San Francisco

English school in San Francisco

The school of San Francisco is very well located, near Market Street, in the heart of the city. You're just one step away from Union Square and the school is on the eighteenth floor of an important building on Montgomery Street, where students study English and make lifelong friendships with classmates from around the world. The academic center has large classrooms with the latest interactive technology. There is an excellent mix of nationalities in the school.

Accreditation: The school is accreditad by English USA  

School Facilities 

  • 15 bright and spacious classrooms 
  • Cafe on the ground floor
  • Wifi: free wireless internet throughout the school
  • Individual study rooms
  • Computers and internet: access to 23 computers with internet

Characteristics

  • Internet doesn´t have  Internet
  • Library doesn´t have  Library
  • Computer room doesn´t have  Computer room
  • Cafe doesn´t have  Cafe
  • Tea or coffee machine doesn´t have  Tea or coffee machine
  • Garden doesn´t have  Garden
  • Wifi doesn´t have  Wifi
  • Student lounge doesn´t have  Student lounge
  • Prayer room doesn´t have  Prayer room
  • Kitchenette doesn´t have  Kitchenette
  • Support deparment for the students doesn´t have  Support deparment for the students

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Accreditations

The school is accredited by:

ACETT


Strongest Points

  • Millions of activities and tourist attractions
  • An excellent climate
  • Easy to visit nearby cities

San Francisco

San Francisco is a city that moves at its own pace. Founded in 1776 and developed by the gold rush, today it is one of the most important tourist destinations in the United States. The city is famous for its steep streets that seem like true roller coasters. Despite the slopes, it is one of the most walkable cities in the world and is full of parks, recreation areas and bike lanes. 

San Francisco is considered the best city in America: a town of free spirits, easygoing, open, multicultural, dynamic and unforgettable. 

For its lifestyle, San Francisco is one of the favourite destinations for students because it is the perfect place to live, study and explore American culture. Its irresistible charm captivates all who visit.

Things to see and do in San Francisco 

Culture 

  • Take a ferry from Alcatraz and visit the famous Al Capone prison
  • Visit the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOMA) 
  • Discover the roots of the "Beat" movement in Little Italy 
  • Visit the Botanical Garden or the Japanese Tea Garden 

Leisure 

  • Eat fish at Fisherman's Wharf: the old port 
  • Experience the history of the '60s hippie movement and the Summer of Love in Ashbury 
  • Discover the unique atmosphere of China Town 

Useful Information: 

Moving around the city

The city of San Francisco has one of the best public transport networks in the United States, which will be of great help when you travel. Additionally, many forms of transport cover the same routes. 
The transport authority of the city is San Francisco Municipal Railway - Muni website: http://www.sfmuni.com responsible for trams, buses and light rail. 

Buses and trams operate the same routes and the rates are equal. 

  • The light rail goes through Market Street to the Mission District and Noe Valley (line J), Ingleside District (K-Line), Subset District (lines L, M, and N), and Castro, Embarcadero and Fisherman's Wharf (line F ). 
  • The subway runs to Market Street, stopping at Embarcadero, Montgomery, Powell, Civic Centre and San Francisco with the East bay and Daly City. The metro runs from 04:30 to 24:00. The tickets can be bought from machines at the stations. 

Interests

  • It is the 4th most populated state in California, and the 12th in the United States. 
  • It is the cultural, financial and transport centre in the bay area of San Francisco. 
  • In 1848, gold was discovered on the hills in the mountains in the Sierra Nevada; in 1849, San Francisco was full of "the forty-niners", as the gold searchers said, and the population of the city exploded.
  • Chinatown and Japantown are now the largest Asian community outside Asia. 
  • The devastating earthquake in 1906 destroyed a large part of the city
  • In the 50´s, the bohemian movement "beat" was born
  • It was the scene of "Summer of Love" in 1967
  • It has one of the biggest gay communities in the United States. 
  • The area of San Jose and Santa Clara is called the "Silicon Valley", because here is the largest concentration of electronic companies and computer industries throughout the United States.
  • The historic trams in San Francisco come from Italy and date back to 1928. Recently, they have spent 14 million dollars on restoration and maintenance.  

Districts and neighbourhoods in San Francisco

  • Union Square: The most important and lively square in San Francisco. In the square and the adjacent streets, you will find shops, bars, restaurants and a lot of atmosphere. 
  • Fisherman´s Whard: The old port of San Francisco is nowadays one of the most touristic places in the city. Here the famous sea lions live. 
  • Yerba Buena Gardens is one of the most important parks in the city centre. 
  • Chinatown: welcomes one of the biggest Chinese populations outside Asia. 
  • Fillmore Street on Fillmore District is one of the preferred areas to live for people in San Francisco. 
  • Haight Ashbury is the alternative and hippie area of San Francisco 
  • Japantown: the biggest and oldest Japanese neighbourhood in the United States. 
  • Little Italy: with a European environment, "Little Italy" is a beautiful neighbourhood to walk around and eat in, in one of the many italian restaurants. 

At night in San Francisco 

The nightlife in San Francisco is active and bustling. The bars and restaurants are full from early on until very late. There are more than 2,000 places where you can have a drink, so being thirsty will not be a problem. The opening hours and dress code varies from bar to bar, but in general, the attitude is quite relaxed. San Francisco has many entertainment areas and nightlife for all tastes. The neighbourhoods with the most atmosphere are: Downtown, South of Market (SoMa) and Castro. 

Generally, the restaurants, clubs and bars can serve alcohol until 02:00. The minimum drinking age is 21. They will always ask for ID to get into bars. Smoking is not allowed. 

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Standard course

Morning Class (high season classes can be morning or afternoon) 

NO VISA required

Perfect for

This English course will help you to improve your English knowledge and improve your fluency in daily life contexts. It is ideal for students that want to feel more confident and it is focused on the 4 main aspects of language: speaking, listening, reading and writing.

Additional information

Visa is NOT required 15 hours per week

Characteristics

  • Course duration from 1 week
  • Lecciones per Week  20
  • Duration of Classes  45 Minutes
  • Timetables Morning
  • Level test  Yes
  • Accredited Diploma  Yes
  • Level  A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2.
  • Maximum students per class in summer  14
  • Average during the rest of year  0
  • Minimum age  16

Semi intensive course

Morning Class (high season classes can be morning or afternoon) 

VISA is required

Perfect for

This English course will help you to improve your English knowledge and to improve your fluency in daily life contexts. Also, there are 4 extra optional hours which can be personalised to your weak areas.

Additional information

Visa required. 18 hours per week. Classes in the morning (in high season the classes can be in the morning or afternoon)

Characteristics

  • Course duration from 1 to 48 weeks
  • Lecciones per Week  24
  • Duration of Classes  45 Minutes
  • Timetables Morning
  • Level test  Yes
  • Accredited Diploma  Yes
  • Level  A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2.
  • Maximum students per class in summer  14
  • Average during the rest of year  0
  • Minimum age  16

Intensive course

Morning Class (high season classes can be morning or afternoon) 

VISA is required

Perfect for

This English course will help you improve your English knowledge and improve fluency in daily life contexts. Also, there are 10 hours of optional extra classes which can be personalised to your weak areas. It is ideal for students who want to feel more confident, and is focused around the 4 main aspects of language: speaking, listening, reading and writing,

Additional information

Class in the morning (in high season the classes can be in the morning or afternoon) Visa required 22.5 hours per week

Characteristics

  • Course duration from 1 to 48 weeks
  • Lecciones per Week  30
  • Duration of Classes  45 Minutes
  • Timetables Morning and afternoon
  • Level test  Yes
  • Accredited Diploma  Yes
  • Level  A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2.
  • Maximum students per class in summer  14
  • Average during the rest of year  0
  • Minimum age  16

Preparation for Cambridge exam

The Cambridge exams are well known by businesses, universities and institutions around the world and the results are valid for life. This course focuses on preparing the students so that they feel certain and confident for the exam and that they know all the different parts of the exam so they have the best chance of passing. Different levels of preparation are offered for the different exams: 

  • FCE (First Certificate in English)
  • CAE (Certificate in Advanced English)
  • CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English)

 

Additional information

Available all year Doesn´t include exam fees.

Characteristics

  • Course duration 9, 10, or 12 weeks
  • Lecciones per Week  30
  • Duration of Classes  45 min Minutes
  • Timetables Morning and afternoon
  • Level test  Yes
  • Accredited Diploma  No
  • Level  B1, B2, C1, C2.
  • Maximum students per class in summer  14
  • Average during the rest of year  0
  • Minimum age  16

Work English

Perfect for

This course is ideal for those that want to focus on their professional future in an international environment. This intensive Business course focuses on developing fluency, precision and communication skills that are needed for an international working context. Every week there will be 20 general English lessons and 10 English lessons focused on business. It is the best scheme for your curriculum.

Additional information

20 general English classes + 10 Business English classes per week. Available all week

Characteristics

  • Course duration from 1 week
  • Lecciones per Week  30
  • Duration of Classes  45 Minutes
  • Timetables Morning and afternoon
  • Level test  Yes
  • Accredited Diploma  No
  • Level  B1, B2, C1.
  • Maximum students per class in summer  14
  • Average during the rest of year  0
  • Minimum age  16

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Extra-curricular Activities

What to do in San Francisco

The school organises a varied plan of activities for your English course. Participating in activities is not mandatory, however it is a perfect way to practice your English, get to know the city and make new friends. 

This list is just an example: 
  • Visit to Disneyland 
  • Visit to Marine Word 
  • Visit to Las Vegas 
  • View of the Yosemite Park 
  • City Walks in San Francisco 
  • Visit Berkeley 
  • Visit San Diego 
  • School parties 
  • Nights at the local bar and pub 
  • Karaoke 
  • Party Nights 
  • Trips to Museums and Places of Interest
San Francisco

Accommodation

Family

Staying with a local family is a great way to learn more about American culture while enjoying the comforts of home. You will live as they live, eat what they eat, and practice English with them when you are home. San Francisco is a bustling and diverse city with 800,000 inhabitants. There is no majority ethnic group and the population includes large percentages of Asian and Hispanic ethnic groups. Our host families reflect this diversity and include singles, couples and single parents. All families are English speaking and are happy to share the diversity of San Francisco with international visitors. Students who choose homestay often feel that their English improves more rapidly when talking every day with their host families. Accommodation with families offer a safe and friendly environment, along with a fantastic quality / price ratio. 
Families live in the city of San Francisco or in the nearby cities of Daly City and South San Francisco. Most families live in neighbourhoods Bernal Heights, Glen Park, Inner and Outer Richmond, Inner and Outer Sunset, St. Francis Wood, Excelsior, Castro and Mission.

Room Type: single or double room

School distance: 45-60 minutes on public transport

Characteristics

  • Internet it has Internet
  • Private bathroom doesn´t have  Private bathroom
  • Laundry facilities doesn´t have  Laundry facilities
  • Cleaning service doesn´t have  Cleaning service
  • Wifi doesn´t have  Wifi
  • Kitchen it has Kitchen
  • Kithchen Utensils it has Kithchen Utensils
  • Security service doesn´t have  Security service
  • Bed-linen it has Bed-linen
  • Towels it has Towels
  • Breakfast it has Breakfast
  • Half Board it has Half Board
  • Full Board doesn´t have  Full Board

The Monastery Residence

The residence is located in an ancient Buddhist monastery, fully renovated in 2013 and decorated with style by local artists. In the Monastery, you will have the opportunity to live with American students in one of the most lively and interesting neighbourhoods for young professionals in San Francisco. Located in the city center, it is very close to the popular Dolores Park where they hold free concerts and show movies outside. This neighborhood is considered one of the most culturally rich in San Francisco. The school is 15 minutes away by public transport. The single rooms all have a private bathroom. A patio on the top floor, a common room and several fully equipped kitchens are also part of the facilities. 

Check in: Saturday from 12:00 to 20:00 
Check Out: Saturday before 10:00 
Location of residence

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Availability: All year

Room Type: single or double room

School distance: 15 minutes on public transport

Check-in: Saturday from 12:00 until 20:00

Check-out: Saturday before 10:00

Deposit fee: Yes $300 (on credit card)

Characteristics

  • Internet it has Internet
  • Private bathroom it has Private bathroom
  • Laundry facilities it has Laundry facilities
  • Cleaning service it has Cleaning service
  • Wifi doesn´t have  Wifi
  • Kitchen it has Kitchen
  • Kithchen Utensils it has Kithchen Utensils
  • Security service it has Security service
  • Bed-linen it has Bed-linen
  • Towels it has Towels
  • Breakfast it has Breakfast
  • Half Board doesn´t have  Half Board
  • Full Board doesn´t have  Full Board

Monroe Residence

The Monroe Residence is situated in a Victorian building dating back to 1906. It is located in the middle of the prestigious Pacific Heights area surrounded by trees and prestigious mansions. The residence combines the features of a hotel and an apartment. 
It features a pool room and a study room. We offer rooms with shared bathrooms. 
We offer half board ie continental breakfast and dinner Monday to Saturday and breakfast and lunch on Sunday. 

Bathroom: Shared 
Check in: Saturday from 10:00 
Check Out: Saturday before 11:00

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Availability: All year

Room Type: single or double room

School distance: 25 minutes by bus

Check-in: Saturday from 10:00

Check-out: Saturday before 11:00

Characteristics

  • Internet it has Internet
  • Private bathroom doesn´t have  Private bathroom
  • Laundry facilities it has Laundry facilities
  • Cleaning service it has Cleaning service
  • Wifi it has Wifi
  • Kitchen it has Kitchen
  • Kithchen Utensils it has Kithchen Utensils
  • Security service it has Security service
  • Bed-linen it has Bed-linen
  • Towels it has Towels
  • Breakfast it has Breakfast
  • Half Board it has Half Board
  • Full Board doesn´t have  Full Board

Columbus Residence

Located in the historical Jackson Square, next to North Beach, Chinatown, the Ferry Building, the Financial District and the pier.

It is a totally rennovated hotel-residence and has a great history which welcomes international students. Even though the building is more than a century old, the bathrooms, shared kitchen, dining room and living room (with television) have been totally rennovated. 

It is a mixed residence: the students share the facilities and the common areas, but the bedrooms will only be shared with students of the same sex. 

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Availability: All year

Room Type: single or double room

School distance: public transport

Check-in: Saturday, after 15:00

Check-out: Saturday, after 11:00

Characteristics

  • Internet it has Internet
  • Private bathroom doesn´t have  Private bathroom
  • Laundry facilities it has Laundry facilities
  • Cleaning service doesn´t have  Cleaning service
  • Wifi it has Wifi
  • Kitchen doesn´t have  Kitchen
  • Kithchen Utensils doesn´t have  Kithchen Utensils
  • Security service it has Security service
  • Bed-linen it has Bed-linen
  • Towels it has Towels
  • Breakfast doesn´t have  Breakfast
  • Half Board doesn´t have  Half Board
  • Full Board doesn´t have  Full Board

How to get there

Getting to San Francisco 

The San Francisco International Airport is located 23 km (14 miles) south of the city. 

Companies that fly to San Francisco from Spain are: 
  •    British airways 
  •    Continental Airlines Inc 
  •    United Airlines 
  •    Delta 
  •    US Airways 

From the airport to the city 

  • Train: The BART train transfers passengers in 30 minutes to the centre of San Francisco. There are also suburban trains that go to neighbouring counties such as San Mateo and San Jose. 

More info on the BART website 

  • Bus: Buses that run from the airport to San Francisco, 24 hours a day. 
  • MiniShuttle: These are minibuses that take passengers right to their destination in San Francisco. Departing from the arrivals platforms. This service is much cheaper than a taxi. The only downside is that it may take longer because it makes different stops. The price is $ 15 approx. 

Shuttle website 

  • Taxi: Taxi ranks are located in the baggage claim area of both terminals. In all terminals there is transport information.



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