San Francisco
City of culture and ideas
San Francisco

San Francisco is one of the most interesting and diverse cities in the USA. It is full of vibrant neighborhoods and people from many different cultures and backgrounds. It’s one of the US’s most progressive cities, famous for its arts and entertainment, entrepreneurs and new technologies. It’s here where the social revolution of the 1960s kicked off. The hippie movement; flower power, peace and free love started in San Francisco. It’s a cool, chic, funky city. San Francisco is a hilly city that still has its old cable cars that still rumble up and down the streets.

Converse International School of Languages San Francisco

The CISL San Francisco campus is in the financial centre of downtown San Francisco across the street from the Montgomery public transportation station. You will study on top two floors of a historic building in downtown. The school has a large roof terrace, with views of the city, where you can have lunch, do your homework, or just relax. Shopping and entertainment are only a couple of blocks away in the Union Square area.

On the weekends, students go hiking in scenic Yosemite National Park, skiing at Lake Tahoe, wine tasting in the famous Napa Valley, or driving along the spectacular coast. CISL staff is happy to help students arrange these excursions. Students can visit Golden Gate Park or a variety of museums, take a ride on a cable car, stroll along the piers, or attend one of the many musical and cultural festivals in the area.

Location

  • San Francisco lies on the Pacific Ocean in sunny California
  • The school is in the city centre close to transport and shops

Accommodation

  • Homestay: Most homestays are about 30–45 minutes using public transportation
  • Student residences: A 10–15 minute walk from the school, depending on the residence

Programmes

  • Standard English
  • Intensive English
  • Certified Cambridge Testing Centre offering exams 3 times per year
  • Cambridge English: First Certificate Preparation (FCE)
  • Cambridge English: Advanced Certificate Preparation (CAE)
  • Afternoon electives
  • English in Use
  • Business English
  • English for Academic Purposes
  • TOEFL Preparation
  • Global Success English (4 students maximum per class)
  • Career English (8 weeks of ESL followed by 8 weeks placement at a local business)
  • Academic Year Program (16 weeks of ESL followed by one semester at an American College)
  • Pathway Program (provides student admission to accresdited, reputable American colleges or universities)
  • Private lessons

Statistics

  • Max class size: 8 students (4 for Global Success English)
  • Average class size: 6 students
  • School capacity: 56 Students
  • Average Age: 29
  • Minimum Age: 18
  • 45 years of teaching experience
  • Interactive Teaching Method
  • Levels from A1 basic to C1/C2 advanced
  • Balanced mix of nationalities
  • English Courses 28 lessons or 20 lessons (morning or afternoon)
  • Programs available with or without student visa
  • Lessons are 50 minutes
  • 8 classrooms
  • Student computers and free Wi-Fi
  • Student lounge
  • Roof top deck

Work-Study

Career English (8 weeks of ESL followed by 8 weeks placement at a local business). This is not an internship or job skills program; this is designed to improve English in a real-life setting.

The Language House likes

Only 10 students per class. That’s good for your English. San Francisco has a Mediterranean climate with dry warm summers and mild winters. It’s a city that buzzes with ideas. It’s young at heart. There is a lot to discover.

Converse International School of Languages San Francisco

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