Our school in Santa Monica

A few blocks from the world-famous Santa Monica Pier, you will come across the Downtown & Third Street Promenade neighborhood, home to CEL Santa Monica. The school is located on Wilshire Boulevard, one of the most well-known streets in town. Eateries catering to every palate line the boulevard, along with numerous shops attracting fashionistas and tourists. 

Our school is on the third floor of a building overlooking Downtown Santa Monica. We have 11 modern classes, 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 and a lounge with access to several computers for personal use or self-study.

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
Cambridge Exam Preparation 
Course Avg. students/class Max. students/class F1 needed Registration
Cambridge FCE (20 lessons/week) 6 10 No Apply now
Super Cambridge FCE (30 lessons/week) 6 10 Yes Apply now
Cambridge CAE (20 lessons/week) 6 10 No Apply now
Super Cambridge CAE (30 lessons/week) 6 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.

Host family

from $280/week
Our carefully selected host families provide breakfast or breakfast and dinner
  • Carefully selected families
  • Most families offer free Wifi
  • Avg. distance 30-45 minutes
Host family Santa Monica

Our activities

Santa Monica – The pearl of Los Angeles  

Conveniently located a few miles from Los Angeles, next to Venice and a short drive to popular attractions like Disneyland and Hollywood, Santa Monica is a beach city with all of the culture, events and comforts of an active metropolis. During the day discover mouthwatering cuisines at Ocean Avenue and pick up fresh blooms from the farmer’s market. Head over to Venice Beach to enjoy some of the city’s best entertainment, as crowds gather to be dazzled by performers, or go on an outdoor adventure by hiking to the Hollywood sign. As the evening approaches, Santa Monica lights up with its thriving nightlife. From upscale restaurants, bars and live music venues to rooftop views and beachside pubs, there is something for everyone’s taste. And of course, no visit is complete without a stop at the world-famous Santa Monica Pier, featuring an amusement park, aquarium, restaurants and the iconic Ferris wheel overlooking the magnificent Pacific Ocean.

Being surrounded by greater cities like Los Angeles and Hollywood, you can enjoy the best of both worlds: the beach town atmosphere and laid-back lifestyle combined with big city sophistication. Santa Monica’s endless beaches, kaleidoscope of artists and carefree environment make it a favorite location for many international students.

Santa Monica has an amazing beach.
More than 340 days of sunshine per year
Santa Monica Beach just 3 blocks from the school
Close to Venice Beach and Hollywood
Third Street Promenade for shopping and eating out
Historic Route 66 starts right here in Santa Monica
Santa Monica Pier
Famous nightlife


CEL Santa Monica
320 Wilshire Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90401

+1 310 933 3419

+1 619 810 4445


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

Check out what students are saying about us

Average score: 4,63 / 5

No. evaluations: 272

The CEL school in Santa Monica is great! All teachers were always very motivated and helpful. It was great to be in school for two months. I improved my speaking and writing a lot and it was always fun to be in class. Furthermore, the location is perfect to do a variety of activities. The beach is just a couple of minutes away and you have a lot of opportunities like playing volleyball, going shopping or just hanging out and enjoying the weather in LA. Thank you for the great time guys! I'll definitely come back :-)
5.0 stars from . 24 years. Intensive (20 lessons/week)