA, but am now very happily settled in San Francisco.

Roshan Khorshidchehr

Roshan Khorshidchehr

IELTS Administrator

I was born in Bombay, India and graduated in Psychology and Philosophy. I lived in London, UK for 25 years where I started my career in teaching and Management. I worked at the Adult College for 12 years and my last position was a Quality and CPD Manger. I was responsible for 200 part time professional staff with a budget of over $250,000. My "can-do" philosophy and as an individual who is not averse to change and challenge my move to the US was smoother than I thought. I am the only individual who has worked in all ELS East Bay Centers. My current role is of an IELTS Administrator and a Housing Assistant with ELS, San Francisco.

Jeoungkyu (JQ)

December 19, 2012


It was a really nice experience at ELS San Francisco. I made many foreign friends and improved my English skills. Also, by various activities I could experience a part of American culture.

-Jeoungkyu ,South Korea
November, 2012


ELS at San Francisco

ELS at San Francisco

Provides a brief description of ELS, our Programs and the San Francisco ELS Language Center. The flyer also offers some specific attributes of the university, its programs and other helpful information.

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Session 1, 2014

Session 1, 2014

Activity Calendar: Session 1, 2014

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Session 12, 2013

Session 12, 2013

Activity Calendar: Session 12

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Session 2, 2014

Session 2, 2014

Activity Calendar: Session 2, 2014

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