Academic Semester/Year in San Diego

Taking the time to seriously focus on your English will open up unlimited opportunities for you. This programme is for students who study for 24 weeks or more. 

You will develop fluency, accuracy and appropriate uses of English across all four language skills. You will benefit from excellent guidance, monitoring and feedback throughout this course. 

As your English and your confidence improve, you will broaden your horizons and gain a huge advantage in your chosen career or education.

On a personal level, studying abroad will give you incredible experiences. You will challenge yourself, become more independent and make lasting international friendships.

Your journey to success

From the day you arrive at EC we will plan your route to fluency. You will be guided through these steps:

  1. Sit a placement test to determine your level of English
  2. Join a class with other students of the same level
  3. Meet your teachers, mentor and Academic Semester/Year Co-Ordinator
  4. Receive your personal Language Portfolio
  5. Embark on a first class course to develop your English across all four language skills
  6. Receive constant guidance, monitoring and feedback
  7. Receive continual assessment through class tutorials, homework and regular level tests
  8. Have confidence your learning is on track as you progress towards fluency.
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    400 USD
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Reasons to take this course

  • You want to enter university or embark on a master's degree
  • Your level is between Beginner and Advanced
  • You want to give yourself a clear advantage in the workplace and expand your career opportunities
  • You want to take a worthwhile sabbatical learning English before continuing your education or career
Available All year
Lesson length 45 minutes
Minimum age 16
Length Minimum 24 weeks
Level Beginner to Advanced
Starts Every Monday
Class size Maximum 15

Expectations

Get qualified

Have the opportunity to certify your skills and prepare for an internationally-recognised exam, such as IELTS, TOEFL, or one of the Cambridge ESOL exams.

In addition, as an Academic Year student you will be awarded an EC Diploma or an EC Certificate of Merit at the end of your course.

Tutorials and support

A strong network of support will ensure your time with us is as successful as possible. You will receive three levels of support:

  • One-to-one meetings with your personal mentor
  • Class tutorials with your class teacher
  • Your Academic Year Co-ordinator

Language Portfolio

Exclusive to our long-term students, this unique study tool will assess your learning style and offer strategies to help you improve.

Your language portfolio will record your personal learning requirements, goals and achievements, and evaluate your progress in tests and assignments.

Additional benefits

  • Free Academic Workshops.
  • Competency Descriptor for each level.
  • Structured guidance on participation and motivation.
  • Regular homework and progress and level tests.

Special Focus - Tailor Your Learning

Study 24 or 30 lessons per week and choose from a varied selection of Special Focus lessons:

Culture & Communication

Understand how communication varies between cultures.

Write Now

Improve your skills in writing for different audiences.

Get Talking

Practise conversation, develop confidence, and achieve fluency.

Basic Writing Skills

Boost your written English and gain practice and confidence.

Media Studies

Sharpen your analytical skills by studying a variety of news media.

The Language of Music

Explore different types of music and learn the English to discuss.

Film Studies

Analyse and express your thoughts on different films.

Survival English/Living in English

Gain a practical understanding of English.

Grammar in Real Contexts

A focus on how English is structured.

Global Citizenship

Discuss issues such as the environment, equality and globalisation.

Academic Techniques in Practice

Learn how to write assignments, take notes and prepare presentations.

A World of Words

Learn about and discuss world issues and global geography.

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  • Anna Brun

    Anna Brun

    studied at EC San Diego

    A friend of mine studied at EC one year ago, and she told me it was great. All people are so open and friendly in San Diego. It’s a great place to enjoy life and also learn English. My favourite memory is the activity when we went to a Baseball ...

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  • Dario Wellinger

    Dario Wellinger

    studied at EC San Diego

    What I liked was the conversations.I learned a lot about the culture and lifestyle here. I also learned about the education system in the US. I think the daily "business" - like talking with teachers and friends was my favorite part. I also had a nice experience with my host ...

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  • Davide Bussolari

    Davide Bussolari

    studied at EC San Diego

    I believe EC San Diego is a very helpful school. The teachers are all very good. I had to return because I missed it here so much. When I first arrived, I could not speak English at all. I am now in the advanced level class.​The thing that I like ...

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  • Hsueh-Chen

    Hsueh-Chen

    studied at EC San Diego

    I really enjoyed playing games in the classes to help learn English. I will always remember going to the beach and making new friends. I would advise new students to always do their homework, come to class on time and make sure to prepare before the class. I would recommend ...

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  • Aline Herr

    Aline Herr

    studied at EC San Diego

    I really liked meeting new people and making new friends. Spending time with my host mom was great too. I had to speak English with her all the time and that really helped me to learn the language better! ...

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