English Courses at the University of California San Diego

ENGLISH LANGUAGE COURSES AT UCSD EXTENSION IN THE CITY OF SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA

Study English at the English Language Institute of the University of California San Diego in 2021 or 2022. Contact a representative to get a quote, to receive more information, and a pdf brochure

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STUDY ENGLISH AT UC SAN DIEGO EXTENSION

Study English at the University of California San Diego (UCSD), which belongs to the prestigious California University system.

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ONE OF THE BEST ENGLISH LANGUAGE SCHOOLS IN SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA

The English Language Institute of UCSD Extension is accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation and offers programs in a variety of areas, such as law, business, medical, academic, TOEFL, IELTS, and engineering.

Extracurricular activity of English classes at UCSD Extension in San Diego

LEARN ENGLISH IN AN AWESOME CITY SUCH AS SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA

San Diego, located in sunny California, is an outstanding location for international students, who can enjoy great weather, awesome tourist attractions and fun activities.

TOP 10 REASONS TO STUDY ENGLISH AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA SAN DIEGO EXTENSION

UCSD Extension is one of the most popular destinations for international students
1

A GREAT VARIETY OF PROGRAMS AT UCSD

At the University of California San Diego, you can study lots of different programs of areas such as law, business, engineering, technology, test preparation, and academic English.

2

STUDY ENGLISH IN AN ACCREDITED SCHOOL

The English Language Institute of UCSD is accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation, which certifies its quality and prestige.

3

LEARN IN A PRESTIGIOUS INSTITUTION

The University of California San Diego is part of a prestigious system of universities and it’s also ranked among some of the best schools in the world.

4

EXPERIENCE A DIVERSE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT

At UCSD you’ll meet people who come from different parts of the world, which helps you make new friends and get to know potential future partners.

5

ONLY A FEW STUDENTS PER CLASS

In average, classes of the English programs at UCSD have few students, which lets you receive more personalized lessons.

6

CLASSES HELD ON CAMPUS AT UC SAN DIEGO

All lessons are taught on the campus of UCSD, which lets you experience how it feels learning in an American college environment.

7

LEARN WITH AN EXPERIENCED FACULTY AT UCSD

The teachers at UC San Diego have years of ESL experience, so they’re ready to help you learn and improve at a fast and steady pace.

8

HAVE A BLAST WHILE STUDYING ENGLISH AT UCSD

In the University of California San Diego, you’ll be able to participate in a variety of fun cultural, sport, and social activities and events.

9

ACCESS TO UCSD’S OUTSTANDING FACILITIES

ESL students of the University of California San Diego can pay an additional fee to have complete access to pools, courts, fitness centers, and much more.

10

SAN DIEGO IS A BEAUTIFUL PLACE TO STUDY ENGLISH

San Diego is located in the wonderful state of California, and it’s great for international students, since it has a great environment and lots of tourist attractions.

ENGLISH PROGRAMS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA SAN DIEGO

UCSD EXTENSION

The English Language Institute of UCSD offers several English program options for international students

Choose the program that fits you best
Full-Time & Part-Time Program

Academic English Program

This program is aimed at those looking to improve their academic fluency and accuracy in English, including grammar, reading, and writing.

Full-Time & Part-Time Program

Communication and Culture English Program

This program is for people who want to improve their everyday English and learn more about American Culture.

Full-Time & Part-Time Program

Other English Programs

These include programs for conversation, exam preparation, business, law, engineering, medicine, and graduate school preparation.

Most popular program

ACADEMIC ENGLISH PROGRAM

The Academic English Program is a program for those looking to improve their skills to enter an American university or for people who wish to focus on their professional writing skills. It’s available at all levels of proficiency, from 1 to 8; in a part-time or full-time schedule; and you can enroll for 2 or 4 weeks (high-intermediate to advanced), OR 8 weeks (all levels). Apart from core classes, you may choose electives to complement your studies.

Main Features

  • Full-time (25hrs/wk) and Part-time (15 hours/wk) programs available
  • Classes are on campus
  • 25 or 15 hours per week (Monday-Friday).
  • 8 levels available
  • You can take several sessions until you achieve your English language goals
  • Sessions of 2, 4, or 8 weeks
  • Numerous dates throughout the year
  • Elective classes
  • Few students per class
  • Access to University facilities as libraries, gym, etc
  • Extra-curricular activities
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Applies for Student or Tourist Visa and ESTA

Requirements

  • Students need to be at least 18 years old on the first day of classes. There is no maximum age.
  • International students and US residents are welcome to apply

More information about the Academic English program at UCSD

Program Schedule

  • Monday - Friday
  • Lessons are held between 8:30 – 4:30 PM
  • 2, 4, or 8 weeks - 15 or 25 hours per week (plus one week for testing, orientation & registration)
  • Final schedule will vary depending on level and classes chosen

Program Core Courses

  • Grammar (levels 1-4)
  • Academic Reading and Writing (levels 5 - 6)
  • Research Writing (levels 7 - 8)

Program Electives

Depending on level, students can choose some of the following electives:

  • Conversation and Culture
  • Vocabulary Development
  • Listening and Discussion
  • Pronunciation and Fluency
  • Oral Presentation
  • Academic Listening and Note-taking
  • Conversation
  • Academic Presentations
  • Advanced Grammar Seminar
  • Critical Inquiry and Response

COMMUNICATION AND ENGLISH PROGRAM

The Communication and English Program is a program for people who wish to practice their everyday English and, at the same time, expand their knowledge about American culture. It’s available at all levels of proficiency, from 1 to 8; in a part-time (15 hours) or full-time schedule (20 or 25 hours); and lasts 8 weeks. Apart from the main courses, you can choose electives to enhance your experience.

Main Features

  • Intensive (25hrs/wk), Full-time (20hrs/wk) and Part-time (15 hours/wk) programs available
  • Classes are on campus
  • 25, 20, or 15 hours per week (Monday-Friday)
  • 8 levels available
  • You can take several sessions until you achieve your English language goals
  • Sessions of 8 weeks
  • Numerous dates throughout the year
  • Elective classes
  • Few students per class
  • Access to University facilities as libraries, gym, etc
  • Extra-curricular activities
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Applies for Student or Tourist Visa and ESTA

Requirements

  • Students need to be at least 18 years old on the first day of classes. There is no maximum age.
  • International students and US residents are welcome to apply

More information about the Communication and English program at UCSD

Program Schedule

  • Monday - Friday
  • Lessons are held between 8:30 – 4:30 PM
  • 8 weeks - 15, 20 or 25 hours per week (plus one week for testing, orientation & registration)
  • Final schedule will vary depending on level and classes chosen

Program Core Courses

  • Communication Skills

Program Electives

Depending on level and program, students can choose some of the following electives:

  • Conversation
  • Idioms and Slang
  • Volunteering and Leadership (high-intermediate to advanced students only)
  • Exploring San Diego
  • Listening through TV and Music
  • American Music
  • American Film
  • American Culture
  • Reading and Writing
  • And many others

OTHER ENGLISH PROGRAMS

The English Language Institute of the University of California San Diego offers other English Language Programs for Internationals students.

CONVERSATION AND FLUENCY

This program focuses on conversation, fluency-building, and American culture topics. Students will have structured lessons in grammar and vocabulary development. Practical interactive classroom lessons are combined with two cultural field trips. Presentations made by guest speakers are also integrated into the curriculum. All levels of English proficiency may take this program. Student's English proficiency is determined during orientation at the time the student arrives to UC San Diego English Language Institute (ELI).

Program Features
  • Full-time and Part-time programs available
  • Classes are on campus
  • 20 or 15 hours per week (Monday-Friday)
  • From high-intermediate to advanced
  • Sessions of 4 weeks
  • Numerous dates throughout the year
  • Few students per class
  • Access to University facilities as libraries, gym, etc.
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Applies for Student or Tourist Visa and ESTA
Requirements
  • Students must be 18 years old or older by the program start date
  • International students and US residents are welcome to apply
  • Students must achieve at least a high-intermediate level on the placement test
TOEFL PREPARATION

This English program is designed for students and professionals who want to improve their score in the TOEFL test. This English program focus on preparation for the internet-based TOEFL. High intermediate to advanced levels only.

Program Features
  • Full-time program
  • Classes are on campus
  • 25 hours per week (Monday-Friday)
  • From high-intermediate to advanced
  • Sessions of 8 weeks
  • Numerous dates throughout the year
  • Few students per class
  • Access to University facilities as libraries, gym, etc.
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Applies for Student or Tourist Visa and ESTA
Requirements
  • Students must be 18 years old or older by the program start date
  • International students and US residents are welcome to apply
  • Students must achieve at least a high-intermediate level on the placement test
IELTS PREPARATION

These English classes are designed for students and professionals who want to improve their score in the IELTS test. This English program focus on preparation for the internet-based IELTS. High intermediate to advance levels only

Program Features
  • Full-time program
  • Classes are on campus
  • 25 hours per week (Monday-Friday)
  • From high-intermediate to advanced
  • Sessions of 8 weeks
  • Numerous dates throughout the year
  • Few students per class
  • Access to University facilities as libraries, gym, etc.
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Applies for Student or Tourist Visa and ESTA
Requirements
  • Students must be 18 years old or older by the program start date
  • International students and US residents are welcome to apply
  • Students must achieve at least a high-intermediate level on the placement test
BUSINESS ENGLISH

This program is designed for professionals and students seeking to upgrade their English skills for the workplace. Curriculum includes fundamentals of the English language classes, plus specialized courses in business communication, business writing, vocabulary, and grammar. High-intermediate and advanced levels.

Program Features
  • Full-time and part-time programs available
  • Classes are on campus
  • 20 or 15 hours per week (Monday-Friday)
  • From high-intermediate to advanced
  • Sessions of 4 weeks
  • Numerous dates throughout the year
  • Few students per class
  • Access to University facilities as libraries, gym, etc.
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Applies for Student or Tourist Visa and ESTA
Requirements
  • Students must be 18 years old or older by the program start date
  • International students and US residents are welcome to apply
  • Students must achieve at least a high-intermediate level on the placement test
LEGAL ENGLISH

This program is for students with advanced proficiency in English who have previous legal studies or law-related work experience, and who are interested in both improving their English skills for legal purposes, while learning about the U.S. legal system. High-intermediate and advanced levels of English proficiency only.

Program Features
  • Intensive, full-time and part-time programs available
  • Classes are on campus
  • 25, 20 or 15 hours per week (Monday-Friday)
  • From high-intermediate to advanced
  • Sessions of 8 or 4 weeks
  • Numerous dates throughout the year
  • Few students per class
  • Access to University facilities as libraries, gym, etc.
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Applies for Student or Tourist Visa and ESTA
Requirements
  • Students must be 18 years old or older by the program start date
  • International students and US residents are welcome to apply
  • Students must achieve at least a high-intermediate level on the placement test
  • They must also include personal statement explaining law-related coursework or work experience, and purpose of taking the program
ENGLISH FOR ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY

This program is for students from the field of engineering or computer science, and who wish to improve their ability to effectively communicate in scientific discussion. Students will master specific engineering and technology vocabulary, and improve their technical writing skills. Available for high-intermediate and advanced students.

Program Features
  • Full-time and part-time programs available
  • Classes are on campus
  • 20 or 15 hours per week (Monday-Friday)
  • From high-intermediate to advanced
  • Sessions of 4 weeks
  • Numerous dates throughout the year
  • Few students per class
  • Access to University facilities as libraries, gym, etc
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Applies for Student or Tourist Visa and ESTA
Requirements
  • Students must be 18 years old or older by the program start date
  • International students and US residents are welcome to apply
  • Students must achieve at least a high-intermediate level on the placement test
MEDICAL ENGLISH

This program is for students and professionals who want to master medical terminology and increase English fluency within a clinical context. Participants must have previously taken an anatomy or physiology course. High intermediate to advance levels only.

Program Features
  • Full-time and part-time programs available
  • Classes are on campus
  • 20 or 15 hours per week (Monday-Friday))
  • From high-intermediate to advanced
  • Sessions of 4 weeks
  • Numerous dates throughout the year
  • Few students per class
  • Access to University facilities as libraries, gym, etc
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Applies for Student or Tourist Visa and ESTA
Requirements
  • Students must be 18 years old or older by the program start date
  • International students and US residents are welcome to apply
  • Students must achieve at least a high-intermediate level on the placement test
  • They must also have taken an anatomy or physiology course
GRADUATE SCHOOL PREPARATION ACADEMY

This program is aimed at students and professionals who wish to enroll on graduate studies in the USA, including master’s degrees or doctorates. This program is only appropriate for advanced students (levels 7 or 8).

Program Features
  • Full-time program
  • Classes are on campus
  • 20 per week (Monday-Friday)
  • For advanced students only
  • Sessions of 4 weeks
  • Numerous dates throughout the year
  • Few students per class
  • Access to University facilities as libraries, gym, etc
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Applies for Student Visa
Requirements
  • Students must be 18 years old or older by the program start date
  • International students and US residents are welcome to apply
  • Students must achieve an advanced level on the placement test
  • Must show proof of an undergraduate degree, OR a letter of acceptance or conditional acceptance for an accredited graduate program, OR submit the transcripts for the most recent four semesters

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PRICES & DATES

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PRICES AND DATES ENGLISH PROGRAMS AT UCSD 2021 - 2022

How much does it cost to study English at the English Language Institute of the University of California San Diego?

Table with costs of the English Programs at UCSD Extension 2021 - 2022

ProgramDurationTypeProgram Fee
Intensive Academic English8-week sessionsFull-Time (25 hours/week)$3,500
Academic English8-week sessionsPart-Time (15 hours/week)$3,000
Academic English4-week sessionsFull-Time (20 hours/week)$2,000
Academic English4-week sessionsPart-Time (15 hours/week)$1,800
Academic English2-week sessionsPart-Time (15 hours/week)$1,000
Intensive Communication & Culture8-week sessionsFull-Time (25 hours/week)$3,500
Communication & Culture8-week sessionsPart-Time (15 hours/week)$2,900
Intensive TOEFL Preparation8-week sessionsFull-Time (25 hours/week)$3,500
Intensive IELTS Preparation8-week sessionsFull-Time (25 hours/week)$3,500
Intensive Legal English8-week sessionsFull-Time (25 hours/week)$4,000
Legal English4-week sessionsFull-Time (20 hours/week)$2,300
Legal English4-week sessionsPart-Time (15 hours/week)$2,050
Business English4-week sessionsFull-Time (20 hours/week)$2,300
Business English4-week sessionsPart-Time (15 hours/week)$2,050
Medical English4-week sessionsFull-Time (20 hours/week)$2,600
Medical English4-week sessionsPart-Time (15 hours/week)$2,300
English for Engineering and Technology4-week sessionsFull-Time (20 hours/week)$2,600
English for Engineering and Technology4-week sessionsPart-Time (15 hours/week)$2,300
Conversation & Fluency4-week sessionsFull-Time (20 hours/week)$2,000
Conversation & Fluency4-week sessionsPart-Time (15 hours/week)$1,800

Table with dates of the English Program at UCSD Extension 2021 - 2022

ProgramDates
Academic English (8-week sessions)Jan. 4 - Mar. 5, 2021Mar. 15 - May. 14, 2021May. 24 - Jul. 23, 2021Aug. 2 - Oct. 1, 2021Oct. 11 - Dec. 10, 2021
Academic English (4-week sessions)Jan. 11 - Feb. 5, 2021Feb. 1 - Feb. 26, 2021Mar. 1 - Mar. 25, 2021Mar. 29 - Apr. 23, 2021Apr. 26 - May. 21, 2021Jun. 7 - Jul. 2, 2021Jul. 6 - Jul. 30, 2021Ago. 2 - Ago. 27, 2021Ago. 30 - Sep. 24, 2021Sep. 27 - Oct. 22, 2021Oct. 25 - Nov. 19, 2021Nov. 22 - Dec. 17, 2021
Academic English (2-week sessions)Jan. 11 - Jan. 22, 2021Jan. 25 - Feb. 5, 2021Feb. 8 - Feb. 19, 2021Mar. 1 - Mar. 12, 2021Mar. 15 - Mar. 25, 2021Mar. 29 - Apr. 9, 2021Apr. 12 - Apr. 23, 2021Apr. 26 - May. 7, 2021May. 10 - May. 21, 2021May. 24 - Jun. 4, 2021Jun. 7 - Jun. 18, 2021Jun. 21 - Jul. 2, 2021Jul. 6 - Jul. 16, 2021Jul. 19 - Jul. 30, 2021Aug. 2 - Aug. 13, 2021Aug. 16 - Aug. 27, 2021Aug. 30 - Sep. 10, 2021Sep. 13 - Sep. 24, 2021Sep. 27 - Oct. 8, 2021Oct. 11 - Oct. 22, 2021Oct. 25 - Nov. 5, 2021Nov. 8 - Nov. 19, 2021Nov. 22 - Dec. 3, 2021Dec. 6 - Dec. 17, 2021
Communication & Culture (8-week sessions)Jan. 4 - Mar. 5, 2021Mar. 15 - May. 14, 2021May. 24 - Jul. 23, 2021Aug. 2 - Oct. 1, 2021Oct. 11 - Dec. 10, 2021
Conversation & Fluency (4-week sessions)Jan. 11 - Feb. 5, 2021Feb. 1 - Feb. 26, 2021Mar. 1 - Mar. 25, 2021Jul. 6 - Jul. 30, 2021Ago. 2 - Ago. 27, 2021Ago. 30 - Sep. 24, 2021Nov. 22 - Dec. 17, 2021
TOEFL Preparation (8-week sessions)Jan. 4 - Mar. 5, 2021Mar. 15 - May. 14, 2021May. 24 - Jul. 23, 2021Aug. 2 - Oct. 1, 2021Oct. 11 - Dec. 10, 2021
IELTS Preparation (8-week sessions)Jan. 4 - Mar. 5, 2021Mar. 15 - May. 14, 2021May. 24 - Jul. 23, 2021Aug. 2 - Oct. 1, 2021Oct. 11 - Dec. 10, 2021
Legal English (8-week sessions)Mar. 15 - May. 14, 2021Oct. 11 - Dec. 10, 2021
Legal English (4-week sessions)Jan. 4 - Jan. 29, 2021Jul. 6 - Jul. 30, 2021Aug. 2 - Aug. 27, 2021
Business English (4-week sessions)Feb. 1 - Feb. 26, 2021Mar. 1 - Mar. 25, 2021Jul. 6 - Jul. 30, 2021Aug. 2 - Aug. 27, 2021
Medical English (4-week sessions)Jan. 4 - Jan. 29, 2021Jul. 6 - Jul. 30, 2021Aug. 2 - Aug. 27, 2021
English for Engineering and Technology (4-week sessions)Jan. 4 - Jan. 29, 2021Feb. 1 - Feb. 26, 2021Jul. 6 - Jul. 30, 2021
Graduate School Preparation Academy (4-week sessions)Jun. 7 - Jul. 2, 2021Jul. 6 - Jul. 30, 2021Aug. 2 - Aug. 27, 2021
You can study one, two, or more consecutive sessions, and you can start the English program at any season of the year.

For example, if you want to study for approximately 6 months, you can take two 8-week sessions or six 4-week sessions. You will not repeat the same course because each session will be on a different level.

Other Costs to consider

Apart from the program fee, there are other costs that you should keep in mind, such as the following:

Other costs to consider

  • Application fee: it is a USD$150 non-refundable fee paid upon your application.
  • International Student Service Fee: USD$175 for 1-4-week programs and USD$380 for 8-week programs.
  • Accommodation in San Diego: since you will be living and studying abroad, you should consider housing costs. Down below, you can read some of the options UCSD recommends for international students.
  • Books and supplies: these materials are not included within your tuition fees and the final amount will depend on your program and courses.
  • Flight Tickets from your country to San Diego, USA
  • Food: you should consider food costs when planning your budget, which will depend on where you eat.

Only for Full-time programs

  • Visa costs: international students who enroll on a full-time program in the USA need the F-1 student visa. Costs related to the F-1 visa include the I-901 SEVIS Fee (US$350 approx.) to register on the Student Exchange Visitor Information System and a Visa fee (US$160 approx.). These are costs set by the U.S. government.
  • Health insurance: all those who are on a student visa in the US must have mandatory health insurance, which is offered by UCSD, and costs approximately USD$180 for a 4-week program or USD$450 for an 8-week program.
  • FedEx fee: this fee (US$50) is optional, but recommended, for your acceptance documents to be sent via express mail.
Dates and costs are subject to change. All prices are in US dollars. Contact us for more details.

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HOW TO APPLY FOR AN INTENSIVE ENGLISH PROGRAM AT UCSD EXETNSION

All the application process is online. Follow the instructions below

Steps to apply for a program

  • 1. Application Process
  • 2. Acceptance Process
  • 3. Visa Processing
  • 4. Payment
  • 5. Classes start!

1. Application Process

Documents must be sent to

Documents needed to apply


1. Application Form

Download and complete the application form. Do not forget to sign the form.

Download Form and Instructions

2. Passport Copy

Clear Copy of the identification page of your passport. The passport must be valid for 6 months after the first day of classes.


3. Financial Verification

Bank letter or bank statement showing that you or your sponsor have at least the "Estimated Total Expense" of the program (amounts can be in US dollars or your local currency).

The estimated total expense is an estimate made by the university that includes tuition fees and an estimate of what you might spend in medical insurance, housing, meals, books, and supplies. Flight tickets are not included in this estimation.

Bank document must show at least the following amount per program:

  • Conversation and Fluency/Academic English (4-week): USD$4,747
  • Graduate School Preparation Academy/Business English/Legal English: USD$5,047
  • English for Engineering and Technology/Medical English: USD$5,347
  • Academic English (2-week): USD$2,761
  • Communication and Culture: USD$8,514
  • Intensive Communication and Culture/Intensive Academic English/Intensive TOEFL/Intensive IELTS: USD$8,914
  • Intensive Legal English: USD$9,414

4. Application Fee

There is a non-refundable application fee of $150 dollars paid to the UCSD Extension. After receiving confirmation from one of our representatives, you must pay the application fee online, following the representative's instructions.


Send your application documents

A representative needs to review all your documents are correct.

Your application documents must be sent to

*If you are a US resident or a transfer student from another US school. Please contact us for more details. The application process is different

2. Acceptance Process

After we have received all your application documents and you have paid the application fee, you will be contacted by the admission office within 2 weeks.

If you are applying for a full-time program, you will need an F-1 student visa. After you have been accepted into the program, the admission office will send you the acceptance documents plus the form I-20, required to apply for the F-1 student visa.

3. Visa Processing

Please check with us what type of visa you need, depending on the program you are interested in at UCSD.
  • If the program you are applying for is a full-time program (18hrs/week or more), you will need the F-1 student visa. With an F-1 visa, you can extend your stay in the United States as long as you continue studying.
  • If your program is less than 18 hours a week, you will have to travel to the U.S. as a tourist with a B1/B2 tourist visa or visa waiver ESTA. As a tourist, you can only stay in the U.S. the time your tourist visa allows since your primary purpose in the U.S. should be tourism.

Please check the website of the U.S. embassy of your country to see the steps you need to apply for a visa.

Generally, for an F-1 student visa, students must do the following:

  • Complete the DS-160 form
  • Schedule an appointment at the U.S. embassy
  • Pay for the F-1 student visa (approx. US$160)
  • Pay for the I-901 SEVIS Fee (approx. US$350): https://www.fmjfee.com/i901fee/index.html
  • Go to the embassy on the scheduled day

You must confirm these steps on the website of the U.S. embassy in your country. You can look for your nearest U.S. embassy here: http://www.usembassy.gov/

4. Payment

Next, you need to make full payment of all remaining fees, which is due 30 days before the program start date and can be done by credit card, debit card, money order, or bank draft in U.S. dollars and from an US Bank. You will receive more information regarding dates once you begin the application process.

5. Arrival to School

It would be best to arrive a week before the program start date to attend the orientation at the end of registration week. In your admission letter, you can find more information about the orientation and the initial placement test. On the first day at school, you should bring your passport, F-1 student visa, I-20, and a bank statement.

Important: we suggest you apply at least 2 months in advance.

ACTIVITIES FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

You will be able to participate in several activities during the program

SOCIAL, CULTURAL AND SPORTS ACTIVITIES IN SAN DIEGO AND ACTIVITIES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA SAN DIEGO

Most of the activities are free!

ONE OF THE BEST WAYS TO KEEP IMPROVING YOUR ENGLISH OUTSIDE OF THE CLASSROOM IS BY PARTICIPATING IN SOCIAL, CULTURAL, SPORT, AND OTHER ACTIVITIES OFFERED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA SAN DIEGO.

International students can participate in activities as:

  • Whale watching tours
  • Conversation cafés
  • San Diego Padres Baseball Games
  • Sport activities inside UCSD
  • Snorkeling
  • Beach bonfires
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking

Students at UCSD can participate in a great variety of activities while learning English at this awesome school. These include trips to local tourist spots; visits to nearby cities; on-campus sport activities, including surfing, sailing, soccer, basketball, and tennis; social activities such as conversation cafés or beach bonfires; or extracurricular activities such as whale watching tours. All of these are fantastic opportunities to meet people and put your English into practice, while having lots of fun.

Information about the city of San Diego, California

Located right on the southwestern coast of California, San Diego is known for its mild year-round climate, natural deep-water harbor, extensive beaches, safety, tourist attractions and recent emergence as a healthcare and biotechnology development center. San Diego is the perfect base for exploring California, the Southwest, and nearby Mexico. It has over 100 kilometers of beaches, mountains up to 2,000 meters, and the best year-round climate in the United States. San Diego's average temperature is 21° Celsius, with mild winters and perfect summers. It was also voted one of the “Best Rides in America” by Bicycling Magazine.

The largest urban cultural park in the U.S., Balboa Park, is located in the heart of San Diego. The 1,200-acre park is home to 19 museums, botanical gardens, and cultural venues, and the San Diego Zoo, which is the largest zoo in the world.

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Information about The University of California San Diego

UC San Diego has been part of the University of California system since 1959 and is one of the top universities in the United States. It has been rated as one of the best universities for science by Newsweek, it is fifth in the nation for federal research dollars, and it has six Nobel prize winners currently on faculty. UC San Diego has welcomed thousands of international students. No matter how diverse their backgrounds, UC San Diego students have one thing in common: they choose UC San Diego because of its worldwide research reputation, its prize-winning faculty, and the innovative character of the San Diego region.

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HOUSING IN SAN DIEGO

Most common housing options for international students in San Diego

STUDENTS FROM THE INTENSIVE ENGLISH PROGRAM AT UCSD EXTENSION HAVE 3 MAIN HOUSING OPTIONS:

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  • Apartments on Campus
  • Apartments
  • Homestay

Apartments On Campus

During July and August, you can apply for on-campus housing in one of the apartments in the UCSD campus. These are fully furnished and include all the amenities needed. This type of housing allows you to meet other people, live a short distance from your classrooms, and includes all meals at the campus cafeterias.

You can find more information here:

Apartments

The Anatolia apartments are located close to UC San Diego and include everything you need to feel comfortable. It includes shared-room, single, and family apartments.

More information can be found here:

Homestay (Living with a family)

Homestays are a type of housing in which students live with a local family in the same house, share common areas, and follow household rules, just like any family member. This can be a good option for younger students that don't feel ready to live on their own yet.

Some of the options are:

FINDING A PLACE TO LIVE DEPENDS EXCLUSIVELY ON THE STUDENT.

There are many options available near the campus of the University. If the housing option is off-campus, students must contact the housing provider directly.

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Do you have any question about studying English at UCSD?

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT STUDYING ENGLISH IN THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA SAN DIEGO

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Why should I study English at UCSD?

The University of California San Diego has offered English programs for foreign students for years, so you can rely on the quality and the experience this institution has. Additionally, all lessons are taught by a highly qualified faculty composed of teachers that are ready to guide you towards all your goals regarding English language communication.

Why should I choose to study in San Diego, California?

San Diego is a great location in Southern California, from where you can visit other cities, great natural destinations, and have lots of fun. It’s also a diverse place where people from all different backgrounds meet and thrive.

I am not a student in my country. Can enroll on these English programs with a Student Visa?

Sure! The ESL programs at UCSD are available for everyone, including those who are not currently studying. You only need to be at least 18 years old by the program start date and have the minimum English level required for your program.

Does the University of California San Diego offer scholarships?

No, UCSD doesn’t offer any type of scholarships.

What kind of comments and reviews do the English programs at UCSD have?

The University of California San Diego is among some of the best universities in the world and the USA, and therefore, students place their trust in the high quality of its education and the excellence evidenced by its faculty. That’s why international students write great reviews and comments about UCSD.

Which are the different steps of the application process for the F-1 student visa to study English at UCSD?

Please check with us what type of visa you need to take the program you are interested in.

  • All full-time programs in the U.S. require a F-1 student Visa. With an F-1 visa, you can extend your stay in the United States as long as you continue studying.
  • Part-time programs (less than 18 hours a week) can be taken with a tourist visa or visa waiver ESTA. With a tourist visa, you can only stay in the U.S. the duration your tourist visa allows, since your main purpose in the U.S. should be tourism.

If you need an F-1 student visa, please apply as soon as you receive your acceptance documents (I-20 form) from the UCSD Extension at The University of California San Diego. In some countries it can take several weeks to obtain a visa interview at the U.S. embassy.

You must confirm these steps on the website of the U.S. embassy in your country. You can look for your nearest U.S. embassy here: http://www.usembassy.gov/

Are classes taught inside UCSD?

Yes, all classes are taught inside the UCSD campus.

How is my English level assessed?

You take a placement test the week before the program starts.

How many English language levels are available at UCSD?

There are 8 levels in total.

Can I use the different on-campus facilities at the University of California San Diego?

All ESL students can use the on-campus facilities, and you can also make use of UCSD’s fantastic sport facilities by paying an additional fee.

Do I need to take the TOEFL or IELTS exams to apply for the ESL programs at UCSD?

No, there’s no need to take any language proficiency exams beforehand.

Will I need a high school diploma to study English at UCSD?

No, you won’t need a high school diploma to enroll on these ESL programs.

Will I need health insurance to learn English at the University of California San Diego?

Health insurance is mandatory for all students.

Will I need to buy books to study English at UCSD?

Yes, you should consider a certain amount of money for books, which will vary depending on your program and courses.

Is there an application fee to study at the University of California San Diego?

Yes, all programs have a US$150 application fee.

When do I need to pay for the program? What are the payment methods?

You need to make the full payment 30 days before the program start date, which can be done by credit card, debit card, money order, or bank draft in U.S. dollars and from an US Bank.

Can I work while studying in San Diego, California?

Only those with an F-1 Student Visa can work up to 20 hours a week inside the campus. Nonetheless, these positions are really limited, so you probably won’t be able to find a job as an ESL student.

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