Our school in San Diego Downtown

CEL San Diego is situated in the heart of Downtown on the lively street of Broadway. Students can enjoy a variety of activities including sports, shopping, dining and art in what is known as America’s Finest City! The popular Horton Plaza shopping mall is within a 2-minute walk from the school. Our proximity to the Gaslamp Quarter and Little Italy allows students to enjoy many outdoor events and experience the vibrancy of an American city.

We have 14 modern classrooms, equipped with the latest technology such as TV’s and sound systems for easy audio-visual learning. Students are able to enjoy free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, a lounge with access to several computers for personal use or self-study and a rooftop patio with breathtaking views of the city.

In order to achieve maximum academic success, classes are kept small with an average of 6 - 7 students and a maximum of 10 students per class. Our staff is comprised of experienced teachers who are eager to support students achieve mastery of the English language. Interactive methods of teaching engage students in the learning process to help them communicate effectively and with confidence. Our Student Services, Admissions & Housing teams are always available on site and happy to help students with any inquiries.

Our courses

General English
Course Avg. students/class Max. students/class F1 needed Registration
Intensive (20 lessons/week) 7 10 No Apply now
Intensive Plus (24 lessons/week) 7 10 Yes Apply now
Super Intensive (30 lessons/week) 7 10 Yes Apply now
TOEFL Exam Preparation 
Course Avg. students/class Max. students/class F1 needed Registration
TOEFL (20 lessons/week) 6 10 No Apply now
TOEFL Plus (24 lessons/week) 6 10 Yes Apply now
Private Lessons  
Course Avg. students/class Max. students/class F1 needed Registration
Private lessons 1 1 Apply now
English & Surfing 
Course Avg. students/class Max. students/class F1 needed Registration
English & Surfing (2 afternoons Surfing) Apply now

Our accommodations – Your home away from home

Finding the right accommodation in a foreign country can be stressful and we understand that feeling at home is a crucial part of your study abroad experience.

Whether you are looking to embrace American culture by staying with a host family, or prefer to live with other international students at a residence or shared apartment, CEL has compiled an array of options that fit all budgets.

Each accommodation has been pre-screened and carefully selected based on its comfort, cleanliness and convenient location.


from $260/week
One of our many host families
  • Carefully selected families
  • Most families offer free Wifi
  • Avg. distance 30-45 minutes
Homestay San Diego

Residence Loft

from $420/week
Residence Loft San Diego - stylish rooms with private bathroom
  • Located in Gaslamp Quarter
  • Shared kitchen
  • 10-minute walk to CEL
Residence Loft San Diego

Apartment Premium

from $550/week
Apartment Premium - comfortable apartments for up to 4 people
  • Private apartments
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • 10 minutes by bus to CEL
Apartment Premium

Our activities

San Diego – America’s finest city

Known for its beautiful coastline and year-round sunshine, San Diego attracts people from all over the world. Students can enjoy a variety of activities including sports, shopping, dining and art in what is known as America’s Finest City!

San Diego’s beaches are a favorite among visitors and locals alike. You can surf some of the world’s best waves in Coronado, kayak in La Jolla Shores or experience the lively entertainment and art in Pacific Beach. Avid shoppers enjoy major malls like Horton Plaza, Fashion Valley and UTC featuring international fashion houses, leading department stores and popular retailers. In addition, areas like Little Italy and La Jolla are home to multiple boutiques showcasing local talent.

The ethnic and cultural diversity of San Diego brings in a wide range of cuisines to the city. With perpetual sunny days, alfresco dining is a must to experience. Foodies can indulge in fish tacos, authentic Mexican food and petite pastries. Most of the popular restaurants can be found in Little Italy, La Jolla, Hillcrest, Old Town and the Gaslamp Quarter. From the exciting streets of Downtown to the European vibes of Little Italy, and the laid-back neighborhood of Ocean Beach, San Diego is a great destination to perfect your English and live the California dream!

San Diego is known as America's finest city
Known as America’s Finest City
Endless white sandy beaches
More than 300 days of sunshine per year
Second largest city in California
Vast array of international culinary
Close to Los Angeles and Las Vegas
Great nightlife


CEL San Diego
104 Broadway
San Diego, CA 92101

+1 619 234 7466

+1 619 810 4445


8 a.m. until 4 p.m. (Pacific Time)

Average score: 4,69 / 5

No. evaluations: 459

Great teachers, great staff, great courses and great location. Thanks to you guys I had a great summer in San Diego! Already looking forward to come back! Thanks for everything!
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