1 San Diego Centre guide While San Diego is known for many tourist attractions and fabulous beaches, it is definitely the amazing weather that makes San Diego so popular. Sunny days and comfortable temperatures make it an absolute paradise for outdoor sports like surfing, swimming, biking, running and hiking. Be prepared to eat at one of the many delicious restaurants in the historic Gaslamp district or catch a baseball game at Petco Park s downtown stadium. There is also the World Famous San Diego Zoo and SeaWorld to visit. If you enjoy shopping, there are definitely a number of fabulous options to choose from. And don t forget, Los Angeles and Las Vegas are nearby cities that are close if you enjoy taking a road-trip. No matter what your interests are, you will love visiting Embassy San Diego because we are located in downtown and you will be surrounded by excitement and beautiful surroundings.
2 Meet the team William Hellriegel Centre Director Daniel Nowatnick Program Manager Marcia Broadway Lead Teacher/ English in Action Coordinator Andrea Virga Student Services Representative Holly Banez Student Services Representative Contacts Address: nd Avenue, Suite 2200 San Diego, CA For information and bookings: Phone: +1 (619) Website: Partner information and on-line bookings: https://partners.studygroup.com Emergency telephone number (In the USA): +1 (888) Phone from outside the USA: +1 (619)
3 Location Embassy San Diego Study Center San Diego, USA
4 City Information The City You are guaranteed to see many beautiful places in San Diego, as well as do many fun things. San Diego has a small town appeal, but with many attractions. If you're the type of person who loves the ocean and sunshine (and who doesn't?), there are plenty of beaches in San Diego that you can visit. If you like being outside, there is swimming, surfing, jet skiing, boating, hiking and camping to name a few. If you are not at the beach enjoying the ocean waves you can visit one of the many theme parks that San Diego is famous for. You can visit Shamu at SeaWorld, see the animals at the San Diego Zoo or check out San Diego s Wild Animal Park. There are also many shopping malls to choose from if shopping is your thing. No matter what you love to do, the weather is always pleasant here so you are sure to have a good time. Population 1,338,000 Climate Climate data for San Diego ( normal) Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year Average high F ( C) 65.0 (18.0) 65.0 (18.0) 66.0 (19.0) 68.0 (20.0) 69.0 (20.0) 71.0 (22.0) 75.0 (24.0) 76.0 (25.0) 76.0 (24.0) 73.0 (23.0) 69.0 (21.0) 65.0 (18.0) 70.0 (21.0) Average low F ( C) 49.0 (9.0) 51.0 (10.0) 53.0 (12.0) 56.0 (13.0) 59.0 (15.0) 62.0 (17.0) 65.0 (19.0) 67.0 (19.0) 65.0 (18.0) 61.0 (16.0) 54.0 (12.0) 48.0 (9.0) 58.0 (14.0) Major local events San Diego is first and foremost a beach community, so if you love being in and around the water, this place is for you: snorkeling, kayaking, jet-skiing, kite surfing, or just sunbathing; it s all happening here. Shop till you drop at the famous Las Americas outlet which is near the Mexico border. If you like baseball you should go to Petco Park or if American Football interests you, definitely catch a game at Qualcomm Stadium. Los Angeles is also very close to San Diego and on weekends you can visit there and see Santa Monica and the Hollywood stars. If you like visiting museums and learning about America History, then visit Balboa Park! It has 16 different museums and the world-famous ZOO. Official Tourist information page Shopping in San Diego If shopping is your thing - there is definitely not a shortage of options to choose from in San Diego. Outlets are designer stores that sell merchandise at a significant discount. Las Americas outlets in San Ysidro and Carlsbad outlets are two of the most popular outlet malls in San Diego. Las Americas Premium Outlets: Carlsbad Premium Outlets: Horton Plaza (Gaslamp/Downtown): Fashion Valley (Mission Valley): Westfield UTC (La Jolla): San Diego is also known for its open air farmers markets, where you can buy fresh produce, sample foods from all over the world, purchase unique arts & crafts, clothing, jewelry and more from local businesses. Also, you can enjoy live music and fabulous sightseeing depending on where the market is. Please visit:
5 How to find us Directions to the San Diego Center Take the orange trolley line to the Civic Center station. Exit and walk less than 1 minute to nd Ave. By bus head towards downtown San Diego and exit on 4th and B Street. Walk for approximately 3 minutes to nd Ave. (Press 22 in the lift, and go up to the 22nd floor.) Train Main Page: Bus Bus Lines: Useful transport links Trolley Schedule: Taxi Service: 1 (619) Bicycles are a great way to get around San Diego. For rentals and sales, visit the San Diego Bike Shop at 619 C Street, San Diego, or online at
6 Facilities Our modern school not only has great views but some fantastic facilities including bright, modern classrooms, a sunny patio and a cozy student lounge. Making progress is easy when you re learning in the right environment with the support and encouragement of our qualified teachers. Facilities list 12 classrooms Computer Lab Student lounge areas Sunny patio IT suite
7 Courses General English including Beginners level Communication Skills Core + General English Electives TOEFL, CAE and FCE Exam Core Language Semester Abroad English for Academic Purposes Vacation and Travel English in Action One-to-one lessons Course Descriptions: General English A structured programme to suit all levels, this course follows a general English syllabus and it is an ideal way to develop your speaking, listening, reading and writing skills for everyday use. The standard programme follows a core general English syllabus and the intensive programme combines the core general English programme with electives. It enables you to study in more depth, to make faster progress and to customize your course. It is offered in two versions: Standard and Intensive. A1 Elementary Number of lessons available Standard programme 20 x 50 minute lessons Intensive Programme 28 x 50 minute lessons Average class size 15 Start dates Every Monday English for Beginners This is an intensive English course designed for students with little or no English who need to make fast progress. 0 Beginner Start dates Every Monday Number of lessons available Standard programme 20 x 50 minute lessons Intensive Programme 28 x 50 minute lessons Vacation and Travel English Spend your vacation improving your English and travelling the USA. Available only on a tourist visa or under the visa waiver scheme Number of lessons available Start dates Every Monday A1 Elementary 16 x 50 minute lessons, Monday to Thursday, Friday group activities in the city
8 Language Semester Abroad A long-term general English course the perfect solution for students looking to gain fluency during a gap year of study abroad. This course is the most cost-effective way to improve your English. One free exam is offered for each level TOEIC, FCE, CAE and TOEFL A2 pre-intermediate; A1 Elementary enrolled in general English until they reach A2 Course length One to four 11-week terms Number of lessons available Standard Programme 20 x 50 minute lessons Intensive Programme 28 x 50 minute lessons Course dates 05 January - 20 March 30 March - 12 June 29 June - 11 September 21 September - 04 December Communication Skills This course develops oral communication and presentation skills students need to success in both work and academic settings. Improve overall speaking ability and gain confidence in meetings, classes and social situations. Course length Number of lessons available B1 Intermediate Minimum four weeks Standard Programme Intensive Programme Start dates Every Monday 20 x 50 minute CS lessons 08 x 50 minute elective lessons English in Action (USA) Students improve their English language skills in a real world business, community or educational setting after they complete their schooling. Minimum age 18 Course length Minimum 4 weeks; placement 4 8 weeks B1 intermediate Exit level B2+ Upper Intermediate Number of lessons available 20, 28 Students may do this programme while their Student Visa or ESTA Visa waiver is valid TOEFL Exam Preparation Structured courses with teachers experienced in studying for and achieving success in internationally recognized examinations. Course length 4 weeks minimum B1 Intermediate Number of lessons available Standard Programme Intensive Programme 20 x 50 minute TOEFL lessons 08 x 50 minute elective lessons
9 Cambridge FCE Exam Preparation Structured courses with teachers experienced in studying for and achieving success in internationally recognised examinations. B1 Intermediate Course length 10 weeks Number of lessons available Intensive Programme 20 x 50 minute FCE lessons 08 x 50 minute elective lessons Course dates 05 January 13 March 30 March 05 June 15 June 21 August 21 September 27 November Cambridge CAE Exam Preparation Structured courses with teachers experienced in studying for and achieving success in internationally recognized examinations. C1 Advanced Course length 10 weeks Number of lessons available Intensive Programme 20 x 50 minute CAE lessons 08 x 50 minute elective lessons Course dates 05 January 13 March 30 March 5 June 15 June 21 August 21 September 27 November One-to-one lessons Private lessons designed to meet individual students needs and goals. 0 Beginner Number of lessons available Blocks of 5 lessons weekly, added to either standard or intensive programme Maximum class size 1 Start dates Every Monday 05 x 50 minute lessons 10 x 50 minute lessons English for Academic Purposes Intensive English language training with academic study skills development for students wishing to pursue university and further education courses in Australia (10 weeks), Canada, UK, and USA (11 weeks). Course length One to four terms, depending on entry and exit level required B1 intermediate; IELTS 4.5; TOEFL ibt Number of lessons available Intensive Programme 28 x 50 minute lessons Course dates in Australia Electives: Business Communication Skills English for Academic Purposes Exam Preparation 05 January 20 March 30 March 12 June 29 June 11 September 21 September 4 December
10 Sample timetable 8:20 12:10 12:40 14:20 14:50 18:30 Core-Class Core-Class Core-Class Core-Class Core-Class Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Elective-Classes Elective-Classes Elective-Classes Elective-Classes Core-Class Core-Class Core-Class Core-Class Core-Class Time Monday Tuesday- Wednesday Thursday Friday- Friday- Saturday- Sunday USA-6-Vacation-and- Travel- Optional-Friday- Activity Bringing-English-to- Life- (same-length-as-coreclass6-4-hours) Check-out-Activity-boardfor-Weekend-day-tripsand-2-day-excursions.- Examples:-Las-Vegas,- Grand-Canyon,-San- Francisco,-Big-Bear- snowboarding/-skiing- (seasonal),-disneyland,- Universal-Studios,---Six- Flags. Sea$World$ Taco$Tuesday Beach$Bonfire San$Diego$Zoo Conversation$Club Your first day Please report to reception upon arrival, we will welcome you and take you to where your induction will take place. First day schedule 9:00 10:30: Welcome presentation (Center Director and Student Services) and Document collection 10:30 11:15: Written Placement Test 11:15 12:00: Speaking Test with the Academic Team *Short Break* 12:40 1:30: Day one lesson with the Program Manager 1:30 2:30: Walking tour around downtown San Diego 2:30 3:00: Student ID s will be taken and documents will be returned
11 Accommodation We want to make sure you re comfortable and safe throughout your time with us. We also want to ensure that your English language learning continues outside the classroom. Choose to stay with a host family in their home or enjoy the community feeling of living in a residence. Either way, your accommodation will help to make your Embassy Experience a memorable one. Trying to decide between staying in one of Embassy s Residences and finding an apartment on your own? Consider these differences Embassy Student Residence Non-Embassy Accommodation Social environment Make new friends with classmates you live with! Embassy and Residence staff at your service! Fully furnished rooms with bed, desk, TV, chair, wardrobe, linen, lamp, etc. *premium rooms also have kitchenettes Small or no deposit All utility bills included $0 0 Professional Security Isolated at home Maintenance problem? Good luck getting the landlord s help! Buy all your furniture Often one to three months rent deposit Internet, cable, electric, gas, water bills add up quickly! Minimal security Flexible room booking 12 month commitment required for most apartments Homestay Live with an English-speaking host and practice your English every day! Most families live less than 40 minutes away by public transport. Choose between half board (breakfast and evening meal) or just breakfast. Students can also choose between single or shared rooms. We value our students and our homestay providers very highly and believe that your accommodation is just as important as your academic course. We try to match you with the right homestay host so that you can enjoy each other s company and also have the chance to learn about similarities and differences in culture and lifestyle. We have dedicated staff that will help you with any concerns you have, please make sure your preferences are stated clearly in the application.
12 Bay Pointe Residence - San Diego 2015 Residence Fact Sheet The Bay Pointe Residence is located in the beautiful Mission Bay area of Pacific Beach in San Diego, and is walking distance from: restaurants, grocery stores, malls, and of course, the beach! The Bay Pointe offers two-bedroom apartments. Students can share a bedroom or select a single for themselves. The amazing amenities include: a resort style swimming pool, aerobics and yoga classes, and free continental breakfast on weekends. The Embassy Study Centre is easily accessible, located 40 minutes via bus from the residence; students can purchase a monthly bus pass for $ Room type Single Shared Prices year round $520 USD $260 USD Summer Supplement ** Price per week No Deposit (refundable) $150 Additional Fee $75 placement fee Minimum Age 18+ Board Basis Bathroom Travel Time to Centre Check in/out Linen Amenities Laundry Room Cleaned Kitchen Self catering, complimentary continental breakfast on weekends En suite 40 minutes via bus 16:00/12:00 Sat- Sat only Bed linens and towels provided swimming pool, jacuzzi, tennis courts, basketball courts, barbecue area, fitness facility, computer room, movie room Yes Weekly Microwave, refrigerator, stove, oven, dishwasher, utensils 3866 Ingraham Street San Diego CA USA EMBASSY USA - INTERNATIONAL ADMISSIONS CENTER 41 West Street, Level 3, Boston MA 02111, USA - T F Embassyenglish.com **Summer Supplement applies: 21 June- 30 Aug *prices are valid at time of printing
13 J Street Inn - San Diego 2015 Residence Fact Sheet The J Street Inn is located within walking distance to a marvelous range of restaurants, movies, shopping and nightlife. It is a 221-unit residence featuring a laundry room, gym, reading room, outdoor patios and a 24-hour desk clerk. The residence is located a short distance from the exciting and historic Gaslamp District. Students can walk 15 minutes to school or they can take a bus. They can also take the trolley line to school, shopping malls the professional baseball stadium and even to Mexico. Room type Single Shared Prices year round $301 USD $217 USD Summer Supplement ** Price per week Deposit (refundable) Additional Fee No No $75 placement fee Minimum Age 18+ Board Basis Bathroom Self catering En suite Travel Time to Centre 12 minutes walk Check in/out 15:00/12:00 Linen Bed linens and towels provided Amenities 24-hour reception, exercise room and nice common space Laundry Yes Room Cleaned Bi-weekly 222 J Street San Diego, CA USA EMBASSY USA - INTERNATIONAL ADMISSIONS CENTER 41 West Street, Level 3, Boston MA 02111, USA - T F Kitchen Microwave and refrigerator only Embassyenglish.com **Summer Supplement applies: 21 June- 30 Aug *prices are valid at time of printing
14 Student services All centers have dedicated student support staff who can provide assistance with the following:! Changes & upgrades to your program! Accommodation matters! Visas and immigration regulations! Airport transfer arrangements! Opening a bank account in the US! Information about local services! Leisure activities! Medical and health-related referrals! Counseling and help for individual and personal problems! Academic staff provide counseling and placement! Emergency contact Activities Activity Price Las Vegas Weekend Trip $175 - $250 Los Angeles Weekend Trip (Universal Studio, Six Flags, Disneyland, etc...) $250 - $400 San Francisco Weekend Trip $ $410 LA Lakers Monthly Game $120