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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
Minimum Age 17
Airport Pickup $95
Meals / week or Meal Credit
14 meals per week

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

ELS students will enjoy Herbert/Spaulding's double-occupancy rooms with private baths. Each room has its own TV, small refrigerator, and a desk and bed for each student. Housekeeping and linen services are provided. The hotel lounge area is equipped with a microwave and widescreen TV, with access to a full shared kitchen in the Spaulding building. Laundry facilities are also available on the premises. Continental breakfast is included.
The Herbert/Spaulding Hotel complex offers ideal security and support. Front desk and housekeeping staff are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The buildings organize regular student activity nights and movies to promote the student community
Each room includes: -Twin-size beds, linen service provided -One private bathroom in each double room -Desk, small refrigerator, and closet in each room -Free cable and TV -Free Wi-Fi in each room and lobby -Individual room-controlled heat and air conditioning.
Hotel amenities include: -24-hour electronic key/secured access -Linen and housekeeping services -Laundry facilities on-site -Lounge with widescreen TV, couches, chairs, icrowave, and shared full kitchen in Spaulding -Steps away from downtown San Francisco and minutes from public transportation to all parts of the city and greater San Francisco bay area. -Security: 24-hour on site front desk and housekeeping staff, camera security throughout the facility

Price per Session $1075
Occupancy Double
Minimum Age 17
Airport Pickup $95
Meals / week or Meal Credit
7 meals per week - continental breakfast included; other meals not included. New restaurant/sports bar on Spaulding first floor for casual dinners and sports TVs.

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.

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

Peace Pagoda, Japantown, San Francisco, CA

August 30, 2015

For our 1/24 Friday activity, we visited Japantown and the Fillmore District. Our first stop was the famous Peace Pagoda, a five-tiered concrete structure given to San Francisco by the people of Osaka, Japan. We shopped till we dropped in the three surrounding malls and streets that bring our students to Japan, if only for an afternoon.

Photos - San Franciso-Downtown

July 11, 2015


2016 ELS/San Francisco-Downtown Application

2016 ELS/San Francisco-Downtown Application

2016 ELS/San Francisco-Downtown Center Application

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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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