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San Diego, CA

110 West C Street
San Diego, CA 92101
Tel.: (619)-557-0136
ELS Center Hours: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (closed on weekends and holidays)

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ELS/San Diego is centrally located close to downtown San Diego's entertainment and shopping district, with major bus and trolley lines all within easy walking distance. The comfortable year-round mild climate, 100 kilometers of sandy beaches and the many tourist attractions like the world famous San Diego Zoo make San Diego a fun place to live in and explore. The experienced, friendly and dedicated professional staff will help students to make the most of their time in San Diego, and the highly qualified and experienced teachers make it a great place to learn English. Come and experience what many call "America's finest city!"


  • California's second largest city, home to many beautiful beaches, is ideally located on the Southern California coast
  • San Diego has the most pleasant weather days of any US city
  • Located in the heart of San Diego on the 16th floor of a large office building with beautiful views of downtown
  • All teachers have MA degrees in TESL or TESL Certificates
  • Join ELS on Social Media! #ELSCenters #ELSSanDiego

Distance to Key Locations from ELS Center

Location Minutes Transportation Method
Airport 15/10
Bank 5
Downtown Area 0
Post Office 5
Restaurant(s) 5
Shopping Mall/Outlet 5
Supermarket 8

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Programs available at this location

2016 Cost Per Session
$1840 USD
2016 Cost Per Session
$1680 USD
2016 Cost Per Session
$1410 USD
American Explorer Program

Enjoy the Adventure

2016 Cost Per Session
$1350 USD
The Complete Prep Program for the TOEFL® iBT

Achieve your goals by preparing for the TOEFL® iBT with ELS!

2016 Cost Per Session
$2040 USD
English for Executives

Group and One-to-One Instruction

2016 Cost Per Session
$5725 USD
Super Intensive English Program

One-to-One instruction

Super Intensive Plus

One-to-One Instruction

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Homestays in the area(Homestay)

Living in an ELS homestay is a very popular and practical choice, especially for inexperienced travelers or younger students. Students get a comfortable and safe place to live, home-cooked meals and a friendly, experienced host. Talking with homestay hosts is a great way to get extra English conversation practice outside the classroom and to learn more about the United States. Students travel to and from their homestays via convenient and affordable public transportation. Homestays are located 30-50 minutes from the Center by bus or trolley.

Price per Session $1100
Occupancy Single
Minimum Age 16
Airport Pickup $85
Meals / week or Meal Credit
14 meals per week

Vantaggio Gaslamp(Student Residence (Off Campus))

Vantaggio's newest residence is the closest to the Center, only a 5-10 minute walk. It's in the trendy Gaslamp entertainment district surrounded by restaurants, clubs, markets and movie theaters. It features loft-style rooms for 1-4 residents.
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Price per Session $1400
Occupancy
Minimum Age 18
Airport Pickup $85
Meals / week or Meal Credit
No meals included

Vantaggio Suites(Student Residence (Off Campus))

(10 minute walk to ELS)

The largest and most popular San Diego residence hotel is a 10-15 minute walk from the Center and is located in the heart of downtown's Little Italy district which is filled with restaurants, markets and clubs. It's perfect for students looking for a very social environment to live in.
Vantaggio Suites floors (but not rooms) are co-ed. Some American students are also housed here. Rooms have mini refrigerator and microwave. Linens, telephone and television are 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.
Click here for more details 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 $650 - 1270
Occupancy -
Minimum Age 18
Airport Pickup $85
Meals / week or Meal Credit
No meals are included

J Street Inn(Student Residence (Off Campus))

This residence hotel is located at the end of the trendy Gaslamp entertainment district, about a 10-15 minute walk from the Center. It, too, has many nearby restaurants, clubs, markets and theaters nearby. It is well suited for more serious students who desire a little more privacy and quiet.
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Price per Session $916 - 1016
Occupancy
Minimum Age 18
Airport Pickup $85
Meals / week or Meal Credit
No meals are included

Island Inn(Student Residence (Off Campus))

This residence hotel is very similar to the J Street Inn and is located just across the street from it. Rooms have linens, telephone and television. The Island Inn offers a laundry room and wireless Internet available for a fee. MasterCard and Visa credit cards are accepted for the credit card reservation.
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Price per Session $916 - 1016
Occupancy -
Minimum Age 18
Airport Pickup $85
Meals / week or Meal Credit
No meals are included

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  • Computer center
  • Center is handicapped accessible
  • Classrooms are handicapped accessible
  • Cafeteria

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

Amy Mariappan

Amy Mariappan

Academic Director

Amy began her career as an ESL teacher in 2007. She taught English to Somali students while getting her Bachelor’s degree in Intercultural Studies in her Minnesota hometown. From there, she traveled to Africa and South Korea to teach English. She also taught North Korean defectors English in Seoul while working on her Master’s thesis. She received her MA in English as a Second Language from Hamline University in 2013. Amy has taught at ELS San Diego since 2014, and she became the Academic Director in 2016. She and her husband Leo enjoy traveling together, both internationally as well as here in the States. She also enjoys hiking, photography, and camping.

Joyce Pound

Joyce Pound

Registrar

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.

Ann Marie Groffner

Ann Marie Groffner

Student Advisor

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.

Phil Sasso

Phil Sasso

Instructional Specialist

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.

Christine Fallon

Christine Fallon

Instructor

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 Stratton

Dreah Stratton

Instructor

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.

Andy Ball

Andy Ball

Instructor

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 Clarke

Paul Clarke

Instructor

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.”

Carolina

August 16, 2013

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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!

-Carolina,Brazil

Daiane

August 16, 2013

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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!

-Daiane,Brazil

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

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2017 ELS/San Diego Application

2017 ELS/San Diego Application

2017 ELS/San Diego Center Application

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ELS at San Diego

ELS at San Diego

Provides a brief description of ELS, our Programs and the San Diego 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 Activity Calendar

Session 1 Activity Calendar

Start off the year with fun activities!

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Session 10 Activity Calendar

Session 10 Activity Calendar

Autumn in San Diego!

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Session 13 Activity Calendar

Session 13 Activity Calendar

Winter activities in sunny San Diego!

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Session 2 Activity Calendar

Session 2 Activity Calendar

Lots of winter activities in San Diego!

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Session 3 Activity Calendar

Session 3 Activity Calendar

More winter and spring activities!

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Session 4 Activity Calendar

Session 4 Activity Calendar

Springtime in San Diego!

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Session 5 Activity Calendar

Session 5 Activity Calendar

More spring activities!

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Session 6 Activity Calendar

Session 6 Activity Calendar

It's summertime in San Diego!

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Session 7 Activity Calendar

Session 7 Activity Calendar

More fun summer activities!

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Session 8 Activity Calendar

Session 8 Activity Calendar

Summer fun in San Diego!

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Session 9 Activity Calendar

Session 9 Activity Calendar

Another session of great summertime activities!

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Student Activity Calendar Session 11

Student Activity Calendar Session 11

Happy Halloween!

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Student Activity Calendar Session 12

Student Activity Calendar Session 12

Happy Thanksgiving!

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