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University of San Diego

Fast Facts

  • School Size


  • Tuition

    $1,000—$5,000 Session

  • Affiliation


  • Type of School

    University/Intensive English Program

  • Student Body Gender


  • Religious Affiliation


  • Scholarships for International Students


  • Conditional Admission Available


  • Setting


  • Accreditation and Certification

    CEA, EnglishUSA Member, WASC

  • Type of Housing

    Homestay, Dormitory

  • Social Media

Why choose the English Language Academy at

the University of San Diego?

Choosing to study abroad can be one of the most rewarding and challenging experiences in a student’s life.

The English Language Academy (ELA), located on the beautiful campus of the University of San Diego (USD), offers classes taught by qualified, experienced, and enthusiastic instructors.  We offer a range of programs, including:

  • Intensive English
  • General English (emphasizing Communication Skills)
  • Pathway (helping students to prepare for Academic Study in the US)
  • TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language)
  • Accent Modification
  • Customized Programs
  • Summer Program for International Junior Students


  • An intensive all-English environment to practice and refine language skills
  • Highly qualified, experienced professors with Master’s degrees
  • Small classes (10-15 students)
  • A friendly and dedicated staff, available to help students with academic planning, housing, visa processing, social activities, and campus functions
  • Certificate of Achievement after successfully completing the program
  • Field trips that provide opportunities to reinforce English skills and learn about American Culture
  • Mild, sunny weather – average temperature is 21° Celsius


USD is located in San Diego, California – a beautiful, clean, safe, people-friendly and multicultural city.  We enthusiastically welcome international students, and invite you to experience our wonderful weather, taste the many different types of food, and choose from world-class entertainment options, ranging from the Old Globe Theatre to the World Famous San Diego Zoo. Come enjoy our amazing beaches, mountains, and desert, all within a one-hour drive of each other!


USD’s English Language Academy is a member of the American Association of Intensive English Programs (AAIEP) and Association of International Educators (NAFSA). We are accredited by CEA – the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation.

Main Programs

Intensive English Language Program (IEP)

The IEP helps students 18 and older to develop and expand their English language skills in courses taught by highly qualified, experienced instructors with graduate degrees and extensive English language teaching skills. The program offers:

  • 14-week (Fall/Spring) and 10–week (Summer) semesters
  • A personalized course schedule
  • A rigorous, academic course of study to prepare for a U.S. university education

USD Pathway Program/Conditional Acceptance to USD

The USD Pathway Program offers academically prepared international students the opportunity to become full-time, degree-seeking USD students through completion of an English language and college readiness curriculum. The curriculum is administered by the English Language Academy and includes

  • Intensive English Language instruction (1-3 semesters – as determined by academic achievement)
  • A personalized Pathway to college admission, based on a variety of assessments, and closely monitored to ensure success
  • Improvement of TOEFL/IELTS test scores necessary for admission to a US academic program
  • A Letter of Recommendation from a member of the English Language Academy

English for Career Development Program 

English for Career Development is geared towards students with a minimum of one year of education or experience in a specific area of business, and an Intermediate level of English or higher. The Program offers valuable hands-on experience in a professional, English-speaking business environment. Highlights include:

  • 4 weeks of English language instruction, including classes specifically geared towards Business English for professionals
  • Support and guidance from an ELA Career Development Coordinator
  • 6 to 8 weeks (minimum 20 hours per week) of volunteer (internship) experience at an American company

General English Program

This four-week General English Program is for students 18 years of age and older who wish to improve their ability to communicate in English. The program focuses on developing conversational skills for use in settings such as international travel and social situations, while building vocabulary and practicing idioms in the context of American Culture. The program is geared to provide:

  • 4 weeks of English language instruction
  • A communicate classroom environment, allowing for the maximum amount of student talk time
  • An integrated skills approach resulting in a theme-based curriculum, encouraging students to speak English as much as possible

Summer International Junior Program

Beginning early July through mid-August, students 13 to 17 years of age have the unique opportunity to experience American college life by living on the safe, beautiful campus of USD, while attending English classes taught by USD instructors, and practicing their conversational skills during field trips, sporting activities, and social events. The program features:

  • Small class sizes with an average of 8 students, 10 maximum
  • An intensive English language program with afternoon Cultural Workshops to reinforce English language skills and learn about American culture
  • Great activities and excursions in sunny Southern California
  • Flexible start dates with 2, 3, and 4-week options
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University of San Diego

English Language Academy, University of San Diego
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego CA 92110
P: 6192607621
  • Bridge Programs
  • English for Specific Purposes Programs
  • English Language (ESL)
  • General English Programs
  • Summer Camps/Programs
  • Summer Intensive English
  • Teaching English Language
Certificate/Short Term
  • Bridge Programs
  • English for Specific Purposes Programs
  • English Language (ESL)
  • General English Programs
  • Summer Camps/Programs
  • Summer Intensive English
  • Teaching English Language
English Programs
  • Bridge Programs
  • Business English
  • English for Academic Purposes
  • English for Professionals
  • English for Specific Purposes Programs
  • English for Young Learners (ages 10-17)
  • English Language (ESL)
  • General English Programs
  • Intensive English
  • Summer Intensive English
  • TOEFL and Test Preparation

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