Our school in LOS ANGELES

We’ve wanted to give our students a classroom with a view, which is why we’ve chosen the location in the neighborhood of the Third Street Promenade & Downtown Santa Monica. This is the place we call home in Los Angeles, and a place that can become your home for learning English.

Our English Language school in Los Angeles occupies an entire beautiful building on Arizona Avenue, and boasts a picturesque view of Downtown. Not only is our location incredible, but so is the school itself. There are modern classrooms with Smart TVs that help during those highly interactive lessons of ours. Plus, we are glad to say that every classroom is air-conditioned, and that we have created a lounge where every student can use our free Wi-Fi.

However, not everything is in the equipment and the location. Yes, modern technology eases all teaching and learning efforts, and a great location makes the experience a lot more enjoyable, but our primary goal is the academic success of our students. That is why our staff consists only of the most experienced teachers, and why you will never be able to see more than 12 students in a single class at our English school in Los Angeles. The interactive teaching methods we employ only further increase the learning potential of our students, and, should they ever find themselves in need of assistance, our Student Services, as well as our Admissions & Housing teams are always on the stand-by, waiting to solve any problems that might occur. 



Our courses

Course Avg. students/class Max. students/class F1 needed Registration
General English 30 - GE30 7 12 Yes Apply now
General English
Course Avg. students/class Max. students/class F1 needed Registration
General English 20 - GE20 7 12 No Apply now
General English 23 - GE23 7 12 No Apply now
General English 24 - GE24 7 12 Yes Apply now
Private Lessons  
Course Avg. students/class Max. students/class F1 needed Registration
Private lessons 1 1 Apply now
English Plus Surfing 
Course Avg. students/class Max. students/class F1 needed Registration
General English 20 & Surfing (20 + 4) 7 12 No Apply now
General English 24 & Surfing (24 + 4) 7 12 Yes Apply now
General English 30 & Surfing (30 + 4) 7 12 Yes Apply now


Finding your feet in a new environment, especially if you come from another country, is an extremely stressful and life-changing experience. It’s difficult enough having to juggle all your academic responsibilities, even without the need to find adequate accommodation all on your own. It makes little difference if you’ve chosen our San Diego location or you’ve decided to learn English in Los Angeles, CA. In order to achieve foreign language finesse, you need to find a place you can call your own.

That is why we have taken it upon ourselves to give you a range of housing options we have deemed suitable, and let you choose the perfect one for you. It doesn’t matter if you want to adopt American culture to the fullest by choosing a host family, or you’d prefer to share a residence or an apartment with international students that have become your friends. We’ve thought of everything, and there are plenty of options to choose from.

We make our choice of adequate accommodation for our students based on three principles – cleanliness, comfort, and convenience. And you can be sure all the places for you to choose from fit the bill perfectly.

Host family

from $310/week
Our carefully selected host families provide breakfast or breakfast and dinner
  • Carefully selected families
  • Most families offer free Wifi
  • Avg. distance 40-50 minutes
Host family Santa Monica

Shared Apartment Economy

From $340/week
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Single rooms
  • 30 - 45 minutes by bus to CEL
Shared Apartment Economy

Student House

From $385/week
  • Sleeping pods
  • 30 minutes by bus to CEL
  • 20 min. walk to Venice Beach
Student House

Our activities


Chances are, you’ve heard a lot about Los Angeles. And how could you not? It is home to the most famous movie industry in the world – Hollywood. Universal Studios, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and the general star-vibe are just some of the aspects that attract many tourists and natives alike to explore this magnificent sprawling metropolis.

But, let’s get back to the basics first. Not everything Los Angeles has to offer is hip, new, lavish, and flashy. It is easy to get that impression, but, the truth is, Los Angeles has something to offer for anyone. If it’s some quiet time you need to unwind after a long day, hop to Venice Beach and find a peaceful, secluded spot to enjoy the gorgeous sunset and ponder the events that transpired.

It’s easy to remain active in LA too. For all those who like their free time just a tad pumped with adrenaline, Los Angeles delivers. You could sail to Catalina Island and treat yourself to an underwater paradise by snorkeling. You can paddleboard the Balboa Island and see nature from a different perspective, or you can take it a bit further and scale Mount Baldy. Not only is the climb itself rewarding enough, but the view from the top will certainly take your breath away.

Avid shoppers will be quick to find their entertainment in LA, and it’s no surprise, not really. There’s something for everybody, and, who knows, you might run into somebody you’ve seen on the silver screen while perusing the many interesting shopping locations Los Angeles provides. If you’re an LA novice, you can begin your retail therapy at the most famous shopping location in Los Angeles – the Grove. Not only is it extremely varied, but it offers the possibility of chance encounters such as random celebrity book signings at Barnes & Nobles. Then, as you become more confident, you can transition to hidden shipping gems such as Melrose Avenue, or Beachfront Bargain Hunting at Venice Beach.

Why Should you Learn English in Los Angeles?

We’re literally only going to tell you one thing about the nightlife in Los Angeles – it’s probably the best in the world, simple as that. You can find night-time entertainment wherever you turn your head. LA will never disappoint when it comes to party time.

As for the food… Well, Los Angeles itself is home to many different nationalities, each bringing its own ethnic flavors into the culinary heaven LA has become. Japanese, Chinese, Italian, French, fusion, rustic, hearty, grill… Whatever type of food you’re craving at any given moment, you can find in a matter of minutes.

Plainly said, Los Angeles has it all, and anything that has ever crossed your mind, anything at all, you can do in this in this majestic city. Arm yourself with the spirit of exploration, and embark on an adventure into the unknown. Well, not everything is going to be an unknown. You know you want to learn English at the best of Los Angeles language schools – College of English Education.


Santa Monica has an amazing beach.
340+ sunshine-filled days a year
Vicinity to Santa Monica Beach
Venice Beach and Hollywood are just as near
Third Street Promenade – culinary and shopping center
Route 66 goes right through Santa Monica
The famous Santa Monica Pier
Outstanding nightlife


CEL Santa Monica
632 Arizona Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90401

+1 310 933 3419

+1 619 810 4445


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

Course Prices

Is CEL accredited?

One of the most important factors to consider when looking for a dependable English school in Los Angeles is accreditation. If your preferred ESL school has been accredited by reputable institutions, it means that their expertise, dependability, and credibility has been officially acknowledged.

So, if you’re wondering if our College of English Language is accredited, rest assured it is! As one of the leading schools in the area, we’re proud to say that we hold accreditation from multiple institutions in the U.S. for meeting the required standard of quality in education. These accreditation bodies include:

  • The United States Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVIS)
  • Commission of English Language Accreditation (CEA)
  • Association of Language Travel Organizations (ALTO)
  • Centrala Studiestödsnämnden (CSN)
  • Quality English
  • Bildungsurlaub
  • EnglishUSA

Which location is best for me?

Here at the College of English Language, we offer our students multiple convenient locations for their English classes in Los Angeles. Which one you should choose greatly depends on your needs and preferences.

So, if you’re considering our different school locations, try to decide what you want to experience in Southern California. Do you want an engaging learning experience in Downtown LA? Or are you seeking a Santa Monica opportunity for ESL classes? Are there any activities or attractions you’ve always wanted to engage in? Try to answer these questions and you’ll find the perfect location for your English-learning adventure.

If, however, you need any help finding the best English school location in Los Angeles, our team of Admissions & Housing Coordinators will be happy to help you decide. They’re friendly, patient, and easily accessible, so feel free to reach out at any time!

Can I book directly through the school?

Here at the College of English Language, we offer you the convenience of booking a course at our English language school near your area completely online. Of course, you can always give us a call for any additional questions you may have or if you want to discuss your learning needs and preferences.

Nonetheless, you can save valuable time by simply filling out a form on our safe online platform. You can then use that time to find all the charms and attractions of Los Angeles and its surrounding areas you want to explore. Share any additional requests and start your learning experience the right way!

What is the minimum age for the different courses?

With us, you have two different course options in our welcoming English school in Los Angeles:

  • Adult courses: To join our courses in LA for adults, you must have at least 16 years at the time of travel to the U.S. The average number of students is 9 per class and we never have more than 12 individuals in a class.
  • Teen courses: This is a great option for students who haven’t yet turned 16, but want to start learning English in an immersive environment. Here, we accommodate a maximum of 12 students per class, as well, with 9 being the average.

What is the minimum age for housing?

One of the reasons why we’re one of the best ESL schools in the area is our outstanding accommodation that welcomes students from all over the world. However, to sign up for our accommodation options, a student must be:

  • At least 16 for accommodation with a host family;
  • At least 18 for one of our other accommodation options.

Either way, our accommodation options are a great way for you to socialize with other English language learners or native speakers. Rest assured that we bring you a high level of comfort, cleanliness, and convenience because both family homes and English school rooms are properly equipped. Find your home away from home right here in Los Angeles!

Does CEL accept group bookings?

Learning is even more fun if you’re surrounded by your closest friends. So, if you’re ready to come to LA and start an amazing adventure, why not bring your friends with you to California? We enable our students to make group reservations so that they can share this amazing experience with their friends and family. Feel free to send us an email if you want to join our innovative language school with your closest ones!

How can I make a payment?

Do you think our lovely English school in Los Angeles is your perfect fit and you’re ready to make a payment? We offer our participants an opportunity to do so online via a completely secure platform. You can pay for your ELS language course in Santa Monica from the comfort of your home in your home country.

What’s more, our streamlined, foolproof platform typically allows you to pay in your own currency and even stay up to date with your payment. If you have any questions regarding your payment, you’ll be able to contact a multilingual customer support team and discuss your needs.

What do I need to make a payment?

There are a few things you need before actually paying for your course. You will need your student ID, so make sure it’s valid before your transfer a payment. You will also need an official invoice number. Depending on your preferred payment methods, you may also need a credit card. For any additional questions, our team of attentive school administrators will be happy to help.

How can I apply?

After browsing through California language school reviews and deciding whether our English classes near your area meet your needs, you can apply for one of our courses. As already mentioned, you can do this online in a safe, time-saving way. However, before filling out the application, you will need to take a few considerations into account.

What do I need to know before joining your English school in Los Angeles?

Completing the application form with us is simple, but you need to decide a few things in advance. It’s always better to be prepared so you can make an informed decision upon applying. Here are the top factors you need to consider:

  • Campuses. We offer three different campuses to our students, so you need to decide which one will meet your needs the most.
  • Course. Your age will determine whether you can join our adult or teen courses in LA. Your visa will also affect your possible options. However, our courses are also available at a beginner, intermediate, and advanced level, so you need to assess your current knowledge of English.
  • Time.  We offer both winter and summer courses, so the question is “when will you be ready to start learning English?”
  • Length. Are you planning to stay for a longer period of time or are you in the city for a few weeks? Make sure to decide how long you would like to attend our language school in Los Angeles and then check whether we have available courses that meet your needs.
  • Housing. Do you need accommodation while studying at our school? If you do, you’ll need to consider our options and then apply for the one you find most suitable for you.

If you have any concerns or questions regarding our courses, accommodation, or any other aspect of our service, feel free to contact us. Our Admissions & Housing team is always ready to respond to our students and help them decide what’s best for them. We always put your needs, satisfaction, and safety first!

Do I get a certificate?

In addition to an enriching experience, with us, you will also get a certificate after completing our course. We’ll do our best to inspire and motivate you to learn as much as you can while attending our English school in Los Angeles.

Once you finish the course, you’ll receive the participation certificate that shows what course and how many lessons you’ve completed, relevant dates, your English graduation level, the overall attendance rate, etc. This can be a valuable recommendation and proof of your knowledge of the English language.

When should I arrive at the destination?

After signing up for our ESL school, you’ll need to start preparing for your trip to the U.S. It’s generally recommended that you arrive a bit earlier so that you can learn your way around the city, get to know your host family, settle down in your accommodation, etc.

However, it’s important to mention that the exact time when you should arrive in LA will depend on your personal arrangements and visa requirements. For any additional questions, you should contact our support team and discuss this further.

What activities are offered by CEL?

Whether you decide to join us in Santa Monica, LA or even San Diego, we’ll offer you an array of engaging ESL classes and activities. Here at the College of English Language, we believe that the best approach to teaching and learning is an interactive one.

This is why our teachers and other team members organize exciting trips and activities for our students. While attending our English school in Los Angeles, you’ll be able to go on hiking trips and bike rides, visit different museums, attend basketball games, etc.

What’s more, we also take our students to see some of the most popular landmarks in the area such as Yosemite National Park. Trips to other cities also await you with us, so get ready to explore San Francisco and Las Vegas, too! Simply put, a rich, interactive, and memorable activity program and learning experience are what you sign up for when you choose CEL, so start planning your visit!

Average score: 4,80 / 5

No. evaluations: 676

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 :-)
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