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EC San Francisco

San Francisco, United States
Excellent 4.8
School 5.0
Accommodation 4.0
Course 5.0
Free time activities 5.0
Enrique Valverde
Many activities are organized for students to enjoy the experience!

San Francisco is a colourful, creative city, revelling in freedom and openness.

Often eccentric, always charming, this vibrant destination has much to offer, from its eclectic neighbourhoods and stunning surroundings to its wonderful seafood and architecture. EC San Francisco is a modern space centrally located just off Market Street in the city’s Downtown area. Classrooms surround a large sun-filled lounge, and just outside is a wide variety of shops, restaurants and cafés. From here it’s a short walk to Union Square, the waterfront and to student accommodation. Study at EC San Francisco to immerse yourself in this amazing destination and build lifelong friendships with classmates from around the world.

The courses offered by EC San Francisco are suitable for all levels of understanding, and are designed to focus on the area of your choice. Choose an Academic, Business or General English Course and study in the company of like-minded individuals from all over the world in the exciting city of San Francisco. With the help of supportive, experienced teachers, state of the art facilities and the very best teaching materials, you’ll enjoy a life-changing experience and leave with the skills needed to pursue your dream.


General & Intensive English TOP CHOICE
From 16 years old 15 students per class 1 lesson — 45 minutes
Course starts every Monday and is for all language levels
1 October—12 October

Improve your level and maximise your ability to use English with our most popular course.

General English (20 lessons per week / 15 hours) will give you a practical understanding of the English language and take you all the way to fluency. See your confidence improve as we train you in all four communication skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing.

Intensive English (30 lessons per week / 22.5 hours) includes the above General English classes, and also allows you to personalise your course by taking an additional 10 lessons per week across a wide selection of electives (see the choices below).

Semi-Intensive English (24 lessons per week /18 hours). This course offers General English plus 4 lessons per week of electives.

Reasons to take this course:

- Your level is between Beginner and Advanced.

- You want to improve your English level quickly and effectively while gaining confidence.

- You want to develop your fluency in everyday contexts.

Creative classes.

Our teachers are qualified and experienced. They create dynamic and motivating classes, designed to activate and build upon your strengths, whilst also giving focused attention to your weaker areas.

Learn by doing.

We believe you learn best when you are engaged in discussion and taking a full and active part in lessons. In other words, there will not be a moment when you are not directly involved in the class.

The best support.

Your teachers are trained to deliver constant support and feedback within a relaxed and informal environment. Their care and encouragement will build your confidence as you progress.

Authentic materials.

In addition to text books, your teachers will refer to authentic resources such as newspapers, videos, internet and audio recordings. This will give you an understanding of how English is used in real contexts.


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Homestay with Francie

30 minutes from school on public transport
Minimum age — 18
Breakfast only

Francie works as lawyer/judge in San Francisco. Her location is in the Castro District, which makes it an easy commute to anywhere in the city. She generally hosts females only, but sometimes hosts males. She can host 18 and over, and breakfast only. She has a Labrador dog and a cat. No smokers.

breakfast only


50 minutes from school on public transport
Minimum age — 16
Breakfast only/half board

Staying with a local family is a great way to learn about American culture while you enjoy home comforts. You'll live like they live, eat what they eat and practise your English with them when you are at home.

San Francisco is a vibrant and diverse city of 800,000 inhabitants. People of many different ethnicities live in the Bay Area, and our host families reflect this diversity. Host families can include single people, couples, single-parent families, and families with multiple generations living in one home. Many of our host families are of Filipino descent, and their family-oriented culture means that they treat the students they host as part of their own family. All host families are English speaking and are eager to share the diversity of San Francisco with international visitors.

Most homes are single family or 2 family homes. The latter is usually two floors with one home on one floor and one on the other. Students are placed in a single or twin room. Each room is furnished with a bed, desk, dresser and closet. Some rooms have TVs and other amenities. It is important that rooms and living areas are kept neat and tidy. Students also have access to a shared bathroom.

Bed linen and towels are provided by the host family. Some San Francisco families do not have a washing machine in their home and use the services of a laundromat – this information will be included in the host family profile. In cases where families have a washing machine, students can use the laundry facilities although the number of washes per week remains at the discretion of each family.

Students who stay in homestay accommodation often feel their English improves quickly through talking with their homestay families every day. Homestays have a secure and friendly environment as well as being great value for money.

Most families are located in the residential areas outside of the city of San Francisco, such as Daly City, South San Francisco and Pacifica. Distance to school via public transportation is 45-60 minutes.

The Monastery

15 minutes from school on public transport
Minimum age — 18
No meals

Looking for independence while living with students from around the world? If so, then a Student Residence is the right choice for you. Make new friends while living within a 10-15 minute journey to school (via public transportation).

EC San Francisco’s newly renovated student residence offers you a unique opportunity to live with American graduate students in one of the city’s exciting neighborhoods. It is best known for its restaurants, art community, Dolores Park’s free outdoor “Movie Nights” and street festivals. The surrounding neighborhood, known as “The Mission”, is an authentic San Francisco experience full with live music, murals, bars, cafes and a vibrant nightlife. Located in the heart of San Francisco, you will be minutes away from many of the city’s best attractions including Golden Gate Park, Alcatraz and Union Square.

The residence has multiple kitchens, ensuite bathrooms, and a relaxing student lounge. The single room comes with a private bathroom, while the twin room is in bunk bed configuration (one bed directly below the other) with a bathroom inside the room.

Homestay (Jo-Ann)

30 minutes from school on public transport
Minimum age — 16
Half board

Living in a Jo-Ann family is a great opportunity to combine a homely atmosphere and practice your English everyday. Jo-Ann has already hosted students from more than 41 countries for 22 years. She has a cozy home in South San Francisco. This is a very good place to live with a view of the ocean and the mountains. You can easily take the train Bart, which is only 15 minutes from the house and which can take you to the city center. She likes to advise interesting places to visit, places that only locals know. And also you are waited by pleasant conversations behind a table during meal.

Students are provided with clean towels and bed linen, using an internet connection.

Homestay with Helen

30 minutes from school on public transport
Minimum age — 16
Full board

Helen and Winston enjoy camping, hiking, and generally anything outdoors. They are avid conservationists. They have a daughter who is away for college, and comes home occasionally. They have two rooms for students, including one with a private bath. They also have a cat. They host male or female students, and they also have experience in hosting minors. They can do breakfast/lunch/dinner.

Homestay with Denise

60 minutes from school on public transport
Minimum age — 18
Breakfast only

Denise is an artistic person, who is also an ESL teacher. She lives with her adult daughter who is a bakery chef at a popular San Francisco restaurant. The homestay location is lively since it right near the University of California, Berkeley. They can host both male or female. She can host 18 and over. They offer breakfast only.

The Monroe Residence Club

Minimum stay — 2 weeks
25 minutes from school walking
Minimum age — 16
Half board

Located in the scenic tree-filled Pacific Heights, the friendly Monroe Residence is only seconds from the unbeatable views of the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco Bay and Alcatraz. The Monroe is steps away from the bus stop and one block from the cable car line, which passes through Chinatown on the pleasant ten-minute trip to the downtown business and shopping districts.

A classic Victorian building constructed in 1906, The Monroe is an older style residence located in a residential area called Pacific Heights. On a quiet, street with apartment buildings and homes, The Monroe is only minutes to the central business district by bus. Single and twin bedrooms are available with shared, vintage, bathrooms. Bathrooms are shared between a few rooms, and are located in the hallway. Each room is equipped with a desk, dresser, closet, WiFi and a television.

The Monroe Residence provides half board accommodation, meaning that breakfast and dinner are provided all week. KItchens are unavailable.


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Flight is not included. We recommend you book your flight only after you get a visa to your destination country or make sure that you don't need one. Ticket price is for your information only.


November 2015

The best thing about EC San Francisco is that there are many activities organized for students to enjoy the experience. The teachers are very friendly and San Francisco is a great city for non-stop enjoyment.

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